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Weibo: The Biggest Unknown Social Media Platform

Weibo. Unless you’ve lived in China for some period of time, I’d wager that this is an unfamiliar term for you, yet as a business professional, it’s time you two become acquainted. Weibo (微薄) is the stylized Mandarin term for “microblog”, a service native to China that in recent years has ignited like a wildfire across mainland netizens, akin to how Twitter has become so common-place in the United States. By “wildfire,” I mean the most popular Weibo platform, Sina Weibo (www.weibo.com), sees over 100 million posts per day (with 503 million registered users). Since 2009, most “Western” social media

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How Technology Is Impacting Humanity

Technology has been integrated into our daily lives thanks to smartphones, tablets, and social media. A new era has begun and could drastically change the landscape again. Wearable technology provides a way to extend the user experience and put even more data around your wrist or on your head. The line separating the lives we lead and the technology we use has become thin. It has enabled us to do even more with less. A View From Google Glass With the advancement of tools like Google Glass, a wearable computer that rests on your face like a pair of glasses,

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CreateWOW HD Web Video – “Behind The Curtain”

CreateWOW went down to Winterset, Iowa yesterday and shot some great HD web video for a new client of ours. The trip was wet and wild, but the shoot went really well. Interviews, talking head and testimonials are easy to capture in HD video for web when you have the right team on your side! Thanks to the folks at Madison County Medical Associates for allowing us to take up your facility manager’s office for the afternoon. We appreciate your time, your patience and your SWEAT! Maybe next time the air conditioner will be working?

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Social Media Marketing CAN Help SEO!

The argument continues about the value of your social media marketing on SEO. I’m here to say it once and for all, Social Media Marketing CAN Help SEO! Having accounts in FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest et al., isn’t the end all and be all for your social media marketing efforts. That, at best is a “Level 1” effort of a good 4-Level potential program.  With strategy, content and the right marketing communications partners (yes, you need help and CAN NOT do it alone), the integration of social media into your marketing plans can boost Search Engine Page Positions (SEPP) as well

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Marketing 101 – Testing Is Imperative

One of my colleagues recently asked me,”…out of all the categories of marketing, including online marketing, marketing strategy, ‘Web 2.0,’” yes he used “Air Quotes,” “…market research, etc., what was the most important?” Without hesitation I burst with, “Man, it’s Marketing 101 – Testing is imperative!” Many of my marketing friends might argue and profess that if you don’t have the right positioning statement, reach the target audience, timing, or have the right offer, you won’t succeed. And to that I say SURE! In fact, those are the very elements of a successful campaign that can be identified through proper

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Use Video To Generate Interest In Your Brand

A client asked me the other day, because I work quite a bit in video, if I encouraged others to use video to generate stronger interest in their brand.  Generally… YES.  But why? At the time, I couldn’t give him a definitive answer. I use many sources to create interest in the brands I manage, so to single out video made it difficult to communicate the sole benefit to their brand. Eventually, the conversation diverted to other topics, but I just couldn’t forget the question. So, out of curiosity, I clicked on the YouTube link on one of that customer’s

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Cloud Computing 101 and ScaleFaster.com

I have always been a little confused about “Cloud Computing” and what it really means or what benefits hit holds for my business. What are the risks of moving our data to the cloud? How does accessing the cloud work when it comes to productivity and my company? A lot of these questions were recently answered – as well as many other needs my company has. When I met with Scale Faster, a cloud based I.T. managed services company in central Iowa, the definition of cloud computing and managed I.T. was suddenly made very clear. That and the innovative “retail”

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Occasionally, The King Needs Good Damage Control

Yes. For those of you that might have been hiding under a rock on Monday, there was a HUGE disturbance in the force. It was like the voices of millions of websites cried out and were suddenly silenced all at once. Our King, our Mohamed atop the mountain was … down. For hours on Monday the King of all web domains, GoDaddy, was nowhere to be found, on the web or anywhere else for that matter. Well, at least it seemed like it. With that, millions of websites and interactive outposts such as email accounts, e-commerce sites and blogs were

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SURVEY: Do You Have What It Takes To Work For CreateWOW?

While it IS 32 questions… it’s a very informative survey! This isn’t a challenging survey, but it may make you think about all the things that go into integrated marketing and communications. If you have what it takes, we’d like to talk to you about joining the team! Good luck! And Keep Cooking! Andrew B. Clark The Brand Chef

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Leadership & Parenting: “Just Do Your Best?”

My parents told me, from kindergarten through college as well as all of my years in competitive sports, “Just do your best,” and with that, I went on into the world a “fairly well-adjusted, happy kid.” I never quite excelled in school. I never quite excelled in sports. Sure, I was a good student and student-athlete, but was “good” really my best? Just do your best? While I love my parents, I have to say it was a mistake to tell me (an incredibly insecure, sensitive, creative child) to “Just do your best.” Think about it.  What are the benchmarks?

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