Questions and answers from our Spokane Ask Me Anything events

SpokaneAMA – Free Counseling

      What criteria does free counseling as set for specific concerns resource?

What I think you’re asking is – How do I get free counseling from Me2 Solutions and Squishy Peanut Marketing?

Both Me2 Solutions and Squishy Peanut Marketing are happy to discuss any specific concerns that you have – we […]

SpokaneAMA – Professional Photographs

I need to get a professional photograph.

Before you can choose a photographer, you have to choose what type of effect you want your professional photograph to create. The best way to determine what type of professional photograph you want is to look at as many professional photographs as you […]

SpokaneAMA – Increasing Event Attendance

Suggestions for getting attendance at an event?

Rule#1: Have a GREAT event!

Have an event that excites people – whether its excitement, a worthwhile cause, great conversation – something that the attendees will be talking about the next day and week. This requires that you plan in detail with plenty of […]

SpokaneAMA – Use the Google “News” Tab

Is it a good idea or helpful to use the “news” tab on Google when finding a job in a specific field?

When you have narrowed your job search to a specific firm or field, Google’s “news” tab can be a wonderful resource. Companies will divulge information in press releases […]

SpokaneAMA – Marketing a Non-profit Agency?

How would you market a non-profit counseling agency?

Marketing a non-profit counseling agency means addressing the same issues as any other organization – Why should I do business with you?

In order to answer this question effectively, I would start with your marketing efforts to current or past clients. Ask them […]

SpokaneAMA: Fundraising Rules

Fundraising 101 seminar told us lots of rules that weren’t obvious. Where do we to for help?

There are several sources of information for help for non-profits with their operations, events and fundraising efforts.

First of all, find someone who has done it before. This could be last year’s event chairperson, […]

SpokaneAMA: How do you recruit?

Here’s our first question from the our latest Spokane Ask Me Anything (SpokaneAMA):  We have too much to do and not enough people. How do you recruit? We are all volunteers.

Recruiting is a lot like dating – both parties must find something in the relationship that benefits them.

For the […]

Ask a Stupid Question Day

September 28th is Ask a Stupid Question Day – it’s also Drink Beer Day. Perhaps because if you drink enough beer you will ask stupid questions? Just another silly “holiday,” right?

Actually, it was created by teachers in the 1980’s in a serious attempt to get students to ask more […]

SpokaneAMA: Where do I get material to post?

This question came from Sara

There are actually three parts to the answer to this question:

1. Where to get ideas

There is few things more terrifying than the blank page when you have to fill it with prose – especially if it’s supposed to be world-altering prose. That’s why you’re on […]

SpokaneAMA: In the fast changing media environment, what are the core principals that apply across media outlets?

This question came from Adam

On January 3, 1996 Bill Gates wrote what has been summarized as Content is King (A copy is here). The beginning is the important point:

“Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in […]

The #1 Mistake Business Owners Make

This question came from Sara

You could ask 30 different business people and likely get 30 different answers to this question – reflecting personal experiences of the business people you ask.

Ultimately, the biggest mistake comes down to a very simple concept – making decisions without understanding

The consequences of the decision […]

How to Eliminate a Website from Search Engines

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the Inland Northwest National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA: How do you eliminate an old website that you no longer want to show in searches?

Eliminating an old website is both easy and […]

How to Avoid Getting Hacked on Social Media

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA: My twitter account was hacked so I disabled it – how do you prevent this? Or on other social media?

When an account is hacked, […]

What Does Legalized Marijuana Mean for Employers & Businesses?

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA:  Now that pot is legal, what boundaries can I ensure are being respected?

At least in the states of Washington and Colorado, it is now […]

What’s More Important than Good SEO? Having Killer-Good Content

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA: Can I actually depend on improving my website search result ranking by linking to my blog/articles/etc. rather than buying SEO?

A recent blog post by […]

Absolutely Do This Before You Open a New Business Location

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

When a company looks to open another branch or location, what are the most common pitfalls you see?

When making any significant change to a business […]

SpokaneAMA: How secure are secure sockets (https) and how can you tell?

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held on June 12, 2014.

This can get to be a very technical discussion which I don’t think is your desire. I’ll try to keep it non-technical.

I’m going to […]

#SpokaneAMA Question: Connecting on the Internet

By Frank Hutchison

The question was: On LinkedIn (or any other site for that matter) when someone you don’t know asks for a connection, is it OK to ask the person why they are connecting?  Or is that in poor taste and you should simply ignore?
There’s a new game in […]

#SpokaneAMA Question: Focusing Your Online Presence

By Frank Hutchison
The question was: Prioritizing your online presence?  Branding? Posting? Blogging? Ads (PPC)? Web site (Conversion), B2B, LinkedIn, Google+, what else.  There is limited time available (and typically not the quality or resources to contract it all).  Where do you start . . . or focus?
When it comes […]

#SpokaneAMA Question: Posting Pictures

By Frank Hutchison
Can I legally post pictures of guests on my Facebook Business page without written waiver?  Can a verbal be OK? 
This question has two answers – Yes and Maybe.
Yes, you can post pictures of guests on Facebook or elsewhere if the pictures are:

Taken in a public forum – […]