Okay, I know what you’re thinking….a major accounting firm runs a forum for folks to attend and increase their knowledge in an area you’re unfamilar with and then comes the big “hey, pick us for your accounting needs” type of come-on, right? Wrong! While I’d admit that was in the back of my mind as a caution a week ago or so when I attended my first ever Next Gen CEO forum, hosted by SB Partners at the Burlington Golf & Country Club, I couldn’t have been more incorrect.
In fact, if there is one thing that sticks out in my mind, it was that there was honestly no “hard sell” of this accounting firm and the pitch that usually follows such a meet-up. For that I was not only pleasantly surprised but comforted by the thought that this Burlington based accounting firm was making it apparent that they were trying to only increase the attendees level of knowledge on the topic that was there for presentation that day – and what a great topic it was too!
We have talked here on our Canadian SEO blog about how to generate leads for your SMB business quite a few times over the past few years and if it’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that for the vast majority of SMB owners, our advice has barely broken through the clutter of other voices all vying for attention. That’s bad. We know that this cacaphony of marketing voices is just too too much to wade through to try to find the “meat & potatoes” that a business owner needs to sup on, to succeed.
So we thought that today, we’d try to help any of our readers think on what they will need to do to research same on their own, and to do that, we thought we’d start with one of the best firms we know when it comes to exactly that – capable, reliable marketing knowledge to help you both plan, create and develop your own marketing plan for your online business to succeed.
It’s not very often – in fact only once in memory, that I’ve ever used this Canadian SEO blog for the purpose of spreading out news that came to me in a Press Release, but as I know both the whole team over at VistaShift and that I was actually at the launch party for their new site, that I thought this would be the best way to help shout-out their news.
That, plus the fact that I have actually “taken” the early-stages course for one firm I’ve invested in, our own mobile payments firm SnapPay, that helped us immensely to gain some traction via the insights we received at that two-day session really made me decide to do this. Oh, one further point too…is that you may recognize the founder’s name, Ron Neumann as he was the original founder and CEO over at our own Hamilton Innovation Factory for the first three years and has proved to our whole community that yes, he has both vision and implemention skills too! So here’s the PR….
Just last Wednesday, November 6th here at our own Hamilton McMaster Innovation Park the Innovation Factory once again held their big quarterly Innovation Night competition and was what can only be called a true successful event! The Innovation Factory has run this event many many times in the past 3 years and yes, I’ve blogged about them all here…
First the Atrium was sold out…not a seat to be had and there was I’m told a waiting list for attendants too so the hubbub was big and the buzz strong and we were all pumped and ready for the whole evening’s ceremonies. Our MC was yes, David Carter the Innovation Factory CEO and he was as surprised as the rest of us “usual attendees” when he asked how many folks were there that night for their very first-ever Innovation Night event when more’n half the audience raised a hand!
Sure, I know…this is a blog post about how blogging works to make your firm more successful and while that may appear to be self-serving, it’s reallly not. Instead, it’s about the vast number of prospective clients we meet with who when asked “do you have a blog on your site” look back at us and ask “why…is that important?”
Short answer – yes, yes it is and there’s a ton of proof out there that one can point at too…
You know that I follow the fine folks over at Sophos daily and their Chester Wisniewski, a security blogger/analyst on the Sophos Naked Security site and have for years. You know that I’ve followed and blogged about the Sophos YouTube channel and it always has new “leading edge” content for those of us who try to stay current in the online security field too. You know that I’ve blogged on “Blackhat SEO Expose from Sophos,” on “We Like Sophos for Safe Web Browsing” and “Canadian SEO Data Protection: Sophos Rocks, eh!” too and all are still spot-on for security concerns and the web.
Most of our readers here in Canuckland have seen the whole ObamaCare schmozzle down in the US over the past few weeks and one thing really caught my eye – that the website that was supposed to handle the online signups has 500 million lines of code in same.
500,000,000 lines of code….that’s the size of the online site – and if you’ve been reading about same, you’ll have seen that someone has estimated that about 5,000,000 lines of code will need to be re-written….i.e. about 1% of the total codebase is incorrect.
Here’s how the flyer reads and it’s a great opportunity for any founder or team to consider, eh!
Do you have a background in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) and were recently laid-off or down-sized from your job in Southern Ontario? Have entrepreneurial aspirations and a big idea?
If you know the startup ecosystem here in Hamilton, you then know of our own Lion’s Lair Gala competition where startups compete for big money and prizes…and as just last night we celebrated our Lions’ Lair 2013 evening – you know I was there.
As last year, I was actually a contestant in the competition and ended up in the top 10 Finalists, I couldn’t offer up any prizes or sponsorships – but this year my online marketing firm, KKT INTERACTIVE Inc. offered up a full SEO Campaign (a $12k package) to the prize pool as our own contribution to the overall successs of the gala.
Well, for us the first thing we usually have to tell a client is that what they’ve heard, read and seen bandied about when it comes to SEO tactics is usually old, dated and not so true any more.
WARNING right up front…the link below will take you to a great funny absolutely great site that uses some pretty cool technology to translater any domain URL into what can only be called “gangsta slang” rap. It DOES have bad words. It MAY offend some viewers. It perhaps should NOT be viewed at work or where others can see your screen.
First, of course I plugged in my own Canadian SEO site at www.kkti.com and yes, what a hoot!
I suppose that this was coming now for a few months, but I see that just a day or two ago, the famous New York Times newspaper published this excellent infographic on the life and times of the Canadian Blackberry fortunes and I thought I’d share it with you all today.
I’m sad. I did have a BB until a trip to San Francisco back in 2007 when I got the then-just-launched first iPhone…and have stayed in that iOS hardware camp since.
But, as always I as a loyal-to-this-Canuck-success-story of the RIM company outta Waterloo, watched and beamed as they rode one heck of a curve towards success – at least for a while that is.