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Novelty Biases: Why “Shiny and New” Wins out over “Tested and True”

Have you ever wondered why people are perpetually drawn to the latest and greatest products? Whether it’s the latest model of a hot car, a recently updated iPhone, or even a new pair of shoes, it seems that “shiny and new” always wins out over “tested and true”. According to research out of Belgium, our...  Read More

Alyce Kominetsky

Why 22% of Edmonton’s Population Simply Ignore Traditional Advertising

If you’re in marketing (or HR for that matter) you’ve likely been served a multitude of articles inviting you to learn more about the so-called “millennial mindset”. And while the “millennial” concept is a loose one at best (replace the word “millennial” with “young person” and you’ll notice that a lot of the same psychographic characteristics still...  Read More

Diana Gaviria

3 Common Misconceptions About Content

It’s no secret that good content boosts Google rankings, drives website traffic, and of course, makes users very happy. However, damaging misconceptions are holding some organizations back when it comes to creating great content. Aside from addressing what it really takes to create awesome content, today’s post contains a content lesson our team learned the...  Read More

Diana Gaviria

21 Questions with Terresa, Bluetrain’s New Account Manager

This week on the blog, I sat down to play 21 Questions with Terresa, Bluetrain’s latest team member and account manager. Learn about Terresa’s reasons for moving to the U.K. when she was just 17 years old, about her fascinating experiences working in contextual advertising in London, New York, and Singapore, and why, after all...  Read More

Diana Gaviria

XML Sitemaps vs. HTML Sitemaps: What’s the Difference?

Every website has two types of users: The humans: and the machines: Web crawlers (also known as spiders, bots or automatic indexers) use XML Sitemaps to create search engine indexes. Human users use HTML Sitemaps to navigate websites. Does your website need both types of Sitemaps? Let’s find out! What is an XML Sitemap? When...  Read More

Glenn Walker

A Beefy Issue: What Alberta Marketers Can Learn From #BoycottEarls

After an intense week of social media onslaught, Earls has reversed its decision to source only Certified Humane® meat and cut out Alberta beef in the process. Instead, the company will be working closely with Canadian ranchers and certifiers to supply its kitchens with meat that is humane and local. A real win-win for both...  Read More

Diana Gaviria

See What Happened When Google Sent Our Team a Paint Nite Kit [Time-Lapse Video]

First off, thank you, Google, for sending us this wonderful paint nite kit! Our team thoroughly enjoyed it during last month’s team social and were extremely proud of the “art” we managed to create.   Some highlights of the afternoon included: seeing Bryan in a smock, watching Glenn paint an interesting picture then proceed to...  Read More

Jodie Worobec

3 Ways You Can Market Your Charity Online for Free!

If you work for a nonprofit organization you are probably already very good at producing amazing work with minimal resources and no budget. We at Bluetrain salute you, and we want to help. Since 2004, the number of individuals giving to charity has increased by 100% in Alberta. To take advantage of this promising trend,...  Read More

Diana Gaviria

I, RankBrain: How Artificial Intelligence is Improving Google Search

Google recently declared RankBrain the 3rd most important ranking signal contributing to search. Since we know there are over 200 signals, this got a lot of people’s attention. But what exactly is RankBrain and how does it affect search results? We’ve learned a lot since RankBrain was first announced in October 2015, and I hope...  Read More

Glenn Walker

7 Steps to Creating Content that Converts

7 Steps to Creating Content that Converts from bluetraininc The following is a transcript of the session that Diana Gaviria and Shannon Young delivered at iMEDIA Social Media Conference 2016. Today we want to talk about something we feel very strongly has the power to educate, engage and accomplish some of our most important goals....  Read More

Shannon Young

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