Pin Your Business On Pinterest! Here are 3 reasons why...

Posted by Sandy Benoit

Oct 20, 2014 8:21:06 AM

So Pinterest, eh?

What is Pinterest exactly?

Is it something that can help my business grow?

Can it help me better reach my customers?

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Topics: social media, Inbound marketing, Pinterest, social media marketing

How Would You Use an Internet Tax Credit?

Posted by Scott Vetter

Oct 16, 2014 3:58:50 PM

Last week the Globe and Mail reported that the Internet Association is recommending a “digital renovation tax credit.” Just like home improvement tax credits that were used to spur on the economy and give the construction sector a boost, this tax credit would encourage spending to bolster the economy. It would provide an incentive for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to invest in improving their online presence. The funds spent would directly benefit firms in the web, marketing, editorial, design and business consulting sectors and spill-over to complementary and secondary industries, spreading the wealth in Keynesian fashion. As an added bonus, unlike a home renovation tax credit which has no real economic benefit after the fact, the money invested in developing stronger online presences will encourage additional business for the companies taking advantage of the tax credit.

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Since we are in the business of assisting companies in strengthening their online brand and using the Internet to foster new business, I think this is an excellent idea. But self-interest aside, the idea is a smart means of providing immediate and ensuing support to SMEs. Especially when you consider that at least 78% of Internet users research their purchase online (HubSpot), and alarmingly, only 45.5 per cent of Canadian businesses have a website (Internet Association)!

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Topics: marketing automation, website, search engine marketing

Beyond Blogging: How to Take Your Content Marketing to the Next Level

Posted by Dave Auten

Oct 13, 2014 1:20:00 PM

The business blog is a great way to establish habit and experience in creating frequent communication with an audience. It shows the world that there are people behind the company, willing to share ideas and expertise with anyone interested.

 

The blog also shows Google that your website is updated frequently with new information about your niche. This tells Google that you are relevant within that niche and you should be ranked accordingly in search.

 

All this is great for driving traffic to your website, but does it bring you in any extra business? Probably not.

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Topics: content marketing, lead generation

Truths and Myths About Going Viral

Posted by Claire Phillipowsky

Oct 10, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Every company dreams of “going viral.”

 

The ability to create a single piece of content (e.g. a YouTube video) and to simply wait until millions of people begin watching it and talking about it, saving thousands in paid media while gaining unprecedented publicity and interest for your company, seems almost too good to be true. Well, read on to learn some of the truths and myths about “going viral.”

 

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Topics: advertising, online content, content marketing, viral marketing campaigns

Social Media in 2014: Interesting Numbers and Stats!

Posted by Sandy Benoit

Oct 6, 2014 9:26:02 AM

So, the days are getting shorter, summer is coming to an end and leaves are changing colours. It can only mean one thing: fall has begun. Of course, with the year coming to an end, we will also start seeing year-end statistics and yearly reviews appearing on our social media streams.

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Topics: twitter, blogging, social media, facebook, YouTube, google plus, statistics

3 First Steps to Successful Content Marketing Execution

Posted by Dave Auten

Sep 29, 2014 5:02:00 PM

Content marketing is a technique for obtaining new business. Online is fertile ground for growing your business and online content marketing is a means for you to acquire new leads.

 

Are you at a plateau in your growth and looking to top up your sales pipeline? Content marketing can widen your market. It is an effective, but not aggressive, way to extend the reach of your business.

 

The content marketing concept for small to medium sized enterprises is based on your niche and the unique value you offer.

 

 

 

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Topics: content marketing, content generation

How Do You Manage Your Brand Against Risk?

Posted by Scott Vetter

Sep 26, 2014 7:49:00 AM

A recent post by Seth Godin read:

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Topics: branding, mission statement, big brother,

A Look at Our #cdnpoli Leaders Under the Marketing Microscope

Posted by Jenn Jefferys

Sep 25, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Last week, fresh from their summers at home in their respective ridings, our MPs reconvened here in Ottawa as Parliament resumed for the fall session.

With over a year until our next Federal election, it’s already becoming staunchly clear that the three rivaled contenders for power (Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair, and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau) are already clamoring to win us over at every possible opportunity. In fact, political pundits are forecasting this to be one of the “longest and most competitive” Federal election campaigns in Canadian history. Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC’s The Current noted that Parliament’s reopening sounded “more like stump speeches than debates.” Ready or not, Canada.

So despite the probable annoyance of this perpetual campaign, what makes this so fascinating for professional communicators and marketers to watch as it unfolds? Why are we paying attention?

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Topics: branding, communication, strategy, thomas mulcair, justin trudeau, canadian federal politics, personality, stephen harper, politics

Shock Advertising: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Claire Phillipowsky

Sep 22, 2014 2:18:00 PM

Shock advertising can work if you do it right and have (and can prove you have) the right intention behind it. It can be a great way to gain a lot of free publicity and to encourage people to think and talk about your ad and message. It can cause people to act.

But, before you get excited about the possibility of using it for your brand make sure that you examine what not to do.

Take the recent stunt by Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters is a popular retail store among teenagers and 20-somethings. After working to build and maintain an "edgy" brand over the years – they increasingly find themselves in a battle to keep their core audience interested. What’s a brand to do? Well, I wouldn’t recommend this:

 

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What Will Twitter’s E-Commerce Tool Mean for Your Business?

Posted by Jenn Jefferys

Sep 19, 2014 1:00:00 PM

 

Multiplying a product's purpose from one to many has come to be expected today.

To that end, we’ve come to expect Facebook and other social platforms to be in a constant state of evolution, as they perpetually bring on new features; from chat, to games, to videos, to e-commerce.

Twitter Inc. has been fortunate enough to take on a valuable new team member (previously employed at Ticketmaster) whose latest project (similar to Facebook’s this past summer) will soon mean adding e-commerce to the Twitter portfolio.

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Topics: twitter, social media, social selling, e-commerce

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