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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
A visual look at Obama, Boehner addresses
We visited Wordle.net, a free online tool that allows users to paste text from a document or speech to generate a "word cloud." Word clouds are a visual image that displays how often words are used in the text you provide.
In this instance, we used the text of President Barack Obama's address.
President Obama's address
The words that Obama used most often appear larger in the word cloud while words used less often appear smaller.Read full speech at Politico.com
The clouds can say a lot about a speech or text. When "America" is a larger word, one can assume that this was a patriotic speech depending on the context and speaker.
Speaker Boehner's Rebuttal
Read full rebuttal at Politico.com
Monday, July 18, 2011
This week's #RLBchat is Wed. at 1 p.m., Topic: Searchability
This week, Founder of Catalyst Marketers and blogger at MontcoHappening.com Ryan Taft will host the chat and the topic is "how to make your business more searchable."
Ryan Taft Bio
My name is Ryan Taft. I’m a twenty-something entrepreneur who grew up in Montgomery & Bucks Counties. I graduated from Central Bucks East high school before attending and graduating from Bentley University located just outside Boston, MA. I spent a year working and living in Boston after graduating from college. Like Andrew, I had a good job, but something was missing. I decided to move back to the Montgomery County area so that I could be closer to family and friends. I’ve been here ever since. --- Read more at Montco Happening About page.
We'll discuss which keywords describe your business and whether or not you are integrating those words to your website, which social media tools will help potential customers/clients and Google find you on the Web.
Not sure what these topics or SEO (Search Engine Optimization) means? We'll go over that too.
We'll see you this Wednesday at 1 p.m. but in the meantime, here are some helpful warm-up videos to next week's chat.
Understanding how search engines work in SEO
What is Google Places?
The Reporter's Sunday sports section coming in September
This September, The Reporter is set to launch a new Sunday sports section. But we want your input so that we can produce a section that will be a "must have" for you.
It will include plenty of local sports like high school football, and college and professional sports. But what else should we include?
Join us here at ReporterInnovation.blogspot.com at 10 a.m. Wednesday for a live chat about this new section.
Here are some of the ideas we will be talking about:
- Fan submitted photos and video to include in our coverage.
- Athlete spotlights and other feature story ideas.
Tell us your thoughts! Would you like to add a discussion topic? Leave a comment below and check back for updates regarding the chat.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
This week's #RLBchat topic is "branding," also it's "bring a biz week"
This week's topic will be on "branding." How are you marketing your brand? Is your brand pushing customers/clients to your business?
If not, we'll talk about ways to improve your brand to better your business with a focus, once again, on use of digital tools and customer engagement.
The chat starts this Thursday at noon. See you there!
Already know who you're bringing to this week's #RLBchat? Leave a comment and let us know who will be attending.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
The Reporter is on Google+, how to add us to your Circles
Friday, July 8, 2011
Welcome new blogs - Nittany Lions Den, South Sudan Blogger in Lansdale
Nittany Linons Den
South Sudan Blogger in Lansdale
We recently wrote about Benjamin Abeny Gai, a Lansdale resident from southern Sudan, and his thoughts on South Sudan becoming a country this Saturday, July 9.
Gai, who attended The Reporter's seminar on increasing blog readership, has decided to start his own blog centered on Sudanese and South Sudanese news and his experiences while living in Lansdale.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Lansdale local follows Atlantis launch from Kennedy Space Center
#RLBchat replay of discussion
This week we discussed how local/small businesses can use social media to engage clients/customers. We also moved into QRcode use and blogging use.
Below is the replay of the chat but we would really like to hear what next week's topic should be. Leave us a comment and offer your ideas. See you next week!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Join us Thursday at noon for The Reporter's Local Business Chat
How does #RLBchat works?
The Reporter Local Business Chat will follow a few simple rules:
- In order to take part in the chat, add #RLBchat to the end of each of your tweets.
- Five questions will be asked, one every 10 minutes. The questions will be based around how local businesses are using digital tools like Twitter, Facebook, blogging services, etc., to increase business.
- Feel free to tweet in as much as you would like but please be respectful to others and try not to overwhelm the Twitter feed by tweeting too much. Of course, please do not use inappropriate language.
For more information, contact assistant online editor Andy Stettler at email@example.com