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Oct262012

Manitoba Business Awards 2012 - MC Philip Giles - Modern Earth Web design - Online Marketing - Winnipeg, ManitobaLast week, Modern Earth covered the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Business Awards Gala on Twitter for the third consecutive year.

Each year, we see a different group of businesses being honoured by the Chambers for their contributions to Manitoba’s business environment and economic diversity. This year in particular, we were honoured to participate in a new way. Our President, Philip Giles, was one of two Masters of Ceremonies charged with marshalling the event alongside Frank Sottana, District Vice President of CIBC.

“It was a great experience,” Philip says of the evening. “We’re always happy to support the Manitoba Chambers however we can.”

We’ve seen the social media engagement around the Awards gala grow significantly over the past three events. Our first opportunity to cover the dinner in 2010 saw only a few comments from attendees, and last year’s event had more interaction from nominees and their family members. This year, the chatter was constant – replies and conversation about the progress during the evening even extended to one of the winners – Hemp Oil Canada – exclaiming “Hemp hemp Hooray!” during their walk to the stage, at the encouragement of our own @modernsusan (Susan Hurrell, Modern Earth’s Dir. of Marketing who leads the Modern Earth Tweet Team (@metweeteam)). Search out the night’s Twitterstream by using the hashtag #mbizawards2012.

The growth in interest and use of social media by Manitoba businesses goes to show that our province is stepping up and presenting a strong modern face to the world. “It is wonderful to see Manitoba businesses extending their reach and building connections using social media tools,” agrees Susan. “Those connections deepen relationships and put our businesses on the web in the social places their customers already are – and where new customers start their research when selecting products and services. Manitoba businesses need to be there – and maximize their visibility online. It’s great to see this already happening and to be part of it at events like the @mbizawards2012”

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the Manitoba Business Awards!