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nine10 Incorporated Merges with Social Media Marketing Agency GoSocial

Grande Prairie – nine10 Incorporated, a Grande Prairie-based marketing and design agency has merged with local social media marketing company GoSocial.  The integrated company will operate under nine10 Incorporated.

The merger gives businesses and organizations access to a full-service marketing agency offering online and offline marketing right here in the Peace Region. nine10 will continue to provide website development and creative design, branding and marketing services, but can now complement this suite with social media marketing expertise, mobile app development, custom Facebook pages and implementation of various new-media marketing tactics.

GoSocial owner Ryan Blais has become a managing partner at nine10, joining current managing partners Cris Seppola and Richard Podsada.

“Businesses and organizations – large and small – are recognizing the value of adding social media to their toolbox of marketing strategies,” said Seppola. “We’re getting very positive feedback from our clients as there has been a real need in the region for comprehensive marketing services under one roof.”

“The business move just made sense. Clients are continually looking for innovative ways to connect with their customers, as well as to increase the visibility of their brand,” said Blais. “Integrating the individual strengths of each company gives our clients the potential to reach out to their customers in a whole new way.”

Seppola said that while social media is becoming more and more important, traditional marketing is an essential part of the mix.

“Traditional marketing is still very important. But when we combine the traditional with social media, businesses are going to see some very powerful results.”

The merger is the second for nine10 Incorporated. Founded in 2006, the marketing and design agency merged with website development company Dream Digital in 2008.

GoSocial was founded in 2010 by Ryan Blais, former member of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team.

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For media information, contact:

Cris Seppola, Managing Partner
nine10 Incorporated
W: (780) 539-1755
cris@nine10.ca
Ryan Blais, Managing Partner & former GoSocial Owner
nine10 Incorporated
W: (780) 539-1755
C: (780) 512-9707
ryan@nine10.ca

nine10 links:
www.nine10.ca
Twitter: twitter.com/nine10inc
Facebook: facebook.com/nine10inc

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Detailed Official 2013 Election Results for Grande Prairie [INFOGRAPHIC]

The 2013 race for mayor in Grande Prairie was tight and presented a few big surprises. We gathered the voting data from the public and created this infographic detailing the official election results, with detailed breakdowns of votes for each polling station and candidate. Enjoy!

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We’re Moving…And Re-Inventing Ourselves!

2013 has been a milestone year for nine10 Inc.  We’ve more than doubled in size, expanded our staff, moved to a larger office, changed the way we service our clientele and have completed a strategic merger with GoSocial. Change can be scary; it can also be the catalyst that brings new opportunities.  We’re excited that these opportunities are not just reserved for nine10, they’re opportunities that YOU can take advantage of.  Here’s the skinny…

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What Happened to GoDaddy Could Happen to Anybody

The web is in a panic right now over the GoDaddy service outage which has affected millions of websites worldwide. Already, hackers are claiming credit for the outage, and opportunist competitors are promoting tweets urging customers to switch. Even Mashable is including step-by-step instructions on how to leave GoDaddy.

I would like to encourage everybody involved to not panic and get tied up in the media frenzy surrounding the issue. This isn’t a reason for a mass exodus of GoDaddy’s services. The fact is, this could happen to any large hosting provider. When you service over 45 million domains, chances are that at some point you’re going to have trouble with your services, and it’s going to affect a few people. It’s simply the nature of computers and technology—they break. Moving to another provider is not going to insulate you from the possibility that their services can break on you too, and you’ll have wasted a bunch of time and money making the change.

The important thing is that they are working to fix the issue—and communicating about it the best they can with customers. It’s really all you can ask for. After all, can you guarantee your server at work will never break down again? Can you guarantee that the most “foolproof” system in the world will never be fooled? No. It’s just not reasonable.

Granted, the situation is causing problems for their customers (and even us!), but at this point there’s really nothing we can do. Fortunately, GoDaddy is posting regular updates on their social media and keeping us in the loop about what’s happening.

You can follow the latest status updates on @GoDaddy’s Twitter page.

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Online Learning for Small Business by Community Futures of Grande Prairie

In the month of March, Community Futures of Grande Prairie is offering some inexpensive video-conference learning sessions to help small businesses to learn important skills. Topics covered include everything from marketing, succession planning, to GST/HST basics. These sessions range from $30 to $50, making it very affordable. This is a great opportunity for new & small business owners to learn more about starting & running a business. See the schedule and contact information below.

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Three nine10 Branding Clients Nominated for Best New Business Award, One Wins

Good to Grow, VO2MAX, and Walk Run & More  were nominated for the title of 2010 Best New Business at the Small Business Week Awards Gala hosted by the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce. VO2MAX, a one-on-one fitness training facility, had the honor of taking home the coveted award. We have worked closely with each of these businesses and it’s no surprise they were nominated. The passion, dedication and innovation displayed by each of the owners in starting and running their business is second to none.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners at the gala last night. Your deserve to be recognized for your hard work and dedication!

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