Digital Platforms Support the Canadian Economy (Infographic) ©

We focus primarily on the economic advantages of online business in Canada, but the Internet technology industry as a whole has a significant impact on the Canadian economy.  Part of that industry is the digital platform sub-sector.  The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) has published the 2013 Canada’s Digital Imperative: Measuring Digital Platforms’ Labour […]

CFIB Launches Canadian Small Business Directory ©

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has launched a new Canadian small business directory and deal-finder.  Shop Small Biz is an online, Canada-wide search tool dedicated exclusively to Canadian independent small/medium/home-based businesses.  It is free for both businesses and consumers to use. The site explains, “Shop Small Biz is an initiative to empower small […]

Top Reasons Canadians Share Content on Social Media (Statistics) ©

A 2013 global survey from Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange indicates Canadians who have shared content in the past month, did so for a variety of reasons.  The statistics were collected by Ipsos Global @dvisor as part of Sociologue, an ongoing publication that features conversation-starting commentary on social media trends and behavior.

Winning Canadian Back-to-School Sales Online (Statistics) ©

The Bank of Montreal (BMO) released its Back-to-School Survey results last week, concluding spending will be up by 18.2% (totaling $428) in 2013 by comparison to 2012.  Canadian parents will still be frugal, however, with 95% planning to limit spending on back-to-school items and 35% will have a firm budget.  Quebec will spend the most […]

Google’s New Canadian ‘Think Insights’ for Businesses and Marketers ©

Google recently launched a Canadian version of its Think Insights portal for digital marketers and businesses in this country.  The concept is built around targeted market insights, organization and inspiration.  The portal compiles research, data, information, case studies, interviews, news, and tools for Canadian businesses and marketers.  The US version has been around since 2011 […]

7 Ways to Reach More Canadian Facebook Users ©

7 Ways to Reach More Canadian Facebook Users ©

Facebook announced this week that there are 19 million active Canadian Facebook users each month, and 14 million of those are daily users.  In fact, at 74% Canada’s daily Facebook usage is above the global average (61%) and higher than the US average (70%). That’s a huge pie and most of us are hungry for […]

Motivation and Tips for Your First Year of Blogging ©

Motivation and Tips for Your First Year of Blogging ©

Many Canadian businesses and potential bloggers are intimidated by (or frustrated with) building a following.  Starting a Blog is like walking onto the stage of an empty concert hall and starting to sing.  Maybe you’ve put out a few flyers and told your friends, but to fill the theatre you have to entice them with […]

Canadian SmartPhone Shopping and Ad Response (Statistics) ©

A whopping 89% of Canadian SmartPhone users have purchased something online in the past year, according to new research from Leger and SAS Institute.  Merchants offering a personalized experience enjoy a much higher rate of sales and engagement.  In fact, more than half of SmartPhone users regularly click on personalized ad’s compared to a third […]

French Social Networking in Quebec (Statistics & Tips)

French-speaking Canadians living in Quebec are overall less likely than other Canadians to participate in social media, according to a survey conducted by CEFRIO.  It is probable that a lack of French content on social networks is to blame.  This information can benefit Canadian businesses that include Quebec in their geographical target market.

Social Media Strategy: The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How ©

There are still too many Canadian businesses that dismiss social media as a marketing and public relations strategy.  The most common reasoning I’ve heard is the claim that they’ve tried social media and it didn’t result in sales.  Frankly, if you can’t increase sales with an audience of people at your disposal, who have enough […]