January 7, 2011

Follow Friday Profile – CK Golf Solutions

Filed under: Social Media — webtechbc @ 11:00 am

I first met Jeff & Tara through Social Media and I’ve had the privilege of working with them. Ck Golf Solutions teaches they’re clients everything they need to know to use Social Media affectively. If you are in the Golf or hospitality industry and need some Social Media help they are the people to go to. They are professional, and knowledgeable, not to mention great company at a tweet-up. Looking forward to working with them in the future. http://ckgolfsolutions.ca

CK Golf Solutions How did you get started?

We got started with blogging first and it was more about me venting or rambling something about the Canucks. It became clear that Tara wasn’t listening so I started a blog and for the first month or so it was just posts about the good and the bad that were the Vancouver Canucks (in early 2008). Now we both blog regularly on anything that interests us; It is a broad range of topics. We write our blog for us and hopefully the people who enjoy reading it.

What is your social media strategy?

Our objectives with social media (currently) are really to network and meet people outside of the golf industry. This has already proven to create opportunities for best practices from one field that may be applicable in another. In the golf industry we use social media to position ourselves as a leader in business strategies. We are available to help golf courses create their own social media strategies but also to help with a variety of other solutions.

Whats your favorite topic to tweet about?*

I’m not sure we have a favourite topic, I (@ckgolfsolutions) tweet about social media best practice articles I’ve read, some golf industry news and some hockey while Tara @Tara_CKGolf tweets more about Vancouver activities, dining and some golf industry things. Really we try just as hard to participate in conversations as we do to share.

Whats your favorite topic to blog about?

As I mentioned before our blog is a range of topics from golf to hockey, dining to wine, travel to Vancouver activities. We enjoy all these things so it makes them easy topics for us.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?

Whether you are using social media personally or for a business you need to engage and participate with your followers and be conscious of what things they are interested in. It’s better to have 10 followers who you ‘talk’ to then 1,000 and never ‘talk’ to any of them. People get obsessed with numbers.

Do you own a business? If so tell us about it.

Tara and I own CK Golf Solutions Ltd. We are full time business consultants who spend about 70% of our time working with clients in the golf industry and 30% of our time with clients who are not involved in golf. We do things like business and strategic planning and provide a variety of marketing services for our clients. We also operate BC tournaments for the Canadian Junior Golf Association. We are very excited to be launching a golf iPhone App (details to come) in March 2011 that we believe will have benefits to both golf courses and consumers.

What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?

Mountain Biking, Travel, Dining and some golf.

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December 17, 2010

Follow Friday – Scott Dawson

Filed under: Social Media,Twitter — webtechbc @ 12:00 am

Today’s Follow Friday profile is for Scott Dawson of Paragon Pacific Mortgages. Scott is a mortgage specialist that offers personalized service. He uses social media to promote his work on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. He’s an example of using multiple Social Media platforms effectively to attract customers.

Scott Dawson - Paragon Pacific MortgagesHow did you get started?

I signed up for Twitter in March 2009 but didn’t really tweet much at the beginning. I didn’t really “get it” at first. It has just been in the last year that I really started to follow more people I was interested in and use Twitter as more of a dialogue with my followers.

What is your social media strategy?

My social media strategy is just to engage and interact daily with my followers and people that I have built a relationship with. I do my best to answer questions people may have or put them into contact with people I know will. I also make an effort to meet at least one of my twitter followers in person for coffee each week. The power of social media comes from taking the online, offline.

What’s your favorite topic to tweet about?

I can’t say I have a favorite topic to tweet about. Although I am a mortgage broker, I try to keep the business tweets to a minimum and just try to engage. If someone asks a question about mortgages I’ll answer, but I’m also just as likely to help someone find a place to go for dinner or pick out a bottle of wine than talk business all the time.

What’s your favorite topic to blog about?

Well, in this case I’m all business. I have a blog on my website really centers around mortgages and real estate in Vancouver. I do also blog a fair bit about social media, marketing, and how I use technology in my business. I also have a YouTube channel and have begun video blogging.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?

For social media I recommend that you follow anyone in your business and complimentary businesses. Also follow people that have the same hobbies and interests as you. If you both have something in common you will be more likely to interact.

Do you own a business?

If so tell us about it.

I am a mortgage broker with Verico Paragon Pacific Mortgages. As a mobile mortgage broker I meet many great clients throughout the Lower Mainland.

What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?

Most people who follow me on Twitter will learn quite quickly that I am an avid golfer and take any chance I get when the weather is good to hit the course first thing in the morning. Fine wine and cars are also another one of my passions, although not at the same time. :)

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December 10, 2010

Follow Friday Profile – James Chung

Filed under: Social Media — webtechbc @ 8:10 am

Real Estate agent James Chung has been using Social Media and his blog HelloVancity.com to drive sales and network. James is an example of an affective Social Media campaign. Taking something you are passionate about and using it to drive business. His website profiles local people in the community and Vancouver events.

HelloVancity.com James ChungHow did you get started?

I’ve been hearing buzz about Twitter at South by Southwest (SXSW). I sign up for Twitter to see what this microblogging phenomenon is all about. Immediately, I got hooked on Twitter in how you can easily chat with your friends around the world.

What is your social media strategy?

My social media strategy is just to engage and interact daily with my Twitter community. Just have fun using social media. Don’t stress out about it.

Whats your favorite topic to tweet about?*

I love to tweet about all of the awesome things happening in Vancouver. As well as share interesting articles, videos, photos, and technology news.

Whats your favorite topic to blog about?

I love to blog about all things Vancouver from events, lifestyle and news. However, my favorite feature in my website is Profile, where I interview awesome Vancouvrites in our community.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?

Check out Mashable to keep yourself up to date on what’s happening in the world of social media and internet marketing.

Do you own a business? If so tell us about it.

I am a Real Estate Specialist – REALTOR. I love helping people find the homes that they truly love. I specialize in single family home and condo in Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond. I been involve in real estate for the past 10 years, I started my real estate career investing in properties in Calgary and Edmonton.

What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?

I am passionate about photography. Right now, I am learning and trying to get into HD DSLR video.

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November 26, 2010

Follow Friday Profile – Jason Baker

Filed under: Blogger Profile — webtechbc @ 12:01 am

Jason Baker of digicate.ca is a Social Media Strategist and Marketer. I’ve met him a couple of times and he always has good advice to give. If you are looking for someone to take care of your Social Media in house he’s currently looking for work.

Jason BakerHow long have you been blogging & tweeting?
How long have you been blogging & tweeting?

I began blogging this year with some guest posts on other local bloggers sites, but have just recently begun in the past week blogging more regularly with the launch of my own site www.digicate.ca focused on digital communications.

In terms of tweeting, I’ve been actively engaged on Twitter since November 2008.

How did you get started?

I got started on Twitter because I saw some activity in my Facebook news
feed by a friend that I can’t recall at this time. I had no idea what I
was doing at the time and my first post like many at the time was some
thing like “Hello World”. It took me several months to full grasp the
intended use and purpose of Twitter, but once I did, I fully embraced it
as a new system of communication.

In terms of blogging, I first started a personal blog nearly 10 years ago
on a site I can’t even remember. From there I dabbled in it again in 2006
for a school project, but regrettably did not continue or understand the
benefits of blogging at this time. It wasn’t until 2008 and 2009 that I
fully recognized the form and benefits of this system or community of
communication. Then in 2010 I did a guest blog with my friend Kemp
Edmonds, and have now finally launched my own blog project aimed at
supporting and giving back to the local community of marketing

What is your social media strategy?

I don’t have a social media strategy and I don’t believe in having a
social media strategy. I am a social person in nature and I’ve learned a
few important lessons over my two years on Twitter and other social media
channels. Here are just two of them:

1. People will love you or hate you.
It’s not about pleasing everyone because you never will. Social media is
about sharing knowledge and insights, while engaging with the community to
help companies or individuals in whatever way we can.

2. Social media is not a new channel of marketing.
Social media has evolved as a new system of communication. Through the use
of technology, we are able to communicate our stories and messages through
videos, instant messages, emails, text messages, and podcasts.

Social media should be built into the foundation of any company through
out all departments of an organization as a means of providing connection,
engagement, service, and conversation with their fans. Social media is not
new, it’s just more personable and relevant now. As Dave Olson, Community
Wrangler at Hootsuite, demonstrated to me, truckers have been using social
media for decades in the form of the CB Radio and their own unique
communication symbols. Technology has just brought it to the masses!

Whats your favorite topic to tweet about?

I don’t really have a favourite topic to tweet about. I love love love
creative marketing campaigns that involve digital and social media
components that are new, innovative, fresh, and present interesting case
studies, such as the Old Spice campaign.

Social good and awareness campaigns also have a special place in my heart
in terms of helping society, such as the local campaign, Five Hole For

Whats your favorite topic to blog about?

With digicate, I’m focusing my efforts around the local marketing
community in Vancouver to highlight great digital communication uses and
campaigns. The marketing industry as a whole is still learning how to
encompass and use social and digital in their business, so many of the
activities have been campaign focused thus far. By highlighting the
success of the local market and other global campaigns, my goal is to help
support and provide insights and ideas for small and medium sized

Being able to make a difference in a persons life through authentic
engagement is my favourite thing to blog about by far! I want to help
people see new perspectives on their business that often comes down to
common sense. Social media and new digital tools is the system I choose to
do this.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?

The biggest piece of advice I can give to new social media enthusiasts and
bloggers is to “touch the burner” as coined by Julien Smith. Don’t be
afraid to experiment, fail, or succeed on any thing you might choose to
do. However, use common sense, and don’t use social media as an avenue to
“hard sell.”

Do you own a business? If so tell us about it.

At this point in time I don’t own my own business, however, I have
considered the idea by dabbling in some consulting projects. The reasons
for not engaging full time in a consultancy is that I strongly believe
social media is an activity that is done in-house throughout the company.
An outside representative can’t speak or engage authentically on behalf of
any company.

What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?

I’m an avid golfer, curler, Canucks fan, and sports enthusiast that loves
strategy in general. Outside of sports, I’ve become a photographer, a
thriving student of my own profession, and an advocate for traveling to
new cultures.

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November 19, 2010

Follow Friday Profile – Carol Browne

Filed under: Blogger Profile,Twitter — webtechbc @ 12:01 am

Photographer and Blogger Carol Browne has been in The Vancouver Blogging scene since 2005. I first met Carol during the 2010 winter olympics and have had the pleasure of working with her on a professional level. Her tweets are unique and she’s always fun to follow.

Photo Credit : ArianeCDesign

Carol Browne Photographer & BloggerHow long have you been blogging & tweeting?
I’ve been blogging since 2005 at http://carolbrowne.com and tweeting since about…2008? Does that sound right? I think I first registered in 2007, didn’t get it, but then jumped in about 6 months later and been loving twitter ever since.

How did you get started?
My husband, Mike Browne, started sending me links he’d find while he was working as a Creative Director for high tech company in Vancouver. The website that first caught my interest was http://www.ljcfyi.com/ – she was the graphic designer for Kodak at the time, but was blogging about her sewing projects, recipes and her pets. I was really surprised by this. People write about this stuff? I do this stuff, too! So Mike set up a blog for me and I started writing. Soon, I wanted to add photos of my projects to my blog, so I picked up a point and shoot and started taking photos…and that started a whole other interest for me. I just love taking photos. My blog has become a photo-recipe-crafting-goofy day-in-the-life place for me.

What is your social media strategy?
I don’t have any formal strategy in place for my blog at this time – but I am taking courses about online marketing (through my day job) so I’m learning more about that and incorporating that learning into my personal blog. Right now I tweet a bit, post my links on facebook over to my blog and my flickr account. I also attend events for bloggers and do participate in conversations via twitter, so I do a bit of everything.

What’s your favorite topic to tweet about?
Mostly snide comments about day-to-day stuff, but I also love sharing links about crafty things, funny stuff and recipes. I also tweet out my blog posts.

What’s your favorite topic to blog about?
These days, it seems to be about our kitties, but recently we created a family cookbook and I really got into the food photography for that project. I’ve also been blogging about my quilting pals and the quilting guild I joined in Abbotsford – I know, a long haul from Burnaby, but it’s the MODERN quilting guild, so the quilts are very funky and beautiful. I love taking photos of the city, so I blog about stuff to do in Vancouver and I love Christmas, so I’ll be going down that road again very soon. I’m kind of all over the place. Oh…I also started taking an interest in film photography and toy cameras, so I’ll blog about that, too. Someone recently told me I’m a Renaissance woman. Maybe so…I’m just following the stuff I enjoy – which turns out to be a lot.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?
Follow your interests. People all over the world have the same interests as you do…and then once you get going, you’ll find people in your very own city with the same interests. Next thing you know, you’ve got a whole community of like-minded people to talk with and even meet in person. I would also suggest starting small – with twitter and commenting on other people’s blogs. Who knows where it will lead you? Please note: I’ve not successfully used social media in the traditional business sense – I’m not making any money online. Not yet, anyway. But am I a success in finding friendly, like-minded people? YES! Have I learned all kinds of new skills as a result of the internet? Yes. Yes. Yes.

Do you own a business? If so tell us about it.
Not yet. One day I’d love to be able to support myself through my creative endeavors, though.

What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?
Photography (digital and film), any kind of crafty stuff, and baking.

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November 12, 2010

Follow Friday Profile – VanCityBuzz

Filed under: Social Media,Twitter — webtechbc @ 8:12 am

Today’s Profile is on one of Vancouvers Top Bloggers who’s great at creating local Buzz. Vancitybuzz. Karm has to be one of the nicest people I’ve met in real life from twitter. Down to earth and social. He was kind enough to blog-roll with my own blog before The Vancouver Olympics. If you want to be in the know about whats happening in Vancouver, follow Vancitybuzz.

VancityBuzz - KarmHow long have you been blogging & tweeting?
I’ve been blogging and tweeting for 2 1/2 years now.

How did you get started?
My friend and I were playing video games one day and we came up with an idea to start a blog. I swear we weren’t stoned at the time. At first we were just goofing around and not taking it too seriously. Now we’re still goofing around but I take it a bit more seriously.

What is your social media strategy?
To be social. No matter if you have one follower or one million I will make an effort to communicate with you.

Whats your favorite topic to tweet about?
Making fun of @MichaelTao. Besides that probably girls and politics. Those two seem to generate the most interesting discussion.

Whats your favorite topic to blog about?
I love skyscrapers and urban planning, so naturally that’s my favourite topic to blog about. The model profiles aren’t too shabby either.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?
Try different things, see what works and always stay true to yourself!

Do you own a business? If so tell us about it.
The blog is a business I guess, you already know all about that. If not go check it out www.vancitybuzz.com

What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?
In my spare time if I have any, I usually spend it with my wife and kid. I also love to sketch, play video games and love watching the Canucks! Drinking a few beers with friends too, that’s a hobby right? haha

Last weeks profile was on Minna Van of The Network Hub.

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November 5, 2010

Follow Friday Profile – The Network Hub

Filed under: Entrepreneurs,Social Media,Twitter — webtechbc @ 12:01 am

This Weeks Follow Friday is on Minna Van @thenetworkhub. Minna is one of the 3 founders of a Co-Working space in Downtown Vancouver. She tweets with passion and a sense of humor. She also organizes a monthly meetup group called Vancouver Entrepreneurs! If you are an entrepreneur in Vancouver you should make an effort to get to know Minna. She’s as nice in person as she is online and I’m happy to have her as this weeks Follow Friday. One more thing, read the Fifth Question Carefully. She’s got big news congratulations Minna!. Its well deserved.

The Netwrork Hub - Minna VanHow long have you been blogging & tweeting?
I’m not an active blogger, I can only write when I have something I have to say. I’ve only really started blogging and tweeting because I was inspired by my very good friend Raul (@hummingbird604). I can actually pin point it down to when Raul moved into The Network Hub and it went haywire from there.

How did you get started?
I signed up for an account and didn’t know where to go or what to do. It wasn’t until I discovered Hootsuite – keywords, follow fridays, snooping on other people’s follower list that I realized wow this is cool! I’m like the fly on the wall in a room with a lot of smart people and I’m listening in.

What is your social media strategy?
I didn’t have one when I started but I knew that I had to be true to what our company stood for – connect, create, collaborate. I first connected with people, created relationships then it transformed into collaboration.

Whats your favorite topic to tweet about?
I LOVE technology and humor. I binge read early morning and super late at night, I tweet as I read. Yes I do read very fast for those who might wonder about the flurries of tweets at certain times of day.

Whats your favorite topic to blog about?
I love to blog more about my entrepreneur experience but sometimes it is too real and too hard to put it all into word. Although I think it is really important to share the entrepreneur experience and that is why I am very excited to announce I am one of the bloggers for Vancouver Sun website – blogging about entrepreneurship, the entire experience: the good, the bad and the really ugly. I also blog about food but I’m not a food critic, I can only summarize my experience as nom nom or not nom nom.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?
There are too many rules, too many restrictions and I just want to say keep it simple and be who you are. Let it be an extension of yourself and like anything else, ask for help if you need it.

Do you own a business? If so tell us about it.
I am one of the three cofounders of The Network Hub. Hi @jaycatalan and @thehubzette!!! Jay and John are the other two cofounders. When we were looking for space for our database & programming company we couldn’t get space because we were too young, too new to business and we were students with no collaterals. We were then determined to create a space that is affordable for young entrepreneurs, mobile professionals and freelancers. It is a fraternity house for people who are in business for themselves but don’t like the isolation – we support each other, refer leads to each other and help each other through the roller coaster ride of being in business. Check out www.thenetworkhub.ca if you get a chance, we have amazing networking events and workshops for the community for free or at very minimal costs.

What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?
I like tinkering with new softwares, languages and I confess, I am a beta-invite addict. New technology excites me!!!

Last weeks Follow Friday Profile was on @AdrianEden who will be speaking at the next Entrepreneurs Meetup.

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October 29, 2010

Follow Friday Profile

Filed under: Social Media,Twitter — webtechbc @ 12:00 am

Its Friday again. My favorite day of the week. Now I’ve got another reason to like Friday is my new profile series. I’m making it a regular feature. The blog is about Social Media, so this feature will also help improve the Social part.

The profile this week is on my friend Adrian Eden. Adrian is an SEO from YaleTown who blogs about life experience. We met at tweet-up. I think we get along we’ll because were both from British Columbia and grew up in small towns.

Adrian Eden

How long have you been blogging & tweeting?
I have been actively Blogging for 3 years and tweeting for 2 years. I look at my Blog http://www.adrianeden.com/ as a way to express myself and thoughts and Twitter @adrianeden as a way to discuss things as they happen in the world around us. I also love Twitter for the hyper local news element.

How did you get started?
I got started because I have always been someone who likes to express myself. I felt empowered and it was a lot of fun. I like to test the  naming conventions and semantic field content placements and watch the rankings in SERP pages go up and down based on that and inbound links.

What is your social media strategy?
My strategy is to have fun and be myself while sharing content that I create and supporting others in getting their voices heard. I truly believe it is all about quality and not quantity. I do not try to monetize my personal Social Media usage, rather I grow relationships and do business with the people I connect with the most deeply. You should know all about that right Ben. ;)

Whats your favorite topic to tweet about?
I love hyper local news and SEO tweets. I also like to hear about photography and anything related to the outdoors like hiking and camping.

Whats your favorite topic to blog about?
I like to Blog about the experiences and people that are in my life as well as high level thinking and the psychology behind technology. You can also find how-to articles and some comedy.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?
Do not  follow tons of people and hope they follow you back (on Twitter) but rather focus on the @replies and asking really good questions. You do not have to ask people to follow you if you are creating genuine and interesting conversations. Let the content sell itself. Never forget who you are and do not be afraid of criticism, it just means you are doing something right. You can not please everyone.

For Facebook I would say do not add a bunch of people to your friends list that you do not know as you will get a ton of invites to parties and events that you have no interest in attending. Use it to strengthen already existing real world relationships and share pictures. Always keep in mind that you cannot fake authenticity, it takes time and consistency to earn respect and influence.

Do you own a business? If so tell us about it
I founded YaletownSEO.ca http://yaletownseo.ca/ as a way to drive word of mouth awareness in my skills as an SEO and Internet Marketing professional. I have been fortunate enough to mentor with some of the best people in the online gambling industry, I traveled the world attending conferences such as the iGaming Super Show in Prague, and I also took a commercial web development diploma here in Vancouver at the Institute of Advanced Media. Right now I am working with Coleman Heating  http://colemanheating.ca/ to get their content strategy up and running. I have also worked with Calvin Ayre http://calvinayre.com/ and the Bodog Brand http://www.bodogbrand.com/. I have a number of other clients but would prefer to keep them private at this time. I am currently not taking any new business, but you can hear me speak at the upcoming entrepreneur meetup at The Network Hub http://www.thenetworkhub.ca/ @thenetworkhub on November 18th 2010. I will be taking questions and offering actionable advice for local businesses.

What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?
I love bodybuilding and traveling.

Last weeks #FF was on Bob Grey local musician and hockey fan.

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