The era of the booze-fueled office holiday bash appears to be coming to a close — and the watershed Weinstein moment could be to blame. Firms are scaling back their year-end parties — shrinking budgets, axing alcohol, or even cutting the soirée altogether — as newfound awareness of sexual harassment brings dark ages behavior into the light, according to the annual office holiday party survey by the Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
This is the first article in a new MarketWatch series, “Gifts that pay off.” Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between now and Dec. 25, we will look at gifts that could potentially earn the receiver money. The holiday shopping season starts as soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is cleared off plates. Americans are expected to shell out an average of $430 to buy about 14 gifts each, according to financial services firm Deloitte’s 2017 holiday spending survey.
Legendary gossip columnist Liz Smith turned gossip into gold for newspapers and for herself — she made an estimated $1 million a year in her heyday. The Grand Dame of Dish, who died Sunday, was the first to tell the world that Donald Trump was divorcing his first wife, Ivana. She was a pro, but there are ways ordinary working Joes can make gossip work for them too. Gossip is typically seen as a no-no in the workplace, but in some instances, it can actually be a career-boosting tool.
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".