Updates with our Facebook page

If you have been to our Facebook page recently you may have noticed a new feature.

Recently Facebook rolled out their “call to action” buttons. Essentially this new button draws visitors to take specific actions that are designated by the people managing the Facebook account.

Now, if you are logged into your Facebook account, you should see our Book Now button. This will take you directly to our web site where you can place your City Brief.

Call to action


As always, if you have any questions, please contact us.

Make your ad stand out

If you want your ad to stand out among the rest we’ve got a few different options available. Keep in mind that you don’t want to make your City Brief too flashy. It is important to bring some pizzazz if you want to grab readers’ attention.

The ad below is currently running in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, West Fargo Pioneer and on each of their respective web sites. Creative Kitchen picked out a color border, bold text and even added an image to their brief.

Creative Kitchen

If you were to take a glance at today’s edition of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead you would notice that the ad draws your attention with its great use of color and graphics.

Contact us today to place your ad.

West Fargo Pioneer launches City Briefs section

We here at Forum Communications Company are excited to announce that we now offer City Briefs in another one of our publications. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 25, you will now see the City Briefs section in the West Fargo Pioneer.

West Fargo Pioneer is a weekly publication located in West Fargo, N.D., that prints every Wednesday. This weekly publication is truly a community newspaper and City Briefs seemed like a natural addition for our customers.

If you have placed a City Brief in one of our newspapers before, the available packages should be somewhat familiar to you. Not only can you place an ad in the West Fargo Pioneer, but you will also have the option to cross place your ad into The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

If you want to learn more about City Briefs in the West Fargo Pioneer please visit our West Fargo information page. Additionally, you can visit our Contact page to get in touch with our staff.

Holidays are just around the corner

It is hard to believe that it November is here already. Stores are already advertising sales for Christmas shopping. Thanksgiving will be here in about three weeks and Christmas will be creeping around the corner shortly after that. With all of the holiday events going on it can be hard to keep track of them. City Briefs is a great way to get your event advertised. It can also serve as a great way to find out what’s going on in the community. Check out this event that’s happening in Duluth.

Is your club hosting dance lessons, computer classes or other events in the community?

Lately more clubs have been submitting their events to our City Briefs section. On a daily basis we are seeing more and more things trickle into our inbox. We received this wonderful upcoming City Brief for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  We encourage you to submit your class, lessons or events to our City Briefs section. If you are interested in more information click here for The Forum and here for the Duluth area newspapers. You can submit your City Brief to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks Herald or the Duluth area newspapers by clicking here.

Fall farmers markets, church dinners and more

The leaves are slowly losing their green color and turning to yellows, oranges and reds. We received a great looking City Brief ad from Dixon’s Apple Orchard that is appearing tomorrow in the Duluth area newspapers. If you’re in town stop by, mention our City Brief and get some apples


We are seeing an increase in the ads for church dinners and fall bazaars. Do you have an event like this in the Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, or Duluth area? Try advertising in City Briefs to increase your attendance.

A perfect time to place a City Brief

It is that time of year again. The leaves are starting to change, children are back in school and the migratory birds will soon be heading south for the winter. Fall is creeping up on us faster than we would probably like. Although we all enjoy the warm weather, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy during the fall. City Briefs is the perfect section to advertise your upcoming church dinners, pumpkin patch or haunted house. You can place a City Brief like the one below or play with your creative side by adding a color border or background. Contact us today to place your City Brief!

This is just one example of a church in the Duluth area using City Briefs to announce their upcoming fall festival.

How to place a City Brief on the web site

The subject of today’s post has to deal with our web site. We have a detailed break down on how to submit a City Brief via our convenient, easy to use web site. First, log onto http://citybriefs.forumcomm.com.  Below is what the page looks like when you first visit it. Click on the image to enlarge it. You can start by either creating your username and password right away or diving right in and placing your ad. Select the rate that applies best to you (Commercial, Private Party or Church/Charitable). Don’t forget to select the City Briefs option in the middle of the screen. You can now click next.

This is what the home screen looks like when you visit our web site.

This is the next screen you will see. Please click on the image for a larger view. This page displays all of the package options available (and their starting costs) for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, the Grand Forks Herald, and the Duluth area papers. Click the option that you desire to purchase. (Please note: There is a calendar in the upper right hand corner. The default date is next days publication unless otherwise specified.) Once you have picked your option and desired beginning run day click the next button.

This page displays all of the package options available for City Briefs.

The next screen that appears is where you can enter in the desired ad text. Enter the title or attention grabbing headline you want for your City Brief. In our format that title/headline has to be all caps (Note: If it isn’t entered in all caps we will convert it to fit format so don’t worry if you forget!). Once you have all of your text entered click the next page.

This is the page where you can enter the desired text for your City Brief. Note: This event is made up and does not actually exist.

Now you are able to see some of the different customization options that are available for your City Brief. There are four different options and each option displays the price of the option. Click on the image to enlarge it. If you choose to pick the option with the photo there is a spot where you an upload your photo or logo. After you have selected the option that best fits your needs click the next button.

This screen displays the customizable options you have to choose from.

This screen is your order summary page. You have the options to go back and edit your description, format or package and dates. If everything appears correctly click the next button.

This page is your order summary page. You can look over everything to double check and make sure it is exactly what you want.

This last page is where you can enter your personal information. If you did not log in or create an account in the beginning you may do so here. If you already logged in or created a username and password your personal information will already be filled in. Once everything is filled in you will need to pick your payment type. We accept all major credit cards. (Tip: When entering in your credit card expiration date use this format 07/14. If it isn’t entered in correctly you will receive an error message.) After everything is entered you may click the Place Order button. A confirmation screen will appear. Feel free to print this for your records if you wish. I like to tell people to continue after that page. It should take you back to the home page and that is how you know you submitted everything.

You can now enter your personal information if you haven’t logged in or created an account already.

Once an order is placed on our web site it goes into a queue. Usually things submitted from the website take 15-20 minutes to appear for us. If you haven’t received your City Brief approval email (the system sends out an approval email once the ad is approved on our side) within two hours of placing your City Brief please contact us so we can further investigate the issue.

Do you still have questions regarding our web site? Leave a comment or contact us directly.

Do you have a Facebook page? Don’t forget to “Like” our page.

City Briefs Excitement

We have had a great amount of excitement surrounding the City Briefs section since we first launched a few months ago. Many people have shared that they like having this new form of advertising available. It brings color and contrast to the news section; really allowing your ad to pop out. Additionally, the news section is one of the most read parts of the paper.

We have been working to reach out to more groups and organizations with the City Briefs opportunity. If you know of anyone or are yourself interested in placing a City Brief, visit citybriefs.forumcomm.com or visit this blog at citybriefs.areavoices.com to get more information about how to place your City Brief.

As always, feel free to leave a comment with your questions or concerns.


Why place a City Brief?

Why place a City Brief?

1) Looking for a way to advertise your event or announcement on a low budget? City Briefs is for you. For as low as $20 per run, you cannot go wrong. Take a moment to visit citybriefs@forumcomm.com and discover what City Briefs can do for you!

2) City Briefs is placed in an ideal location for your group or business. We are located smack dab in the middle of the news section. City Brief’s burst of color puts your advertisement front and center for hundreds of thousands of potential customers or participants.

3) It comes highly recommended. “The print ads are GREAT! For an organization with a small budget like ours…the City Briefs are perfect!” – Tamra with the Red River Watercolor Society