Sunday, December 4, 2016
I’ve been so busy podcasting and teaching that I haven’t been able to sit down and blog about the first ever HotDocs Podcast Festival, held in Toronto November 18 to 20 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on...
This week I had the pleasure of speaking about podcasting at the national CSAE conference (Canadian Society of Association Executives) in Toronto. I've been producing podcasts for organizations of all kinds for a decade, and have found the audio...
Podcasters like me own a surfeit of audio gear, as we should. But it’s my belief that all business people should have a few key pieces of basic audio equipment on hand. Why? To participate in a Skype call,...
Who cares what I have to say? How much of myself should I reveal in my writing? Is this too personal? This semester I’m again teaching the Foundations of Digital Communications Strategy and Social Media class at the School of Continuing Studies...
Yes, blogging is still important. Some of us started blogging back in the days before social media was even called social media. But we blogged to share thoughts and ideas, to build community, and to get known, get remembered and...
When I was a young, green freelance writer, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. And that’s a good thing. If I’d realized how ignorant I was about business, I would never have quit my well-paying job as a...
Toronto is still steamy, but I’m thinking about the fall season. In fact, I’ve already planned two workshops: Blogging for Fun and Profit on Friday, September 23 Twitter Demystified on Friday, October 21 You can find details about the workshops if you...
Each year around this time, LinkedIn reminds my connections that it’s the anniversary of “Trafalgar Communications.” What this really means: Thirty-one years ago I quit my job as a senior systems analyst at an insurance company, gave up the...
Each semester I usually share the blogs written by the students I teach at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. The spring/summer 2016 semester is almost done, and some students are still catching up on their blogging...
This week I've been attending Social Media Week Toronto (#SMWiTO) and yesterday gave a presentation on "the power of podcasting." The audience was very enthusiastic about podcasting, and I suspect we'll be seeing some new podcasters on the scene...
Bravo for you and your organization if you’re using social media. But do you know if it’s working? When was the last time you sat down to review your efforts and your results? Probably a while. Take a look Maybe it’s...
Not long ago I was attending a conference for women in business. During the Q&A, a woman who had been presenting on a marketing topic was asked about social media. I sat stunned as she answered: “Oh, social media?...
Back in the day, I used to have a client who’d leave me voice mails that were so long, she had to phone two or three times to spill out the whole missive. Because I really liked this client,...
I attended a workshop last week where the facilitator made an offhand comment about Twitter: “I don’t like it. I hardly use it. It’s too cluttered.” I wish she were more informed; after all, she’s supposed to be a...
Last night I attended a lively meetup on social media at Brainstation Toronto. The fast-paced discussion covered trends in social media, particularly for brands. Many of the speakers' points confirmed what my colleagues and I (especially Alison Garwood-Jones) have been...
Marketing tip of the week Before embarking on a content marketing program, here are three things to consider: Getting started Consider drawing up a content marketing statement of intent to be used within your organization. This would list your core audience, what...
When I had coffee with Mitch Joel last December, he graciously offered to come to speak to my class at the University of Toronto. Little did we know this would morph into an event with almost 200 people in...
The world of podcasting is ever changing, with new apps and tools being announced all the time. Today I thought I’d share with you two new(ish) tools that I’ve been using. Both have made my life easier and my...
My favourite social media tool is now 10 years old. To celebrate, Twitter has shared a video of Twitter highlights over the past decade. Remember the plane landing on the Hudson River, and that first Twitpic? I do. A big thank...
Is your website pulling its weight? As an essential element of your marketing efforts, your site needs to attract prospects, and keep them around long enough to see what you offer. Ideally, the site would give them a reason...