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Gannett to automate obituaries


Gannettoid.com | news@gannettoid.com | Posted: Aug. 21, 2009 • Morning report


Following up on news that Gannett was going to begin automating its obituary publishing, the company is hosting an online meeting to discuss details.

Leslie Giallombardo, Gannett's vice president of advertising, sent out a memo Thursday previewing an online meeting set to be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The memo obtained by Gannettoid.com says the meeting begins at 1 p.m., but it has since been changed.

Here is the memo:

From: Giallombardo, Leslie
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 3:30 PM
To: (removed; too many to list)
Cc: (removed)
Subject: FW: Self-Service/Obits Launch

Please join me next Wednesday at 1pm to learn about our obits and celebrations strategy for self service. At this informational web-ex, I’ll be covering the product, pricing, and sales and marketing ideas for launch. You will also receive action steps required on your part.

In addition to you, I have invited your designated Project Manager and Sales/Marketing lead for the self service project. Feel free to pass this invite on to your classified manager and/or your key person in charge of obits. This session is for the first group of newspapers to launch, with start dates in September. In the absence of an AD, a few publishers were invited as well. You should forward this to the appropriate person on this staff. Of course, as always, you are welcome to attend.

The meeting should last no more than one hour.


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