Vol 1, #18, July 14, 2009
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July 14, 2009


Cut costs and produce more effective websites
CampaignFinder.com empowers nonprofits
Fotoglif delivers royalty-free images and revenue sharing
GoCoupons.ca has more than 90,000 coupon requests
Get .tel for BlackBerry at BlackBerry App World
Enhanced email services from Xplornet
Online photo service has lowest prices in Canada
Twist Marketing prepares for industry growth
RIM's 3G smartphone added to Bell's line-up
henderson bas teams up with Mogo
Are you eBay's entrepreneur of the year?

Cut costs and produce more effective websites

Open Text, a global leader in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), recently launched Open Text Web Solutions 10, the latest release of Open Text’s Web Content Management (WCM) software. Web Solutions 10 allows organizations to intelligently manage and deliver a broad set of corporate information to users over the web, and features extensive usability upgrades, a new technology foundation, and deeper and more comprehensive integration with the Open Text ECM Suite and the SAP NetWeaver Portal component.

The role of WCM has significantly expanded from a place to store and publish external-facing content to a vital tool in helping to support organizational business goals in such areas as sales and customer support. This means that WCM must deliver a highly personal customer experience and be able to tap into content housed in many different enterprise systems. And as digital assets have become less expensive to create, companies need better ways to manage rich media such as audio and video.

“Sites like iGoogle, Twitter and the many social web offerings have raised the bar on the type of intuitive, flexible and personal experience users expect when visiting web sites,” says Jens Rabe, Vice President of Web Solutions at Open Text. “With Web Solutions 10, we are bringing the full Web 2.0 user interface to both the people editing content within the company and to the consumers of this content. The many enhancements and deep ECM and digital asset management integrations in this release will help customers save costs and produce more compelling and effective websites.”Top of Page

CampaignFinder.com empowers nonprofits

With the launch of a new portal, PGD Canada Inc., a web-based information solutions company, will now offer nonprofit organizations a revolutionary new way to showcase their capital campaigns to a global audience - for free.

This new site, CampaignFinder.com, provides a gateway for nonprofits to bring awareness to their capital campaigns and raise more money online while building relationships with donors - right from their own desktop.

CampaignFinder.com, an online charitable giving tool and resource designed to connect philanthropic donors with fundraising campaigns around the world, will facilitate online giving from donors and increase campaign awareness for nonprofit organizations. CampaignFinder.com connects donors directly to fundraising campaigns, allowing donors to not only contribute to a cause or organization, but to help fund a specific project or goal.

“There are plenty of people who want to contribute to larger endeavour, such as a new MRI machine, a new research building or an endowment fund, but have no way of finding these campaigns to support,” says Daniela Passero, Founder and Editor of CampaignFinder.com. “CampaignFinder.com makes it as easy as possible for donors to actively participate in achieving a campaign goal, give with confidence, and to have a more transparent, engaging and informative donor experience.”

With the help of CampaignFinder.com, individual, corporate and foundation donors no longer have to sort through a charity's website for case statements, campaign updates or press releases. All the information they are seeking in order to make an informed giving decision is at their fingertips.

Donors or volunteers can also stay connected to the campaigns they support with CampaignFinder.com. Twenty-first century donors are no longer content to write checks and go on with their daily lives. They want to be kept informed, follow their donation and be a partner in reaching that campaign goal.

As a multi-faceted website, CampaignFinder.com also serves as an information resource to nonprofits and fundraising professionals. Whether a nonprofit is in the planning, silent or public phase of a capital campaign, CampaignFinder.com provides access to articles, fundraising tools, web seminars and service directory listings that can assist nonprofits with all their campaign questions and fundraising needs. Top of Page

Fotoglif delivers royalty-free images and revenue sharing

Fotoglif has launched a new service that makes it easy for bloggers, social media fans and other web publishers to add high-quality, royalty-free and timely images to jazz up their written content.

The beta version of the Fotoglif image-sharing community and licensing platform is available now at www.Fotoglif.com. The site features more than 3 million images, with thousands of new ones from professional photographers and respected news agencies added each day from global breaking news, entertainment and sports stories.

In addition to providing professional images for web authors, Fotoglif offers photographers a revenue-generating outlet for use of their photos in the exploding online content market. While providing images royalty-free, Fotoglif allows photographers who post their albums on its service to tap into revenue that is generated via advertising views. A unique Registered Publisher Service gives bloggers and others who use the images the same opportunity to earn revenue from the site.

“Fotoglif gives web authors who want to add visual flair to their pieces an alternative to traditional photo stock houses and grass roots image sites, with the bonus of earning revenue from images they select,” says Fotoglif founder Michael Betts. “As a former photography studio owner, I see a huge opportunity to help photographers broaden the use of their images through our new business model. We've built our service to allow revenue sharing among those who provide the images and those who use the images - a classic'win-win' scenario.”

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GoCoupons.ca boasts over 90,000 coupon requests

In less than five months, the new website www.GoCoupons.ca, attracted more than 15,000 members and received over 90,000 coupon requests. Created by Montreal-based Denise Hobbs Marketing, GoCoupons.ca is a user-friendly couponing tool designed to answer consumers’ needs by offering considerable savings on quality products.

Over the last year, the on-line couponing industry has increase by 192 per cent and our Southern neighbours are confirming that nine out of 10Americans are actually using coupons.

Added to valuable coupons, GoCoupons.ca will offer recipe ideas, contests and product information to help consumers make their purchase decisions. Eventually, GoCoupons.ca will be able to send gift-envelopes adding free samples to coupons. Top of Page

Get .tel for BlackBerry at BlackBerry App World

.tel users can now access an application for managing and integrating .tel information directly into the BlackBerry(R) address book through BlackBerry App World.

.tel domains, launched in March of 2009, have been broadly adopted by businesses and individuals around the world as a simple and low-cost way of sharing 'real time' contact information under one simple-to-remember name. Accessible from any device, .tel provides a listing in the first 'live' global contacts directory accessible by cell phones and through search engines.

Since its launch prior to its availability on the BlackBerry App World store, the .tel application has been downloaded thousands of times, enabling BlackBerry owners to update their contact information in real time, enhancing their mobile working whilst being accessible to customers and colleagues in the best way for them. Additionally, with this application as well as others such as Hornet from Webnames.ca, BlackBerry owners can quickly integrate .tel contact information into their BlackBerry devices and always have up-to-date information about their clients, colleagues or customers without hassle. Top of Page

Enhanced email services from Xplornet

Barrett Xplore Inc. has announced an agreement with Google to deliver a new email platform for Xplornet Internet Services customers across Canada.

Xplornet Mail powered by Gmail will offer enhanced email features and functionality, including up to 7.3 GB of storage capacity, or more than three times the amount currently available, and the ability to check and respond to emails while on the go using a mobile device. The new service will also include faster search capabilities and industry-leading spam blocking technology to help reduce the amount of unwanted messages.

“This agreement is part of our ongoing commitment to continually improve the features and services that we provide Xplornet customers,” said John Maduri, CEO of Barrett Xplore Inc. “We are excited to offer one of the most stable and reliable email systems available anywhere in Canada.”

Xplornet customers will be provided with information about the new email services, as well as instructions for migrating their existing email accounts to the new platform. The migration to the new system will be phased to ensure a high level of customer service and technical support throughout the process. Top of Page

Online photo service has lowest prices in Canada

KwikPix.ca announced the launch of Canada's newest online photo service, which enables Canadians (except residents of Quebec) to purchase quality 4x6 prints for only 5 cents a print - the lowest online price in Canada. Customers can upload hi-resolution images, order quality prints, photobooks and photo gifts, and receive them via Canada Post Express Mail in 3-7 business days.

Canadians can order prints, posters, enlargements and photobooks at prices well below current market rates. KwikPix.ca can offer quality at low prices for two reasons:

  1. They are associated with a leading Canadian photofinishing provider with state-of-the-art facilities and years of experience printing consumer photos.
  2. The company has put together a new, innovative strategy to drive production. Proprietary software enables direct-to-print server workflow, high speed production printing and high-tech production efficiency processes.

With KwikPix.ca, consumers can easily order photo prints in a variety of sizes, and create custom photobooks. Later this month, the site will also be offering photo calendars, greeting cards, collages and more. Top of Page

Twist Marketing prepares for industry growth

Twist Marketing has taken a big step to prepare for an anticipated period of steady growth for the firm in Alberta and western Canada. The strategic marketing firm recently moved its offices to the second floor of Calgary’s bustling Crossroads Market. It has also hired marketing veteran January Kohli.

“We seized the opportunity in a favorable real estate market to secure approximately 2,700 square feet of office space that is centrally located to Calgary’s business district,” says Roger Jewett, Twist Marketing CEO. “The Crossroads Market is a character building that’s easily accessible and has ample free parking. The space is perfect for the needs of our growing team and client roster.”

With recent wins like the branding assignment for the Town of Cochrane, Twist Marketing has also added experienced marketing talent to its team.

“We recently hired January Kohli as a Senior Account Manager,” says Jewett. “January brings extensive interactive and traditional marketing and project management experience in the hospitality, tourism and real estate sectors. January is an excellent fit for our performance based culture and she will be instrumental in helping us take the firm to the next level.” Top of Page

RIM's 3G smartphone added to Bell's line-up

The 3G BlackBerry Tour smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) is a powerful new global smartphone that operates on both EVDO and HSPA high speed networks globally and delivers advanced multimedia capabilities and access to industry-leading mobile email, messaging and social networking features.

The smartphone is now available to purchase online and is now available at Bell Mobility stores nationally.

“Whether clients are avid globetrotters or spend most of their time in North America, the BlackBerry Tour smartphone's multi-network global 3G capabilities and unique mix of performance, functionality and style make it an ideal choice in a smartphone,” says Adel Bazerghi, Senior Vice President of Products at Bell Mobility. “The BlackBerry Tour delivers the best of both worlds with high-speed 3G service in North America and around the world to ensure clients stay connected, entertained and informed wherever they are.” Top of Page

henderson bas teams up with Mogo

henderson bas, Canada’s most awarded interactive agency, has partnered up with Canada’s #1 online lender, Mogo . henderson bas will be handling the strategy, planning, creative design and execution of all Mogo’s online display media.

“As an innovative financial company looking to change the way Canadians borrow money, we couldn’t be happier than to select Canada’s top interactive agency. henderson bas has proven to be among the most innovative and effective interactive agencies in Canada and Mogo is looking to partner with the best in our quest to spread the word about a new and better way to borrow money,” says Mogo CEO Dave Feller.

“We are excited to partner with Mogo,” says henderson bas President & CEO, Dawna Henderson. “They are redefining the category of short-term loans in Canada. Mogo’s value proposition will change the perception of short-term loans. Their goal is to save Canadians over $1 billion in high fees from banks and payday loan companies. Consumers more than ever are tired of huge credit card debt that they can never pay back, and ridiculous fees from payday loan companies. Mogo allows Canadians to borrow up to $1500 for as little as $0.36 a day per $100 borrowed. With smaller loans and shorter terms, people can actually afford to pay these off, unlike the rest of their debts.” Top of Page

Are you eBay's entrepreneur of the year?

eBay Canada has announced its fifth annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards today, a program to identify and reward Canada's most successful and entrepreneurial eBay sellers. In addition to recognizing a successful entrepreneur, eBay will offer the Comeback of the Year Award to an entrepreneur who has overcome a recent personal or professional challenge. The prizes consist of a combination of cash, free advertising space and professional development to help grow the winners' business.

“As the world's largest online marketplace, eBay has changed the face of internet commerce by connecting sellers and buyers around the globe,” says Andrea Stairs, head of marketplace development for eBay Canada. “In these difficult economic times, it's a pleasure for us to be able to recognize success. Our annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program celebrates and rewards hardworking Canadians who use eBay to sell to the world.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award program is open to all full and part time eBay sellers 18 years and older. Entrants may also apply for consideration in the Comeback of the Year Award category. Top of Page