December 2015 Community Journal

Brad Hill becomes an Interlink shareholder

Bill and Brad SigningBrad Hill (left) and Bill Garber

Interlink founder and owner Bill Garber announced December 1, 2015, that Interlink President Brad Hill has become a stockholder in the company.

Interlink is a privately owned circulation management company serving the newspaper industry. Publishers of more than 1,700 newspapers across the US use Interlink services to grow newspaper subscription penetration and manage subscriber services, including delivery by mail or carrier.

Hill began working with Interlink in 2001 as a technical contractor after leaving his previous position as Network Administrator for a private school system in Tennessee. Recognizing his ability to bridge the gap between technical issues and non-technical people, Interlink offered him a permanent position handling the integration of Interlink Circulation into new customers’ business systems.

He later became director of client solutions for the company before moving into the general manager role in 2011 and becoming president in 2013.

Hill was named a National Newspaper Association representative on the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) in 2012, joining NNA’s postal chairman Max Heath and NNA’s long-time legislative representative and CEO Tonda Rush in that important postal-related group.

“Brad’s vision for Interlink is inspiring, and his ongoing engagement with all of the stakeholders in our industry, especially our growing list of clients, is a key to realizing that vision. Establishing Brad as a stockholder confirms our shared vision for Interlink,” Garber said.

Following the announcement, Hill stated, “My appreciation for the role of community newspapers in our society and the opportunities for extending their unique and essential relationship with their communities have become much more vivid since becoming president at Interlink. This is an exciting place to be, perhaps more now than ever as the industry increasingly leverages new technologies, and as cloud services accelerate development of scalable, available-anywhere solutions that newspapers need.

“I’m fortunate to be working with a staff such as ours, who are second-to-none in customer service,” Hill said. “Bill has built a company I believe in, in an industry I believe in, and I look forward to leading Interlink and serving this industry for many more years.”


Enjoy 20% savings on tray and sack tags when you order online

As we encourage you to make the move to Full-Service mailing, we’re offering special, online pricing on our two-inch tray and sack tags—a requirement for printing Intelligent Mail barcodes.

Place your order online between now and Dec. 31 and receive 20% off the regular price.  Your cost is only $64.80 per case and includes shipping.

Whether you need mailing labels, tray and sack tags or renewal post cards, ordering online offers the flexibility of paying with a credit card or receiving an invoice. Click here to order now.

Product Description:
Printable 8 ½ x 11 laser sheets
Case of 5,000 2” perforated tags (qty. 500 sheets)
Discount will be reflected on invoice.


Discontinued use of one-inch sack tags

As of January 26, 2014, the United States Postal Service discontinued the use of one-inch sack and tray tags. Additionally, all current USPS sacks and trays have changed their holders to accommodate two-inch tags, which do not properly secure one-inch tags. While Interlink discontinued the sale of one-inch tags in August 2013, the report has remained in Circulation for those publications that did not yet make the transition to two-inch sack and tray tags.

To remain compliant with the USPS regulations, Interlink will remove the ability to print one-inch periodical and standard mail tags from Circulation with the first version release of January 2016.

If you need assistance in making the transition to two-inch tags, our client solutions team may be reached at 888-473-3103 or support@ilsw.com.

To purchase two-inch sack tags or other supplies, click here to access our online mailing supply store.


Client solutions Q&A

Q. How do I skip closing an issue?

A. There are times when it is necessary to skip closing an issue, such as when the paper is closed for a holiday. When it is necessary to skip closing an issue, the process is as follows:

  1. Open the list in question
  2. Click on “File” and “Configure List”; under the “General” tab, click the “Newspaper Schedule” button
  3. Change frequency to “Other” and click “OK”
  4. When ready, click the “Close Issue” button and enter the date you want to close for
  5. After closing the issue, repeat the first two steps, and then change the frequency back to the original setting

Close issue fails due to lack of hard drive space

When Circulation closes an issue, it creates a backup of your list. If there is not enough hard drive space to accommodate the backup, an error will occur, and you will not be able to proceed with closing the issue.

To clear space on your hard drive, go to “Tools” then “Explore Temporary Files” in Circulation. Once there, click “Date Modified” to sort the files in descending order. It is recommended you keep the most recent 12 months of files if possible, just to be safe.

Once you have determined which files to remove:

  1. Click the first file in the list of files you wish to remove
  2. Press and hold the Shift key, scroll to the bottom of the list and click the last file in the list you wish to remove
  3. Release the Shift key, right-click anywhere on the highlighted blue area, and left-click the Delete option

You can view how much space is now available on Drive C:/ by opening Windows Explorer and clicking “Computer.”

As always, we encourage you to visit the Knowledge Base for articles on managing your reporting needs, plus how-to articles designed to give you specific instructions on features in the Circulation program. If you have questions and would like to speak with a member of our client solutions team, please call 888-473-3103.


Take a bow…

Chip Hutcheson and Brad Hill at the National Newspaper Association annual convention and trade show.

Hutcheson elected NNA president

Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times Leader in Princeton, Kentucky, and an Interlink client, was elected president of the National Newspaper Association during the association’s 129th annual convention and trade show Oct. 3 in St. Charles, Missouri. Hutcheson succeeded John Edgecombe Jr., also an Interlink client, who is publisher of the Nebraska Signal in Geneva.


From left, Che’ Eddie, Bill Garber, Bill Tubbs, Linda Tubbs and Brad Hill gather at the Interlink booth during the NNA annual convention.

NNA honors  Tubbs with Amos Award

Interlink client Bill Tubbs, publisher of North Scott Press in Eldridge, Iowa, received the National Newspaper Association’s Amos Award at the annual convention this fall in St. Charles, Missouri. The Amos Award recognizes a working or retired newspaperman who has provided distinguished service and leadership to the community press.


Free conversion winners announced

Congratulations to Terry Carlisle, general manager of The Ellsworth (Maine) American, who won the free Interlink Circulation conversion during the National Newspaper Association convention this fall. Terry is pictured with Interlink sales managers Che’ Eddie (left) and Chris Freeman.


Congratulations to Byron Tate, publisher of Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Commercial, who won the free conversion at the ArkLaMiss circulation conference this fall in Vicksburg, Mississippi.


Hunleys welcome twins

Interlink client Sara Hunley, publisher of The Farina (Illinois) News, husband Josh and son Weston (not pictured) welcome the arrival of twin boys, Wyatt and Wayde, born Nov. 4. Congratulations to the Hunley family!


Postal calendar

Postal holidays with no regular mail delivery:

Christmas
Friday, Dec. 25 – Closed

New Year’s Day
Friday, Jan. 1 – Closed

Interlink calendar

Christmas
Thursday, Dec. 24 – Closed at 1 p.m. EST
Friday, Dec. 25 – Closed

New Year’s Day
Thursday, Dec. 31 – Closed at 1 p.m. EST
Friday, Jan. 1 – Closed

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