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Reliable Software Developers’ Conference confirms dates

31st Mar 2014 • Leave a comment

The dates and locations for the Reliable Software Developers’ Conference 2014 have been confirmed as: Bristol (20th May) Cambridge (22nd May) Manchester(2nd June) Uphall, Scotland (5th June)

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PCIM organisers optimistic

14th Mar 2014 • Leave a comment

The organisers of PCIM are optimistic that this year’s show will be better than ever. They’ve announced that there are already 400 exhibitors, a slight increase over last year but a significant jump from 2012 when there were 365. With a number of clients at the show, we’re certainly looking forward to PCIM 2014.

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Electronic Specifier launches German-language website

14th Mar 2014 • Leave a comment

Electronic Specifier has launched a new German-language website, www.electronicspecifier.de. The Electronic Specifier team has demonstrated their approach works with the current English and French websites, and it is good to see continued ambition to grow and expand. In Germany, the competition from other publishers is intense: certainly far greater than France, where there are few…

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How useful are Alexa rankings?

5th Mar 2014 • Leave a comment

The students I teach at Solent University seem to believe that Alexa is a reliable and trustworthy source of traffic figures for sites on the Internet. In reality, the data it provides is reasonably accurate for highly-trafficked consumer websites. But anyone who has tried to use Alexa to estimate traffic levels for B2B technology sites…

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Great video content?

5th Mar 2014 • Leave a comment

We recently posted some thoughts about the most effective videos for our industry, written by Ian Poole of Radio-Electronics.com. The site has just posted their Mobile World Congress 2014 video – what do you think? Is it the best way to communicate with our audiences?

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What makes a successful video?

15th Feb 2014 • Leave a comment

Video is increasingly important for B2B Technology publications, so I was delighted when Ian Poole or Radio-Electronics.com was kind enough to pass on his views about what makes a good video in our industry: We have all seen a large number of videos being posted on all sorts of websites and including those in the…

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OpenSystems media launches co-sponsored e-magazines

10th Feb 2014 • Leave a comment

OpenSystems Media has launched a series of “Co-Sponsored E-mags”, which are designed primarily for lead generation. Initially these publications will target the following industries, although there is a promise that other markets will be addressed if there is sufficient demand from advertisers: April: Internet of Things (Circulation: 40,000) May: Automotive (Circulation: 27,000) June: Unmanned Systems…

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Selezione di Elettronica purchased by New Business Media

10th Feb 2014 • Leave a comment

On 1st February 2014 the Business Media division of Il Sole 24 ORE Group, which publishes Selezione di Elettronica amongst other trade titles, was purchased by Tecniche Nuove Group. Email addresses at the publication will change to end “@newbusinessmedia.it”, but we are not aware of any plans that would affect Selezione di Elettronica. It should…

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Weka MEDIA SUMMIT 2014 to be held during embedded world

2nd Feb 2014 • Leave a comment

The 8th Weka MEDIA SUMMIT will be held on 26th February during embedded world. The keynote, discussing 10 great trends in marketing communications, will be presented by Dr. Matthäus Hoseand Prof. Dr. Matthias Spörrle. There will also be time for networking. You’ll have to be able to speak German to attend. If you would like…

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Elektronik wins VDE award

30th Jan 2014 • Leave a comment

Congratulations to Gerhard Stelzer, editor in chief of Elektronik on his VDE (German Electronic and Electrical Association) award in the “Technical Media” category. WEKA FACHMEDIEN GmbH, publishers of Elektronik, also won the VDE Technology Media Prize – the second time the publisher has received this award.

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It’s still all about getting printed magazines in the post!

30th Jan 2014 • Leave a comment

OK, we’re a long way from the days when your marketing campaigns relied on printed magazines being posted out to readers. But there are still many people in Europe who like – or even prefer – to receive their news in print, so publishers will be facing the challenge of physical distribution of magazines for…

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Contribute to the E&E Compendium

29th Jan 2014 • Leave a comment

The E&E Kompendium 2015, the German electronics industry’s equivalent of the Beano annual (email me for an explanation if you don’t live in the UK) has issued a call for technical papers. It’s a unique publication, giving brands in our industry the chance to have a presence in an annual reference book that is used…

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Mark Allen Group acquires Findlay Media

22nd Jan 2014 • Leave a comment

The Mark Allen Group (MAG) has announced they will acquire Findlay Media Limited (FML), subject to due diligence, with the deal expected to complete in early April 2014. The deal will take MAG’s turnover to more than £25 million. MAG has offices at Herne Hill, London and Dinton, Wiltshire, but FML will continue to operate…

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PXI Show to co-locate with NEW in 2014

17th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

The organisers of the PXI Show have announced that the event will co-locate with National Electronics Week at the NEC Birmingham on 8th-10th April 2014. The PXI show offers Electronics Design, Test & Production managers and engineers a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments in PXI from the industry’s leading experts, with both…

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I just want to spend some money!

16th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

Popular journalist and part-time PR, Dick Selwood, sent me a note describing his frustrations when trying to find out information about various provocations. We have seen similar issues at Napier: sometimes you really do wonder whether publications want a share of your advertising budget! Rant mode on I am just trying to pull together a forward…

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Electronics Weekly returns to the news

16th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

I was never convinced by the argument that “no one reads the news in print any more”. Whilst it’s clear that consumption of news has moved online, there has always been a group of readers who prefer their news in print. It’s also clear that whilst the days of cutting and pasting press releases into…

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ecsn is offical Overall Sponsor of ES Live 2014

16th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

The electronic components supply network (ecsn) has been announced as the official Overall Sponsor of ESLive 2014. It’s great to see that events are getting sponsorship from organisations such as ecsn, and I’m sure that their members will be able to benefit from the partnership.

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UK conference addresses high reliability system software developers

14th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

The Reliable Software Developers’ Conference (RSD Conference) is a new event aimed at developers working on safety critical and other high reliability applications. The event will be co-located with the UK Device Developers’ Conference. MISRA are headline sponsors, lending real credibility to the event. The conference will cover topics including coding standards, test & verification…

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New publication launched at productronica

14th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

At productronica, a new publication smttoday was launched, serving both the US and European electronics industry. As well as a website, a bi-monthly magazine will be published.

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Are you paying for adverts that your audience never sees?

13th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

There are two million sites in the Google Display Network Google has announced that advertisers using the display network will only be charged if 50 per cent of their ad is visible on the page for one second or longer. Whilst this doesn’t seem that generous an offer, you might be tempted to question how…

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All I want for Christmas is print…

12th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

Power Systems Design North America (PSDNA) will increase its print frequency from six issues a year to 10, matching the sister title Power Systems Design Europe (PSDE). Whilst the publishers haven’t said this, I suspect the editorial content of the two titles will get even closer, ultimately resulting in a single product that effectively allows…

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5000 visitors to Electronics For You Expo Western India

7th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

It’s good to see shows being successful, and the EFY Expo Western India, which was held in Mumbai on the 21st to 23rd November definitely exceeded expectations. The organisers expected around 1500 to 2000 visitors, so the 5010 people who came through the door to see the 57 exhibitors was a real success. India is…

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AdvancedManufacturing.co.uk launches

7th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

Centaur Publications has launched a new website, AdvancedManufacturing.co.uk, which provides news for the advanced manufacturing industry. Topics include finance, acquisitions, industry bodies, but information, environmental topics and Government. Whilst the site is closely linked to MWP magazine, I’m optimistic that the site will cover a broad range of topics related to advanced manufacturing, and the…

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Opportunities for guest bloggers at OpenSystems Media

6th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

It’s interesting to see how different publishers are trying to encourage greater engagement from readers – particularly those who are experts in their fields. Perhaps the simplest way is to give engineers with something to say about technology a platform to reach their peers, and this is exactly what OpenSystems Media is trying to do…

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Electrical Sourcing appoints Executive Editor

6th Dec 2013 • Leave a comment

MMG has appointed Caroline Hayes as executive editor of the Electrical Sourcing print edition, which will be published alternate months, beginning with the Nov/Dec 2013 issue. Caroline seems to have picked up a multitude of roles since the closure of EPN, and it’s good to see the value of such an experienced editor being recognised…

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