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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

Are you still scratching your head about whether or not to invest your time in Google+? Choosing which social media network to devote your precious time to can be a job in and of itself, so we’re here to make a case for adding Google+ to your must update list. Not only are your posts indexed in Google, but also give you the ability to segment your message to the right audience, with more eye-popping imagery.

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On the Winning Team: Demandforce Demo Giveaway

by Community Manager Community Manager a week ago - last edited a week ago

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

Alright...alright, you know we always say it, but when you sign up with Demandforce you really are on a winning team. We wanted to take winning to the next level, by giving away four Sonos PLAY:1 speaker systems as part of our “Final Four” to four lucky businesses who requested a demo during April! This was music to the ears of the following businesses, because they are our big winners-

 

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This post was written by Lea Chatham, Content Marketing Manager at Kareo, responsible for developing educational resources to help small medical practices improve their businesses.

 

I am sure you don’t need to be told about a little program called Meaningful Use, also known as the EHR Incentive Program. Started in 2011, it’s been a pretty ubiquitous topic, and it’s so common that you probably think you still have plenty of time to decide if you want to attest or not. Not true!

 

The fact is that 2014 is last year to initiate participation for Medicare to receive incentive payments ($24,000 over three years) and avoid the first penalty.

 

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CustomerLink Agrees to Join Forces With Demandforce

by Community Manager Community Manager 2 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago

This post was written by Annie Tsai, our Chief Marketing Officer.

 

I’m excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement to acquire CustomerLink, a leader in providing marketing solutions for small businesses in the automotive industry.

 

This is a strategically important acquisition for Demandforce that creates a tremendous opportunity for businesses in the auto repair industry. And, it represents the joining of two companies that are both very passionate about providing innovative solutions for small businesses.

 

Together, we look forward to continuing our focus on delivering Demandforce’s communications and reputation solutions with CustomerLink’s direct mail and analytics capabilities - all supported by Intuit’s trusted brand.

 

Once the transaction closes, look for updates including new product developments and other exciting news.

Looking ahead, we will focus on delivering the best customer experience and making this transition as smooth as possible for everyone.

 

 

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This post was written by Kacey Burr, the Channel Marketing Associate at Demandforce.

 

Another year, another exciting Vision Source Exchange! Getting ready for the event and wondering what you have to look forward to? Demandforce is here to give you a sneak peek of some of our latest and greatest features that continue to keep you on the cutting edge and engaged with your patients. Demandforce is always going places, and we’re taking you with us.

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Searching for the Right Candidate: Interviewing 101

by Community Manager Community Manager 3 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

You have an open position in your business that needs to be filled as soon as possible- but  you want to make sure it’s filled with the right candidate. Finding the right match may seem like searching for a needle in a haystack, or better yet, a qualified candidate in a mountain of resumes. We’re here to give you some advice on how to find a great potential employee: from start to finish.

 

 

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Demandforce Reviews: More Bing for Your Buck

by Community Manager Community Manager a month ago - last edited a month ago

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

You know reviews are important. We know reviews are important. Let’s explore the world of Demandforce reviews together, and the newest edition to where they show up on the world wide web: Bing! 

 

Did you know 20% of searches are conducted through Microsoft’s search engine, Bing?

 

Each and every time someone searches your business, your Demandforce reviews will automatically push to your small businesses profile page on Bing.

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In the Know: The Week in Google

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎03-19-2014 09:58 AM - edited ‎03-19-2014 09:59 AM

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

Welcome to our second edition of "In the Know," our blog series which finds the most useful articles from social and online marketing from past week, and brings them to you tied with a bow. Last week we focused on the latest news in social media, but this week we wanted to focus on the search engine giant, Google. As you are all well aware, Google makes changes at the speed of, well, Google. This week we discuss why your business really should be utilizing Google Plus, how Google could penalize your business for guest blogging, how students are suing Google for reading their emails, and the latest in wearable technology. 

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Trusted Answers, Trusted Content. Announcing the Knowledge Base!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎03-17-2014 08:00 PM - edited ‎03-18-2014 10:07 AM

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This post was written by Jenn Chen our Associate Community Manager.

 

In this day and age, we’re constantly being bombarded with information.

News? Check. Ads? Check. Media? Check. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go to, or to find the best source to trust.

 

Here in Generation Demandforce, there’s always a lot  going on--tips, tricks, how-to’s, best practices, discussions on anything and everything Demandforce. To make using Demandforce easier for you, we decided to put all our trusted how-to’s and product information in one place.

 

We’re excited to announce the launch of our brand new Knowledge Base.  You can access the Knowledge Base by clicking on the Knowledge Base tab in Generation Demandforce, or by searching in Generation Demandforce. When you search, the results with the book icon are directly from the Knowledge Base!

 

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Demandforce 101: Back to the Basics

by Community Manager Community Manager on ‎03-11-2014 08:00 AM

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

Life happens. You get caught up in your work. You hire a new employee. Possibly you haven’t had time to take a look at all of the ways Demandforce can help accelerate your businesses growth. Maybe you are brand new to the Demandforce family and haven’t gotten a chance to learn your new product. Whatever your reason, sometimes we all need a little refresher. That’s where the new and improved Demandforce 101 comes into play.

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In the Know: The Week in Social Media

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎03-06-2014 11:17 AM - edited ‎03-06-2014 12:33 PM

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 11.14.22 AM.pngThis post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

At Demandforce, we want to keep you "in the know" about the happenings in the world of social media and online marketing. We know running a business, scheduling appointments, and seeing clients means that you might miss some of the best articles out there on the web. That's where we come in. Introducing our "In the Know" series - where you can read the highlights and announcements in the world of online marketing. 

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This post was written by Lea Chatham, Content Marketing Manager at Kareo, responsible for developing educational resources to help small medical practices improve their businesses.

 

When people ask what makes a medical practice successful, a lot of providers and staff will say things like great providers or good service. They might even talk about patient engagement or the use of technology like EHRs and patient portals. But the truth is that all of these things are for naught, if there is no one on your schedule—or at least not enough people to keep the doors open.

 

Your schedule definitely ranks in the top three to five most important things you need to do well for your practice to succeed and thrive. There are a lot of advanced scheduling techniques, and we could spend all day talking about them, but they aren’t going to do you much good if you haven’t got the basics down pat.

 

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Meet Eric: A Demandforce Postcard User

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎02-27-2014 06:00 AM - edited ‎02-25-2014 11:32 AM

This post was written by Stephanie Bowker, our Retention Marketing Lead.

 

See how the new Auto postcards are bringing in business for A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc in San Carlos, CA. 

 

 

 

 

"Clients would just show up and say hey I got this postcard, the special is on there-I would like to take advantage of it." - Eric Sevim, Co-owner 

 

Check out our 10-step tutorial that highlights all of the new features and gives a step-by-step view of the updated postcard portal. 

 

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

We're buzzing about the latest giveaway from our friends over at Intuit Quickbooks. You know better than anyone that online and local marketing drives in customers through your door, but sometimes everyone needs a little help. That's where Small Business Local Buzz comes into play.

 

"Between February 2nd and March 16th, small businesses will have an opportunity to win a customized marketing package worth $5,000. The prize package includes tools tailored to your business, such as a custom video, a social media consultation, and an email template – all geared to getting more customers, faster."

 

To enter, all you need to do is tell Quickbooks how your business could benefit from a little marketing buzz, 15 winners will be chosen, and sharing your entries increase your chances of a big win!

 

The best news of all is- everyone is a winner! Just for entering you will receive a free Building Buzz on a Budget guide "with tips and tricks on marketing your business. You’ll also automatically be eligible for one of six weekly $500 sweepstakes prizes. Just make sure to submit your entry before March 16th!"

 



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It’s all about you. Helping us help you.

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎02-18-2014 09:40 AM - edited ‎02-18-2014 09:40 AM

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 9.38.23 AM.pngThis post was written by Leslie Morris, a contributing author to the Demandforce blog.

 

It takes a village. That’s been an often-used catchphrase ever since Former First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton wrote a 1996 book on the subject of raising children. Fast forward 18 years. It true more than ever, and not just in way Mrs. Clinton intended.

 

This post appears on Generation Demandforce, your Demandforce community, the one-stop-destination for Demandforce knowledge. You use Demandforce in ways we would never have imagined. We are proud of your accomplishments and that Generation Demandforce is the online place to share them. It’s also a place for Demandforce customers to share best practices and build upon each other’s ideas for even more innovation and success.

 

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What Your Mobile Communication Style Says About You [Quiz]

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎02-13-2014 08:00 AM - edited ‎02-13-2014 09:17 AM

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

Remember when we used the phone just for talking? These days there are so many things to do on mobile devices, texting, email, social—and we all have our own preferences. According to eMarketer.com, there will be over 1.75B smartphone users world wide this year, but and everyone uses their phone a bit diffferently. Some people still prefer to pick up the phone and call their friends, while others chat the day away with text messages. Which brings us to the question—what's your communication style? 

 

Take our quiz and let us know your results in the comments below! 

 

 

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Bridging the Gap: Win a Trip to San Francisco to Visit the Demandforce Headquarters!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎02-03-2014 11:41 AM - edited ‎02-05-2014 02:27 PM

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

Here at Demandforce, we love seeing and celebrating your ideas! And more than that, we love to hear from YOU. We want to bridge the gap between us and you, so that’s why we’re offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a trip to San Francisco, sightsee in this amazing city, visit Demandforce headquarters and share your ideas with us!

 

6 winners, and a guest of their choice will be flown out to San Francisco, California on March 12-14th, 2014, where they will stay in Union Square, spend a day at Demandforce, have dinner with the team, and explore the lovely City by the Bay!

 

For contest rules, and how to enter, please visit our post in the Generation Demandforce Community here.

 

Good luck! The contest ends on February 21st, 2014!

 

 

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What’s the Deal with Facebook Reach?

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎01-28-2014 09:00 AM - edited ‎01-27-2014 05:15 PM

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

Facebook is constantly changing and updating their social media site. There have been a few major changes in the past few weeks that we think are important for today’s business owner to be aware of. First, you might have noticed some of your engagement decreasing- and you might be asking yourself what you are doing wrong. Why aren’t people liking my statuses anymore? Am I posting the wrong thing? In today’s blog we will discuss the new changes implemented by the social giant, and some tips and tricks that we have found to skyrocket those posts back into the feeds of your fans! Secondly, Facebook has implemented a “trending” feed, similar to Twitter, and we will discuss how your business can utilize this new feature to gain exposure to a new group of fans.

 

 

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New Year, New Auto Postcards!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎01-24-2014 09:00 AM - edited ‎01-28-2014 11:48 AM

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This post was written by Stephanie Bowker, our Retention Marketing Lead.

 

Our team has leveraged customer feedback to make the postcards you love even BETTER! Postcards are a great way to bring back lost customers by sending service reminders and recommendations that are personalized to each individual customer.

 

New Features

 

  • All about customization: Add your business logo, select a customer testimonial, personalize your offer, include a custom message and more!
  • Track your results: Updated analytics and ROI tracking to give you insights into postcard revenue 
  • Increase your impact: QR code links to your business profile page to give your customers easy access to request new appointments 

 

Log into your portal to see what’s new

or give us a call (866) 505-3232!

 

 

 

 

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Starting from Scratch: 30 Minutes to a Thriving Facebook Page

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎01-21-2014 09:36 AM - edited ‎01-27-2014 10:13 AM

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We know you’re busy out there running your business. Sometimes it might feel like setting up social media is just going to add another layer to your already full plate. But, to really be successful in the online sphere, Facebook should be one of the first things to focus on. According to Jeff Bullas, “72% of all internet users are now active on social media.” A large population of your customer base is already online, and you can tap into social to help with referrals, get more business, and to build stronger relationships. We’re going to tell you how you can set up an almost “hands-off” Facebook page in under 30 minutes.

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On the Road with Demandforce: Behind the scenes at Greater New York Dental Meeting

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎01-14-2014 09:30 AM - edited ‎01-14-2014 09:30 AM

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Here at Demandforce, we exhibit at over 300 trade shows and industry events each year. Last month we packed our warmest clothes and flew back east to the Greater New York Dental Meeting. Trade shows tend to be filled to the brim with industry experts and excited attendees, and Greater New York was no exception. We joined 8,000 exhibitors at the Javits Convention Center where we had the chance to showcase our awesome product to over 50,000 dental professionals from across the country.

 

As the Trade Show Coordinator at Demandforce, most of my time is spent planning our events from the office, so it is especially exciting when I get the opportunity to hit the road to organize and oversee events in person. This was my first trip to New York, and once landing I had two major goals for the trip: making sure that the show went off without a hitch, and finally trying a true New York bagel. So, first things first, what exactly goes into making sure that we are set up for success to rock a trade show? 

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Becoming a Mobile Minded Business in 3 Easy Steps

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎01-07-2014 09:15 AM - edited ‎01-07-2014 09:20 AM

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

Have you been hearing about how your business needs to be mobile friendly? People have been saying it over and over, get ready for the mobile revolution, and mobile is the way to go to stay ahead of the curve. Although people keep talking about it- are you left scratching your head wondering how you can actually implement a mobile mindset for your business? Smartphones are so popular that this year it is projected that mobile will overtake desktop usage for the way consumers access the internet. We’ve compiled a list of different initiatives you can take right now to say your business really is mobile first.

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2014 Predictions: What Will Matter for Small Businesses

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎12-31-2013 09:03 AM - edited ‎12-31-2013 09:08 AM

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This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager.

 

Every new year we look within to create changes in ourselves to help impact us positively for the year ahead. Maybe for some it’s re-committing themselves to their gym, learning a new language, or how to play that instrument gathering dust in the garage. The new year isn’t just for our personal goals, but for our business goals as well. It’s a time to reflect on what your business can do to positively impact not only your staff, but your current and potential customers as well. Looking ahead into 2014, there are some trends that we believe will help you solidify your business plan for the next year.

 

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Demandforce Cares: Season of Giving

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎12-26-2013 08:10 AM - edited ‎12-18-2013 05:13 PM

 

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This post was written by Lindsay White, one of the contributing authors on The Demandforce Blog.

 

This holiday season Demanforce Cares created their own "season of giving" by running more volunteer events than ever before! We decided to volunteer and give back to five different charities- and decided to share all the fun with you! 

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This post was written by Stacy Williams-Coca, our Corporate Trainer.

 

Raise your hand if you’ve already blown your holiday budget and still have a few people on your gift list.  If you’re anything like me, you’re raising your hand … really high.  For the first time ever I’m spending Christmas abroad, so sadly I won’t be with my friends and family.  To compensate, I bought them all gifts, and blew my budget in the process.  The final score?  30 points for them, -$900 for me.   But the reality is –and I try to remind myself of this every year- you don’t need to give people material things to show them they’re on your nice list this year.  All you (ahem, I) have to do is make an effort to do something extra nice for them when they need it most. 

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Townie Choice Awards 2013: The Results Are In!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎12-19-2013 09:00 AM - edited ‎12-19-2013 09:04 AM

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We are excited to announce that Demandforce has won three Townie Choice Awards, presented by Dentaltown for 2013! We are honored to be named best in Internet Marketing & Web Services, Dental Marketing and Patient Communication Systems. Townie Choice Awards are voted by those in the dental industry, so we want to say a big thank you to all who voted for us, and a thank you to Dentaltown as well. 

 

"For over a decade, Townies have voted on the most comprehensive list of peer-recommended products and services in dentistry. Winners have become recognized as the most reliable and reputable in dentistry." - Dentaltown

 

Thank you again to all who took the time to vote for us, we are looking forward to next year's Townie Choice Awards!

 

 

 

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Cheers to 2013 from Demandforce!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎12-17-2013 01:50 PM - edited ‎12-17-2013 01:42 PM

This post was written by Stephanie Bowker, our Retention Marketing Lead.



The Demandforce team just wanted to wish all of our customers a happy holiday season! Check out the video to see our office and meet the team.

What are your plans for the holiday? Seeing family? Drinking hot cocoa? Or maybe watching your favorite movie with loved ones- let us know in the comments below!

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This post was written by Annie Tsai, our Chief Marketing Officer.

 

Picture this: After a long day’s work, you sink onto the couch and turn on the television. As you flip through the channels, you see a commercial for a new local restaurant. Later, as you scroll through your Facebook newsfeed, you see that a friend has checked in at that same restaurant, posted a picture of his meal, and captioned it, “Delicious! Can’t wait to come back.” Which is more likely to make you reserve a table: the commercial or your friend’s endorsement?

 

If you’re like most Americans, you’re much more likely to be influenced by your friends’ recommendations (even if they’re “just” online friends) than by ads. In fact, a recent Nielsen report reveals that 92 percent of consumers trust recommendations from friends and family above all other types of advertisements. And they’re four times more likely to make a purchase when referred by a friend.

 

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New in Social Media: Location Based Pins on Pinterest

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎12-03-2013 08:58 AM - edited ‎12-03-2013 10:14 AM

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 8.52.57 AM.pngThis post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Associate Community Manager.

 

Pinterest just released its newest feature to the popular social media sharing board called “place pins.” Place pins allow users to place a pin a business, country, or location they wish to visit. Have you ever seen someone place pins on a map of places they have either visited or plan on visiting? This is exactly the concept, and a great resource for small businesses to begin promoting themselves.

 

The newest feature to Pinterest displays all of your business information when a user clicks on a pin. This includes your businesses name, address, and phone number to pop up for someone to explore more. Small businesses can really benefit from this new tool- and also help extend relationships to other businesses in the community. Let’s explain how you can use this feature to draw more customers into your place of business.

 

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