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Costs of Marketing

How much should you spend on marketing? As a marketing consultant, the most common question people ask me when they call is, “What’s it going to cost?” Which is kind of a funny question, because although I can generally ballpark the cost building a marketing or business plan, what people really want to know is…

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12 Tips for Starting a Business in Calgary

So you’re ready to start a business in Calgary? Good for you! It’s a giant leap. Calgary has for years been reputed as Canada’s most entrepreneurial city. As a business owner myself, and having helped hundreds of other entrepreneurs get started, I thought I’d give you a few tips on how business is done in…

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Twitter Phishing and MMF

Mass Marketing Fraud, and What Needs to Be Done About It Last night I was surprised to receive a note in my email inbox notifying me of a direct message (DM) from Twitter.  The message was from a high-profile businessperson that I follow; a CEO of an industry association.  The message read “Hi someone is…

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Why Were the Polls Wrong?

Insights on the Alberta 2012 Election The poll slippage in last night’s election was certainly extraordinary, and all the pollsters on the evening newscasts were saying how surprised they were. There are several common reasons why polls are “off”. The pollsters are going to have to (and they will) do their own research and then…

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Going Viral

Sustainability and the Art of Going Viral: a passing fad or the real thing? In an early April e-mail from my brother in Geneva I got excited about social media and its power to animate the hearts and minds of younger generations. Can a viral campaign raise awareness, understanding or support when it ‘goes viral’…

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Twiends Seeding Results

Assuming you checked out my blog 3 days ago, you’re aware that I ran a little test with an online tool called twiends.com which is a “seeding” method used to get people to follow your account on Twitter. As soon as I bought and released my “seeds” the followers shot up to 405 from about…

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