Recently Groupon launched here in Victoria. This really excited me after recieving useless coupons for Vancouver for the past few months. So far it looks like they are doing quite well with 697 coupons sold yesterday for a local cupcake shop, and 666 sold so far today for an adventure park (before lunchtime I might ad). It will be interesting to see what the advertisers have to say. The lift in sales is always welcomed I’m sure, but are they qualified leads who will bring long term business? Or one offs? I’m interested to see how it all plays out.
I keep seeing this and find it funny: Gap Logo Change. While it’s great to see the power of Social Media, I suspect that they could have done a small scale focus group to find out that the new logo was a no go without shining the social media spot light on themselves. Either way, it’s good to see the viral nature of social media in action.
Does your company need a blog? The answer is not automatically yes. Check out this Globe & Mail article to help you answer the question.
Since I got the above link from @miss604, it only seems right that I plug her book. If you DO need a blog, this is some suggested reading:
Do you care about transit in this city? Translink’ is hosting 3 Transportation fairs across the lower mainland this month. Come out and give your ideas & input:
#Saturday October 16 – Creekside Community Centre in the Olympic Village, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
#Sunday October 17 – Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Road, Coquitlam
#Saturday October 23 – Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 – 107 A Avenue, Surrey
10:00am until 3:00pm.
Participants will be eligible to win a monthly FareCard (one drawn each hour) and a year’s free transit will be given away
Not new, but new to North America – T-Mobile will be slowing down data speeds when a user reaches 5GB of use in one billing cycle. In Australia, some providers give you a choice of paying more or slowing down speeds when you reach your data cap….will this extend to Canada?
Is The Social Network an accurate story of the beginning of Facebook? Apparently not…get the other real story here.
In a similar vein to my post on using infographics to inflate site traffic, an SEO company has demonstrated how they can manipulate Reddit with scripts to drive more site traffic.
Black Press has launched their own local version of the daily deal sites like Groupon, BC Daily Deals. I’ve signed up for the daily emails to see how the offers compare to their larger, international competitors.
I’ve been using Netflix for 2 weeks now, and though they very few quality new releases, they have an impressive collection of older movies, and are sorted by very specific categories (ex. Understated Dark Dramas). The service has been consistent; movies run quickly and without lag or freezes, and it looks ok on a 42” screen. The visual quality isn’t as great as I’d like, and I’d consider it sub-par to DVD quality, but overall, its fine for watching movies if you don’t demand crisp resolution. They are still offering a 30 day free trial, and I encourage everyone to take this for a spin.