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Fabric Posters Now Available as Displays

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Graphics now has available foldable fabric-like posters for your next meeting, display or seminar.

These posters are durable and can be folded up for storing in your brief case or carry-on when traveling.

They can also be rolled up as a durable alternative to paper.

Check out this new item plus more displays and exhibits.

For more information contact , Graphic Designer, (701) 231-7898

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Edit Video in YouTube

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Did you know you can edit your videos right in YouTube? With the Video Editor feature, you can combine multiple videos and pictures to create a new video, trim your clips, add copyright-free music, and customize clips with special tools and effects.

Learn more at YouTube Help.

, Electronic Media Specialist, (701) 231-7086

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Write the Word: Loan vs. Borrow

Despite the way “loan” and “borrow” often are used, they have different meanings and can’t be used interchangeably.

Here’s an easy way to remember the difference: “Borrow” means to take, and “loan” means to give.

More specifically, “borrow” is using something belonging to someone else with the intention of returning it. “Loan” can be a noun, such as a sum of money that you must pay back with interest, or a verb, the act of lending something to someone.

What that means is you cannot say you are “borrowing” something to someone. You are “loaning” it to him or her. For example, “I will loan you my bike for the day.” Another way to say that is: “I will lend you my bike for the day.” If using “loan” as a noun, you might say, “I need a loan to pay my college tuition.”

Another way to think of “borrow” is that the person receiving an item borrows it. For example: “Can I borrow some money from you?” You hope the response is, “Yes, I will loan you some money.”

, information specialist, (701) 231-5391


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Get Direct Message Notifications on the Go with Facebook Pages Manager App

Last month I wrote an article about the importance of responding to direct messages and posts on Facebook Pages and how to do it on the Web.

You can also get notified on your mobile device using Facebook’s official Pages Manager App (available for iPhone and iPad and Android devices).

With this app you can manage up to 50 Facebook Pages. You can view notifications like new Likes, Shares and Comments and also view Insights (analytics).  

Here’s just some of the Pages I have Facebook Admin rights to. The Pages Manager App lets me know that I have three notifications for the Nourishing Boomers Facebook Page and one for the Lawns, Gardens and Trees Page. Turns out the notifications were all new “Likes”.

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You can view those notifications through the regular Facebook App, but the Pages Manager app allows you to see direct messages to your Page and to respond to them. This makes it an easy way to respond and engage with your audience. The screenshot below shows one private message is waiting to be read, and prompted me to download the app.

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Here's a direct message notification on my phone. It's pretty hard to miss! I can tap through and quickly and easily respond to her.

Page notification for Facebook

While it’s not expected to be responding to Facebook direct messages 24/7, the Pages Manager App makes it easy for you to note when a direct message comes in and to respond to it.

The Race to Respond Infographic says that 83% of Facebook users expect a response within the same day and 56% who interact with a brand have a stronger connection to that brand. This App makes it easy to engage with your audience.

The app is free and available for iPhone and iPad and Android devices.

, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403

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New Print & Copy Equipment Adds Efficiencies

Print and Copy Services has some new equipment to serve customers.window envelope

Inserter: This machine can fold multiple pages, insert them into an envelope and seal the envelope, saving lots of labor and frustration. It also can insert flat pages into larger envelopes. Save even more labor by including personalized addresses on the letter and using a window envelope so letters and envelopes don’t have to be matched.

Duplo: This machine cuts, scores and folds heavier paper. Cuts are consistent, and scores are correct so that when the paper is folded on the score, the color doesn’t crack.

Tabber: Now that the U.S. Postal Service requires folded mailings to be tabbed a specific way, this machine can quickly meet those guidelines. If you’re designing a piece to be mailed, be sure to call 231-2000 to make sure the piece is laid out to take advantage of postal discounts.

See more helpful hints for preparing your documents for Print and Copy Services.

Diane Ness, Customer Service Manager, (701) 231-9467; Chris Anderson, Production Manager, (701) 231-7410

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Use Calendars to Market Programs, Avoid Conflicts


Please enter your meetings and events (multicounty, regional, state and national that affect quite a few staff) on the Ag calendar. This will market your events on the public website but also help avoid internal conflicts.

The calendar is for specific dates. Do not list, for example, that your meetings are Feb. 12 – March 12 every Thursday at 7 p.m. Instead, each date must be entered.

Also, for statewide or major campus events, send details to Linda McCaw for the NDSU calendar that scrolls events on the home page.

Becky Koch, Ag Communication Director, 701-231-7875

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NDSU Ag Padfolios for Sale

large padfolioMarket NDSU, keep yourself organized and give these padfolios as thank-you gifts to speakers, supporters and others. The black padfolios are 9X11, have a small notepad and lots of pockets inside, and zip all the way around. Price is $11 each.

See marketing materials for pocket folders and notecards also for sale.

, Administrative Assistant, (701) 231-7881

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Avoid Vertical Video Syndrome

Vertical Video"Televisions are horizontal. Computer screens are horizontal. People's eyes are horizontal. We aren't built to watch vertical videos... Say no to vertical videos." These are lines from "Vertical Video Syndrome: A PSA" by Glove and Boots Video.

As you shoot video this summer of field operations, 4-H events and other activities, remember to shoot videos horizontally. Hold your phone steady with both hands horizontally.

For other video-shooting tips, see our video about "How to Capture Quality Video."

, Electronic Media Specialist, (701) 231-7953; , Electronic Media Specialist, (701) 231-7086

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Write the Right Word: Omitted Numbers

If you are writing in a more informal style, you can drop parts of dates as long as you are clear that you are talking about a year.

For example, you could call this year’s high school grads the class of ’15. Or you might refer to an entire decade: “Some call the ’50s the golden age of television.” The apostrophe replaces the 20 in 2015 and the 19 in 1950s.

You don’t need an apostrophe between the number and the “s” because you are not omitting anything. You also don’t need an apostrophe before numbers such as temperatures because you are not leaving out any figures. For example: “The temperature is expected to reach the upper 80s today.”

With some fonts, the apostrophe faces the wrong way, to the right, the first time you type it. So just hit the apostrophe key twice and delete the first one.

, information specialist, (701) 231-5391


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Use Anchors on Web Pages to Get the User to Your Content Faster

anchorIdeally, web content should be concise. Our online attention spans are short and people don’t like to scroll on their screens. But in Extension and research, sometimes content needs to include detailed information. Web page headings are a great way to break up content on a screen, and so are anchors.

Examples of anchors include County Office listings – just click on the first letter at the top of the page of the office you want to contact and you will be brought to the group of listings for that letter – no scrolling needed. Learn how to use anchors in Ag CMS.

Photo by: Wikimedia Commons

, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403


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