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Chris Kovac nominated for 2015 National Small Business Influencer Awards

I am humbled to be nominated to the 2015 Small Business Influencer Awards, presented by Small Business Trends. Many thanks to Becky Wilson (@WDSPRMaven) for all your help.

Please vote for me in the Expert category: at: http://influencers.smallbiztrends.com/experts-2015/kovac-chris/

Chris Kovac nominated for the 2015 National Small Business Influencer Awards – Expert Category

Chris Kovac is an entrepreneur, speaker, start-up mentor and digital marketing thought leader. Chris is a partner/mentor at the BetaBlox.com startup accelerator and CEO of KovacDigital, a digital marketing consultancy. Chris is also a co-founder of an agribusiness startup, KindBeef.com

As a partner in BetaBlox, Chris has worked with and mentored over 50 start-ups and small businesses on digital go-to-market strategies, social media marketing and storytelling in the digital age. Chris was recently named to the Techweek100 (Kansas City), honoring the region’s technology innovators and business leaders.

Chris has led strategic digital marketing initiatives with some of the largest brands in the world, including: Hallmark, Sprint, 3M, BC&BS and many others.

Chris helps small and large businesses with developing marketing goals, identifying audience personas, digital storytelling and software-based management tools. The result is more efficient delivery of marketing resources, reducing costs and increasing revenue.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisKovac

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chriskovac

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Chris Kovac named to 2015 Techweek100 (Kansas City)

Chris Kovac is named to the 2015 Techweek100 for Kansas City. You can find the full list/article at http://techweek.com/techweek100.

About Chris Kovac:

Chris is currently working on: KindBeef.com (early stage agribusiness/tech start-up); mentor/partner at the BetaBlox incubator in Kansas City (http://www.BetaBlox.com) and enterprise digital marketing consulting.

As of June 2015, his portfolio includes equity positions in over 20 different companies and start-ups, including: Custom Trailer Pros (http://customtrailerpros.com), http://www.AirFiltersOnDemand.com, Doc Lerner Quality Goods (https://www.etsy.com/shop/DocLerner), Instaglam Box (http://www.instaglambox.com), http://www.HowToBeHenry.com, Cyrptoempire (http://c-ellc.com), Bespoke Woodworks, CoinPlay.io, RoseSwap.com and others.

Chris Kovac named to Techweek100 (Kansas City)

Chris Kovac named to Techweek100 (Kansas City)

Chris brings 19 years of strategic digital/social influence and marketing experience, working with many F500, national and international brands, including: Hallmark (speaker/trainer 2012 Hallmark Summit), Microsoft, 3M Health Care, Sprint SLCS, SureWest, Silpada, Hilti, Dictionary.com, FMC, TAMKO, Wellmark BC&BS and others.

I speak regionally/nationally on social media/influence theory, strategy & best practices. During the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to speak at the Gallup AIM Institute, colleges and universities, including NWMSU, UMKC School of Pharmacy and others. I also speak at the Integrated Marketing Summit conference (Chicago, SF, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, etc).

About Techweek:

The Techweek100 identifies leaders who have made a significant impact on the technology and innovation ecosystem in which they operate. The Techweek100 includes leaders of fast-growing tech companies, prominent investors, key enablers of the digital ecosystem, creators of new technologies, and other innovators that make important contributions to their field. The Techweek100 is not a ranking, but rather an annual list of 100 most distinguished technology organizations and their leaders selected by the Techweek community, Techweek Advisory Boards, and the Techweek team.

The methodology for the Techweek100 is the same across all host cities, and is consistent each year. To create each list, Techweek reviews five major factors in the nomination process.

  • – Has played an instrumental role in the growth of an accelerating market-specific technology company.
  • – Has led specific innovative technology initiatives for public or private corporations his or her ecosystem.
  • – Has been an active supporter of growth in the community as an advisor or mentor.
  • – Has created a net benefit for the public, such as: invented a coding language or led a civic initiative.
  • – Has been an integral part of companies attaining the necessary capital for success and strategic growth.

Integrated Marketing Summit Redux 2010

Like most years, 2010 had its ups and downs.  After reflecting a bit, one highlight for me was participating in the Integrated Marketing Summit (www.integratedmarketingsummit.com).  IMS (@IMSummit) is a national conference circuit where marketers (both B2B and B2C) talk about how to integrate marketing strategies and tactics.   It was a great experience on many levels.

The best part, by far, was the people I got to meet along the way.  It was interesting to go to a number of cities (7 I think) and get different attendee and speaker perspectives on marketing, business and life in general.  I met a ton of truly great folks and drew inspiration from a number of them.

The thing I really enjoyed was over going out and grabbing a bite to eat (and maybe a libation or two)  after the conference with the other speakers.  It was awesome to share thoughts and ideas with peers who are very smart and have progressive marketing minds.  More importantly and without exception, they are really great people.  I can honestly say I made a lot of new friends.  It’s also been cool to see ideas scribbled out on napkins becoming reality…I can’t comment further, yet, but I think there will be very exciting things happening in 2011.

Props to  Shawn Elledge (@selledge) the inventor/owner of the Integrated Marketing Summit.  I think Shawn was a pioneer in trying to get marketers to think about how all the pieces of the marketing puzzle can be integrated, not just focusing on the “new, shiny” tools, like social media.   I thought there was a good mix of client-side experts from big brands (Best Buy, Intel, etc), national/regional marketing agencies and entrepreneurs.  It was nice to get a holistic perspective and to debate different points-of-view.

Finally, I thought the speakers at every conference were exceptional (there are far too many to name here).  First hand, I though the content was (mostly) fantastic.  I also tried to get feedback from people in the sessions and it was overwhelmingly positive…seriously.  Great job Shawn and I’m sure a number of people would echo that.  I look forward to seeing what 2011 brings!

If you are interested in viewing/downloading my presentation decks from IMS and other speaking events, please click on:  https://chriskovac.wordpress.com/chris-kovac-social-media-speaker/

Reserving Social Media Profiles for Business

Last night I was editing my presentation for the Chicago Integrated Marketing Summit (going on today) and I wanted to share some thoughts, both for companies currently using social media and those that are just getting started.  The bottom line is: register your company/brand profiles on all (relevant) social media sites, even if you are not going to use them in the near future.  These sites include: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WordPress (blog), Flickr (photos), and a handful of others.  For reference, see Brian Solis’s Conversation Prism (click on the link) for a nicely organized list.

Here’s why…You run a (high) risk that someone, maybe even a competitor or ex-employee, will register a profile and you will have no control (and little recourse) over what they post.  Obviously, that can be very damaging.  There’s risk, but there is also opportunity!  One of the benefits of this is more “relevance” in the search engines.  In short, “relevant” links pointing back to your website (from 3rd party sites), the search engines gives you “extra points” in the search engine rankings.  Another benefit is qualified traffic generated from people clicking on a link that’s embedded in your bio.  Finally, make sure you register common misspellings of your company/brand names — make it easy for people to find you.

Placeholder best practices include:

  • Have a relevant & search-friendly (using relevant keywords) bio within the profile
  • Include messaging that says “Hi..we’re not yet on _____ but you can find more information about us on our website at _____.com
  • Make sure the profile is properly “tagged”with relevant keywords
  • Register your company, but don’t forget brands and product lines
  • Look for opportunities to own an issue (preventing infections, child education, etc)

I’m interested in any comments you may have.  The preso is embedded below the post.  Thanks!

@chriskovac

Presentation from IMS Chicago