How serious are you about your advertising career? Are you a hard-charging, award-winning pain in the ass? Many of you, I expect, can answer affirmatively to my non-rhetorical question. Mark Wnek would have answered, “yes,” at one time. But not today. He’s a new, more mellow man now. In fact, a former colleague thought he had a stroke. He did not. He woke up and hired a life coach. That’s how change happens. Coming up with ideas to sell things is enormous fun. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Buying followers—real or fake—on Twitter and other social media platforms has been an irritating problem for years. The shady firms who offer these services play the vanity card to perfection and it works. It works because we are human and humans need to organize. Like wolves, we need a pack leader, and people mistake high follower counts with quality and expertise.
The agency business is melting down. We’ve seen this before; nevertheless, it is disruptive and there are real people suffering behind the statistics. For the first time on record, the number of advertising-specific jobs in the U.S. is declining in the middle of an economic expansion, according to government data.
@dereklwalker Self-hate is not something I see much of, although I do see lack of pride in the profession, which is a disgrace. We are culture makers and wealth creators. Sadly, some are also charlatans. The ad biz is a BIG TENT, and we need to discern and elevate quality from the noise.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".