More Than Talk

Posted on September 4, 2014

As an organizer and workshop host for Create WV, I was asked to summarize my 2013 experience in Richwood for the 'Opportunities' magazine, an insert to the current issue of the West Virginia Focus magazine. Please click the picture to view, or download the PDF here. Please register for the 2014 conference at www.createwv.org and sign up for my October 26th workshop on "Digital Communications Etiquette." I look forward to seeing you in ...

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On Transparency

Posted on May 26, 2014

When I first became aware of how transparency would impact and change the way the industry - of which I had been a part of for almost three decades - works and will work in the future, I was excited, curious, and a little bit scared. With the availability of a search engine to the world's knowledge (Google Search) and a video library to the how-to on anything (YouTube), we must assume that business professionals are perfectly aware what ...

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And the winner is …

Posted on March 1, 2014

"Here's the thing - I mean, I don't act for statues. I really don't. The great thing about winning an award is that it creates opportunities." -Kevin Bacon Tomorrow night is Hollywood's biggest night - the 86th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Plenty of great movies and actors have been nominated, and the tension will be palpable until the last winner has been announced. Come Monday, the trophies will ...

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Holiday Message 2013

Posted on December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Made in Germany! Hope the new year will bring you health, opportunities, and prosperity. Have a wonderful time with friends and loved ones, and we'll see you next year. -Jens and Marianna Kiel

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The Future: Bring it!

Posted on November 8, 2013

In the wake of Create WV, I followed up with the great connections I made on a personal and on a business level. The three days in Richwood were well spent, living the Utopia that we are striving to create West Virginia into. The keynote speakers had a lot to offer - and were very approachable. They painted a realistic picture of the Mountain State, but also gave a glance at a future of opportunity and chance. Dr. Thomas Fry of the DaVinci ...

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Marketing, Roosevelt style

Posted on September 26, 2013

"Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are.", Teddy Roosevelt said in 1912. While he used this homely philosophy to sum up the individual duty in life, over a hundred years later we can still find marketing value in his statement. It translates to the products and services you offer, the budget at hand and the location of your business relative to your audience. An analysis of these core components will lead to opportunities for you and ...

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Digital Communications Etiquette: A Primer

Posted on September 19, 2013

I am happy to acknowledge that I will be speaking at the CreateWV conference in Richwood next month. You can register for conference attendance and the workshop at www.createwv.org From the program: In this introductory workshop session you will learn how to transpose your analog skills for application in a digital world. As the media of communication have changed, so has the way we communicate within them. Jens Kiel, a marketing professio...

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It’s alive!

Posted on September 12, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc It's been an exciting three weeks. A West Virginia business has been launched, an infrastructure put in place, content has been developed - a business plan is in an advanced stage and the days sure have been busy. Amazing how a calendar can fill up - but I'm having a great time networking with peers, meeting old and making new friends, securing excellent vendors and resources, and enjoy Skinny Mochas ...

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