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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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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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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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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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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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Toronto Needs Tech Disruptors, Say Public & Private Sectors

Move over, Silicon Valley. Toronto’s hot technology sector is attracting leading global IT companies. The city boasts top talent, an affordable Canadian dollar and a mayor, John Tory, who proudly promotes the city as an innovation hotspot. Tory attended this week’s TechTO event at Toronto’s City Hall council chambers to discuss the technology sector’s success […]

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Business Tips from Toronto’s Bold Tech Entrepreneurs

Move over, Silicon Valley. Toronto’s hot technology sector is attracting leading global companies with its top talent, affordable Canadian dollar and mayor, John Tory, who proudly promotes the city as an innovation hotspot. Tory attended last night’s TechTO event at Toronto’s City Hall council chambers to discuss the technology sector’s success – and how it […]

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6 Tech Trends Affecting Your Marketing Team in 2016

(Originally posted on LinkedIn.) Say good-bye to the silos between IT and marketing. Today’s most successful companies embrace the powerful fusion of tech-driven marketing. And so should you. To compete effectively, your marketing team needs to stay up-to-date on tech innovations — and how they impact your communications with customers and prospects. To compete successfully […]

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Infographic: 5 Disruptive Retail Trends in 2016

B2C brands: This infographic summarizes 5 Disruptive Retail Trends to Watch in 2016, my latest post for RangeMe.com.

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Leadership Lessons from Toronto’s Tech Titans

In Toronto’s booming technology sector, companies are competing for top talent while trying to attract investors, remain agile and stay ahead of rapidly-evolving industry trends. Due to explosive growth, Toronto’s tech job growth rate is well above the overall employment rate, according to the Financial Post. To learn from proven leaders and rising stars in […]

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50 Shades of Grape: Marketing tips from wine masters

Tomorrow is National Drink Wine Day in the U.S. To celebrate a beverage that attracts consumers ranging from peasants to monarchs, let’s shine a spotlight on the wine industry – and how you can benefit from its marketing tips. Despite an influx of new wine drinkers, global wine consumption has decreased in recent years due […]

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A (Canadian) Branding Exercise

Branding is more important than ever in business, as brands convey consistent quality, credibility and experience. Brands establish an emotional connection and can build value. In honour of Canada Day, we’ll examine a patriotic brand, Molson Canadian beer. Molson Canadian stands out from all the other domestic and foreign beer brands by relying on its […]

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