DCG says HECK YES to High Five: the Missouri State Official Greeting

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Friends do it.

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Politicians and Athletes do it.  

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Even little rabbits and large whales do it!

Let’s do it!  Says Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis while introducing House Bill 1624 to the Missouri House of Representatives.

Surprisingly, the bill is making progress, having already undergone its second reading.

According to House Bill 1624:
“To amend chapter 10, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the designation of the official state greeting. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows: Section A. Chapter 10, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 10.190, to read as follows: 10.190. The ‘high five’ is selected for and shall be known as the official state greeting in the state of Missouri.”

If this bill passes, effective Aug. 28, Missourians can look forward to an increased cool factor for their state, as well as a great marketing opportunity to draw more talent to the hidden jewel of the Midwest: Kansas City!  With Streetcars and High Fives galore, the progressive magnetism exuding from this Royal City is sure to attract the best and brightest nation wide.

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Come on Kansas City! Get into the “Swing” of Things!

Is it true that a city that plays together, stays together?  What happens when a city adds a little fun to the mix?  Could there be large scale city benefits by introducing an interactive reminder that the simple things in life, are what truly bring us joy?  This is precisely what Montreal has done with their “21 Swings” project.  Adding some intentional fun to the mix is a GOOD IDEA!  We could all use a reminder to remember our inner kid, find our joy, and lighten up and live a little!  As an avid Kansas City -ian, I officially move for a repeat of this fantastic movement in our beautiful city.  In an attempt to continue building a happier and healthier Kansas City, I’m ready to get into the swing of things.  Who’s with me???

21 Balançoires (21 Swings) from Daily Tous Les Jours on Vimeo.

21 Swings
Exercise in musical cooperation

Every spring, an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and sets a collective ritual. The installation offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately.

The result is a giant instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation.

The project stimulates ownership of the public space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.

A traveling version of the project is currently being made for these collective moments to spread around the world.

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Proud owners of a publication.

DCG is the proud new owner of an article in the Thinking Bigger Business Media’s Annual Guide for Entrepreneurs!

FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS: BY DCG AND SELFBANC

Hooray for us!  But enough about me, lets talk about how contributing to a publication can help you and your business.

The most obvious answer to the questions, “Why would I want to write content for someone else?”, is: Content is Valuable!  The content you provide to a publication, whether it’s a blog, magazine, television program, etc..is still content that you can use to boost your business’ exposure, or “social proof”.  Your social proof refers to how visible you are to a potential audience.  How easily can you be found?  If you’ve contributed content, you can increase your visibility through several ways:

1. You will be featured in someone else’s content.  This is like free advertising.  If you’ve written an article, are acting as a contributor, or even underwrite a product or service…make sure you brand the content appropriately to put your stamp on the content in some way.

2. Reuse the content.  You can take your content and post it to your heart’s content on all of your own social media, blogs, and websites….just check to make sure of the date of publication.  Most people want to be the first to release new content, which brings up another important point to consider.  Reusing an article you wrote for magazine A and serving it up as sloppy seconds to magazine B leave a bad taste in both mouths!  HA! I love puns!  So, if you want to recycle your content for more exposure through a new source, make sure you put a new spin on it and give it new life. (it’s the decent thing to do)

3 Backlinks are your friend.  Backlinks are a great tool in your SEO (search engine optimization) arsenal!  Use them liberally with your newfound content patron.  Make sure you contact Magazine A and ask them to backlink the online version of your article to your website from their website.  You can also tag and link up to Magazine A on all of your social and digital formats to increase your reach to their audience.  Some places even let you post on their walls and groups.  This is a great way to link yourself to a new audience.  There are several tricks of the trade on how to optimize this effort.  Check out this smart lady to learn more about that.

4. Did anyone ever teach you how to brag? You can boast about your new smarty pants publication through many social media platforms.  Most have a special place reserved specifically to showcase a link to your new fame and notoriety through a “publications” section.  Break out your french horn and play a blaring rendition of, “I’m so smart, other people want to know what I know.”

Well, since you’ve read this far, I’m going to let you in on a little secret of mine.  Most publications are desperate for content.  That’s right.  It’s just not that hard to find someone willing to let you do their job for them!  Most editors are in a mad rush to fill each magazine or blog with something new and witty.  Don’t let them down when they give you a shot, and chances are, they’ll come back for more!

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