See How An Architect for the TTC completely trolled the city of Toronto

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Discussion, Social Media News

See How An Architect for the TTC completely trolled the city of Toronto

#TBT to when Toronto transit-goers saw phallic-looking signs being taken down at Downsview station. They appeared to illustrate that the station was designed with a rather phallic shape in mind – enough so that TTC found it necessary to remove the signs entirely. After some extensive digging, we’ve found the blueprints of that station. And it’s even better than we thought – it looks like a giant… well, you know. I mean there are even two other buildings that were designed and erected that fill in the gaps for the imagery. The internet thought it was phallic with just the station – what about with the substation and the er, passenger pick-up area? Can we talk about the vent shafts? It’s an interesting profile of something, that’s for sure.     What do you think, did the architect intentionally design the station to look this way (AKA trolling the entire city of Toronto), or is it just a happy coincidence? Leave your comments...

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Pokemon Go & How it Can Help Your Business

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Discussion, Social Media Trends

Pokemon Go & How it Can Help Your Business

Although it hasn’t even been officially released in Canada, we can’t seem to escape Pokemon Go. From social media posts to chatter in the Qode Social office, Pokemon Go has engulfed the lives of millions of people around the world; already reaching more active users (in a week) than Twitter, while also becoming the most downloaded mobile game ever. Pokemon Go has all the signs of a successful mobile app, meaning it will only grow in popularity and numbers. As more and more users are travelling to catch Pokemon, it’s important to remember that this can also be a great business opportunity.  What is Pokemon Go? Pokemon Go is a game, heavily based on player location. It requires players to walk around/travel to locations to capture Pokemon and level up. This means that there could be a lot of increased traffic to your store as people gather to collect Pokemon, so why not make the most of it! Below are some helpful tips on how to maximize your presence on Pokemon Go. Make your shop Pokemon Go friendly If your business relies heavily on foot traffic making your shop Pokemon Go friendly is a great way to potentially bring in new customers. Offering a Pokemon themed drink or food item for sale can entice players to stop into your location while on their Pokemon hunt. Create a “Pokestop” Pokestops are locations in the game that require players to visit to earn rewards. These are often stores, murals or local landmarks. You can request a Pokestop to your area to attract users to your store! If you’d rather go all-out, you can also make a Pokemon Go account and set up a lure at a nearby Pokestop. This shows up on other players’ maps and brings them to your location. Pokemon Go is just one of many overnight successes that really change how we interact with media. It’s essential to adapt to these new technologies and find a way to incorporate them into your business. To stay up to date on all the latest viral trends and social media news, partner with us! Qode Social is the best social media marketing company in Toronto. Contact Qode Social today at 647-951-0763 or visit us online to get started or inquire about or social media...

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Twitter Breaks Character (Limits)

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Discussion, Social Media Trends

Twitter Breaks Character (Limits)

We are all familiar with the predicament of drafting a tweet with a photo or link, and as soon as you attach the photo or link, your character limit is drastically reduced. This usually results in the frustrating task of whittling down the clever text you have accompanying the attached media, and cursing Twitter for imposing such restrictions. If you’ve ever been in that position (and we’ve all been there) there’s good news for you- on Tuesday May 24, Twitter announced some big updates that will save you a lot of text whittling and cursing. In the coming months, the 10 year old company will roll out changes that affect what “uses up” valuable character space in a tweet. Media attachments such as photos, GIFs, and videos, and “@name” replies will no longer count toward your 140-character limit.  Twitter’s character limit is one thing that makes it stand out as a social media platform, so news of altering this limit comes as a welcome surprise. Another change coming to Twitter will be a simplified way for a user to retweet or quote their own tweets, using a new button feature. This would apply to anyone hoping to reach a broader audience for that tweet that didn’t see much action earlier in the day, or for someone wishing to add additional commentary to the original tweet. If you’re a Twitter user that utilizes the “.@” convention to broadcast a user-directed tweet, you can tweet those days goodbye. Twitter will be updating to accommodate this widely used reply convention, so now any time your tweets begin with a username, they will be broadcasted to all of your followers, without adding the “.” before their handle. Twitter is taking baby steps towards changing how their users tweet, and to improve the Twitter experience. But if these changes are flying right over your head, don’t worry- we can help! Qode Social is Toronto’s leading social media marketing agency, and our expert social media consultants can get your business noticed on major social media platforms- Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and yes, Twitter! To get started, contact us today by calling us at 647-951-0763, or fill out our handy online form....

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