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Steve Gasser is the President and CEO of Vivid Image, a Minnesota based web design and social marketing firm. He’s a certified social media consultant, business strategist and keynote speaker and has worked with over 700 small businesses and non-profit organizations in all aspects of web design, internet marketing, online processes, SEO, email marketing, social networking, mobile and more. Steve customizes every presentation for each audience, and adjusts during the presentation as needed. Steve takes knowledge from the 10,000 foot level and breaks it into tangible step by steps audiences can immediately incorporate into their own businesses. Steve has built his reputation on two things – being easy to work with and delivering “Remark!able™,” caring, engaging, high-energy presentations.

“I am always looking for ways to inspire new ideas to help others achieve their business dreams. After nearly 20 years in business, I continue to be as passionate about inspiring possibilities for those around me as the day Vivid Image first opened its doors.”

Steve writes on Steve and the Vivid Image blog, Get ready to experience his enthusiasm for inspiring ideas for non-profits and businesses.

Speaking/Workshop Topics

The topics around social media can vary and be customized to meet your organization’s needs. Below are some recent presentations Steve delivered. If you have a related topic you would like presented, please contact Steve via email to:


You are Remark!able

This is a keynote presentation and workshop designed to set the tone to inspire change and growth in your organization.
Length:  1 – 3 hours

  1. Who you are matters – what makes you remarkable
  2. Value of SMALL changes
  3. Roles we have in life
  4. Where are you placing your attention – rubber balls and crystal balls.
  5. Time Management and fitting in the important things
  6. 3 Words and Monthly Challenge
  7. Start a Movement (being a good follower too)

Social Marketing

It’s New, It’s Cool & You Need to Know More: Social marketing is a term used for an online movement; new ways people connect and share on the Internet. From YouTube and Facebook to Twitter and Delicious, these social marketing tools change the way businesses work, market to target groups, get feedback, establish branding, solicit recommendations, and more. In this session you will:

  • Learn about social marketing and see good examples
  • Break social networking into smaller pieces to try for your business/organization
  • Determine a first step to growing your business by networking online
  • Ask Questions, Discuss, Get Answers
  • The 7 Steps to Small Business Marketing Success – As Minnesota’s only certified DuctTape Marketing coach, Steve teaches how to:
  • Make qualified prospects pick up the phone and call you
  • Enjoy picking and choosing the clients you want to work with
  • Become a well-known and recognized expert in your industry
  • Attract more clients without feeling pushy or like a salesperson

Everyday Entrepreneurs

Why small business fail and what to do to about it – Throughout this thought-provoking session, you’ll be shocked and amazed by what it truly takes to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. Review and profile four entrepreneurs, rate their likelihood for success and learn the seven reasons businesses fail and what can be done to avoid them.


LinkedIn is a professional network with more than 30 million experienced professionals. Create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments and helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients and partners. Add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to connect with you. Your network can link you to thousands of qualified professionals. In this session, you will:

  • Build your LinkedIn profile
  • Learn connection strategies to find others in LinkedIn
  • Enhance your resume and get online recommendations
  • Connect with potential employers and network with others in your industry

Facebook for Business

If you haven’t been to Facebook, that’s ok. This session is perfect for new and beginning users. Facebook offers benefits and features to businesses willing to explore the possibilities of this amazing networking tool. In this session you will:

  • Learn what it takes to get set-up on Facebook
  • How Facebook works and gathers demographic data
  • See examples of businesses using Facebook
  • Gather ideas how you can get started using Facebook for your business

The Power of Email Marketing

As a certified Constant Contact Trainer, Steve shows how email marketing – the hands-on, low-cost marketing tool – can drive business success. Discover how regular customer communication helps you stay connected, generate increased referrals, repeat sales, and loyalty. Learn how to start and build a strong permission-based customer list, get your audience to open, read and act on your email, and use past results to sharpen your email marketing program. Learn the best practices and proven strategies to: Connect, Inform and Grow.

Basic Website Statistics

Understand What’s Going On – Steve teaches how to get the most out of website statistics so you can make effective business decisions. Learn basic website statistics, put the “hits” myth to rest, set some baseline statistics and make decisions (based on statistics) that will impact your business.

Presentation Experience

  • Rotary International
  • Duct Tape Marketing University
  • Southwest State University Small Business Expo
  • Small Business Management SBA
  • Obvious Expert Podcast
  • Conversation Hub Podcast
  • SouthWest Initiative Foundation CORE
  • SouthernMN Initiative Foundation
  • Minnesota Professional Photographers Association (MnPPA)
  • MN Workforce Center
  • Crack the Code on Small Business Success: Panelist
  • International Assn. of Administrative Associates (IAAA)
  • Ridgewater College
  • SWMN Entrepreneur Academy
  • Crow River Area Quality Council
  • Hutchinson Leadership Institute
  • Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce
  • Marketing Mixer
  • Local BNI Groups
  • Lac qui Parle EDA