Introducing the DMS Visual Community Awards

visualawardsHere at DMS, we don’t always get a chance to shine a light on the contributors working within our Photo Studio. You may not know it, but we work with an entire community of photographers, photo editors and photo auditors who help us ensure that every single piece of content we publish gets the best visual treatment possible.

These dedicated community members are the ones who take our amazing Studio articles and give them that extra special something in the form of visuals. So to recognize them for their amazing, behind-the-scenes work, we’re happy to launch our first ever DMS Visual Community Awards.

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Put a Pin in it! DMS invades Pinterest

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I make it my business to regularly visit several websites every day. Force of habit? I like to think of it more like smart surfin’–a one stop shop for news, resources, and entertainment. Without divulging too much into my browser history (it’s private, OK?) I have news.google.com locked down for what’s happening in the World, Reddit.com for community news/pictures of cats, and DMS’ very own Photo Lab on Pinterest.

Why?

Bacon, puppies, men’s style, happy hour…do I really need to go on? As of this writing there’s currently 23 boards, each equipped with its own unique visual splendor. But that’s not all–the hand-selected boards provide insight, as well as helpful tips on all facets of photography, home decor, cooking, and more! Basically you’re getting all the Photo Editor’s favorite photos/articles in one convenient place.

Quite frankly if you’re looking for inspiration on what/how to shoot, you needn’t look any further than DMS’ Pinterest. Still need convincing? How about some mouthwatering pictures from the Tasty Treats board (recipes are included, so be sure to check ’em out).

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It’s not all about food, either (though if it were, that’d be A-OK in my book). Outside of Tasty Treats and Food Photography you’ll find…

  • Pets & Animals
  • Kids & Family
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Beauty
  • Costume Ideas
  • Babies

And plenty more! So get out there and check it out for yourself. Besides, you’d be hard-pressed finding someone who doesn’t like Pinterest. To be honest I was a little hesitant at first, but after seeing my wife utilize the site’s full potential–not to mention hearing her loudly proclaim “check this out” well over a dozen times–I finally caved. Sure, my boards are all geek-related, but DMS’ page has broadened my Pinterest board horizons.

February Ace Writers Club Members

The Oscars may have already passed, but we have some names in an envelope that we’re ready to read, too! It’s time for us to announce the latest members of the Ace Writers Club.

Not familiar with what it means to be an Ace Writer? Aces are DMS writers who consistently contribute amazing quality work month after month in the Studio. You can get all the details on how to qualify as an Ace here.

From all of us here at DMS, we want to thank these writers for their consistently amazing Studio contributions. And without further ado, the latest Ace Writers Club members:

  • Andrea Cespedes
  • Benna Crawford
  • Beth Greenwood
  • Beverly Bird
  • C. Taylor
  • Chris Deziel
  • Elizabeth Mott
  • Erica Loop
  • Fred Decker
  • Jane Meggitt
  • Jessica Bruso
  • Jessica Mahoney
  • JK Assar
  • Justin Cupler
  • Kristine Tucker
  • Maria Magher
  • Mark Kennan
  • Nina Kate
  • Paige Turner
  • Van Thompson
  • William McCoy

Congratulations to everyone for their accomplishments in the month of February!

You Aced It: January ACE Writers

With the start of a brand new year comes a fresh new list of writers whose stellar performances and sizable contributions ushered them into the prestigious inner circle that is the ACE Writers’ Club. Imagine digital velvet ropes, keys and passwords. Yep, it’s fancy. OK — maybe not that fancy, but being a part of the ACE Writers’ Club can mean great things for your self-esteem and your wallet. Some ACES earned upwards of $450 for their impressive contributions. Don’t be jealous — just join the club — find out how, here.

Congrats to this month’s members!

  • Fred Decker
  • Solomon Poretsky
  • Paige Turner
  • C. Taylor
  • Van Thompson
  • Chris Deziel
  • Danielle Fernandez
  • Nick Peers
  • Alan Sembera
  • JK Assar
  • Jane Meggitt
  • Jessica Bruso
  • William McCoy
  • Kevin Lee
  • Julie Christensen
  • Sara Ipatenco
  • Eric Bank
  • Aaron Parson
  • M.L. Rose
  • Beverly Bird
  • David Weedmark
  • Elizabeth Mott

Stick to Your Resolution with STRONGER

If you’re anything like us, you probably made a resolution this year to get in better shape and you’re already watching your gym shoes gather dust in the closet. Well, our friends over at LIVESTRONG.COM have something that might help.

Those of you who contribute to LIVESTRONG.COM already know that this is the go-to destination for people who want to build their own healthy living success stories. Well, that process just got a lot easier thanks to STRONGER.

Stronger2STRONGER is a series of ten 30-minute workouts hosted by top celebrity trainer Nicky Holender. His routines will help you get amazing results in only 30 minutes by focusing on short, high-intensity exercises that force your body to increase your metabolism and get the results you want faster.

Even better, you don’t need weights, you don’t need hours of free time, and you don’t need to leave your home to do it. Perfect if you’re a Studio Editor squeezing in a workout during your lunch hour (really, there’s a group of us here in the office who meet up every day).

The 2014 STRONGER Challenge just got started a week ago and already the workouts have already been viewed over 100,000 times. So if you’re looking to get in better shape this year, head over to LIVESTRONG.COM today and check out STRONGER.

Know Your Audience with Demand Insights

As a DMS writer, you know where your article gets published online. But once it’s out there, how do you know if people are reading it? Well that’s where Demand Insights comes in.

Demand Insights is a brand new tool available to DMS writers. It’s a visual dashboard that will tell you everything you should know about your audience, from how many views you’re getting to which articles are the most popular.

DemandInsightsSounds great, right? But now you’re probably wondering what you should do with this information. Here are a few tips from us:

  • Share your popular articles. Use your Audience stats to help build up your readership. Share your most popular articles on social media sites like Google+, Facebook and Twitter to keep the conversation going.
  • Target your audience. Is one site making up most of your views? Maybe your next couple of assignments should be for that site if you’re more popular there. You can do the same type of focusing by seeing which of your sections are most popular.
  • Track your performance. See how you’re doing compared to the Studio average or where you were at last month. You can see if your articles are gaining in popularity or if you’re losing readers and adjust accordingly.

Access your own Demand Insights by visiting the link on your Work Desk or by clicking here.

We prepared an info sheet with additional information you should know about the Insights tools. You can also send individual questions and feedback to us directly at DMS.Social@DemandStudios.com.

Thank You from an Ace Writer

Every once in a while, we get an email from a contributor that we just have to share with the rest of the community. This time, that email came from Ace Writer William McCoy.

WilliamMcCoyWilliam has been writing with us since 2010, but we had no idea what writing for DMS was giving him the opportunity to do. Here’s what he had to say.

Dear DMS Team,

This email is long overdue, but with the holiday break just around the corner, I wanted to take a minute to send you a quick note.

The first reason for my email is to thank you for the opportunities DMS provides and how appreciative I am of some of the programs that are in place. When I wrote for the Studio in 2010 and 2011, I occasionally felt anonymous, but the introduction of the Ace Writers Club earlier this year completely changed that. I love not only the generous bonuses, but also the expanded queues, swag bags, recognition and general feeling that being a member provides. I’ve always tried to generate high-quality content, but this club has consistently been extra motivation to not only provide lots of content, but ensure it’s up to snuff.

Secondly, I wanted to briefly share how working for DMS has enabled me to work toward my dream of visiting every major league and minor league stadium across the continent. So far, I’ve been to 53 stadiums and have had a number of wonderful experiences. If not for my work with the Studio, I wouldn’t be able to travel nearly as much for this passion of mine. Each summer, I spend a few weeks on the road and combine writing for the Studio in the day with going to games at night. In my mind, it’s an ideal example of a key benefit of working for DMS.

All the best to you and your family for the holidays,

William McCoy

You can also see William and a few of his fellow outstanding Ace Writers on our 2013 Outstanding Contributor Awards page.

Congratulations November Ace Writers!

It’s that time again! Time for us to congratulate the newest batch of Ace Writers Club members. For those of you who don’t know, Aces are our all-star writers who we reward for consistently submitting some of the best articles we see in the Studio. Find out more about how to qualify for the club here.

Congrats to this month’s Ace Writers!

  • Alan Sembera
  • Ben Team
  • Beth Greenwood
  • Beverly Bird
  • Brian Barth
  • C. Taylor
  • Chris Deziel
  • Danielle Fernandez
  • David Weedmark
  • Elizabeth Mott
  • Eric Bank
  • Forest Time
  • Fred Decker
  • Heather Frances
  • Jane Meggitt
  • Jenny Harrington
  • Jessica Mahoney
  • Jon Mohrman
  • Julie Christensen
  • Kristine Tucker
  • Laurel Storm
  • Linda Ray
  • M.H. Dyer
  • M.L. Rose
  • Melodie Anne Coffman
  • Mike Samuels
  • Nicole Vulcan
  • Paige Turner
  • Ruth Mayhew
  • Sara Ipatenco
  • Solomon Poretsky
  • Teo Spengler
  • William McCoy

Please note that we will not be offering Ace Writer bonuses for work done in the month of December, but we look forward to welcoming the newest bunch of Aces for work done in January. Happy holidays!

Serenity Now: Aces

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, but being an ACE Writer at Demand is the tops. Not only do you garner respect, admiration and maybe a bit of jealousy from fellow contributors, but you get handsomely rewarded for doing a great job. Check out the details of the club here. It’s the place to be, trust us.

Congrats to this month’s ACE Writers!

  • Fred Decker
  • Van Thompson
  • Beverly Bird
  • William McCoy
  • Paige Turner
  • Christopher Cascio
  • Eric Bank
  • Nicole Vulcan
  • Teo Spengler
  • Scott Rutherford
  • Carlye Jones
  • Jon Mohrman
  • Danielle E. Fernandez
  • Zora Hughes
  • Rick Suttle
  • Melissa King
  • Julie Christensen
  • Neil Kokemuller
  • Jane Meggitt
  • Mike Samuels
  • Jenny Harrington
  • Jodi Thornton O’Connell
  • Beth Greenwood
  • Lisa McQuerrey
  • Ben Team
  • Laurel Storm
  • Linda Ray
  • Chris Deziel
  • Andrea Cespedes
  • Ruth Mayhew
  • C. Taylor
  • Kristine Tucker
  • Forest Time
  • M.H. Dyer
  • Elizabeth Mott
  • JK Assar
  • M.L. Rose
  • David Weedmark
  • David Nield

September Ace Writers Club Members

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We’ve got some serious “ugly crying” going on–but don’t fret–it’s of the happy variety thanks to the amazing contributors who work their tails off to produce oodles of splendid articles each month. Some even make what we call the Ace Writers Club*.

*The Ace Writers Club is a digital gathering of select studio writers who consistently submit high quality articles and for their efforts, receive some serious rewards. It’s elusive and like most clubs has some great perks, including a cash bonus up to $450 and an increased claim limit of 25 assignments. If you’d like to join the elite check out the fine print in the Studio Promotions forum.

Here’s who we welcomed into the Ace Writer fold during September… Congrats!!

  • Angela Ryczkowski
  • Ashley Miller
  • Ben Team
  • Beth Greenwood
  • Bettina Drew
  • Beverly Bird
  • C. Taylor
  • Carlye Jones
  • Chris Deziel
  • Danielle E. Fernandez
  • Dave Samuels
  • Deborah Lundin
  • Elizabeth Mott
  • Eric Bank
  • Fraser Sherman
  • Fred Decker
  • Jackie Lohrey
  • Jane Meggitt
  • Jessica Mahoney
  • JK Assar
  • Julie Christensen
  • Kathryn Hatter
  • Kathryn Rateliff Barr
  • Kristine Tucker
  • Linda Ray
  • Lisa Fritscher
  • Lisa McQuerrey
  • M.H. Dyer
  • M.L. Rose
  • Melissa King
  • Nancy Wagner
  • Paige Turner
  • Randall Blackburn
  • Rick Suttle
  • Rob Hainer
  • Ruri Ranbe
  • Sara Ipatenco
  • William McCoy
  • Zora Hughes