Media & Marketing Archive

Josh Moody's Overwatch App Ready to Hit Market

by Mark Carter 7/23/2014 03:38 pm

Gamers can expect to see the free Overwatch combat gaming app in the iTunes store within a couple of weeks, Overwatch CEO Josh Moody told his 1 Million Cups audience Wednesday in Little Rock.

Arkansas Venture Center Names Operations Team

by Mark Carter 7/23/2014 10:56 am

Joining AVC co-founder, president and CEO Lee Watson on staff are Caroline Ford as director of communications and development and Marshal Kenneday as director of operations. AVC was founded in 2013 and officially launched in May with a $500,000 matching grant from the state.

NLR Sports Memorabilia Dealer John Rogers Sued for Missed Payment

by George Waldon 7/21/2014 12:00 am

A dispute over the $1.35 million acquisition of a treasure trove of historic Major League Baseball images recently took the field in Pulaski County Circuit Court. The heir and former keeper of the famed George Burke & George Brace Collection of photographic negatives sued North Little Rock businessman John Rogers and his Sports Card Plus Inc.

Top Brands Fuel Tyson's Biggest Play

by Marty Cook 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Tyson officially began the process of buying Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. For Tyson executives, though, the chance to acquire Hillshire's enviable top-rated brands was irresistible.

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/21/2014 12:00 am

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints).

The Home of Outrageous Service (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Greg Hatcher has those words in big letters on the side of The Hatcher Agency in downtown Little Rock — “The Home of Outrageous Service” — and we all understand that he means outrageous in a good way, and anyone who has worked with his agency knows he means it. But last week, outrageous customer service took on a completely different meaning when a man named Ryan Block released a recording of his excruciating experience trying to cancel his Comcast service.

Look Before You Leap (Heather Robinette Expert Advice)

by Heather Robinette 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Careful research and planning give a business its best chance for success and help ensure the venture will provide an adequate reward for the risk involved. Prospective business owners brimming with confidence may want to rush through this step. Don't do it.

Better Words, Higher Prices (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 7/21/2014 12:00 am

There's no shortage of promotional language in today's product marketing environment. We have all heard enough about “world-class,” “new and improved” and “killer,” have we not? The marketing world is filled with tired copycat words and phrases that fail to clearly differentiate one company or offering from others. The right words, however, can indeed help create significant and measurable value.

Rob Noirot, Chris Green Join DataPath (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Rob Noirot has been hired as business relationship manager at DataPath Inc. of Little Rock, and Chris Green has been hired as national sales executive. Noirot previously worked in business banking and treasury management at U.S. Bank. Green was formerly a regional manager for George R. Douglas & Associates in Memphis.

'Zillionaire' Screed Has Arkansas Connection

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

An open letter that Nick Hanauer wrote to “My Fellow Zillionaires” was getting a lot of attention in Politico a couple of weeks ago, especially from political liberals delighted to see a rich guy making a self-serving case for higher minimum wage and a healthier middle class.

Little Rock Hires CJRW's Luis Gonzalez as Communication, Marketing Manager

by Lee Hogan 7/14/2014 11:26 am

The city of Little Rock has announced the hire of Luis Gonzalez as its communication and marketing manager. Gonzalez was previously an account supervisor at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods in Little Rock.

Brothers Take Creative Act to New Cranford Co.

by Gwen Moritz 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Jay, Ross and Chris Cranford have formed a new advertising agency called Cranford Co. — actually a limited liability company — to be located in downtown Little Rock. Their father, Wayne, will be “of counsel” to Cranford Co.

Sources Say Former CJRW Employee Still Waiting for Stock Payout

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's July 6 article catching up on the transitions underway at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods touched on the touchy topic of the advertising agency's employee stock ownership plan. Several executives who have departed in recent years still have ownership in the company through the ESOP.

Daily Record Switches to Weekly Format

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

The Daily Record, based in Little Rock, has gone from publishing twice a week to once a week, now publishing only on Tuesdays. Focusing on business and law news, the newspaper previously had new editions every Monday and Friday.

Wine Permit for Sassafras Springs Tops Grapevine of Beer & Wine Updates

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said.

Caveat Lector (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/14/2014 12:00 am

One of the problems with online news sites: You have to make an effort to rightly divide the information brought to you by journalists and the opinions brought to you by contributors, and it's not as easy as it is on, say, the Views pages of Arkansas Business.

Steve Landers Sr. On His Lessons Learned Before Leaving the Lot

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Steve Landers Sr. has been in the auto sales business for 43 years but has been transitioning out of the day-to-day operation of the enterprise. He will remain a consultant at the former Landers Auto Group, taking care of customers and working on putting together auto groups.

Fayetteville's APEI Earns R&D 100 'Oscar of Innovation'

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/11/2014 03:49 pm

The R&D 100 is a prestigious list of the world's top 100 tech-based product innovations included each year in R&D Magazine. The R&D 100 is known as the "Oscars of Innovation" and past award winners have included the flashcube, ATM, fax machine and HDTV.