Sunday, December 9, 2012
Fuzzy on how to shoot clear photos of holiday lights? We can help.
Holiday lights add sparkle to so many special moments. When I was a kid, I lived for the night my mom loaded us into the car and drove us around town so we could marvel over the magnificent displays that took hours to produce. We pointed from the car and kept moving. Now, though, folks get out and snap a photo. But the twinkling lights, and other holiday photos, aren't easy to capture. Starting today, we're going to run a series that describes how to snap photos of lights, family and other holiday moments so you can preserve those memories. I wish I could take credit for this tutorial, but I can't. I got it from Strobist. The blog is published by Dave Hobby and has been around since 2006. This site has a track record; the content and the …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
We want your bird photos, your bird observations. Heck, we'd even like to see your birding videos!
Seriously, my favorite radio station is any public radio station and I often pester the editors with re-enactments of the stories I hear. So when WCPN featured The Cleveland Natural History Museum's Harvey Webster in a show all about birding I was inspired to reach out to you directly. In the program, Webster mentioned the Audubon Society's weekly bird watching events at parks across the region and several great local bird blogs. But I'll bet Stow has some undiscovered bird bloggers. And I personally invite you to start your own blog and share your bird photos, observations, heck you can even post a video if you have it. Are you already blogging about birds? You can post your blog on Patch and reach a wider, local audience. Questions…
Monday, May 7, 2012
From blood drives to mom-to-mom sales and more, this video tutorial will teach you how to post your very own Patch events.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
It's free and easy to post your events on Patch and you'll reach more people than you think!
It's a busy time of the year for houses of worship. Between Palm Sunday, Easter and Passover there are a lot of events happening. Don't you want everybody to know about your special services? We do too. You can add your events to our calendar for free. Whether the events are holiday-related or whether you just want everybody to know when your weekly services are - Patch wants it. It's ridiculously easy to do, here's the step-by-step. If you want to advertise your event in one of those cool boxes on our home page or anywhere else on the site, feel free to contact our Ad Manager Brandon Tidd. If you have trouble posting an event or have questions, email Local Editor Amanda Harnocz.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Claiming your business helps spread the word about your great product.
If you own a business in Stow, check out our Places tab, and claim your listing for free. It's fast and you won't regret it. In the Places tab, users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and much more about local venues. Users can add events that are happening in your business as well as rate it on a five-star system. If you claim your listing, you can add information about sales, specials and more. To learn how to claim your listing, watch the video above. Here are some other benefits to claiming your listing with Patch: If you've already claimed your listing with Patch, thank you! We appreciate your support. If you have business owner friends in the Stow Patch area, encourage them to do the same. We love our business …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
We're all about sharing, so here's some tips we can share about how to use the site to your advantage.
Did you know that you can use Patch just like Facebook? It's like having a local social media hub. Here's how: Even though you can use the site just like Facebook, don't forget to follow us on Twitter @StowPatch and on the Stow Patch Facebook page!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Patch Places has all of the info on local restaurants, salons, shops and more— make it yours!
When Patch launched in Stow almost a year ago, editors and contributors ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. The result: Patch Places. Patch Places is the spot to find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more for spots around town. You can even see what your neighbors think of a business before you try it or write your own review. But local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. Owners or managers can sign in and search for their business. Underneath the photos, there is a box with the question: Do you own or manage this location? Claim it! Just click "Claim it!" and a form will pop up asking for contact information and authorization to claim it. Within a day or so, someone …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Blogs don't have to be novels - or even paragraphs. Check our favorite bloggers who stray from the standard perception
You probably know Patch has a blogging feature that’s open to EVERY person in EVERY Patch town. And I bet you’ve thought to yourself, man. It would be cool to reach thousands of people in my town for free and tell them about my fundraiser, share my favorite recipes or give them my point-by-point analysis of the Browns defense (or lack thereof). Or the 2012 elections. Or that new development proposal in your neighborhood. But, you think, I’m just not a writer. Well, here’s a secret bloggers all over northeast Ohio have discovered: you don’t have to be a writer. Check out our favorite blogs that challenge the traditional format, and if you are inspired to reach your neighbors, just click the green button on our homepage. A Poem: Linda …
Saturday, October 8, 2011
This nifty video tutorial shows users of any Patch site how to post an announcement, including full press releases, by using the tools available to all users on the Patch.
Have you ever sent a press release to the editor of your Patch site and wondered when it was going to post? How about sent him or her a birth announcement or perhaps an obit (which are published free on Patch sites) or school award only to wonder if it was ever going to be published? Well, our Patch sites are designed in a way that is easy for users to post their own announcement without having to wait for the editor to post it for you. It really is the best way to post your announcement or press release if you are a nonprofit agency, for profit agency, government body or other group to get your stuff on the Patch, instantly. Follow this video tutorial to see how to do this, step by step. After you finish watching the video, consider using…
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Have something to say? Need a local platform to do it? Patch.com is adding a platform for local bloggers on May 4.
Beginning May 4, Stow Patch will be making room for local bloggers on the site. We're looking for bloggers who can riff on various topics, share their personality and engage our readers in discussions. Patch is more than a news site, it's an online conversation about your community. Then we want to hear from you! This isn't a reporting job. It's blogging. You write what you want to say when you want to say it. Do it on your schedule, whether that's posting multiple entries per day or a couple times a month. Be interesting. Be provocative. Be yourself. If you'd like to chat about the opportunity to share your unique voice with our readers, send an email to Amanda.Harnocz@patch.com or call 330-256-3089.