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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.

Industry Notes for the week of Sept. 7 News 

Industry Notes for the week of Sept. 7

NFIB: Half of U.S. small businesses are understaffed Reuters reports the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) says “half of U.S. small-business owners reported unfilled job openings in August as finding qualified workers remains an ongoing challenge. The trade group said, in its monthly jobs report, 50% of small business owners reported unfilled job openings in August on a seasonally adjusted... Read More
Shutterstock acquires PicMonkey Acquisitions 

Shutterstock acquires PicMonkey

Shutterstock, Inc. announced the $110 million acquisition of PicMonkey, an online graphic design and image editing platform, from Spectrum Equity. The company said the deal complements Shutterstock’s content subscriptions with easy-to-use image and video design tools and expands Shutterstock’s “audience reach and addressable market by extending into the rapidly growing $8 billion market opportunity for creative software and design tools.” The... Read More
Waldo Photos partners with American Photo Marketing News 

Waldo Photos partners with American Photo Marketing

Waldo Photos, the AI-powered photo platform featuring face finding and jersey recognition along with patented mobile proof delivery, announced its new partnership with American Photo Marketing, the Ypsilanti, Mich.-based school photography provider. The partnership with Waldo will now bring AI-powered photo management, yearbook curation, and real-time mobile photo delivery to families served by APM’s three businesses: SchoolPictures.com, which provides traditional... Read More
Japan’s Asukanet reports higher quarterly sales Earnings reports News 

Japan’s Asukanet reports higher quarterly sales

Japanese photobook maker Asukanet Co., Ltd. reported sales for the quarter ending July 31 were 1,466,562 thousand yen (116.4% compared to the same quarter of the previous fiscal year). In terms of income, despite the higher R&D expenses for the establishment of a technical development center in the aerial display business, an increase in segment income in the funeral business... Read More
European online print marketplace HelloPrint adds Canva integration News Partnerships 

European online print marketplace HelloPrint adds Canva integration

European online print marketplace Helloprint announced a strategic partnership with visual communication platform provider Canva, where users can access Canva’s thousands of print templates and content library and print the designs directly via the Helloprint platform. We believe that integrating Canva’s powerful design solution and content library on our European platform is a true game-changer for us as a company... Read More
Zhong Yi Optics announces the Mitakon 135mm f/2.5 APO Portraits Lens New Products 

Zhong Yi Optics announces the Mitakon 135mm f/2.5 APO Portraits Lens

Zhong Yi Optics, a wide-aperture lenses manufacturer in China, has rebuilt their old 135mm f/2.8 lens into 135mm f/2.5, available in Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z and Sony FE mounts, the company said. The new 135mm lens benefits working in difficult lighting, also offering great control on the depth of field. The lens is composed by high-quality... Read More
The Dead Pixels Society podcast: Saving Photo Memories with Cathi Nelson, The Photo Managers Podcasts 

The Dead Pixels Society podcast: Saving Photo Memories with Cathi Nelson, The Photo Managers

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Cathi Nelson, founder of The Photo Managers, about Save Your Photos Month, the need for personal photo organizing and the important role stories and photos play in all societies around the world. The Photo Managers is the world’s leading educational community in the rapidly growing field of photo management. Founded in 2009 as the Association of Personal... Read More
Sky News: Photobox Group in talks to combine with Albelli Acquisitions 

Sky News: Photobox Group in talks to combine with Albelli

Sky News reports the owner of  U.K.-based Photobox Group – private-equity firm Exponent – is in “advanced talks” combine with continental personalized printing competitor Albelli (also known as Albumprinter Holding). The combined business would be worth £500 million. City Editor Mark Kleinman writes the deal is close to being finalized but could still fall through. Albelli operates Bonusprint, which is in... Read More
dakis boosts Google integration in platform News Updates 

dakis boosts Google integration in platform

dakis announced an integration with Google, allowing retailers to add their products to Google products listings directly from the dakis platform. Retailers’ products can appear in free listings across Google properties, including the Shopping tab, Google Search, Google Images, Google Maps, and Google Lens. “We are making it simpler and more affordable for small & medium retailers to efficiently compete... Read More
Kodak Moments to help honor female veteran on “Military Makeover with Montel” Promotions 

Kodak Moments to help honor female veteran on “Military Makeover with Montel”

Kodak Moments announced their participation in season #27 of Military Makeover with Montel Williams airing on Lifetime Television. The company worked with the show’s team to create same-day personalized photo gifts and decor to honor United States Air Force Tech Sergeant Michelle Dingee, the first female service person to be honored on the program. Kodak Moments was featured on Military... Read More
Fujifilm expands GFX medium format line with new camera, lenses New Products 

Fujifilm expands GFX medium format line with new camera, lenses

FUJIFILM North America Corp. introduced FUJIFILM GFX50S II, a mirrorless digital camera with a 51.4MP large-format sensor, as well as look at its future lens roadmap. GFX50S II uses a specialized design with small, light-collecting microlenses on the sensor which create a wide gap between adjacent pixels, thereby maximizing light resolution per pixel for exceptional image sharpness, the company said.... Read More
Pixieset acquires Flothemes, maker of WordPress photographer themes Acquisitions 

Pixieset acquires Flothemes, maker of WordPress photographer themes

Vancouver-based software solutions provider Pixieset Media Inc. announced the successful acquisition of Flothemes, a premium WordPress website designer for photographers and other creative businesses. In conjunction with the transaction, Flothemes founder Ross Tanner has joined Pixieset’s leadership team as Director of Design & Business Development. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP served as legal counsel to Pixieset, while The Lew Firm, APC... Read More
Platypod announces multi-accessory kit New Products 

Platypod announces multi-accessory kit

Platypod, maker of compact camera supports, announces today the new Multi-Accessory Kit, featuring a sturdy and unique new 2-inch wide Arca compatible quick release disc that easily attaches to cameras, ball heads, and other accessories. The Multi-Accessory Kit is compatible with the durable and portable Platypod Pro, Max or Ultra tripods and together allow photographers to unlock the full potential... Read More
Manfrotto debuts ELEMENT MII fluid video monopod New Products 

Manfrotto debuts ELEMENT MII fluid video monopod

Manfrotto debuted the ELEMENT MII Video Monopod, suitable for shooting weddings, corporate videos, interviews, and documentaries. The ELEMENT MII Video Monopod is the first in the Manfrotto range to incorporate the new high-performing, ergonomic twist locks. The new Video Monopod also has a patented, lightweight fluid cartridge in the base. The entire kit weighs just 1Kg and folds to a... Read More