The KCTechgregator: Kansas City SEO, Internet Marketing & Tech Startup RSS blog aggregator – a single website where you can scan all of the headlines and summaries from leading KC online marketing, tech startups and KC SEO blogs. It’s kind of like alltop.com, but just for Kansas City tech blogs. Kansas City Internet marketing topics include social media and search engine marketing as well. Please also contact us for guest blogging opportunities.Read More
No matter how riveting a game is or legendary a concert might be, there’s one thing that can pull fans out of the experience: waiting in concession lines. You could be stuck waiting for a hot dog when Alex Rodriguez hits a home run or missing out on a Bruce Springsteen song for want of a beer. Iowa City startup FanFood is hoping to keep audience members from missing their favorite moments with
Omaha startup Flywheel has announced the acquisition of Pressmatic, an OS X application for publishing WordPress sites. Pressmatic was released earlier this year and quickly gained prominence in the WordPress design market, according to Dusty Davidson, CEO and co-founder of Flywheel. “In a short amount of time it became one of the leading products in that space,” said Davidson.
Revo co-founder Marianne Worthington. Photo courtesy of Marianne Worthington. Along with our many company profiles over the course of the year, we at SPN enjoy sprinkling in some hard-earned wisdom from some of the region’s most successful talent. Here are the most popular advice stories we published in the past year. 1. Don’t read this for motivation (Paul Jarrett) Bulu Inc. co-founde
We’re excited to announce the third annual Startup Holiday Party! Come together, let your hair down, put a sweater on, take a breather and celebrate the holidays and all that we’ve accomplished throughout 2016 with your fellow startupians. The party will take place on Friday, December 9 at The Exchange on The Startup Collaborative’s 7th Floor from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. $5 gets you in
Photo by Melanie Lucks. In 2010 David Kerber, founder and CEO of Agape Red, started the company part time with the goal of providing quality development to startups. Developing everything from accounting software to video games, Agape Red now serves a variety of companies including: Woodhouse Auto Group, Red Basket and Phillips 66 Lubricants. The team has worked with 92 different businesses since
Silicon Prairie News is looking for a promising student to fill a new internship role for our site. We are looking for a current student or recent graduate with superior writing and editing skills, a strong sense of personal responsibility and an interest in regional tech entrepreneurship. Qualified applicants will have some experience in journalism, a working knowledge of AP Style, and know thei
This week, the Kansas City Business Journal ranks the top 2016 area school districts by enrollment. The accompanying gallery shows the top five on The List. For the full List, subscribers can take a look at the weekly print edition of the Kansas City Business Journal. The List also includes full address, phone, website, 2016-17 enrollment, average teacher salaries, assessed valuation, total expen
So you want to be a Best Place to Work. Your company has great benefits, a ping-pong table and beer on Fridays. There's a cool vibe, and everyone is considered family. Well, you're off to a great start, but to earn the official distinction as one of the Best Places to Work in Kansas City, companies will face some tough judges — their employees. Awards are given to top scorers based on employee
The members of the 2016 class of Women Who Mean Business have a lot to be proud of, but they've also faced many challenges in their paths. Those challenges have been formative, and overcoming them has brought them confidence. On Friday, more than 600 people gathered to celebrate these women at a luncheon at the Overland Park Convention Center, and their moments of confidence were a centerpiece of
Residents of Johnson County go out to eat a lot. In fact, 80 percent of Johnson County ZIP codes spend more than the national average on meals away from home. The top nine ZIP codes in the Kansas City metro area, and 16 of the top 20 ZIP codes, that rank highest on spending in meals away from home are in Johnson County. The Overland Park ZIP Code 66221 likes to dine out the most in the metro are
A long-time employee stole nearly $5.3 million from one of Kansas City's top architecture firms. Jane Barnes of Lee's Summit pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identify theft charges related to her embezzling scheme at ACI Boland Architects. Barnes, who began working for the architecture firm in 1998 and was later promoted to office manager, resigned
It’s not often you hear Johnson County and political backlash in the same sentence, but the Kansas side of the metro area could be a big driver of change in the Legislature next session, the Lawrence Journal-World reports. The shift to small government, lower taxes and less spending that Gov. Sam Brownback inspired has threatened JoCo’s devotion to its public schools, and that has moderates l
<p>CBRE reported user demand in the Americas industrial and logistics market accelerated in Q3 2016 and was led by the U.S., where the vacancy rate dropped 10 basis points (bps) to 5 percent and availability by 20 bps to 8.4 percent. As has been the case each quarter since Q3 2010, U.S. leasing demand, as measured by net absorption, significantly outpaced new construction.</p> <p>
<p>As reported in the <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/" target="_blank"><em>Kansas City Star</em></a>, General Motors is investing $55 million in a new operation that will employ about 500 workers at a building near its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas. The 830,000-sq.-ft. industrial building under construction by NorthPoint Develop
<p>Congratulations to our partners in Independence on the recent announcement that American Marksman LLC plans to add 65 new advanced manufacturing jobs in the KC region. The company, a distributor of bullets of varying calibers, expects significant growth in the coming years.</p> <p>American Marksman will work with Orbital ATK to address U.S. Department of Defense critical needs
<p>KCADC’s <a href="http://thinkkc.com/events/annual-meeting">The Best of Both Worlds | A Town Hall on Regional Growth</a> received widespread media coverage from local and national outlets.<br /> <br /> <img src="http://thinkkc.com/images/default-source/grid-pictures/am16/am16-web-banners-smallmarquee-v2.jpg?sfvrsn=0&MaxWi
<p>The 2016 <a href="http://thinkkc.com/events/annual-meeting">KCADC Annual Meeting</a> luncheon broke record attendance, with a sold-out ballroom of more than 1,600 guests. Review a recap of the event through the eyes of #OneKC.</p> <div class="storify"><iframe src="http://thinkkc.com/storify.com/IThinkKC/the-best-of-both-worlds/e
<p><a href="http://www.jccc.edu/continuing-education/" target="_blank">Johnson County Community College</a> is one of seven technical and community colleges across the U.S. to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.</p> <p>The $104,376 grant will provide full-ride
This past Tuesday, October 11, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai visited Think Big to discuss his Digital Empowerment Agenda. During the event, Commissioner Pai outlined his proposals on how government at all levels can promote high-speed Internet access, or “broadband,” throughout the United States, particularly in low-income and rural areas. He also discussed ways to advance tech-related entrepren
During a recent visit to Kansas City, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai stopped by Think Big to discuss the importance of bridging the digital divide and easing regulation in order to improve access to high-speed internet and spur innovation in lower income and rural areas. Pai touched on a variety of controversial topics including how today’s current regulatory environments impact emerging technol
Over the last few years, advancement in technology has accelerated entrepreneurship and empowered emerging companies to vastly transform major “real world” sectors like transportation, urban infrastructure, education, energy and agriculture–and in the process is changing the way our cities and communities work. Through these changes, we have worked with entrepreneurs and large companies to r
Student IoT Innovation Challenge draws over 200 students to demo 35 sensor-based projects at Think Big On March 3rd, during a special Think Big Thursdays event, the downtown innovation center hosted KCSIC’s inaugural student pilot – the SensED IoT Innovation Challenge. Hundreds of students, parents, teachers, Think Big member companies and the downtown community stopped in to discover what
It doesn’t matter if you’re a small business owner, marketing professional, or SEO expert, it’s good practice to stay current with Google algorithm changes. More and more, the things you need to do to succeed on Google are becoming the things you need to do to succeed at marketing. In September of 2016, Google announced […] The post What is Google Penguin 4.0? appeared first on .
With over 5.5 billion Google searches per day (that’s around 65,000 searches per second), “Googling” has become part of the modern purchase process. In other words, if you’re serious about growing your business, you can’t ignore Google. Yet, search engine optimization (aka SEO) gets a bad rap. In our business, as soon as you mention […] The post 5 Ways A Perfect SEO S
If you are a business owner and you’ve tried to buy online advertising from a big media website in your market, you already know that banner advertising rates for these sites be substantial. I recently downloaded an online advertising rate card from a top online media website and found that it would cost thousands of […] The post How To Advertise On Top Websites For Pennies On The Doll
We get calls from business owners and executives all the time asking our opinion about the national “big box” sellers of SEO, SEM and online lead generation services. Here is the bottom line: SEO is a professional service and needs to be performed by experienced SEO consultants. SEO is not an add-on service and you […] The post Fast Food SEO Will Give Your Website A Heart Attack
Inbound marketing is a digital marketing buzzword and one you may seen on marketing websites, or if you’ve been pitched recently by a marketing firm or digital marketing agency. In a nutshell, the ROI for traditional marketing and advertising is deteriorating. Today’s consumers don’t buy directly from mass market advertising. They like to search and […] The post Why Y
So you say that you get most of your business from referrals. That may be true. But the real question is: Are you getting all of your referral business? These days, businesses and consumers will not make a major purchase from your company solely from a word-of-mouth referral without “looking you up online first.” If […] The post Dated Websites: The Dark Side Of Referral Marketing appeare
Local startup Idle Smart has won $125,000 in investment as part of the Energy: US 2016 venture development program. The money was provided by Village Capital, the New Belgium Family Foundation and Sustainable America. The companies that participated in the three-month Energy: US program voted on who should receive funding, and Idle Smart came in first. The company sells a device that measures the
For the second year in a row, Fairway’s C2FO was named to Forbes’ Fintech 50 List of tech companies that are changing the landscape of the financial industry. C2FO was the only company from Kansas on the Fintech 50—in fact, it was one of a very few that aren’t from California or New York. “Pursuing the compelling goal of liberating working capital requires dedication, teamwork and innova
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is changing the names of its two most popular loan programs for smaller companies. Going forward, the 7(a) loan will be called the SBA Advantage Loan Program while the 504 loan will be known as the SBA Grow Loan Program. The agency says the rebranding came after talking to lenders; the loans’ new names should “better reflect their purposes and impro
Online loan marketplace LendingTree will award a $50,000 grant to a deserving small business through a new contest. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 13. Entrants must answer 20 questions, provide information about their company’s past performance and future plans, explain why it deserves the money and tell how the grant money would be used. The company is looking for companies that have g
Thinking Bigger Business Media and the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program presented the first-ever Kansas City Business Mentoring Awards yesterday during a luncheon at the Sheraton Overland Park. The awards were launched to recognize the importance of mentoring and to honor individuals for their mentoring efforts. The Corporate Mentor of the Year Award honors a corporate professional who m
RESULTS Technology was one of six winners of the new MSP Marketing Masters Award. The contest—sponsored by security and data protection company Intronis—salutes excellence in marketing from managed IT service providers like RESULTS. “One year ago, we didn’t even have a marketing department,” said John French, chairman and CEO of RESULTS Technology. “I’m proud that we have come such
A crisis of conscience seems to be sweeping through Silicon Valley since the Presidential Election this month. Its reaction that can best be described as “Wait? Our actions may have real world consequences? And what people read on our sites will impact their opinions? Who knew?”* San Francisco, we’ve got a problem Twitter’s big move... View Article
And apologies to Mark Twain for the misquote. This week, Facebook users were finding themselves memorialized, which is what the site does after someone dies. In this case, the users were very much still alive. A Facebook spokesperson said it was a just an unfortunate bug. Speaking of not believing everything you read on Facebook….... View Article
Say goodbye to Vine. This week, the company announced that it would be looping no more. While the main website will still be available for users to download their content, the mobile app will soon be discontinued. It makes sense- when you can include quick video snips and hilarious gifs in every platform, there’s no... View Article
Cyber bullying. Fear of missing out. Social media addiction. Envy of perfectly curated feeds. There’s plenty of hand-wringing over the potential negative impacts that social media can have on mental health. So it’s great to share a story about using the power of social media for good. Last week, Instagram announced a new feature that allows... View Article
Anyone remember Meerkat, the livestreaming app? It was Periscope 1.0, feted at SXSW ,and now, officially dead. Recode has a thorough autopsy report, and Meerkat’s parent company, Life On Air, is still in business. The most telling quote I read about it all came from co-founder Ben Rubin: “The category of broadcast (one-to-many) wasn’t breaking... View Article
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 11, 2016, Todd Beckman turned over operational, day-to-day control of the entire BAM Brands Family to Mark Otter, previously a Division President with the Steak N Shake brand. On that date, Mr. Otter was appointed Chief Operating Offic...
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dynamic Communities, the supporting organization behind the official user groups for Microsoft Dynamics® AX (AXUG), Microsoft Dynamics® CRM (CRMUG), Microsoft Dynamics® NAV (NAVUG), and Microsoft Dynamics® Power BI (PBIUG) products, announces...
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holiday season, National Car Rental is extending the earning period for its annual One Two Free® promotion to Feb. 28, 2017. The promotion, which began in August, offers registered Emerald Club members one free rental day* for...
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest tournament prize-pool in Super Smash Brothers history will be at stake this weekend in St. Louis. The Ultimate Gaming Championship, one of the fastest growing eSports tournament brands in the country, will be hosting the UGC Smash Open...
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- KnowledgeLake, Inc. will be at SharePoint Technology Conference (also known as SPTechCon) in San Francisco, California December 5-8 to demonstrate a powerful platform that enhances the power of SharePoint 2013, 2016 and Online. The event will offer m...
GRANDVIEW, Mo., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 1, 2016, the Board of Directors of NASB Financial, Inc. (OTCQX: NASB), declared a quarterly cash dividend on common stock of $0.26 per share, which will be paid on December 30, 2016, to stockholders of record December 16, 2016. ...
MISSION, Kan., Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) With all kinds of personalities on your gift list this holiday season, it can be a challenge to brainstorm multiple types of presents for multiple types of people. From thermal trackers and greeting cards to clothing...
MISSION, Kan., Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) After spending hours searching for the perfect gift, it's only fitting that the wrapping is just as special as the gift itself. Luckily, elaborate wrapping doesn't have to be pricey – you can easily find ways to perfect and...
MISSION, Kan., Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) A wealth of research shows that starting each morning with a nutritious breakfast delivers benefits throughout the day. If you're pressed for time or simply need to mix up your morning routine, put a fresh spin on a time-saving...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR), the global leader in Smart Weapons and digital evidence management solutions for body-worn cameras, today announced the release of the Signal Performance Power Magazine (SPPM), the latest addition to a...
LONDON, 1. Dezember 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Case Construction Equipment und New Holland Construction, zwei globale Baumaschinenmarken von CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI), haben die Silver-Level-Zertifizierung im „World Class Manufacturing" für das Kompaktlader- und...
MISSION, Kan., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) The holiday season evokes thoughts of delicious, hearty and festive meals. Whether planning a family feast or flitting among gatherings, you may find it harder than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight...
There is only one constant with Google – it is constantly changing. Any website that wants to continue seeing results for their website needs to implement all these changes – and quickly – to avoid serious penalties from Google. Guest blogging has been a controversial topic in the past – some claiming that it was essential for building links, while others following the Google released stat
Most people are familiar with the ‘http’ appearing before most web addresses, but may not know what those letters stand for, or their significance. This can be dangerous and even costing you in the rankings if you don’t take the time to learn a bit more about what this means. What was the HTTPS Google Update & Why is SSL Important for SEO? Hyper Test Transfer Protocol is what the lette
Chances are you have landed on one of those websites before – you know the type, with tons of ads up top, or a huge slider with eye-catching, yet somewhat distracting images, that cause slow loading times making it difficult or nearly impossible to find the information you are looking for. If you really think about it, you may be guilty of this, too on your own website. It can be quite appeali
When it comes to search engine optimization (SEO) there are a number of questions that business owner ask. One that comes up quite a bit is how much the age of a domain really matters. And by “domain” we mean the website address or URL of your website. In other words, if you can buy a website address that has been around since 2000, does it carry slightly more ranking weight than a U
Ensuring your webpage ranks in SERPs is much more than just optimizing a single element of the page. The Page Title Tag – or the HTML Title Element – is still considered the most important factor of on-page SEO to address on any website. When keywords are placed in the page titles, they can help the pages achieve a higher rank in the Google results pages – or the SERPs. The page title is als
While you know by now content is king, what you may not know is what is considered enough content? Is there a point when it gets to be too much? What length of content is right for blogs, articles, press releases, etc.? There could be a number of reasons you are interested in learning about content length, for example, you may have been penalized due to a Google update or simply want to avoid con
If you’re like me you’ve spent the last week eating Thanksgiving leftovers and shopping for presents for everyone on your list. It’s certainly been a busy week getting in the holiday spirit, but now that the tree is decorated and the presents are wrapped, it’s time to take a look at what’s going on, what you might have missed, and what you definitely need to know. So here we go, with thi
I’ve discussed several aspects of email marketing, both online and with clients – its importance, how to write the perfect email, how to segment your email lists, how to format your email copy and its role as an “oldie but goodie” in your marketing toolkit. It doesn’t require extensive overhead, but you stand to gain a lot. I’d like to guide my email marketing conversation in another
If you’re like me and about 1.79 billion of my closest friends, you have a Facebook account—yes, that’s billion (with a b), and growing. In fact, it’s a 16 percent increase from the 2015 figure, according to Facebook’s 2016 Q3 Earnings Report. Of those 1.79 billion, 1.18 billion log into Facebook daily, and 1.09 billion do so on a mobile device. That’s a lot of numbers,
The HR function of today is not the one of yesterday, and it certainly won’t be the one of tomorrow. So how do businesses make sure their HR departments are ready for upcoming challenges? One of the surest ways is to put resources toward future-proofing HR—implementing policies, procedures, and technology that will enable business to keep pace with further evolution. The 2016 Global Talent Tre
Anytime I hear someone say that email is dead, I realize they don’t know much about marketing. And when I hear a B2B marketer admit that they are NOT using email marketing as part of their integrated marketing efforts, I flat out cringe. If you’re a B2B marketer focused on lead generation driving conversions, email marketing is undeniably one of the most useful marketing strategies out there.
The holidays are coming. And in the U.S. the Thanksgiving holiday kicks things into high gear. When it comes to Thanksgiving, debate at our house these days is deep fried turkey vs. traditional. Sometimes a compromise is in order: Both are delicious, so both we shall have. Based on the political unrest sweeping our nation, we Americans hopefully go into this holiday by putting aside our difference
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