Did you know that only 45.5% of Canadian businesses have a website, and that number drops to 41.1% for small-to-medium size enterprises? That’s right. And those numbers are about the same for U.S. businesses, which is surprising when you consider how prevalent the phenomenon of online search has become over the past decade, coupled with advances in technology that have made putting a business online, so much easier than ever before. This will be the subject of discussion for the Royal Bank of Canada’s (@RBC_Canada) #RBCSmallBiz Live Panel Discussion, “Getting Your Business Online”, scheduled for February 10, 2016 from 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET.
This “hangout”, conducted from Convergent Studios in Toronto, is a live broadcast that will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Sarah Adams, VP of Small Business for RBC (@RBCSarahAdams) will be host and moderator of a panel of experts sharing their experiences and successes on the topic of getting businesses online. The panelists include:
- Kathy Young Keefe, Co-inventor of enVy, the Anti-Aging and Wellness Pillow
- Leo Desautels, Owner / Founder of outdoorcovers.ca
- Dorgam Hideib, Vice President Web.com
Small business owners across the country will have the opportunity to ask questions through social media prior to the event. The panel will then answer questions, while also providing advice and best practices for capitalizing on the new business opportunities offered via the Internet.
Canadian residents who login to their Facebook or Twitter accounts, and leave a question using the #RBCSmallBiz hashtag between January 7th – February 9th will be entered into a random drawing for one of (3) prizes, each consisting of one individual consultation with a web expert at Web.com, including an online marketing health check!
For more information on the event, including the URL live panel link, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1549666325359696/
Tim is Director of Social Media at Web.com. A deeply experienced integrated marketing professional, former creative director and writer who operated his own full-service marketing, branding, public relations and design firm for 15 years, Tim provides a wealth of experience in nearly every area of marketing communications encompassing both new and traditional media.