The Sweetest Business Networking Event of the Year

Tonight, Toronto entrepreneurs put the ‘epic’ in epicurean. More than 100 guests attended the most decadent (and least nutritious) networking event of the year: Chocolate Chip Cookie Off 2017. Featuring 35 types of gourmet cookies lovingly crafted by baking professionals, CCCO2017 offered an audacious tribute to carbs. Despite the frosty winter weather, we came out […]

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Grow your business (with a 1-Page Marketing Plan)

To achieve growth and profitability this year, keep your marketing plan simple. Align your marketing with your corporate priorities by creating a one-page, high-level marketing plan for the year. The rationale is persuasive. One activity that sets the most successful companies apart is their willingness to document their marketing strategy, according to the Content Marketing […]

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Holiday Parties = Networking Goldmines

Looking to grow your business in 2017? Great. Start now. Successful executive and entrepreneurs recommend that you say yes to every invitation you receive for holiday parties, including professional and industry social events. These networking events are golden opportunities to connect with people, build relationships and strengthen your professional network. Even holiday events you attend […]

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Trump’s Winning Marketing Strategy: Rage Against the Machine

The world awoke to a whole new reality show. As astounded Americans try to make sense of last night’s election results (and feverishly apply for a Canadian passport), let’s examine how President-elect Trump’s marketing strategy contributed to his stunning triumph. Donald Trump’s political campaign nailed several basic marketing principles, which elevated his brand from brash […]

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5 Essential B2B Marketing Tactics

For effective business-to-business (B2B) marketing, balance facts and feelings. When selling to a B2B audience, you need a slightly different approach to your content marketing than if you sell directly to consumers. That’s because more individuals may be involved in a B2B purchase decision. B2B buyers and decision makers also tend to expect efficiency, expertise […]

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Proof the Freelance Revolution is Unstoppable

October is Small Business Month, so it’s the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate a thriving entrepreneurial trend: the rise of the freelance movement. In the past decade alone, technology, globalization and economic factors have empowered and inspired workers to leave the corporate world behind and establish their own freelance business. The freelancing community has […]

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8 Reasons Businesses Love Freelancers

The freelance revolution is fueling business, as a growing number of companies are turning to independent professionals to get their projects done. As the freelancing revolution gains momentum, companies can win big. Why Companies Win The business benefits of hiring a freelancer include: 1. Cost savings: Businesses can save a significant amount of money by […]

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8 Reasons Workers Embrace Freelancing

Considering leaving the cubicle behind? You’re not alone. Projections suggest up to 40% of U.S. workers could be freelancers by 2020.[i] The benefits of pursuing a freelance path can include: 1. Freedom: Gain autonomy and be your own boss. As long as you get your work done, you can go for a mid-morning jog or […]

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Does Freelancing Fit Your Lifestyle?

October is Small Business Month, so it’s a great time to consider whether the freelance movement is right for you — now or in the future. One desirable benefit of freelancing is how well it accommodates certain lifestyles, including: Digital Nomads: White-collar freelancers can choose to travel beyond their national borders and work anywhere there’s […]

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The Boardroom is the Best Classroom

Back to school season reminds us that knowledge is power. Throughout our careers, we accumulate valuable knowledge and wisdom, which could benefit others. Yet too often we keep our wisdom to ourselves, locked in our brain and hidden from view. Instead, we could choose to share what we know with a genuine intent to help […]

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What You Can Learn From Zara’s Product Controversy

Global fashion retailer Zara recently caused a public uproar following accusations the brand copied the work of independent artists. Last month Los Angeles-based artist Tuesday Bassen announced she had filed an official complaint against Zara for copyright infringement. She joins at least a dozen artists who allege Zara stole their designs, adding their work to […]

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Win Big and Fast: 5 Strategic Sales Tips

Winning makes us euphoric. Just as the 2016 Rio Olympics will be the proudest moment of some elite athletes’ careers, winning a major new business deal could be the most exhilarating thing to happen to your company. Business development wins can give your company bigger accounts, new direction and greater credibility – and effective sales […]

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20 Tips for Working Remotely (& Productively)

Now that warmer weather is here, it may be time to free yourself from the office to work from a more scenic locale — without compromising your productivity. To boost cost efficiencies, morale and retention, a growing number of companies are embracing programs for staff to work remotely. Whether they work from home, a coffee […]

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Physical stores for e-commerce companies

Why E-Commerce Giants are Getting Physical

In May, e-commerce powerhouse Amazon announced it will open more physical stores, following the lead of online cosmetics brand Birchbox and online eyewear brand Warby Parker. Amid today’s retail disruption, the savviest retailers know superior customer experience (CX) is paramount to their success. E-commerce giants’ deliberate focus on CX has inspired their investments in omnichannel […]

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24 Entrepreneurs’ Top Tips from their Dads

In time for Father’s Day, entrepreneurs around the world celebrated their tough and tender role models. These business owners remind us that our dads are more than just our parents. They are loving mentors and cheerleaders who have empowered and emboldened us to take risks, grow and succeed in pursuing our dreams. Now two dozen […]

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Millennial Moms: The real retail disruptors

Consumer goods marketers are paying close attention to young hipster moms. Here’s why: According to new research from market research firm Ipsos, there’s a lucrative yet highly-demanding consumer segment within the millennials cohort: YEMMies (Young, Educated Millennial Moms). Don’t let the cute name fool you: these shrewd — and often tattooed — ladies are influential […]

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Content = Marketing

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Leadership Tips from Proven Tech Disruptors

Technology is today’s business game-changer. Its growing influence impacts everyone from the c-suite to the customer service frontlines. Now it’s impossible to discuss marketing, B2B or retail trends without mentioning technology’s impact. That’s why – regardless of the sector we’re in – it’s important to learn from successful, innovative tech leaders. Their valuable experiences and […]

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Helping is the new selling …

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Use content to prove your value

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