How to hack it? Whenever it needs volunteers, the National Society of Genetic Counselors quickly posts a message to a digital forum found on its members-only community. The group keeps NSGC members informed about small ad-hoc and micro-volunteering opportunities. “We have a highly engaged membership, but you want to harness that engagement and excitement in a productive way,” says Executive Director Meghan Carey. “This forum has allowed us to find some really fantastic people.”Why does it work?
Too often, associations go looking for members willing to “tell us your story.” As membership blogger Joe Rominiecki once wrote in this space, this attempt at engagement usually falls flat because it puts the onus on the member to do the work, and as we’ve noted before, member engagement is a two-way street.
Things can get awkward fast for David Guas when some of his regulars walk through the door. Guas is a New Orleans native and owns and operates Bayou Bakery in Arlington, Virginia. For the last seven years, he’s stood firm in his love for and commitment to Crystal hot sauce, a reddish-orange Louisiana sauce with just three ingredients: aged red cayenne peppers, vinegar, and salt. There are bottles on every table — right next to the salt shaker — and Guas sells it behind the counter, too.
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".