FINDitKC http://finditkc.com Videos on things to do, shopping, restaurants and businesses in Kansas City Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:15:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Social Media Holiday Checklist for Small Businesshttp://finditkc.com/social-media-holiday-checklist-small-business/ http://finditkc.com/social-media-holiday-checklist-small-business/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:18:47 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26281 by Kelsey Debrick November 20, 2014 The holidays are a very busy time for everyone! As a business owner, it’s easy to forget about social media when you’ve got so much going on, but the holiday season is the perfect time to use your social media presence to boost your business! Use this Social Media […]

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by Kelsey Debrick

November 20, 2014holidaysocialmedia-blog

The holidays are a very busy time for everyone! As a business owner, it’s easy to forget about social media when you’ve got so much going on, but the holiday season is the perfect time to use your social media presence to boost your business! Use this Social Media Holiday Checklist to be sure your small business is making the most of this holiday season!

 

Take advantage of Small Business Saturday! American Express does a great job of providing small businesses with yearly graphic and marketing materials to promote your business. Make simple updates to your social platforms by adding the promotional graphics, post regularly prior to Nov. 29 and utilize the hashtag #SmallBizSaturday for a boost in reach and searchability.

Create holiday-themed content for weekly posting. Boost holiday spirit by incorporating positive content that inspires, encourages and relates to your customer. As business owners we have a powerful voice to influence and rally our communities for good! Here are some examples:

  • The #GratitudeProject from Safe Harbor Roofing – They shared what they were grateful for and asked customers to do the same, creating a great way for customers to engage and get in the holiday spirit.
  • Start a Pay it Forward campaign – Highlight different ways your business is paying it forward and encourage customers to spread the holiday spirit by doing the same.

Utilize social media to boost the buzz around your events. Do you host an annual Holiday Open House or other holiday events? Integrate your social media platforms with signage that communicates your handles (ie. Facebook.com/FINDitKC or Twitter/Instagram: @FINDitKC). During the event, encourage patrons to post pictures on social media, appropriately tagging your business. Offer incentives and prizes (preferably from your products or services) for those that post pictures.

Pinterest is a holiday must-have for you business! Think yours doesn’t apply? Think again. Whether you’re a small boutique, service or restaurant; everyone can leverage the reach and popularity of Pinterest. Create boards that are popular during the holiday season, but also relevant to your business. Are you a restaurant? Create a “Holiday Menu Ideas” board and include pins of your holiday specials, holiday catering optionals and other seasonal events you’re doing. Add pins from other websites that are helpful to the person looking at your content, but not competing with your business. For example, include pins about tablescapes and holiday centerpieces within your “Holiday Menu Ideas.” Be sure to promote these boards on other platforms as well!

Share the spirit of giving this holiday season! Are you giving back to the community in some way? Share with your community the great things you are doing and how they can get involved. Create a Facebook Event and encourage people to share with others to get more involved! Be sure to post about your events consistently and even schedule out posts for maximum exposure!

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4 Tips for Using Social Media for Your Businesshttp://finditkc.com/4-tips-for-using-social-media-for-your-business/ http://finditkc.com/4-tips-for-using-social-media-for-your-business/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21:18:57 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26222 by Kelsey Zirkle November 7, 2014 Like it or not, social media is essential to develop and protect your reputation, and to grow your business. When it comes to using social media for your business, the worst action is no action, and your biggest problem is being invisible. Social media allows you to be a […]

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by Kelsey Zirkle

November 7, 2014SocialMediaForYourBusinessBlog

Like it or not, social media is essential to develop and protect your reputation, and to grow your business. When it comes to using social media for your business, the worst action is no action, and your biggest problem is being invisible. Social media allows you to be a part of the conversation; you can hear what’s being said and respond to any negative perceptions about your business.

Create a plan.

It’s a good idea to start with a plan; goals (What do you want to get out of your social presence? Are you trying to generate direct sales? Are you wanting to offer customer service? Do you want to build relationships and boost customer loyalty?) and strategies to accomplish those goals. Next you need to evaluate your resources. Who is going to create content and manage your social media accounts? Make sure you have the necessary people in place to execute your plan before you start.

Integrate your marketing efforts.

Social media and your other marketing efforts should feed off each other. Cross-promote your website, FINDit video, print marketing, social media and make sure your social media and traditional marketing efforts work together seamlessly.

Evaluate your efforts correctly.

Focus on quality, not quantity. It can be easy to get caught up in the numbers of likes and followers your business gets on social media. But remember, it’s better to have 200 highly engaged, loyal followers than 2,000 followers who never engage with or acknowledge your business.

Keep up with change.

Change is good, and when it comes to social media, change is constant! Be sure to keep up with changes on social media, so you don’t miss out on new features that can help you reach and engage your customers more effectively.

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FINDit, LLC from Overland Park, Kansas Honored and included in Prestigious Showcase and recognized at the United Nationshttp://finditkc.com/findit-llc-overland-park-kansas-honored-included-prestigious-showcase-recognized-united-nations/ http://finditkc.com/findit-llc-overland-park-kansas-honored-included-prestigious-showcase-recognized-united-nations/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:45:48 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26148 FINDit, LLC from Overland Park, Kansas Honored and included in Prestigious Showcase and recognized at the United Nations Founder Chris Olsen is among the United States’ “Showcase of Top Companies Started by Young Entrepreneurs” Overland Park, Kansas, Oct. 20th, 2014 – FINDit, LLC [http://FINDitKC.com] today announced that it has been named to the 2014 Empact […]

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FINDit, LLC from Overland Park, Kansas Honored and included in Prestigious Showcase and recognized at the United Nations

Founder Chris Olsen is among the United States’ “Showcase of Top Companies Started by Young Entrepreneurs”

Overland Park, Kansas, Oct. 20th, 2014 – FINDit, LLC [http://FINDitKC.com] today announced that it has been named to the 2014 Empact Showcase by Empact, an organization that celebrates the impact and diversity of young entrepreneurs.

Presently in its fourth year, the Empact Showcase recognized Chris Olsen, as being among the United States’ “Best Companies Started & Run by Young Entrepreneurs”.

“This is such a great honor to be part of the showcase and want to be a positive role model to other companies in the Kansas City area,” said Chris Olsen, Founder of FINDit LLC.

Companies that were started and are run by entrepreneurs who are age 35 and under are showcased. In 2013, the companies comprising the showcase contributed to more than 10,000 jobs to the economy, and controlled over $1 billion in revenue.

Founders in the showcase will be recognized for their achievements at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in October. Past celebrations have taken place at the White House and United Nations.

“Young entrepreneurs are having a big impact on our economy, and it’s so powerful to have so many of these leaders in a room together,” said Sheena Lindahl, Co-Founder of the Empact Showcase. “Many of the companies are social enterprises that are also making a huge difference in people’s lives. It is never an easy road to build a successful organization, and we believe it’s important to celebrate all the spirit and grit these entrepreneurs have put into making the world a better place.

 

About FINDit, LLC

In early 2010, FINDitKC was created as a video guide to the Kansas City area, hosting videos on places to eat, drink, shop and play in and around the KC Metro.  FINDit manages one of the largest local video business directories in the Midwest.

For more details about FINDit or to learn more, please visit http://FINDitKC.com.

 

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by Chris Olsen

October 15, 2014

119thRoeBlogTwenty years ago, the landscape of 119th and Roe looked a heck of a lot different—even ten years ago—the place is nearly unrecognizable. The explosion of the area has really given the folks in Leawood and Overland Park a go-to for pretty much everything they need. Really, the area is pretty unique to Kansas—generally you see places like this in Los Angeles or San Diego, California.

Lets take a moment to look at a few of the key places to help you really appreciate what that area has to offer. (No, I am not listing them all…There are tons!)

Grocery:

Dean & Deluca – High end grocery/food and quality knickknack items for the kitchen.

Hen House – Grocery and meal options.

Trader Joes – Grocery

Shopping:

Crate & Barrel – Things for your home; kitchen accessories, kids room etc.

Park Place

Geno’s Clothiers – Men’s clothing, shoes, watches, etc.

Alysa Rene Boutique – Designer women’s clothing boutique.

Tallulahbelle’s – Handcrafted jewelry, scarves, handbags, belts, as well a unique art and decor for your home.

Town Center – Tons of shops, both local and national.

Hawthorne Plaza

Annabelles Linens – Fine bed, bath and table linens, luxurious women’s sleepwear, baby boutique and other gifts/decor for the home.

Blend – Fragrance boutique; Blend your own smells and buy niche.

Restaurants:

810 Zone Leawood

Red Door Grill

 Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Hereford House

Joe’s Kansas City (Oklahoma Joe’s) Bar-B-Que

Dean & Deluca (Did you know they have amazing lunch and dinner options?…Well you do now!)

Tech:

Apple Store

On top of this, you have places like Leawood Fine Art, Salon One19 & Spa, and many more to choose from.

This whole explosion started with Town Center Plaza and Hawthorne, places like Dean & Deluca have been a staple in the area for a long time. The first migrants to this high-end mecca have loved its quality and class for some time. Don’t believe me? Look around the office—if you work anywhere near—and watch the folks come in and plop that white bag on the table with pride. They may have ordered a half sandwich, but they wanted that big bag to show off.

This area of 119th between Roe and Nall has built up around these flagships like Dean & Deluca, Crate & Barrel, Town Center, Hawthorne, etc., and it’s clear to see the area has truly hit its stride. It will be exciting to see how the area grows from here.

About Chris Olsen

Chris Olsen spent more than a decade in the television news business, working for both ABC and NBC affiliates in Kansas, Texas and West Virginia. Chris has been a Sports Anchor, Morning News Anchor, Weekend News Anchor, Reporter, Photographer and Producer. With experience at KSNT-TV, KVII-TV, WSAZ-TV, there isn’t a job in TV he can’t do! Besides hosting public events and TV shows, Chris has done freelance work for national networks, covering violent crimes, forces of nature, and numerous elections. His reports have been seen by a global audiences by way of TMZ, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and many other global news outlets, and as an individual broadcaster, Chris has won dozens of state, regional and national awards.

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