Weekend Reading

  • Gigpark partners with Metro, Canada’s #1 free national daily newspaper, powering local service recommendations – http://bit.ly/pMUE5 #
  • FreshBooks on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine – http://bit.ly/Fe7rh #
  • Emptying the tank… My Aquarium FB App gets wound down and acquired by SpeedDate for the installs – http://bit.ly/w3EWl #
  • RT @markrmcqueen: Israel’s Vertex Venture Capital has 3 current Canadian startup investments. #

GigPark partners with Metro Canada

gigpark-win-an-eee-pc_1243GigPark has partnered with Metro, Canada’s #1 free daily newspaper, to power local service recommendations. This is exciting news for Gigpark, getting their incredibly compelling service in front of over 1 million Metro readers.

I have used GigPark quite a bit over the last year to find all sorts of businesses: cross country ski rentals, a barbershop, a mechanic. All have been great recommendations that I can trust because they are from my friends.

I’ve also recommended over a dozen businesses on GigPark and have received a number of personal thank you notes as a result, business owners really love the new customers GigPark drives. This partnership with Metro will offer business owners an even bigger stage, increasing the value proposition for participating, upgrading, and advertising across the integrated network.

GigPark has social recommendations nailed. So it is a great deal for Metro, being able to easily drop in the GigPark engine and turn readers into community members and business owners into advertisers. “Integrating GigPark’s unique social tool into the Metro experience makes perfect sense. With this partnership, we’re continuing to redefine the role of traditional newspapers,” said Jodi Brown, Marketing and Interactive Director of Metro Canada.

This partnership covers both online and print. To accompany the online component, Metro print editions in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Halifax will feature the most recommended businesses in that city on a weekly basis.

GigPark launches are always fun cause there is a giveaway involved: join the Metro community by July 31 for great recommendations you can trust and a chance to win a 10″ Eee PC.