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  • Vote for your favorite #CommHacks workhack

    • By jennifer
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    • Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Thanks to all who submitted their workhacks to #CommHacks! Our first-ever hackathon for communications pros is over but that means that the voting is ready to begin.

    We were impressed by the lengths that some professionals go to in order to improve their efficiency and reduce the number of repetitive daily tasks. That's the kind of 1% doer effort we look for! We were inspired by our entrant's custom programs, IFTTT recipes and productivity methods. We hope that you will be too. Maybe you'll glean an idea or two on how to improve your own workflow, no matter what industry you work in.

    So, we've selected our favorites from an array of different techniques, from the very simple to the complex. We're giving away an iPad Mini to the grand prize winner plus other great prizes to four additional winners, courtesy of sponsors Postagram, Sarah's Faves and Pitch Engine

    It's time for you to vote for your favorite! And the semi-finalists are...

      1. PR score: This workhack is a free tool custom-built to analyze six areas of online PR in 60 seconds and calculate a cursory report about a client's PR.
      2. Monitor multiple Facebook pages at once (75+ in this case!) with a custom program in Google Drive. In 3 clicks, it taps Facebook's API, then updates a spreadsheet with "like" counts.
      3. When #Facebook profile picture changes, update #Twitter profile picture.
      4. Tomatoes Chrome extension for the Pomodoro technique. Install it, set it and go! You'll gain 25 minutes of uninterrupted PR work if you use it right.
      5. Automatically save Facebook photos where you are tagged in to your Dropbox folder (local computer).
      6. Keyboard shortcut: change case command for non-mouse hand.
      7. Customer interviews: set up a standard list of questions at the ready for customers who express their love for your brand. Post right away to your blog. 
      8. Productivity technique: Do what gets left undone with time quilting - short blocks of time dedicated to write more, learn a new skill or work on a passion project.
      9. Upload Instagram images to Twitter as though it's any other picture on your phone. Set it to tweet all company photos, or only those with a certain hashtag.
      10. Social posting: pre-date posts directly on the platforms for free (Facebook, TweetDeck, Google+) and then let your team review and edit before they auto-post.
      11. Keyword monitoring: a custom RSS feed with daily email that lets you keep track of all new Google search results for your brand.

      What's your favorite workhack?
      Cast your vote here!

      Voting open through Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
      Winners will be announced on May 30, 2013.

    1. First-ever virtual hackathon for communications professionals #CommHacks launches

      • By sarah
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      • Friday, May 3, 2013

      I’m partnering with my team at Tracky to host the first-ever hackathon for those who work in the communications industry. We are looking for the best #workhacks you, or your team, created that either simplify or improve frequently used tasks by communications professionals.

      group hackathon
      Photo credit: TechCrunch

      Hackathons are typically associated with computer developers or those with a deep knowledge of software who gather together to collaborate on usable software. The Communications Hackathon (#CommHacks) plays off of this, but encourages virtual collaboration to improve the communications industry (and, of course, there are prizes for top honors).

      #CommHacks is live now, Thursday, May 2, 2013 and runs through Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 10pm PDT and will take place via Tracky (@Tracky). Five winners will be selected and the recipient of our favorite #workhack will get a new iPad Mini, 250 Postagram credits, top feature in our Communications #WorkHacks e-book and other honors.

      Here is a sample appropriate entry:

      Streamline the ability to monitor and respond to comments of news articles you (or a client) are mentioned in via your smartphone.

      Then, you would provide the process/instructions on how you “hacked” this together.

      There are two ways you can join in #CommHacks:

      • Use Tracky to create an improved #workhack or work flow that improves a current communications task;
      • Use a combination of other communications resources or APIs to improve a current communications task. (NOTE: If you use another product’s API, please ensure they have an Open Source License.)

      You can submit #workhacks for one, or more, of these “Areas of Need:”

      1. News
      2. Community relations
      3. Government relations
      4. Media relations
      5. Content marketing
      6. Editorial calendars
      7. Monitoring
      8. SEO
      9. Social networks
      10. Overall communications (e.g. internal, email)
      11. Wild card


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