RICARDO MEDIA Gets Cooking with PublisherElements – Popular Canadian chef’s media division renews agreement for 5 years
Montreal, Canada, December 14, 2016 – The Media Services division of leading digital solutions company EquiSoft announces the renewal of a five-year agreement with RICARDO MEDIA Inc. The company will therefore continue to provide RICARDO magazine with its PublisherElements suite of audience and content management tools, as well as across-the-board customer care, operations and hosting services.
Since starting to work with EquiSoft, RICARDO MEDIA launched an English-language version of its iconic recipe and lifestyle magazine. The new title broke records and earned awards in its first year of publication.
“We’ve been working with RICARDO MEDIA for over 7 years,” commented Brinda Luckoo, Executive Vice-President, Media Services at EquiSoft. “The renewal of our agreement is a testament to the reliability and efficiency of our software tools. The challenges that many publishers face when trying to stay close to their readers are easily addressed by PublisherElements.”
RICARDO MEDIA will continue to rely on PublisherElements to help build its business and manage the circulation of the English and French editions of its magazines, in both print and digital formats. PublisherElements enables the centralization of all reader data into individual files, greatly simplifying the publisher’s life while creating new revenue opportunities.
About RICARDO MEDIA
Ricardo is both a chef and a charismatic, easygoing communicator, but RICARDO is also a brand for a contemporary lifestyle. RICARDO MEDIA, inspired by strong family values, works hard to promote the importance of cooking and eating as a family, offering cross-platform, high-quality content. Ricardo’s own TV production company—350 Degrees Productions—specializes in lifestyle and cooking shows. RICARDO magazine is a resounding success in Quebec, reaching over 1,000,000 readers every issue. The magazine’s English edition has been available nationwide since September 2014. With more than 5,000 triple-tested recipes and hundreds of how-to videos, ricardocuisine.com is a bilingual foodie destination for more than 2 million unique visitors each month. Ricardo has also created a line of kitchen accessories that are sold in over 600 stores from coast to coast. Ricardo has his own wine label that reflects his personality and taste. Sold only in Quebec for now, it offers two South African wines, a Spanish wine and one from the south of France. Open in Saint-Lambert, Quebec, since November 2014, Espace RICARDO is a one-of-a-kind gourmet boutique featuring RICARDO accessories alongside Test Kitchen-approved tools and gadgets. March 2016 saw the opening of Café RICARDO, which offers customers tasty dishes based on recipes drawn from the pages of the magazine and the website.
About EquiSoft and its Media Services Division
Founded in 1994, EquiSoft provides innovative media and publishing business solutions that leverage new digital technologies to drive growth. As part of its extensive portfolio of products and services, EquiSoft develops and markets PublisherElements, an advanced suite of tools designed to help media companies and publishers optimize their revenue streams and manage every aspect of their audience, content and subscription management needs in print, web and mobile formats. With over 125 active media titles on the platform, extensive experience in data conversion, and unique industry-specific expertise, EquiSoft offers turnkey solutions to B2B and consumer media services. EquiSoft has a growing team of nearly 250 professionals operating from Canada, the United States, Latin America, South Africa and India. Website: www.equisoft.com
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Expert panel to address anti-spam legislation impact on Canadian publishers
Industry organizations come together to present “The Publishers’ Guide to CASL Compliance” on Nov. 23 in Toronto
Toronto, November 1, 2016 – A panel of publishing and legal experts will assemble to address the implications and risks of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). Risks to publishers who are found to be non-compliant include class-action lawsuits and fines of up to $ 10 million.
CASL came into effect in July 2014, creating an entirely new set of parameters for Canada’s publishers and their email distribution operations. A three-year transitionary period expires on July 1, 2017.
Canadian publishers with email distribution activities are looking to gain a better understanding of the updated regulations and what these changes mean to their business operations.
Recognizing the significance to the publishing industry, a group of concerned organizations is sponsoring this one-of-a-kind panel session: the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM), CCAB, Division of BPA Worldwide, Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC), EquiSoft and Magazines Canada.
“The publishers’ understanding of CASL, its regulations, their implications and the steps to compliance is vital,” said Tim Peel, Vice-President at CCAB.
“Helping our members stay abreast of this sort of legislative change is our priority, and we’re happy to see this panel come together,” said Matthew Holmes, CEO of Magazines Canada.
Understanding and complying with CASL represents a significant challenge for the Canadian publishing community. Many questions remain about how to ensure continued compliance as the deadline, set for July 1, 2017, approaches.
November seminar to provide valuable insights and clear roadmap to CASL compliance
These questions will be addressed by a panel of publishing industry specialists at a seminar to be held at the Toronto offices of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin on November 23, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. EST. Entitled “The Publishers’ Guide to CASL Compliance,” the seminar is sponsored by EquiSoft, the Alliance for Audited Media, Magazines Canada, Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC), and the Canadian Circulation Audit Board (CCAB).
“We felt that assembling a panel of publishing specialists to address the industry’s specific questions would be of great value,” said Joan Brehl, VP/General Manager of the Alliance for Audited Media.
“We saw the need for this kind of seminar months ago. To this day, compliance issues remain important,” explained Brinda Luckoo, Executive Vice-President, Media Services at EquiSoft.
The seminar’s panel will be comprised of Derek Lackey, president of the Direct Marketing Association of Canada; Andrew Nunes of the Privacy Practice with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin; Adrienne Rutherford, Media Lawyer; and Vesna Moore, Director of Circulation & CASL Compliance Officer at Annex Business Media.
Room at the seminar is limited, so publishers and their audience management teams should register as soon as possible.
Tickets can be purchased here:
Registration is $50 for members of one of the sponsoring associations (AAM, CCAB, CMC, Equisoft and Magazines Canada), $75 for non-members.
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EQUISOFT INVESTS IN ITS MEDIA AND PUBLISHING DIVISION WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF A SEASONED INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE
Montreal, July 7, 2016 – EquiSoft, a leader in the design and development of digital business solutions for the media industry, is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Brinda Luckoo as Executive Vice President, Media Services.
Ms. Luckoo is an innovative, results-driven marketing and business development executive. She brings to EquiSoft a proven track record in customer acquisition and retention, and over 20 years’ extensive experience in audience management, acquired on both B2B and consumer publications in the UK and Canada.
As the Executive Director of Consumer Marketing at Rogers Media, she led the acquisition and retention of over 1M paid subscriptions across some of the largest Consumer and Business magazines in Canada, and also launched “Texture by Next Issue”, the very first ‘all you can read’ digital service in Canada with thousands of subscribers. Ms. Luckoo holds an Honours degree in International Marketing from the UK and France, and she has received multiple Consumer Marketing awards and Retail Newsstand awards over the course of her career.
In her new role as head of EquiSoft’s Media and Publishing division, she will be responsible for overseeing the continuous enhancement of the PublisherElements and RoyaltyElements product suites, and for leading and leveraging new strategic partnerships across North America, which is a key part of the division’s strategic and growth plans.
“Joining the EquiSoft team is very exciting”, said Ms. Luckoo. “EquiSoft’s PublisherElements is the only audience management system of its kind in the Canadian market, with its full set of tools for both B2B and Consumer publishers that enables publishers of all sizes to learn from each other and employ best-in-class tools and technologies. EquiSoft is also the only firm actively investing in audience management tools and capabilities for the Canadian marketplace, and I look forward to being a part of what I believe to be a strong and evolving company.”
“After years of continuous development and an investment of over $5M to build a cutting-edge solution, we now have a mature product in our hands, powered by a division with a huge potential, ” said Luis Romero, CEO and Founder of EquiSoft. “The rapid growth and geographical expansion of our Insurance and Wealth Management divisions have monopolized our attention in the past few years, and we were looking for someone who not only had specific expertise in the media industry, but also the passion and leadership skills to bring our Media division to the next stage of its evolution. Brinda’s wealth of experience and past successes will definitely help EquiSoft achieve its near and long term goals in the media and publishing industry.”, added Romero.
About EquiSoft Inc.
Founded in 1994, EquiSoft is an innovative and solution-driven company dedicated to helping its clients in the insurance, wealth management and media industries leverage new technologies to grow their businesses. As part of its wide range of products and services, EquiSoft develops and markets PublisherElements, which is one of the most advanced suite of tools designed to help media companies and publishers optimize their revenue streams and manage every aspect of their audience, content and subscription management needs — whether they are print, digital or web-related. With its portfolio of over 125 active media clients on the platform, extensive experience in data conversion, and unique industry-specific expertise, EquiSoft is able to offer turnkey solutions to all B2B and Consumer media services clients. EquiSoft has a growing team of over 200 professionals operating from Canada, the United States, Latin America and South Africa.
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EquiSoft is proud to sponsor the Alberta Magazine Publisher Association’s 20th anniversary magazine conference – the largest magazine media event in Western Canada –, which is taking place in Calgary on March 3-4. With over $4M investment in R&D and more than 60 magazine managed, EquiSoft is focused on helping media professionals grow their business by offering them a flexible, customizable and fully integrated Audience management suite of tools. For more information, please click here.
EquiSoft is a proud sponsor of this year’s Business Media Leadership Summit that will take place at Kingsbridge Conference Centre, King City on February 9-10, 2016. Learn more about the Business Media Leadership Summit.
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