Twitter Success Stories

Top Twitter Success Stories

As of January 2017 there are 500 million tweets posted each day. There are approximately 7.4 billion people on the planet.  The number of tweets per day is only going to rise as people become Internet connected and learn of Twitters quick and easy chat and picture capacity.  The creative uses and power of this type of networking help facilitate some inspiring success stories. Here are just a few top examples of unbelievable twitter success events connecting people and opportunity;

No. 1
Elrubius, a famous gaming YouTuber announced a contest on his YouTube channel in August of 2016. He listed a bunch of gaming give-aways and promised their disbursement as rewards for generating the largest number of re-tweets ever.  His fan base went crazy and accomplished his goal earning Elrubius the largest retweet of “Limonada” for 2016.  Why limonada?  Because at the end of his gaming give away line up he included 4,000 lemons.






No. 2
Carter Wilkerson, a man hungry for “nuggs”.  While ordering chicken nuggets at Wendy’s he tweets the company, “how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?” Wendy’s chicken nugget reply’s with “18 Million”.  He responds, “Consider it done” and tweets out “Help me please. A man needs his nuggs” earning him over 3.4 million retweets by May of 2017.






No. 3
Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, made his first official Tweet on March 2006 and made history, “just setting up my twttr”.  Profound, no.  Historical, yes.  Twitter.  Essentially a really cool public texting chat board with pics.  Fast forward ten years and one billion tweets are being posted each week.  You’ve come a long way Jack.


No. 4
Stephanie Sullivan accepted what just might be the very first marriage proposal from Greg Rewis via Twitter in 2008. Judging from Stephanie’s current last name, this is still a huge success story!

No. 5
Venture Capital Score.  Stacey Ferreira responded to a tweet invitation from Richard Branson to donate $2,000 for his charity to gain access to a meet and great at an event he was hosting.  Stacey and her brother paid the donation, met with Branson and scored $1 million in VC to get their start up, mysocialcloud, off the ground. Three years later they sold their start up to Reputation for an undisclosed amount.

Do you have a Twitter success story?  Share it with #TwitterSuccessStory or share a full description with us – we’d love to hear it!

Twitter Success Stories2017-09-21T21:04:14+00:00

Top 3 Website Upgrades

Do you need a facelift?  If your over 40 then you probably are thinking “yes”!  Although iUpgrade does not upgrade biological material (yet), we can give you a digital facelift.

Most likely your business website could use an upgrade.

There is a large number of important features your website needs in order to obtain or maintain it’s youthful exuberance.  To get started, here is a list of the top three most valuable website upgrades for your homepage that will give you the largest, quickest return and increase in customer response.  This list is part of a check list our website design upgrade methodology filters through when evaluating a business website;

1. When a potential customer arrives at your website, do they immediately understand the core purpose of your company without having to read one single word?

If a shopper has to dig for information about you or doesn’t understand at one glance what you offer and how it will benefit them, then they are happily scooting off to your competitors website.  Don’t let that happen!  Make sure the visuals on your homepage grab their attention quickly and intuitively communicate the solution you have for them that will meet the need that drove them to your website to begin with.  The average person will take up to three seconds to determine if you meet their need of if they need to find the solution somewhere else.

2. Is your brand memorable and appropriate?

Have you invested in developing a company logo that communicates the essence of your company?  If not, this is an important investment and necessary upgrade.  Your company logo will not only benefit your website but needs to be consistently displayed everywhere your company is mentioned, promoted and displayed on and off line.  Make sure to develop a logo that is high resolution, high quality and well thought out with intentional and thoughtful design elements that represent your company. Purchasing a logo template or trying to copy another company’s logo will not provide you with the best long term solution and will communicate that your business is not a high priority.

3. Action!

It is extremely important to have a well placed, strategic action button, image or icon on your homepage.  This needs to be configured to display in a way that is not distracting but available for your customers to act upon.  It also needs to be configured so that it displays in just the right location on all platforms and device settings and sizes.  Your action buttons can be programmed to appear in just the right place at just the right time to help invoke the precise action you desire from your customers – in a way that is not annoying to them but helpful.

These three areas of focus for your website facelift upgrade are critical.  If you haven’t already implemented them we can help you and it won’t even require surgery!

Get your website upgrade today >


Top 3 Website Upgrades2017-09-21T21:04:14+00:00

How to set up a Facebook business account

How to set up facebook for a business – important first steps:

business-facebook-accountStep 1. Go to and click on “Create a Page”.





Step 2. Select Business Page Type

business-facebook-account-catagoriesCategories to choose from;

  • Local Business or Place – Choose this category if you are a local business who serves primarily your local area.
  • Company, Organization or Institution – If your service or product offering extends outside of your local area.
  • Brand or Product – This is a good choice if you have one primary brand or product offering.
  • Artist, Band or Public Figure – Choose if you are a musician, author, speaker, politician or other public representative or figure.
  • Entertainment – This is for companies that offer an entertainment channel or source. It is for specific movies, games and other entertainment releases.
  • Cause or Community – If you are a non-profit organization or an organization that has a primary cause or charity select this category.

Step 3. Initial Business Page Set-up Steps

  • 1. Upload your logo icon and configure the size to 160 x 160. It will appear that size on your main profile page and smaller in your news feed, timeline and next to comments; 100×100, 86×86 and 43×43 respectively.
  • Add a Short Description.  You only get 155 characters, not words here so be brief and to the point. Use targeting language that focuses on your key offerings quickly.
  • In order to unlock a custom Facebook URL you must aquire 25 fans.

business-facebook-add-coverStep 4. Add a Cover Image

Click on “Add a Cover”.  You can choose from your library of photos that you have already uploaded to your account or you can choose to “Upload a Photo”.

The cover image is the largest visual space on the page so you should make an effort to create a visually appealing image that communicates the essence of your company and moves the user to a specific action.  The cover image size needs to be 851×315 pixels but with margins to account for Facebook cropping that occurs on the right and left margins, bringing the center of the picture to a 563x315pixel focal point. Spend some time making a quality cover image as this is the primary banner ad for your company page.

Free quote for an optimized, professional Facebook cover image :




business-facebook-add-cover-buttonAfter you have added your cover image don’t forget the very important step of adding a button. The link to add the button will appear after you have added the cover image in the bottom right space.  Click “Add a Button” and enter the URL of where you want the button to link to.  It should link to the primary action you want your customers to take such as going to the company website, contact form, product landing page or order form.

That concludes the important first steps of setting up Facebook for a business.  There are a ton of promotional and networking features to configure after these first steps are completed but this will get your business Facebook account started.


How to set up a Facebook business account2017-09-21T21:04:14+00:00

Quarter of a Million Views

Santa Ana, CA

YouTube Video Success

Jerry’s Broken Drill and Tap Removal, an iUpgrade marketing services Client, just reached a quarter of a million views for their much appraised YouTube video featuring the right way to remove a broken tap. The video provides a detailed instructional tutorial on how to properly use a Metal Disintegration Machine (MDM) or Electric Discharge Machine (EDM).  You might think this sort of service is needed too seldom to have the need of a broken drill or tap service provider but the over 50 years that Jerry’s Broken Drill and Tap Removal have been in business would disagree with you.  They remove bolts and taps from a wide range of engines and machines.  Without this valuable service an expensive piece of equipment may be rendered useless but with this professional and save repair the equipment is restored and able to function again.  An example would be a BMW engine that has a difficult to reach and remove broken bolt.  Parts are often shipped to Jerry’s for repair and returned with a fast turn around.

If you have a broken bolt, tap or stud that needs to be removed, Jerry’s is the one to call for fast, professional results: 714-836-6824

iUpgrade provides instructional, content rich YouTube video services.  If your business has a unique, interesting, quality service or product we specialize in developing a video that clearly communicates what you have to offer.  Contact us for a free video consultation: 541-899-9908.

Quarter of a Million Views2016-08-17T19:56:08+00:00

What Creates Brand Loyalty

Brand Loyalty

Brand loyalty can run deep.  When a consumer decides that they are loyal to a brand, it is very difficult to sway them away to the competition.  Take Coke and Pepsi as an example.  For years these two companies have fought to maintain their market share with their respective customer loyalty.  These two companies have indeed made it into the hearts of American’s and people all over the world.  I know people who will pick their restaurants due in large part for the simple fact that the restaurant offers Pepsi over Coke.  Other people will note which store has the best deals on Coke and frequent that store over a competitor that offers a higher price for their favorite soft drink.  Why do people choose one brand over the other and stick to that decision even more then they stick to many other more important decisions in life?

My theory is that once a person chooses a product that has such high frequency as Coke and Pepsi, their decision gets mapped into their own identity.  Once the brand decision has been made, every time they see the brand thereafter, it re-affirms their previous decision and becomes linked to their own identity within the brand recognition event.  This makes it very difficult to switch brands because in essence the person would be changing a part of their own identity.

The Pepsi Challenge

An example of a brand campaign imbedding itself into personal choice, identity and loyalty is that of the famous Pepsi Challenge show-down between Pepsi and Coke.  Pepsi initiated the challenge in 1975, when it launched the Pepsi Challenge taste test.  The tests and subsequent commercials took place in malls and shopping centers where people were asked by a Pepsi representative to do a blind-taste test between two cola drinks — one Pepsi, the other Coke.

The result advertised was that most consumers preferred the taste of Pepsi.  The Pepsi Challenge has been featured prominently in much of Pepsi’s TV advertising.  Coke later decided to play Pepsi at its own game, when in 2009 it ran a promotion reminiscent of the Pepsi Challenge, trying to persuade consumers that its Vault drink tastes better than its rival’s Mountain Dew.

The taste test became a conversation – one of which we probably all have had at one point or another – voicing our opinion of which Cola we prefer and sometimes with a debate ensuing to back up our personal choice.  The taste test challenge struck a cord with people as they followed the campaign, chose a side and drew a line.  Their identity intertwined with the product, an era and a marketing brand flavor of their choice.  This is a powerful example of brand loyalty at play.

Brand Neural Mapping (BNM)

This theory, called “Brand Neural Mapping”, may help explain why strong brand loyalty occurs.  This neural network mapping event happens when a person chooses a brand over the competition and links the choice to their own identity. This neurological theory could be a significant reason why social marketing is so effective.  As people are conversing and interacting with friends when they are introduced to a product by a trusted friend they immediately map the friend to the product association in their brains.  This neural network association is powerful.  Their personal preferences and feelings toward that friend could produce an immediate acceptance for the product before researching or trying the brand themselves.  Later, when the person interacts with the product they will often feel so accepting and associated with the product on a personal level that a purchase is highly likely. If, after the product or service is tested and then accepted, the rate of rejection or change to a competitor thereafter is very low.

By comparison, there are two well known traditional brand frequency theories that include Ebbinghaus and Smith respectively.

The first was derived from research conducted by Hermann Ebbinghause in the late 1800’s. His findings concluded with a summary of 20 brand exposures are required to produce an acceptance response from a customer.  This theory stipulates that it takes on average 20 times for a person to process a brand in order to invoke a purchase.

His 20 steps are as follows;
The first time people look at any given ad, they don’t even see it.
The second time, they don’t notice it.
The third time, they are aware that it is there.
The fourth time, they have a fleeting sense that they’ve seen it somewhere before.
The fifth time, they actually read the ad.
The sixth time they thumb their nose at it.
The seventh time, they start to get a little irritated with it.
The eighth time, they start to think, “Here’s that confounded ad again.”
The ninth time, they start to wonder if they’re missing out on something.
The tenth time, they ask their friends and neighbors if they’ve tried it.
The eleventh time, they wonder how the company is paying for all these ads.
The twelfth time, they start to think that it must be a good product.
The thirteenth time, they start to feel the product has value.
The fourteenth time, they start to remember wanting a product exactly like this for a long time.
The fifteenth time, they start to yearn for it because they can’t afford to buy it.
The sixteenth time, they accept the fact that they will buy it sometime in the future.
The seventeenth time, they make a note to buy the product.
The eighteenth time, they curse their poverty for not allowing them to buy this terrific product.
The nineteenth time, they count their money very carefully.
The twentieth time prospects see the ad, they buy what is offering.

His conclusion was that if you expose a person enough times to a brand they will eventually move to purchase if the proper opportunity presents itself.

The second theory, outlined by Herbert Krugman, concluded that it takes only three brand exposures for a person to determine their brand decision; curiosity, recognition and decision. This view differs from Ebbinghaus in that after the third exposure the consumer has made their decision and no matter how much frequency they receive thereafter the decision has already been made and will not change.

The BNM theory differs from both of these traditional brand frequency theories in that it gives weight to personalization when a person processes associations and lifestyle messaging.  Weight is given to the event when a friend or acquaintance is linked to a product and when a person identifies with a lifestyle message that is then linked to a brand.  When either of these occurs the frequency rate is multiplied, resulting in less frequency steps.  Applying the BNM model to social networking and taking Ebbinghaus’s model as an example, would look like this;

The first time people are engaged in a conversation in a social network with a friend and a product is discussed or seen in association, the frequency = 5-10 steps in 1 depending on emphasis of product in social scenario.
The second time, they engage with a different friend with the same product = 5 frequency
The third time, they see the product outside of social environment, they feel the product must have value and trust it would be good for them to obtain and start to budget for the amount needed.
The fourth time they are reminded about the product through online ads, print or otherwise they move to purchase.
After purchase they submit review information back to their social network, reinforcing acceptance and creating brand awareness for additional friends in their own network creating an exponential brand frequency effect.

In this respect the rate of brand acceptance is reduced to 4 frequency steps with an exponential growth factor for the 5th step.

Another application of the BNM model is when the product is linked to lifestyle messaging.  If the consumer associates positively to the lifestyle being communicated and linked to the product the same 4 step rate of acceptance is applied. These two scenarios often go hand in hand as friends and lifestyle are so intimately integrated.

The best use of applying the BNM model is when providing a quality product or service is a core company objective. In fact, a company with authentic care and integrity for their customers will seek out the core needs of their customers in relation to what they offer and alter their product and services to better serve the customer and community. Communicating the need met, the solution it offers and life improvement benefits in the brand marketing is a win win situation for the customer and the company. Using this BNM production to market method drives the company and brand to consistent improvements and customer growth.

What Creates Brand Loyalty2017-09-21T21:04:15+00:00

How to Avoid Backlink Penalties

Backlink Building Techniques That Work

I think we have all feared the IRS at one point in our lives or the other.  Receiving a letter from the IRS is bound to raise your blood pressure unless you are expecting a refund.  If you are a business owner with employees the check in the mail from the IRS is typically not a refund check.

Google can implement the same type of fear if you suddenly see the traffic to your website drop only to find out that it is due to some backlinks to your site that have been deemed unsavory by team Google.

Because the spotlight has swung in the direction of the quality of the backlinks to your site you must be diligent to analyze how these have been managed.  How do you even begin to comb through the mess of information networking their way back to your site in the form of a link buried in an article somewhere?

Here are three tips to get you started:

#1 Pull a quality backlink report.
Ask your web person, web team or web marketing agency to perform a backlink report. This report will gather all links leading to your site, their source and will typically include a quality assessment.  This is similar to a Profit & Loss report. It will show you where the weak links are and what quality links to keep.

#2 Review your backlink strategy.
Ask your web marketing team what their strategy is for building your companies backlinks.  Are they blasting out your web address through every free link building tool they can find, not really knowing what the results will be?  Or do they have a quality content building and exchange plan in place to build quality, relevant links over time? Speed is not the best policy in the link building world. You will most likely get a ticket from the Google police.

#3 Remember, Content is King and Quality Content is Queen.
If you have a company of quality, integrity and intend to constantly improve and refine your business and market positioning, then the best link building strategy is to provide quality content.  There are many ways this quality content can be levereged to build quality links over time.  If your in business for the long haul and care more about quality then a quick fix that may blow up then this is the best link building approach.  Think of ways your company can build unique, quality content to share within your industry to help build new relationships, share your expert knowledge and you will also enjoy the rewards of traffic derived from backlinks.

How to Avoid Backlink Penalties2017-09-21T21:04:18+00:00

SEO Keyword Architecture

Architecting the perfect keyword list for your business is critical for SEO results.  Your keywords in essence are words that perfectly describe your business and it’s unique qualities and or services.

When developing your keyword list don’t think SEO, think what your business provides best.  From this starting point the art of positioning can be applied to your list.

Your website should communicate to both humans and robots eloquently.  These two sets of communications should be precise and in harmony.  It is difficult satisfying both at the same time but it can be done with the right expertise.

Now for a warning.  There are a lot of “SEO” companies out there who will tell you that they can get your business top ranked, guaranteed.  The way that they can give you this guarantee is that you will be ranked top…of a long tail keyword.  That long tail keyword may or may not be relevant to your business or the type of customers that would benefit from your business offering.  These SEO companies don’t really care if you get relevant business.  They care that you are sold on the “top rank” hook and will worry about relevant business later.

Having said all of that about long-tail keywords now I have to go into how long-tail keywords are very effective – if the relevant long tail keywords that can are positioned correctly are pursued.

Now, let’s break-down the anatomy of the long tail keyword:

Long tail keywords are 3 and 4-keyword phrases which are specific to your business offering. A prospective customer will go to a search engine and type in what they are looking for. For example, they will type in “newport beach window repair” instead of “window”.  If you happen to sell mustang’s then you would position the SEO on your website for that specific inventory instead of a general category such as “car”.

You could assume that positioning the SEO for “car” would result in more customers but you would soon discover that you would get a plethora of irrelevant, unfruitful customer traffic such as people searching for a “car” wash.  This type of SEO architecture would not give you an ROI on your marketing budget.

After formulating your general keyword list, the long tail specific keyword list you would then start to select the priority long tail keywords to implement into landing pages and integrate into your navigation in a way that is easy to use for the customer and provides keyword benefit to the search engines.

Now let’s focus back on the long tail keyword selection.  The only way to select the high yield long tail keywords is to test and correctly position them. For example, a keyword such as “door rugs” might yield results that compete with larger competitors such as Target that will bury your listing on page twenty.  In contrast, if you select a keyword such as “elegant black welcome mat” you will most likely get much better results closer to page 1.

SEO Keyword Architecture2017-09-21T21:04:18+00:00
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