With Black Friday less than a week away, shoppers are busy scouring circulars, online ads, in-store promotions and whatever else they can get their hands on to uncover the best doorbuster deals. The prospect of finding deep discounts on everything from video game consoles and clothing to vacuum cleaners and laptop computers is certainly alluring. But Brad Wilson, founder of Brad’s Deals, advises consumers to have a game plan in mind before diving in.
There are lots of ways to tell when an economy is recovering. The obvious one is jobs. When you see more jobs opening up — whether it’s jobs at high-end tech firms or the local coffee shop — that’s an indication that things are getting better. Another hopeful sign is when businesses begin investing in more infrastructure and equipment. If a company that makes metal shelving suddenly adds a third shift and installs a new production line, you know their work flow is increasing.
Stores throughout Southern California are scrambling to prepare for next week’s Black Friday onslaught, and none is busier than Walmart. On Thursday, employees at the company’s 145,000-square-foot Burbank location were prepping the store to showcase some of this year’s most sought-after holiday gift items. “We’re getting our pricing ready, getting our associates prepared and getting all of our products shipped here in time for Black Friday,” company spokeswoman Tiffany Wilson said.
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".