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Contemporary Business Solutions
Volume #58

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Are you taking advantage of the “American Dream”?

I took a call last week from a gentleman with Oxford Film & Television who is making a “state of the nation” film looking at big issues facing the US in light of the impending Presidential elections. He’s interested in my work with Unemployed in Des Moines, will be in Des Moines in a few weeks for research and may or may not decide to use us in his film…we’ll see.

His last question really made me reflect:

Do people in America think differently about the ‘American Dream’ than they used to because of the current state of the nation?” Particularly as it relates to unemployment.

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TEDx Des Moines (x=independently organized TED event)TEDx Des Moine

This is where I'm going to be on Sunday, July 15, 2012. I think you should be here too:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

This year’s theme explores “The Space Between.” It’s a concept that can take us on interplanetary adventures one moment and encourage us to delve more deeply into our own minds at the next. It’s the distance that divides neighbors and the slightest sliver that separates. It’s a call to explore the void.

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52 Cool Facts About Social Media – 2012 Edition

  • Facebook - 85% of women are annoyed by their friends (note – I don’t think this is just limited to Facebook!!).

  • Twitter - 750 tweets per second are shared on Twitter.

  • LinkedIn - Two new members sign up to LinkedIn every second.

  • YouTube - YouTube was founded to share dinner clips of a party due to the files being too large for email.

  • Blogging - 3 million new blogs come online every month.

  • Pinterest - Pinterest drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.

  • Instagram - 25% of Instagram users upload more than three pictures.

  • Google+ - “Student” is the number one occupation of Google+ users.

  • Social Media Influence Platforms - Klout has 50 times more traffic than PeerIndex, its closest competitor.

  • The Mobile Web - 42% of phones in the U.S. are smartphones, with 44% of European users on a smartphone.

  • Bonus Facts - One in 5 couples meet online; 3 in 5 gay couples meet online.

To read them all...


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Suzanne Hull
Get It Done Girl"
Contemporary Business Solutions

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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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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.


My lucky day was when I met Suzanne Hull at a local coffee shop for one of her no-charge Office Hours sessions. I told her my social media failures and frustrations as well as what my vision was for how this could be a part of my marketing. Suzanne put together a step-by-step action plan on paper for my business. Since that day several months ago, going at a pace I could manage, Suzanne has coached me in how to use Twitter, Facebook, my Blog, LinkedIn and an E-newsletter to further my business. I have seen measureable, positive results in new customers finding my business and with how my business is positioned in my target market. I feel confident I can use the tools Suzanne has shown me to keep my Social Media presence positive and growing.

Patrick Van Nice,
Patrick Van Nice Interiors

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