Parsing the New York Times editorial board

Well, as it happens, I do have a punctuation suggestion! Well, a few, actually.

Let’s look at this sentence:

A raid on a lawyer’s office doesn’t happen every day; it means that multiple government officials, and a federal judge, had reason to believe they’d find evidence of a crime there and that they didn’t trust the lawyer not to destroy that evidence.

1. The first thing I see is the brilliant use of every day (two words). I just submitted an article with a speakers e-zine about the differences between every day and everyday (one word).

2. The second thing I see is the semicolon.  Does this use follow what I believe about semicolons: that each “side” of the semicolon must be a complete sentence. (The way I think of this concept in my mind is as an old-fashioned teeter totter with each side evenly balanced.) The first part is definitely a full sentence. What about the material to follow? Can I decide when I get to it if this is a correct use of a semicolon? No. (But I am hopeful!) So, I am going to hold that decision in abeyance until I decide whether or not the material following the semicolon is a complete sentence. Is it?

3. Is this a complete sentence?

It means that multiple government officials, and a federal judge, had reason to believe they’d find evidence of a crime there and that they didn’t trust the lawyer not to destroy that evidence.

I don’t like it. At first blush, I don’t like it. It really has a colon “feel,” as opposed to a semicolon, actually, because colons are used to explain and elaborate, and also has a substitute for the word “namely” or the phrase “that is to say.”

4. The next thing I notice is the  “multiple government officials, and a federal judge, had reason to believe” part. “Officials” is plural and “had” matches and the plural pronoun “they” is correct, so that’s okay. But why those commas?

What’s better? No commas? Yes, no commas is better. BUT! You know what’s really better? Dashes! Yes! Let’s try dashes!

it means that multiple government officials—and a federal judge—had reason to believe they’d find evidence of a crime there and that they didn’t trust the lawyer not to destroy that evidence.

Wow! I’m impressed. Yes, those dashes are dandy. It pushes air out at “and” and provides a breath at both ends.

5. Now, let’s look at this last bit:

had reason to believe they’d find evidence of a crime there and that they didn’t trust the lawyer not to destroy that evidence.

“Evidence” and “crime”…one crime.

“They” is repeated.

“The lawyer”…singular.

How about:

it means that multiple government officials—and a federal judge— believed that they’d find evidence of a crime there and they didn’t trust the lawyer not to destroy that evidence.

6. Better. But that last bit is bothering me. How about

they didn’t trust the lawyer not to destroy the evidence

Does that feel excessive?

Or how about this:
evidence of a crime there and that the lawyer might try to destroy that evidence.

I like that. So, here it is:

A raid on a lawyer’s office doesn’t happen every day; it means that multiple government officials—and a federal judge— believed that they’d find evidence of a crime there and that the lawyer involved might try to destroy that evidence.

Now, let’s circle back to the semicolon? Is the reworked second part a full sentence? I don’t like it as a full sentence. It’s the “it” that’s bothering me. It bothers me. How to work around the issue? How about this, New York Times editorial board:

A raid on a lawyer’s office doesn’t happen every day. A raid on a lawyers office happens only when multiple government officials—and a federal judge— believed that they’d find evidence of a crime there and that the lawyer involved might try to destroy that evidence.

Is this true? (It’s the “multiple” that’s disruptive.) It’s much more declarative, but maybe can’t be checked or maybe even known. Anyway, is there anything else I can do?

An F.B.I. raid on a lawyer’s office doesn’t happen every day; in this specific situation, it meant that multiple government officials—and a federal judge— believed that they’d find evidence of a crime at the lawyer’s office, which they further believed might be destroyed by that lawyer.

Do you like “meant” (past) better than “means” (present) when paired with “believed.”

I think I do.

Here’s how I’d write it:

An FBI raid on a lawyer’s office doesn’t happen every day: in this specific situation, it meant that a bunch of government officials—and a federal judge— believed that there was evidence of criminal activity at the lawyer’s office, evidence they further believed might be destroyed by that lawyer unless they acted immediately.

 

 

How do you make 9 mistakes in ONE sentence?

It’s easy for BNI! Besides needing a comma, there are two mistakes made over and over and over and over again.

The offending (and offensive) sentence:

The process to become an Ambassador starts with exemplary leadership in their chapter, they are nominated by someone on our Team, they go through a number of interviews with our Directors, and finally, they complete the Ambassador Orientation.

The first mistake is incorrect capitalization. “Ambassador,” “Team,” “Directors,” and “Ambassador Orientation”—none of these words or phrases are proper nouns or proper noun phrases. If, for example, the phrase was “BNI Ambassador,” I’d let it slide, because it’d be something unique to BNI. But not “team,” not “directors,” not “chapters,” not “members.” Not ever. Someone once told me that “Capitalizing ‘members’ makes our members feel special.” My reply was, “No, it just makes you look wrong.”

The second mistake is noun-pronoun agreement.  We start out with “an ambassador”; in other words, one ambassador. You just cannot pair a singular noun with a plural pronoun. It. Cannot. Be. Done.

Plus, this is a damn long sentence; too long, in my opinion. But I didn’t count that as a mistake.

Still, nine mistakes in one sentence is nine too many!

They had:

The process to become an Ambassador starts with exemplary leadership in their chapter, they are nominated by someone on our Team, they go through a number of interviews with our Directors, and finally, they complete the Ambassador Orientation.

Corrected:

The process to become an ambassador starts with exemplary leadership in his or her chapter. He or she is nominated by someone on our team, and then the candidates go through a number of interviews with our directors, and, finally, they complete the ambassador orientation.

Just ask!

This morning I was tweaking an introduction, and I came across a place that made me pause: is the possessive of CBS written CBS’ or CBS’s? I liked the latter, simply because you do pronounce that last “s”: C-B-S-ess. I went back and forth and then I had a brainwave: Liz, call ’em up and ask!

So, I did. After flummoxing the receptionist and the gal who picked up the phone in HR, the HR gal asked someone who didn’t know, and then she asked someone else who did. CBS prefers CBS’. There you have it.

While poking around its site, I came across a horrible mistake, which I was happy, happy, happy to share with the HR gal when she returned:

CBS is comprised of some of the most successful and recognized properties in media, and fully embraces the spirit of competition.

Regular readers of my blog will recognize the common mistake: “comprised of.” There are two ways this sentence can be written correctly, and that ain’t it. Here we go:

CBS is composed of some of the most successful and recognized properties in media, and fully embraces the spirit of competition.

Some of the most successful and recognized properties in media comprise CBS, and we fully embrace the spirit of competition.

Remember: A large thing is composed of small things; small things comprise a large thing.

It helps me to remember that A jury is composed of jurors; jurors comprise a jury.

Sort of that fewer/less rule I like so much: Fewer snowflakes; less snow.

You can count snowflakes (fewer), but you can’t count snow (less).

 

What’s in a typo? A lot!

I was looking at a particular lot on an auction house’s site, and came across these two sentences about the condition of the item:

Thistle Brooch: Highest amethyst flower with an inclusion that appears as a chip, but it is internal. Not apparent significant chips or abrasions present.

Wow. The top “amethyst flower” has an “internal inclusion” (but not a chip!), but there are chips or abrasions (significant ones!) present that aren’t apparent?

After some reflection, I wondered if what I was looking at was a typo, and the second sentence should have read: No apparent significant chips or abrasions present.

I called, questioned, and yes, it was a typo: there are no obvious significant chips or abrasions present.

One letter changed everything. A cautionary tale!

Shame on Authors!

It’s pretty easy to run around and find major, jaw-dropping mistakes in the online content of people who are running around representing themselves as editors or publishers. In fact, it’s not “pretty” easy, it’s damn easy.

But, here’s the thing. All you authors, you should know basic principles of American English! There’s NO WAY you should be so ignorant of basic stuff like the placement of quotation marks or noun-pronoun agreement that you get suckered in by charlatans like the companies I’ve been profiling.

So shame on you if your book comes out looking like a sixth grader edited it! Shame on you if your standards aren’t higher. Shame on you if you don’t care enough about your good name to seek out the people who know what they are doing and care enough to make their own online content perfect.

‘Cause I got news for you: If people who call themselves “editors” or “publishers” don’t care about their own writing, they sure as hell aren’t going to care about yours!

Peppertree peppers its piss-poor content with pitiful prose!

Helllooo, Peppertree Press, with writing like this, I wouldn’t let you near my book.

People, if Peppertree is so ignorant of basic writing principles and so sloppy about its writing, what’s going to happen with your manuscript? Answer: more sloppiness, more people taking your money who don’t have a frigging clue what they are doing.

1. We utilize the cover-art, applying those elements to your interior to enhance the look of your interior design.

Why is that hyphen there?

2. All our books are distributed worldwide through Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Books in Print, and launched on online venues such as: the Peppertree Press, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Books a Million.

First, don’t put a colon after a preposition. Second, if there’s ever a time to use a serial comma, it’s now.

3. Each author’s book royalties are disbursed quarterly, reflecting their online sales.

Hey, y’all ever heard of noun-pronoun agreement?

4. As the late Eleanor Roosevelt so eloquently stated, “If you prepare yourself…you will be able to grasp opportunity for a broader experience when it appears”.

Christ on a sidecar, why is your period outside the quotation mark? This ain’t England…this is FLORIDA. Plus, I’d use a colon here: we’re quoting, it isn’t conversation.

5. My name is Julie Ann James and along with my colleague and Editorial Director Teri Lynn Franco, are proud to introduce to you a company that offers professional publishing with a personal touch!

Geez! This is a hot mess. I’d stick a pair of commas around the parenthetical phrase about Ms. Franco, but even then you’re still incorrect. I suppose you’d want to stick “we” in front of “are,” but why all this discussion about the online writing of people who bill themselves as “publishers”? “Introduce to you” is a horrible phrase. Incorrect writing + poor writing = a publishing company to AVOID.

6. We welcome you to go on the grand tour of our Web site and take the first step in turning your manuscript into a masterpiece.

“We welcome you to go on…”? Phew! And, last time I checked, website is not capitalized and it’s one word! Yuck!

7. Julie Ann James lives in Sarasota, Florida with her family.

Where’s the comma after “Florida”?

8. Together we have planted the book publishing seed and with great enthusiasm have launched this fine company to aspiring authors who have dreams and aspirations of turning their manuscripts into masterpieces.

‘Bout the only word for this sentence is barf. What I really, really, really hate about it, however, is that “aspirations” and “aspiring” were used in the same sentence, and (two things) that “dreams” and “aspirations” are synonymous, so why use both words?

In a nutshell, it’s a run-on sentence with repetitious words, both physically and spiritually, from people who are bragging about their writing prowess. This kind of writing really pisses me off, and that’s a phrase I never use.  From so-called professionals, it’s inexcusable.

9. Over the years, we have participated in the following Literacy events…

Peppertree has been the Co-Sponsor with The Sarasota Literacy Council’s luncheon, Celebrating Authors and Illustrators
– All of the Proceeds Benefited The Adult Literacy Program

Sponsor of the Florida Writers Association’s yearly Writing Conference …as well as a panelist discussing writing and publishing

Poetry Judge for the Annual Reading Council’s poetry contest, publishing the winners in The Pepper Tree Literary Magazine

Continuing education by giving talks to Creative Writing classes at local schools, colleges and Universities

Book basket donations to a variety of non-for-profit organizations

The capitalization here is so wrong! And what’s up with the ellipsis? But, there’s also the little gem: non-for-profit. Never seen that before!

Wow. Just wow.

11. Q: What genres does Peppertree publish?

A: We publish, fiction, non-fiction, inspirational/ religious, children’s, educational, poetry, biography, auto-biography and cookbooks.

Why in the world is there a hyphen in “nonfiction” and “autobiography”? “Auto-biography”? Are you kidding me?

11. Q: Do you provide e-book services?

A: Yes. After you have approved your final book, we can re-format it to an e-book version.

Reformat, ebook.

12. Q: How will my book be marketed and distributed?

A: Most importantly through each authors marketing efforts.

Um, did you mean “each author’s”?

13. This was a paper that was simply priceless and something that the community could not only grasp in their hands, but one in which they could participate, both as readers and contributors.

Whaat? WTF (as the kids say) does that mean?

And, I got a newsflash for you, Peppertree: “Community” is a collective noun, which means it’s a singular noun, so you cannot use plural pronouns with it. Plus, don’t stick a comma in a “not…but” phrase.

And THIS is EXCELLENCE?

At some point in life, you come to a fork in the road: Do I want to go along with the crowd or do I not give a rip. My fork has been reached, and I’ve chosen the latter path. I’m sick and tired of sloppy writing. There. I’ve said it. I’m beyond sick and tired of sloppy people, people who embrace to “done is better than perfect” mantra.
But what I really hate is an organization that refuses to acknowledge that a) good writing is essential to professionalism, and b) its members don’t know how to write. The lost opportunity to raise our standards, to educate our members, is inexcusable.
So boo to the National Speakers Association for the nasty sentence below. Boo to Business Network International, for not insisting its networking manuals at least spell “success” correctly and for not tossing out copies of the Misner book that spells “have” as “havre” in its Foreword. (You know the book, the one that’s given out to every new member.) And boo to Toastmasters International for not recognizing that once you leave the safe confines of the mother ship, the editorial standards of district-division-club plummet to an eighth-grade level (if that).
Yes, it’s true we should have all learned our basic punctuation and grammar in grade school. Yes, it’s true. But we didn’t, and it’s past time to acknowledge it, and it’s way past time to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
#Influence18 will demystify technology and invite attendees to have hands-on experiences that highlight best practices and new techniques. Content, community and connection will be weaved into every day.
Weave. The verb weave has two meanings. The first meaning, an intransitive verb, pertains to thread, fabric, pattern; the past tense of this meaning is wove and woven. The second meaning, a transitive verb, is to dodge, to zigzag, to twist and turn—generally to avoid a barrier or obstructions; the past tense is weaved.
You wanted woven: Content, community and connection will be woven into every day.
And, as an editorial aside, I would have said “each day.”

No tolerance, with answers!

 

1. After sharing this philosophy and system in the International Bestseller (7L) The Seven Levels of Communication: Go from Relationships to Referrals, Michael with no plans for speaking, coaching, or training was instantly inundated with requests to teach the system.

Well, I suppose I’d stick a pair of dashes around the “with no plans” bit, and capitalizing “international bestseller” makes me laugh, but damn, this is some awful writing.

2. I usually edit things as I read them, as a habit. I guess its from years of teaching at the University level.

Tell me another. You can’t edit for shit. It’s it’s, ya moron, and “university” is lowercase.

3. I plan to retire in Aquia Harbor, Virginia someday!

Really? How nice. Stick a comma after “Virginia.”

4. Once the corporate identity has been created your logo is only as good as it’s implementation – stationery, letter head, business cards, packaging and/or advertising campaign—needs to be well thought out and properly executed to create brand awareness (and increased sales).

Profanity is the only thing that comes to mind here. It’s its, ya moron; you used a hyphen when you need a dash; and this guy is in Manhattan, where I thought there were only smart people.

5. Collateral material (brochures, catalogs, press releases, annual reports, direct mail packages, etc.) helps strengthen a company’s presentation and makes a powerful impression to current and prospective clients, it enhances the image and personality of your business.

Nasty run-on sentence, sure enough. “Powerful impression” my…eye.

6. Collateral material is a business’s direct communication with their customers: these materials announce new products, special sales or reinforce brand awareness.

Since when is “a business” a plural noun? If it ain’t a plural noun, you can’t use a plural pronoun, fella! Sloppy!

7. Because of our expertise in a variety of disciplines, we are successful in coordinating a company’s visual identity with it’s marketing.

You know, that it’s versus its thing is a biggie, and I will say that these people were remarkably and consistently WRONG.

8. A web site is a powerful tool to enhance your company’s identity and presence, but it only works if it is current.

These people haven’t gotten the message that “website” is now one word. You’d think that would have trickled down to Manhattan!

9. LightSpeed VT is the next generation of on-demand interactive video-based training platforms for speakers, trainers and subject matter experts. They are a full-service agency that can customize, train, track, market, monitor, evaluate and build relationships to compliment your business.

Christ on a sidecar. I hate these sloppy people who have the audacity to market to a group that I happen to belong to, but I suppose they assume that just because my group doesn’t seem to care about correct writing that no one notices the MISSPELLED WORD in this advertising, not to mention the noun-pronoun mistake: since when is a company a “they”?? “Subject matter experts” is bullshit. Plus, it seems this company has never heard of the coordinate adjective rule. No excuse for this.

10. We will create the design, fill it with great content, manage your email lists and send it out for you.

Gee, this is one confusing sentence, but “it” hearkens back to “lists,” and that’s plainly a mistake.

11. Are you consistently and effectively reaching out to your customers, prospects and referral sources right where they hang out everyday?

One nasty sentence. How can you expect to be taken seriously if you write like this? The phrase “reaching out” makes me want to puke, ditto “hang out,” and do ya think they mean “every day”?

12. Jeanne’s other passions include her two beautiful girls, her puppies, her British, rugby-loving hubby, competitive volleyball, Phineas and Ferb, the Chicago White Sox, a good Cabernet Savignon, spicy curry, traveling around the world and hanging out with close friends.

Yeah, well, Jeanne needs to learn to write! When you have a sludgy list like this—and it is sludgy, ain’t it?—and one item has its own comma, then by gosh and by golly you need to separate your items with semicolons, not commas. And what’s up with misspelling “Sauvignon,” anyway? Even I know that!

13. Social media marketing channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging are tremendous resources but each has it’s own unique setup, implementation and communication style.

It’s those Manhattan people, again. They are consistent! (Consistently wrong!)

14. Our team of professionals are available to speak at your next conference or company workshop.

Oh, I’ll just run right out and book you! “Team” is a collective noun, ya idjits: your team is available…and I bet you have lots of slow days!

15. With billions of daily active users Facebook, it is likely your audience of clients and prospects are on there, too.

“Audience” is a collective noun, and it’s singular. Singular.

16. This course covers Facebook from it’s demographic details to the anatomy of a compelling facebook business page, setting it up, simple ways to develop exciting content, privacy issues, facebook advertising and more.

I wouldn’t give you a nickle for your knowledge about facebook, ’cause you can’t spell (Facebook is a proper noun!), and you still don’t know that its is the possessive of it, not it’s.

17. Join us to learn about using Twitter for Business.

There’s no such thing as “Twitter for Business,” though you can use Twitter for business.

18. Join us to learn how to setup and use LinkedIn for your business.

“Setup” is a noun; “set up” is a verb.

19. In this course, you will learn how to create valuable content, properly setup your blog posts (optimized!), and strategically promote them.

How can people who don’t know the difference between “setup” and “set up” (or it’s versus its) teach anyone how to create “valuable content”? Seems they have plenty to say grace over just correcting their own!!!!

20. Whether you need help setting up your email marketing for the first time, being more consistent with your newsletters (like sending them out monthly instead of ‘whenever you get around to it’) giving your newsletter a much-needed overhaul to provide relevant, useful information to your audience (so they look forward to your emails each month) our team at Markbeech Marketing are ready to help!

Wow! You use double quotes always, unless you have a quote within a quote, and then (and only then) do you use single quotes, and then we’ve got both “audience” AND “team” used as plural nouns when BOTH ARE SINGULAR  NOUNS.

21. Our email marketing services include:
Setup of new, custom, mobile responsive email template
~ design layout including; spam check, links to social media and website, forward to a friend feature, and more

Geez. Never put a colon after “include,” “includes,” or “including.” I’ve never seen anyone put a semicolon after “including”; at least, I never had before this! And, again, “set up” is the verb, “setup” is the noun.

22. Contact us today to setup a time to tell us about your email marketing needs!

It’s set up, not setup!

23. If you are a business owner looking for a few hours to site down with a professional to help you take your marketing and business to the next level, you will benefit from a Marketing Coaching Session with Markbeech Marketing.

Sure ’nuff, I’ll jus’ site on down with dem profeshionals at the Markeee, what, what, whaaaat….Sheesh, I got da big bucks, and you know what they say about a fool….

25. After returning to the states and working as Marketing Manager for a variety of organizations, I found their was a need for small businesses to better understand and utilize social media marketing (which I loved).

Yeah, when I was in third grade, I didn’t know how to spell “there” either! There’s a biiiiig need for people who can spell there correctly for their clients!

25. I look forward to the opportunity to help you grow your business to it’s fullest potential!

This sentence (and many others) compliments of Markbeech Marketing, the people who will take your money but can’t write worth a damn.

Don’t let people like these publish your book!

I guess nothing should surprise me, but I admit that I was shocked tonight when I picked up a flyer from a local publishing company (and I use that phrase reluctantly) named Peppertree Press. The flyer contained at least 18 out-and-out punctuation/grammar mistakes, and the writing was lousy. I went to Peppertree’s website, and quickly found more mistakes.

If I wrote like this, I’d slit my wrists.

  1. We utilize the cover-art, applying those elements to your interior to enhance the look of your interior design.
  2. All our books are distributed worldwide through Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Books in Print, and launched on online venues such as: the Peppertree Press, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Books a Million.
  3. Each author’s book royalties are disbursed quarterly, reflecting their online sales.
  4. As the late Eleanor Roosevelt so eloquently stated, “If you prepare yourself…you will be able to grasp opportunity for a broader experience when it appears”.
  5. My name is Julie Ann James and along with my colleague and Editorial Director Teri Lynn Franco, are proud to introduce to you a company that offers professional publishing with a personal touch!
  6. We welcome you to go on the grand tour of our Web site and take the first step in turning your manuscript into a masterpiece.
  7. Julie Ann James lives in Sarasota, Florida with her family.
  8. Together we have planted the book publishing seed and with great enthusiasm have launched this fine company to aspiring authors who have dreams and aspirations of turning their manuscripts into masterpieces.
  9. Over the years, we have participated in the following Literacy events…

Peppertree has been the Co-Sponsor with The Sarasota Literacy Council’s luncheon, Celebrating Authors and Illustrators
– All of the Proceeds Benefited The Adult Literacy Program

Sponsor of the Florida Writers Association’s yearly Writing Conference …as well as a panelist discussing writing and publishing

Poetry Judge for the Annual Reading Council’s poetry contest, publishing the winners in The Pepper Tree Literary Magazine

Continuing education by giving talks to Creative Writing classes at local schools, colleges and Universities

Book basket donations to a variety of non-for-profit organizations

  1. Q: What genres does Peppertree publish?

A: We publish, fiction, non-fiction, inspirational/ religious, children’s, educational, poetry, biography, auto-biography and cookbooks.

  1. Q: Do you provide e-book services?

A: Yes. After you have approved your final book, we can re-format it to an e-book version.

  1. Q: How will my book be marketed and distributed?

A: Most importantly through each authors marketing efforts.

  1. This was a paper that was simply priceless and something that the community could not only grasp in their hands, but one in which they could participate, both as readers and contributors.

No tolerance.

I admit it. I have no tolerance for people who say that they are “professional” writers but who can’t write their way out of a paper sack.

These are all sentences from people who take your money to write for you—in the case of the marketing company whose sentences are featured from #10 to the end, the company actually offers seminars on writing best practices—but who demonstrate a deplorable ignorance about the simplest of writing concepts.

Don’t get ripped off!

Wow! Many of these sentences contain multiple mistakes. Take a look!

  1. After sharing this philosophy and system in the International Bestseller (7L) The Seven Levels of Communication: Go from Relationships to Referrals, Michael with no plans for speaking, coaching, or training was instantly inundated with requests to teach the system.
  2. I usually edit things as I read them, as a habit. I guess its from years of teaching at the University level.
  3. I plan to retire in Aquia Harbor, Virginia someday!
  4. Once the corporate identity has been created your logo is only as good as it’s implementation – stationery, letter head, business cards, packaging and/or advertising campaign – needs to be well thought out and properly executed to create brand awareness (and increased sales).
  5. Collateral material (brochures, catalogs, press releases, annual reports, direct mail packages, etc.) helps strengthen a company’s presentation and makes a powerful impression to current and prospective clients, it enhances the image and personality of your business.
  6. Collateral material is a business’s direct communication with their customers: these materials announce new products, special sales or reinforce brand awareness.
  7. Because of our expertise in a variety of disciplines, we are successful in coordinating a company’s visual identity with it’s marketing.
  8. A web site is a powerful tool to enhance your company’s identity and presence, but it only works if it is current.
  9. LightSpeed VT is the next generation of on-demand interactive video-based training platforms for speakers, trainers and subject matter experts. They are a full-service agency that can customize, train, track, market, monitor, evaluate and build relationships to compliment your business.
  10. We will create the design, fill it with great content, manage your email lists and send it out for you.
  11. Are you consistently and effectively reaching out to your customers, prospects and referral sources right where they hang out everyday?
  12. Jeanne’s other passions include her two beautiful girls, her puppies, her British, rugby-loving hubby, competitive volleyball, Phineas and Ferb, the Chicago White Sox, a good Cabernet Savignon, spicy curry, traveling around the world and hanging out with close friends.
  13. Social media marketing channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging are tremendous resources but each has it’s own unique setup, implementation and communication style.
  14. Our team of professionals are available to speak at your next conference or company workshop.
  15. With billions of daily active users Facebook, it is likely your audience of clients and prospects are on there, too.
  16. This course covers Facebook from it’s demographic details to the anatomy of a compelling facebook business page, setting it up, simple ways to develop exciting content, privacy issues, facebook advertising and more.
  17. Join us to learn about using Twitter for Business.
  18. Join us to learn how to setup and use LinkedIn for your business.
  19. In this course, you will learn how to create valuable content, properly setup your blog posts (optimized!), and strategically promote them.
  20. Whether you need help setting up your email marketing for the first time, being more consistent with your newsletters (like sending them out monthly instead of ‘whenever you get around to it’) giving your newsletter a much-needed overhaul to provide relevant, useful information to your audience (so they look forward to your emails each month) our team at Mxx Marketing are ready to help!
  21. Our email marketing services include:
    Setup of new, custom, mobile responsive email template
    ~ design layout including; spam check, links to social media and website, forward to a friend feature, and more
  22. Contact us today to setup a time to tell us about your email marketing needs!
  23. If you are a business owner looking for a few hours to site down with a professional to help you take your marketing and business to the next level, you will benefit from a Marketing Coaching Session with Markxxx Marketing.
  24. After returning to the states and working as Marketing Manager for a variety of organizations, I found their was a need for small businesses to better understand and utilize social media marketing (which I loved).
  25. I look forward to the opportunity to help you grow your business to it’s fullest potential!