Finding Top Customers : The Swimming Pool Test

Alan Smith, CEO of Oprius, and his team spent a year researching, planning and designing before launching their sales and contact management software for people doing network sales. (Network salespeople are the folks selling things like Tupperware, Avon, etc.) Since …Continue Reading →

Seamless Blend of Content and Commerce Creates Profits

Having spent time in New York, Joanna Track was frustrated when she came back to Canada and couldn’t buy many of the fashion items she wanted online. So she combined her experience in the magazine industry with her love of …Continue Reading →

A Triple-Hitter Business Model Shaking Up Sports News

My interview with SendToNews CEO, Greg Bobolo, almost didn’t happen because fog kept him stuck in Vancouver for two days. Not exactly a hardship, I know! This fast-growing Canadian company has massively disrupted how video from sports events is made and …Continue Reading →

Can Your Company Survive in the New Retail Era?

If you are a retailer, reading Doug Stephens’ new book, Retail Revival: Reimagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism, is a bit like skydiving: terrifying yet thrilling. If you figure out how to open the parachute in time, you’ll …Continue Reading →

Want Prospects to Call YOU? Think Like a Publisher

Speaker after speaker at this week’s Dx3 conference stressed that to succeed in marketing today you have to “think like a publisher”. The key, they all believe, is to put out a lot of good, relevant content and your prospects …Continue Reading →

Market Research + Niche = Great Product & Profits

FunctionFox got into the software-as-a-service (SAAS) marketplace early, developing a simple time tracking sheet for ad agencies, design firms and other small, creative teams. Starting early meant that they didn’t have any web-based competition when they started, but it also meant they …Continue Reading →

Inexpensive Video Tricks to Boost Your Online Marketing

When I recorded this interview with Dave Phillips, founder of Ubervideo in Victoria, Canada, I was still stalling on recording my first video. As you know, I’ve now done so (you can watch it here) and I’m preparing several others. …Continue Reading →

What the Heck IS Cloud Computing? And How Big is Big Data?

Internet Jargon The first article I sold as a freelance writer was an article demystifying marketing jargon for businesspeople. I had just finished an MBA, and it bothered me that smart entrepreneurs were being intimidated by MBAs and their jargon. …Continue Reading →

Check Out This Great Gift Opportunity for Businesses

One of the fun things about interviewing entrepreneurs is seeing how many different ways people can approach the same topic. Take gift cards. Frances Ho, of CardSwap, (click to hear my interview with CardSwap), and Leif Baradoy, of Kiind (today’s interviewee) both …Continue Reading →

Whose Problem Are You Really Solving? Your Prospect’s or Yours?

Scott Pielsticker, CEO of Toronto start-up, Contact Monkey, helped solve a mystery for me in this interview. I’ve always wondered why it is so tough to sell usability testing services. There is a ton of research proving that the money …Continue Reading →