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Manitoba Bold Initiative

Sep 18, 2011   //   by FreshTraffic   //   CentrePort, inland port, internet marketing, online branding, web marketing, Winnipeg, winnipeg business, Winnipeg Chamber, winnipeg free press  //  Comments Off

The Manitoba Bold Initiative, What is it? Well from what I read it’s about being bold with your ideas for making Manitoba a better place.

As part of its efforts to inject some bold ideas into the economic policies during the current provincial election, Dave Angus, president of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and spokesman for Manitoba Bold, said the clean energy and technology sectors have the most potential for growth. I could agree with some
of that.

I also watched streaming video coverage at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café on transportation, venture capital and Manitoba’s revenue model featuring CentrePort Canada CEO Diane Gray, Prairie Fire Growth Ventures CEO Harry Schulz, and Pitblado Law’s Brian Bowman. (By the way Brian I love your Blog)

Now I can tell you that in my 4 years since I arrived in Manitoba I have been called Bold, also Arrogant, Blunt, Frank, Candid and a pain in the Ass plus a few more, but until this province and some of the so called business leaders in Manitoba get that the world has changed, the way people and business communicate has changed and have the courage
to grab the bull by the horns to make us change, until then, these leaders in
Manitoba will still be playing catch up with the rest of the world (and other
provinces). You can only treat people so long like mushrooms by keeping them in
the dark and feeding them bullshit.

I don’t profess to be a politician, nor will I ever be that way, but being bold in Manitoba, I can tell you from first-hand experience that the powers that be and so called decision makers don’t like it one bit.

I doesn’t matter if your proved right down the line, their ego’s won’t let them,
they like you to toe the line, their line and it is exactly that small town
mentality that holds Manitoba back. They need to be BOLD and take
the necessary steps to WIN.

When I arrived in 2007 we had Selling Winnipeg to the World, where did that go?, oh yes it got changed to Yes Winnipeg, Destination Winnipeg was changed back to Economic Development & Tourism Winnipeg and Winnipeg’s Inland Port got changed to Centreport Canada in 2008, We also had the the Human Rights Museum starting off.

So in 2007 up until today I have tried to be very bold, in fact I went to see all of the above entity’s and offered my help, why not?, after all I was let into Canada as a world expert in my field, even the BBC called me when I arrived, (come on that’s got to be impressive). I had worked with large organizations before, governments, celebrities and so on and
was successful in all our workings, why not help Manitoba? I live here now.

Not on your nelly, this is the real problem with Manitoba, not just me, I know other people and companies who have had the same shuns. Manitobans don’t trust outsiders, it takes a while for them to warm to you, they hate the idea of you making any money, god forbid they don’t get there share and they always know someone else who works out of a basement or small office who went to college or night school for 3 weeks who learned to be an expert.

Wake up you sad Muppets, put your ego’s aside, get your ass into gear, pay the money and go make this province what it can become, Great. You will need help though, truly, from an internet prospective you are light years behind, and this is where all the action is happening, I know and would be happy to call out every single so called internet marketing and social media agency in Winnipeg who do work here, Why? Because I have spoken to most, helped most, have emails from most asking for help, jobs or white label services before deciding to go off and sell their little knowledge to unqualified
business buyers and the like.

BE BOLD, This year alone my company will have supplied over 15 million visitors to Manitoba websites, we also keep blogging and telling business to protect your brand, stop putting the cart before the horse, so when Manitoba business leaders start talking about Manitoba Clean Energy or Manitoba Entrepreneurship’s and Start up Nations and Transportation Hubs without protecting these wonderful ideas, it does make you wonder.

On closing, these are opinions of the writer only, please no more attorney
letters, if the cap fits wear it. Be Bold and venture into a new world, we are waiting here for you and happy to help.

 

CentrePort Canada Website Achieves Milestone

Jan 18, 2010   //   by FreshTraffic   //   canada, CentrePort, inland port, Winnipeg  //  Comments Off

Fresh Traffic Group, an online brand marketing company, specialists in search engine optimization, registered owners and operators of www.winnipeginlandport.ca have announced today a milestone in the visibilty they’ve generated for Winnipeg’s inland port project. Over 50 countries have logged on and downloaded information regarding this local Mega Project in Winnipeg.


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Winnipeg Business Please Change

Dec 31, 2009   //   by FreshTraffic   //   Canadian Museum for Human Rights, CentrePort, internet marketing, WAA, Winnipeg, winnipeg business, Winnipeg Chamber  //  Comments Off

When I arrived here in 2007 I saw Winnipeg as a place of opportunity, I had calls and emails from around the globe asking why of all places Winnipeg. The BBC called me the first week I was here asking the same thing.

I use to answer opportunity, locality and a nice place to live.

In recent times I have questioned myself on more than one occasion, a nice place to live? It is, a little jewel that not many people know about, but trying to do business here, well that’s another question.

I was harassed by the chamber when I arrived to join the business community, I succumb and became the 2008th member in 2008, it even got a mention in the local Free Press.

What have they done so far for me? absolutely nothing.

I did enjoy the golf tournament though, I also had the pleasure of sitting down with the president Dave Angus after I had been here two years and asked him if he knew what I did, he openly admitted he had no idea.

We showed him letters of thanks from very prominent world business leaders which raised a few brows, when asked if we could help the chamber progress in to the new world of digital Internet media he was very open to that, as in his own words the chamber had failed miserably in the last nine years in trying to get Winnipeg anywhere on the map.

If your a business leader, premier or mayor (sorry Sam gets it) and your reading this, it’s time to act.

In the late 1800’s early 1900’s Winnipeg was thriving, the coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881, Agriculture was a booming, The Manitoba Legislative Building reflects the optimism of those boom years.

Winnipeg has stood still on a global stage since those glorious days, but it’s coming back full circle.

CentrePort, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Winnipeg Airport Extension to name a few, all huge new developments that can be beneficial to all Manitobans and yes could potentially put Winnipeg Manitoba on the map.

But it wont happen by painting a bus that travels up and down Portage Avenue or a billboard on Main Street, Flyer distribution or even a TV commercial aimed at Ontario, if it’s going to happen it’s going to happen ONLINE.

But beware “Having a beautiful website no one can find is like having a store and keeping the doors locked. You know it is there, you’ve done a great job decorating it, the products are waiting for the customers, yet no one comes in.”

Online is where most people look for anything these days, this is not to say old traditional marketing is dead, it’s not, we just have to integrate it into the new.

When I arrived and decided to open office here, we did are due diligence and found three other Winnipeg company’s offering Internet marketing, admittedly web design companies who had just added the latest buzz word tag, today two years on we have over 190 claiming to do the same.

Now we like to think with the PR coverage we got opening the new office here that we started a trend with others deciding to jump on the gravy train, but with these numbers it must be the fastest growing Winnipeg industry.

Winnipeg you have a great opportunity to prosper, dont waste it, It’s time for change.