Monthly Archives: September 2016

A wide array of terms that when combined create a visual representation of the multi-faceted social media world.

Take Your Social Media to New Heights

Are you hoping to grow your business while building a loyal following? In today’s marketing industry, one of the best and most cost-effective ways to do so is to invest in your online community. This creates a platform for your consumers to interact with your business in a more personal, meaningful way.

Sound like a daunting task? That’s where we come in.

With a variety of services to help your business both establish a presence and flourish in social networking, we will be there to help you as much or as little as you like. Maybe you only need help getting going and you would like to take it from there; after all, you know your business inside and out. However, if you want the weight and stress of building, monitoring, and interacting taken off your shoulders, we are eager to learn your business as well as we know our own!

The social media network visually represented by icons and interweaving circles.

Read on for a list of the common social sites we manage and the services we offer to help you establish, grow, and monitor your business’ social network:

Facebook – Engage your audience, increase visits to your website, and generate both leads and sales. We can also host contests that are guaranteed to abide by Facebook’s ever-changing rules and formats. When you hold contests that are not ‘by the book’, you run the risk of Facebook shutting down your account.

Research shows that websites which appear on the first page of Google receive 58.4% more user clicks

Google+ – Debating on whether or not your business needs Google+? Remember, everything entered into Google+ is immediately indexed by Google. This means anything entered into your business Google+ page can increase your search engine optimization (SEO) and help your business rank higher when searched. Research shows that websites which appear on the first page of Google receive 58.4% more user clicks.

LinkedIn – As the third most used social platform among business owners, LinkedIn usage means that you will have new connections, generate leads, and build your brand — and find new talent at little to no extra cost to your company. LinkedIn’s research shows a 73% increase in job recruitment compared to a 15% increase for internet job boards and a 16% decrease for staffing agencies.

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but research says one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words. Video is irresistible! It’s dynamic, it’s multi-sensory, and it does everything text and pictures do – then it does more

YouTube – The second largest search engine in the world, YouTube processes over 3 billion searches a month. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but research says one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words. Video is irresistible! It’s dynamic, it’s multi-sensory, and it does everything text and pictures do – then it does more. We are a FAA commercially licensed UAS operator, so we have the ability to take your video marketing to extraordinary heights by producing award-winning results.

Study shows 67% of sinners consult pins on their mobile devices while shopping in stores

Pinterest – With over 100 million pinners, Pinterest is a great way to reach a large audience with your photos. Once an image is pinned it is not taken down, increasing the longevity of your post. Pinterest, like other social platforms, is also a top application on many consumers’ mobile devices. According to Ahology’s 2015 Pinterest Study, 67% of pinners consult pins on their mobile devices while shopping in stores, so when you have a consistent presence on Pinterest you have a consistent presence with your consumer.

Twitter – Increasing your brand awareness, promoting your blogs and videos, and increasing your website traffic are just a few of the advantages of utilizing Twitter for your business. This is about making genuine connections with your customers, both in person and online in a fast-paced setting. We can manage the long process and keep you up to speed with just the important details.

A tablet or smart phone is the device of choice for most social media platforms use.

When you put your social business networking in our hands, your pages are monitored daily in order to post, interact with, and respond to consumers as fast as possible. This allows for more satisfied customers, and the ability to address any possible disputes before they can escalate.

Your social media will never be the same with our comprehensive social media management packages. Don’t worry about timing, engagement, or keeping your pages fresh; we’ll take care of it! The first step to grow your online presence is to contact us via our website or call 701.757.2000.

 

Team Katelyn Can!

Run Your Way – Katelyn’s Story

Supportive voices from the sidelines, the undeniable sense of positive energy from the participants and spectators, the determination on the runners’ faces – there is no doubt about it; whether you’re running, volunteering, or cheering, running events inspire and lift the spirits of anyone involved. The Grand Forks Marathon is set to take place next week and participating in the wonderful community event this year is the dynamic duo of Katelyn, a very special local 3-year-old, and a North Carolina man who runs for her through the I Run 4 organization. Every runner has a story; this is hers.


Katelyn’s story

Tummy time - sleepy baby

Our daughter wasn’t supposed to make it to her second birthday. When Katelyn was born, she was perfect. We held her in our arms and welcomed her into our family as our third child and only daughter. Katelyn; the name was timeless. I’ll never forget the road trip when we agreed on our “girl name”. It was four months before we were married. Here we were, given the chance to raise our beautiful Katelyn at last. We had dreamed of this moment for a decade, and as our family of five sat in the hospital room adoring her, we knew we were complete. Since she was our third child, the fear of raising another baby had worn off and we looked forward to enjoying the precious moments. On our last night in the hospital, she slept beside my bed while I chatted with my Dad on his drive home. Suddenly she cried out and I looked to see her turning blue. I said “I’ve got to go!” and hung up to call the nurse. This was the first seizure we recognized, and it had taken such a strong hold on her brain that she wasn’t able to breathe. Days in the hospital turned into months, as the tests mounted and we met with countless specialized doctors at different hospitals. As her seizures remained consistent and grew in severity, we grew more fearful of what life would mean for Katelyn. How long will she live? Is she blind? What can she do? Will she get out of the hospital alive? What do we want her to do, feel, and see before we lose her? 

A good day with speech therapyChecking in at WIC with nurse Christine.

All of the tests, doctors, and hospitals concluded that our daughter is genetically different. The only medical conclusion is she is “undiagnosed.” Doctors suspect that tiny genetic variances in the DNA combined within her body have resulted in her unique health experience.

Katelyn's entourage at the park

As she grew, we learned more about what Katelyn’s life would be like. Eventually we went home, but the list of things they said she can’t do grew. Katelyn won’t be able to see like we do; she won’t be able to walk, talk, or potty-train. She won’t be able to hold her head up or feed herself. And most children like her don’t live to see their second birthday.

Katelyn the cheerleader. Go Bison!

Katelyn is 3 years old now, and we’ve learned a lot about what Katelyn can do. Katelyn has shown us, and our family, friends, and community, a perspective that her doctors didn’t see. We know now that while she does things differently, Katelyn Can. To celebrate her milestones and her unstoppable spirit, Katelyn will be running the Grand Forks Half Marathon, her way.

Grandpa Jones cuddles.

We ask that you please come out to support Katelyn and all the other runners! Cheer with friends, make some noise, bring signs, and play music! Even without running, spectators make a difference to the runners. Katelyn cannot see the way we do, but she can see solid colors. Bright pinks, red, and orange are easiest for her to see. We ask any spectators and runners to consider wearing one of Katelyn’s colors, to show love and support to all of those who were told they can’t, because we all can in our own way!

Family vacation 2016

Thank you for reading about our daughter’s story. We believe in love, and that is the oath we have made as parents to embody and share with our children. Katelyn isn’t promised a long life, but she is going to have a life worth living. She may not be able to walk, but she will run this race her way. Whatever impossible feat you have before you, it only requires a change in perspective to overcome. Don’t give up. If Katelyn Can, you can too.


Anyone can come watch and cheer on the runners from 8-10am for the half marathon and 8am-1pm for the marathon runners on Saturday, September 24th. Please visit the Grand Forks marathon website for more information on the day’s events, and find out how you too can volunteer to support the runners and the event. Thank you!