Local Ladies – Documentary

This weekend I was invited to sit down with Katie and Meghan, who created Local Ladies, a series all about telling women’s stories in the community.

Over the past three years, they’ve interviewed women and screened the short films to raise funds for Women in Crisis. I was interviewed for a feature documentary they will be screening in September.

Some of the other Local Ladies!


The Local Ladies mission is to shine a light on as many incredible women in the community as possible through interviews, collaboration videos, and *soon* a podcast.

Check out their Press for Progress video they created for International Women’s Day 2018.¬†The short film was then screened on March 8th at the Princess Twin in Uptown Waterloo.


The studio had great lighting so I took a bajillion selfies. I am also obsessed with this bright emoji yellow and will be wearing it from here on in. ūüėÜ

I’ll keep you posted on the premiere screening and other things surrounding the film! Find them¬†on Twitter @LocalLadies.


Thank you, Katie and Meghan, for the kind words and reaching out to include me in this great project. Happy to share my story and hopefully inspire some Local Ladies along the way! 

 

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Twitter Fronts – Content Partnerships & New Live Shows!

I love Twitter, I have since the day I joined over 10 years ago. It’s still my favourite social media¬†platform, it’s the place news breaks and where you want to be when live events happen around the world.¬† Thanks to Twitter, I’ve been able to share my voice, meet like-minded people, and build life-long relationships.¬†I love¬†sharing random thoughts, photos, links to things I read and write, and getting the latest news.

‚ÄúWhen something happens in the world, it happens first on Twitter‚ÄĚ
@KayMadati, Head of Content at Twitter


If you’re not familiar with the term ‘Upfronts” it comes from TV and has to do with advertising. The Twitter Fronts are a chance for agencies, brands, and advertisers to see what options are available for branded content and partnerships.

Upfronts: In the television industry, an upfront is a gathering at the start of important advertising sales periods, held by television network executives and attended by major advertisers and the media. [Wikipedia]


Read My #TwitterFronts Tweets Here


According to the source, Twitter users are engaged, affluent, and educated. They want to make sure brand partnerships have contextual relevance, they have to make sense, and be mutually beneficial relationships.

They’re bringing exclusive partnerships for live content straight to Twitter to leverage their storytelling capabilities. We’re talking Buzzfeed, BNN, Corus, sports, BetaKit for tech, and a new media centre for brands who want to create live content. They’ve got everything covered,¬†#onedirtydish will feature your fav chefs,

This year, for the first time the MMVAs will be broadcast¬†live on Twitter, the show AND the red carpet. This is huge! I was the social media¬†manager for the show when I worked there back in 2010. It was a dream of mine to see the show live on Twitter, although video wasn’t introduced on the platform until 2015 and there definitely wasn’t¬†a ‘live’ option.

BuzzFeed’s AM2DM is a weekday show at 10am with all the latest entertainment. Canada’s managing editor said they’re bringing ‘next level conversations’ and I am here for it.


Twitter is also working with brands to create bespoke content. They’re breaking down what relevance means and making sure content is reaching the right people. Check out Producer, Twitter advanced brand tool for live broadcasts.

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I’m excited to see all this roll out. Gone are the days when we need cable TV, the future is INTERNET!

 

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Speaking | Get School’d¬†Workshop on Saturday – Sign Up!

On Saturday this weekend I’m hosting a lil’ workshop on building a brand online using social media. They’ve got a great series called Get School’d and last year I hosted one about Blogging. The Gladstone Hotel has made all the workshops free! Most of my talks are at conferences with tickets that are $$$ so this is a chance to come out and learn some stuff, ask questions without breaking the bank.

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I made this video ages ago and it’s¬†based on a true story. The true story of my entire¬†life explaining that, no, my name isn’t Cassie, it’s Casie. Like Casey Casem, Casey Neistat, Casey and Finnegan, Casey at the Bat, Casey Affleck. It’s just spelled with an ‘ie’.

I often meet people who know me from the Internet but have never met me in real life, calls with clients, agencies, all kinds of people and it happens ALL THE TIME, they call me Cassie. When it does, it’s an awkward situation for us both.

So, in attempt to save us BOTH the embarrassment, the video. 

Lucky for me, if you Google my name anywhere in the world, you’ll find me. So, maybe I’m the worlds most famous Casey¬†spelled Casie? I dunno…I hope you find it¬†funny. I didn’t know how else to explain it.

In other news, my friend sat Untitled&Co named a skirt after me! I’m stopping by their store to shoot some items next week. Woot woot!

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ūüíõ¬†ūüėɬ†ūüĆĽ¬†CASIE

 

 

 

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Today is #BestFriendsDay! Tell Your BFF You <3 Them!

Whether you’ve¬†been reading here for years or you’re new to the space, you’ll know my blog a positive place on the Internet. If you’re ever having a bad day, you can always pop over in¬†and see bright colours, and something to put a smile on your face. Usually me, shining back at you from across the Internet. 🙋💛

#BestFriendsDay is June 8th, Tell Your BFF You <3 Them!

I was recently contacted¬†from 3M to help spread the word about¬†Best Friends Day,¬†June 8th. As a long time lover of Post-It Notes¬†(yes, they’re all over my home office, work desk, books, purse) and firm believer in spreading love, I was IN.¬†It’s the perfect time to tell your BFF how much they mean to you.

Late last year 3M joined forces with students across North America for Positive Post-It Day, encouraging people to grab a note, write something nice, and share it around campus. This movement on October 9th sparked a whole bunch of events where people were sharing positivity on Post-Its to friends and strangers.

Today¬†is¬†Best Friends Day and I’m encouraging YOU to share a note with a BFF you care about. It could be a BFF, sister, brother, GF, BF, mum, dad, or anyone¬†you wanna¬†remind of their awesomeness. I didn’t have a lot of BFFs growing up but over the last few years I’ve developed a few relationships with¬†BFFs who are now like sisters to me. A couple of my positive Post-It BFF Day notes below!

#BestFriendsDay is June 8th, Tell Your BFF You <3 Them!

Spread the love for Best Friends Day by writing a note to someone on a Post-It. If they’re close¬†by, sick it somewhere they’ll find it, or snap a photo and tag them and @PostitCanada on Twitter or¬†Instagram it with the hashtag¬†#BestFriendsDay. Looking forward to seeing your¬†messages! There’s already heaps of tweets today. 😎‚úĆ🎈

Here’s to a GREAT week.

<3 CASIE

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A Blog Post About Blogging for Bloggers – WP 4.2, Mobile

I don’t usually blog about blogging but this blog post is about blogging because I have some blog updates to share on my blog.
Bloggiest sentence ever! Blaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhggggggg. (Me typing right now.)

Ok, the new WordPress came out yesterday and this update has some neat things to help you as a blogger, communicate and share, globally. You can watch this quick video or read more about it after scrolling my list of favs from their post. If you blog you should watch it because it will make you a better (WordPress) blogger.

  • Even more embeds:¬†Paste links from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter and watch them magically appear right in the editor. With every release, your publishing and editing experience get closer together.
  • Host of new characters: Native Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs.
  • Streamlined plugin updates:¬†Goodbye boring loading screen, hello smooth and simple plugin updates.
  • OMG! Emoji are now available in WordPress! Get creative and decorate your content with 💙, 🐸, 🐒, or🍕!!

IS YOUR BLOG OPTIMIZED FOR MOBILE?

UPDATE IT TODAY. LIKE NOW. Google announced that the Mobile Friendly Update began rolling out¬†YESTERDAY. ¬†This update is going¬†to be the largest¬†Google update ever and if you don’t get on it,¬†you’ll notice a drop in traffic. And it might be huge.¬†Don’t know if your sits is optimized for mobile, check this link to find out¬†google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly.

There’s a good blog post on searchengineland.com¬†from yesterday that states:

Postscript: SEO Clarity‚Äôs Ryan Heuser sent me some early data at 1:45pm EDT saying as of this morning they are now seeing ‚Äú1.7% difference in ranking domains between desktop and mobile versus the previous few days.‚ÄĚ He said the big winners thus far are sites like Wikipedia that are mobile friendly, you can see their jump in visibility in the mobile results in the chart below.

I recently switched back to using the¬†WPTouch ¬†plugin¬†and my mobile is experience is waaaaaay cuter. Have you checked? Are you on your phone right now? It’s a free plugin and the¬†WPTouch Pro (paid) version has some fancier features. These screenshots don’t do it justice.

Is your blog optimized for mobile?

It’s insane how much blogging has changed over the years. It did NOT used to be this easy to create, publish, and share. YAY Internet!¬†Ever have a blog question, Tweet me or call me! Here’s me on the news last night w/ the gang, Justin Bieber, PSY, Chris Crocker. Oh, y’know, just a regular day.¬†

In light of¬†the YouTube 10 Year anniversary yesterday, I’m really inspired to make more vids. Here’s one inspired by something that happened today. ¬†My BF thinks I am so weird but he loves it.¬†

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND GUYS!

<3 CASIE

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Name Change, Storia, the visual storytelling app

There’s a new look for the app Storia, formally known as Selfish. ¬†Over the past few months I’ve been in a small group of beta testers helping to improve the app before¬†they launch in the app store. Aside from the name change, they’ve added faster image uploads, more collaboration options and they’re about to release¬†better offline support, and font editing.

For me, the name change is a big thing. Y’all know love sharing and so sharing an app called selfish¬†felt a little backwards. Storia is¬†for collaborating on stories with others and sharing things around a topic. A few things¬†I’ve been documenting in the app are travel adventures, behind the scenes of recent shoots, snippits from the blog, and spring style. My blog and travel stories are authored only by me but a bunch of my others, like spring style have collaborators.

A new look for @storiaapp via @casiestewart A new look for @storiaapp via @casiestewart

Currently the app is only available on iPhone in Canada and Russia. It’ll be on Android soon. It’s been cool working with an app while in beta and then seeing it launch. Our small group has given heaps of feedback and seeing those changes come to life¬†is pretty neat. You can check it out by using the web¬†version at storia.me. Would be cool to collaborate on a story with you. If you wanna join my blog story, you’re welcome! Could use some more peeps in the fashion for sure. ūüôā

TTYL <3 CASIE

    
  

 

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I wrote this years ago and just found it and that’s why I love having a blog.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop blogging. It’s been 10 years. I’ve written so many things. I can hardly believe so much has happened in that time. I think bloggers have to love their blogs. You spend so much time there, blogging.¬†It’s a collection of stories and photos. Happiness, reminders, lessons, friendships. Trips around the world and my old hometown.

I’m going to blog forever. ¬†It’s the best thing I thing I’ve ever done.

<3 CASIE

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Give Your Facebook Page a Checkup!

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Do you know about the Likealyzer? It’s a free service from¬†Meltwater (social analytics) that pulls in data from your Facebook page. I’ve not been using my Facebook page much the last year but it’s a GREAT resource.

This tool with help you know¬†more about what posts your followers like and how to grow your audience .Just thought I’d share this tidbit with you!

Make sure you LIKE my Facebook page while you’re Facebooking. Find me Facebook.com/casiestewart.blog.

<3 CASIE

 

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We Won BEST DOCUMENTARY! OMG!

This morning I was welcomed by good news! At December’s Daring Independent Film Festival,¬†It’s All About Me – Feature Documentary won the AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY 2013! This is pretty exciting as we were also selected for the Ottawa Film Festival in October and won the¬†MADA (Make a Difference) Award¬†at COMMFFEST Global Film Festival in September.

It's All About Me won BEST DOCUMENTARY! Woot! #thisismylife via @casiestewart

Award Winners at Daring Independent Film Festival 2013

It's All About Me won BEST DOCUMENTARY! Woot! #thisismylife via @casiestewart

Here’s Jenie, Mum, BF and I at the premiere in September. Watch the trailer below. I’ve heard it might be turned into a TV doc and we’ve been optioned for a radio show series starting later this month. ¬†I’ll keep you posted for the launch.

It's All About Me won BEST DOCUMENTARY! Woot! #thisismylife via @casiestewart

Always me chuckle that’s it’s called ‘It’s All About Me’ because Mum used to give me the gears that I was ‘all about me’, well Ma, it paid off! Look at me now! Mooohaha. She comes back from NZ today, can’t wait to give her the news. I have laurel leaves guys, me. Gah.

Enjoy the day, stay warm out there!

<3 CASIE

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STOP BIRDY BRAGGING, ok?

Saw this from Gary Vaynerchuk¬†earlier today¬†and just thought I would INFORM YOU. HUGE pet peeve on Twitter is people who RT everything nice someone says about them. It’s not necessary! It’s bad party form. You wouldn’t do that in real life so, don’t do it on the internet!

* BTW thinking about cutting my hair like this again? 

Casie Stewart - short hair don't care! #thisismylife

To be honest though, I fav all the nice things people say about me, great for uplifting spirits on a bad day or reminding yourself just how awesome you are! Fav is different than ReTweeting though.

WHAT IS A BIRDY BRAG?

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READ THIS:

BE HUMAN, PEOPLE!

<3 CASIE

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