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By Dylan Stableford
Billboard's Billboard Year
is reporting a billboard-worthy 2005 performance, up 22% in ad pages, "72% in national consumer ad revenue and 25% in classified ad revenue." Its year-end issue will carry more than 80 advertising pages, marking the magazine's largest issue since 1996, according to the company. Online advertising revenue is up 28 percent over 2004 and conference registrations were up 76 percent from last year's total. Billboard was redesigned this year. The company also launched Billboard Mobile in 2005 targeting content for mobile users.
In news that will sure to bring holiday warmth to video game nerds everywhere, the Official Xbox Magazine
"will be the only place Xbox 360ï¾™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft gamers and FINAL FANTASYï¾® fans can go to get a sneak peek of Square Enix's highly successful FINAL FANTASY XI, a massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG)." The magazine will include the limited edition, playable FINAL FANTASY XI beta disc for the hellishly popular console in the February 2006 issue, hitting newsstands January 17, 2006.
, featuring over 400 baby gift products. The partnership includes cross-promotion in the magazine and TheKnot.com, a popular online shopping destinations for newly-engaged and married couples.
Tango Snags Stevie Award
. The competition recognizing the accomplishments of women executives and business owners.