Articles By Brian Jackson

Anti-spam law hits SMS marketing business

At least one SMS marketing business is seeing a decrease in usage since Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect July. The anti-spam law that requires businesses to collect explicit consent from Canadians

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 23rd, 2014 Brian Jackson

PayPal to Toronto: coffee’s on us

Online payments processor PayPal Inc. is launching a mid-summer's marketing campaign in Toronto that will introduce its mobile app as a way to pay for items in-store, the company says. A multi-channel campaign

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 22nd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Home entertainment controls in Samsung’s smart condo

We recently toured a Canderel condo in downtown Toronto showcasing Samsung's embedded smart technologies. So far we've shown you Samsung's smart lock and front-door surveillance camera. It lets you get into your unit

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 22nd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Create Chief Digital Officer role to break CIO-CMO stalemate: Constellation Research

Digital is the number one disrupting factor facing business today, argues Constellation Research analyst Peter Kim in a new report. Technology is moving so quickly that it's transcending just about every other factor

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 21st, 2014 Brian Jackson

Samsung’s smart condos connect the home wirelessly

Penthouse owners of Canderel's new YC Condos suites in the heart of downtown Toronto will be connected to their home through their smartphone in a way most people could only imagine. Working with

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 18th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Native ads work really well, when done really well

Is native advertising better than traditional advertising? It turns out the answer depends on two factors - who you ask, and how the native advertising is done. While native advertising is nothing new,

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 17th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Hangout with Kayak.com’s CTO Giorgos Zacharia

Kayak.com is the ultimate travel comparison site - users can find the cheapest flight between two points, compare hotel rates, find car rentals, and even buy complete packages for their getaways. It's all

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 17th, 2014 Brian Jackson

BlackBerry unveils voice-activated personal assistant in 10.3 update

Thanks to voice-activated personal assistants from the likes of Apple Inc. and Samsung Corp. there's a lot more people walking around talking to "Siri" and "Galaxy" - but it looks like a new

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 16th, 2014 Brian Jackson

‘Shadow IT’ given girl-power twist by New Zealand association

Usually the term "shadow IT" is a phrase that sends shivers down the spine of financial controllers and IT executives as they lose the ability to track spending and a company's data eco-system

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 16th, 2014 Brian Jackson

ScribbleLive acquires CoverItLive, plans platform integration

Toronto-based web platform creators Scribble Technologies Inc. has acquired another well-known live publishing platform in CoveritLive from California-based Demand Media. CoveritLive is used by major media brands across North America to cover live

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 15th, 2014 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

If the Samsung Galaxy S5 were to encounter some sort of freak accident involving radioactive ooze, it would come out looking like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. That's not to say it

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 14th, 2014 Brian Jackson

iBeacon opportunity goes far beyond retail: ABI Research

Both Apple's iBeacon and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices in general have become popular in the retail market during this past year, but that's only setting the stage for this new location-detecting technology's

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 14th, 2014 Brian Jackson

5 “C’s” of leadership for the strategic CFO

These days it's hard to imagine a scenario where "business growth" and "global expansion" aren't synonymous. Reaching new, larger, developing markets is seen as the best way to achieve rapid scaling of business.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 11th, 2014 Brian Jackson

3 brutally honest lessons learned about landing pages

When someone begins a review blog post with a big photo of Simon Cowell, you just know things are going to get nasty. Actually, while Oli Gardner of Unbounce doesn't really get nasty

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 10th, 2014 Brian Jackson

SmoothPay combines mobile payments with loyalty and discovery

Walk into Patty & Frank's Gourmet Burgers & Hot Dogs restaurant on the Danforth in Toronto and you've got a fast way to pay for your fast food. Pull out your smartphone, display a

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 9th, 2014 Brian Jackson