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What Makes a Successful Financial Planning Blog?

Join Brent Carnduff, Marie Swift, April Rudin and Victor Gaxiola for a round table discussion about blogging for Financial Planners. The webinar will be set up as a question and answer session, with time at the end for specific questions from listeners.

- Brent Carnduff, Principal, Echelon Business Solutions

- Marie Swift, Principal, Impact Communications
- April Rudin, Principal, The Rudin Group,
- Victor Gaxiola, Social Media Subject Matter Expert, Actiance, Inc,
Recorded Nov 7 2012 49 mins
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