Web Marketing Celebrity Bloggers Technology Culture Event Toronto

This is a mash-up report of the tech talk that happened after a recent Meetup event in downtown Toronto on 15th November 2016. On that evening  Tania Stadnik a veteran b2b marketing consultant and the current president of the AMA Toronto opened and closed a discussion between four technologists who shared insights on how to get slow adopters to embrace new technology, and especially new marketing platforms. Below are the pictures left unpublished (perhaps for good reasons) from the occasion as detailed in my article on Toronto Guardian, Marketing Technologists Discuss The Future of Advertising which was an in-depth look at the debate between a google guy, a creative agency VP and a synaptic transfer engineer working for a company called Brainsights.

Scattered through the photo collage above you might see some notable Toronto event bloggers of which there were plenty at the event. Each blogger related the parts of the evening that affected them most, and in their own way they each contributed more to the group discussion afterwards in their own blog portals.

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Wedding Girl wrote about how she craves AR software for wedding planners that would take care of her business marketing needs sure, but moreover it might add value to her enterprise by allowing her brides to try on wedding dresses ‘virtually’ from the comfort of their own homes, and see wedding venues perfectly decorated in advance, digitally.

Charles Moffat from True Love Bites wants to help design an AR dating app. Good ideas in his piece as Charles outline exactly how his smart phone assisted event would use Facebook API to find commonalities among participants. He sees people sharing headphones and following audio clues that are well researched (by the app sifting through Facebook feeds and profile data)  so as to ‘break the ice’ and spark fruitful conversations among people who would otherwise be total strangers.

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These are the leftover photos from the event; as a blogger I try not to use the same pics twice, and I  also try not to use pics of people eating in any of the important media I make , just here in my WordPress diary. Reader? How did you even find this place anyway?  Sorry Mary for the pic above.

These rather bland photos are all the original pictures of the party that I have left, as I posted my best images on Flickr – Album 15 Nov 2016 AMA Toronto Tech MeetUp

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Among the celebrity bloggers at the event, and a woman who is very careful about protecting her personal image, Raymi the Minx blog post about marketing technology at the 15 Nov 2016 AMA Toronto event is hilarious. and I dare not post a bad picture of her in this rag of place. This is my personal fart pad blog… what are you even doing here?  There is photo of Raymi avail here at this time.

Shannon however…

shannon1cardShannon Tebb was at the event and afterwards she wrote on marketing matchmaking in the future on Shanny in the City blog. At one point in the proceedings she mentioned the dating site ‘Bumble’  . Is that site still around?  I hope so. I haven’t tried it yet. If not , well then let me explain this was something of a ‘fad’ dating site that came and went quick in the shadow of Tinder.

Shannon Tebb from Shanny in the City

The panel laughed when Shanny mentioned bumble com, and yet I bet it made millions – dating sites always find ready adopters because there’s a lot of lonely people out there, and that should be a place where technology can help!

New marketing technology dominates a matchmaker’s business niche; people get sick of things faster than they adopt new platforms. Shanny went on to say in her blog that she has ‘…seen this happen with plenty of online dating sites – they get upgraded and try to charge money and ultimately fail because nobody cares and there a free sites ahoy.

It may not seem like it was very informative, but these types of events do have a positive effect on attendees. These special occasions where we all get together to talk about technology raise-the-vibrations of entire community.

On that night like so many others we got caught up on each others’ stories and made memories and feasted for a time on our common dreams and ideas.

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Cloud Warriors Brings Competitive Cloud Service to Social Clubs

Deb Lewis, Cloud Warriors, cloud servicesCloud Warriors is a nightclub attraction that tests everyday office worker’s device assisted research skills and mini keyboard typing prowess.  Its just like any other trivia game, except the questions are extremely difficult to answer without some smartphone based internet research. The players must use their devices to search the web for clues and find the correct data, and then tweet their answers with #CloudWarriors hashtag so it appears on a specialized Twitter Wall set to display all replies in chronological order – the first correct answer wins the cash!

Using just two of the five televisions above the bar, and another dedicated video projector and screen in the lounge, Cagneys Wine Bar in Mississauga was transformed into an exciting live game show studio.

cagneys regularsIn this unique space the restaurant patrons became active game show participants, esp when encouraged to compete by a charismatic Host with a wad of crisp green twenty dollar bills. The regulars mingled with nomadic contesters who drove great distances to attend the event. They had all seen detailed and compelling event listings for the Cloud Warriors event on SmartCanucks, Warrior Forums, and Free Ads Planet. and Red Flag Deals and Toronto Jungle and other places.

Rusty Bob on Mindsay describes how Cloud Warriors started, and detailed how the Host socialized with the people in the bar and treated many folks to free beverages and appetizers before and during the game. Menu items were frequently featured in the contest and as related prizes for correct answers.

cloud warrior with smart phone answerCloud Warriors is a live trivia game where the questions are nearly impossible to answer without having the Internet in the palm of your hands. The contestants used their phones to surf the web and and oftentimes what they choose to search is what won or lost their game. Generally speaking the information wasn’t that easy to secure, and usually required doing a really creative search, or using special tools like maps or conversion tables to secure the proper answers.

At one point the Host of the show introduced the team from SURROUND Digital Marketing Agency and with great applause he asked patrons to tweet their drink orders and then promptly paid for the first ten beverage orders that appeared on screen.

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The game started off pretty easy with questions about menu items, but got progressively harder as more and more people joined the fray, and the level and complexity of the challenges increased with every task. One highlight of the evening is when the bartender got involved to successfully answer a question about a drink recipe.

And another contest competitor got a lot of laughs by trying to use Siri on the apple iPhone to do his research and surprisingly he had reasonably good results, but she wasn’t nearly fast enough to win him any $20 dollar bills. One of the hardest questions asked contestors to write out the meaning of S.W.A.T. anagram in SWAT Wildlife Racoon Removal – it stands for specialized wildlife apprehension technician.

After four separate rounds of five questions each, the game concluded with one grand prize question to give the event a clear winner

donated by TeraGo Networks, this is cloud service wifi antennaDonated by TeraGo Cloud Service Networks the Grand Prize was an IdeaWorks WiFi antenna that’s specially designed to facilitate a remote computer’s ability to log onto and use networks up to a half mile away. This is ideal for a city like Mississauga which has dozens of Starbucks and other wifi friendly coffee shops and open hotspots all over town. There is a discussion about the WiFi antenna Grand Prize and Cloud Warriors on Howard Forums. .

The audience had a memorable event to remember forever, the staff was impacted by the surge of people into the venue and the increase in tips associated with having prize money buying drinks and meals. The restaurant owner was thrilled with the social media marketing advances and several other local businesses were promoted in the show which adds to the snese of community so vital to businesses not sheltered in shopping malls.

Assembling New Maid of the Mist Tour Boat in Niagara Falls Canada.

Without too much fanfare, Hornblower Canada’s new Maid of the Mist tour boat arrived at the Niagara chasm in mid January 2014. It new tour boat, maid of mist, Niagara fallscame in pieces. The vessel was shipped here by truck and had to be assembled on shore. This is the latest and most state- of -the- art example of a prefabricated water vessel that can be built on site and thereby eliminate more expensive sailing and towing expenses. Plus the spectacle of building such a large vessel on shore in the shadow of a frozen waterfall in the background has perhaps added to the news bubble surrounding the birth of this new local tour company.

The Niagara Region enjoys approx 14 million tourists per year and that makes this area one of Canada’s busiest tourist destination wherein there is a single tourist attraction commanding the public’s attention.

Assembling New Maid of the Mist Tour Boat in Niagara Falls Canada.

Assembling the new Maid of the Mist Tour Boat in Niagara Falls Canada. The prefabricated hull and pilot house and various other nautical bits arrived by trucks which were unloaded in January in the Niagara River chasm, beside the frozen water system, in the middle of the first polar vortex of 2014.

In the photo above you can see the men wrestling to get the pilot house locked into place. They are following a plan set by the boat’s manufacturer and followed by the foreman who came up from the factory to oversee the assembly. The Pilot house component of the craft would be very sensitive as its where the Captain of the ship and the river pilot sit and navigate the craft.  As this vessel is far more technically sophisticated than previous boats, one can only assume that this metal pilot house box will be stuffed full of sensitive electronics and other nautical instrumentation.

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Green Living Blog TV Show in Toronto

Yesterday I donated 336 Glass Jars to the Bleecker Welselley Activity Network for their upcoming cooking classes. You can read more about my Earth Day charity action on the advice of my green living blog friend on Smojoe
336 glass jars donated to the Bleecker Welselley Activity network for senior citizens
Dog appIn other news, Urban Dog fitness spa / interview with Susan Rupert the owner of this amazing business is profiled on The Distillery District blog which showcases the use of modern technology including close circuit televisions so dog owners can watch their pet exercising with other dog remotely, to improve the quality of life for pets and owners and create jobs and happiness. The dog app was featured on Mashable.

Its a cool story all around and fits nicely beside the iPhone dog app innovation to allow dog owners to get together to walk their dogs and share their neighbourhood parks and scenic streets and maybe there is safety in numbers

The Urban Dog profile story got a lot of attention on the Distillery Facebook page.

coffee table made form recycled hardwood pallet

Toronto green TV blogger Nikki Fotheringham writes a green living blog in which she often demonstrates that green solutions can be aesthetically pleasing as well as environmentally sustainable.  and in many cases success depends on a third criteria which is whether or not the green option being showcased is economically viable as a market alternative.

I have begun crowd sourcing ideas for another TV show – green house

Earlier today I asked for ideas and pictures and ideas for recycled industrial material as household furniture items. I asked about green living on University Network, and i asked about green living furniture ideas on Red Flag Deals which i expect will get lots of attention. And i asked about green living blog on Canadian Content discussion forum and its got some feedback already.

2013 AVEDA Institute, Born To Style, Contest Journalism

Rob Campbell’s bold experiments in Contest Journalism

Don’t be scared if you find your blog post indexed here, its just one note in a powerful symphony of cohesive web storytelling. As soon as we know who won the 2013 Born To Style contests, and why four applicants were selected above all others as grand prize winners, in each city, then we can give the 2013 Born to Style overall story the happy ending it deserves.

Aveda Institute Canada, Born To Style Collects User Generated Media From Youth Who Are Talented Artists with Combs, Scissors and Professional Salon Styling Tools

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Once again this nation’s top professional hair school, AVEDA Institute Canada challenges young people to step up and prove they were Born to Style.

Active in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.  Updates coming

Aveda Institute Canada asks if you are Born to Style, make video, win tuition to hair school

Designing and presenting a User Generated Media UGM challenge around the art of professional hair styling where the reward is a year’s tuition in a top shelf hair school, a great way to share the creativity and sell the dream of being a professional hair stylist.

Born To Style Resources

public.fotki.com/Arob12/sproatup/born-to-style-squar.html
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public.fotki.com/Arob12/miss-teen-canada/2012-born-to-sty…
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www.avedainstitute.ca/email/2012/monthly-january/main_ima…

www.flickr.com/photos/17683992@N06/8469547294/in/set-7215…
every photo here has a ‘hair school’ link to Aveda Vancouver or Winnipeg as

Discussion Forums

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www.forumvancouver.com/threads/vancouver-hair-school-asks…
kittyradio.com/soapbox/makeup-hair-perfume/113485-you-bor…
www.beautylish.com/t/auvvs/2013-aveda-born-to-style-video…
contributors.luckymag.com/post/aveda-institute-canada-see…
www.chictopia.com/forums/Health+and+Beauty/topics/Are+you…

forums.redflagdeals.com/2013-03-01-aveda-canada-born-styl…
www.pricenetwork.ca/ddeal/Aveda_Institute_Born_To_Style_S…
forum.smartcanucks.ca/339984-win-10k-hair-school-aveda-ca…
forum.zwap.com/index.php?/topic/122898-are-you-born-to-st…
www.canadianfreestuff.com/forum/f156/aveda-hair-stylist-2…
www.frugalshopper.ca/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=146371

www.univforum.com/canadian-universities/viewtopic.php?p=9…
thebeautybrains.com/bbforum/discussion/3479/aveda-canada-…

Blogs

smojoe.com/blog/2013/01/aveda-institute-canada-seeks-user…
www.sheryltips.com/2013-aveda-institute-born-to-style-win…
deblewis.ca/debblog/?p=5878

www.ettuandyou.com/2013/02/06/adventures-in-styling-with-…
www.weddinggirl.ca/blog/2013/02/07/2013-born-style-win-tu…
www.contestqueen.com/2013/enter-a-contest-follow-your-dream/
www.teenaintoronto.com/2013/02/2013-born-to-style-hair-sc…
www.jillojello.com/2013/02/avedas-born-to-style-2013.html
linerglittergloss.com/2013/02/2013-aveda-institute-canada…
www.beautycrazed.ca/2013/02/aveda-born-to-style-discover-…
www.torontoisfashion.com/2013/02/2013-born-to-style-schol…
www.alison-elle.com/2013/02/2013-aveda-born-to-style-cont…
99raina99.blogspot.ca/2013/02/are-you-born-to-style-win-f…
www.torontobeautyreviews.com/2013/01/beauty-news-aveda-in…

Misc

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winnipeg.en.craigslist.ca/spa/3622400542.html
calgary.en.craigslist.ca/spa/3623342857.html

www.squidoo.com/2013-AVEDA-Canada-hair-school-scholarship, Born To Style

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In Toronto, keep an eye on application updates by liking Aveda Institute Toronto Facebook Page and @Aveda416 on Twitter
In Winnipeg, like Aveda Institute Winnipeg Facebook Page and follow @Aveda204 on Twitter.
In Calgary, like Aveda Institute Calgary Facebook Page and follow @Aveda403 on Twitter.
In Vancouver, like Aveda Institute Vancouver Facebook Page and follow @Aveda604 on Twitter.

Sheamus MacLean on Church Fathers, Semipelagianism

Saints killing Dragons, Sheamus MacLean, Hagiography

Last weekend we had a delightful presentation by Sheamus MacLean focusing on Dragons and Saints and how early Churchmen often make their reputations by killing Dragons which I wrote about on WonderCafe.

Sheamus is a passionate theologian as well as an calculating economic performance architect who works with senior management to consult and help close strategically important deals whereby clients achieve more significant financial gains, including increased valuation. But in his spare time Sheamus like to delve deep into the scriptures.

St. Clement is a leading Church Father

The Pope, St Clement, papacy, Vatican, logo, heraldry, emblemThe Fathers of the Christian Church were evangelical churchmen bishops, deacons and even laymen who were passionate about Christ and left writings that help define the church today. By being so literate they helped bring the religion out of its infancy and into its youth. The are the teachers and curators of the scriptures and they lived from 100 to about 750 Ad. Inside these six and a half centuries are many periods of change. First its important to remember that Christianity was illegal in the beginning and the Anti – Nicean Fathers (anti means ‘before’ in this context) who were alive when the apostles were alive, would be considered criminals if they were captured by many agents of Rome or whatever state hosted their work, as it was contrary to the official beliefs and power structures. Indeed, according to a tradition not earlier than the 4th century, Clement was imprisoned under the Emperor Trajan but nonetheless led a ministry among fellow prisoners. He was then executed by being tied to an anchor and thrown into the sea.

St. Clement stands foremost among the Apostolic Fathers who were alive during the time of the apostles; they lived from about 60 – 150 AD and their writings begin to come in the year 95 AD with St Clement’s letter from Rome to Corinth.  Think about how important these people are because they are contemporary to the apostles and knew their minds enough to best translate and proliferate their words and actions. Today St. Clement’s lends its name to many regional Grammer schools and a notable school for girls in Toronto Ontario Canada simply because he is the foremost Church Father.

The Four Marks of being a Church Father

The four marks of being a Church Father are 1) antiquity 2) orthodoxy 3) sanctity and 4) approval.

1) Antiquity , anyone has the property of antiquity if they lived between the age of the apostles and about the middle of the eighth century – the age of the
church fathers is generally considered to close around the time of St John of Damascus who died in 749 AD

2) Orthodoxy – or whether or not they had sound beliefs, in at least as far as belief was defined in their day.  Some early Church Fathers had beliefs which would later be ruled unorthodox. St John Cassian for example who authored Semipelagian discourse contrary to Saint Augustine, taught that man cannot come to God without the grace of God. In Semipelagian thought, therefore, a distinction is made between the beginning of faith and the increase of faith. Semipelagian thought teaches that the latter half – growing in faith – is the work of God, while the beginning of faith is an act of free will, with grace supervening only later. It too was labeled heresy by the Western Church in the Second Council of Orange in 529.  But St John Cassian is still a respected Church Father.

3) Sanctity–  Is the person considered a saint? Most of the church fathers are considered saints, but not all.

4) Approval – people could be considered orthodox but not get the approval of later Churchmen and so be denied the status of being a Church Father.

Next came the Apologists and they were named such because they defended the Church from those who would see it reduced in influence other religious. Hopefully Sheamus MacLean will return, a few Sundays from now, and give us more understanding of them.

 

 

Lenzr.com: New Look, New Contests

Lenzr.com has been quietly revolutionizing the concept of online storytelling for the past two years through its serial photo contests. Now, as of June 1, 2011, Lenzr.com has an updated website featuring new technology so compelling it’s possible that photo contests may be the next big thing in terms of online marketing. It’s still essentially the same great site: budding photographers compete with each other, upload photos to the sponsored contests, persuade their friends and family to vote on their work and vie for real prizes whilst participating in a competitive, but also encouraging, photography community.

What the new site offers that the old Lenzr.com never had are ‘Community Contests’. These contests can be set up by anyone (an individual, business or organization) at any time, to show (not tell) the world about a story topic of their choice.

In addition to these exciting new changes, Lenzr.com has just launched four new sponsored contests, for prizes of laptops and digital cameras!

Summer Photo Contests on Lenzr.com

Construction Sights Photo Contest on Lenzr.com

The Construction Sights photo contest is hoping to receive submissions illustrating a necessary summer protocol in the city: Construction. Like the glass analogy, there are two ways of looking at construction sites–positive or negative. On one hand, it’s hot, there’s dust flying around, and your bus has been detoured thanks to another construction delay. On the other hand, roads are being improved, housing is being created and many people are busily employed with construction work. There are two sides to this story–show us how you feel about the Construction Sights in your area and win!

The prize is a Sony laptop, courtesy of this contest’s sponsor, a family-owned Ottawa roofing company.

Best Office Staff Party Photo Contest on Lenzr.com

The Best Office Staff Party is looking to see submissions that juxtapose a stuffy office environment with a rollicking good time. How does your office let loose? Mini cupcakes? Interns working the ‘bar’? Who’s the life of the party–your boss? Show us your hilarious office party moments and don’t forget to include a sentence or two to put the photo in context. Also, while we want to see shots of people having a great time, make sure your co-workers are OK with your entry before submitting it–we are not responsible for any trouble you might cause!

The prize is a Sony laptop, thanks to an incredible IT staffing agency located in downtown Toronto.

The A Counting Exercise photo contest is looking for submissions featuring a repeating visual pattern to be counted. Tap into your inner Count von Count and take a look at the world from an arithmomaniac’s perspective: sure, those may be faces in a crowd, lines on the highway or a handful of pretzel sticks, but they’re counting exercises, too! Get creative with this one–this contest has received a lot of entries already featuring many amusing counting exercises. Show your never-ending profile in a three-way mirror, the Lego pieces your kids left all over the floor or a parking lot full of bicycles in a progressive European country–give the Lenzr judges something to count and you could win!

The prize is a Sony laptop, courtesy of this contest’s sponsor, a team of North York accountants.

Finally, the Shafts of Sunlight photo contest is looking to see tangible lines of natural sunlight in the submissions. There is somethiShafts of Sunlight Photo Contest on Lenzr.comng divine about the way light can take on the appearance of matter–observe in the picture to the right–these shafts of sunlight look almost like monkey bars sent down from the heavens. Try to capture a similar effect in your photo. This is the most specific contest; the rules state very clearly that shafts of sunlight, not other light tricks, are the desired outcome. Snap the most spectacular shaft of sunlight and you may win!

The prize is a Sony Cyber-Shot digital camera, courtesy of the contest’s sponsor, fittingly, a sunrooms installer.