Story Idea Starters for News Writers and Bloggers for the Week Ending March 9, 2012 from Send2Press Newswire - March 11, 2012 by timemanagementmum

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 10, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For professional journalists, legitimate content publishers and career bloggers seeking original news content, Send2Press – for the week ending March 9, 2012 – issued press releases on behalf of Griffin Pest Solutions, NOLA Shirts LLC, TeamSnap Inc., and Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, among many others.

NOTABLE NEWS ITEMS FOR WEEK ENDING FRIDAY MARCH 9, 2012:

* B2B Marketing Strategist Dawn Westerberg to Present on Google+ for The Association of Strategic Marketing

AUSTIN, Texas (TX) — B2B Marketing Strategist and President of Dawn Westerberg Consulting LLC, Dawn Westerberg will be presenting ‘Adding Google+ To Your Marketing Mix’ for members of The Association of Strategic Marketing on March 15, 2012.

* CMI to Co-Present with Pfizer Specialty at 2012 PMRG Annual National Conference

ATLANTA, Georgia (GA) — CMI’s Mike Mabey, vice president, client solutions, and Jarod Ricci, senior manager, market analytics, Pfizer Specialty, will present ‘Using Information-Seeking Behavior to Drive Segment-Specific Communication Strategies’ at the 2012 PMRG (Pharmaceutical Marketing Research Group) Annual National Conference.

* LTC Financial Partners Ramps Up Long-Term Care Insurance Offerings as Prudential Exits Individual LTC Insurance Market

KIRKLAND, Washington (WA) — Today LTC Financial Partners LLC (LTCFP) discloses plans to offer a beefed-up array of long-term care insurance choices for individuals and employee groups. The offerings are from multiple insurance carriers.

* Payment Solutions Provider CONIX Systems, Inc. Marks 20th Anniversary Serving Financial Institutions and Processors

MANCHESTER, Vermont (VT) — CONIX Systems, Inc. (CONIX), a leading international provider of payment processing solutions to the financial services industry, is proud to announce that it has served financial institutions and processors since 1992. For two decades, CONIX has pioneered payment processing products that reduce system maintenance costs and improve operating reliability.

* TeamSnap Inc. Expands Team to Handle Growth

BOULDER, Colorado (CO) — TeamSnap, a leading web service for managing sports teams and leagues, today announced it had expanded its staff in response to strong customer growth. ‘We are adding customers at over twice the rate we were at this time in 2011. We seem to be hitting a real sweet spot and we needed to build our own team to support and extend this growth,’ said David DuPont, CEO of TeamSnap.

* International Document Services Fulfills 2011 Upsurge in Mortgage Lender Demand for Initial Disclosures

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (UT) — According to statistics calculated by the company, International Document Services (IDS), a mortgage document preparation vendor, found that 2011 was the company’s biggest year to date for initial disclosure documents.

* Embracing New Orleans Soul with Style – NOLA Shirts

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (LA) — In the aftermath of the recent Mardi Gras madness that engulfs New Orleans this time of the year, one man’s hope to bring awareness to the city’s unique nature and spirit has emerged in the public eye, and caught national attention. A few days following Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the city, Billy Schell, Owner/CEO of NOLA Shirts, created a brand embroidered on high quality shirts, hats, and apparel.

* Pest Control Technology Magazine Announces Commercial Service Technician of the Year

RICHFIELD, Ohio (OH) — Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazine, and sponsor BASF Pest Control Solutions are proud to announce the 2011 Commercial Service Technician of the Year is John Dawson and category finalist is Chad Mackie, both from Griffin Pest Solutions, headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For the past 15 years, PCT magazine has recognized standout commercial service professionals.

* EaseUS Rolls out EaseUS Mac Photo Recovery Free 5.5.1

NEW YORK (NY) — EaseUS Software, a leading provider of data recovery, partition manager and backup utilities, releases EaseUS Mac Photo Recovery Free to recover intentionally or accidentally deleted photo files; even after emptying trash with original file names. Quickly rescue your Mac OS photos and music, free of charge.

* Fare Buzz Corporate Travel Program Saves Companies Time and Money

NEW YORK (NY) — Fare Buzz, a travel company located in New York City, has been growing their corporate travel division over the past year to cater to large and small companies for their travel needs. The division aims to help businesses save both time and money with their business travel needs.

* Farm of the Future Opens to the Public on March 17, 2012

TEMECULA, California (CA) — Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first commercial hydroponic urban vertical farm, partners with EnviroIngenuity to promote new production techniques. On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the public will experience the future of farming at the grand opening of Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first hydroponic vertical strawberry farm.

* 360 Mortgage Group Supports Mortgage Brokers Through 2012 Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals Annual Trade Show Sponsorship

AUSTIN, Texas (TX) — 360 Mortgage Group, a privately owned wholesale mortgage bank, is sponsoring the upcoming Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals (FAMP) annual trade show on Tuesday, March 6 in Tampa, Florida.

* Mr. Hilton Brown named as Vice President of Claims Management for PowerGuard

IRVINE, California (CA) — PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services announced today the addition of Hilton Brown as Vice President of Claims Management. Specializing in claims management and client advocacy, Brown brings 22 years of experience to the PowerGuard team.

* EaseUS CleanGenius 3.0 for Mac with Duplicates, Disk Usage and Memory Freer

NEW YORK (NY) — Storage management and maintenance software developer EaseUS Software plans to release EaseUS CleanGenius 3.0 this month, a cleaner and uninstaller for Mac OS. The new version aims to provide a more effective way to find disk space and boost your Mac performance.

* Young Business Entrepreneur Makes Slam Dunk with Mini Backboards

SKIPPACK, Pennsylvania (PA) — What started out as a high school graduation project has now evolved into a full-time business for one savvy, young businessman, Shane McGinley, founder of Mini Backboards – a manufacturer of the hottest, most unique product to hit the basketball award and gift decor market in years.

* Equinomics 101: Cash and Financial Management System Targets Equine Industry with their new Audible version for Smartphones and CDs

HOUSTON, Texas (TX) — Rockwood Enterprises, Inc., a six-year-old Houston-based marketing and publishing company, announced today the launch of an audio book version of “Equinomics 101″ – a management and record keeping system designed to teach horse owners and horse-related businesses how to efficiently manage their finances.

* Multimedia Company Reaches Growing Number of Fans Who Tailgate At Sporting Events

FINKSBURG, Maryland (MD) — With over 50 million tailgaters in the U.S. each year, Tailgating Digest is a new company preparing to launch digital and print magazines to reach this growing market. As a multi-media company, Tailgating Digest also completed a partnership in January 2012 with one of the leading web sites reaching tailgaters. “A great magazine, website and company is built on valuable content. That is what we plan to deliver across all of our media channels,” says Marc Heyman, founder and publisher.

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Top 5 tips for experienced bloggers - January 22, 2012 by timemanagementmum

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It's a kaliedescope–kind of like all our blogs together, aways an interesting mix.

I’m joining one of clever Kate’s listography’s this week and offering up my top 5 tips for bloggers (pop over to Kate’s for many more tips). Yes, I’ve done blogging tips before, and I’ve just given you some ideas for your About page (so, have you jazzed up that About page yet?) but this is a slightly different list of tips–it’s for people who are more experienced. Or perhaps ‘intermediate bloggers’, is a better decription of the ideal audience here.

And then no more blogging tips for a while because I know that’s not everyone’s thing.

1. Help newbies.

Some people call this Paying it Forward. Some people call it Karma. I call it Being Nice. I do it because it feels good. I like helping people. And I know how it feels to struggle in a blog jungle and how nice it was when a more experienced blogger stepped in and said, ‘hey, try it like this and see how that works for you!’

The internet is not a dog eat dog world, it’s a place where the successful people are the one’s that help others.

2. Stay brave.

In the early days of your blog you were brave just by stopping by someone else’s blog and saying ‘hi’. As someone who has been blogging a while now, you’re comfortable, getting a bit set in your ways and you have your routines because that’s what you’ve learned works. Every now and then just push yourself, be daring, do something a little bit different with your blog. Get a new header, change your blog theme, save up for a designer, if you’re anonymous become known, host a big giveaway, challenge yourself to find 20 new readers this month–do something that you wouldn’t normally do. Add a bit of sparkle to that routine!

3. Do a regular audit.

If you’re an intermediate to experienced blogger you’re probably pretty clear about your niche, your audience, your social network platforms, your plans for the future with your online branding… no? Then it’s time to do an audit of your blog and your social networking.

Try using an anonymous poll to see what your readers think, what they want more of and what ever else you want to know about the readers’ experience with your blog.

Look at your stats to see what posts are popular, what time of days are peak times, what days of the week are busiest, etc. The general advice on stats is to not over analyse them or look at them too much, but a regular audit is a great reason to spend a little bit of time on them. Both Google Analytics and Statcounter combined are best for an overall big picture.

4. Keep up to date.

Do a bit of refresher reading about updates on G+, Pinterest, Stumble Upon, FaceBook, Twitter, Quora… are you using them as effectively as you can? Perhaps some are better for spreading info about your blog than others.

Keep reading the big sites like Mashable and Problogger to stay informed about upcoming changes in social media or other relevant areas.

5. Remember the golden rule? It was written for the internet.

Seriously. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. If you’ve been doing this a while, you might be really busy doing many things, you might not have time to do a lot of ‘sharing the love’ but don’t forget this golden rule or you’ll start sliding backwards. That’s just how this online world works.

If you want people to reTweet your posts, then RT others. If you want people to comment on your blog, comment on theirs. If you want good information for a task you’re working on, then help others when you see someone posing a Q on Twitter. If you want people to be friendly, welcoming, interested in what you have to say, then be friendly, welcoming and interested in others. You don’t have to be good at your numbers to understand this equation.

Happy blogging!

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