So the dust has settled, my desks are finally clear so now I have no excuse for not updating you with how our trip went.
I loved it.
No suprises, I love Canada and really wanted to like Manitoba, but I really did like the place and the people. All good so far.
Now the bad news. For now we are not moving. Too complicated to go into but much to my dissapointment we are staying in the UK for the time being.
Would we move to Winnipeg if we were moving to Canada? After considering all factors (everything from house prices to job opportunities), I don’t think so. While we could buy a house outright out of our equity, which is a very big incentive, there was just NOTHING (and believe me I looked) happening on the new media job market while Vancouver (which I really
really love) has a thriving web scene and beautiful scenery to boot.
Don’t get me wrong, Manitoba has some real nice bits
It’s just that the majority of it is so flat. I kept expecting to see a mountain .. or at least a hill.
And bloody hell is non-winnipeg bits rural?? I am too much of a city boy to think driving an hour to find a hospital that is A) Open (!) and B) Would see us (“Sorry the doctor (singular!) is on holiday“!) is ok (and yes, we needed a hospital unfortunately).
The skeeters were a problem, we like outdoors, poor Karen got bitten over 20 times in one day. Clare, Amy and I were a lot luckier in that regard.
What is with Winnipegs water? Smelt like it came right out of the river – yuk.
All that aside, I did love being there and hated that we had to come back. Will definately like to go back. Should probably go back in fact, I think out of the week we probably spent about 5 minutes with family and visiting family was meant to have been the whole point!
Talking of which, I did take lots of pictures of JP and Gels wedding (over a thousand) with my trusty 350d and think they came out ok but will not be uploading them, think it is only fair that the couple decide who sees their wedding pictures. The rest of you will have to make do with my holiday pics 😉
So we landed in Winnipeg. So far so good. Not been bitten by blood-sucking insects yet any way! Which reminds me, thanks to reading WinnipegDamsels blog I tried Perogies for the first time. They were good 🙂
As yet we haven’t ventured further than the airport, our hotel and the forks but we have enjoyed the little we have seen.
Oh, Dean and Damian, as you can tell if you follow the linked image above, it is not “Aboot”. (Thanks to Gillianic Tendencies for the link, another of my “canada-related daily reads”)
Ben McConnell talks about being suprised by a 29% hike in price for his print on demand service. Their provider said this
was due to absorbing price hikes in paper over the period. The company did a good thing but came off as money-grubbing gits as Ben recovered from price-shock.
It’s easy to see in retrospect, had the company in question kept in good contact with their customers they may have been able to mention in passing what nice folks they are to be cushioning their customers from the fluctuating price of paper. After a
while they could say “re-order now, we don’t know how long we can keep the prices so low” and then finally “get your final orders in before the price rise on xxx date”.
No shock, plus a great call to action – everyone’s a winner! 🙂
PS. About the title – I had to use that phrase as the title, one of my ex-bosses invented that tag line for BT and is very proud of it 😉
Scoble has some interesting thoughts about what works and what doesn’t in viral marketing. Worth a read.
I have to agree. Without saying anything that might get me fired, anyone involved in creating virals, particularly in the brainstorm and proposal stages, ought to read his list.
Just because you call it a viral does not make it one. Sending it to hundreds of thousands of people also does not make something any more viral, it just annoys more people.
One for the shopping list and Blog reader 🙂
“Mind Hacks is a collection of probes into the moment-by-moment workings of our brain with a view to understanding ourselves a little better and learning a little more, in a very real sense, about what makes us tick. It’s by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb, and published by O’Reilly.”
It seems Americans losing the ability to smile sincerley, as their smiles rarely touch the eyes (“Botox Smile”) – the measure of a genuine smile, while Brits tend to use more expressive smiles that use the cheeks and show eye crow feet.
Cultural smiling difference have been reported before, for example Russians smile less than Americans (no kidding, really? LOL)
For a bit of fun, Test your ability to spot a fake smile.
Thing is, fake or not, smiling works. Check this out – smiling makes the sender and the recipient both feel better.
“In one study participants were instructed watch cartoons holding a pencil in their mouths, either between their lips or between their teeth. People with the pencils in their lips were therefore prevented from smiling. It turned out that the people with the pencils in their teeth, who could smile, rated cartoons funnier than those who could not (David and Palladino 2000).”
The article does contain a worrying side effect of the fake smile though, can make you seem submissive or open to sexual advances ..
As the song goes
If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
A new blog to cover London. You read right, not “UK”, not “British Business” .. London alone? Does business end at the M25? Quote; “Here we’ll report daily on the latest tech and business developments in London” (emphasis mine). I guess that is one way of reducing the amount of workload “sorry, we can’t report on that unless you move your HQ south of watford gap”.
And here was I thinking the Blogosphere was Sans Frontières 😉
Despite this piece of strange thinking, might be worth a look anyway. I used to be a member of Ecademy (another story why I am no longer) so have heard of Lee Wilkins before and he seems a good bloke 🙂
Another product I would really like to own if I had more money than sense 😉
Sometimes people have more budget than sense.
You can just imagine the Nathan Barley types sat around the board room lounging in bean bags, wearing red specs, twiddling with their pony tails.
“Blogging, that’s cool”
“Yeah, but needs to be viral man”
“And needs to be like edgy and funny. like B3TA”
“What about content?”
“What about content? Don’t need no steeenkin content man, it’s viral”
So, who is to blame, 42 Entertainment (?) (who did the travesty that I will not call a site) or Microsoft? I blame both, Microsoft
for being dullwitted enough to buy the pitch, 42 to pitch the self-induldgent-budget-blowing-marketing-w4nk in the first place. They ought to be ashamed.
Scoble thinks Microsoft is to blame, but also that because he has knocked the site in his blog causing a flood of traffic, Microsoft
will think it a success 🙂 I hope they don’t use it as a model for future work!
It’s of no more than 10 seconds value to visitors, it is not remarkable in any way so will not be remarked on apart from to slag it off, it’s only viral because it is so bad people are talking about how pants it is.
[Why has someone as savvy as Seth Godin not got the domain for one of his most popular books? This guy must be laffing his ass off]
And to think, people think Microsoft are good at marketing. They dropped the ball this time.
Supposedly the idea was that you would see/hear about/psychically detect the meme, search for “hypnodragon”, “judo jealousy”, “blubber blowout”, “psycho kitty”, “lava boy”, “butterfingers” and ‘discover’ the easter eggs that appear at the top of your results
and visit the MSNFound site. Why would you? To see the badly acted/scripted videos?