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2015 Folio Awards

1 Top Award, 2 Honorable Mentions and Smiles All Around


Middle Market Growth magazine took the top award at last week’s Folio Eddie and Ozzie awards for best Digital Edition, accompanied by honorable mentions in two other categories for App and Media Kit. This is the second consecutive win for Middle Market Growth. We are thrilled to share the highlights and to celebrate the key contributors of these three projects.


Ozzie Digital: Digital Edition/Digital Magazine Design (Stand alone 6 issues or more)

Middle Market Growth magazine, published by Association for Corporate Growth

Congrats to the Network design team: Heather Winkel, Stuart Greenwell, Laura Walter and our partners at ACG: Kristin Gomez, Deb Cohen and Kathryn Mulligan.

Honorable Mention:

Ozzie Digital: App (Magazine Replica)

TD magazine app, published by Association for Talent Development

Congrats to the Network design team: Jen Smith, Jeremy Haag, Kelsy Stone, and our partners at ATD: Paula Ketter and Vanessa St. Gerard.

Honorable Mention:

Ozzie: Media Kit


Congrats to the Network team: Jenni Sweitzer, Jeff Selway, Shannon Reid

Recognizing the best in “eye-catching design and uncompromising journalism” in all sectors of the industry, the awards celebrate the best in class.  “It is rewarding to see our clients succeed and our design team continue to grow and adjust to meet the needs of the industry” commented Carrie Hartin, Chief Operating Officer.

You can see more of the design work from Network in our portfolio.

Leave a Comment November 4, 2015

Network Celebrates Four Excel Wins

Network Media Partners celebrated four Excel award wins with Association Media & Publishing Monday evening.


Network’s Design and Marketing teams were honored with silver and bronze Excel awards:

  • Mobile AppTD tablet app Sept 2014 issue — Bronze award
  • General Excellence: AYP magazine April, June, August 2014 issues — Silver award
  • Design Excellence: AYP magazine August, October, December 2014 issues – Bronze award
  • Media Kit: 2015 AHIMA media kit – Silver award

Congrats to our association clients and Network teams on these honors!

Leave a Comment June 17, 2015


Typically you hear people say they attend conferences for education, networking, and needed credits for their certification. Rarely do you hear them say they attend to become a disruptor. A key observation after my first day at DigitalNow was that a majority of attendees were participating in the event because they were looking for ideas, tactics and insights that can help them disrupt the business norm of their association. Take a look at a great overview of what keynote Rachel Botsman had to share with attendees.

Publishing, revenue, and media sales continue to need disruption as the traditional tactics used to plan and execute media sales strategies fade in their effectiveness.

Here are a few quick ideas on rethinking your “norm” -

  • In a competitive, high stakes environment, it is important to bring new value to the table for your customers every time they meet with your sales team to discuss a current or future media investment.
  • Association publishers and sales teams continue to have a huge advantage. What community does your association represent? Is that community trusted? How can key suppliers solve business and market issues for the community? How does your association bring that matching and relationship together in media and communication? Building trusted relationships with valuable content is part of the reason sponsored content is finding market success.
  • How can disruption be smaller? Look to simplify a complicated process. For example, how does someone buy media from you? Where is there room to make that process less cumbersome, more intuitive?
  • Remove cultural impediments that come with past failures. Often times we hold on to past failures. For example, let’s say you tried to build a media partnership program 3 years ago and it did not gain traction in the market. Go back now and look to see if there are reasons that the environment, people, products are different than they were at that time. It can make sense to go back to existing ideas to see if there is still room for them to become successful.
  • What is success going to look like when you have disrupted the norm and brought a new approach to your publishing and sales? That question needs an answer. You must be realistic when discussing new and disruptive ideas. Creating new publishing models in “can’t fail” environments with unrealistic expectations of revenue is not going to foster future innovation.

If your organization’s approach to media sales could benefit from some disruption, consider attending Association Media & Publishing’s Annual Meeting in June. Content will align around digital, editorial, executive publishing, and advertising. Network’s Shannon Reid and Brittany Shoul will present a session designed to reconstruct how an association can actively deliver (sell!) their value proposition surrounding media and advertising. If you can’t make it to the conference, call us. We would be happy to connect with you about these ideas and more.  Disruption, when done well, results in growth.

Leave a Comment June 2, 2015

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