Rockin MailChimp: Lists, Groups & Segments

Back on August 26, 2015, I presented to the Iowa Startup Accelerator on the topic of MailChimp during their first annual Marketing Hell Week. MailChimp is a popular and easy to use tool, however there are some finer points regarding how lists and contacts work, which can become confusing for new (or even seasoned) users. I thought I’d share […]

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Does Your Business Need a Jolt?

If you are anything like me, when you first wake up in the morning, your body isn’t quite fully awake. It takes getting out of bed, stretching, a good shower, and probably a strong cup of coffee before you are feeling fully ready to take on the day. After that first caffeine boost, my body […]

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Security Alert: Important WordPress Updates

I have a WordPress site, is my site insecure? Last week and again this week, two separate WordPress security vulnerabilities were made public related to the system’s visitor commenting abilities and issues with a lengthy list of plugins and themes. As a result of these issues, WordPress sites are vulnerable to cross-site-scripting (XSS) if updates […]

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AAF Joshua Speaking

How can you use Digital & Social marketing? ∙ my talk at AAF CR-IC Education Day 2015

On April 7,2015 I spoke to student in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as part of AAF: CR-IC EDUCATION DAY. The event paired upcoming area students with Eastern Iowa’s marketing professionals to learn, meet, and share ideas regarding our craft. I was asked to “wake up” the students with the opening talk titled “DIGITAL MARKETING MATTERS”. I […]

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Email privacy loophole has an easy fix

I recently wrote a post for The Gazette on loopholes in email (and other electronic communications) privacy and the need for reform. Here’s a short excerpt: The act’s authors didn’t imagine people would have a reason or the means to store email longer than 180 days. Relatively few people used email in 1986, and those […]

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Checkout new project: Grabbing the Good Life

My wife, Marie McNary, and I have launched a new blogging project for self-employed and entrepreneurial families called “Grabbing the Good Life”. Our goal is to help entrepreneurial families find support and encouragement so they can embrace and enjoy the personal and professional lives their families deserves. Our friend, Christoph Trappe of “The Authentic Storytelling Project”, profiled […]

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Make Your WordPress Install More Secure

On October 30, 2014 I appeared with an awesome cast of colleagues on GoDaddy’s “The Campfire” Hangout (webcast). My friend Mendel (GoDaddy Evangelist) asked me to come on to talk about “Protect Your Site: Security Tips For WordPress”. I presented some material which you can watch in the video version (above, YouTube or here). Below is the abbreviated […]

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Leveraging Google to power your ideas in Iowa

Are you a… Entrepreneur interested in using Google tech to enable your offering? Developer wanting to explore what Google’s ecosystem? Businessperson wanting to leverage Google’s array of products/services? You said yes to any of all of these? Read on… Cedar Rapids Google Developer Group Launch On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6PM, I’m proud to be hosting Eastern […]

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CoderDojo returns — add coding to your kid’s school curriculum

CoderDojo, the international movement of kids coding clubs for kids 5-17 years old, is returning to Cedar Rapids this Saturday, September 6th, just in time for the start of another academic year. The Cedar Rapids rendition began last Spring, when a rag-tag group of tech and developer dads got it off the ground and saw immediate […]

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