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By Knowlton Thomas

The AQT’s ninth Big Bang ICT Sales & Marketing Forum held in May was attended by 200 leaders and partners from the technology industry. Major topics of discussion at the event were the Internet, the Web, and mobility—and how these three intertwined game changers have forced companies to implement new customer acquisition strategies. These new business models have a direct impact on human resources, the role of management teams, and even corporate structure.

Ally Motz of SiriusDecisions gave a presentation on the results of a recent B2B marketing survey highlighted this rapidly changing landscape: 58 percent of prospects originated from the web and this is estimated to rise to 71% by 2015, and companies that use social media generate 30 percent more information requests. The research also found that elements of mobility should be incorporated into the business immediately.

Entrepreneur Denis Lavallée called a number of industry practices into question. He called for a shift in the corporate structure that would focus all departments on the customer experience. He also noted that we should now be focussing on the five Ps of marketing, with Participation (conversation, community, collaboration, etc.) joining the already familiar Product, Price, Promotion, and Placement.

Nicolas Arsenault, CEO of Inovacom, spoke of mobility’s increasing influence, particularly with the constantly connected Generation Y. He encouraged participants to integrate mobility into their preferred media.

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Knowlton Thomas is the Associate Editor of Techvibes Media. He is also the Web Editor of The Other Press, a weekly newspaper, and a regular columnist for them as well.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Knowlton Thomas

ViDoBounce, a live video social networking website, is the brainchild of a Bishop’s University freshman in Quebec.

Most easily described as a marriage of Facebook and Chatroulette, ViDoBounce allows users to log on and activate their camera to start talking to people from their college, region or really anywhere in the world. Unlike Chatroulette, you can select filters (thankfully).

And if you like who you e-meet, you can friend them like on Facebook, and then video-call them as you please, akin to Skype, or instant message them. In fact, ViDoBounce is quite integrated with Facebook (you can login through your Facebook and go through to friend’s Facebook profiles).

While at first it seems a shameless ripoff of a couple currently popular services, its simple and clever mesh of three different successful things (Facebook, Chatroulette, and Skype) creates what has the potential to be a fairly useful network.

The vulnerability I observe is that if Facebook created a Skype-esque component, ViDoBounce would be DOA. Same goes with Microsoft adding a social network element to Skype. Or even Chatroulette… nevermind, that site will never change. Anyway, ViDoBounce is definitely worth taking a look at.

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Knowlton Thomas is the Associate Editor of Techvibes Media. He is also the Web Editor of The Other Press, a weekly newspaper, and a regular columnist for them as well.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Knowlton Thomas

FMC has launched one of a series of microsites targeted to assist its clients.

This first site is called TechStartUpCenter, and as one may draw from the rather uninspired name, its content is about helping tech startups.

Prepared by FMC’s legal experts in tech and intellectual property, and built on the slogan “The Ultimate Guide from Startup to IPO,” the site covers “legal and business issues impacting technology entrepreneurs, executives and investors.”

Currently, top articles include “Vesting and buyback rights” and “Understanding intellectual property rights,” topics that are crucial for company leaders to comprehend but are often not covered in sufficient detail outside of the legal realm.

There is a surprisingly large amount of content available on the site, covering an impressive range of concepts, and it’s all available for free – so there’s no reason that you’re budding tech company shouldn’t investigate what TechStartUpCentre has to offer.

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Knowlton Thomas is the Associate Editor of Techvibes Media. He is also the Web Editor of The Other Press, a weekly newspaper, and a regular columnist for them as well.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Knowlton Thomas

In July of 2010, Research in Motion was experiencing one million mobile app downloads per day from its BlackBerry App World.

Seven months later, in February, the Waterloo-based company reached two million downloads per day.

And last month, just one month later, the company  hit its next milestone of three million daily downloads.

This impressive growth is really quite staggering, actually. While the numbers don’t yet compare to Google’s Android or Apple’s iPhone platforms, RIM has always asserted its “quality over quantity” belief. This surge in the pace of downloads hasn’t been explained by the company, but they have noticeably increased their marketing efforts, and the looming PlayBook may be getting people excited about the BlackBerry maker again.

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Knowlton Thomas is the Associate Editor of Techvibes Media. He is also the Web Editor of The Other Press, a weekly newspaper, and a regular columnist for them as well.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Knowlton Thomas

The Supreme Court of Canada will officially take a look at copyright laws and how can they be updated to better reflect material downloads from the internet.

Quoth The Province:

The justices have granted leave to appeal in a case involving music in video game downloads and another brought by the major Internet service providers. They both stem from a 2007 Copyright Board decision setting royalty scales for downloads.

The Federal Court of Appeal refused last fall to review the board’s decision and the video game industry and the big service providers went to the Supreme Court. Their cases will be heard alongside a third case pitting composers, authors and music publishers against the big Internet companies over payments for downloading previews.

The courts seem to be dawdling with all of this, but they need to recognize how crucial firm laws on internet downloads are. The problem here is that the courts move more slowly than the technologies they’re trying to figure out, making it impossible to reach verdicts that aren’t antiquated before they exist.

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Knowlton Thomas is the Associate Editor of Techvibes Media. He is also the Web Editor of The Other Press, a weekly newspaper, and a regular columnist for them as well.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Knowlton Thomas

It took the iPad—which some considered to be the most successful product launch ever—just under a month to reach one million sales.

Its next-gen successor, the iPad 2, nearly crossed it in a single weekend.

Analysts estimate Apple’s latest tablet pushed almost one million units during its debut weekend, and keep in mind that this was only a single-country launch. Apple’s shares remain stagnant on the news, but that’s probably because the whole market is slumping over myriad overseas controversies and instabilities.

Lineups for Apple retail outlets began days in advance, snaking through blocks and hundreds of people eagerly awaited Apple’s new device. Stock struggled to keep up with demand, or the million mark may just have been broken.

The iPad 2 launches in Canada and 25 other countries on March 25th.

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Knowlton Thomas is the Associate Editor of Techvibes Media. He is also the Web Editor of The Other Press, a weekly newspaper, and a regular columnist for them as well.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Knowlton Thomas

In 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decided that Wind Mobile could not launch in Canada because the majority of its financial backing was from foreign sources. However, this decision was overturned by the government (similar to the recent UBB/ISP debacle) and Wind launched successfully.

However, they’re not out of the woods yet apparently, because its being claimed that they were able to launch in Canada due to “errors of law” and that the startups ability to sell wireless services in this country “must be quashed.”

Wind isn’t taking this sitting down, however. Globalive (Wind’s parent company) chairman Anthony Lacavera and Globalive CEO Ken Campbell both had strong words to say in response to the freshly baked drama.

“We will not be deterred by our competitors efforts to slow down our business,” Ken Campbell said. “We have our actions to take to continue to bring competitive choice to Canadians. In word and in deed, it is clear that we are investing for the long-haul, which makes us a target for regulatory and legal shenanigans by incumbents whose cushy market position is threatened or by other new carriers who muse more about a short-term payday rather than bringing real change to the Canadian wireless marketplace.”

“To maintain that choice, competition is key,” Anthony Lacavera wrote. “There will not be true competition until there is clear direction on how much foreign influence is acceptable in Canada. Business and government must work together to overhaul the antiquated control and ownership regime in Canada and we will continue to pay a leadership role and lead the charge. Those that profit most from the current situation are the carriers that have been able to charge some of the highest wireless fees in the world. With so much at stake, they will inevitably fight our proposition at every opportunity but we will not compromise what we stand for and we will continue to fight for true competition in Canada. We hope you will continue to fight with us!”

Do you think Wind should be able to operate its business on Canadian soil?

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Knowlton Thomas is the Associate Editor of Techvibes Media. He is also the Web Editor of The Other Press, a weekly newspaper, and a regular columnist for them as well.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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