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Contemporary Business Solutions
Volume #23
 
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Do you Dwolla?
 
Does your business provide services that require payment? Of course it does! Instead of credit cards or PayPal, consider using Des Moines-based Dwolla. At the low transaction cost of $0.25 cents, PayPal and credit card companies don’t stand a chance with their outrageous fees. With Dwolla, funds are transferred between bank accounts; there are no credit cards involved. If you’re using PayPal for invoicing, funds are transferred at a cost to you of 2.9% (up to $3,000) plus $0.30 per transaction. Do yourself a favor and start saving some money…
 
Dwolla is extremely user-friendly and easy to get set up. They have amazing tutorials to walk you through the process…Read the full blog post
 
7 Steps for Creating a Social Media Marketing Plan
  • What are your marketing objectives? Make sure they are attainable and measurable.
  • Who is your audience? Know where they are online and where they are already engaged in related, relevant conversations.
  • What are your assets? Examine your social media and online assets to see what you can leverage for full social media engagement. (See assets diagram.)
  • What tactics will you use? Choose the tactics that incorporate the most logical tools for what you are trying to achieve and who you are trying to reach.
  • What are your big ideas? Come up with some creative ideas that are repeatable and scalable to attract attention and provide value.
  • How will you measure results? Establish benchmarks, monitor and be clear what you are tracking and how.
  • Re-examine over time. What works? What doesn't? What can you build upon? What can you improve? What needs to be scrapped?
 
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Suzanne Hull
“Get It Done Girl”
Contemporary Business Solutions
Contemporary
Business Solutions

As the "Get It Done Girl", I help small businesses become more efficient by offering a variety of services on an as-needed basis:
  • Event Planning and Conference Management
  • Social Media Coaching and Community Management
  • General Business Support
  • Basic Website Development
  • German/Spanish Translation & German Tutoring
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Office Hours

January 13th, 9-11am at Smokey Row in Des Moines
January 27th, 9-11am at Smokey Row in Des Moines

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Need help with social media? Sign up for one of seven workshops here
 
About Stein's Way 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.

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I initially meet Suzanne through the Unemployed in Des Moines networking group she started. I was instantly inspired by her enthusiasm, initiative and resourcefulness in successfully creating her own consulting business – Contemporary Business Solutions. I recently attended her Social Media Workshop Series which I would highly recommend as a wonderful introductory source to gain instant knowledge in social media. She continues to be a key mentor as I now navigate developing my own consulting business. Her multi-faceted business expertise coupled with her “get it done” attitude proves to be a great resource for both start-up and well established companies.

Connie Ward, Marketing and Product Management Consultant

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