When I arrived here in 2007 I saw Winnipeg as a place of opportunity, I had calls and emails from around the globe asking why of all places Winnipeg. The BBC called me the first week I was here asking the same thing.
I use to answer opportunity, locality and a nice place to live.
In recent times I have questioned myself on more than one occasion, a nice place to live? It is, a little jewel that not many people know about, but trying to do business here, well that’s another question.
I was harassed by the chamber when I arrived to join the business community, I succumb and became the 2008th member in 2008, it even got a mention in the local Free Press.
What have they done so far for me? absolutely nothing.
I did enjoy the golf tournament though, I also had the pleasure of sitting down with the president Dave Angus after I had been here two years and asked him if he knew what I did, he openly admitted he had no idea.
We showed him letters of thanks from very prominent world business leaders which raised a few brows, when asked if we could help the chamber progress in to the new world of digital Internet media he was very open to that, as in his own words the chamber had failed miserably in the last nine years in trying to get Winnipeg anywhere on the map.
If your a business leader, premier or mayor (sorry Sam gets it) and your reading this, it’s time to act.
In the late 1800’s early 1900’s Winnipeg was thriving, the coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881, Agriculture was a booming, The Manitoba Legislative Building reflects the optimism of those boom years.
Winnipeg has stood still on a global stage since those glorious days, but it’s coming back full circle.
CentrePort, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Winnipeg Airport Extension to name a few, all huge new developments that can be beneficial to all Manitobans and yes could potentially put Winnipeg Manitoba on the map.
But it wont happen by painting a bus that travels up and down Portage Avenue or a billboard on Main Street, Flyer distribution or even a TV commercial aimed at Ontario, if it’s going to happen it’s going to happen ONLINE.
But beware “Having a beautiful website no one can find is like having a store and keeping the doors locked. You know it is there, you’ve done a great job decorating it, the products are waiting for the customers, yet no one comes in.”
Online is where most people look for anything these days, this is not to say old traditional marketing is dead, it’s not, we just have to integrate it into the new.
When I arrived and decided to open office here, we did are due diligence and found three other Winnipeg company’s offering Internet marketing, admittedly web design companies who had just added the latest buzz word tag, today two years on we have over 190 claiming to do the same.
Now we like to think with the PR coverage we got opening the new office here that we started a trend with others deciding to jump on the gravy train, but with these numbers it must be the fastest growing Winnipeg industry.
Winnipeg you have a great opportunity to prosper, dont waste it, It’s time for change.