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Thoughts from #SocialWest

Managing the Online Reputation of Your Small Business Last month, armed with a tablet and a name tag, I attended my first social media conference – Social West. Held in Calgary, Alberta, the three-day event is spearheaded by Mike Morrison, author of Mike’s Bloggity Blog. Delivering on its promise as the largest social media and…

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View from NYC

   Last month, I attended the annual Mirren conference in New York City to get a barometer on what the marketing and advertising industry is saying and doing. It had been five years since I was at the last conference, and it was quite a shift in emphasis of the discussion. Here’s what I mean….

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New Approaches to Market Research: Part 3

A Round-Up of the 2014 GRIT Report, Part 3   The Green Book Guide for Buyers of Marketing Research publishes an annual report based on a survey of research clients and suppliers. The report, known as the GRIT (Greenbook Research Industry Trends) Report, draws on input from over 3000 research professionals, including those from Canada’s…

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New Research Trends: Part 2

A Round-Up of the 2014 GRIT Report, PART 2   The Green Book Guide for Buyers of Marketing Research publishes an annual report based on a survey of research clients and suppliers. The report, known as the GRIT (Greenbook Research Industry Trends) Report, draws on input from over 3000 research professionals, including those from Canada’s…

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Together in Tourism Marketing

Whether you’re a tourism marketing board or a business in the hospitality sector, here’s some insight that can help you think a little more deeply about your marketing. Recently, we attended a presentation by Tourism Calgary on their 2015 – 2017 Strategic Plan.    Chairman Rod McKay talked about a few basic areas of focus,…

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I attended an excellent presentation last week, put on by the Canadian Public Relations Society in Calgary. The speaker was recently appointed CEO Tammy Moore of ALS Canada, discussing her experience this past summer with the unexpected Ice Bucket Challenge and the astonishing success that came with it. I had not participated in the challenge,…

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