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Why You Are Wasting Your Time on Social Media (and How to Fix It!)

Nika Stewart | Posted 12.18.2014 | Small Business
Nika Stewart

If you try to have a presence on too many networks, you dilute your efforts and end up delivering -- and receiving -- very little.

Fight Content Smog to Win Fame, Fortune and Your Dog's Undying Love

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Scratch any millennial geek today and "disintermediation" will bubble to the surface immediately. For good reason. Our world is being redefined as never before. It's the new digital world order and here is quick review for brands in need of refreshment.

Speed to Market is Essential for Success in the Digital Age

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

There's an old Gypsy saying heard around the campfire: "speed can be a friend or your enemy." This is so applicable to small to mid sized companies today. Rapid change and global markets are defining how business grow and compete.

Great Content Is Embedded in Your Business DNA

Lee Traupel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Involve your entire organization whether it's five or fifty people: great content ideas come in all shapes and sizes: admins, customers, channel partners, sales, support, customer service and/or exec staff.

Fight Content Starvation With Savvy Publishing Tactics

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

So, you just uploaded some great content to your blog post and shared it across you social accounts expecting a signal back from the universe. But nothing: a ping with no echo.

Four Critical Marketing Strategies for Growing Your Business

Lee Traupel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Digital Oxygen starts and ends with design, with smart content woven into the mix. What's on your critical short list and what can you pushback til...

Tech Nirvana: Don't Take a Knife to a Gunfight

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Today's shiny markets wrapped in social media and buffed with billion-dollar valuations are a false line on the horizon for non-tech-savvy brands. ...

If Your Web Site Is Driving Marketing Strategy, You Are in Trouble

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Too many businesses fail miserably at good web site design. Every web site is a living/breathing digital asset and has to be developed accordingly. Your business is just homesteading on social media platforms but you own your web site.

Using Google Alerts for Brand Monitoring and Competitive Intelligence

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

In today's modern spy vs. spy world there is no better 1.0 tool than Google Alerts - the Swiss Army Knife for content sourcing, spying on competitor...

Standing out in a Content Drenched World

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Every business needs to stand up and out in today's content drenched world. Social media economies of scale starts with your staff. Whether your five or five hundred strong, look around the office or review the org chart.

Build a Movement, Not a Brand

Lee Traupel | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Crowds are never a good thing for business unless it's outside your front door. How do you stand out in today's tech drenched smartphone in hand world full of noisy content?

8 Ways to Make Social Media Work for You

John Rampton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
John Rampton

Too many businesses fail to do their research before diving into social media - and there are many ways to fail at social media. Follow these eight practices to set your business up for success on whatever platforms you decide to use.

Why Brands Have Kicked Traditional Marketing to the Side of the Road

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Digital has clearly usurped traditional marketing methods. Remember the ubiquitous fax machine? To be successful, your businesses must understand ma...

30-Plus Apps that Will Help You Grow Your Business and Leverage Technology

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.07.2014 | Technology
Lee Traupel

In our work building marketing stacks for clients we use an ever-changing suite of apps and products. Here are 30 of our favorites with a functional...

The Best All Frills, No Chills Way to Build Brand Awareness

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

A buyer persona identifies who you are targeting with marketing initiatives. It's the go-to foundation of all your marketing. You may have more than one.

Future Proofing Your Brand Strategy

Lee Traupel | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

"The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet." William Gibson Future proofing your brand strategy is a constantly moving tar...

3 Ways to Plan Digital Afterlife

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Technology
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Facebook, Google and Twitter all have different policies dealing with your digital afterlife. State laws are emerging in the social media afterlife world. That being said, here are 3 ways to plan your digital afterlife now.

What 7 Things Everybody Needs to Know About Google Search Optimization

Jon Rognerud | Posted 11.16.2014 | Small Business
Jon Rognerud

As one of the most visited websites around the globe, with over 12 billion searches sent through its engine per month and owning 67.5 percent of the U.S. search market, Google can play a huge role in the popularity of your own site. Whether it's business-related or you're just trying to establish yourself as a presence and brand online.

Ten Ways to be a Mythic Content Whisperer

Lee Traupel | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Rule #1 - blog with the absolute best content you can produce, don't waste valuable time or resources on social media until your business has 30-50 blog posts completed.

5 Key Tactics for Improving Your Marketing Platform Strategy

Lee Traupel | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Every business today, regardless of size needs a marketing platform strategy to get your content "heard" on the right social channel.

10 Creative Ways to Use Lists to Improve Your Content Marketing Strategy

Lee Traupel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Lists are everywhere and the headlines with lists are proliferating faster than rabbits imbibing unlimited amounts of Jack Daniels.

How to Redefine Your Marketing Strategy in Today's Tech Drenched World

Lee Traupel | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

"There's many a slip twixt cup and the lip" is erroneously attributed to Shakespeare throughout history. The origins can be traced back to Greek myth...

Getting Attention in Today's Social Media Tower of Babel

Lee Traupel | Posted 09.02.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

One of our greatest challenges working with clients is getting their attention, let alone their target market demographics. Some see this shiny mark...

Marketing Prerequisites for Businesses in the Billion Dollar Age

Lee Traupel | Posted 09.02.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Digital silos are collapsing right in front of us. Today's social curated, lean, API-hungry businesses built at the blurred intersection of design and user experience are forcing CMOs and CEOs to adjust their marketing strategy accordingly.

Twitter Is Still the Best Water Cooler Ever for Brands

Lee Traupel | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

How much time is Twitter going to take to be effective for your business? The simple answer is probably an hour or two a day, depending on your products and services, community service sophistication, how you're using the platform and how aggressively you want to grow your brand.