Update: The extra training sessions on Thursday have been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have specific questions, requests, or issues which need to be addressed by Newscycle, please contact an iConnect Board member who can direct you to the proper resource. Also, don’t forget our sales engineers are glad to visit your site for hands-on assistance. Learn more.

Note: The early-bird rate for registration ends April 18, so be sure to sign up soon to save $50 on this terrific and informative conference. 

by Diane Attanasio

I hope you will join us at the upcoming 2019 iConnect Users’ Conference, May 19th through 23rd in Minneapolis.  It promises to be a very informative event, with many presentations and discussions which will to be of great interest and value to existing and soon-to-be Newscycle customers.  These sessions address the following:

  1. How can we be more productive, and improve our use of the products we have now?
  2. What enhancements does Newscycle have for its current products?
  3. What new products does Newscycle have, and how do they work?
  4. What does Newscycle have coming in both the near future and down the road?
  5. What products do Newscycle’s vendor partners have, and what is coming in the future from them?
  6. How can we make the best use of all available platforms with both current and future products?

These are being presented by Newscycle’s experts and their vendor partners, as well as our innovative members from across the Newscycle user community who have hands-on experience with these systems.  With ideas shared from our presenters, plus attendees such as you and others in our publishing community, this is where we get valuable information.

My advice is: in addition to attending the sessions for the products you are familiar with, consider the ones for products you don’t use or have today.  There are still many ideas you will gain from those, both from the presenters, and from discussion with other attendees.  In any case, you will learn many new ideas and approaches that you can take back to your company.

Here are some (but not all) of the sessions we will be conducting:

Of Interest to All Attendees

  • NCS Roadmap: What is the Market Looking For and Where is it Going?
  • AI/ML Product Direction

Mobile Technology

  • Introduction and Expectations
  • What Are the Best Push Strategies?
  • How to Capture Video Using a CMS (Content Management System)
  • Optimizing Ad Revenues

Advertising Technology

  • Introduction and Expectations
  • Improve Efficiencies and Reduce Costs
  • Customer Enhancement Forum
  • What’s New in 2018 and 2019 Software
  • Best Practice Exchange:  Online Payments
  • Élan Advertising – Overview
  • Élan Advertising: Business Benefits and Migration Strategies
  • Executive Panel Discussion
  • Digital Services Roundtable Discussion
  • Ask the Experts
  • Saleslink:  How to Implement
  • NCS Advertising: Standardizing Obituaries
  • Enterprise Classified
  • PDF Linker for E-Invoicing
  • Introduction to Informer (Graphical Reporting Tool)
  • Utility Tools and Functions (for NCS Advertising)


  • Intros and Expectations
  • Roundtable: Growing Digital Subscriptions and Revenue
  • Circulation Pro Manager Q&A
  • NCS Circulation – Customer Enhancement Forum
  • Executive Panel Discussion
  • Ask the Experts
  • NCS Circulation – Subscription Link
  • Future Payment Options
  • NCS Partnerships
  • NCS Circulation – Data Analytics
  • In-Depth Circulation Session


  • Introductions and Expectations
  • Roundtable: Growing Readership
  • Customer Enhancement Forum
  • Executive Panel Discussion
  • Infomaker: Business Benefits and Migration Strategies
  • NCS Content/Digital: Ask the Experts
  • Roundtable Discussion: Content and Digital Products

Technology Sessions

  • Advertising Analytix
  • AI/ML Product Direction
  • Executive Panel Discussion
  • AI/ML for the News Industry

Specialty Session

  • Impact of CCPA (California Consumer Protection Act)

Vendor Sessions and Demos

  • Edgil Payway
  • Miracom
  • MG2
  • iPublish
  • ISD
  • TCN
  • Voiceport

Don’t forget to attend to bonus free training sessions from Newscycle, to be conducted on the final morning of the conference.

All in all, attending the sessions at this conference, plus the networking that you can only get in-person with face-to-face meetings, will be an irreplaceable experience, for both hands-on system professionals, and for high-level management.

To learn more or register, click here. The conference is for iConnect members only, so if you’re interested, click here for membership information.

About Diane Attanasio: Diane Attanasio is a Business Systems Manager for Newsday Media Group, based in Melville (Long Island), New York.  She has been working with media publishing, advertising and accounting systems for over 30 years.  She has a BA in Economics from CUNY Brooklyn College and an MBA in Business Management from Dowling College.