New rollout schedule for self-serve obits
Gannettoid.com | firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted: Sept. 21, 2009 • Morning report
Gannett has set a new date to begin transitioning sites to self-serve publishing of obituaries.
The company originally planned to begin with The Indianapolis Star the week of Sept. 7, but announced Sept. 4 it would be pushing that back three weeks due to "unexpected delays." Now, according to a memo sent Friday from Annette Gould, Gannett's manager of advertising technology, The Star and three other papers are scheduled to launch the change Oct. 5.
Gannett has contracted Wave2 to provide the software. Customers will be directed to a Web site where they can select a template, fill in their individual information and submit the obituary. The program then takes the information, formats it and posts it to the newspaper’s host system.
Here is the memo:
Wave2 - Tentative Schedule Update
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 4:18 PM
Attachments: oledata.mso (14 KB); image001.wmz (6 KB);
We are making great progress with the many different areas involved with an enterprise rollout of self service. Following is a new tentative schedule that better reflects our current status. As we get closer to your expected kickoff date we will contact you to schedule an initial call