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    We have a new face in the office! Please help us welcome Laura, who, with her customer service experience and keen eye for design, will be assisting our Community Management team.

    Welcome, Laura!

    #streetart

    You can paint on canvas. You can paint on paper. You can even paint the city. It just so happens that the latter of this list is one of our favourite depictions of art and we want to share a roundup of our favourite street art Instagram accounts.

    • @streetartanarchy - With a huge following, this Instagram account features all different styles of street art from around the world.
    • @impermanent_art - What would a street art roundup be without a shout out to Los Angeles? This Instagram account captures street art that is found throughout the City of Angels.
    • @houseofmeggs - Hailing from Australia, this Instagram account features the artist’s works from murals to photography.
    • @r_o_n_e - Expect to see a lot of beautiful faces from this Melbourne-based artist. Mixing the real with the surreal.
    • @banksyny - Although this account has been inactive since October 2013, it is a must-follow for any Banksy fan. This account is an ode to Banksy’s short stint in NYC in late 2013.
    • iheartthestreetart.com - Although this is not an Instagram account, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to showcase his Vancouver-based artist, whose street art is shown above. This artists’s work is a subtle and intelligent social commentary, which we absolutely love.

    In addition to these accounts, keep an eye out in Vancouver right now, as artist Mega McGrath sprinkles the city with some classic hip-hop lyrics that’ll encourage you to take a second out of your busy day and appreciate the now. After all, isn’t that what life is all about?

    New tools! Now everyone can be a pro when it comes to getting JUST the right lighting, filters, contrast, etc.

    And did you notice? That’s our pretty city!

    instagram:

    Today, we’re delighted to bring you a set of new creative tools on Instagram with the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth and more.

    Inspiring creativity is incredibly important to us—and as the Instagram community grows, we’ve been excited to hear requests for more ways to…

    Village&Co.&Tbooth wireless

    We’re delighted to share the exciting news today that we’ll be working with Tbooth wireless as their social media partner!

    #villageinterns

    As a result of our continued involvement with the BCIT Internship Program, we’re excited to announce that Village&Co. will have two new faces around the office starting later this month. Sophie (@sophietads) and Olivia (@ohdubz) are some of BCIT’s best and brightest who have a real knack for social media and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the Village&Co. team!

    #villagecmgr

    We’re hiring — we are looking for a new Community Manager to join our team!

    Do you live and breathe social media? If so, we have the opportunity you’ve been looking for. Send us a your resume and 140 character description about yourself to — hello@villageandco.ca

    OMG Social Media Conference

    "OMG was created because we see how critical it is for small business owners to understand social media. We want the Online Media Generation to share their knowledge on social media and make everyone part of the Online Media Generation." 

    We are excited to be part of this year’s OMG Social Media Conference. Happening next Thursday, our Community Managers, Cassandra and Megan, will be heading to the #OMGconf as two of their experts. If you are a small business owner looking for the basics on how you can make an online presence for your business (and one that really counts), you still have time to book

    Where: SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street

    When: Thursday, August 15 at 8:30AM to 6:30PM

    Need more info about the day?

    Learn more about OMGthe speakers and tickets on their website. Won’t be able to make it? You can follow Cassandra and Megan throughout the day and don’t forget to use #OMGconf in your tweets! 

    In the Pope’s way as he touched down in Brazil.

    Stay In Medicine Hat | #thishappenshere Pop-Up Instagallery

    On May 3, the Medicine Hat Arts Community hosted their popular Art Walk, where we created our own addition for Stay In Medicine Hat — a curated pop-up Instagallery.

    We asked Instagrammers to tag their best #medhat photos using #thishappenshere for a chance to be featured. A selection of winning Instagram photos were printed and mounted on canvases and the pop-up Instagallery came to life for one night only. The winners were invited to attend with family and friends, and as their prize, they got to take their artwork home with them. 

    #thishappenshere

    Hello.

    We’d like to introduce you to our neighbourhood. We’re located at the corner of Facebook & Twitter, just down the street from Instagram & Tumblr. Come visit!

    villageandco.ca

    TWITTER ACQUIRES SOCIAL TV COMPANY

    Photo credit: Mashable

    How often do you find yourself tweeting while watching your favourite TV show? We’re willing to bet, if you use Twitter, you’ve done this countless times. There is no denying it, social media has changed the way we consume, discover and measure TV and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

    If you caught the Super Bowl on Sunday, you may have noticed that Twitter has become a real-time, public mirror for both broadcast content and advertising. Late yesterday news broke that Twitter had acquired Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company that measures real-time audience insights. This is a natural (and exciting) progression for the tweeting giant and one that will lead to further advancements in the way we engage with both Twitter and TV.

    With the consistent increase in participation with social media, the integration of Twitter into TV this year will further stimulate engagement and discovery.

    We anticipate this acquisition will mean:

    * An increase in advertising that integrates hashtags and Twitter use

    * Commercials that are steered by hashtag use and created by the viewers, using photos and videos and writing the story-line


    * Reality TV shows where every detail is created and steered by the viewers (from who the participants are to what colour socks they wear).

    At the end of the day, with a price tag of roughly $100 million, this merger is a big play for Twitter. What do you think of Twitter’s decision to take on social TV?

    Vita D Sunshine | #likesunshine

    Any Vancouverite knows all too well that the month of November is typically dark, dreary and rainy. Lucky for us, this created a unique opportunity to launch Vita D Sunshine’s vitamin D-enriched sunshine eggs. The goal? To deliver sunshine to Vancouver locals in need. 

    On November 2nd, otherwise known as Vitamin D Day, the custom sunshine food truck began its journey. Using the hashtag, #likesunshine, we listened and responded to Vancouver locals whose spirits had been dampened by the rain; delivering delicious sunshine breakfast burritos to them, their friends and their colleagues—right to their door. The truck was, quite literally, driven by social media. Over 3,400 sunshine breakfast burritos were freshly made and delivered.

    Hungry for sunshine?

    Tourism Calgary x Paul Hardy Tweet Dress

    It’s no secret that Calgary is a city on the rise and working with Tourism Calgary has been an exciting venture for us as it provides endless opportunity to mirror our strengths and get creative

    To celebrate this stylish city, we partnered Tourism Calgary and Paul Hardy together to launch this unprecedented initiative. The Tweet Dress is a one-of-a-kind design composed of tweets sent to Calgary’s Twitter answering the question, “What’s in style in Calgary?” using the hashtag #StyleYYC. This project was launched during Hardy’s milestone event on October 20, which was attended by some of the top names in the Canadian Fashion Industry. 

    As the operators of Calgary’s social media platforms, we will be engaging users by sending out different questions via Twitter highlighting unique aspects of what is in style in Calgary, from architecture and food, to the Mayor and their sports teams. Nothing is off limits when style is this abundant in a thriving city. Throughout it all, we will be sharing updates from Paul himself as he shows us everything that goes into creating this one of a kind piece. 

    Paul will be unveiling the Tweet Dress at Calgary’s biggest private shopping event, ‘Twas the Night at The Core on November 28 and we can’t wait to see the finished product! For a chance to have your tweet featured on the Tweet Dress, join us on Twitter and tell us what you think is in style in Calgary using #StyleYYC. 

    Office Snapshots

    We’re pleased as punch to have our space featured on Office Snapshots. It’s humbling to be included on a list with such beauties from Adobe to Zynga. Since moving into our Strathcona space in February, we’ve really felt at home in our new, eclectic neighbourhood. When designing our office, we took our inspiration from the stunning, elemental surroundings of Vancouver, but couldn’t have predicted the interest our chopped wood wall would create with our daily visitors. But when you’re a storefront in the Village, that’s part of the fun. Next time you’re in the area, pop by and say hello!

    Are You Our Next #CommunityManager?

    When you’re looking for that career move, does the word “social” leap off the screen? If so, we have the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

    We’re on the lookout for people ahead of the curve. A proactive person with an enthusiastic spirit. Someone who shares our social DNA and is eager to be at the forefront of social media innovation.

    Ideally, our candidate already has Community Management experience and is a graduate of a  communications or marketing program who has a keen interest in rolling up their Community Management sleeves. This role requires 360-degree thinking and leadership skills. You’re not just a trend spotter - you’re an opportunity spotter. Social media never sleeps and having your finger on the pulse is essential. You already know how to build a content calendar, cover live events via social media, measure the results and get creative. At the end of the day, managing an online community is second nature to you. 

    If you fit these skills and are interested in being our next Village Person, send us your LinkedIn profile. But, if you’re really interested in grabbing our attention… surprise us.

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