Did you know that the average Canadian internet users spends 43.5 hours online?

By the fourth quarter of 2010, the average internet user (worldwide) spent 23.1 hours per month online, according to a report released by comScore. However, the heaviest internet-using country used almost twice that.

That country: Canada.

The neighbors to the North average a staggering 43.5 hours per month, beating the next highest using country by over 8 hours. The U.S. was on the list, as well as the U.K. and South Korea.

The Top 11 Countries That Spend The Most Time Online

Rules of Networking

Just read an really interesting post by Recruiterpoet called “Networking Needs Compassion” and loved the way he summed up the Rules of Networking…

Some approaches can be successful but one must always remember a few key principles of networking.

1.) It takes time. Networking is like a fine red wine. It takes time to age but when you finally open it, the rewards are bountiful.

2.) Networking needs compassion, trust, and respect. We will get into this further on in this article, but the bottom line is don’t be a selfish networker. You know who you are. You only reach out to people when you need something. You play the sales role well by shaking hands, taking cards and buying a drink or two but never follow up unless you need something. Bad, bad, bad networker.

3.) Diversify your network. Now I sound like Jim Cramer. Use a variety of means of networking including face to face, social media and internal corporate channels. Do not limit yourself, but also do not over extend yourself.

4.) Continue to evolve and grow. As your professional, personal, volunteer, publications, events, and other aspects of your life add to your life summary, update that information and ensure that all the individuals in your network are aware of how well you are developing and diversifying.

5.) Be cautious of hitchhikers. There is nothing wrong with aligning yourself with open networkers but be careful of their message and what they are trying to gain. Aligning yourself with the wrong individuals could have an adverse affect on your reputation.

6.) Be generous but be aware. Be generous with how your share your time and connections but do not over use your power. Your closest networking counterparts put a tremendous amount of trust in you and if you use them too much that is an abuse of the trust and it could damage a relationship.

Please follow this link to read the whole post…
Networking Needs Compassion « Recruiterpoet’s Blog.

Do you fancy yourself a good networking?  Please click comment and add your tips below!

Over $10,000 in prizes to be won

Tickets $20 each and only 2500 will be sold
license # M552756

Hearts of Durham is extending our reach and as ever looking for new opportunities to support our community. This year we have decided to put together a raffle with over $10,000 in prizes. All proceeds will go to support Feed the Need in Durham – an umbrella organization that collects, warehouses and distributes food to local food banks.

Our first ever Big Hearts Raffle gives ticket holders the chance to win one of eight fantastic prizes. The draw will take place on March 31, 2010 and winners of the grand prize, 2nd prize and 3rd prize will be each given a pair of tickets to the Hearts of Durham Bee’s Knees Benefit held on April 17th, 2010 at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility.

Grand Prize – Your choice of a family trip or a romantic getaway – $5,180.00
The Family Fun Package includes return airfare from Toronto – Orlando and accommodations for 4 (2 adults and 2 children) in Walt Disney World including Disney park passes. Love in the Sun Package includes return airfare from Toronto, accommodations at the exclusive Sandals resort in the Caribbean, all meals, drinks, daily activities, and nightly entertainment. Travel arrangements provided by Latitudes Plus.

2nd Prize – Home Theatre System – $3,180.00
Watch your favourite DVDs while relaxing in the comfort of your own home on your 54″ Viera Panasonic Plasma Television and Panasonic DVD Home Theatre System.

3rd Prize – $1000 VISA card – Let your imagination take you away.

5 Hearts Prizes – $100 grocery gift cards

How is the money going to be used? Feed the Need in Durham requires a refrigerated truck for safe transport of food goods throughout Durham region, as well as a community kitchen/redistribution kitchen (for repacking large quantities of food into smaller packs). Please buy a ticket today and help Feed the Need serve those in need in our community.

Hearts of Durham is a volunteer group made up of our core team of nine women and numerous other volunteers who are helping to make the community of Durham a better place in which to live, work and play. We support one charitable organization each year by coordinating various high level fundraising events.

For tickets, please go to www.heartsofdurham.com

The Durham Region Love Campaign

durahmregionlovecompaigncaThe Durham Region Love Campaign is to focus on the positive, beauty and love found within the Durham Region. The Durham Region Love Campaign will be building a network that will spread the positive, beauty and love. Pictures of local areas, all seasons will be continuously created, along with picture layouts of special events. From time to time stories of positive and motivational things from local communities will be promoted through the network. Non profit and charities can use the network to promote themselves and fundraisers. An overall positive view of Durham Region and the communities within will be focused on, without negative influences. Only the beauty, positive and loving will be passed on!

To support and promote this, Community Digital Networks will be created to allow local businesses to assist in promoting the positive, beauty and love from Durham Region.

Through advertising on the digital network, businesses support the Durham Region Love Campaign. For the minimal cost of $25/month an advertising space will be created and placed throughout the Whitby Digital Network. An initial photo session and basic graphics work is included with the digital network & the digital network breaks down into 3 areas that the ads will be visible.

Digital Picture Frames:
The ad will be placed on the network of frames located at various locations throughout Whitby. The locations may vary from time to time but a minimum of 10 locations will be maintained at all times. The locations will be found on the website for the Durham Region Love Campaign that also contains links to each business advertising along with placement locations of frames. The frames will display a combination of images from the location placement, Whitby and Durham Region. The images will be updated 4 or more times throughout the year.

Social Networking:
Not only will the ads be placed within content created for the Durham Region Love Campaign. The campaign utilizes social networking sites that we will work with you to create an action plan to build, maintain and co-operatively work with the other businesses to promote your business. The main networking sites being utilized by the Durham Region Love Campaign are: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, others will be added in the future.

Printed Media:
There will be posters, flyers and other media created to promote activities by Durham Region Love Campaign. Small ads will be placed for those businesses advertising on the Whitby Digital Network.

For more information please book an information session with John 905 697-6295

Coffee & Jazz Mixer (February 9, 2010) Tyrone, ON

sue-coffee-squareIn addition to tasting the world’s first 100% Organic Healthy Coffee (taste great), and listening to great music, and meeting new people, we are going to show you: “How To Get Paid 7 Ways” for drinking coffee and giving away coffee samples to people you know that already drink coffee!  Every one drinks coffee or knows someone who does. Most people drink 2-3 cups per day. It’s Simple. It’s Easy. It’s Coffee.

If you like coffee, come drink with us. If you don’t drink coffee, come listen to the music. If you like MONEY, and you are looking for some solutions as to how to INCREASE YOUR INCOME, we are experts at it and will show you how it’s done! Come learn why this unique opportunity is being compared to Microsoft, NIKE and Google. You do remember these companies right? What if you had been one of the first to learn about Avon or Mary Kay? Your life would be very different right now. It still can be with what we are going to share with you. Get in on the ground floor. We are only days away!!!

What are you doing Tuesday, February 9, 2010 (7pm – 9pm)? 

Call 1 (800) 579-9253 to reserve your seat for a life changing experience NOW!! By the way…. It’s free, but you must R.S.V.P. to reserve your invitation. Seating is limited.

Basic Guide to Maintaining Your WordPress Website

Once you’ve logged into your WordPress Dashboard (normally found at http://www.mydomain.com/wp-admin), there are two things you’ll want to do regularly – add/edit posts and pages.  The guide below tells you how to tell the difference, and how to make changes.

POSTS
Most of the time, you’ll be adding posts to your blog.  These are usually things which change frequently, or things you would include in a newsletter.  Things such as news, events, tips, quotations, etc. would normally be added to your site as posts.

To add a new post:

  • Click ‘Posts’ on the left side of the page
  • You should see a new menu appear, click ‘Add New’.
  • In the empty box at the top of the screen, enter the headline for the post.
  • In the larger box below, enter the body of your posts’ message.
  • If you’d like to add any formatting, use the icons along the top of the message box.
  • To add photos, click the small ‘Add an Image‘ icon next to the words Upload/Insert.
  • Once everything looks good (which you can check using the ‘Preview Changes’ button), click ‘Publish’, and the new post will appear at the top of your blog page.


To change an existing post:

  • Click ‘Posts’ on the left side of the page
  • You’ll be taken to a page which lists all the posts on your site.
  • If you hold you mouse over the name of the post, you’ll see some options appear – click ‘Edit’.
  • Make the changes you wish to the copy, and then press ‘Publish’ on the right-hand side of screen.

PAGES
Pages make up the ‘brochure-ware’ of your site.  These are normally facts about your business which don’t need changing very often.  Things such as About Us, Contact Us, Services, etc. are normally entered as Pages.

Pages work much the same way as Posts, but the options are listed below the ‘Posts’ heading on the left hand side.

If you’d like a more in-depth description, please go here:  http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging

Fast Track Your Social Media Presence

Claim.io (formerly ClaimMyName) now injects your brand into 300 of the most popular social media and social networking sites, creating an account on each site, securing your name and/or vanity URL, and embedding your messaging, logo and links into each account.

 

Why Claim Your Name? 

  • Brand ProtectionClaiming your name and other high value keywords on the most popular social networks prevents your brand from being hijacked and helps ensure that you own and control your presence online. Don’t wait until someone else claims your name and its too late.
  • Brand ExposureClaim.io goes beyond protecting your brand. We establish a rich presence on each social network that includes your brand’s messaging, logo and a link back to your primary website. You fill out one form and we take care of the rest.
  • Search Engine Visibility - Increasing the number of inbound links (other sites that point to your website) is one of the most effective ways to increase your visibility on major search engines. When you claim you name across 300 social networks, each account that we create for you becomes a site that points back to your website. 
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HOW TO: Stay Organized With Google Calendar

There’s no doubt that organization improves your efficiency and business prospects. If you’re disorganized, you’re bound to lose paperwork, miss appointments, and just waste time; that’s why having a smart calendar program is essential. Consistently adding your appointments and events lessens the burden on you to remember everything you need to accomplish in the day.

via HOW TO: Stay Organized With Google Calendar.