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Month: January 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Just Back From London, UK!

My apologies for the lack of updates on the blog recently. I do have a great excuse though- I was in London! Jesse and I took off to the UK on business to attend ICE and LAC. These are two of the largest industry conferences for the circles Bet Smart Media now runs in.

Today is my first day back in Canada and I think I’m still pretty much on London time, hence the post at 5am- probably the earliest you’ll ever see me post on here again!

I think there’s a post brewing in my head for this blog here talking about how entrepreneurs -particularly Internet entrepreneurs- need to get outside the four walls of their office and interact with their industries. We’ve been a bit guilty of that at Bet Smart. Going to these conferences were amazing in both the relationships we now have with so many decision makers in the industry, and the number of opportunities we now can pursue as a business.

More on that later though when I’m not so jetlagged! I think we’ll be posting on the Bet Smart blog about what the conferences meant for the company. In the meantime, check out this cool video I compiled of our trip below. Mind the gap!

Things Real People DON’T Say About Advertising!

My good friend Judd sent me a funny link the other day. It hit close to home, being an online marketer myself, but was too good to not repost here. Enjoy!

Things real people don’t say about advertising. I’ve taken my top 6. Link to the original source at the bottom so you can check out the rest.

My Favourite Top 6:














And, my #1 Fav (the pic is just classic):




Check It out!

Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions!

Well, it’s half a month into January now and I’m sure I’m similar to a lot of people who make resolutions around the start of the new year. I’ve never been a HUGE resolutions person, but that all started to change last year.

2010 is marked on my calendar as the year where I made some resolutions and really stuck to them. Before that, I have been a fair-weather resolutioner. Rarely did my commitments for change last to Valentine’s day. Needless to say, it’s been quite empowering to stick to the resolutions I made for 2010 and the act of doing so has built up my confidence and reinforced the fact for me that change is indeed very possible.

I came across an AWESOME slideshow yesterday put together by Stanford’s Persuasive Tech Lab called the Top 10 Mistakes in Behaviour Change (and how to fix them). I thought it quite appropriate to have a look through them as most resolutions concentrate on changing a behaviour of some sort (at least mine do). Whether that change in behaviour is to dial down a negative behaviour, or dial up a positive one- lasting behaviour change is a great skill to master!

Have a look below, great stuff!

I think some factors for success in sticking to my 2010 resolutions were because I intuitively followed a couple of suggestions in this deck. Now that I have the complete set of 10 I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can whoosh 2011!

I hope the New Year is off to a great start for everyone!

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