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Gary Pageau is principal of InfoCircle LLC, continuing his marketing communications career. InfoCircle LLC is a marketing and communications consulting firm, specializing in business-to-business markets. For nearly 25 years, he was with PMA International, serving most recently as Publisher, Content Development and Strategic Initiatives. His primary responsibilities included overseeing the Association’s editorial department, marketing research unit, education and corporate relations department.

Build strong business relationships with gifts, with Steve Buzogany, the Appreciation Advocate Marketing Podcasts 

Build strong business relationships with gifts, with Steve Buzogany, the Appreciation Advocate

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talked with Steve Buzogany, founder and CEO of the Appreciation Advocate. In this interview, Buzogany talks about ways businesses can show appreciation to customers throughout the year, not just at the holidays. He recommends personalized business gifts, not logo’d promotional merchandise. Buzogany is the founder and CEO of The Appreciation Advocate.  Since 2012, he has been... Read More
IDC: China’s smartphone market fell 13.2% to a decade low in 2022 Market research 

IDC: China’s smartphone market fell 13.2% to a decade low in 2022

According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, 285.8 million smartphones shipped in China in 2022, down 13.2% year-on-year (YoY) to below the 300 million mark for the first time in ten years. In 4Q22, the market declined 12.6% YoY to 72.9 million units. Both full-year 2022 and 4Q22 shipments were near their decade-ago levels as the strict COVID policy... Read More
NRF economist says U.S. recession unlikely Market research 

NRF economist says U.S. recession unlikely

A recession is unlikely and the economy is expected to see slight growth in 2023 as consumers continue to cope with inflation and high interest rates, said Jack Kleinhenz, National Retail Federation (NRF) chief economist. “A month into 2023, the economy is facing stiff headwinds and – with the exception of easing inflation – will likely face more challenges before... Read More
Update: Shutterfly layoffs impact 360 News 

Update: Shutterfly layoffs impact 360

Personalized photo products leader Shutterfly Inc. management is reducing staff by 360 employees, according to a company-wide email. The announcement was not made public but the topic is a hot one on LinkedIn and on layoff tracking sites. The Dead Pixels Society has reached out to Shutterfly for comment but has yet to receive a response. [Update: The Minneapolis Star Tribune... Read More
SPAC 2023 draws hundreds of new photographers Events 

SPAC 2023 draws hundreds of new photographers

The SPAC 2023 school and sports photography conference was held Jan. 25-28, at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring sessions, a trade show, and social events. After years of COVID-related attendance declines, conference organizers say attendance is back up to pre-pandemic levels, with more than 200 new conference attendees. The Dead Pixels Society attended the conference; the... Read More
Snap reports revenue increased 12% but losses continue Earnings reports News 

Snap reports revenue increased 12% but losses continue

Snap Inc. announced financial results for the quarter and full year that ended Dec. 31, 2022. The company’s revenue increased 12% to $4.6 billion in 2022, compared to the prior year. The net loss was $1,430 million in 2022, including restructuring charges of $189 million, compared to $488 million in 2021. “We ended a challenging 2022 with 375 million Daily... Read More
Samsung Electronics debuts 200 MP smartphone sensor New Products 

Samsung Electronics debuts 200 MP smartphone sensor

Samsung Electronics introduced a 200-megapixel image sensor, the ISOCELL HP2, with improved pixel technology and full-well capacity for stunning mobile images in tomorrow’s premium smartphones, the company said. “The Samsung ISOCELL HP2 harnesses Samsung’s high-resolution image sensor technologies and know-how at the cutting edge for epic details,” said JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics.... Read More
Reinventing a volume photography business, with Eric Miller, MillerFoto Marketing Podcasts 

Reinventing a volume photography business, with Eric Miller, MillerFoto

In this special 100th episode, Gary Pageau talks again with our very first guest, Eric Miller, of MillerFoto. Since the launch of the Dead Pixels Society podcast in March, 2020, the global pandemic reshaped how many businesses operate. Volume photography is no different, and Miller walks us through the decisions he made to reinvent his business operations and marketing practices.... Read More
Target transfers photo department to EZ Prints News 

Target transfers photo department to EZ Prints

Another major North American retailer is transferring it branded photo printing site to a traditional photo site. Target Photo has elected to transfer its business to a partner, EZ Prints. In an announcement posted on the site, Target says users can migrate their account to the EZ Prints site. This is the second major announcement of a large retailer doing this,... Read More
Waldo announces digital photo and video pass News 

Waldo announces digital photo and video pass

Waldo Photos, an AI-powered photo and video platform, announced its new combined Digital Photo & Video Pass for photographers who shoot photos and videos at competitions and performances. The new offer allows for bundling photos and videos into a single sale and provides seamless delivery to customers via the Waldo app. “I’m incredibly excited to announce we’re adding the option for pro... Read More
Fiery spins out of EFI Investments News 

Fiery spins out of EFI

Fiery, which provides leading Digital Front End (DFE) technology for production and industrial printing, announced it has been separated from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. and established as a separate company that will operate independently while remaining owned by EFI’s owner, Siris Capital Group LLC. Toby Weiss, long-time Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Fiery, will continue to lead the... Read More
Rise Above Research estimates 1.6 trillion photos  will be taken in 2023 Market research News 

Rise Above Research estimates 1.6 trillion photos will be taken in 2023

The number of photos captured globally has continued to grow after a decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, with Rise Above Research estimating 1.6 trillion photos will be taken in 2023. This represents a 7.5% increase over 2022 and growth is expected to continue, driven by the popularity of smartphones. “Photography is more popular than ever, when you... Read More
JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch promoting dog adoption News 

JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch promoting dog adoption

Beginning Jan. 24, Change a Pet’s Life Day, JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch is offering is partnering with local animal shelters in 10 U.S. cities to help senior dogs find a home. In addition, the company is offering free pet portrait for customers at JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch. “As a brand focused on supporting families on every occasion, we care about the... Read More