Category Archives: COMM 2423: Writers Choice

Pinterest, my favorite addiction.

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I’m sure many of you have heard about the website, “Pinterest.com.” A lot of people use it but there are still many people who don’t know what it is. Let me inform you!

What’s Pinterest?

Pinterest is an online database with thousands of pictures. The pictures are divided up into different sections depending on what they deal with. Different sections like, food, apparel, travel, home decor, DYI, education, fitness, and a lot more.

What Do You Do?

People upload pictures and then other people can see them. When you see a picture you want to save, you “repin” it. The picture is then moved to one of your  virtual “pin boards.” You can have as many pin boards as you would like and post as many pictures to those boards as you want. I have pin boards that I’ve named, “outfit ideas,” “one day,” “yummy,” “nails,” “hair styles,” and the list could go on.

You can also click on the pictures because they have embedded links that will take you to where you can find more information about the picture. For example, there are tons of pictures of different meals. When you see something you like, you can click on the picture and it will take you to a website that gives you the recipe on how to make that meal. It’s pretty awesome!

Also, you can buy things on Pinterest too. There is a tab called “gifts” near the top of the page and you can choose the price range you want to view pictures from. On the top left side corner of each picture, it will tell how much the item costs.

Another Type of Social Media!

Let me also mention that you can follow your friends on Pinterest too. You can send pictures to them and comment on pictures they upload. You can even sync your Pinterest account with Facebook or Twitter and they will find your friends for you! Simple, easy, and loads of fun.

If this post hasn’t inspired you to set up a Pinterest account, something is clearly wrong with you! If it has, I warn you that it can be very addicting but who cares, it’s so much fun!

If you have any other questions about Pinterest, let me know! I would love to answer them for you.

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10 Tips: How to write a press release

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Knowing the basics of how to write a press release are crucial if you are going to be a PR pro.  It’s important to know the correct ways in writing a press release before your even given the assignment.

Here are a list of tips on writing a press relase!

  1. Make sure the information is newsworthy.
  2. Tell the audience that the information is intended for them and why they should continue to read it.
  3. Start with a brief description of the news, then distinguish who announced it, and not the other way around.
  4. Ask yourself, “How are people going to relate to this and will they be able to connect?”
  5. Make sure the first 10 words of your release are effective, as they are the most important.
  6. Avoid excessive use of adjectives and fancy language.
  7. Deal with the facts.
  8. Provide as much Contact information as possible: Individual to Contact, address, phone, fax, email, Web site address.
  9. Make sure you wait until you have something with enough substance to issue a release.
  10. Make it as easy as possible for media representatives to do their jobs.

Rated T for Teen: Turkey Bowling Event

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Midflorida credit union is hosting their first “Turkey Bowling” event for teens on Nov 22! The event will take place at AMF Lakeland lanes, located on S. Florida, from 5-9pm.

Teens will be able to enjoy free bowling, shoe and ball rental, as well as free pizza and unlimited bevarages! On top of that, they will also have a chance to win some awesome prizes. Door prizes will be raffled off throughout the event and other small prizes will be given away through competitions. The top prize will be given to the lucky teen who bowls a turkey (three strikes in-a-row!) first!

Event details can also be found on Midflorida’s Rated T for Teen Facebook page or on there RT4T blog. They are asking that teens RSVP no later than Monday, 11/ 21 on their Facebook page, so they can gurauntee enough food and lanes for everyone.

Hannah Sells, Midflorida’s youth spokesperson, will also be there bowling and talking with other fellow teens!

I wish when I was a teen, I had a bank that had cool events like this! Maybe I’ll crash the party? Only kidding!

Rated T for Teen: Witcha-Be-Wearing Halloween Contest

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Photo Credit: RT4T.com

This Halloween, Midflorida Credit Union had their first “Witcha-be-Wearing” Halloween 2011 Costume Photo Contest!

They asked teens to take a photo of their unique homemade costume creation and submit it for a chance to WIN:

$100: 1st place, $75: 2nd place, $50: 3rd place

All of the announcements took place on Midflorida’s Rated T for Teen Facebook page. They posted status updates encouraging teens to participate and even with it being the first time they had an event like this for teens, they still had a great response.

Photo’s of all the participants in their costumes can be found on Midflorida’s Rated T for Teen Facebook page, in their “Halloween photo contest 2011” photo album. Looking through the pictures, I was pretty impressed with what these teens were able to come up with.

Here are photos of the three winners!

Photo Credit: Midflorida credit union (1st place winner)

Photo Credit: Midflorida credit union (2nd place winner)

Photo Credit: Midflorida credit union (3rd place winner)

Think Before You Comment!

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For many years I have been an avid user of different types of social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. I have spent hours commenting on photos, videos, and blog posts. When I first started, leaving a comment wasn’t something that I stopped and ever thought about.This isn’t exactly the best approach…

Here are different ways to write effective blog comments!

Photo Credit: Ashleigh Lalor

#1. Determine Your Motivation: If you as the commenter know what your motivation is behind your comment, it will help you decide what kind of comment to write.

#2. Provide context: This is something that I have noticed there is a great lack of. Many times I have read through a list of comments, that numerous people have left, and the comments get so out of context that its very hard to follow what is being said. That’s why giving context in your blog comment is so important. Other commenters won’t be confused as to what you’re talking about and the original poster themselves will understand your comment better and be able to respond back in a more beneficial and productive way.

#3. Be Respectful: That is simple enough. Don’t leave rude comments that make you, as a commenter, look bad. You want to look sophisticated and you want the poster and other commenters to take you seriously. Leaving rude comments, especially containing vulgar language, will make you stand out in a bad way.

#4. Make a Point: Don’t be so vague with comments like, “I agree,” or “your wrong.” Be specific and state your opinion.

#5. Know What You’re Talking About: Don’t state that you have no idea about what you’re saying and then give advice as to what the blog poster should do or believe. Do the research in advance and don’t leave a comment until you know your stuff!

#6. One Point Per Comment: A blog comment shouldn’t be a whole paper on all of the different things that you believe on the issue being discussed. If you have a lot to say, start your own blog and make a post on the issue.

#7.  Keep it short: This is definitely something that I agree with! I cannot tell you how many times I have read comments that have gone on for years it seamed like. I don’t want to be an old lady, sitting in my rocking chair, by the time I get through reading a comment. Plus, halfway through the comment, people start to get bored. They don’t want to read a whole novel so make sure you get to the point and say the essentials.

#8: Proofread: Even if you leave a great comment, if words are spelled wrong and the grammar is completely off, no one will be able to focus on the great comment you just left. They also will start to take you less seriously because they will think you are not educated. If you take the time to write a great comment, make sure you take the time to deliver it greatly!

Benefits of Social Media Monitoring

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Benefits: 

Photo Credit: Alexa Westerfield

#1. Reading a customer’s mind: These monitoring tools give companies the wonderful ability to find out, not only what their consumers feel about them, but also what the general public feels about them. It gives them the chance to read the minds of the people when it comes to a new product, promotions, etc.

#1. Cuts back time: The great thing about social media monitoring tools is that it provides the ability to receive the publics opinion quickly. Customers can voice their opinions about a corporation or their products in a matter of seconds, which helps the company tremendously. They are able to quickly make adjustments in whatever areas needed to better serve their consumers when they have easy, quick access, to their opinions.

#3. Everyone wins: Social media monitoring is a win for everyone. It not only helps the companies but it also helps the consumers. Consumers often don’t realize that corporations do take the time to research what people are saying about them. A good corporation wants to satisfy and make their customers happy and by using monitoring tools, they are able to do just that! Companies search the web and monitor the conversations going on about their brand. They read the positive stuff and the negative stuff and learn what to keep and what to adjust.

In my eyes, social media monitoring is a new, ground breaking way, to communicate. It provides a channel in which a company’s management team is able to talk to the people outside of their company. Without it, companies and their consumers wouldn’t be able to communicate  as effectively. It’s important for consumers to realize that companies do care about what they are saying about them and their products. It’s important to remember: Communication is key!

Tips for Creative Writing!

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A lot of times, people become too comfortable with the way they do things that they lose their sense of creativity. This often happens with people’s writing.

Here are 4 tips to help you energize your writing and bring the creativity back!

Turn Off Auto Pilot: Don’t immediately settle for the first idea you think of. Take time to brainstorm different ways to go about it. Borrow idea’s from other people but also set a side the time to develop your own new ideas and techniques.

Embrace Failure: Make sure you are not writing with a motive to avoid failure. Failure is natural and is actually beneficial because it teaches us. You won’t be able to concentrate on writing well if you are so worried about failing. Free yourself from these burdens and have fun while you write! Don’t let the possibility of failure get in your way of writing a master piece!

Bring Down the Walls: When you write a blog post who says it has to be just the simple average blog post? Why don’t you spice it up? Turn it into a video demonstration, an audio podcast, or a series of photo’s with captions!

Create the Perfect Atmosphere: Create an atmosphere that will help you “get in the mood.” We all have different things that work for us. Find the things that help get your creative juices flowing and set that atmosphere before you start writing!

Don’t be afraid to fail and don’t settle for ordinary! Remember, writing that is not creative is boring but writing that tasks risks and is full of creativity is something worth reading!