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.
Plans that McNally Robinson had to open up in the new air terminal building at the James Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg are now off.
The Winnipeg bookseller entered bankruptcy protection earlier this week and announced the closing of two of its four stores.
The company cited the economic downturn and digital competition for closing their stores at Polo Park in Winnipeg and in Toronto.
I hope this might be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back in Manitoba regarding the new era of digital media and Internet Marketing as the so called business leaders in the province seem very reluctant to embrace it.
New Flyer. Global and now McNally Robinson have all succumb recently, enough talking Winnipeg, enough setting up committees to overlook other committees, enough provincial grants to pay salaries with no results, it’s time to move forward, it’s time to act.
If you require help in the new digital world speak with the premier Internet Marketing company in the province and get some Fresh Ideas.
Winnipeg Booksellers McNally Robinson has filed for bankruptcy protection, many believe the company succumbed to a combination of the sudden surge in e-book sales and an ill-fated foray into southern Ontario.
Online retailer Amazon has reported it sold more e-books than printed books during the pre-Christmas sales rush.
McNally Robinson’s intentions to develop its online e-commerce sales store may be a good approach, especially if optimized correctly and if it can establish a niche selling local Canadian authors to a global marketplace.
Some say e-books will have the same effect music downloading had on music retailers and movie downloads and video on demand on the video rental stores. But in addition to the potential devastation e-books might have on the book-selling business, the retail industry in general has become much more competitive.
Reports show at least $3.2 million owing to more than 300 unsecured creditors.
Top Canadian search engine optimization guru, I see this advert on the paid sponsored links in Google all the time in my city of Winnipeg.
I thought first someone was advertising my company, hey and it would be for free too.
It was not to be, it was another company in town trying to drill up business using the phrase Top Canadian search engine optimization guru, so I then thought lets type that in google and see if they list organically, enclosed results.
Don’t say SEO Experts without being able to back it up, anyone with half a brain can list on google adwords, but to list top of the Google Organic results takes a bit more, people and company’s like this are the ones that get the SEO industry a bad name.
You don’t write a few blogs, twitter daily or do a radio spot and all of sudden become experts or guru’s. Time to stop kidding people and stick to what your good at. Rant!
Last nights behind-the-scenes documentary on the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama aired on HBO should again be a wake-up call to businesses.
You saw the full campaign basically run by new technology, laptop computers everywhere, blackberry’s, texting and cell phones going 24/7.
Emails by the millions, newsletters, videos and blogs and every single advertisement driving people back to the websites, To the website people. Hello!!
I now live in Winnipeg, yes Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, when I arrived here two years ago I saw great opportunity for growth so decided to stay.
Why Winnipeg? I get asked hundreds of times a week from around the globe, even the BBC called me from my homeland in the UK to ask the same question.
Okay, so we are a little bit behind here, no, in fact a lot behind, but it’s changing.
A new breed is rising, new technology is taking over and the young graduates and entrepreneurs who are bringing skill sets never heard of are slowly changing Winnipeg minds on how to do business.
Now this is going to take time and there are lots of hurdles to get over, mostly in the 45-65 age range, the old school, the boys club.
They have ruled what, who and when things will change, but even some of these are starting to get it, change is here, change is happening, whether they like it or not.
Those that embrace change can be huge, after all they have experience, they have seen just about every business hurdle around so can guide the new troops in a new world.
Those that don’t, well age and technology will just come and pass them bye.
History was made when this Afro American got elected the most powerful man on the planet, like him or loath him, he’s here and he did it the new way.
It’s your turn Winnipeg.
P.s Word of warning, when anything new happens, when a new idea comes to market, you will always find the opportunists, theirs money in it. DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE. The Internet is a great tool to find out anything about anybody, use it.
The Internet has taken another Winnipeg victim in the battle of the medias.
The Winnipeg Free Press announced recently that it was ending its Sunday edition due to lack of readers.
Simple, new consumers are not interested in reading dinosaurs anymore, They want media on their terms and on their devices 24/7.
Yes Winnipeg the world has changed.
The Free Press like many other newspapers have seen the ad revenue mountain getting steeper and steeper to climb with each passing day.
The smart players are taking their advertising dollars and getting online, Why? because they want to be where the eyeballs are.
The Internet is surpassing all other media channels in it’s wake so why not get on board? better late than never and you get measurable results in real time?
If your looking for internet advice in Winnipeg, call the experts at Fresh Traffic, we deal in website eyeballs.
In a Winnipeg Free Press story about a Winnipeg new media design firm landing a contract with the federal Conservatives to “deliver their message to supporters nation-wide.” I got around to thinking why we didn’t get a call.
They mentioned the company would have to go all Barack Obama and hit computer screens and blackberries everywhere with tweets and Facebook messages and YouTube to be successful.
So why did they not call a guy who consulted on that and lives in Winnipeg now?
You would have thought may be the new media company or even the federal conservatives might have lifted a phone and called for some ideas or advice.
It’s your turn Winnipeg, Yes we can!
It’s that time of year here in Winnipeg, the summer is coming to an end, (not sure it ever started this year) and company’s start looking to the budgets for the coming year ahead.
Advertising, New websites and of course the new buzz words in Winnipeg, SEO, Internet Marketing and Social Media for the Internet.
STOP RIGHT THERE!!! BUYER BEWARE !!!!
You do know that every web shop, graphic designer, marketing department and web design company have become experts in these fields in recent months.
Yes you can read online, or buy the book and it will tell you everything.
People it is BALONEY.
If the company you are talking to are any good they will list on Google at the very top for what they do. example
A Winnipeg Web Design Company should be at the top for Winnipeg Web Design
A Winnipeg SEO Experts Company should be tops for Winnipeg SEO Experts.
Don’t forget people can buy an advert on a Google paid listing for these terms, BUT it doesn’t mean they are any good, CHECK the true organic listings down the left side, this is where Google list’s it’s trusted results.
If a company is there at the top for what they do, you should be pretty good, if not BEWARE.
Internet Marketing, SEO are the new gravy trains for Winnipeg and Canada and every Tom, Dick and Harry wants a taste.
Simple rule, if the company lists on the search engines top pages for what they do then the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Winnipeg SEO Experts Fresh Traffic will be in the limelight with our very own SEO Expert throwing out the opening game pitch this Friday at the Winnipeg Goldeyes home game. It’s been a little over 2 years since Jerry came to Winnipeg, and SEO in Winnipeg has changed quite dramatically.
SEO Experts are everywhere suddenly, pay-per-click management companies have cropped up, and web consultants city wide have taken notice of the whirlwind that is Jerry. Enigmatic, eccentric, and charismatic, known in some circles as the Google Optimization Guru, he’s brought Fresh Traffic’s expertise to Winnipeg and Canada’s SEO market. I’ve been working with Jerry for a little over 18 months, and it’s completely changed the way I use the internet. Improperly SEO’d sites stick out like sore thumbs, poorly coded, written and laid out; it’s painful to look at some local, and even global companies who’ve spent thousand’s on what is a “style before substance” website.
Search engine optimization isn’t a fly by night. Search engine marketing isn’t just “the latest” in terms of buzz. Internet marketing whether local in Winnipeg, nationally across Canada, or globally is here, and it’s here to stay. The code will change, the internet will evolve, grow, and adapt..but the fundamentals will remain. The sooner that the old boys realize that, the sooner they’ll realize their pocket books will begin to grow with a perfectly implemented SEO/SEM campaign from Fresh Traffic; Winnipegs tried, tested, and true, SEO Experts.
Today I received the new marketplace magazine, in it they talk about website do’s and dont’s, tweets, social media and why the kid down the street should not build your website.
Glenn Tinley CEO of marketplace magazine mentioned on his blog that we live in a city and province that I believe has a business inferiority complex.
I agree with Glenn to a certain extent, but having been here 2 years now after relocating my offices from the US & England I think it goes a little further than that.
Inferiority complex? maybe, knowledge gap? absolutely, certainly were the Internet is concerned, It was like stepping back 10 years when I first arrived.
Winnipeg has a lot of great developers, but more amateur builders working from the basement than most and I’m sorry I have yet to meet a techie, web designer or developer who is any good at Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and I am speaking from 15 years experience.
Chris Brown wrote a good piece in there, mainly good practices to follow, but I will bet my bottom dollar someone will read that and all of a sudden they will be another expert in Winnipeg.
I fully back Glenn on his dream with the Chamber and the Asper School of Business of putting our thriving business community on the map both regionally and globally, BUT until these people realise there is life after Brandon, I’m pretty sure it will go the way of all the other ideas before it.
When Winnipeg finally decides to fully harness the power of the Internet to progress business, tourists and the City, I hope they call in the right people, traditional media just does’nt cut it anymore.