CandyByte (September 2019)

CandyByte is a monthly post that gives you a taste of the Candybox #AgencyLife. From success stories to day-to-day shenanigans, satisfy your digital cravings here.

At the risk of losing back-to-school students as Instagram followers, let me just start by saying that September is one of my favourite months in the entire year. The creativity bug tends to bite harder than ever and I happen to get an excuse to wear all the hoodies that I have collected from past conferences. Most importantly, it’s award season!

Here is a recap of the month:

And The Winner Is.. *drumroll*

What is better than being ranked as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies, by Canadian Business and Maclean’s, and then being selected as a recipient of the Canadian Business Excellence Award in the same month? Well, doing it two years in a row!

Shortly after, Candybox Marketing has also been ranked as one of Canada’s Top Growing Companies by Globe and Mail!

It is always an honour witnessing the Candyboxer’s hard work and creative ideas being celebrated on such a prestigious platform.

Moments like these continue to motivate us to push the digital envelope and give our clients the best!

Our fearless leader, Darrell, shared his thoughts after our marketing agency was recognized on this year’s Growth 500 list:

“This recognition continues to be a great honour as it validates our approach to innovation, marketing execution, and industry-leading design. It is also a testament to the exceptional work by our team members, and the winning results we generate for our clients. This has been the driving force behind our growth!”

Read Darrell’s full letter here.

Developers Level Up

This month, our developers, Aaron and Tony attended Web Unleashed 2019 (Front-End Developer Conference) to learn how the landscape of development has changed and to stay on top of industry trends.

Along with bringing back some epic swag, they had the opportunity to learn from other industry titans, including: Chris Coyier, Houssein Djirdeh, Wes Bos, and Christian Heilmann.

Aaron and Tony wasted no time bringing back these valuable ideas to the Candybox household, by hosting an internal workshop to share best practices, new tools to analyze and improve website performance for our clients, and the latest Google trends and changes.

Bottom line? When our developers level up, our team members and our clients’ work levels up.

We can’t wait to put these new ideas into action!

Video Showcase

Weston Forest, one of North America’s leading full-service distributors and remanufacturers of softwood & hardwood lumber, invited Candybox Marketing to share their company culture and values through a well-produced video. We couldn’t be more excited to share this story!

Joel, our video production manager, and I immediately made our way down to their corporate office to bring Weston Forest’s vision to life. This involved: hosting a strategy meeting, conducting a brand exercise, storyboarding, and filming at the Weston Forest location.

Needless to say: everyone was thrilled with the results!

Click here to watch the full video here!

Rob Hruby, the Vice President of Purchasing & Operations, passed along the Weston Forest team’s feedback:

“We engaged Candybox Marketing to produce a brief showcase video for our marketing and social media campaigns. We have always known that the magic in Weston Forest is our people, but we weren’t sure how to convey that to anyone that didn’t know us. Mahfuz and Joel and the Candybox team were able to come in to capture the essence of our business, and help us illustrate our brand promise: You’ll Love Doing Business With Us.”

One of Weston Forest’s core values is: “Results matter, but people matter more”. After spending a considerable amount of time with the team, we couldn’t agree more and are thrilled to be able to illustrate this through the video!

Here is what you can expect in the next piece of CandyByte:

  • Each department delivers a Creativity Presentation for the company
  • A team event that tests our artistic skills in a rather unique way
  • Our intern shares his Candybox experience

Want to see how the month unfolds in real-time? Check us out on Instagram!

Happy October!