Aug. 5, 2009 - Look at the research that is mentioned in the media and you will find that our consumers are spending more time in front of the computer screen than the TV screen.

Social networking or trusted networking?
Look at the research that is mentioned in the media and you will find that our consumers are spending more time in front of the computer screen than the TV screen.

Your best sign ideas
Sometimes all it takes is a clever sign to make people stop and take a second look at your products. What are some great signage ideas you've used in the past?

Building loyalty schemes with lasting power
New research suggests that most consumers are aware of retailers’ loyalty schemes, but feel largely unimpressed by their rewards.
June 24, 2009 - Price has become a major marketing tool over the last few months.  The majority of retailers have relied on discounting as a tool to drive sales, but discounting can only be a short term strategy.

Survey reveals how Canadians shop online
A PayPal survey has revealed that over half (56 per cent) of online shoppers have abandoned their online shopping due to higher than expected shipping charges.

56 per cent of Canadians on a social network

A new study from Ipsos Reid shows a dramatic increase in the number of online Canadians who have a profile on an online social network.
June 17, 2009 - We’ve searched the Internet for free or almost-free online programs and courses that will help you run your shop, manage your website and make day-to-day operations just a little bit easier. Here’s a look at what we found:

Small businesses toying
with social networking

Successful small-business owners are now using the Internet to upend long-established face-to-face networking methods.

Retail garden centres promote pickOntario

With spring in full bloom, hundreds of growers across Ontario are promoting pickOntario using banners in their garden centres.

Referral offers your customers can't refuse

Every business hopes their customers will refer your business to friends. Here are ways to encourage that process.

Landscaping increases property value
New research shows upgrading home landscaping does increase property value. 
Globally, there are billions (yes, that’s with a ‘b’!) of plants grown in plastic containers each year. That’s a big carbon footprint and a lot of plastic to get rid of. Hence, one of the reasons why potted and bedding plant growers in Europe have been working with government schemes to monitor and manage plastic (and polystyrene) containers for their crops for some years. But what are some options for growers to reduce the amount of plastic in their packaging?

Canadians plan to
show Mom the love

The current economic situation is no match for motherhood: a recent survey of Air Miles collectors across Canada found that 84 per cent plan to spend the same or more to treat Mom on Mother's Day than they did last year.
April 24, 2009 - Retailers are experiencing tough times - put on the radio or TV and you will be told this numerous times often within the same news program. But, take a walk down the high street of any town and I suspect you will see retailers who are enjoying the present economic climate.

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