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Infiniti Challenge – ISU’s Coach Steve Prohm Needs Your Vote!

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The Foundation and Steve Prohm, Iowa State’s Head Basket ball Coach are currently in the throws of the Ininiti Coaches Challenge. In an effort to help Coach Prohm win this round of the challenge – resulting in $100,000 for his chosen charity, The Lupus Foundation of America, Iowa Chapter – they’re asking for your vote!

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A Day of Brand Marketing and Digital SEO Discovery

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Boy, did I miss the days of frequent public speaking. At one time, I had as many as 2 speaking engagements booked for each month of the year (2005, 2006, 2007). While I was starting up SPOKE Communications (previously CreateWOWMarketing), it was a great way to hone my marketing and branding processes through “Live Engagement and Research” and build a resource for client development for the business. Of course, it’s a true testament of the love I have for what we do at SPOKE when I get to stand in front of a group to share marketing communication tips, tricks

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VIDEO: Quick SEO Tips for Speedy Ranking Success

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Are there SEO tips for better search rank that actually work? For a lot of marketers, search engine optimization (SEO) is a mystery. From small businesses looking to make a bigger impact through SEO to mega-corporations doing their best to dominate search position, just HOW to achieve better search rank in Google, Bing and other search engines is often a challenge. SPOKE Communications works with clients to achieve the best success possible through content marketing strategies and organic search engine optimization. We’ve seen some tremendous successes as well as experienced the challenges mentioned above, but through some tried-and-true SEO practices,

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Protecting Yourself and Your Brand on Social Media

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Do you know how to protect your brand on social media? In a recent Lunch-n-Learn for The Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC), SPOKE Communications was honored to guide a very engaging group through some of the ups and downs of protecting information and the development of business best practices for social media marketing (2nd session in the interactive marketing series for CCDC).  The group consisted of independent entrepreneurs looking to find their bearings in the world of social media marketing to financial institutions looking to protect their brands, their employees, and their families from the risks associated with social media.

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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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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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Marketing Is Fun When…

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Ever have one of those clients that make all of the others pale in comparison?  Yeah. THIS is why we love what we do. Take a listen… [mp3-jplayer tracks=”thisisatestimonial.mp3″] WOAH. Thanks Rick!

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Midwest Marketer’s Birthday – With Cattle?

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Midwest Marketer or not, what do most of you do for your birthday? Party? Sure. Gather with friends and celebrate another successful year of living? Of course! But how many of you get to walk the beautiful fields of Iowa shooting video of Corriente cattle? Just us select few Midwest marketers, that’s who! Birthday’s aside, I was so impressed with the Yoke S Ranch’s facilities and their cattle, I wanted to make a quick video about it. If you’re looking for outstanding flavor and nutrition in your beef as well having the advantage of being grass fed and antibiotic-free; the

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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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