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
Omaha Code School was packed last weekend as over 100 people gathered to develop and pitch startup ideas from scratch for Startup Weekend Nebraska. Many of the participants were students from Creighton, UNO, Metro, and UNL. The previous facilitators, Corey Spitzer and Joe Evans, handed over Startup Weekend over to Shane Reiser, but he had not got around to doing another one until this year. “It
Every week, Silicon Prairie News gathers together a list of job openings in the region’s tech, startup and creative community. From a contract job to a co-founder role, these jobs are submitted by companies and gathered from public postings. To submit a job listing for consideration (free), complete our job board submission form. To feature a job listing (paid), select the duration in the
Next Thursday Shabnam Mogharabi, CEO and Executive Producer at SoulPancake, will be in Omaha as one of the featured keynote speakers for the Omaha YP Summit. SPN talked with Mogharabi about what she has learned starting a nationally recognized new media company. This year Fast Company named SoulPancake one of the “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Video.” What do
If you’ve been following me on social media in the past 2 years (probably because I inappropriately “friended” you) you have probably heard me talking about “The Bulu Crew” and what we’re doing at Bulu Box amidst the various ramblings of a highly-over-caffeinated entrepreneur. Thanks to my social marketing networking skills I’ve caught myself beating the drum about a range of topics
On February 25 Rahul Gupta and Beth Haubert led an evening round table discussion at the Omaha Code School on diversity in tech and creating safe and inclusive events. Joe Gerstandt, who was slated to lead the dialogue, was unable to attend. Over 20 people attended the event, mostly current code school students and local event organizers. The idea for a conversation started as a Twitter conversat
With only two weeks left for applications, Brian Ardinger, managing director of the NMotion accelerator, says they have seen a 25% increase in applications this year compared to last. Ardinger attributes the growth to the strengthening Midwest ecosystem and their alumni teams, including QuantifiedAg, MusicSpoke, Mowdo, FanStreamm, Nobl and HipPocket. He also attributes their growth to the Global
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is taking seriously a recent threat by Islamic militants to initiate terrorist attacks against shopping centers. So what does that mean for your business? Business owners and executives, at the very least, should be using this latest threat as a good excuse to review workplace violence policies, procedures and insurance policies. It also wouldn't hurt to en
On Monday, when the Kansas City Business Journal got to check out one of YRC Worldwide Inc.'s new Volvo tractors, this intrepid reporter rode shotgun with YRC driver Steve Fields. Fields, a YRC Freight driver, started by showing me the proper way to mount the 2015 Volvo Trucks North America VNM42T tractor. Fields, a 17-year veteran driver who trains other drivers in defensive driving, said that c
Johnson County has the highest annual inherited wealth in Kansas, according to a recent report by New York financial technology company SmartAsset. The county ranked No. 94 nationally. Jackson County has the second-highest annual inherited wealth in Missouri, ranking No. 270 nationally. St. Louis County topped the ranking in the state, and came in at No. 124 in the nation. SmartAsset's interacti
A new presidential executive order aimed at reducing federal flood risk in the face of climate change could create sea changes for private, as well as federal, property owners and developers. But the full extent of effects from President Barack Obama's Jan. 30 order remains as clear as mud, said Karin Jacoby, a Kansas City attorney with Husch Blackwell LLP's levee and flood protection group. Jac
There probably was a bit of rejoicing by Kansas City Chiefs executives after the National Football League announced that the 2015 league salary cap was expected to be about $1.5 million higher than originally projected. Although $1.5 million doesn't seem like much for a business with multimillion-dollar contracts, it can mean the world to a team like the Chiefs that is butting up against the cap
BATS Global Markets Inc. appears to be planning its second attempt at an initial public offering, which could mean replacing Joe Ratterman as CEO, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal. Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper reported that BATS plans to name President Chris Concannon as CEO as early as the summer and make Joe Ratterman chairman. The story stated that the move would help
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...
This is a recap of a list funny and sleazy things heard or read by a boutique web design company in Kansas City. This list was originally published on a Google Plus post here.1. As self-proclaimed local...
Two Kansas senators recently introduced separate bills, both of which impact the tech startup community. Sen. Moran (R-Kan.) has co-sponsored the latest version of the Startup Act, which is also the latest version of startup-focused legislation from Sen. Moran’s office. This legislation could affect numerous aspects of the tech startup community. Th legislation would (in addition to some ski
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the TechAmerica DC Fly-In and visit with our federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and discuss issues pertinent to the technology industry, specifically around the Kansas City tech ecosystem. I had the pleasure of accompanying Ryan Weber, president of KCnext. We represented the Kansas City technology community, along with the leaders of sever
Fresh off its Finovate 2014 “Best in Show” win, Overland Park-based Blooom Inc. was named one of Fast Company’s top 10 Most Innovative Companies in personal finance. Read more
Last week, I had the pleasure of representing Kansas City’s tech industry while attending the TechAmerica DC Fly-In. Twenty-nine other tech councils like KCnext attended. Collectively, we represent more than 20,000 U.S. tech companies and a workforce close to 1 million strong. This means we have a voice in D.C. and the ability to influence change. Because technology-based legislation is a co
This week, Ryan Weber will join TechAmerica to advocate for technology sector priorities on Capitol Hill during the organization’s annual fly-in to Washington, D.C. TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, works to provide a voice to tech companies on Capitol Hill. As a TechAmerica DC Fly-In participant, Weber will meet with Congressional representatives incl
We’ve all heard that 90 percent of startups fail. That’s why resources like VCs, incubators and accelerators are so valuable, to help reduce risk and accelerate growth with funding and industry connections. But even with all the financial resources and business relationships in the world, a startup can do only so much with a small team or limited knowledge. And having access to resources is mu
by Zach Spain Leaders in talent management software combine to serve K-12 and higher education, further supporting the needs of educators and accelerating growth strategies. PeopleAdmin, the leader in talent management software and services for education and government, today announced it will combine with Netchemia, the leading provider of talent management solutions for the K-12 education market
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Entrepreneur | John Warrillow The global economy is in the earliest stages of a shift from a transaction economy toward a subscription one. Microsoft has moved away from perpetual licenses for its software in favor of subscription offerings like Office 365. Last month Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimatedAmazon Prime surpassed 40 million subscribers worldwide, meaning at an average c
ITEN’s 2014 Startup Report Reveals Top St. Louis Tech Startups (ST. LOUIS) February 12, 2015 -This evening, ITEN, the 501(c)3 organization that provides a precedent-setting structure for entrepreneurs to contribute to the growth and success of the St. Louis startup ecosystem, released the 2014 list of the top ten tech startups in St. Louis. In the same report, ITEN identifies the ten fastes
The private companies on the sixth annual AlwaysOn OnCloud 50 Companies to Watch (formerly OnDemand 50 Companies to Watch) are taking the initiative to bring the world’s businesses and enterprises into the cloud. AlwaysOn’s 50 Companies to Watch list of companies are different then the more established OnCloud Top 100 companies in that they are generally earlier-stage, still emerging
St. Louis Business Journal | Brian Feldt For Tom Cohen, work is personal. Cohen is co-founder and CEO of Nanopore Diagnostics, a St. Louis-based startup developing a medical device that physicians can use to more quickly detect bacterial infections. It’s a device that would have helped Cohen a few years ago, when he developed a bacterial infection called Clostridium difficile colitis — or
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
A Kansas City Business Journal article gives an update on the progress of Cisco’s Smart City Initiative announced in May 2014. Business accelerator and incubator Think Big Partners, LLC will act as a Cisco “development portal” manager, allowing entrepreneurs to tap into the Smart City’s data. Think Big will manage the engagement of area entrepreneurs, in addition to provid
From the desk of Think Big Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Tyler Prochnow – In the interest of full disclosure, let me start by saying I was not a Kansas City resident for any of the following: The first decade of the Royals 29 year playoff drought; The Lin Elliot playoff game; Tyus Edney’s coast-to-coast dagger against Mizzou; and K-State’s time as the worst college football team in t
Large National Partners Like Silicon Valley Bank, H&R Block Small Business and Polsinelli, to Innovative Service Providers Such As Grasshopper, Robin and eBeam Kansas City, MO, – As part of its move into an innovative and larger downtown work space, Think Big Partners today announced the first group of new corporate partners who will provide valuable services, products and support to early
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A domestic abuse shelter in Harrisonville, MO, Hope Haven of Cass County provides safety and shelter for victims of sexual and domestic abuse and violence in the community. Opened in the summer of 1995, the battered women and children’s shelter has served more than 14,000 victims in the nearly 19 years since its inception. The […] The post Hope Haven Of Cass County appeared first on .
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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 .
We are a diverse team of highly entrepreneurial web developers and Internet marketing professionals. We have office space in Overland Park off of 135th and Metcalf, but we’ve found that the very best talent in our industry likes to work from home – not because they have to, because they CAN. This is the hallmark […] The post Job: Website Project Manager & Customer Support appeared f
Aratana Therapeutics of Kansas City, Kan., has recovered the manufacturing and commercial rights for an antibody that can be used in treating B-cell lymphoma in dogs. That antibody, AT-004, had been exclusively licensed to Novartis Animal Health U.S. Inc. Aratana will pay Elanco, Novartis’ parent, a fee of $2.5 million, plus $500,000 off the first commercial sale of AT-004-based products. Elanco
The Downtown Overland Park Partnership recently presented its annual Investment Awards to four businesses that have either renovated or expanded their buildings. This year’s winners included: Travis Lindemoen, nexus IT group, 7512 W. 70th — A 25 Under 25® winner for 2015, nexus IT group renovated the former Jennings Lawn & Garden Center. Ashley Smith, Milagro Midwestern Spa and Collectiv
Business conditions for young companies are improving in most areas—except when it comes to access to credit. The Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom recently conducted their third annual survey of recently formed companies, and of the 1,242 responding startups, about 45 percent said a lack of credit was a problem for their company in 2014. That figure hasn’t budged from 2012 or 2013. It’s som
Promotion Fulfillment Center of Camanche, Iowa, recently made a strategic minority investment in Alight Analytics of Kansas City. Alight Analytics, a 25 Under 25® alumnus, is the company behind ChannelMix, a data-aggregation platform that lets companies easily monitor their sales data, online and offline marketing metrics and other key performance indicators. “Alight Analytics is excited to par
Muller Bressler Brown (MBB) has just been named the agency of record for The Mutual Fund Store. “Working with The Mutual Fund Store has been a great opportunity for our agency to showcase our strategic and creative thinking,” said Jim Brown, partner and chief operating officer at the advertising agency. “We look forward to leveraging our expertise to develop innovative marketing solutions th
Sphere3 saw a 60 percent increase last year in the number of subscriptions to its Aperum software solution, the company announced. Aperum helps hospitals keep track of several different performance indicators, including nurses’ workloads, patients’ risks for falling, response times and other key metrics. By providing easy-to-understand data, Aperum shows hospital leaders where resources are ne
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
Is Google+ becoming the new 800 Pound Gorilla of search engine optimization? While there is still some debate regarding the degree of impact, it seems pretty clear that various signals from Google+ (aka G+ or Google Plus) help with search engine optimization. In fact, Authorship almost certainly has an impact on rankings and has an undeniable impact on search result pages – your headshot and f
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
The Communications Committee is looking for someone to help us with basic social media graphics about our events. SMCKC has three events each month that we'd like to have facebook and twitter graphics made for to increase visibility on social sites. The graphics should be sized correctly for the appropriate medium, but can take any creative path the creator would like. If you are interested, pleas
Everyone knows branding is important. But gone are the days when “Our product/service is great. You should buy it!” type ads were effective in getting customers in the door. It’s 2014 and consumers are slammed with tons of TV commercials, Internet ads, and billboards on a daily basis. “Buy this product because it’s awesome” just isn’t cutting it anymore. Even when it comes to buying
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced that Nurtur, its health and wellness company serving employers, health plans and government programs, has received a three-year Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation renewal from the...
GRANDVIEW, Mo., Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 27, 2015, the Board of Directors (the "Board") of NASB Financial, Inc. (the "Company") (OTCQX: NASB), declared a special cash dividend on common stock of $2.00 per share, which will be paid on March 24, 2015, to...
CARTHAGE, Mo., Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt announced that David S. Haffner, Board Chair & Chief Executive Officer, will speak to the investment community at the Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference on Tuesday,...
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- There's no doubt that the cost of production is always an obstacle, and increases in feed ingredient costs have nutritionists closely monitoring every feedstuff put into a diet. Micronutrients such as trace minerals are often overlooked, or...
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today announced that James A. Sabala, 60, has been elected to its board of directors, effective immediately. Sabala will serve on the board's audit and finance committees. "We are very pleased to welcome Jim to...
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Webster University is launching 10 new certificate programs for adults with college degrees who seek additional training to advance in their careers. The new programs reflect recent changes in society, from technological advancements to...
MISSION, Kan., Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) If you're like thousands of other car owners who neglected maintenance during the brutal winter months, your vehicle could use a little extra care by now. Setting aside some time will help get your vehicle ready for the spring...
SALINA, Kan., Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ISG Technology is proud to announce today the appointment of a new Vice President of Data Center Services, Matt Brickey. Brickey brings over fifteen years of high technology experience in the cloud, security and telecommunications...
SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan., Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a report of earnings for Seaboard Corporation (NYSE MKT symbol: SEB) with offices at 9000 West 67th Street, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66202, (the "Company"), for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014 and...
MIAMI, Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaumard(R) Scientific Company today provided an update on installations of the Victoria(TM) birthing simulator at health care and educational facilities across the U.S. The latest installation sites include: Metropolitan...
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan., Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) today announced a preferred purchasing agreement with Reprints Desk, Inc., a Research Solutions company. GWLA members will receive preferred purchasing terms for single-article document...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 9,350,000 shares of its Class A common stock by it and a selling stockholder at a public offering price of $34.75 per share. The...
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
Over the last two years, blogging has become one of the most important SEO ranking factors. Google does not want you to post all your best content on other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. They want you to build value on your website. After you create a search engine friendly website with a content management system such as WordPress, your Kansas City business needs to consistently
I spend a fair amount of time thinking about, writing about technology and how it’s changing the world of business. I’m guessing that you do, too, whether you’re in marketing, sales or IT – am I right? I spent the early part of this week in Las Vegas attending IBM’s PartnerWorld Leadership Conference and the focus of the event was on the fact that new technology presents new opportunitie
If you track the social activity created by your content, then you might be missing the source of the majority of online shares according to a recent report. So called “dark sharing,” invisible to traditional tracking methods, now accounts for some 69 percent of social sharing globally, even outpacing Facebook and all the other public sharing channels combined according to the study. Dark Soci
Despite how often we overlook it in favor of “new and shiny” media, video never did kill the radio star. Americans spend more than four hours a day listening to audio, according to research from Edison, whether they’re tuned into music or the spoken word. Broadcast radio gets the biggest share of the audio pie, but newer sources of audio are ensuring the medium continues to grow. For markete
With January coming to a close and the Northeast getting buckets of snow while I still pine for it but get nothing, there’s a lot going on on the Internets right now. From the NFL partnering with YouTube to Twitter introducing group messaging and native video, a lot happened this week. Let’s get to it then! Industry Facebook and Instagram Lead the Way with College Students When Connecting with
SBI’s recent research report entitled How to Increase Marketing’s Contribution to 2015 Revenue was, as always, an interesting read. SBI’s research indicated that the majority of marketing teams are failing to make an acceptable level of contribution to their company’s revenue and the report covered some key areas where marketers are failing. I thought it would be interesting to talk about
From Facebook making waves in the online video space to Microsoft announcing Project HoloLens, its new holographic goggles initiative, it’s been another eventful week in the world of marketing and technology. Add to that Twitter looking to enter the crowded payments processing space, and there’s much to catch up on. Industry Facebook Is About to Conquer Social Video Facebook has already demons
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