Deconstructing Election Campaigns in 2 hours (we just scratched the surface)
By October 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Deconstructing Election Campaigns in 2 hours (we just scratched the surface)

I had the privilege of joining Dan Robertson and Katie Telford on a panel titled Deconstructing Election Campaigns. It was an event organized by IABC Toronto that took place last night. The discussion was fascinating. I’m constantly reminded how politics provides ample fascinating examples of why digital and traditional methods of engagement and communication need to […]

#VoteON: the “give-not” election
By October 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

#VoteON: the “give-not” election

I’ve completed an initial review of online content, looking at digital activity and trends from the recent Ontario election and have come to a realization. Aside from validating a number of my theories about the role of digital in Canadian politics and providing a few interesting stories and some good case studies, it was a […]

You CAN win an election without campaigning
By October 7, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

You CAN win an election without campaigning

Enough is being said today by analysts and the media of the abysmal voter turnout in yesterday’s Ontario election. I don’t know that I can add anything else to the discussion of a broken system and who or what is responsible for the overwhelming endorsement of apathy. The real question is what message are politicians […]

The “this too shall pass” effect
By October 6, 2011 6 Comments Read More →

The “this too shall pass” effect

Online reaction to the G8 draft report leaked during the federal election was quick and decisive. People weren’t happy. Tweets on the issue reached a fever pitch. It seemed like this would be a campaign killer. For about eight hours it was near impossible to follow the flood of tweets. Then we all went to […]

Pension ranks lowest among tracked online issues
By October 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Pension ranks lowest among tracked online issues

I’ve done a lot of analysis of the most actively discussed issues as part of the online chatter about the Ontario election. What about some of the lesser talked-about issues? I should clarify that there are certainly issues that received even less online attention during the election than those I’ve identified below. I had to make some […]

Leaders and issues online during the Ontario election
By October 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Leaders and issues online during the Ontario election

Tim Hudak dominated online mentions (the number of times a leader’s name or Twitter handle was mentioned online during the election) among the leaders of the four major Ontario parties during this election campaign. It’s important to note this analysis doesn’t consider sentiment. That means, without manually assessing the content and tone of each tweet, […]

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A high-level look at digital in the Ontario election
By October 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

A high-level look at digital in the Ontario election

It’s election day in Ontario. Which means it’s time to begin looking at the election as a whole. There’s definitely lots of digital analysis that can be done. Rather than throw it all in to a single post, I’m going to issue a few posts over the course of the day. By the way, all […]

Conversation with Mike Schreiner
By October 5, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Conversation with Mike Schreiner

A few weeks ago I put out a call to the leaders of the four major Ontario political parties. I invited each to share what “social media” means to them. I received replies from Dalton McGuinty, Tim Hudak and Mike Schreiner. I never heard from Andrea Horwath. I followed up with each respondent, inviting them […]

Behind the scenes at the Rogers Television Election Night Production Rehearsal
By October 5, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Behind the scenes at the Rogers Television Election Night Production Rehearsal

Ontarians go to the polls tomorrow. Which means that I’m making my election night television debut tomorrow night. Sandra Blaikie will be hosting and I’ll be in the studio doing mostly analysis of the role of digital in the election campaign, and some political analysis. We had our production rehearsal this afternoon. This video captures […]

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Ottawa candidate “Digital campaign report card”
By October 5, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Ottawa candidate “Digital campaign report card”

My Ontario election report cards have been very popular. So, I thought I’d subject myself to a few long nights and some hard core analysis of the use of digital channels by candidates representing the four major parties within the nine ridings of the Ottawa-Carleton region in the 2011 Ontario provincial election. That’s right, 36 candidates. It’s […]

Twitter lights up with outrage over Conservative anti-gay flyer
By October 4, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Twitter lights up with outrage over Conservative anti-gay flyer

The buzz on Twitter is not particularly good for Tim Hudak and his Ontario PC party. They’ve broken negative sentiment records for this election after Twitter lit up with outrage over the party’s anti-gay flyer. Using Sysomos, I’ve captured and analyzed 750 such tweets issued in the last 24 hours (1,053 in the last 48 […]

Maybe provincial politics isn’t exciting enough to overcome the demands of September
By October 2, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Maybe provincial politics isn’t exciting enough to overcome the demands of September

It seems to me most of us identify with being from a particular city or country. Which means, when I’m asked where I’m from, I typically say Ottawa or Canada. Rarely, if ever, will I ever say I’m from Ontario. Like many, I focus on municipal politics because it affects my immediate environment and federal […]