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Managing your Mailbox

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It's time to think about fall cleaning your email mailbox. One common call I receive is  resolving issues when the email account's mailbox has exceeded its limit (quota). Occasionally, you may experience issues that have the following symptoms: Your contacts mention that they are attempting to send mail to you, but are unsuccessful, or you are receiving email notification error messages similar to this one "Delivery to your mailbox was refused … Continue reading...

Where Have All The Pictures Gone?

Back in April we wrote a blog about setting up Google Authorship. One of the coolest parts of Authorship was the fact that your head shot would appear next to the search results. It looked like this. Authorship Photos Are Gone? You may not have even noticed but all of those cool photos are now gone from the Google Search Results. Well almost... if you are a Google+ user and someone is in your circle their photo might appear (that's how I got Mr. Gasser's picture to appear in the image … Continue reading...

19 Ways to Integrate Social Media into your Next Tradeshow or Event

Integrating social media into your tradeshow and event marketing plan is a great way to enhance your company’s next tradeshow presence.  As a Certified Tradeshow Marketer (CTSM), I have promoted and exhibited at more tradeshows than my family has fingers and toes! But now as a Social Media/Community Manager, it is fun to integrate the two worlds together. Here are some ideas on using social media to connect with your prospects, customers and show attendees before, after, and during your events … Continue reading...

How Do I Grow My Prospect Email List?

You've likely heard that email is far from dead. In fact, it's part of everyday business life and growing as a means of reliable marketing. However, before you can email prospects or produce a killer enewsletter that will take the world by storm, you need to have somebody on your email list. Who will you send it to? How do you get people to sign up? How long does all this take? Vivid Image is offering an exclusive, one-time-only class on September 9th for anyone wishing to use Constant … Continue reading...

What the Heck is Farmfest?

Have you heard about Farmfest? I had heard of Farmfest and followed the event on social media the last few years. Knowing that many of our clients have been a part of Farmfest over the years, it is something that I decided to attend this year and see for myself what it's all about. To say that it is a monumental farm festival is an understatement. My best description is that it is like the "state fair of the ag industry". If your business or organization is related to the agricultural … Continue reading...

Dear Fellow Business Owners: Is This You?

I found this article that I wrote many years ago, when I had a slightly different role within Vivid Image. However, as I read through it again, I thought "WOW", I really did capture the essence of owning a business. More importantly, it helps explain how I view my role in sharing the responsibility of owning a business. I was recently asked how to clone my enthusiasm and passion for what I do, and the last line really sums it up: "That’s why I do what I do. That’s why it’s my life passion to … Continue reading...

Facebook Advertising 101 – Exploring Options

Brands that consider Facebook an important part of their marketing need to create a new social media strategy that includes innovative ways to get organic reach, as well as some paid Facebook advertising.  Paid Facebook advertising can be an awesome way to attract new fans, get important content out to current fans, and drive traffic back to your website. If you are still wondering why you should pay to get your brand seen on Facebook, consider this. Facebook is aware that people want to see … Continue reading...

The Basics: Measuring Your Online Success

Measuring your marketing efforts has always been an important part of marketing. As a small business measuring your success helps gives you the information you need to make wise marketing decisions. For marketers, measuring our success helps us keep our jobs! As online marketing continues to become more advanced and complicated, many business owners may feel lost with all the jargon that they hear from agencies and marketing departments. The fact of the matter is that no matter how … Continue reading...

The Elusive Website Address

Is finding your website address where it needs to be, similar to pinning down Bigfoot? Elusive website addresses aren't good. You spend too much time on building, launching, and updating your website for it not to be used, found or remembered. Sometimes it seems logical where you need to list your website, and other times it takes a reminder checklist to make sure some place important doesn't get missed. Print your website on all materials your clients typically receive such as invoices, … Continue reading...

Getting Started with an Enewsletter

Ever thought about starting a newsletter for your business or organization, but didn’t quite know where to start? Maybe you have a costly “paper” version that you’d like to convert to an electronic version. E-newsletters are a low cost, easy way to communicate with your customers and help them stay connected to you. It also helps engaged customers stay current on your business, products, services, sales offers, and industry news. E-newsletters can work independently or in tandem with your … Continue reading...

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Managing your Mailbox

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Where Have All The Pictures Gone?

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19 Ways to Integrate Social Media into your Next Tradeshow or Event

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How Do I Grow My Prospect Email List?

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What the Heck is Farmfest?

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Dear Fellow Business Owners: Is This You?

I … Read more…

Facebook Advertising 101 – Exploring Options

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The Basics: Measuring Your Online Success

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The Elusive Website Address

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Getting Started with an Enewsletter

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