10 to follow – #ABflood voices on Twitter

by H+K Canada

June 26, 2013

10 to follow – #ABflood voices on Twitter

When natural disaster strikes, it takes mere seconds for tweets to start circulating around the globe and only minutes for empathy to start trending. The recent and devastating Alberta floods are no different. For those interested in a bird’s-eye view of what’s been happening in the Twitterverse, we’ve aggregated nearly 200,000 tweets and 10,000 compelling … Read more

No big deal: the Canada-Europe trade agreement

Originally published on June 24, 2013 by the Ottawa Citizen. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is to be applauded for resisting pressures to wrap up the unfinished Canada-Europe Trade Agreement negotiations in time for a photo op at the G8 meetings in Northern Ireland. Through no fault of the Canadian negotiators, who by all accounts have … Read more

Dress code 101

This article is from the Ottawa Citizen 2013.  When the summer temperatures begin to soar, it doesn’t mean skirt lengths in the office should rise, too, according to an Ottawa etiquette expert. The same goes for plunging necklines, short shorts and flip-flops. Julie Blais-Comeau’s rule of thumb for appropriate attire during the summer season is … Read more

The state of community management

This was originally published on BoydNeil.com on June 20, 2013. How far social web community management has come in about five or six years. Three years ago, I speculated (forgive the intellectual ‘selfie’) that we would soon have to recognize the community manager’s central role in an organization’s social media strategy: “… approaching communities and influencers from … Read more

Infographic: To follow or not to follow: that is the new question

Celebrities such as Kanye West and Louis C.K. are famous for having millions of followers on Twitter while only following a single handle each (they follow Kim Kardashian and Colin Quinn respectively if you’re keeping score). While a celebrity’s follower-versus-following ratio can be a strong barometer of their popularity (and ego), what does this same … Read more

A non-populist social media reading list

At an event on Tuesday in Toronto, author C.C. Chapman made a comment about giving up on reading so many social media business books (while ironically plugging his friend Mitch Joel’s new book — Ctrl Alt Delete). I share his impatience. And frankly many recent books I’ve looked at on social business by the usual … Read more

End of Session: By-elections to keep things interesting

Tuesday marked the end of a raucous first session for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government.  The Legislature spent much of the session in a standstill, with issues from the previous session tying up Question Period and standing committees and ensuring that the only pieces of legislation to reach third reading were the Supply Act, 2013, and … Read more

New digital communications practice leader at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Social media innovator Boyd Neil steps down; public engagement pioneer Joseph Peters steps up TORONTO, ON — June 13, 2013 — After three years as national social media and digital communications practice leader, Boyd Neil hands over the reins to Joseph Peters at Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K) – the country’s No. 1-ranked public and government … Read more

Slogans aren’t enough to bring investment to Canada

Originally published on June 14, 2013 by the Huffington Post Canada At a recent seminar in Tokyo designed to generate investment in Canada’s natural resource sector, the interest among Japanese investors was evident. But it was equally clear that Canada faces stiff competition to woo investors who need compelling reasons to choose Canada over other … Read more