Hear That Ringing? It’s Your Social Media Phone…

On Wednesday of last week, I gave Mediacom a call on the Social Media Phone. HOW? By doing this, I posted on Twitter: “Hey Mediacom, my web connection is on the fritz, can you guys please give me a call?” Why did I post it to Twitter instead of just picking up my “real” phone? Well, a couple reasons: I HATE being on hold.  And anyone that’s EVER called Mediacom knows that’s their favorite game. And I know from past engagements that Mediacom is listening and answers the “Social Media Phone” Is Social Media becoming a new channel for customer

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Are You Prepared To Create Your Own WOW?

Growth is a positive thing.  I mean growth that produces great things: Business opportunities Professional credibility Community ties Industry stability Economical security ALL good things, right? YES! So why not join the CreateWOW team and grow with us (me)? If you have a desire to join a nimble, progressive marketing and communications company with a drive to change how companies use media, then I want to hear from you. CreateWOWmarketing, LLC has brought on a handful of new clients that will require talent and support from: Public Relations Professionals Media Buyers and Managers Account and Marketing Managers Creatives and Multi-Channel

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Small Business Still Requires Big Planning

There are a lot of positive signs that small businesses are starting to adopt social media marketing as an integrated component of their overall business plans. One significant change, based on a February 2010 Small Business Success Index report, is the fact that social media usage among small business jumped from a meager 12% in 2008 to 24% in the following year (Yes, doubled). Of those using social media, 69% post regular updates / articles of relevance to sites like FaceBook and LinkedIn. Two additional stats that made me smile were: 54% monitor positive / negative feedback via social networks,

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*VIDEO* EntreFest 2011 Closes with Great Reviews!

Entrefest was such a HUGE success this year that we just HAD to show the world how much fun we had. The EntreFest program covered workshops and seminars for small to medium sized businesses (SMB) and entrepreneurs covering everything from social media, marketing and search engine optimization to financial structuring for small business, sales and networking. It was a VERY full few days, but we ALL took something valuable away from it.

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The Art of Networking – by Adam Steen at Entrefest 2011

I had the honor of working with the marketing panel and producing media for Entrefest 2011 last week.  We had some spectacular speakers and some break-out sessions on marketing, sales, technology, finances and management for entrepreneurs.  But as always, there were some standout sessions. Adam Steen’s (from 25 Connections) session on Networking was one that got a LOT of positive reactions.  Below, thanks to Adam and the Entrefest crew, we’ have captured and re-posted the session! (sorry for the typing and my loud laughter…  I was right behind the camera and couldn’t resist being involved!)

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Realizing Your God-Given Talent (A Testimonial)

Color me inspired. His name is Matt Morgan. Unassuming, but as deep and spiritual as any man I’ve ever met. Matt and I met at the monthly #CIB (Central Iowa Bloggers) event a while back. This is a great event where every first Friday of the month, bloggers, social media newbies and seasoned stud-bolts alike gather in conversation and coffee to share ideas and foster strength in our passion for blogging and social media.  It’s a joyful and exciting morning (about 6 hours worth for some) and you’re guaranteed to see a handful of new faces along with the #SMCDSM

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Optimize Your WordPress Posts / Pages in 10 Quick Minutes

With some encouragement (pleading) from our clients, we’ve gone ahead and put together some tips and tricks for organic search engine optimization using the WordPress plug-in called All in One SEO Pack. This is a general overview and just the beginning to the organic SEO process. Future videos will go into further detail on writing for SEO content and working with local search for optimization. We will have more “How-To” video tips, trick and techniques for organic SEO, marketing, brand management and more in the future.   If you’d like to see something specific, please feel free to comment below OR

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The Book That Blew The Dust From My Brain (Both Sides)

I just finished Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind” after about 2 months of trying to “get my read on” (it takes discipline…  go figure).  With the holidays and starting my own business (CreateWOW), I was having troubles committing the time I needed to sit down and focus on reading and figuratively feed the monster that Michael Wagner awoke 7 years ago with “Orbiting The Giant Hairball.” ANYWAY… Pink’s book inspired me.  Not simply because he says right brainers (the more empathetic, creative and “Big Picture”- type people) are  destined to run the show; it proved to me the track

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There’s Smart, Then There’s “Wicked Smaht”

The internet has given access to information that just 10 years ago was incredibly hard to find. In a simple Google search, you could find the gross national product of Norway or simply strive to understand what a “Gross National Product” is in the first place. (yes, I had to look it up to just make sure I remembered Econ-101.) 🙂 There, see? I just opened this post with a “Smart” move to the internet to make sure I wasn’t just referencing subject matter that made me sound astute. That’s the conundrum of endlessly accessible content. Some (most, I assume)

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Holiday Gifts & Branding – A Cautionary Tale

This is the time of year that family, friends coworkers and clients alike gather to exchange the gift of cherished relationships and good wishes for a New Year.  From the obligatory Christmas card and phone call to the newly added FaceBook posts and tweets this week, the requisite merriment and well-wishing is in full swing! At the office, co-workers will play “Secret Santa” to those they generally don’t speak to for the other 51 weeks of the year. And vendors by the bus load will show up in your waiting rooms and reception areas adorned with tins-upon-tins of popcorn and

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