We've always been proud to promote our site, both as a business and for the individuals who make up our staff. One way we've done that is with bio videos that we put out on social media, hoping to allow potential new readers to get a glimpse of our people.
You might have seen these in the past for Dejan, Matt Sunday and Chris Carter. And in the past month, Chris Benson has made new ones for Dale Lolley, Taylor Haase and Matt Grubba.
Here are all three:
We still need to do Lance Lysowski, Cody Tucker and Chris Bradford from our staff. Cody's next, with hockey coming soon.
OUR VALUED PARTNERS
Many thanks to Point Park University's Mark Meighen for renewing our partnership for the fourth year in a row.
We have amazing partners in this venture, and I hope you check out our current list on the new Advertise with us page I just made. We are very grateful to all of them!
What our partners like most about us is that we are in the unique position to customize each campaign to their needs and try new marketing strategies, while at the same time offering traditional advertising. If you or your company are looking to connect with our large, passionate following, send me an email directly at Dali@DKPittsburghSports.com. We can help you grow your brand, increase awareness, sales, and more.
Here is our updated media kit. -- Dali
On the tech front:
• Adjustable font sizes on app: If you tap your Settings gear, choose which size you'd like to read articles and comments. There's Normal, Larger and Largest. Our stuff will be easier to read than ever for those of you, like me, who could use a little help.
• Videos can go fullscreen: We've cut off the landscape option when reading on the app, for all kinds of tech reasons, as well as to conform with almost all other similar apps. But readers asked to make sure they could see videos like Morning Java as large as possible. If you want to do that, tap the little fullscreen icon at the bottom right corner of the video, then turn your phone sideways.
• Space reduced in Live Feed: By far the most common concern expressed about the new Live Feed, including what's used in the live game files, was that there was too much space between entries, making them feel a little clunky. That's been cut down, and it's a good bit tighter now while still keeping them distinct.
And we're far from done. The ongoing project to address logins/alerts -- one that's supposed to also cure most of the Android crashes -- was slowed a little by the Live Feed, but it's made progress. The new goal from our developers is to have that done before the Steelers' season opener. -- Dejan
LIVELY LIVE FEED
If you haven't tried it yet, our Live Feed can be found on both our Apple and Android apps -- those respective links are right here -- by tapping the lightning bolt at the bottom right corner. That takes you to the feed, where you'll find all the latest from our staff, whether that's brief news, a photo, a video, something silly, as well as a link to our latest content. Just choose your feed, then tap the blue Refresh button at the top right to your heart's content.
If you're looking for the feed on a desktop, laptop or mobile browser, it's now got its own space up in the blue menu bar under the heading LIVE. Or you can bookmark it right here.
HELLO, STEELERS FANS!
Dejan's goal for our Steelers Half-Off Sale was 200. When we talked about it, mine was 150. Not having yet been here a year, I didn't know what to expect. But you all blew my goal away, especially on that last day, and we wound up with 203.
For the newcomer Steelers fans here, I hope you enjoy the coverage. Scratch that. I know you'll enjoy the coverage.
Covering this team has been my job since I was a wet-behind-the-ears 23-year-old. Now, I'm just wet behind the ears and turning 50 this season.
We love the feedback we get from readers here on the site, so please join in. I'd love to hear your comments and questions on stories and live files. That's what they are there for.
The same goes with our Penguins, Pirates and other coverage. Speak up. Let us hear what you're thinking or questioning.
A wise man once told me he didn't have all of the answers, but he knew who to ask to get the ones he needed. That's been my motto since. -- Dale Lolley
GIVING BACK TO MILITARY
Our Veterans Gift Subscriptions pool is at an all-time high of plus-8, so we're in good shape. (Thank you!) If you'd like to contribute, that can happen right here. Overall, we've connected 141 military veterans with free subscriptions since restructuring the program in May. Anyone who's served in our Armed Forces can request a subscription by filling out this form.
BACK TO BUSINESS
• Subscriptions are at 37,831. That's plus-17 over the past week.
• We had 411,723 page views over the past week. Our most-hit article was DK's column on the Steelers' discipline issues at 14,674. Our most visited team pages were, in order: Steelers (30.7 percent) Pirates (27.2), Penguins (24.1), Pitt (5.6), Penn State (2.7), Riverhounds (1.1), West Virginia (0.94), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (0.57), Wheeling (0.43), Duquesne (0.31), Point Park (0.24), Robert Morris (0.17).
• We're at 29,200 (+9) page likes on Facebook, we're at 28,504 (+17) followers on Twitter, we're at 8,936 (+11) followers on Instagram, and we're at 673 (-2) subscribers on YouTube. These figures are just for our official company account on each platform, not for us as individuals.
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