Is Linkedin Premium Worth It?

 

I’ve been asked this question a LOT lately, so I thought I’d share my opinion. There are really only three reasons why you should consider a Linkedin Premium account (which has within it, four levels including: Free, Business Plus, Executive and Pro):

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Gmail’s New Inbox and Why You Should Care

While the new Gmail inbox tabs aren’t “new”, I still find individuals experiencing issues receiving emails AND making sure that their emails are received.

This change affects everyone who uses Gmail as their email Client (for example, I have a copy of suzanne@contemporary-business-solutions.com send to my Gmail account so I can read my email there versus reading my email via my website host’s webmail system). Most businesses use Outlook as their standard email Client, but you’d be surprised the number of organizations that have moved to Gmail while still maintaining their @yourbusiness.com email address structure.

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Pinterest to Start Showing Ads!

Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networks around right now and I get a lot of businesses asking me if it’s where they should be.

After four years, Pinterest users are consuming more and more content on their mobile devices. They’re going to start offering businesses the ability to pay to promote pins in an effort to show its users that it is a social network that plans on being around for quite some time. Paid promotion is also currently being used on Facebook and Twitter to let businesses increase their reach.

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Celebrate Waukee 2015 – A Huge Success!

by "Get it Done Girl" on June 12, 2015 · 0 comments

in Free Agency,freelance

Last December, I was hired by the City of Waukee as an Event Consultant.

The Waukee Leadership Institute‘s Class of 2015 was tasked with revamping Waukee’s Annual Fall Festival and they needed some guidance.

Renamed “Celebrate Waukee”, this family-friendly event was held on June 5 – 6, 2015, in the Historic Downtown Triangle and Centennial Park.

Celebrate Waukee kicked off on Friday, June 5, with a movie in Centennial Park sponsored by the Waukee Parks and Recreation Department. On Saturday, June 6, the festivities began in the Historic Downtown Triangle with a pancake breakfast and a Chopper 6K Challenge and a Chopper 2K Kids Fun Run. A parade took the fun to Centennial Park where attendees were offered a wide range of activities for all ages, including inflatables sponsored by HyVee and Atlantic Bottling, the Waukee Warrior Kids Challenge sponsored by Central Bank, various activities provided by the Waukee Arts Council, vendors, food, drinks, live music, fireworks, and much more.

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Below are a few ways I supported this group’s efforts:

  • Developed an event planning and event marketing timeline in Excel to be maintained as a shared document
  • Held regular conference calls with co-chairs to make sure the right questions were being addressed and that they’re staying on schedule
  • Held regular conference calls with various sub-committees
  • Attended regularly scheduled large group meetings
  • Managed the Facebook Fan Page and Twitter accounts
  • Ran Facebook Ads to promote the event

Does your organization need help producing events? Maybe you need an Event Consultant to keep you on track!!!

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2015 Iowa Craft Beer Tour

by "Get it Done Girl" on May 25, 2015 · 0 comments

in Creativity,Des Moines,Free Agency

The 2nd Annual Iowa Craft Beer Tour is in the books! During the afternoon of March 23, a party bus full of Iowa craft beer enthusiasts visited Exile Brewing Company, Firetrucker, Olde Main Brewing Co and Torrent.

 

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Book Review: Who’s Got Your Back by Keith Ferrazzi

Also known as, “Who’s Got Your Back: The breakthrough program to build deep, trusting relationships that create success – and won’t let you fail.

Forget about trying to be successful on your own. It’s difficult and not all that fun. This book talks about creating an inner circle of “lifeline relationships”, deep, close relationships with a few key trusted individuals who will offer the encouragement, feedback and generous mutual support we all need to reach our goals. Accountability!

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Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) Summer Bus Tour

I always learn something when I go on these bus tours! Check out my posts from the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013bus tours!

This Bus Tour focused on housing inventory. Two years ago, PCHTF set its sights on becoming the expert and “go to”organization for affordable housing. PCHTF engaged Iowa State University to do a comprehensive inventory assessment of affordable housing units in Polk County. This inventory will form the basis for all PCHTF funding decisions moving forward.

The Summer Bus Tour was an introduction to the recently released second installment of this study taking into consideration the question, “To what extent does the existing supply of affordable housing in Polk County match with the existing need for affordable housing?”.

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Adding Captions to Your YouTube Video

Is your target audience multilingual? Perhaps they are heading impaired? This fact shouldn’t prevent you from taking advantage of the benefits of video.

YouTube makes it easy to add captions to your video. The easiest way to do this is to create a caption file which includes the text of what was said in the video and time codes for when captions should display. Here are some examples of formats that YouTube supports.

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Breakfast, Business & More

by "Get it Done Girl" on May 11, 2015 · 0 comments

in Des Moines,Networking

I’m so excited to be working with Debbie Sears of Sears Insurance to bring you Breakfast, Business & More!!!

Breakfast, Business & More is Des Moines’ premier morning networking event which allows busy professionals the chance to network and to exchange opportunities.

We host quarterly networking events without the membership fees. We’ll provide each of you with a registrant list including name, business name and email address which makes follow-up easy! Your time is extremely valuable; that’s why you can expect our events to keep to the following schedule:

  • 8:00am – 8:15am: Register, grab breakfast and COFFEE!
  • 8:15am – 8:45am: Each individual introduces themselves to the large group with their name and the name of their business.
    8:45am – 9am: Open Networking

Click here to Register!

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