Add Content More Easily

Posted by: Michelle Lockett on January 8, 2010

Happy New Year! As you know, Business Exchange users benefit from the wisdom of the relevant content other users add to the business topics. In recent upgrades, we've made it easier and faster to add content. Below are some simple steps:

1. Find the topic in which you want to add content using the search bar at the top of the home page or at the bottom of every other BX page. For example, search and click to the Magazine Industry topic.

2. Enter a valid URL to the relevant content in the box below the tabs and hit the "Add" button.

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3. Most times the content is pulled in from the site you are adding, giving you the view below. (If all looks good, you can add your reaction (optional) and then click the "Add" button to complete this action.)

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4. If you want to change the headline or description, you can click the yellow edit button to open the edit functions. Also if the content from the link didn't get pulled in you will see this automatically with the headline and description blank for you to enter. Make changes or enter a relevant headline and description. You can also add a reaction before hitting the "Add" button to finish your action.

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As you probably noticed, you no longer have the option to add this content to multiple topics in this step. By adding a new step, we now allow you to also add content added by other users and that was pulled in from our feeds to other relevant topics. Underneath the article entry is a new "add to topics" link, which allows you to do just that.

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Use the search bar as you would the main topic search on BX to find additional topics. You still have a limit of five (5) topics.
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If you mistakenly hit enter for a topic, you can remove it before adding by clicking the "x" next to the name. You must hit the "Add" button to complete this action.

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Now that you see how simple it is, go add some great content! If you have any questions about this feature or anything else on the site, please send us feedback.

Holiday Sales

Posted by: Michelle Lockett on December 14, 2009

No we aren’t going to give you links to hottest sales for all of your last-minute holiday shopping. But, like it or not, the holiday season is here and all eyes are on the Retail industry. Keep track of the latest news and add some of your own to these relevant BX topics:

You’ll also find some interesting news in the topics on the Credit Card Industry and Debit Card Industry.

As always if you have an idea for another topic, suggest it. Just make sure you follow these guidelines.

BX on Bloomberg

Posted by: Michelle Lockett on October 30, 2009

We have some great news to report: As the first step in integrating the BusinessWeek and Bloomberg brands, you can now save content from Bloomberg.com to Business Exchange with ease. Simply click the new mini icon at the top of every article page on Bloomberg.com

Don’t forget you can also use the Share This browser widget to automatically add Web content you find to BX. It’s an easy way to keep all of your content organized within focused business topics on BX.

And since it’s the end of another productive month, we wanted to share a snapshot of some of the great topics that have recently been approved on BX:

Take a look at some of our new topics and when you’re on Bloomberg.com, don’t forget to add articles to relevant BX topics. If you have questions, feel free to send us feedback.

The Bloomberg Deal

Posted by: Michelle Lockett on October 16, 2009

After much speculation McGraw-Hill has agreed to sell BusinessWeek to Bloomberg LP. No, we aren’t going to share any juicy details here. Instead, we want to use the sale process to illustrate how Business Exchange helps you stay on top of topics that matter to your professional life.

Mid-July, McGraw-Hill announced that it was exploring “strategic options” for BusinessWeek. Rumors and reports abounded. To keep up on the latest news of the impending sale, we all flocked to the McGraw-Hill and Business Exchange topics, where colleagues and other users added all the content they could find. The BX topics are an easy place to find the latest news on the sale. It is also great to see what some of our colleagues are saying in response to the reports.

When news of the sale was confirmed, the Bloomberg LP topic was quickly created. As you can imagine, the topic is filled with all the news of the sale and much speculation on the merged companies. So if you are curious about what the Bloomberg-BusinessWeek combo will look like, stay active in these topics and add any content you find. We’ll see you there!

For the official BW post on the sale, read Tom Lowry’s blog.

What’s New?

Posted by: Michelle Lockett on October 8, 2009

Well, first and foremost, we’ve added a new link to the BX blog from the Business Exchange home page. In top right corner of every page, you’ll see “What’s New?” in red. Click that link to see our latest blog post.

But that’s not all. BX is dedicated to helping you maximize your time online. Some of our users wondered what we had in store for our LinkedIn partnership at launch. We answered: Syncing your LinkedIn profile with your BX account not only makes registration easier, but allows you invite your LinkedIn connections to join you on BX. And with our last upgrade (10/7), you can now cross-post your BX reactions as your LinkedIn status simultaneously. This is in addition to cross-posting to Twitter, a feature we launched in March. (Note: you must have your BX profile synced with your LinkedIn account in order to cross-post to LinkedIn. Click to sync your profile now.)

We’d also like to give a big shout out to our technology team for their hard work in pushing live many new optimizations to the site. As you probably noticed, site is running much faster than before -- enhancing your BX experience.

Take a look around and send us feedback with any questions or comments you have.

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