During #CommHacks, the first-ever virtual hackathon that Sarah Evans initiated for the communications industry, we uncovered an important lesson: PR and marketing pros are an industrious bunch. We loved hearing your stories about how you turn repetitive and time-consuming tasks into opportunities for efficiency. Hence, your varied PR and marketing #workhacks. Many had to do with social media, while others were focused on productivity strategies. All of them were worthwhile lessons in how to get more done in less time.
You hacked. We voted.
And the Grand Prize Winner is...
#Workhack: Custom program that monitors multiple Facebook pages at once
Natalie monitors 75+ Facebook pages for work, so she devised a custom program in Google Drive. In 3 clicks, it taps Facebook's API, then updates the entire spreadsheet with the updated like counts. Even though you still need to log in to look at insights, this program provides a great snapshot of what's going on with your Facebook pages.
She also thanked her awesome programmer Randall B. for helping her complete this #workhack masterpiece.
Way to go, Natalie! With your digital savviness, we're sure that you can use an(other) iPad Mini!
Our second place winner is...
#Workhack: Keyword monitoring
Ian has developed a custom RSS feed with a daily email that lets you keep track of all new Google search results for your brand.
Our third place winner is...
#Workhack: Team social posting strategy
Jeff keeps his team in the loop with this free strategy of scheduling posts on each social network. This allows you to park the posts for teammates to see and tweak. Here's how: Pre-date a post on Facebook and it goes to the Activity Log. Schedule a tweet and it goes to Tweetdeck scheduled tweets column. And on Google+, you can create a circle of just your team. All those posts can be edited by your team on the platform, where they can improve and tweak before it goes out - with no outside platform needed (TweetDeck being acquired by Twitter).
Congratulate Jeff on Twitter
Our fourth place winner is...
#Workhack: Time quilting
Ramsey shares a seret that he's learned from the highly productive and successful set: "time quilting." First, it takes an attitude change which is to come to grips wtih the fact that you will rarely get long periods or blocks of time to sit down and do what you need to do. Then, you need to identify the small blocks of time you do have: a five minute break mid-day, 10 minutes waiting in line somewhere, 20 minutes at the doctor's office, etc. These are your time quilts. Use those little scraps of time to tackle the un-done things on your work or personal to do list: research for a blog post, learn a new skill, reply to a tough email or move a side project along.
And finally, our fifth place winner is...
#Workhack: Custom-built tool to analyze PR score
Adam's #workhack analyzes 6 areas of online PR in 60 seconds and gives a cursory report about the effectiveness of a client's public relations. The tool provides simple suggestions on how to improve your current PR activities and your PR score. PR Scorecard is a free tool that Ian built at Snapp Conner.
Congratulations, CommHacks winners! We're excited to get your prizes to you and use your workhacks in our daily work lives. A big thank you to all who participated, shared and learned from this fun experiment. Keep workhacking and loving what you do!
Please share these great workhacks and join us in congratulating the winners!
- Congrats to the #CommHacks PR hackathon winners, via @Tracky! (click to tweet)
- Get winning #workhacks from 5 productive communicators and marketers (click to tweet)
- Winning! These 5 #workhacks won our votes in the first-ever #PR #CommHacks (click to tweet)