Profile of a Canadian business leader: Aleya Chattopadhyay (SAP CMO series)

Aleya Chattopadhyay may now be taking time off and “thinking what I want to do next,” as she puts it, but she has some sharp insights to offer on the future of marketing and social. The ex-CMO of ScribbleLive has an impressive resume. She was the VP of Marketing for large-format and mall stores at […]

Programmatic advertising comes to wearables

by Kay Mathews Programmatic ad buying promises “hyper-targeting abilities” and FitAd brought this burgeoning tech for marketers to wearables by inking a deal with Amtrak’s Acela Express. The train-travel company is being called by Adweek “the first known programmatic wearables ad buyer.”  Travelers in Acela’s Eastern Seaboard route who are golfers on courses in that […]

Using behavioural economics to drive customer engagement

For many companies, sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to figure things out, and at BE Works that’s just what they do. The Toronto-based consulting firm analyzes consumer behaviour and determine ways of influencing people to achieve the desired behavior. Welcome to the new world of behavioural economics. We spoke with BE Works CEO Kelly […]

Don’t put all your eggs in the Facebook/Twitter basket, marketers

Businesses publicizing their products on Twitter and Facebook might actually be better off without investing all their time solely into these social networks, according to a study by market research firm Forrester. Entitled “Social Relationship Strategies That Work” the research reveals how little return on investment these networks actually offer. In a finding that might surprise many […]

Maggie Fox: the next stage of success at SAP (SAP CMO series)

It’s a confusing marketing technology world at the moment, and nobody knows technology like SAP. Historically focused on the CIO, now the company is reaching out to bring their expertise to a brand new audience: marketers. And that requires a different kind of marketing, something Maggie Fox is keenly aware of, and excited about. Fox, […]

Google’s new Contributor: great for bloggers, bad for advertisers?

There’s a new offering from the Googleplex that appears small but could be seismic, released without a lot of fanfare. It’s a new way for sites to generate revenue called Google Contributor. What we know so far: What is it? It’s a type of distributed subscription model Google is calling crowdfunding (though it is not […]

5 ways to boost your Pinterest presence (and why your Pins can increase sales)

by Kay Mathews For startups and SMBs, increasing your presence on Pinterest reaps valuable rewards beyond the self-satisfaction of pretty Boards adorned with stylish Pins. Businesses can attract more followers, new customers, and higher sales. When it comes to e-commerce-related sharing, Pinterest surpassed Facebook last year. Sharing on Pinterest translates into more earnings for businesses: […]