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Tweets for Sale?

Twitter Amping Up Sale of Data The announcement that Twitter plans to supply user data (not the private parts like direct messages, mind you) to marketing firms like Klout and companies including IBM, Oracle and Salesforce.com has me pondering both privacy on social media, and the possibilities for marketers and consumers. This Twitter announcement is…

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Facebook Data for Researchers

New Access to User Comments Offers Tangible Marketing Data Last month Facebook announced that they have joined forces with DataSift, a UK software firm, to offer researchers access to what is being said on Facebook about specific events, brands, products or politics. Topic Data, the tool being introduced, could help businesses tailor their brand and…

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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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Lessons from the Super Bowl

By now we’ve all suffered the deflating surprise ending of the Nationwide Super Bowl commercial or heard about it online. We’ve watched #leftshark hit himself in the face under the guise of “dancing” and explained to our children why Missy Elliott’s appearance was way cooler, really, than Katy Perry’s. Many of us have even giggled…

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What Does Digital Marketing Look Like in 2015?

Over the last few years, digital marketing has been growing in popularity and has quickly become a key piece in any business’s marketing plan. However, 2014 was when it saw its biggest push to mainstream usage across many industries and this pattern will continue into 2015 as it goes from being “the thing to do”…

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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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