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News Releases for Small Business
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Let Them Guess
this year Consumer WebWatch Report looked at features US users consider
"very important" on shopping websites. The results are interesting...
"A statement of all fees that you will be charged for using the site,
including shipping costs, transaction fees and handling fees."
"A statement of how the site will use your name, address, credit card
number, and other personal information you provide."
"An explanation of when you can expect delivery of your products or
confirmation of your order."
"A statement of the site's policies for returning unwanted items or
"The email address, street address or telephone number where you can reach
the site's staff about any problems."
"The site's private policy."
nature being what it is, many consumers will tend to be cynical about a site's
policies, probably assuming the worst. Tell them what your policies really are, and you
immediately remove some areas of doubt. You also look a lot more professional.
Guess what all that does to conversion rates, and your bottom line?
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Your Web Pages At Different Screen Resolutions
web design practice, and common courtesy, suggest that you should make sure that
your web pages look good at different monitor resolutions. After all, not
everyone uses that great 19" monitor you have running at 1024x768, do they?
In fact, the majority are using a much more humble 88x600. How can you see what
they see? This handy tip was published in Monday's LockerGnome...
"A lot of Web designers have asked for a way to preview their site(s) in other screen resolutions the easy way, without keep changing their own monitor settings every time. Of course, one way is to resize the browser's window into the specific sizes - like 800x600 or 640x480 - using bookmarklets. Browsers like Opera 6.0 and Mozilla 1.0 have a zoom feature built- in, but Internet Explorer needs to rely on a CSS extension. Try adding this to your body element: "zoom: [value]" (replace the [value] with either integers or percentage values, sans quotes). Now, test your math skills! Calculate the percentages needed to emulate resolutions on your screen. For example, if you're at 1024x768 and you want to see your Web page in 800x600, use a 72% zoom value. To see your site in 640x480, use a 40% value."
Design Tip- Modifying Your Links
to remove the underlining on your links? Want to change the color of your links?
Shelley Lowery, author of Web Design mastery, tells you how...
Removing a Link
You can remove the underline of an individual link by adding the STYLE tag to
your link HTML.
Changing Link Colors
You can change the color of an individual link by adding a font tag in front of
your linked text.
Copyright © Shelley Lowery 2002
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Term of the Week: Compression
for storing text, data, or images in fewer bits, it makes data smaller so less
disk or file space is needed to represent the same information. Consequently,
the information may be transmitted in less time. Compression takes place via one
of several compression standards, including JPG, MPEG, GIF, TIF, and ZIP.
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Accused Of Passing Secrets To U.S.
Information Could Haven Fallen into Wrong
Hands, Such as FBI
D.C. (SatireWire.com) — In an alarming breakdown of internal security, the
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation today was accused of passing classified,
terrorism-related information to the United States.
The leak, in which
information was successfully passed from an agent in the field to headquarters,
was believed to be a first in FBI history.
FBI Director Robert
Mueller, however, insisted the breach was detected before the classified
documents could fall into the wrong hands, such as the CIA, the NSA, the Office
of Homeland Security, the FAA, or any other U.S. law enforcement or security
agency. But Mueller was forced to concede that the FBI itself had gained access
to the files.
He also admitted that
the suspect likely had an accomplice on the inside.
agent in question sent the information to headquarters, which in itself might
not have aroused suspicion," said Mueller. "However, when a supervisor
attempted to disseminate the information to Homeland Security, that tipped us
off that something unusual was happening."
agent was immediately arrested and the supervisor placed on administrative
As for a
motive, Mueller speculated it was financial. "Our initial investigation
shows that an agent in the field was being paid to gather information, which he
was then passing on to his superiors," he said. "In return for this
subterfuge, the agent was furnished with a car and an annual salary.
believe the FBI was the source of this funding," he added.
distressing, Mueller said, was the bravado displayed by the alleged mole.
"He did this quite in the open, sending the information through the proper
channels, apparently confident that he would not get caught."
promised to eventually blame the CIA for the incident.
Copyright © 2002, SatireWire
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7. Feature Article
News Releases for Small Business
By Heather Reimer
How do you create some serious buzz about your online or offline company on zero
budget? That's what Celina wanted to know. She's the owner of a website that
specializes in desktop publishing and site design.
It's a small, fairly new company with no money to commission a professional
media release. Still, Celina wanted to get the word out so she asked me for some
tips on how to write her own release.
MAKE BELIEVE YOU'RE A JOURNALIST
First, put yourself in the reporter's shoes. Try to imagine what kinds of
stories would interest her and how you can make her job easier by dropping a
good story right in her lap. Ask yourself:
What sets your gizmo or your company apart from the competition?
Have you recently launched a new product or service?
Personnel changes, awards, events, surveys, poll results and joint ventures can
all be spun into news stories.
OH, THE HUMANITY!
Did you have to overcome some great challenge or difficulty to arrive at where
you are now? Or maybe one of your clients had a special, urgent need that was
filled by your product/service?
Bottom line - human interest sells. For example, big lottery jackpots would
never make the news if they blatantly promoted the lottery corporation itself.
But notice how the media flacks writing the releases always focus on some aspect
of the winner's life... an ailing grandmother in need of expensive treatments, a
house that recently burned down and now can be rebuilt, etc. In other words, the
human angle that newspapers, radio and TV just gobble up!
THE INVERTED PYRAMID
Write an enticing subject line, headline and first paragraph. Get to the point
quickly. Believe it or not, most news writers and editors only take five seconds
to decide if they'll act on your announcement or not.
News reporters themselves have been trained to write using the "inverted
pyramid", putting the most important information -- who, what, where, when,
why and how -- at the top. And that's what they expect to see in your media
Unfortunately, most releases wind up in the garbage/delete folder because they
start weak, take too long to get to the point, or are full of hype and puffery.
JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM
Keep the self-promotion to a minimum but do include all your contact information
-- e-mail and snail mail, URL, phone and fax numbers -- plus a brief explanation
of what your company does. Emphasis on brief! In fact, keep the entire release
to under a page if possible.
The exception to the rule is complex subjects, like for example an economic
forecast, aimed at a niche market not a general audience.
ONE PHOTO = A THOUSAND WORDS
If a photo is available and helps tell your story, by all means include it. This
could make your release jump out and demand attention from a busy editor who
sees nothing but black and white type all day.
MILK THE LOCAL ANGLE
Try to send your release to a specific person working on a specific beat at each
media outlet, at least locally. This will require some research but will ensure
that a warm body actually gets your announcement.
And keep in mind, the media love a "local boy/girl makes good" story
so really target your hometown newspapers, magazines and TV/radio stations and
work that angle!
GET A SECOND OPINION
If you're having a hard time finding any angle at all, ask a friend or a
business associate to lend a fresh perspective. You may be too close to your own
business to see the forest for the preprocessed paper products. An objective
bystander's insights might surprise and inspire you!
GET OUT THE DICTIONARY
Finally, proofread your finished product meticulously for errors. Then get your
friend to do so as well. Two heads are better than one. Ten proofreads are
better than two.
In conclusion, give the media something they can sink their teeth into. Dig
hard, think laterally, navel gaze until you find the one thing about your
company that the public (and therefore the media) would be interested in.
By handing reporters a ready-made story on a silver platter, you're sowing the
seeds of some serious buzz!
About the Author:
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