Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Festival & Event "Web World Strategies"

Interview with Mr. Shawn King
Web World Strategies

Introduction written by Judi McWilliams
Ontario Visited - Part 1
During high school, I was fortunate to have had “Typing 101” as my introduction to what today are computers. I had an amazing teacher who encouraged the students by supplying the “fastest typing row of students” with a large Laura Secord Chocolate Bar. I became so fast at typing that the other students in the class fought to sit in my row, because they knew I was going to win the competition and they would receive the chocolate bar too. In college, my two year course was called “Computer Science”. I called it a glorified secretary course, (secretaries now referred to as Executive Assistants). Back in the day, typewriters used ribbons, hand pushed return handles, black carbon paper, rice paper copies and more. During college, we progressed to what I would liken to an “x-ray” type of memory. It was an unprotected piece of flat “x-ray like” item inserted into the “computer”. We had to share this memory stick with the entire class. Back in the day, I could type (correctly) about 96 words per minute. I wonder today, if “spell check” would correct any errors and make me even faster? Today, of course, there are clouds, chips, discs, and items I can’t even begin to comprehend. Technology though, is what is keeping Ontario Visited and our various websites “linked” to our visitors and organizers of the fantastic festivals and events throughout Ontario. Our website has grown over the years and now attracts over 400,000 web Festival and Event visitors per year.
Today, I am fortunate to share with you some SCOOP from a leading “expert” in the “Web World Strategies”! These next few INSIDE SCOOP blogs will focus on Festivals and Events websites. Shawn King has been a colleague of Gary’s and mine for about 5 years. He was willing to share some of his years of experience with us.  I was able to ask questions about WEBSITES… the IMPORTANCE of WEBSITES for FESTIVALS & EVENTS, WEB OPTIMIZATION and much more!
(To Be Continued)  

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