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Social Media Boombox Episode 20 – Rachel Ewell

You can find new episodes of our podcast every other week. Listen here, on iTunesSoundCloud, or Stitcher.

In this episode I interview Rachel Ewell (@rachel_six12), the co-founder of MNCommunity, a group that hosts instameets and community events. We talked about how MNCommunity works, how they engage their growing audience on Instagram, Instagram Stories, hashtags, and more.

Episode Sponsor: St. Catherine University

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A gaggle of upcoming local events in October

There are some great events going on in town next month. I ran through these this morning at SMBMSP#70. Here’s the full list in case you missed any.

prestigeconf-logoPrestige Conference

October 3-4 in Downtown Minneapolis and streamed live wherever you are. A premium interactive business and career development conference. Registration and details.


October 18, Minneapolis Community
& Technical College

3rd annual event put on by Minneapolis St. Paul WordPress User Group. …
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Member Discount: MnSearch Summit on June 27, 2014

mnsearchsummit14We’re please to announce the first MnSearch Summit. SMBMSP members are eligible for a special discount to this full-day marketing conference focused on providing the most up-to-date strategies and expert advice in online search, social and digital marketing from industry thought leaders from Minnesota and across the nation.

The keynote speakers are Rand Fishkin of Moz and our very own Lee Odden of TopRank. Top-notch session speakers include:

  • Marty Weintraub of Aimclear
  • Oli Gardner

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Video from SMBMSP #65 – 8 Golden Rules for Sure-Fire Success with Facebook Ads

SMBMSP #65 – 8 Golden Rules for Sure-Fire Success with Facebook Ads featured speakers Arik Hanson (principal of ACH Communications) and Danny Olson (director of Digital in Weber Shandwick’s digital practice group). Recorded on April 14, 2014 at 514 Studios in Minneapolis, MN.…
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Meet Our New Community Manager: Alena Finsky

alenaWe’re excited to announce that Alena Finsky (@alenafinsky) is SMBMSP’s new  Community Manager.

Alena is a finance professional with a degree in Communication Studies from St. Catherine University. She is on the MIMA Programming Committee and Ad Fed Special Events Committee and has recently served as the social media manager for a local nonprofit that focuses on sustainable building. Alena is passionate about learning others’ stories and loves connecting through various mediums …
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SMBMSP #62 – Search and Social: Inside Google's New "Hummingbird" Algorithm

Eventbrite - SMBMSP #62 - Search and Social: Inside Google's New "Hummingbird" Algorithm

Friday, January 31, 2014
8 – 10 am
514 Studios, Minneapolis

Google’s search algorithms are always evolving. They go by the names of penguin, panda, and now hummingbird — each has changed the search results pages and the balance of which types of online experiences earn organic search traffic. What does it mean for social media marketers and how can they take advantage of this new era where Google is better not only at knowing …
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Member Discount: Blogging Concentrated Workshop on 10/26

bloggingconcentratedBlogging Concentrated is coming to the Twin Cities on Saturday, October 26th. This in-depth workshop will focus specifically on monetization and SEO techniques, as well as touch on social media engagement and data analysis.

The workshop will be led by Dan Morris of Common Sense Revenue and is limited to 35 attendees so that there is time to address individual questions throughout the day. If you have traffic to your website and know how to …
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That's a Wrap! SMBMSP #55

April/May’s Breakfast was by far one of my favorites. Not only because the topic was relevant and interesting, using your LinkedIn account to its full potential, but Paul DeBettignies is an excellent and entertaining speaker.

I personally took away some valuable advice about how to make my LinkedIn page relevant, current, and tailored to my specific needs and searches. Below are some notes that I found useful.

Looking at your profile:

  • Based on your summary,

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Video & photos from SMBMSP After Hours: An Evening with Erika Napoletano (RedheadWriting)

Video & photos from SMBMSP After Hours: An Evening with Erika Napoletano (RedheadWriting), September 13, 2012 at Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room in Minneapolis, MN.…
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Community Calendar – Week of February 12, 2012

Hi, I’m Kay Roseland, the alternative voice of, a marketing, PR, sales and social media events site. Gistr puts events for over 20 Twin Cities marketing organizations on one site for your networking planning purposes.

Social Media Breakfast – Minneapolis/St. Paul has asked me to highlight events around town you don’t want to miss!

This Week’s Pick:


Ad2 Special Tasting Event

Come find out what the buzz is about at Honey with …
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