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Instagram Enriches Online to IRL Experiences

Instagram Enriches Online to IRL Experiences

IRL. In real life we’re busy. It’s messy. It’s far from perfection. It’s important to remember that what we see online in our social media feeds – shiny, happy people – is not the full story. In my fourth in the series of Insta Exploration posts, I’m […]

Under the Influence of Instagram

Under the Influence of Instagram

In my earlier Insta Exploration posts, I highlighted how to create an Instagram account and manage its content (see: An Appetite for Insta) and dove into the why of its relevancy (see: Instagram Serves Up A Shared Experience). Now it’s time to talk about the […]

Six Shifts in Social Innovation

Six Shifts in Social Innovation

Coming off of two intensive days at the Social Innovation Summit with 650 changemakers from across the country, I’m equally excited and overwhelmed. I’m excited because I feel I like I found my tribe. I’m overwhelmed because I don’t yet know where to start to […]

Choose to MATTER

Choose to MATTER

We’ve evolved. From June 2015 to May 2016, our Women Connected (or RMCMSP – an acronym for Real Mom’s Club MSP) group focused on personal and professional growth. We deconstructed then reimagined ourselves with an infusion of our childhood dreams and reinvention at the forefront. […]

Pre-PR: Create Your Assets, Craft Your Story

Pre-PR: Create Your Assets, Craft Your Story

Whether you’re at the onset, midway or close to completing your online fundraising for your new business venture, it’s never too early to embrace the basics of public relations to understand how you can set yourself up for initial and ongoing success. As you may […]

How to Respond to a Home-based Business Invite

How to Respond to a Home-based Business Invite

Get your pants from CAbi, your jewelry from Stella & Dot, your stylish bags from 31, your skincare from Rodan + Fields and your nutritional products from The Wellness Company. The rise of these type of businesses find us invited into conversations and requests of […]

How to Build a Strong and Intentional Email List

How to Build a Strong and Intentional Email List

In the flurry of start-up mode, you’re consumed with building relationships and cultivating your network. Being intentional about adding those contacts and brand ambassadors to your email list is one of the best ways to ensure those relationships continue to grow and thrive. Your email […]

Instagram Serves Up A Shared Experience

Instagram Serves Up A Shared Experience

I’ve been dishing with friends about Instagram attributes since a recent Social Media Breakfast (#SMBMSP). The breakfast event focused on bacon (a must!) and Instagram, a platform that hosts 600M users, and prompted my first post in a series of Insta Exploration, An Appetite for Instagram. In that post […]

The Elements of OTA

The Elements of OTA

What binds the tri-state area of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota together? The obvious answer on the surface is OTA — all of these states end in O T A. When we dig deeper and consider the elements of OTA,  a seven-year venture supported by […]

IgniteMpls: More than Millennial Flannel

IgniteMpls: More than Millennial Flannel

I brought a newbie to IgniteMpls. And from the show of hands from the crowd poll of 900, many others did too. Experiencing the event with someone coming in fresh reignited my fondness of this format — 18 presenters, 5 minutes each with 20 slides […]