Vancouver: Rude, Awesome, Hates Keith

Google Autocomplete is the function that fills in the rest of the search field when you start googling. It’s suggestions are based on volume, location and other factors. These are my favourites.

Are we that rude?

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Not so bad when compared to Torontonians…

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The ABC’s of Vancouverites: awesome, boring, cold.

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Wait, do we have an accent?

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More importantly, do we need name tags?

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How much does Gregor make?

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Don’t forget about the Canucks.

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I’ll answer this one. Yes, many people celebrate Halloween AND Thanksgiving.

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And finally. Why Does Vancouver Hate Keith? What does my mother have to do with this?

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100 Things We Love About Vancouver

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If you need a reason to be happy about living in Vancouver, there’s the list. It’s 100 things we love about the city off the top of our heads. Fullscreen version.

Here’s the list of people, businesses, neighbourhoods and things in the gif. We’ve missed 100 or so but it’s a good start:

  • It’s green
  • Gastown
  • Coffee
  • Seawall
  • Community
  • Mountains
  • History
  • Food
  • Stanley Park
  • Railtown
  • Yoga
  • South Main St.
  • Vancity Buzz
  • Commercial Drive
  • West End
  • Seabus
  • V.A.G. (Vancouver Art Gallery)
  • Craft Ber
  • Dave Shumka
  • Graham Clark
  • Startups
  • Bikes
  • Film
  • Cypress Mountain
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Mt. Seymour
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sushi
  • Food trucks
  • Old Faithful (Store in Gastown)
  • Cherry blossoms
  • Aquarium
  • Science World
  • 3rd Beach
  • Chinatown
  • Six Acres
  • Alibi Room
  • Granville Island
  • Seaplanes
  • Indian Arm
  • Bald Eagles
  • Scoutmag
  • Pitch n putt
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • JJ Bean
  • Cartems Donuterie
  • Wreck Beach
  • UBC
  • Vancouver Is Awesome
  • Hot Art Wet City
  • Burrard Inlet
  • UBC Museum (of Anthropology)
  • English Bay
  • Aquabus
  • Spanish Banks
  • Theatre Sports
  • Kayaking
  • Chinese Garden
  • Skiing
  • Pacific Spirit Park
  • Canucks
  • Whitecaps
  • Nat Bailey (Stadium)
  • Jericho (Beach)
  • Sea to Sky Highway
  •  Grouse Grind
  • Mountain Biking
  • VSO (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra)
  • Yaletown
  • Robson Street
  • Lionsgate Bridge
  • Police Museum
  • Comedy Fest
  • Folk Fest
  • Sunset Beach
  • Hastings Racecourse
  • East Van
  • PNE
  • Jimi Hendrix Shrine
  • Crab Park
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Strathcona
  • Douglas Coupland
  • Public pianos
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • The Sunday Service
  • The Cultch
  • Main Street Poodle
  • Creative Mornings
  • Come Draw with Me
  • Pat Quinn Way
  • Snowboarding
  • Fright Nights
  • Night Markets
  • East Van cross
  • Olympic torch
  • Lego orca
  • Olympic Village
  • Island getaways

Which ones did we miss? Let us know for version 2: @thestatusbureau.

Mobilegeddon: The Rollout

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Mobilegeddon: it was supposed to shatter SEO and leave ranking-less all non-mobile-friendly websites. But, so far, Mobilegeddon doesn’t seem to have lived up to the hype. Although the update is still rolling out and hasn’t yet hit every Google data centre, we haven’t seen many changes for our clients. Here’s our two-point summary of the update:

 

1) It wasn’t a big deal…

2) …but it did hit some bigger sites.

There are a lot of reports of small changes, but Searchmetrics has found some larger ones.

Losers:

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Winners:

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Mobilegeddon: Early Days

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It’s very early days into Google’s mobile update. There have been some rumblings online about ranking drops, but not many. The important things to note:

• The full roll-out will take a few weeks, so ranking drops will appear over time
• There isn’t enough data yet to make many meaningful decisions
• Desktop rankings will not be affected
• The update is applied to pages, not entire sites
• Google has a mobile-friendly test: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

The bottom line is that if you don’t have a mobile-friendly site, this update should be one more encouragement to get one, but should you panic? At this point, we don’t have enough data to know.

 

10 ways Canada compares with the rest of the world

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) helps governments around the world improve their countries’ social and economic well-being. The OECD has been compiling global data for decades and they’ve got a fantastic charting tool that gives a glimpse into how countries compare to each other. How does Canada stack up in the global arena? Here are some of our favourite graphs.

1) Tax revenue vs. Luxembourg

 

2) Percentage of people 15 or younger vs. Mexico

 

3) Percentage of elderly vs. Japan

 

4) Household income vs. Greece

 

5) Education spending vs. Brazil

 

6) Gender wage gap vs. Korea

 

7) Mobile subscriptions vs. Finland

 

8) Female entrepreneurship vs. Japan

 

9) Science performance (girls)

 

10) Doctors per 100 people vs. Russia

Google’s Easter Eggs

Here’s a collection from Buzzfeed of all of the great easter eggs that Google has thrown together.

1) Atari Breakout. Google image search “Atari Breakout” and you get to play the classic Atari game!

2) Google in 1998. This search brings up the old school version of the search engine.

3) Do a barrel roll. Google literally does a barrel roll.

4) Legoland in Google maps. It changes the icon from Pegman to Legoman.

5) Kennedy Space Center in Google Maps. This changes Pegman to an astronaut.

6) Bacon number. Google has built Bacon Numbers into their algorithm.

7) Anagram. They suggest an anagram for anagram – nag a ram.

8) Zerg rush. Performs a zerg rush (an overwhelming attack in video games) in the search results.

 

And here are a few of our favourites they’ve missed.

 

9) Askew or tilt. These searches tilt the browser worthy of Reddit’s Mildly Infuriating.

10) Festivus. It brings a Festivus pole up on the left hand side of the screen.

11) Google Pacman. This term allows a for a quick game of Pacman.

12) Blink tag. This search uses the unfortunate html element <blink> in the code.

 

Google Highlights Mobile Friendly Sites

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Mobile SEO is taking a leap forward. Google is introducing a “Mobile-friendly” tag when users google from their handheld devices.

This is key because click through rates in organic rankings are a key indicator to Google that it is an important website, and one they should rank higher. We are assuming that their spiders will return values back to the server that indicate mobile focused items such as:

• text size
• use of Flash
• page width
• a mobile specific theme or url

If you haven’t invested in a mobile theme or responsive site, now might be the time to consider it.

Latest Google Panda Update & Quality Content

Content marketers & SEOs beware. The new Panda update is taking further strides in order to identify quality content. Google’s Pierre Far had this to say on Google + recently:

 

 

This comes as no surprise as the recognition of quality content has been at the root of many of the previous algorithm updates.

Pierre’s last comment regarding “high-quality small- and medium-sized sites ranking higher…” is a fantastic glimpse into what Google is trying to accomplish. Reward those with great content, not those with a lot of content.

Great move. Looking forward to it.

Vancouver Tweed Ride 2014

We were ecstatic to be a sponsor of this year’s Vancouver Tweed Ride. All of the proceeds went to Power To Be, which is a fantastic organization helping adventure-based programs designed for youth and families in need of support.

That’s me on the right and Andrew from The Still Brandworks on the left.

The ride itself was a ton of fun. It’s no wonder the ride is catching on globally. Vancouver Tweed Ride 2015 is going to be huge, I can feel it.

See you then.

 

Google Adwords Callouts

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Google implemented Callouts yesterday. They’re basically an ad extension without being a link. Some really beneficial elements to this:

1) It’s an extra line, stacking the horizontal real estate of your placement

2) There’s more room to speak to your USPs: free shipping, price matchings, etc.

3) Quality score weighting. This one is huge.

The importance that this line factors into quality score and ad rank cannot be understated. Quality Score is how Adwords advertisers drop cost per click while increasing the placement of their ad. This will be a heavily looked at feature for SEM experts everywhere.

Callouts will be available to all advertisers in the next few weeks.

 

 

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