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Contemporary Business Solutions
Volume #47
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Do you know about the Secret School of Business?

Doug Mitchell and Mike Wagner have brought an amazing concept to Des Moines and have put it into practice!

Doug does a great job of describing what the Secret School of Business is:

The Secret School of Business (SSoB) is not a company nor a system nor an institution. SSoB is a movement. SSoB will be a tribe of active learners (not lurkers).  SSoB’ers feel in their gut that our educational system is broken. It’s not anyone’s fault – it’s that technology and our economy are moving at an order of magnitude faster than “the system.”  People are waking up to the fact that degrees cost 10′s of thousands of dollars and result in major debt. Advanced degrees can be even more expensive and don’t deliver advancement or salary increases. The skills required to compete and thrive today are NOT what is taught. SSoB addresses these facts head on and is doing something about it through user supported and user generated content.
Find out how you can get involved

7 Tools to Manage Social Media Content
Promoting your business effectively online is the key to success. The keyword here is “effectively”. Take a look at these 7 tools available to help you manage your social media content and choose the one that is right for you. Whether you are only using Twitter or if you have several employees managing your social media accounts, you need a tool to help you manage all of this content:
  1. Postling
  2. HootSuite
  3. Cotweet
  5. Sprout Social
  6. SocialOomph
  7. NutshellMail
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6 Ways to Get More (Real) Twitter Followers
Ten engaged followers are much better than 100 passive auto-followers or, heaven forbid, 10,000 paid followers (yes, you can use a for-a-fee service which will get you followers)…below are six ways you can build a sustainable, engaged audience for your Twitter brand:
  1. Provide. Offer something of value
  2. Talk about others. Respond to something another business has said and mention them
  3. Play in your sandbox. Stick to what you know. Choose a niche and stay there.
  4. Forget the schedule. Only tweet when you have something to say and never schedule engagement
  5. Be quick. Be relevant. Tweet breaking industry news as it happens
  6. Be responsive. Twitter has become a customer service agent
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Suzanne Hull
“Get It Done Girl”
Contemporary Business Solutions
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:
  • Social Media Coaching and Community Management
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Event Planning and Conference Management
  • General Business Support
  • Basic Website Development
  • German/Spanish Translation & German Tutoring
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Office Hours

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!


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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.


Suzanne was wonderful to work with from designing our website to educating us on all areas of social media. She is very knowledgeable, and if she doesn’t know the answer, she finds it! The social media coaching she provided has completely changed our ability to reach and market to customers! I very highly recommend Suzanne!

Gretchen Sandfort, PT, GKCC, Ponderosa Valley Wellness
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