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The Dispatch takes 14 awards at annual press contest

Posted 6/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch staff took home 14 awards Saturday in the editorial division of the 2013 Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.

 

Peter Imes: Give flowers, show appreciation

Posted 10/12/2013 in Local Columns

About three years ago, I walked past Linda Massey's desk and into my own office. My office has a window that looks into the front office of The Dispatch. I had noticed a man talking to Linda when I walked in, but didn't realize it was Lloyd Vaughan until I sat at my desk and looked out that window.

 

Peter Imes: Non-mechanical teaching

Posted 9/22/2012 in Local Columns

Since my son was born a little more than six years ago, my wife and I have had countless angst-ridden discussions on what to do when he reached school age. Public, private, boarding, home -- we've weighed every schooling option. He started kindergarten last month, and, though we are thrilled with his school, the dialogue continues.

 

On technology: Learn from your customers with Google Consumer Surveys

Posted 5/24/2012 in Business

Earlier this year Google launched Consumer Surveys, a service allowing business owners and individuals to survey a targeted audience. This is an incredibly useful tool for businesses wanting to gauge customer satisfaction and preference.

 

Mystery is afoot in February Table Talks

Posted 2/4/2012 in Columns

Sherlock Holmes, Alex Cross, Adam Dalgliesh, Commissario Brunetti, Sam Spade, Perry Mason, Miss Marple, and Lisbeth Salander: February is "mystery month" at the Table Talks sponsored by Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. The Friends launches its latest series on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at noon in the library meeting room, 314 7th St. N.

 

Peter Imes: Joining the conversation now much easier

Posted 12/2/2011 in Business

The Dispatch's website, cdispatch.com, has long encouraged online readers to leave comments at the bottom of each article. Though the paper still receives some letters to the editor by mail, most people now either email letters to us or simply post a comment at the end of a story.

 

Peter Imes: The accuracy of Wikipedia

Posted 9/22/2011 in Business

I'm teaching a class on social media for Mississippi University for Women's Life Enrichment Program this semester. Our first class was Tuesday night, and we started by reviewing some staggering statistics: 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, more than 600 million people actively use Facebook, 1 billion tweets are sent per week.

 

Peter Imes: An explanation of phone hacking

Posted 7/21/2011 in Business

The recent phone hacking scandal in the U.K. has so far resulted in multiple resignations, arrests and the closure of a 168-year-old newspaper.

 

Peter Imes: AT&T, T-Mobile merger has potential to bridge the digital divide in state

Posted 7/14/2011 in Business

A couple of weeks ago AT&T Mississippi president, Mayo Flynt, passed through Columbus and spoke with me about the pending merger between wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. The merger is currently being reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission.

 

Peter Imes: Smackers uses text messages to build business

Posted 6/9/2011 in Business

For anyone new to the area, Smackers is a relatively new frozen yogurt shop, located near the intersection of Highway 45 North and Highway 82, just behind Chili's. Since opening on Valentine's Day this year, Smackers has done a tremendous job of branding themselves (The catchy name comes from a combination of the last names of the founders: Smith and Acker) and in using new technology for promotions.

 

Peter Imes: Running social media promotions

Posted 1/27/2011 in Business

Last week we looked at a few contests some large corporations are currently running on their Facebook pages. Let's look at some ways local businesses can create buzz with their pages.

 

Peter Imes: Doodling for Google and other contests

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Companies are still trying to learn how to best use social media for marketing and profit. In next week's column I plan on giving some tips on how local businesses can use social media for promotions. For now let's look at a handful of interesting contests that are currently running online.

 

Peter Imes: You can rent anything online

Posted 12/2/2010 in Business

On Wednesday night I rented a movie through Netflix's Watch Instant feature. As I easily selected a movie, I wondered what else could be rented online. Here are a few of the more interesting online rental options I found.

 

Peter Imes: I don't care about your Farmville animals

Posted 11/11/2010 in Business

At a family dinner the other night, an uncle mentioned that he has grown tired of reading the mundane in his Facebook News Feed.

 

Peter Imes: Using the Internet to steal

Posted 9/16/2010 in Business

News broke last week of a burglary ring in New Hampshire that selected targets by using Facebook. Specifically, they used the new Facebook Places feature to target more than 50 victims.

 

Mystery man spotted in downtown Columbus

Posted 9/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mystery man was spotted in downtown Columbus on Thursday.

 

Internet search just got better with Google Instant

Posted 9/9/2010 in Business

On Wednesday Google rolled out their Google Instant feature. Google Instant makes searching much easier and faster by actually showing search results to you while you type your keywords.

 

 

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