Who broke the internet? No, the answer is not Kim Kardashian. The internet has not been broken by celebrity pictures, despite the hype. The internet is being broken by businesses. Recently, you might have been noticing more and more horrible user experiences online. It is not that website design has taken a downturn, or that content has suddenly deteriorated. It is the journey itself that is increasingly broken – both literally and figuratively.
We’re in the ‘experience era’ of marketing. The traditional four Ps (Price, Product, Place, and Promotion) just don’t cut it anymore when it comes to attracting and keeping customers. Customers are empowered by contemporary technology, and they can compare offers, products, delivery options and costs in a click. They won’t stay loyal if they can get a better deal elsewhere, and the highly competitive market for these criteria is inhospitable to profit margins.
When it comes to a solution you are using, if there is something weird, and it does not look good, ‘who you gonna call’? Tech support. Technical support teams bust user issues day in, day out. They serve on the front line for product problems, fixing errors for dissatisfied customers and calming your confounded users. So why are support technicians so seldom used as a UX resource? Every product and I do mean every, is imperfect. So is every user.
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".