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Heart of Wisconsin Community Leadership Class Starts with a Choice

When you think about a leader, what do you think about? Is it the way they speak? The way they lead initiatives and ideas? Maybe how they empower others? All leaders start with the same action, a choice. Choosing to be a leader does not come easy. A leader has to acknowledge they will need to change. Leaders also will assess who they are as individuals and how they lead best. This choice will take them down a path of self-discovery that will impact not only themselves but others around them.
The Heart of Wisconsin, Community Leadership Program is the first step in the choice to lead. The Community Leadership Program is an eight-month course that is an interactive program designed to provide a deeper understanding of our community. They will share practical tools for effective community leadership and empower participants to be catalysts for positive change.
On Thursday, October 17th, 23 participants attended the Opening Retreat at Rosholt Lions Camp to begin their journey. This two-day …
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21 Easy Ways To Use Social Media To Get New Customers

Social media marketing is about more than just gaining followers and likes, but sometimes it can be difficult, especially when starting out, to strategize around the right elements, and to use the platform-tools and options to achieve your business goals.

But there are key, fundamental tasks that you need to be covering off in your approach, essential steps you need to take to move beyond the basics and into generating actual leads from your social efforts. Outlining this, Tonya Burge from Your Marketing Lady has created this in-depth infographic on the key social media marketing elements you need in order to formulate an effective social media marketing plan.

Burge advises that brands need to first establish their business presence, then move beyond this by utilizing effective calls to action, providing customer service and driving traffic to your website.

The graphic serves as a solid social media marketing blueprint - you can check out the full post here, or the graphic below
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4 Powerful Ways the Chamber Provides Solutions for Small Business Owners

In a recent survey by Daysmart Software, 54% of small business owners admitted to being worried about making enough money. Making money is a common concern because not only does it factor in bringing in enough clients or customers but also ensuring your products or services are priced right and negotiating any cash flow problems.
Small business owners have lots of stressors as they follow their dreams. It might surprise you just how much the chamber can help with these concerns.
According to the study, small business owners the report they are most concerned about
●Making enough money ●Controlling costs ●Finding new customers ●Marketing to prospective an/or current customers ●Managing time
The chamber and chamber membership can help address all of these common concerns and challenges.
Put the Chamber to Work for Your BusinessIf you’re like most small business owners, you can likely identify with these common business concerns but what you may not realize is how effectively a chamber membersh…

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How to Succeed in Influencer Marketing without Being Annoying

The internet is a bonus and a bane to most people. You can research anything, get your message out inexpensively, connect with people around the globe, and entertain yourself for hours. But it also has created a need for itself. It has a constant hunger for content. It provides a large bullhorn for people to pronounce their views and others are listening. That’s why influencer marketing has become so hot.

What Is Influencer Marketing? Influencer marketing is a type of word of mouth marketing. Just like big brands may use a celebrity endorsement such as an athlete who wears the brand’s sneakers, influencer marketing uses well-known (or well-followed) internet personalities to talk about their product, service, event, etc. Just like in celebrity endorsements, this influencer has a fan base and is likely considered a pro in a given area. There are people who will buy your product/service or look into your organization just because the influencer talked about you.

Where you find an influ…

How to Improve Your Business Reputation for Free

As a small business owner, your reputation is everything. It will make or break your business. Warren Buffet understood the value of a good business reputation when he said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.”
But protecting your reputation in the days of social media is hard. According to the White House Office of Consumer Affairs, an unhappy customer will tell between nine to 15 people about the incident.This number gets amplified when they choose to do it in a social stream. Sometimes it’s not even anything your business did wrong. 
How about this TripAdvisor review? 


Can someone please get on that?
Sure, we may snicker about some of those bad reviews but when they happen to your business, they’re not funny. So what do you do if your reputation is in need of a little help?
Don’t worry. We have a list of things that can help those minor blips in the road. However, please note these won’t solve m…

4 Alternative Types of Content for Your Business If You Hate to Write

Content is essential to your business becoming (or remaining) an industry leader. It’s fast becoming a differentiator as more and more customers do their research online and make purchasing decisions long before they speak with one of your salespeople. If you hate to write, but don’t want to pay someone else to do it for you, you don’t have to give up on content. You shouldn’t. There are other forms of content production that are as effective in helping you become a resource for your customers as the written word is. If you’re not a great writer, chances are these other forms of media will also be a lot more compelling and engaging for your audience. 
VideoThere are a lot of options in this category from webcam or cellphone production to slick agency creations. What you use depends on what you sell and who you’re selling it to. But even a high-end luxury brand can create a campy, low-budget production hit if it resonates with the target audience. Generally, you’ll want to keep all video…