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Melissa Harden
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Lives in Des Moines, Iowa
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I feel like we will be needing this a lot soon. ;)
 
Whether you’re deciphering a sign in Rio de Janeiro or negotiating with a shop owner in Berlin, Google Translate can be your guide. Starting today, you can instantly translate signs using your phone’s camera and the Translate app, available on Android and iOS: http://goo.gl/lVse9T
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Time for me to get better at language filters! #hello2015  
 
BuzzSumo Location and Language Filters
By popular demand we have added location and language filters to BuzzSumo. You can now find the most shared content in specific markets.
http://buzzsumo.com/press-releases/buzzsumo-adds-language-location-filters/
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Interesting to see an ad platform before the actual device. 
 
As the first ad platform for Apple Watch launches (before we even have them), Greg Sterling looks at whether ads on wearables will work & challenges they face.
It's still to early to make any definitive pronouncements about wearables and smartwatches, beyond the fact the category is probably here to stay. But like
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These recipes are actually really awesome! My 3 year old's favorite are the Butternut Sprouts! #holidayrecipes  
Check out these 13 approaches to upgrade holiday party standards while making them cute to boot from the experts at UnityPoint Clinics.
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Today is Website in a Day!!!
I love working for +Blue Compass Interactive! We are doing our part to help fight cancer.

Learn how all 25 full-time team members at the Blue Compass office will play an integral role implementing a website for +John Stoddard Cancer Center's Rally Against Cancer event from start to finish!
#fightcancer  
To help raise awareness for the second leading cause of death in the United States, Blue Compass Interactive has decided to make the most of their giving this holiday season, by donating a brand new website, to be launched in a single day, for Rally Against Cancer, a benefit for John Stoddard Cancer Center.
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Just like any other day, it’s important to eat healthy during the holidays. Find out how with tips from UnityPoint - Des Moines.
Follow these ten healthy tips to manage your weight during the holiday season!
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Let's make the web better.
Web designers: web psychology will help your sites be more useful to its users. This presentation does a great job showcasing why more thought should go into the marketing, design and development of anything you place in a digital platform. #digitalmarketing  
In this keynote presentation for SearchLove (London 2013), Nathalie explains how Hofstede’s dimensions can be used to profile your audience and convert more customers on your website. Whether you're in e-commerce, consultancy, design or business, you'll discover which website elements and psychological techniques you can use to target customers from specific cultures (including your own).
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I'm actually surprised they didn't already have a responsive design. Why more companies don't help themselves out....I have no idea. 
 
MTV Increases Mobile Traffic by 92% with a Responsive Design
As crazy as it sounds, many brands have yet to embrace a mobile friendly website. MTV has recently shared the effect of their new responsive website design, and the numbers are quite impressive: 
- 92% increase in mobile visits
- 55% increase in mobile page views per visit
- 297% increase in time spent per visit
- 246% increase in social referrals
- 11% drop in exit rates (all devices)

Of course, not every brand will see the same numbers, but in our experience, numbers like these are not only possible, they aren't uncommon.
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French search engine looking to gain speed...aka, maybe take market share from Google. 
 
Qwant Wants to Be Alternative to Google - at least in Europe

The French start-up search engine Qwant, released 18 months ago, is tapping into growing anger here that Google has too much control over how Europeans surf the web, reports +The New York Timeshttp://tgcafe.it/1xLpjtn

How does Qwant intend to stand out?

When people use its search engine, four columns appear on the webpage that offer different takes on Internet queries, ranging from traditional search results to something called Qnowledge Graph, which offers general information based on the search, drawn from sites including Wikipedia (similar to Google Knowledge Graph).

Qwant also includes social media posts from services like Twitter directly in search results.

Qwant says it does not track people’s online movements and sells advertising based only on individuals’ search queries.

Qwant also plans to release a child-friendly search engine — Qwant Junior — in early 2015.

Check it out for yourself: https://www.qwant.com/

My personal opinion, it's a bit busy. Sometimes too many results is just that: too many.

One thing I do like about Qwant is the fact that Traffic Generation Café ranks #1 for 'traffic generation'. ;)

#searchengine   #googleeurope   #marketingnews  
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If you like to get your news in pictures, here's my Pinterest board to follow: http://tgcafe.it/marketing-news-pinterest
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A cool look at the addition of each social channel. 
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Help me win $1,000 for +Blank Children's Hospital!
...and in doing so, you could win an iPad mini. You can vote daily until Dec 22nd. 
You vote for a charity and we will donate $1,000 to the charity with the most votes!
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Yea Kelly!
 
Happy anniversary to one of our incredible Account Executives, +Kelley Kunz Crosbie!! Kelley does an amazing job of guiding our clients and team through exceptional digital marketing, design, and development projects.
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Digital Marketing Director at Blue Compass Interactive
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SEO, Online Marketing, Google Analytics, Strategizing, Content Marketing
Employment
  • Blue Compass Interactive
    Digital Marketing Director, 2008 - present
    As online marketing director, I am always immersed in search engine optimization (SEO), social media, local SEO, mobile SEO, PPC campaigns, conversion rate optimization (CRO) and other online marketing methods. I provide results-driven metrics that indicate and enhance performance from online marketing initiatives. From determining an approach and the use online marketing techniques, I coordinate overall strategy for clients' sites. Versed in back-end development strategy and project management, I am able to help determine new technical SEO advantages that may require front-end or back-end development necessities.
  • Meredith Corporation
    Web Producer, 2006 - 2008
    As a web producer at Meredith, I assisted the web editorial staff in placing content and interactive applications on BHG.com, Parents.com and Fitness.com. As a web producer, the focus was to implement content in correct formatting for web, using HTML, placing in images, and coordinating on-page SEO.
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Mazatlan, Mexico - Dyersburg, TN - Kenton, TN
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SEO | Social | Content Marketing - Online Marketing Director at Blue Compass
Introduction

What I Do. I am the Digital Marketing Director at Blue Compass. I'm continually involved in what's happening in the online world, and conduct my own research and experiments to see what helps increase traffic and conversions for sites. 

I don't just read what others have to say about the subject, I am in it day-in and never-out. :) I perform SEO techniques and content marketing for client sites. All of my work really comes down to enhancing websites to be found by bots and loved by humans.

With all of this knowledge, I don't only perform SEO for clients, I also present and teach it...because the only way to help people become better is to teach them. 

Want to learn more about SEO and Social? Attend a University of Blue session. 

Want someone to speak at your organization or conference about SEO and Social? Contact me through this profile or via my work profile

Who I Am. I am a wife, mother, Christian and, of course by the above stated, an SEO. I love to travel and take my kids to new places. Seeing them experience new places is so enjoyable.

Bragging rights
Love God. Love missions. Love my boys (husband included). Oh...and I work on the web.
Education
  • Iowa State University
    English & Spanish, 2003 - 2005
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July 7
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Melissa McGreger, Melli Harden
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Blue Compass Interactive
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Find out why infographics are important in your online marketing efforts with the help of the Blue Compass Team. View 20 of our infographics

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Hashtags are everywhere these days, and they should not be ignored as part of your social media strategy. Learn how to use hashtags strategi

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We can all learn a little from Rocky. It takes determination, perseverance and a whole lot of work to make it to the top. The website that i

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Have you gone to Google in the past two days and noticed that it looks a little different? Find out what the beta test Google is running mea

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Ten percent of your content drives 90 percent of your traffic. If you are struggling to produce content that brings people to your website,

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Anna Leavenworth is an Online Marketing Associate at Blue Compass Interactive. As a recent graduate of Central College, her background in Co

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Curt implements server and network technologies, focused on infrastructure as a service, Microsoft solutions, DevOps, and web-scale IT.

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As an Online Marketing Account Executive at Blue Compass, Kelley Crosbie brings over five years of marketing and public relations experience

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Blue Compass' Office Manager, Kayla, is a recent graduate from Simpson College with majors in Graphic Design, International Management, and

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Anna Leavenworth is an Online Marketing Associate at Blue Compass Interactive. As a recent graduate of Central College, her background in Co

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Blue Compass' Online Marketing Director, Melissa is a web marketing expert with tremendous authority in search engine optimization (SEO) and

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Hillary is Blue Compass' Social Media Director. With an extensive background in social media strategy and community management, Hillary is r

Google Puts A Price On Privacy
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Earlier this week, Google made a significant change purportedly to better protect the search privacy of users. In reality, it specifically —

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Blue Compass' Online Marketing Director, Melissa is a web marketing expert with tremendous authority in search engine optimization (SEO) and

Such a great experience! They were quick and on-time and so knowledgable. I highly recommend them for pest control.
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reviewed 5 months ago
This church is a Baptist church that stays true to the Word of God. With missions at the heart of the church, Ashworth Road Baptist Church and its members participate in several missions around the metro Des Moines area, Iowa, South Dakota, Mexico and Haiti. Each week there is some sort of missions project to participate in. If you are looking for a church that feels like home, but has lots of opportunities to serve or to get your kids and teens involved, then this is the church you are looking for!
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The ambiance was amazing! Met friends around 8:30 at Fire Creek and had a great time. Prefect place to go out for a romantic night. It was well lit like a kind of a candle-light feeling. Fireplaces were running is different rooms. Food was great. I actually didn't have high expectations. What everyone ordered was really good. I would definitely suggest the Brown Sugar Scallops!!! Services was great. Waiter was very attentive and glasses were always full.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
“Took my child into Blank Children's Hospital ER after he had a few days of fever and other issues. When we arrived, we were seen immediately. Everyone we met was very nice and the nurse who was attending my son during our stay was extremely caring and very good with our son. It was great to have all of the child-friendly decorations around the halls and the rooms. Inside our exam room was a tv with a dvd player - and they had a ton of kid movies on hand. That really helped pass the time for our son! Thankfully, all he needed was some fluids and after that we were back on our way, but the experience of going to the ER with a kid was a good one! Thanks Blank!”
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Bonefish is a great restaurant to go to when you are looking to have a fun night out in a great place with delicious food! As its name suggests, Bonefish serves an assortment of fish. Everything I've ever had has been great. Make sure to order Bang Bang Shrimp!!!
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
I had my first child here and was really pleased with the experience, not the labor, but that's a different story. I ended up needing a c-section, but with all the fear that I had about that, the nurses were very helpful and calmed me down. The stay was great! The rooms were big and looked great. The rooms also had everything we needed.
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reviewed 2 years ago
Took my child into Blank Children's Hospital ER after he had a few days of fever and other issues. When we arrived, we were seen immediately. Everyone we met was very nice and the nurse who was attending my son during our stay was extremely caring and very good with our son. It was great to have all of the child-friendly decorations around the halls and the rooms. Inside our exam room was a tv with a dvd player - and they had a ton of kid movies on hand. That really helped pass the time for our son! Thankfully, all he needed was some fluids and after that we were back on our way, but the experience of going to the ER with a kid was a good one! Thanks Blank!
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