WAW June 2014

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Greetings from Boston

Make way for WAW V3!

This WAW thing is on a roll, and so are you guys (and gals) with the amazing comments you sent in on last month’s newsletter. Keep it up; we eat ’em up! Simply reply and let us know what’s working for you and what we can do to make WAW better. And better than that.

Contest Winner

Man, we’d hate to be a comma splice or misused semicolon under your watch – there’s nowhere to hide! You eagle-eyed writers blew us away with all your writing mistake entries. You’re obviously pros when it comes to proper technique.

And the randomly selected winner is: Valerie F from Austin, TX!

We posted the winning entry to the blog earlier today.

Valerie, you get to choose between $100 cash or a $125 Starbucks Gift Card! Think carefully, choose wisely and contact us when you decide!

New Contest

“You can do it with your glass or your hat, but only your boss can do it to you. (5 letters)”

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Huh? Figure out at least 1 of 26 word puzzles, and nab a chance to win June’s contest.

Go to https://www.writeraccess.com/wordtest/ and try our word games. Any correct answer will get entered to win the grand prize of $100 or $125 Starbucks Gift Card.

What’s New

Move over sheriff, there’s a new Community Management team in town! Charlotte Garden and Louis Roe, who you may recognize from the blog, have joined forces to recruit, develop and nurture the greatest pool of writing talent on the web. They aim to make your experience at WA a fantastic and lucrative one. Stay tuned for announcements, updates, communication and support.

What’s So New It’s Not Even Out Yet

Say hello to WriterAccess 4.0! We’re not quite ready to launch yet, but here’s a screenshot of the new writer dashboard:

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How Design Live Recap

The WriterAccess Team attended the How Design Live Conference in May. We attended talks by Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin and other thought leaders in the realms of innovation and design.

Photo evidence:

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I gave a presentation on content marketing and our booth was a hit! All in all it was a fantastic experience that gave us lots of ideas on how to make WriterAccess better. And better than that.

Blog Posts of the Month

We handpicked a few of our monthly posts that really pop – and are packed with scads of interesting info. Enjoy!

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Step Away From the Smartphone: Dating Etiquette for the Lovelorn Freelancer

by Alana M

When you work from home and realize you only know your closest friends by their forum handles, it might not be a stretch to guess that date night is not a regular part of your work week. If you’re a freelance content writer who finds it hard to close the laptop lid and dinner and a movie are all but a distant memory, it might be time to cut the USB cord and venture outside. Before you sign up for DesperatelyNeedADate.com and sift through your bathroom cupboard to find that makeup stuff you used to wear, prepare yourself for reentry to the outside world…

 

dr seussOh, The Places You’ll Go (With Apologies to Dr. Seuss)

by Paula A

I have often been asked where I find ideas of what to write about, and I find this question difficult to answer. It is difficult because I discover things to write about from my surroundings, news stories, family and even waiting in line to get my coffee at Starbucks. In fact, I find inspiration for writing every place I go, which reminds me of Dr. Seuss. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose…

bad customer serviceBad Customer Experience: Gigya Example

by Byron White

Here’s the story of a sales and customer service experience I had with Gigya that I think we can all learn from. Developing the right strategy and tactics to grow revenue is challenging. I’ll run you through the story quickly, and offer a summary below. Feedback welcome. Chapter 1. A Gigya sales rep follows up on my request for a Demo… 

 

Feedback (Always) Wanted!

So, what did you think? Anything you want to see more of next month? Anything you never, ever want to see again? Let us know! Hope your summer is off to a happy and safe start!

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