Today, #BlueMonday, began with the BBC breaking the much-anticipated news: Carillion, the UK's second-biggest construction company, is to go into liquidation threatening thousands of jobs and leaving potential carnage in its supply chain in its wake. This is a fast-moving story with more questions than answers at this stage. It also brings up, once again, the role of effective regulation, including that of audit firms.
I never know what the point of a lot of business surveys is at a time of considerable political and economic uncertainty. Are they reliable ? What do they reveal, if anything? Is there a danger those who do not have a clue will follow the dominant herd sentiment ? The UK's Confederation of British Industry (CBI) certainly comes up with a plethora of them, and the latest one, just out, is....interesting, not least because of the way in which it interprets its findings.
There's no fairness in extreme disparities in pay within a society, and its culture is inevitably reflected in the productivity of its workforce. Today, on the first Thursday of the year, the average FTSE 100 CEO will already have been paid what it will take the typical UK worker all year to earn, calculations from the independent think-tank the High Pay Centre and CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development reveal.
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".