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Volume 3

Thank you for subscribing to this newsletter. Through the discussion, I hope to give you a sense of what I do as well as tips and tricks that you can apply to your business today. 

How To: Google Alert

We all know it’s important to monitor what is being said about our brand and the easiest way to do that is by creating a Google Alert. I’ve described the steps in this blog post.


If you’re hesitant to become involved in social media, the least you need to do is be listening to the conversation so you can react to both positive and negative comments being said about you and your brand.


I created a Google Alert on “Contemporary Business Solutions” in “Des Moines”. When I’m mentioned in a blog post, I receive an alert. I then to go the post, read it and comment. Since I can’t read ALL blog posts created on the Internet, this is the fastest way to know when my business is mentioned and to thank the blogger for the mention.

TIP: From The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

If you’re not reading books that are related to your industry, you’d better get started. I was thrilled to learn of a local
Business Book Club last year, through which I read a life-changing book called “The Go-Giver”. I highly recommend this book. Its premise applies to everyone in all facets and stages of their lives.


The Go-Giver demonstrates how shifting the focus from getting to giving and putting the other person first is the key to business success and personal fulfillment.


It’s a really quick read in a modern-day business parable format focusing on putting others first. I experienced this first-hand last year in my efforts to help the unemployed in Des Moines get back to work. Through this process of giving selflessly, I was able to demonstrate my business acumen and build credibility in the community which has become the foundation of my business.

TIP: Twitter Grader 

Use metrics in social media to keep track of whether you’re heading in the right direction with your efforts. A fun tool I use is the Twitter Grader. Enter your Twitter handle and it computes your Tweet Cloud and provides tips and suggestions for ways in which you can improve your account.


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Suzanne Hull

Contemporary Business Solutions

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I work with small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them save time and money by working virtually, on an as-needed basis, as an event planner, business support specialist, social media guru and translator.

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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.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Suzanne as both a job seeker when she was blogging as Unemployedindesmoines and as a vendor to my company now that she is consulting through her new venture – Contemporary Business Solutions.  She has always impressed me with her energy and enthusiasm.  Her attitude is infectious.  She has also always “gotten it”.  Her business acumen is unbelievable.  She has been able to help me aim my efforts and resources in a way that has had a measurable positive effect on my bottom line.  This combination of spirit and business savvy is rare.  If you get the chance to have her help you out – take it.

Ben Stone, RPO Consulting

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