Alberta Venture asks “What does a career in social media mean?”

June 29, 2010

Even for those executives whose organizations live and breathe on the weird, wide web every day, it can be difficult to make sense of the muddled opportunities of social media. For example, what’s the benefit of marketing online if you don’t understand the potential return on investment (ROI)? Will tapping tools such as Twitter and […]

News Talk 650 interview on social media and age

June 28, 2010

Richard Brown (sitting in for John Gormley) of News Talk 650 CKOM interviews Doug Lacombe of Calgary social media agency communicatto on the topic of social media, age, adoption rates, and its impact on journalism. Listen now to the roughly 15 minute interview:

A little grey distinguishes social media

June 26, 2010

There’s a pervasive myth that social media is only for young people — the “college kids in the basement” stereotype. Not true. Ongoing surveys by Zinc Research ( and partner Dufferin Research show nearly 80 per cent of Canadians are on some social network and more than two-thirds of Canadians are on Facebook. “Over the […]

Provocation from @mitchjoel, excitation from @garyvee at #TAOM

June 19, 2010

This week started with a bang for me — I got to spend Monday listening to marketing brainiacs at The Art of Marketing conference in Calgary, including two social media rock stars, Mitch Joel and Gary Vaynerchuk. Joel is the president of Montreal-based Twist Image, a digital marketing agency, as well as author of the […]

communicatto chatto: Interview with “Fascinate” author Sally Hogshead #TAOM @sallyhogshead

June 13, 2010

In anticipation of the upcoming “The Art of Marketing” conference that’s coming to Calgary June 14, 2010, Sally Hogshead, internationally renowned speaker and author of the marketing best-seller ‘Fascinate” regaled me with tales of marketing triggers, the F-bomb, Jagermeister, and Tim Horton’s. Grab a Timmy’s and take thirty minutes to listen in:    

The case for less in social media

June 12, 2010

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Passwords, for example, or information about someone’s every move, or social networks. Numerous info-graphics have appeared on flickr and other image-sharing sites showing the plethora of social media brands that exist. With names like Plurk and Orkut, they sound more like bathroom noises than brands […]

communicatto chatto: Interview with Mitch Joel

June 8, 2010

In anticipation of the upcoming “The Art of Marketing” conference that’s coming to Calgary June 14, 2010, Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image and author of best-seller “Six Pixels of Separation” took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to speak to me about digital marketing. Grab a coffee and take twenty minutes to […]

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