- 20/11/2016Interesting. Check it out.QUIZ: This week in Canadian news: Nov. 12-18ca.yahoo.com How well do you know about the people making news in Canada this week? Take our challenge and find...
- 19/11/2016Please join me and welcoming @Emily Forget (Newbee!) to beBee! You got to love a Bee that wears the title of Newbee proudly! Welcome Emily, meet our Bee community.Emily Forget (Newbee!)www.bebee.com Motivation | Reciprocation | Respect are my three primary values. Skilled in Social Media Marketing, I am a Content Marketing Machine....
Comments19/11/2016 #3 Emily Forget (Newbee!)Thank you so much for the warm welcome! I am exploring this uplifting environment finding hives & awesome Bees to join and follow. I'm excited to see how my articles will do on beBee compared to LinkedIn and I look forward to reading & learning from your content too!
- Producer15/11/2016Canada has a Buzz going on...Javier shared some interesting numbers today in a comment on John Vaughan's recent post on the % of Producer Posts by country.I took the numbers and correlated them to the population size of the respective...
Comments16/11/2016 #41 Nicole ChardenetWe're Number One! We're Number One! Oooh oooh oooh!
Oh yeah...Eh! ;)
Wow, we're producing 7% of the posts? Hey, it's not all *my* fault!
Okay, we're not really Number One here...but we're kicking the US's ass at least. Just like we did in hockey in the 2010 Olympics. Eat our ice and freeze, ya hosers :)16/11/2016 #40 John Vaughan#33 Speaking of which: @Milos Djukic got at least one negative [ - ] vote for having the audacity to support a position that is not exactly popular among the aficionados. Glad to see that it got "recitified", tho the backstory still remains something of a mystery.
beBee's plus/minus Comment Rating thing is a bit flawed and inconsistent, in any case:
A published Article can receive a "plus"/Like vote (a la [ Relevant ], never mind whether it actually is "relevant") - but not a negative vote. And beBee will tell you who-liked-it.
Not so for Comments. You can Like or Dislike, and never take responsibility for your rating. Interesting that this Secrecy Technique is used in the Comments section, where the whole point - supposedly - is to express your opinion and have a vibrant, open exchange. Yet the rating is anonymous. Go figure....
In addition - the Plus [ + ] and Minus [ - ] votes cancel each other out. A Comment on which there is a vigorous difference of opinion (let's say 10 positives and 10 negatives) appears the same as a yawner with no votes.
Anyhow, Milos, glad to see that you made it back to zero. It's how we measure progress.16/11/2016 #39 John Vaughan#38 "All the comments are laced with fun amd humor." sez @Mohammed A. Jawad
Yes. Especially #23... A veritable Canadian Laugh Riot.
Personally, I'll stick with The Red Green Show (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Green_Show), which demonstrates the value of "EveryDay UX", as expressed through the artful employment of duct tape.
For more EveryDay UX: https://jcvtcsblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/everyday-ux/16/11/2016 #36 John Vaughan#33 Thank you @Milos Djukic for "your contribution to beBee marketing is also huge. Once again I will point out that you are a great beBee advocate marketer and passionate supporter. Customer advocacy business model and advocate marketing are unified and tightly coupled in this case."
Just wondering ... why would someone give you a Negative [ - ] vote for those sentiments?
ahhh ... perhaps not enough "Positive"?16/11/2016 #33 Anonymous#31 @John Vaughan, your contribution to beBee marketing is also huge. Once again I will point out that you are a great beBee advocate marketer and passionate supporter. Customer advocacy business model and advocate marketing are unified and tightly coupled in this case.15/11/2016 #32 CityVP ManjitOne look at the development of the Canadian tech sectors speaks volumes why the infrastructure in Canada is conducive to greater participation. A July 2016 Brookfield Institute Report is one example http://brookfieldinstitute.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/The-State-of-Canadas-Tech-Sector-2016-V2.pdf View moreOne look at the development of the Canadian tech sectors speaks volumes why the infrastructure in Canada is conducive to greater participation. A July 2016 Brookfield Institute Report is one example http://brookfieldinstitute.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/The-State-of-Canadas-Tech-Sector-2016-V2.pdf Couple that with education, demographics and a different attitude to media (while Canada's media can vastly improve, American news media pails in comparison with depth/diversity of news story coverage) and then there is the case for Canada, articulated by media outlets such as Vox in their July 2016 story http://www.vox.com/2014/7/1/5843316/the-case-for-canada - and where American media like Vox succeeds, Canadians with a greater degree of connection have more access options and engage commensurately at a higher rate (rural areas are still lagging) as detailed by CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority) making Canada 2nd to the UK in the G9 country ranks for Internet penetration https://cira.ca/factbook/2015/the-canadian-internet.html Close15/11/2016 #31 John Vaughan#23 Sheesh, "Pablo" ... pissy much? (How un-Canadian)
"Stating either position as a "fact" is delusional." sez @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
The observable "fact" is that there is a demonstrably high (as in Super High) correlation between being-an-ambassador and priming-the-pump in the form of publishing activity, s.a. Articles, Comments, Shares, etc. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/priming-the-pump No, "Pablo", that set of observations is not delusional. Count them yourself. Or just eyeball it. It's obvious. And it's [ relevant ] - even in a beBee sense.
'Ambassadors' are selected precisely BECAUSE they contribute to beBee marketing (I didn't invent this observation. It's stated clearly and repeatedly throughout beBee's ambassadorship marketing material). Does receiving 'ambassadorship' increase the likelihood of such contributions? Is there a behavioral pattern here? Decent questions, imo, but apparently not popular ones in this environment. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/the-emperor-s-new-clothes-epilogue So let's move on.
Yeah, "Pablo" : Egg-vs-Chicken, if that works for ya. I'll go with Ducks-in-a-Row.15/11/2016 #23 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#21 Talk about back-asswards. As usual, John you're getting your egg vs chicken thing going.
Is Canadian activity high because of the high ratio of Canadians among ambassadors?
Or, is the high ratio of Canadian ambassadors due to high Canadian activity?
There is no way to tell. Stating either position as a "fact" is delusional.
I don't really care one way or another, just sayin'. Either way, us Canucks seem to be pulling our weight and then some.15/11/2016 #22 Kevin Pashuk#17 #21 So... let's ask the question... If we are approximately 10% the population of the US, shouldn't the beBee population be representative? What needs to be done to attract more Canadians to beBee? The fact that they are more productive per capita is inconsequential to this question.
Comments13/11/2016 #16 CityVP ManjitHeh! Canada continues trend here this week. after CNBC discuss how Americans can emigrate http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/09/this-is-what-you-need-to-do-to-move-to-canada.html and Snopes confirms that it was worried Americans who crashed the Canadian Immigration website following Donald Trumps victory on Thursday night http://www.snopes.com/canadas-immigration-web-site-crashed-after-2016-election/
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Comments03/10/2016 #18 Renée Cormier#17 Good question. I have to say that I don't really know. I think that we may get mistaken for Americans when we are abroad, but most of us have the good sense to make our nationality known when we travel by wearing our flag somewhere. Everybody loves Canadians. Our southern neighbours aren't always so well received. I don't think most Canadians would feel offended by the mistake. We realize we share a similar culture and we understand that our dialect is also similar. All Canadians really want is for people to be polite with us. Nothing much matters more than that.03/10/2016 #17 Ken BoddieI'm having some streaming problems with these live videos, Renée, but yours eventually bounced through from the stratosphere loud and clear. I would say, as a Scots Kiwi Aussie, that you sound Canadian to me, but who am I to make a call? Because I've spent so much time in too many countries, I'm always accused of being "from somewhere else", which brings me to my point. None of us have accents, as my old mate @Kevin Pashuk points out. It's everyone else who has an accent. Furthermore, I've found that many people suck at guessing where that other person's accent is from. This is why I make a point of never guessing, as so many people get offended when we guess incorrectly. Try telling a Scotsman or an Irishman that he sounds English and he'll go into a fit of rage. Do Canadians get upset about being incorrectly labelled as American or does it depend upon who is doing the asking?
- 27/09/2016Thought all you Bees from all over the world might find this of interest.
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- 17/09/2016With his permission: One of our own Bees: @Kevin Pashuk performing House of the Rising Sun! Thanks Kevin!Rainsong WS200 - House of the Rising Sun Impromptu Cover This video was an impromptu session where I took a break from yardwork (hence the hat) grabbed my guitar to try and teach my son about not being 'tentative'...
Comments17/09/2016 #21 Anonymous#17 oh ya, that's a good one too! I used to always 'go to' the Beatles "I've just seen a face I can't forget the time or place where we first met , she's just the girl for me and I want all the world to see we've met...nah nah na nananah...Fallin', yes I am fallin', and she keeps callin', be back again." I think it was all of 3 chords and easy strumming!!
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- 09/09/2016In case you were wondering... If you need any translation Randy @Randy Keho, let me know.How to be a Canadian From loonies to toonies and everything in between, celebrate Canada Day by learning how to be a Canadian. Website and merch: http://www.ifht.tv | Watch our...
- Producer06/09/2016How To Not Get a Canadian (at least this one) Excited.Years ago, when I had hair, I started a new phase of my career. At the time, there was a computer aided drafting software that was making serious inroads into the market, and I resigned my ‘safe’ job and became their 68th worldwide dealer....
Comments08/09/2016 #27 Jena BallThanks for this. I grew up in California but feel the same. Have you ever been to the taping of a TV show with a live audience? They use a warm-up person to get the audience excited and ready to respond to host. It felt forced and made me very uncomfortable. I'll get excited when and if there is something to be excited about, thank you, and I'll be th judge of that :-)07/09/2016 #23 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#21 That sounds like it would be an interesting experiment, @Aurorasa Sima. Retweet bots rarely get any traction. People recognize when there's no one behind it.
It probably just uses a call to the API search for hashtag and retweets accordingly. You can do the same thing with IFTTT. In fact, I do that to auto-cross-post to other platforms.07/09/2016 #21 Aurorasa SimaA bot is following me on twitter. It retweets each and every tweet of mine that contains a certain tag. I could write "chicken soup causes climate change". The bot ´s tweets never receive any engagement. I guess he has corrupted the value of his "voice". First and foremost (Ambassador or not) we are professionals. People might be influenced by our opinion when they consider us credible. 24/7 excitement that is related to the origin of information and not it´s content is the fastest way to destroy credibility. Berthold Brecht would say: Share where you find something worth sharing, the unshareable better leave unshared.06/09/2016 #18 Don KerrVery exciting post @Kevin Pashuk You make a very good point. For about four years I was responsible for marketing communications for the US division of a Canadian-based insurance company. Part of my role was conference programming and promotion. In my previous incarnation in the Canadian division we had motivational speakers and good conferences that got good response. One of my first learnings was that it was different in the Excited States. We had to pump up the volume, add a lot more glitter dust, spark up the disco ball, and bring on the pie-eating contests. Anyway, I hear you but perhaps we do have a unique perspective here in the wastelands of Canuckistan.06/09/2016 #17 Kevin Pashuk#16 Thanks @Phil Friedman. My wife and I had the opportunity to live in Virginia for nearly two years. Before we moved there, we (like many) assumed that Canadians and Americans were very similar except we had higher taxes and French on all our packaging. It wasn't until I was immersed in US culture did I realize how Canadian I really was. Perhaps my underlying point here is that you can't (or shouldn't) just make assumptions about all the bees from other countries, and project your own experience on to everyone else. We can learn from each other in a way that respects our own culture, without expecting everyone else to 'bee' like you.06/09/2016 #16 Phil Friedman#15 @Kevin Pashuk, you make a couple of strong points, eh? Some things, however, do not translate well across the border. I remember the US. oven cleaner, spelled E-Z Oven Cleaner, which in the states read in commercials "Easy Oven Cleaner". Unfortunately, when the campaign was above the 49th parallel, it read "EeeZed Oven Cleaner" -- which sort of fell flat. Now @Renee Cormier tell us that Mikey of marketing fame was considered an influencer, when everyone I ever knew always thought he was this dumbo who would eat anything -- "Give it to Mikey, he'll eat it." None of which speaks to the core point of your post, but by example, exorts people to look beyond the facade. Kudos and cheers!06/09/2016 #14 Pascal DerrienFair point Kevin we have not entered a Kult the last time I checked , I don't like forced marches either and I don't respond to it , it will grow organically and the company's marketing engine has to take care of the rest, it can be integrated marketing that's OK but otherwise it becomes a caricature @Kevin Pashuk06/09/2016 #13 Kevin Pashuk#12 The ultimate endorsement for any product is a recommendation from someone you trust... word of mouth. The least effective endorsement is from someone who has only been told the product is good, and is parroting a sales pitch. (I'm not saying this is happening on beBee, but I'm using it for my comment). If @Javier beBee and @Juan Imaz (and the beBee team) can build a band of bloggers who are genuinely excited about this platform, then in my opinion they shouldn't have to worry about growth, even among us Canadians and other cultures that aren't RAH RAH.06/09/2016 #12 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianMaybe it's our mutual Canadianism, @Kevin Pashuk, but I agree completely. I promote only what I feel should br promoted. I like only what I like. I Share and Tweet only what I feel deserves it.
Does that make me a Bad Ambassador? I don't know. There's enough stuff I like that I need to make a conscious effort to limit promotion lest my various social feeds look like the beBee Fan Club pages.
Promotion is important to beBee's continued growth, true. Still, I'm not a fan of the RAH RAH mentality06/09/2016 #10 Kevin Pashuk#7 I do promote beBee @Jim Murray since it is worth promoting based on its merit. Your posts are most useful in helping others promote this platform appropriately. You have a gift in not making your advice sound like a directive, which is now that I think about it, pretty much sums up my whole post.
THAT is why I love this platform... the comment sections are the best part to expand on ideas or further refine them.06/09/2016 #8 Renée CormierIt takes all kinds of people to make anything successful, @Kevin Pashuk. There should be a place in every marketing campaign for both the understated and the outrageous. A network like beBee is going to naturally attract its share of introspective and introverted people, and yes, we Canadians are usually pretty low key individuals. The good news is that when quiet people get excited enough to become advocates, they become quite influential. Remember the commercial when Mikey liked the cereal? All the kids were amazed that Mikey liked it and they trusted his opinion. He had clout. Kevin may be quiet, but if Kevin likes it, people will listen. :)
- Producer03/09/2016On the countries of beBeeMark Twain said: “there are lies, damned lies and statistics” which is often the case when it comes to national statistics. Let’s consider figures of the true kind. Wondering about the subscriber base of beBee I viewed the country statistics...
Comments05/09/2016 #38 Gert Scholtz#37 @Nick Mlatchkov Spanish hives are at present slightly more than English hives. I am not sure if your statement is totally correct Nick because quite possibly you and I have only joined English hives where we will see only English honey's. Thanks Nick for reading and stopping by.04/09/2016 #35 Javier beBee#28 @John Valledor USA is the second spanish speaking country in the world. Have a look https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/29/us-second-biggest-spanish-speaking-country .... Spain is the third one. But the most excitement news is that the USA will be the first spanish speaking country by 2050. There are a lot of studies about this. Spanish is the most growing language in the USA. That means.... any native english and spanish professional will have a lot of advantages04/09/2016 #34 Pamela L. Williams#31 John, I was raised on tacos, frijoles, and ate jalapenos more often than pickles; in Southern California. I remember Taco Bell when the food actually resembled Mexican cooking. Before it was toned down for the American pallet and destroyed with manufactured foods. As a very young child my best friend was Deb Duran who taught me every Spanish curse word she knew (not many at 7 hears old!) Her mother made fresh flour and corn tortillas every day and they was mine and Deb's after school snack (spread with butter). I've never been able to duplicate the steamed artichokes with the cheese dipping sauce she made.(OMG the best thing I ever ate). I marched in a band and wore a uniform that was based on traditional Mexican dress. Because of my own dark looks many assumed I was Hispanic. My schools were Jurupa Junior High School (now Middle School) and El Camino Elementary. Everything in my young life seemed to be centered around the Hispanic community. Hell, my first boy crush was a young man name Juan who had long black wavy hair. Zouza! what a cutie he was!!
As a military brat myself and having worked on an military base for 8 years I'm well aware of the many Hispanic military personnel that have served this country and done so proudly. BTW, Thank you for your service John! I think the Hispanic community would bring wonderful value to beBee and have been trying to think of ways to reach out to them since reading your comments. Not being Hispanic myself I may not be the best choice to spearhead the plan and would truly appreciate your input/help.03/09/2016 #31 John Valledor@Pamela L. Williams the Hispanic community in America (of which I represent) spends millions of dollars, owns thousands of businesses, live thriving culturally rich lives, are job seekers and have blended culturally within America to a very high degree...just think of the culinary impact to the American pallate that Latinos have made. Willing to guess every American household has some form Tex-Mex ingredients in their cupboards right now. Maybe even you too.
My point was that ignoring this demographic which currently sits at the center of gravity in beBee's member base is odd to say the least. The beBee staff can communicate to this population in America in native Spanish--TODAY! Easy peasy.
Establishing a social media foothold in the American landscape with this one demographic alone seems ready made.
Then again, I'm no expert. I'm just one of countless like-minded constituents that is attracted to business that want my patronage. Those that don't, I'll ignore--along with my pocketbook.
Thank you for engaging with me in this buzz.
Lastly, we Hispanics also defend America. For me, for 35 awesome years and five tours of combat. No regrets.
#2903/09/2016 #29 Pamela L. Williams#20 That's very interesting John and one I hadn't really considered but it is rather obvious. Perhaps we reach out to Latin organizations, of which I am in total ignorance. I wonder what the statics are on the use of social media by the US Latin community? I know they are second to cellphone use to the black community. (That study is several years old so...). A community I really want to focus on is true environmentalist, an ever growing group. The beauty of beBee is that this communities can build a sector within the hives, have their own audience. Hmmm, now you really have me thinking on some outreach programs. Why should we focus on those already on social media (e.g. LinkedIn) and creating a migrations. What if we reach out to those who may be on the fringes of social media because of the other sites cultural centralizing on English speaking groups? beBee is definitely an opportunity to integrate and shy away from segregation because of comfortableness with native languages.03/09/2016 #28 John ValledorAccording to the 2011 US census, Spanish is the number 1 spoken language in America after the native tongue of English. Clearly, there's an affinity (relationship, resemblance) to this census fact and the stats presented in this buzz. Given that beBee brands itself as an affinity (kinship, association) based social media channel, the connection is too obvious to dismiss. Building on this demographic can serve as a launchpad for harvesting more members in the rest of America. Surprising that there aren't satellite offices in California, Texas and Florida--the states with the highest Spanish speaking US populations respectively. New York comes in 9th. Interestingly, in 2015 the GDP (or gross state product) of Texas ($1.6 billion @number 2) is on par to that of all of Spain. The GDP of California is number 1 in all the US. Again, lies, damn lies and statistics. #2603/09/2016 #27 Javier beBee#26 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, english speaking countries will grow a lot. I predict english will be first language but spanish, portuguese, german, italian, french, russian, and others will be important too ;) ...anyway beBee will be diverse and cool . Next release will be unstoppable !!!03/09/2016 #26 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#20 beBee is now Spanish-centric. That's to be expected given its birthplace. I believe there will always be a healthy percentage of Spanish-speaking members. The language is well distributed around the world. I'm even taking Spanish lessons and am developing a strong affinity with elephants (long story best filed under "weird stuff Duolingo says")
There are what, about 60 million American Spanish-speakers? That's a good start until we can grab the other 270 million.03/09/2016 #24 Gert Scholtz@CityVP Manjit Country statistics is as I mentioned a categorized and perhaps unrefined way of looking at demographics. It is quite true that there is much finer stratification within nations and countries. Thank you Manjit for bringing your appreciated insights and contribution to the post.03/09/2016 #22 Gert Scholtz@John Valledor An interesting angle that you mention John. Within countries there could be a few language clusters of Bees which overlap with the home country language. It would be illuminating to see in a year or so what the demographics of the US Bees are. Thanks for your comment John.
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- Producer31/08/2016Canada - beBee-havenThe land of honey and words...This all started with the 4th of July and a feature on some of the USA writers / bloggers who inspire me on their blogging sites and bebee.comIt was the beginning of a thought, a mini light-bulb glowed. I'm always...
Comments07/10/2016 #55 jesse kaellis#52
I'm dual, Donna-Luisa. I've lived about half and a half, half my life in the States and a little over half of the rest of it in Canada. I was born in Colorado and lived in NY, NJ, Cali, Nevada and mostly BC in Canada. I moved back up here to Canada in 2002 from LA. Canada offers an easier life. For me it does.12/09/2016 #41 Cory Galbraith@Donna-Luisa Eversley, I am so honored to be mentioned in your list. You have been a supporter of mine for a while now, and often the only person to comment on my blog posts. That makes you a VIP in my books. Your own blog does extremely well and I congratulate you on building a very strong, dedicated following. Thanks for recognizing some of the voices here in Canada.06/09/2016 #40 Kevin Pashuk#39 You keep denigrating Canadians, @Randy Keho but you keep coming back like a moth to a flame. You've obviously been lurking on our recent posts. And for the record, the most famous Canadian is... Wait a minute, that's a state secret. You know we don't like to brag.06/09/2016 #39 Randy KehoDon't yell at them, according to @Kevin Pashuk. They're apparently very sensitive, except for the ones who are going to be charged for emotional baggage on Air Canada, according to the buzz from @Jim Murray. How can you take these guys seriously? The most famous Canadian is a cartoon character named Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties.06/09/2016 #38 Laura Mikolaitis@Donna-Luisa Eversley what a fun post! All are significant contributors with their writing and it is so great of you to highlight them here via this forum.I grew up 30 minutes from the Canadian border (in the Thousand Islands region) and my husband and I spent our honeymoon in Montreal and Quebec City many moons ago. Lots of fond memories of traveling to Canada for sure, so highlighting these fine Canadian bloggers is all right in my book.
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