The topsy-turvy year in retail has led to some surprising sights this holiday shopping season. Best Buy has a Barbie play set in its Black Friday ad. J.C. Penney, which stopped selling electronics and toys in stores more than a decade ago, will have a 55-inch Samsung 4K TV and PlayStation 4 video game consoles as doorbuster deals later this week, in addition to the Lego building sets and LG smartwatches it began selling earlier this year.
Best Buy's third-quarter sales slightly missed analyst expectations because the iPhone X launch didn't happen until earlier this month. But the Richfield-based electronics chain still managed to pull off a 4.5 percent jump in comparable sales in the August-to-October quarter. The company said it saw growth across most of its categories, with the largest drivers being appliances, computing and smart home. Online sales rose 22 percent.
Target continued to show sales growth for the second quarter in a row while its investments in lowering prices and store remodels took a toll on its bottom line as expected. The Minneapolis-based retailer reported this morning that comparable sales in the third quarter rose 0.9 percent, driven mostly by a 24 percent increase in online sales.
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".