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Curtis Jacob
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Attended Pensacola Christian College
Lives in Rock Rapids, Iowa
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Presidential campaign season is underway (well, it really started over a year ago when I got my first phone poll here in Iowa) and I got another poll call just last Thursday.  I am not sure who was behind the poll, but I would guess it was one of the potential Republican candidates or related groups.    What is most interesting, is that of all the people from which I could choose in the poll, the very first one to announce today was not on the list.  

Although some hate the long presidential election cycle, I rather enjoy it most of the time.  Sure, it is extremely long and seems to get longer every time around, but living in Iowa gives one an opportunity many do not have: meeting many of the candidates in person.  

Anyway, this is my warning post to all those that hate politics.  Just as I did 4 years ago, I plan to give updates on all the mailings, phone calls, and personal meetings with candidates as they happen.  Things will still be "slow" over the next few months; but the last three months of this year, leading up to next year's Iowa Caucuses will become very active.  I know not everyone has the opportunity to meet the candidates first hand or see the extremely dirty tactics some candidates (or their "un-associated" groups) use on a daily basis.  I hope to share my daily interactions with the candidates' mailings, phone calls, and campaign appearances.

Let the long process begin with this announcement from Ted Cruz....
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I am thankful for the opportunity to have spoken at this year's Trendigital Summit with +Amanda Oberg.  For those that did attend, did you make it into the recap video?
 
Didn't catch us at Trendigital this year? Watch our recap video of the day!  And for those that did attend, can you find yourself in the video?

A big thank you to each of the speakers this year:  +Paul Ten Haken, +Sarah Rhea Werner, +Chris Prendergast, +Mark Henderson,  +Amanda Oberg, +Curtis Jacob, +Matt Sage, +Korena Keys, Scott Petersen, +Thad Clabaugh,  Matt Holsen, Karen Sherman, +David Quinalty, and +Sarah DeVries.
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We are in need of an experienced Web Developer. And we mean business. In fact, we'll pay you $2,000 to refer us the right person. Yep, simply refer us a developer candidate, have them specifically mention you when they apply, and if we hire them and they stay on board for 90 days, we'll cut you a check for $2,000. Simple as that. NOW, START SHARING THIS WITH ALL YOUR DEVELOPER FRIENDS!
Click Rain is in need of a Web Developer to join our growing team, and it could mean $2,000 for you.
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Can anyone give forth an endless supply of amazingly witty lines that create a story that makes an excellent point as well as Mike Rowe?  He has the perfect answer for all this Howard Dean / Gov. Walker nonsense.
Off The Wall Kyle Smith writes... Howard Dean recently criticized Gov Scott Walker for never finishing college, stating that he was "unknowledgeable."...
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Trendigital is tomorrow! +Curtis Jacob and I will be talking about local search at 11 a.m. Hope to see you there! http://trendigitalsummit.com/ #siouxfallsnews   #digitalmarketing   #localsearch  
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"...the commission won't release the actual text of the regulations until after it approves them on Feb. 26."

This is a sure sign that "Net Neutrality" according to the FCC and the White House is NOT true Net Neutrality.  
 
"I have studied the 332-page plan in detail, and it is worse than I had imagined."
"I have studied the 332-page plan in detail, and it is worse than I had imagined."
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When it comes to creating a new website, please do not cut corners.  The little things tend to be the most important in the long run.  
 
The larger a project, the more often people look to shorten the time needed to produce the final outcome.  Unfortunately, this many times leads to corners being cut that really shouldn't be.  +Dave Ver Meer talks about three of these corners that should actually have extra time put to them instead of being cut. 
Avoid the temptation to cut corners on your website. They could mean the difference between converting a visitor to a new customer—or not.
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Google AdWords Fundamentals: Check
Google AdWords Search: Check
Google AdWords Display: Check
Google AdWords Video: Check
Google Shopping: Check
Google Analytics: Check

Some would rejoice when you have finally gotten certified in each of the +Google Ads and  +Google Analytics tests available from +Google Partners.  Unfortunately, all I can think about right now, is all that time I need to spend retaking the tests when the certifications expire.  
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Great article from +Marcus Sheridan.  Life isn't fair.  And you can never make it truly fair, no matter how hard you try.  So get over it and work your hardest to succeed with what you have.  
These days, many people are concerned that the best “content” will get lost in the noise. Well, they’re right, but that’s the way it has always been.
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I was honored to be able to present alongside +Amanda Oberg at Trendigital this year.  Trendigital has grown over the last couple years and is now one of the best digital marketing conferences in the mid-west if not in the entire country.
 
The 2015 Trendigital Summit has come and gone.  +Kristina Johnson shares some stats from the event and comments from those that attended.  
Over 300 people joined us for the 2015 Trendigital Summit at the Hilton Garden Inn for a day of digital learning.
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It was a great presentation, Curtis. Can hardly wait for next year.
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In life, you can’t blame another person for not knowing you, if you haven’t been properly introduced to them. The same is true for organic search. Just because Google can find your site doesn’t mean it knows your company; and if Google doesn’t know your company well enough, it becomes difficult for Google to introduce your company to others.
 
How do you properly introduce yourself or your company to Google? +Curtis Jacob explains one approach in our latest blog post.
Does Google know your company's social profiles? Find out how to check—and what you can do to introduce yourself.
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Great article on battling the fears companies/brands have with putting forth real people as their spokespeople.  
 
What If The "Face" of Your Brand "Breaks Bad"?

Our Mark Traphagen explains why having real personal brands representing your brand is worth any perceived risk, as well as how to reduce any risk to take advantage of the tremendous potential benefits.

Read it at

#pbr #personalbranding #branding #contentmarketing http://buff.ly/1IknXqX
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AdWords, Search Engine Optimization, Analytics, Google+
Employment
  • Click Rain
    Online Marketing Strategist, 2012 - present
  • Sioux Falls Softball
    ASA Slow Pitch Softball Umpire, 2012 - 2014
  • Alpha Omega Publications
    PPC, Analytics, and SEO Specialist, 2005 - 2012
  • West Gate Baptist Church
    Marketing, Web Engineer, Teaching, 2004 - 2005
  • Accelerated Christian Education
    Audio/Video Technician, 2003 - 2004
  • PRG Promotions, Inc.
    Web Engineer, 2002 - 2003
  • City of Zanesville
    ASA Slow Pitch Softball Umpire, 1995 - 2005
  • State of Ohio - Dillon State Park
    Camp Store Clerk, 2001 - 2002
  • Corbett/Mock Cabinet Co.
    Office Manager, 2000 - 2000
  • Shaw Video Communications
    Videographer, 1998 - 2000
  • City of Zanesville
    Lunch Coordinator, 1998 - 1998
  • City of Zanesville
    Food Monitor, 1997 - 1997
  • City of Zanesville
    Playground Leader, 1995 - 1996
  • A Beka Video
    QC Operator, 1994 - 1998
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Rock Rapids, Iowa
Previously
Tampa, Florida - Largo, Florida - Zanesville, Ohio
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Gray only exists because we have not taken the time to determine the black and white of the situation.
Introduction

I was born in 1975 on the edge of the Appalachian region in the small city of Zanesville, Ohio. I went to both a Private K-12 School and a Private College.

I graduated with a degree in Communications of which I had a concentration in Broadcasting and a Minor in History.

I have lived in large (Tampa, FL), small (Zanesville, OH), and rural (Rock Rapids, IA) areas and visited 45 states and two Canadian provinces.

I enjoy various hobbies, such as collecting GI Joe ARAH figures and comic books, web design/codingHardy Boys Casefiles, and playing and umpiring softball.

I married Gwendolyn (Fluker) Jacob on Saturday, January 8, 2005. Tasha G. Jacob was born a month early on Saturday, October 1, 2005. Connor W. Jacob was born almost two months early on May 13, 2010.

I am currently involved in marketing in the area of website analytics, seo, ppc, and social media. I have been Google AdWords and Analytics Qualified

Education
  • Pensacola Christian College
    Communications/Broadcasting, 1994 - 1998
  • Zanesville Christian School
    K-12 - High School Diploma, 1981 - 1994
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