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The 2015 NMotion teams. Photo credit: Tiffany Verzal The buzz of the crowd gathering inside the Rococo Theatre last night could be heard from the street corner of 13th and P in downtown Lincoln. Inside the venue, standing space was limited, complimentary cricket cocktails (yes, made with real crickets and really yummy) were floating around, and all the conversations centered around the 7 companie
Every great rock ’n’ roll story starts with a man living in his parents’ basement. For Dustin Trauernicht, the founder of the online platform COMP’D, his journey into the music industry began selling t-shirts out of his parents basement for a music blog based in Nashville, Tennessee. “I started out marketing for a t-shirt company, and instead of marketing locally, I marketed to
Two weeks after arriving at the NMotion Accelerator in Lincoln, Nebraska, Jon Myers of Spectator realized that in order to survive, his company would have to reimagine what it was. “We didn’t have a real buyer. Everybody loved the service, they loved what it could do, but nobody was willing to pay for it,” Myers said of their original sports app idea. “To become a scalable business
In this jaw-dropping presentation Balaji Prabhakar, co-founder of Urban Engines and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Stanford University, shows how he uses big data to understand why traffic jams form and how to engineer new solutions to get rid of them. He shares how, even in a 21st Century world of sensors and cell phones, data can be prone to error and siloing. At 12:08 Prab
In anticipation of this year’s awards, we’ve put together a list of all previous Silicon Prairie Award winners. Tell us what you think in the comments below! Don’t see your favorites? Nominate them for this year’s awards. Nominations end July 31. 2014 Startup of the Year – MindMixer New Startup of the Year – PearDeck Best Creation – ShotTracker Executive of the Year R
Scott Hanson and Erika Klotz, founders of PopBookings in Kansas City, speaking at Base 3 in Sioux City, Iowa, 2015. Photo credit: Rachel Eisenbraun The working class city on the Missouri River has a history with tech innovation—a history it hopes to transcend. At Base 3, Sioux City’s annual entrepreneurship event, a microbrewer passes out samples of hibiscus beer while live local musicians pla
Burns & McDonnell CEO Greg Graves can now add punditry to his resume. On Wednesday morning, the top executive at the Kansas City-based engineering firm appeared on financial cable news network Bloomberg's "Market Makers" program to opine about the poor state of the nation's transportation infrastructure and its national transportation funding programs. Graves was highly critical of Washingto
It's easy to look at recent crime stories coming out of Overland Park and assume the city is more dangerous than its suburban Kansas City counterparts. It's not. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Unified Crime Reports, the rate of violent crime in the Kansas-side suburb is more-or-less in keeping with other area suburbs and certainly lower than both sides of Kansas City. The data
If you’ve ever enjoyed a beer or a cocktail at an AMC theater, you can thank Gerry Lopez. Lopez announced Tuesday that he is resigning as CEO of AMC Entertainment Inc. effective Aug. 6. He departs the Leawood-based theater operator on a high note. During his stewardship, the chain remade itself with a focus on premium experiences that led to big improvements in its financial performance. In a r
When I was in elementary school, each morning I would get up and check the newspaper for baseball statistics. When I was in junior high, I was amazed by the plethora of sortable sports statistics you could find online. Curiosity with sports statistics graduated to checking out public companies' quarterly reports on the Securities and Exchange Commission's online database and deciphering the lates
Hiring truly exceptional employees requires more than a listing on a job board. The best talent isn’t looking for a paycheck and a parking spot. The best people are looking for opportunities — places where managers listen, co-workers act as a team, performance is rewarded and the environment is conducive to the pursuit of excellence. If you think your company meets this lofty standard, there
The Kansas City Royals and their fans are exceeding expectations. As if sending a host of players to Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Cincinnati and leading the American League Central Division by four and half games were not enough, the Royals still are leading the league in local market television ratings and are on pace to smash the club's attendance record at Kauffman Stadium. COVER STORY: R
Online video has become hugely popular in recent years, in fact so much so that YouTube is the second largest search engine today, getting about three billion searches each month. For marketers or brick-and-mortar businesses who have...
Comparing search engine optimization consulting and online marketing services can often be challenging when it comes to hiring the right one for your small business. Achieving high organic search engine rankings requires an in-depth strategy...
WordPress was released on May 27, 2003 as a free and open source blogging (personal publishing) platform. Since that time, thousands of volunteers around the world have contributed to make WordPress the fully fledged Content Management System (CMS...
The Content Marketing Institute, Marketing Profs, and Brightcove conducted a study concerning marketing strategy as it relates to content marketing. The results were highlighted in a very interesting infographic that is the main source of the...
Walk into any Starbucks or other upscale coffee shop today, and you'll likely find many of the people inside busy on their laptops, tablets, or iPads, seemingly oblivious to their surroundings. You also find at least a...
If you run a company or a small business, you probably know that it’s important to have a web presence and a web strategy. Often, people who are moving in a certain direction in their company start...
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Digital Trends Let’s all give thanks for selfies. Not because they’ve given the vain something to occupy their time, but because without them, we wouldn’t be on the cusp of unlocking our phones merely by looking at them. In a strange twist of fate, the world’s obsession with the selfie has helped propel eye-recognition technology forward faster than expected. If the selfie craze hadn’t h
Fierce Installer | Jeff Moore Baldwin City, Kan.-based RG Fiber plans to deploy fiber to Baker University, its first commercial customer, in early August. The company is making fiber-to-the-premises a cost-effective alternative for small towns by using the network design skills of sister company Reflective Group to reduce the time spent planning and deploying the network. In an interview with Fie
Pipeline Member Davyeon Ross shares his entrepreneurial story on Inside Outside Podcast with hosts Paul Jarrett, Matt Boyd and Brian Ardinger “The family and friends that I built (in Pipeline) as part of the camaraderie – as part of the brotherhood and sisterhood – they really got me through the year.” -Davyeon Ross Listen Here
Kansas City Business Journal Laura Steward quit her high-powered job with two General Electric-owned companies to focus on a new venture: Video Fizz. The Video Fizz app is set to launch in September, and Steward recently closed a $600,000 funding round to support the app. An angel investor, who is a Kansas City native, led the funding round, and her former bosses also invested. The raise also inc
Thinking Bigger Business Encryption company DataLocker is acquiring BlockMaster AB, a Swedish company that specializes in USB security solutions. “Our mission has always been to provide encryption solutions that are ‘simply secure,’” DataLocker CEO Jay W. Kim said. “We are confident that our acquisition of BlockMaster will support our mission by adding proven technology as well as a new
Startland News | Bobby Burch A local tech firm is planning to accelerate development of its mobile video application thanks to some new funding. Kansas City-based Digital Legacy landed $600,000 in May to fund the creation of its “Video Fizz” app, which allows a group of users to collaborate on a personalized video message for birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. Missouri Technol
Every night, as millions of citizens all across the world sleep, there’s a technology revolution quietly taking place. This revolution is making cities smarter, more efficient and more livable than ever before. Welcome to Kansas City – where we are building one of the world’s smartest connected cities. And where the citizens, along with the rest of the world’s technology and entreprene
Over the last twenty years the interest in social entrepreneurship has expanded across the globe. But in the last several years, Millennials have been like rocket fuel to social enterprise creation. This group has entered the workforce en masse, and notably placed purpose at the top of their list of must-haves when it comes to their job. Social entrepreneurs create mission-driven enterprises, and
The mission of Think Big Partners has always been about more than money. While we are committed to identifying, nurturing and supporting successful companies in the Midwest and across the country, we are also very aware that this does not happen in a vacuum. Successful entrepreneurs require committed ecosystems and supportive communities to realize their full potential. Kansas City has been very f
The article “How the Journey of Data Can Transform Cities” recently appeared on the official Cisco corporate blog as a guest post by Herb Sih, Managing Partner of Think Big Partners. As a follow up to this article and in response to the subsequent questions that have come up, here is a consolidated excerpt of the responses: Q. Why is the Smart and Connected City Kansas City project s
This post is contributed by Ron Singh and Charlie Kelly of Silicon Valley Bank. Why is Silicon Valley Bank in Kansas City? As our name suggests, our roots are planted deep in the Valley. We’ve been integral in providing capital, banking services and connections for innovative companies and investors throughout the world for more than 30 years. We place ourselves in markets where tech ecosystem
Every Veteran’s Day, I am reminded of the decade I spent in the military and the immeasurable impact it has had on me as an entrepreneur. Beyond the genuine camaraderie, black & white mission success criteria and a certain tempo that exists among military members, there were many lessons I learned that find their way into my daily life as a technology focused entrepreneur, co-founder o
Google always seems to be creating some sort of buzz in the media. These days they have been getting more and more media coverage about their frequent search engine algorithm updates. In layman’s terms, algorithm updates are changes to the rules and factors Google uses to rank your website above or below competing websites. The […] The post What Is Google’s Mobile Friendly Up
Whether you like it or not, your online reputation matters. If your business doesn’t have a local online reputation management strategy, chances are you are leaving a lot of money on the table in terms of lost sales. Thankfully, if you want to take control and develop a positive online reputation, you can. In this […] The post How To Develop An Online Reputation Management Strategy appeare
Our own Phil Singleton has coauthored a book on lead generation published on 6/22/15. The book was written by a small team of seasoned marketing consultants with decades of experience and thousands of clients between them. UPDATE: The book debuted as an Amazon hot seller and has since achieved Amazon Best Seller status. The Small […] The post Local Lead Generation appeared first on .
You Don’t Take Your Website Seriously Enough You spend thousands of dollars on trade shows, print, signage, vehicle wraps, television and radio advertising, but when it comes to your website, you spend very little time or money on making it the best it can be, even though you know that every single person that ever […] The post 10 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting More Sales From Your Websit
In the old days of the Internet, business owners shopped for web design services the same way they shopped for print advertising. All that really mattered back then were graphic design and pricing. Today, your website is no longer just a site on the web. It’s REQUIRED to be lead generator, a profit center and […] The post 10 Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring A Web Designer appea
SEO is a male dominated field. As I think back on the thousands of SEO blog posts and articles I’ve read over the years, the vast majority of them were written by men. That being said, last week when I asked myself to name the top women in SEO (without searching), only four names came […] The post The Top 5 Women In SEO Today appeared first on .
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Many in digital media continue to underestimate the influence of Google. It’s no longer just a cool tech company; Google is now part of the global economic infrastructure. While many people are caught in the hype of social media, the plain fact is that Internet searches are what drive purchase decisions. You create demand in social media, but you capture demand and steal market share via SEO and
2014 was an eventful and exciting year for small businesses. Of course the same thing can be said for every year! I’ve asked ten highly experienced small business marketing experts from around North America to share their predictions for 2015 and the challenges and opportunities they foresee in the coming year. 1. Scott Stern, Red Stripe Strategy: The whole definition of marketing in mos
As an Internet marketing services agency in the US MidWest, we are cold-called and email spammed every day from domestic and offshore companies trying to sell us our own services, or soliciting to become a reseller of their search engine optimization services. Truth be told, it doesn’t make sense for an SEO company to outsource any SEO work to third parties – especially when it comes t
WordPress is by far the most popular content management system for small businesses. It’s super easy to use and when structured properly, great for search engine optimization. WordPress also gives you the ability to create a ‘website of websites’ or your own network of sites, on a single installation. You can find the official networking explanation of WordPress Multisite here. We will
SEO is not just something that you do through a keyboard. There are many offline tactics and actions you can take that may help with your website’s search engine visibility. Registered Trademark: Kansas City SEO® 1. Register your trademarks with the USPTO. While there is no data or study correlating higher organic rankings with trademark registration, there is substantial data and many
I have some wish list items for Webmaster Tools and G+, some things I would love to see as new free features, but would gladly pay for nonetheless: 1. Please let me moderate new incoming links (as a non-default option): Holy Cow – what an awesome option this would be to have in Webmaster Tools!!! Give site owners the option to moderate all new incoming links – i.e. hold new links in a su
Members of SMCKC, What a year for SMCKC 2015 is turning out to be! Between 100+ member breakfasts and our first-ever AMPS awards, SMCKC is starting the year off with some amazing content. Thanks a ton to everyone who was able to join us for the AMPS in February. We have some exceptionally talented social media professionals in Kansas City putting together campaigns that are among the best in the
Kansas City is home to several amazing brands doing some pretty cool things. Do you work for one of these brands? Enjoy talking about what you do and expressing your opinion on all things social? The SMCKC Brands Roundtable is the place for you. This group will meet on a quarterly basis. Topics may include: What's going on with your brands Questions, comments, concerns regarding social media mar
Maybe winning an AMPS award won't necessarily bring you fame and fortune, but it may bring you the recognition you need as a leader in social media marketing. With our extended deadline approaching Friday, I'd like to put out one last call for AMPS submissions! If you're an agency, business, or non-profit/government org that has run a campaign in social during 2014, entering to be recognized take
Well this is kind of awkward.. When planning our first ever AMPS awards, recognizing locally created Social Media campaigns, we wanted to make sure that we left agencies/companies/individuals plenty of time to submit. The first of December sounded great! Unfortunately we didn't foresee how much the late Turkey Day holiday would disrupt these submissions. With that, we've received quite a few
We’ve heard some feedback that as you’re preparing your award-winning campaign submissions, you may want to see ALL fields from the entire submission form (without having to enter partial data in the required fields). Your wish is our command! Below, you’ll see the entire submission process for the 2015 AMPS Awards. Feel free to use this as a template to prep your submissions before you ente
Kansas City small business owners need your help marketing their businesses. The Social Media Club of Kansas City is providing support to SCORE, an organization that provides resources and expertise to help existing and emerging small businesses. SCORE’s clients are entrepreneurs running local businesses of a wide variety - from brick and mortar storefronts to services and even consulting compan
KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.30 per share on its common stock. Shareholders of record at the close of business on August 28, 2015 will be entitled to...
CHICAGO, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A portfolio of real estate and non-performing notes is set for auction Thursday, August 20, as a private equity fund seeks to close out its positions. The real estate includes commercial buildings, homes, retail space, apartments and other...
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- After being shuttered since 2011, the original Hotel Lennox will re-open Sept. 2, the same day that the hotel originally opened in 1929, as The Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis Downtown/Convention Center Hotel. The newly revitalized hotel will...
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Observable Networks, an emerging leader of network security technology and advanced threat detection services, announced today the issuance to it by the US Patent Office of a patent that covers the dynamic endpoint modeling IT solution that helps...
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. ("Arch Coal") (NYSE:ACI) previously disclosed that it is conducting (a) a private offer to exchange (the "2020 Notes Exchange Offer") new 6.25% Trust Certificates due 2021 (the "Trust Certificates") issued by a pass-through...
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Alternative grains, such as wheat, barley and rye which are high in non-starch polysaccharides (NSP), can have a substantial negative impact on monogastric digestion and animal performance. Chickens have little or no intrinsic enzymes capable of...
OLATHE, Kan., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Butler National Corporation (OTC Pink: BUKS), a leader in the growing global market for aircraft structural modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and a recognized provider of management services in diverse business...
OLATHE, Kan., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Butler National Corporation (OTC Pink: BUKS), a leader in the growing global market for aircraft structural modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and a recognized provider of management services in diverse business groups,...
CHICAGO, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new law in Kansas that removes training requirements for carrying concealed firearms creates significant new financial risks to national and regional chains. SB 45 (2015), which took effect July 1, 2015, removes the requirement for...
CHICAGO, 29 de julio de 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Una nueva ley en Kansas que elimina los requisitos de entrenamiento para portar armas de fuego escondidas crea nuevos riesgos financieros significativos para cadenas nacionales y regionales. SB 45 (2015), que entró en...
TOPEKA, Kan., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Capitol Federal® Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFFN) (the "Company") announced results today for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Detailed results will be available in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter...
WICHITA, Kan., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Key Announcements Announces a share repurchase program of up to $350 million Raises 2015 Free Cash Flow guidance by $100 million to a range of $700 - $800 million Second Quarter 2015 Consolidated Results Total Revenues of $1.7...
In the old days, SEO consisted primarily of optimizing web pages and meta data for keywords, and obtaining as many inbound backlinks as possible, regardless of their relevancy or the quality of the linking sites. Google’s advanced webpspam fighting technologies – primarily the Panda & Penguin updates – have things have changed dramatically. Web videos including those posted o
Whether you are a small or large business owner, hiring an SEO firm is something that should be approached carefully. Not all firms are created equal, not all have integrity, and certainly not all are capable of producing results. Search engine optimization is essential for helping companies get found in the search engine results pages for their most important search terms or keywords, but choosin
There always seems to be a lot of speculation, or ranting to put it mildly, when Google pushes out major algorithm updates. Many SEO’s have suggested that Google constantly shuffles the ranking deck to make AdWords more appealing to business owners. In other words the perceived message is that if organic search engine rankings are getting harder and harder to achieve – since Google is ma
Pay per click advertising harnesses the power of the search engines to make your site more visible. When you put your site up on the Internet, you may opt to participate in pay per click advertising. With this, you place ads on sites like Google; they appear at the top of search engine listings and on the sides, so that they are instantly recognizable. You are instantly more visible through the ad
We said it: Successful SEO campaigns are no longer built around link building. In the near future, every business that successfully gains rank online will achieve organic ranking success with well-written, relevant and creative content. Sustainable, long-term SEO campaigns that work will not be the result of SEO short-cuts – at least not anymore. Even will this year’s heavy-handed search eng
Seeking experienced Ruby on Rails developer for crowdsourcing startup project. This is an interesting opportunity to work with an early stage startup with a high-profile investor. Must be based in Kansas City. This role is primarily as to evaluate, test, improve and optimize current pre-launch web application. You would essentially be a startup CTO type role, that would both manage a small team of
Today’s enterprise IT teams are largely kept awake at night focused on cyberthreats and security fears. That’s very different, though, than what tech teams have focused on in the past. Consider this: In November 1988, the world was introduced to the first widespread computer bug. The virus caused thousands of machines to crash and resulted in damage that was well into the millions of dollars.
There’s a term they use in journalism called crisis fatigue. It relates to the coverage of ongoing crises such as the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., or the battle over the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina. Not to detract from the gravity of these situations, but at a certain point the audience becomes fatigued with seeing the same footage over and over again from whatever the crisis of the we
Well, it looks like Shelly’s officially flown the coop. Word on the street (well, on Facebook, anyhow) is she’s having a wonderful holiday and doing lots of oceanside running. Lucky lady, but I suppose she’s earned it. Hopefully you’re enjoying a holiday as well, or at the very least having a lazy sunny Saturday relaxing on the deck. Put your feet up, because in this edition of “Things
Anyone who is active on Facebook knows all too well their News Feed seems to always be changing, and not always for the better. The algorithm that determines what you see is constantly being tweaked (read that: jacked with) in order to bring you posts The Facebook thinks you want to see. I don’t know about you, but frequently this is not the result. In fact, I personally don’t see any brand me
Cloud technology is no longer the future for business—it’s the here and now, and, as you no doubt know, it’s already weaving its way deep into business culture, playing a vital role for many organizations, both large and small. Whether by way of vendor managed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or, as we are increasingly seeing with the addition of hardware, processing, data management, and inform
I don’t know about you, but I am loving summer! Vacations, barbecues, long sunny days, and nights spent around the campfire. With maybe a cocktail or two (or seven) tossed in for good measure. Maybe I’m so happy because I’ve just returned from a summer holiday and am feeling relaxed and refreshed—hopefully one of those holidays is in your future as well. And Shelly’s on vacation this wee
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