Marketing Monday

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Today’s Marketing Monday tip is from Starr Hall. She gives 5 tips for overcoming your social media fears.

  1. Stuck in Traditional Networking Mode.Try to incorporate at least one new technique or online marketing outreach into your marketing plan monthly. Give it some time to see if this works before deleting the profile or conversation.
  2. Too Many Choices/Too Overwhelming.Do an online search for the top social networking sites specific to your market, region or industry and only focus on those sites. Ignore the others, they don’t matter unless they can directly connect you with new contacts in your target market.
  3. Concerned Social Networking Is Not Effective. Your main focus should be reaching new contacts and connecting with them; This is how you’re going to build your brand recognition and exposure. One of the best ways to do this is to blog; just be sure to provide valuable content to your potential customer or client. Make sure to respond to emails and comments when they land on your blog or site.
  4. Fear of Doing Something Wrong Online.If you’re worried about making a mistake online, post your concern. Let the group or site know that you’re new and ask for support or feedback. For the most part, you’ll learn that people online want to help you with your social networking experience.
  5. Lack of Privacy Online. Read the privacy settings thoroughly on social networking sites that you use.  This is when you follow your intuition: You can usually tell whether a person is sincere, professional and worth connecting with simply by checking his or her profile.   Again, it’s just like meeting someone new in person. As soon as an individual enters your space, if you are turned off by his or her energy, walk away.

Hall’s full article can be found at http://www.entrepreneur.com/marketing/branding/webbrandingcolumniststarrhall/article202688.html

Economic Development: Growing the Workforce

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In part five of our series on economic development, Lance Hedquist, City of South Sioux City city administrator, speaks about the importance of growing the workforce.

We Still Want to be Friends

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n20531316728_2397Today’s the big day…at 9:45 a.m. we deleted our Facebook Profile and we will now be using our Facebook Fan Page only. (hence why we no longer show up as a friend) Visit www.facebook.com/siouxlandchamberofcommerce and become a Fan of the Siouxland Chamber.

Why the switch? In the social media world it’s a bit of an unspoken rule that profiles are for people and pages are for business. Don’t worry though, here at the Chamber we have people behind our page, the interns of course. You can expect all of the same stories, videos, and photos just now in a new location.

Not sure about a Fan Page? Want to create one for your business? Contact intern@siouxlandchamber.com for more information.

Chamber Trivia

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Question for the week: Who played the character Jesse Rainfeather Goldman in the 1994 movie Sioux City?

Trivia Logo SiouxlandThink you know…comment on this post with your answer for your chance at a great prize. Trivia questions will be posted each Friday with answer and winners announced the following Thursday.

Free Fun in Siouxland!

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Here’s some free events that will be taking place this weekend in Siouxland…

The tenth annual Freedom Fest is set to take place this weekend in Sioux City.  If you are unfamiliar with Freedom Fest, this is a great chance for you to get out and see several Christian bands for free.freedom fest crowd

Bands & Performers: Bread of Stone, Viktory, Grindstone, Denise Edwards, Kemi, Daily Creek Music with Melissa Moates, Resolution 541, Written

Where: Grandview Park

When: Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.

Also, this weekend the 185th Air Refueling Wing will host an air show with an agriculture theme.  The Air National Guard has hosted air shows before, but this is the first time that agriculture recognition has been given in their air shows.

Air Performers: U.S. Air Force’s F-16 “Viper” and a P-51 Mustang, an P-51(Mustang)authentic World War II aircraft.  Other featured performers include an A-10 Thunderbolt, AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter, KC-135 Stratotankers, and a AV-8B Harrier.

Where: Sioux Gateway Airport/Colonel Bud Day Field in Sioux City, Iowa. Directions provided by following the link:

http://www.airagexpo.com/parking.html

When: August 1-2 2009 from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. each day

Economic Development: Technology Transfer

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Joseph Wright, Vice President of Technology Transfer Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, explains why technology transfer is important for growth in part four of our series on economic development.

Weekly Update 7.29.09

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Ian Banks, newest social media intern, talks about his first week with the Chamber.

And the Winner is…

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Last week’s question: Sioux City natives and Central High graduates, Esther and Paulline Friedman, are better known as…?

And the answer is… Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren

Congratulations to this week’s winner Dave Madsen. Everyone that answered correctly was entered in a drawing for this weeks prize, 4 tickets to Friday’s on the Promenade! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next Chamber Trivia Question.

Would your business like to sponsor a Trivia Question? Contact intern@siouxlandchamber.comDonate a prize and be featured on our blog.

Economic Development: New Business

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Part three of our series on economic development in Siouxland focuses on the importance of new business. Brad Howard, Economic Development MidAmerican Energy, talks about what Siouxland has to offer.

Clutter here, Clutter there, Clutter everywhere

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Nothing is worse than something you don’t use taking up needed space in your house, attic, or garage.

Especially, when you will never use it again.

With technology constantly improving we are faced with the question, what do I do with the old family television or computer?  You ponder would someone want this old thing still?  Can I just throw it away?

TOld computerhe fact is, a lot of people don’t know what or how to disperse of their old electronics.  So, down at the Chamber today I called around and found out where to take these things to get them off your hands.

Option #1-Goodwill

At all their locations Goodwill will take anything computer related.  Laptops, desktops etc., they send them to Dell and they will get the parts or refurbish them.  If they work Goodwill will sell them at the store as well.  They do request that you erase your data on the PC before you bring it in.  If other electronics work, they will take them as well.

3100 W 4th St, Sioux City – (712) 293-148

5931 Gordon Dr, Sioux City -(712)274-4380

2323 Dakota Ave, South Sioux City, NE (402)494-6072

Option #2-Executive Recycling

Executive Recycling will take computers, radios, monitors, routers, keyboards, hubs, printers, telephone devices, modems, electronic motors, cell phones, automotive electronics, copiers, typewriters, televisions, and cables.  The fee will be judged on the amount of electronics you bring to them.

2404 Dakota Ave. South Sioux City, Nebraska (402) 494-1131

Option #3 Staples

You can bring basically any type of electronics to the Staples warehouse, except for televisions.  It will cost $10 for your computers and it will depend on the amount of electronics you bring.

840 Gordon Drive Sioux City, Iowa (712)252-9933

Although, I am sure there are more options than just these three in the Siouxland area, I hope this somewhat accommodates our readers.

If anyone has any suggestions on where you take your old electronics feel free to comment at the bottom.