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Karen Runtz
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Attended Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lives in Kinburn, Ontario, Canada
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One out of five adults in the UK forget how to do fractions or percentages. But don't feel smug just yet! Look at the other parameters and you'll likely come down a notch or two. I bombed on some of the science answers. 
YouGov survey reveals a poor recall of elementary mathematics, English and science among adults

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Designing an author's website? Here are some great examples of what you should include. #author

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Cool! Why Cool is Still Cool. Explains why certain words and phrases catch on and become popular while others die out and wither away.
Our senses have a big impact on which words thrive and which fizzle out.

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Hmm. Consumers overwhelmingly choose foods based on their gender-packaging. #marketing #stereotypes  
A new Canadian study has found that gender-specific packaging influences what we buy in the grocery store, and also affects whether we think the products are good for us.

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Telephone and in-person were the only two channels that at least eight in 10 SMBs  in Canada said they used at all.  #smallbiz

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It's a beautiful day in the Canadian neighbourhood!  Is yours Cosmopolitan Elite, Boomerang City, Rustic Roads, Lunch at Tim’s or another characterization based on demographics, marketplace preferences and psychographic Social Values?
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Well worth a read. The relationship between #climate and conflict and much more.
"(Stanford economist Marshall) Burke and his colleagues estimate that a single standard-deviation increase in temperature elevates the risk of person-to-person violence by about 2.5 percent and the risk of group-to-group violence by about 11 percent. These are events with low underlying likelihoods in the first place — most countries aren’t constantly on the brink of civil war, and most people aren’t constantly on the brink of aggravated assault — but in a warming world, the economists argue the effects are appreciable. Some parts of the world are expected to warm by two to four standard deviations by 2050."
Economists and psychologists tell us that increased temperatures can drive conflict. Is there any brain science here?

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Very helpful blueprint for an optimal blog design. #infographic
Your blog needs to look professional but also has to be effective. The design should be balanced and optimized for readership and engagement. Learn how to do that in this infographic.

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Love this approach, which recognizes employees as people with value beyond their work life. And as the article points out, "it also makes them, frankly, better employees."
To attract millennials, PR agency Pomp & Circumstance will provide financial support for personal goals

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CNN reports that Offline Maps is available globally in more than 200 countries but I haven't seen which companies yet. Hope Mongolia is one of them! Heading there next year.
Google Maps finally gets offline navigation, but only on Android for now
Google has confirmed that the offline navigation features it showed off at Google IO earlier this year are now available for Android devices, though they'r
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Wow! More reasons to love #WordPress: 19 types of #websites you can create with WordPress. 
Wondering what kind of websites you can create using WordPress? Check out our list of 19 different types of websites you can create with WordPress.

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See through words: how to design a metaphor.  Fascinating read, especially for writers!
The metaphor designer isn’t trying to make something beautiful. She wants to change your view on things. Here’s how
Karen Runtz: Small business writer/editor/web & social media strategist.

Karen Runtz: former earth mother, serial wife, seasoned corporate communicator. Reborn as small business writer/editor/web & social media strategist.

Loves woods, family, images, ideas and learning.

Bragging rights
Ran in 24-hour Jasper to Banff relay in Canadian Rockies
  • Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Basic Information
Communications strategy, writing, editing, social media marketing, publishing
Strategic Communications, Marketing Communications, Social Media Communications, Writing, Editing, Web Content, Newsletters, Publishing,
  • Independent
    Solopreneur, 2010 - present
    Small business adviser and provider: communications strategy, writing, editing, social media marketing, web content, web usability, publishing.
  • Sunbelt Business Brokers
    Director, Marketing Communications, 2010 - 2014
    Provide strategic counsel on marketing and communication, leveraging social media channels to promote Sunbelt Canada brand, raise company profile and visits to Sunbelt Canada website to generate.awareness, referrals and leads. Development and management of Sunbelt Canada blog, newsletter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Development of articles for business publications. Editing, layout, publishing and promotion of books in print and electronic formats.
  • Canada Post
    Manager, Communications, 1988 - 2009
    Various portfolios over my 21 years in Communications. Specialties included Strategic Communications, Measurement and Analysis, Stakeholder Relations, Content Marketing, Writing/editing, Publishing, Social Media, Developing and Managing Intranets, Web Usability, Project Management, Mentoring/Coaching.
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