How a selfie can do more than promote self-indulgence

BC Farmers’ Market’s selfie promotion was an opportunity to do more than indulge the “selfie nation.” The  “selfie” promotion was a good way to use social media to promo markets and produces.

But wait a minute: What was actually being promoted?

My post at Medium talks about why I voted for the selfie that wasn’t just an exercise in self-indulgence. Some things to consider when you run your selfie business promotion.


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CARTI at North Island College – supporting business innovation and economic development

Watch for the survey link coming soon – that’s how you can enter to win #FlavourSept21 tickets!

Got a business on the North Island? Naomi Tabata wants to hear from you – and she wants to give away a pair of tickets to #FlavourSept21 to someone who completes her short 5 minute survey (link coming this week).

How to win? Give 5 minutes of input  

To find out how to win, and how to help Naomi support business innovation on the Island, watch for my #NIC_CARTI interview with Naomi this week. That’s when she’ll be releasing the link to the survey. Follow CARTI on Twitter @NIC_CARTI or me @hanspetermeyer for up-to-date intel.

Who is Naomi Tabata? 

Naomi’s with North Island College’s Centre for Applied Research, Technology, and Innovation (CARTI). In September CARTI is launching a research project that will help NIC connect with business innovators in the region.

An example: One of the businesses that CARTI is helping to grow is Island Telemetrics, based in Cumberland. Island Telemetrics’s founder Steve Morgan talks about how NIC helped build their innovative business in this short video clip.

It’s Not Just Tech!

Naomi says CARTI isn’t just interested in tech innovation. They’re interested in any business innovations that they can help – with research, expertise, what have you.

Your business could be in

  • food, 
  • tourism, 
  • manufacturing, 
  • forestry, 
  • aquaculture – there is no limit. 

CARTI needs to hear from you to find out how they can better support business innovation and economic development on the North Island.

Why Am I So Keen?

CARTI is a client, so I’m doing my part to get the word out with content and survey strategy (that’s some of what I do at But there’s more to it. I genially work with clients I think are “good things” for my community or region. I think CARTI is one of those.

As some of you know, I used to work with the Communities Institute of BC (1992-1999), an initiative that started at North Island College as a community outreach project – connecting post-secondary resources with “learning about community issues.” I was thrilled to meet Naomi and hear about CARTI. I’m particularly excited that she’s invited me to be a small part of what CARTI is.

If this clicks for you, or if you want to see business innovation and economic development on the North Island, please share this post with business owners and managers in the greater North Vancouver Island region.

For More Information

FMI about CARTI see the website.
You can also follow them on Twitter at @NIC_CARTI. Watch for the survey link coming soon!

FMI about Island Telemetrics see the website. You can also follow them on Twitter @IslandTele. Watch for the Island Telemetrics profile coming soon to – part of the CVWebPosse “rich” profile series, promoting the region’s web / tech sector.

August 31, 2014

Who’s connecting the tech startup dots in Vancouver? @WeAreYVR that’s who

I like what WeAreYVR is up to: community building focused on the tech startup scene in Vancouver. It’s something they want to foster in other parts of the region – Vancouver Island, for example (more on that later). 
What WeAreYVR is doing is about growing the kind of “ecosystem” that entrepreneurs need to really make stuff happen. You know, like jobs with real wages and salaries, cool products and services that address real issues and needs – for starters. Claire Atkin is the project lead at WeAreYVR. I interviewed her about the project here…
I’ve put together a little SayZu project to show what’s up with WeAreYVR on Twitter (see below). It’s “live” cloud. I’m hoping to be on hand September 3, 2014 for their hackathon event. In the meantime, click on the cloud and see what people are saying in and around the WeAreYVR space… 

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Background on WeAreYVR

Here’s the blurb from their site at

WeAreYVR is Vancouver’s startup community hub. We aim to aggregate information and resources to help connect & level up our tech startup community. Read more about the project.

We’re in beta! Please … browse the features on the support site..

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Content and Event Services

Build your online presence with a tech – web sector profile

Does your business get enough online exposure? Do people in your industry and marketplace really know who you are, what you’re selling, what makes your products or services different from the competition? Do they understand how you can help them with your products and services?

CVWebPosse and are offering a “rich” profile service for the tech and web-related businesses in our region. We are doing this because there is a regional economic and business development vacuum, i.e. no one is marketing our sector as a sector with talent and resources, products and services, to sell to the region, to the world. We figure it’s time we – those of us involved in the sector – simply did it ourselves. If your business needs marketing support, look at what we’re doing.


  • Mastermynde is a marketing and SEO business founded by Leif Jason. See the Mastermynde featured rich profile here.
  • is an illustration and design company founded by Ian Adams in the Comox Valley. See the Ian Adams/DoneCreative rich profile here.
  • EcoPeak Strategy is an online marketing and strategy service founded by Sean Kerrigan. See the EcoPeak rich profile here.
  • Island Telemetrics is an innovative technology company combining remote sensors, cloud computing, and real-time data collection to industry and government. Watch for the rich profile coming soon.

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Our goal with the CVWebPosse rich profiles is to create content – online “presence” – for your business, together with others in our sector. This will attract clients, investors, and talent to your business – and to our region. We doing this by creating “content” about the region’s tech/web sector. Our profiles about regional tech/web businesses are focusing on 3 basic questions:

  • Who are you and what is your business?
  • What makes your business or service unique?
  • Who is your target market?

Profiles are posted to the CVWebPosse website. You receive a link to the post, and your profile post is circulated via social media channels at and

More importantly for your business, this content belongs to you. Use it! Here’s how:

  • Embed the videos on your website and blog. 
  • Publish to your social media sites. 
  • Use the text as the basis for press releases. 

Profiles are the start of a content marketing campaign for your bsi will also provide material for print and online promotions and articles (planned).


Prices for profiles start at $750. This includes up to 3 video interviews, 500-1000 words, and some basic PR service (publishing to various social media services, etc). Additional content marketing services can be arranged with me. See my rates and packages here  ( I’m offering a 20% discount to members of CVWebPosse or QBWorkstation for 3 month subscription to one of my basic content marketing packages – please mention your connection to either CVWebPosse or QBWorkstation!).

Note: 5% of this cost goes to support CVWPosse educational activities.


It is our belief that you and your business represent an important part of the economic future of our region. Telling the story of your business lets others know more about what the tech / web sector is achieving. The more businesses profiled at, the stronger and more impressive the presence of our sector and community online. We look forward to seeing your story online.


Thanks to all of you who’ve signed on for the “early adopters” plan. If you haven’t seen their profiles yet, stay tuned. We’ll be posting to as they are ready.


For more information please contact me directly via or @hanspetermeyer on Twitter.


This was originally published at on January 29, 2014 at It has been revised with current information and content.

-hpm / @hanspetermeyer on Twitter 
updated August 6, 2014

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What is WeAreYVR? Claire Atkin says It’s about connecting tech startups in Vancouver – and beyond.

Claire Atkin is working on a project to create an “information hub” for Vancouver’s tech startup community. The project is called WeAreYVR, and it’s using a new community resource mapping software called Startup HealthCheck. Related to the Startup Genome Project, WeAreYVR is an entrepreneur-led initiative to measure the scope and the impact of the tech startup sector in the City of Vancouver region. The goal, “to aggregate information and resources to help connect & level up our tech startup community.”

Claire talked to me in June 2014 about WeAreYVR and why it’s important for tech entrepreneurs and to civic economic development.

The WeAreYVR / Startup HealthCheck people are interested in other communities’ experiences, especially with the Community HealthCheck software. For more information, see or follow them on Twitter at @WeAreYVR.

Watch this space for information on how to connect to the We Are Vancouver Island initiative that’s linked to WeAreYVR.

Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Technology

This is part of a series of interviews with innovators and entrepreneurs. Follow me on Twitter via @hanspetermeyer or @InnovateVI for updates.

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