Social Media Marketing

The Entrepreneur Brand

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I had the honor of heading down to southern Iowa last night to talk to the Entrepreneurship students at South West Iowa Community College (SWiCC). My charge was easy enough; explain the steps I’d taken through entrepreneurship and how branding affected my decisions and the development of my business. But then I thought a bright-eyed group of burgeoning entrepreneurs deserved more than my typical “TRUE Branding 101” spiel. This presentation required a little “from the heart?” A little “I’ve been in your shoes?” Maybe this needed to be a little more personal. Of course, branding for entrepreneurs is paramount. “Without

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Happy GOOGLE Mobile-Friendly Day!

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Mobile-friendly? What, you say? Yes, over night, the powers at Google changed their algorithms for search to require all sties to be “Mobile-friendly” or be excluded from mobile search. You can read more about their changes here: http://cre8wow.me/1yLU6XM This change is a great advantage to you and all of those that keep their sites current with search compatibility best practices. As Google enacts these changes, sites NOT mobile-friendly will no longer be indexed for mobile search results. Yes, you heard right… NON MOBILE-FRIENDLY SITES WILL NOT SHOW UP IN MOBILE SEARCHES AFTER TODAY! While standard desktop search will not be

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Three Tips for Share-Worthy Content

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Social media channels are inundated with messaging from every person and every brand on the planet. If it’s not the best diet tips, then it’s what the Kardiashains had for breakfast. Does anyone really get their messages to their target audiences these days? And if they do happen to see the post, what creates the desire to click, read, and react? How does someone create content that’s truly “Share-Worthy?” Develop “Share-Worthy Content” with these three simple tips: 1) Have a documented content marketing strategy. Did you parents ever tell you to “Think before you speak?” This holds true with building

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Website Redesign – Finding Opportunities Where You Least Expect Them

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We normally don’t feature client work in the blog, but we’re really excited for the Website redesign we just finished, and we consider the process we took for this client one of the most important learning experiences we’ve had in a long time.  When it comes to Website Design, you may find opportunities where you least expected. {The Client} hadn’t asked for the site updates nor did we expect to just walk in with a project and have the client say “Sure, we’ll spend some money with you! What the hell?” Canine Craze Performance Center, a professional dog training and

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SEO Landing Pages Need To Be Laser-Focused

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Last week I worked up a quick post to prove a point. It was a simple demonstration that, with laser-focused SEO, results can be achieved MUCH FASTER than expected. Often times we hear, “With time and patience, we can get you to the first page of search engines within a few months…” Yes, in most cases, I have to agree, but, who has a few months to wait?!? For certain terms, broad-based and popular, getting results on search engines does take time. But think about your brand. Think about the specifics that make you unique to your target audience. If

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Been Hacked? Start With The Customer.

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Have You Been Hacked? Start With The Customer. You’ve been hacked. Whatever that may mean to your business, it’s generally not a good thing.  It could mean your email has been phished and your mail server is now puking out thousands of emails a second to your private company database; sending them to the latest and greatest anti-aging pills – or something worse! What is your “Crisis Plan?” What do you do first? Well, we don’t have enough time here to deal with an entire crisis plan, but at CreateWOW, we’d suggest you Start With The Customer! We saw a great

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The Only Social Media Question You Need to Answer

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Do you want to understand interactive marketing (social media), or do you want someone to handle it for you? It’s an important and honest question you should ask yourself. It can help you decide where your time is best spent and what’s most important to you. We have clients that know they need interactive marketing, but don’t understand what it is and where they will find value. It’s important for us to educate our customers on what interactive marketing is and how to measure the value. We should note that not every business will use interactive marketing the same, along

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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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An Enterprise Social Network That’s Sweet As Honey

Are you in a business where it’s next to impossible to keep everyone on the same page? Maybe you need to invest in enterprise social networking. It allows for a private online environment where you can share, discuss and keep everyone up to date on projects. Honey, a new enterprise social network is free for business of 10 people or less. If you have more than 10 employees, check out their reasonable pricing options. Honey is different from some of the other social enterprise networks because you can choose how you want information to come to you. If you want

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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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