Friday, February 26, 2010
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the latest CSME mixer at Bar Italia, with speakers from Homemakers, Today’s Parent and The Hockey News. One of the best takeaways was from Jackie Kovacs, deputy editor of Today’s Parent. And it was a simple one: “Love your webbies”.

Kovacs’ analogy? “Your website is like your Quebec. It’s part of the family, but distinct.” A fun analogy, and an apt one.

She also made clear that part of the reason for Today’s Parent’s continued success online is the constant interaction between the web and print teams. They work together, they have fun together and, most importantly, they sit together in their office space. Kovacs emphasized that this makes possible the informal interactions that translate into better understanding and sharing across platforms. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Friday, February 26, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Social Media Week talk by Scott Stratten, better known by his Twitter handle @unmarketing, on social media trends for 2010, including a focus on location-based social media. It was a great talk – worth watching even if just to see a great presenter at work – and I appreciated Stratten’s blend of pragmatism and idealism when it comes to social media. (For those of you curious about what Foursquare is all about, he’ll explain that, too.)

Happily, the team at Refresh Events recorded the session so more people could benefit from it. Check it out on their site and share it with colleagues who share an interest in social media.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Just read an interesting article from the Guardian on’s shift in focus from maximum traffic to what it terms the “three Cs: content, commerce and clubs”. The idea, according to digital editor Edward Roussel, is to broaden revenue streams away from a focus on advertising:

In his view journalism must become more entrepreneurial… “In the UK, display advertising on the web is a £1bn business, and it is stagnating. E-commerce on the other hand is a £50bn business, and it is vibrant. That is one of the challenges,” he said.
Friday, February 12, 2010
There’s a great article up on with an analysis of the most-emailed content on the site – i.e., what kinds of articles are readers most likely to share? The conclusion: awe-inspiring articles that cause an emotional response are the most popular, which explains why those from the science section perform exceptionally well on the most-emailed list, says University of Pennsylvania researcher Jonah Berger:

“Emotion in general leads to transmission, and awe is quite a strong emotion,” he said. “If I’ve just read this story that changes the way I understand the world and myself, I want to talk to others about what it means. I want to proselytize and share the feeling of awe. If you read the article and feel the same emotion, it will bring us closer together.”

Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Want an example of the kind of story that spreads like wildfire over Twitter? This *ahem* attractive slideshow of Canadian Olympians from is a good one.

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Kat Tancock
Kat Tancock is a freelance writer, editor and digital consultant based in Toronto. She has worked on the sites of major brands including Reader's Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living, Homemakers, Elle Canada and Style at Home and teaches the course Creating Website Editorial at Ryerson University.
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