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Contemporary Business Solutions
Volume #41
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Book Review: Toy Box Leadership
Our book club finished another book! As a Free Agent, I really consider this book club part of my professional development. As part of the Meyvn Group’s Business Book Club, we read Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons From the Toys You Loved as a Child by Ron Hunter Jr. and Michael E. Waddell.
The authors do a great job of creating a context for the creation and popularity of ten toys (i.e. LEGO® Bricks, Slinky® Dog, Play-Doh®, the yo-yo, Mr. Potato Head® and Rubik’s Cube®, the rocking horse, little green plastic army men, Lite-Brite®, and Weebles®) and then writing a chapter focused on the leadership lessons that can be learned from each.
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7 Ways to Make a Mini-Marketing Campaign
Most businesses write one-year marketing plans (I’m a fan of the 100 day marketing plan, myself). If you’ve got some down time between major marketing campaigns, this doesn’t mean that your marketing efforts can take a rest. Below are ideas on how to run smart and effective mini-marketing campaigns that may change the way you reach your customers in the future:
  • Experiment with new audiences
  • Go big with pop-up events
  • Sponsor conversations
  • Attach yourself to large events
  • Emphasize earned media
  • Try a new format
  • Revisit old leads
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8 Simple Tools to Manage and Analyze Your Twitter Efforts
If you’ve been using Twitter for a while, you’ve probably checked out Hootsuite and/or Tweetdeck to help you manage your account. Below are a few tools to help you analyze keywords, trends and your competition:
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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:
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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!

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