Well it seems myself and Google have yet again something in common, birthdays.
Google went public 5 years ago and Fresh Traffic moved to Canada 2 years to the day.
To say it has been a hard slog would be a understatement, 4/5 years behind the times where the Internet is concerned, It felt like the Jurassic era, some company’s here still think it’s a fad, unbelievable.
Never one to quit though we have soldiered on spreading the word of search marketing and web optimization use for business.
I was invited to come look at Winnipeg Manitoba the heart of the continent after intially agreeing to go setup office in Toronto, boy was I surprised.
The place is great, the people are great and lots of opportunity, but business marketing here is well, old and local.
Marketers here still look to local Rags, local radio, oh… and of course the billboards and buses. Some are still amazed with their zerox machines and some have fax too.
Now for someone who was taking payments by text message in Europe 6/7 years ago, marketing the internet in 1999 and leading the search engines top listings from 1997, you can see this would be a bit of shocker.
Times are changing though, the news has arrived that the US has a new President and yes he won the election with help from the internet. The local papers now talk about twittering and radio adverts even mention www. in advertising.
Manitoba is trying to be greener, so hopefully all the monies spent on glossy magazine advertising that get 500 readers might soon change to PDF’s and save loads of trees.
Fresh is trying to do its bit for Manitoba by planting the oranges and seeds around the Province in hope that they will one day take root and prosper the new business with fresh ideas.
Would I change anything? Not on your life