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Tweetstock V just around the corner

Comliments of the Brantford Expositor…

Even regular users of Facebook and Twitter have much to learn about the benefits of social media. So says Trevor Cherewka, who is organizing the next session of Tweetstock, to be held at Freedom House in Market Square Mall on June 16. Doors open at 4:45 p.m., with the event starting an hour later. “We’re still in the education phase,” he said. “Everybody knows what Facebook is, but they don’t know all of the things they can use it for.”

Tweetstock is an opportunity for the technologically-savvy, and the not-so-savvy, to learn about how social media can improve their business, connect with people, and expand their network, said Cherewka. After demand for the event left standing room only at Tweetstock 4, held in March in the lobby of the Sanderson Centre, Cherewka is promising “more speakers, more screens, and more chairs” at next month’s gathering. Called Tweetstock V: The Art of Community, the event will feature a host of guest speakers, among them headliner Matt Kuznicki, the social entrepreneur behind ChangeCamp, and Julie Cole, cofounder of Mabel’s Labels, Inc. Mabel’s Labels, a Hamilton based company, was founded eight years ago by Cole and a group of her friends. Social media became the basis for the company’s marketing strategy for its “labels for the stuff kids lose.” Other Tweetstock V speakers are Deb Lowther of Ironkids Nutrition, and David Yoon of Ignite Waterloo. Local speakers include technology sales manager Kevin Magee, Josh Bean of the Brantford Arts Block, Captain Kindness Dave Carroll, and Marc Laferriere, who widely used social media during his campaign in the federal election. Cherewka said it’s important to hold Tweetstock events frequently because social media is constantly changing. “It’s such a great learning curve. If we only held events once a year, what we talked about this year would be obsolete the next. “It’s clear that social media is not going away.”

Tickets for Tweetstock V are available at www.tweetstock.ca.They are $20. For $30, participants can also get either a new book called Tweetstock’s Guide to Tweeting, or a Tweetstock T-shirt.

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Tweetstock IV Cont’d

We’re just a few days away from Tweetstock IV… Thursday March 3rd, 5 – 8pm in the lobby of the Sanderson Centre in the heart of downtown Brantford. Our online tickets sold out late last week and the BRC here in Brantford has a handful left. With the full-court-press of headliners Scott Stratten and Kathy Buckworth lending their support to some fantastic promo videos along with the BRC pushing out a massive email blast we expect the few remaining tickets to be sold this Monday. Huge thanks as always to Adam Hislop of Atomicspark for the fantastic video work. Trevor and I will be on Inside Brant with Ted Lehman this Wednesday the 2nd for one last push. Thank-you as always to Jason, Patti and Ted from Rogers for all the support.

I’d like to take a minute and thank Ray & Lorrie Gallant from Al Dente. They’ve been gracious enough to host the Tweetstock IV after party. With the help and support of the “Brant Pack” we’ll be holding a weekly tweetup called “Twitter Thursday” 8pm in the wine bar at Al Dente. Ray is using this opportunity to test new appetizers / pairings. As one of the most successful and oldest privately owned restaurants in Brantford we’re thrilled to make Al Dente our new home.

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Tweetstock IV

Our fourth and largest Tweetstock is only a few weeks away. Scott Stratten from Unmarketing and Kathy Buckworth are two of the featured speakers. Scott is currently on a nation-wide book tour promoting his New York Times Bestseller “Unmarketing”. We’re really excited to be holding this event in the lobby of the Sanderson Centre right here in the heart of downtown Brantford.

We got a great push from Sean Allen of the Brant News and Talk Local (Rogers Cable) and we’ve enjoyed the support of like minded colleagues in the community… Marc Laferriere, Dave Carrol, Syd Bolton, Jamie Stephens, Andrew Macklin, Trevor Cherewka, Josef Stevens, Adam Hislop, Roger Duck, James Harris, Terri Banin, Stacy Cox Farrant, Steve Dostal, Adam King, Matt Larocque, Kevin Magee just to name a few.

We have a few tickets left to what is shaping up to be a sold-out event. Thursday March 3rd, 5-8pm, Sanderson Centre for Tweetstock 4!

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Lynden Park Mall web site…

One of the most exciting projects we’ve under taken is the development of the new website for the Lynden Park Mall here in Brantford. Phase one of the site was deployed two weeks ago and already we’re seeing an increase in traffic. Final roll out of phase two will happen early 2011. As always we’ve had a great time working with the staff of Lynden Park Mall and Ivanhoe Cambridge. Stay tuned!

http://www.lyndenparkmall.com/

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Brooks Signs video project…

Brooks Signs is celebrating their 25th year of business. they have set the standard in their industry and are the go-to sign manufacturers in Brantford and surrounding area. Adam Hislop of Atomic Spark was asked to shoot a video for the anniversary and he asked me to prepare the design and print for the DVD package. I’ve worked with atomic spark on numerous projects and it’s always a pleasure to partner up with his team.

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Clarence Street Dental…

Anyone who’s from Brantford will know the name Dr. Ling… he’s been a dentist in this city since 1975. they just moved from West St to Clarence St and opened a facility that looks more like a spa in Los Angeles than a dental studio in small town Canada. i got a chance to work with D’arcy and Angela from Empirical Photographic Arts who handled the photo shoot for this account… the best graphic design projects always start with great photography…. big thanks to mark for bringing us back together for another great project.

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Brandon Ludwig…

Brandon Ludwig shares a beautiful 1600 sq ft condo with my brother-in-law and a friend in a high rise next to the Roger’s Centre in downtown Toronto… they’re all working actors working way too hard and getting really good at everything they do… everyone thought they were crazy for pursuing their dreams at any cost… I’m glad they didn’t listen… it was a pleasure to design Brandon’s business cards

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Brantford Barks…

It’s always an adventure working with Jamie Stephens on a design project. We had a really great time preparing the branding for his newest event ‘Brantford Barks – A Celebration of all things Canine” Can’t wait to see the show, I’m sure it’s going to be awesome!

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