As a subscriber to this e-newsletter, you are the first to be invited to participate in the following hands-on and in-demand workshop series for small businesses. Please forward this newsletter to those who you feel may benefit from these workshops. Seating is limited.
For most small business owners, myself included, time and money are in short supply, especially when it comes to marketing. The “Social Media for Small Business” workshop series will begin with a free workshop on why it is important to engage in social media as a small business owner and we’ll discuss which platforms you should engage in to get the most out of your time. Bring your laptops to the subsequent, hands-on workshops where we will create a WordPress website/blog, Twitter account, Facebook FanPage, LinkedIn Profile and a MailChimp e-newsletter. I’ve also designed a workshop which will introduce you to the tools necessary to manage all of these platforms and to create content to share with your consumers.
All workshops in the series will take place from 6-8pm in the Sienna Room of Connxions (Just off the Douglas Exit at I-80, 3901-121st St, Urbandale, IA 50323, Phone: 515-276-3333, www.connectingwithyou.com)
*FREE* Social Media for Small Business Workshop Overview, 18-May
In this FREE workshop, learn why it’s important to engage in social media as a small business owner and how best to engage in which platforms to get the most out of your time.
Create a WordPress Website/Blog Session I, 25-May
Bring your laptop and we’ll create a basic website/blog for your business using WordPress. WordPress allows you to develop a website/blog for free. If your business does not currently have a website or blog this is a great start. Prerequisite: General computer skills.
Create a WordPress Website/Blog Session II, 1-Jun
This is a continuation of the first session. Bring your laptop and we’ll continue to create a basic website/blog for your business using WordPress. WordPress allows you to develop a website/blog for free. If your business does not currently have a website/blog this is a great place to start. Prerequisite: General computer skills.
Create a Twitter Account for Your Business, 10-Jun
Bring your laptop and as a group, we’ll go through the steps required to set up a Twitter profile and account for your business. You’ll learn Twitter etiquette and how to engage Followers on the platform. If you attended the fist two sessions in this series and developed a website, I’ll show you how to create a link on your website to your Twitter account. When you leave, you will have a firm grasp on how to find and follow people and how to create relationships that will help you in your business. Prerequisite: General computer skills.
Create a Facebook FanPage for Your Business, 15-Jun
Bring your laptop and as a group, we’ll go through the steps required to set up a Facebook FanPage for your business. We’ll talk about the tabs and Facebook Ads, edit the Bio section, upload your business’ logo and add some content to the Wall so you can begin inviting your friends to become FANS of your FanPage. If you attended the fist two sessions in this series and developed a website, I’ll show you how to create a link on your website to your Facebook FanPage. Prerequisite: General computer skills and a personal Facebook page.
Create a LinkedIn Profile and Company Page, 21-Jun
Bring your laptop and as a group, we’ll create a personal LinkedIn Profile and Company Page for your business. We’ll spend most of our time on the profile, but we will also talk about how to search for people you can build relationships with to help you in your business as either a customer or connector. If you attended the fist two sessions in this series and developed a website, I’ll show you how to create a link on your website to your LinkedIn presence. Prerequisite: General computer skills.
E-Newsletter Creation using MailChimp, 29-Jun
Having an e-newsletter for your business is a great way to stay in touch with customers – especially when they’re not quite ready to buy. We’ll set up an e-newsletter template using MailChimp (free for up to 500 email addresses) and you’ll leave with a firm grasp on how to draft your first e-newsletter and send it to your email database. If you attended the fist two sessions in this series and developed a website, I’ll show you how to create a newsletter subscription link on your website. Prerequisite: General computer skills.
Content Creation and Management Tools, 6-Jul
I consistently hear from those not engaged with or new to social media: “I don’t have the time to do this” and “I don’t really have anything to say”. Bring your laptop and we’ll download TweetDeck to make it easier to manage your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles and we’ll set up your GoogleReader so you can subscribe to blogs and searches relevant to your industry as RSS feeds. Prerequisite: General computer skills.
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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:
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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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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