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Contemporary Business Solutions
Volume #100

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How did I get here?

I was working at a pretty steady job in West Des Moines supporting a group of international salesmen at a major international company. I knew there was some restructuring taking place and staff was being hired in the UK. What I didn’t know was that staff was being hired to replace me and a few of my colleagues. Better time zone, they said, in order to be able to service Asia and North America more easily. Great.

Have you ever been laid off? It stinks.

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10 Steps a Local Business Can Take Today to Improve Search Rankings

Who wants more customers! Keeping your website up to date is hard work so work smarter not harder with the following tips to improve web traffic:

  1. Research your keywords
  2. Optimize your site and content
  3. Get your business on Google Local
  4. Create or claim your local listings
  5. Be consistent
  6. Ask for genuine reviews
  7. Optimize your social profiles
  8. Local outreach
  9. Go mobile
  10. Analyze and monitor your results

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15 Tips For Writing an Excellent Email Subject Line

If you're like most people, you write dozens of emails every day. Here are a few tips to increase the likelihood they get read and responded to:

  1. Write the subject line first
  2. Keep it short
  3. Place the most important words at the beginning
  4. Eliminate filler words
  5. Be clear and specific about the topic of the email
  6. Keep it simple and focused
  7. Use logical keywords for search and filtering
  8. Indicate if you need a response
  9. Set a deadline in the subject line
  10. If someone referred you, be sure to use their name
  11. Highlight the value you have to offer
  12. Personalize it with the recipient's name or company name
  13. Don't start a sentence that you finish in the email's body
  14. Make sure you reread the subject line
  15. Don't put words in ALL CAPS

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Suzanne Hull
“Get It Done Girl”
Contemporary Business Solutions

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I have office hours on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Smokey Row from 9-11am. I set aside this time to answer people's questions regarding social media, their websites, general marketing, starting their own business and anything else they want to talk about. FOR FREE!

Suzanne is a Des Moines transplant who has realized the Power of being a Free Agent. Well-versed in many and varied skills, she has a passion for helping organizations and people achieve their potential. Suzanne = wife, traveler, multi-linguist, triathlete and cook.


Suzanne Hull, the Get It Done Girl, is a great resource for helping "techno-scaredy cats" get up-to-date with the social media world. She is knowledgeable, patient and gentle in her one-on-one instruction, and her tips and help lead to measurable results in viewership and contacts. In addition, Suzanne is a top-notch workshop presenter and a skilled group facilitator. Two thumbs up to Suzanne Hull, the Get It Done Girl, of Contemporary Business Solutions!

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