Tag: IT

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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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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Tell your company’s stories …

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2015 PR Fails … and What We Can Learn From Them

Move over, Malaysia Airlines and Jian Ghomeshi. In 2015 we survived a tsunami of shocking new PR scandals involving Volkswagen, Ashley Madison, FIFA and Bill Cosby. In time we’ll see whether these damaged brands will survive. In the meantime, let’s face it: In business and in life, people make mistakes. Whether our reputation is resilient […]

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10 Qualities of Winning Entrepreneurs

In a recent LinkedIn post, over three dozen entrepreneurs generously shared with me their top tips for business success. They mentioned several recurring themes, including personal qualities that underpin business growth and prosperity. Based on their feedback, here are 10 of the most common qualities among winning entrepreneurs: Focused: They know why they launched their […]

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5 Proven Ways to Boost Your Brand Power

The power of your brand is in your hands. You may wonder how your company can gain a competitive edge, cut through the digital clutter and influence your dream clients – all within your budget. Yet it’s possible. That’s a common challenge because today’s business decisions often start with a Google search. The tremendous power […]

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Make your marketing helpful …

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Executive Ghostwriter as a Time Saver

It’s frightful: Business executives are bursting with brilliant insights – yet they have no time to share them. That’s why some leaders use a ghostwriter, a writer who anonymously articulates their ideas while the executive gets the spotlight, the credit and the results. In time for Halloween, here’s a case study on using a ghostwriter […]

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14 Experts Share How to Recession-Proof Your Business

In both strong and weak economies, your company deserves promotion. Last month, Statistics Canada confirmed the Canadian economy slipped into recession in the first half of the year for the first time since 2009. Too often, news of a recession causes decision makers to panic and contract their marketing efforts. However, reacting by “going quiet” […]

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Rock Stars of Content Marketing

Beyond coffee, Starbucks is a powerhouse in content marketing. Starbucks’ commitment to comfort, community and consistency — across its 21,000 stores and its content  — have ignited the brand’s popularity and global dominance. In the 2014 video Meet Me at Starbucks, the coffee giant tells its brand story by letting its customers tell their own […]

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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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5 Questions Your B2B Marketing Must Answer

If you sell to businesses, you’ll profit by anticipating what B2B buyers expect from your message. B2B marketing has changed. Today the buying process is longer and, amid all the digital clutter, attention spans are shorter. Decision makers are busier than ever. They often lack staff, budget and time. Far too often, B2B content misses […]

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Prove You’re a B2B Superhero

You know it: Your B2B brand consistently outperforms rivals due to your leadership, excellence and momentum in your niche. But do your most desirable prospects know? Today more B2B purchasers start their research online than B2C; sales often start with a Google search. This trend means your brand has a massive, untapped opportunity to strategically […]

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Checklist: Maximize Your Marketing Muscle

Looking to end 2015 on a strong note? Consider applying more proven marketing practices to reach and attract your ideal customers. Use this checklist of 101 marketing tactics to identify new opportunities to maximize your marketing muscle. 101 Marketing Tactics: Advertising Affiliate marketing program Annual reports Banner ads Behind-the-scenes images and videos Blogs Brochures Business […]

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Strategic Communications 101

With the back-to-school season underway, let’s review how to achieve your business goals by applying reading, writing and ‘rithmatic to develop a strategic communications plan. An effective communications plan acts as your company’s results-oriented roadmap, helping you get where you want to go — using minimal time, money and effort. Use the following steps to […]

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Make Your Marketing Useful

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Navigate a PR Crisis With Ease

Ashley Madison. FIFA. NFL. Bill Cosby. Jian Ghomeshi. Rob Ford… In recent months, the headlines have proclaimed PR problems for several major brands and personalities. These headlines prove that, in business as in life, bad stuff happens. Any company could make headlines due to a crisis involving a data breach, employee misconduct, financial issues or […]

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Video’s Killing It as a Marketing Star

To boost marketing ROI, engagement and conversion, a growing number of companies are wisely turning to video. Last month, YouTube surpassed cable TV networks for viewership, proving the irrefutable power of video. Consider the facts: 70% of marketing professionals say video converts better than any other medium 65% of executives have visited a vendor’s website […]

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Plan Your Content, Crush Your Competitors

The Internet is clogged with content. How will you make yours stand out among your rivals? Take a tip from top-performing companies: Be proactive and consistent (rather than reactive and random) with your external communications. To stay on track, manage your workflow and create impactful copy, develop an editorial calendar. An editorial calendar helps you […]

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Stand Out By Sharing Fresh Insights

There are plenty of fish in the online sea. Today business decisions start with a Google search, and the rise of digital and content marketing has likely impacted or even disrupted your industry. What is your brand doing to stand out, reach and serve your customers using web, social and mobile channels? Align Your Content […]

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