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Dani Gagnon

Digital Marketer

Dani Gagnon is a digital media professor, and a millennial in a primarily boomer saturated business world, who helps organizations drive business through their online presence and digital marketing.  She’s chock full of insights on internet-based algorithms and how you can leverage them to better connect with target audiences.  

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

A Punk Millennial in a Business World
Dani candidly shares her experiences and observations we can learn from, by being an alternative-looking millennial in a primarily boomer saturated business world. It’s funny, filled with challenges, insights, and real-life situations from boardrooms and organizations across the country.  

There’s no such thing as “social media marketing” 
Dani notes, “Social media was created as a social tool, not a marketing tool.” If you’re actually going to reach an audience, you have to write for your target market, not as a way to further your business.  That means making content interactive, clever and truly social; and framing it to reflect the things the Internet is talking about (to ensure it is more widely shared). A recent example: Ms. Gagnon persuaded an insurance company to reference TV show The Walking Dead on its Facebook Page by launching a poll titled, “Which character is most likely to need life insurance this season?”

Algorithms & Connectivity
With the history of marketing and propaganda as a backdrop, Dani shares insights around how algorithms impact us all, from online shopping, communication with friends, or marketing a business on social media. We are all online, and the way the internet flows impacts us all! She outlines the rules to play by to understand how information is presented to us and our families on social media, how to have a critical review of content online and how to protect your privacy while sourcing and connecting with people and brands you’re interested in.  She shares examples of organizations leveraging trending topics in a cool way and those who have turned their brand into a personality online –  and shows how you can too, as a business or a person. 

Platform Plus

Workshop: Creating buzz for your brand on a budget

This fast-paced workshop will show you how to cut through the clutter of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat by crafting messages that will actually reach your customers. By understanding algorithms and using innovative ideas, you'll be able to create content that will be widely shared. Your next paid social campaign will bring in new business and could cost as little as $30.

  • A creative tornado, Dani powered through the social networks, explaining the strengths and purposes of each, clearly outlining how they'd be useful to my writing career. She had an action plan for how I should get started. Today. Now. Immediately. She was encouraging, insightful and funny. Above all she is knowledgeable but never overwhelming.

    - Aga Khan Museum
  • Dani and her company The Like Button have been managing our Facebook and Twitter feed since 2011. Her work has been creative and done consistently. She has a great knowledge of the space and we are very pleased.

    - Student Works Painting
  • Your session was the highest ranking of the day – rated 6.533 out 7 on average. Likewise 65 out of 75 people in the survey rated you at a 6/7 or higher, which is an amazing score.

    - Globe and Mail Small Business Summit

Summary Profile

The more connected we are, the more forward-thinking the world will become.” – Dani Gagnon

Dani Gagnon finds innovative ways to drive business through digital marketing and ensuring organizations are being genuine throughout that process.  She runs a digital marketing agency and is founder of `The Like Button` that handles social media consultations and strategies for companies across Canada.

She’s an ‘under-30 influencer’ CEO in Toronto with The GNF Group, who started her business 8 years ago, and has been making a serious impression in the social media world working with brands like CBC, Under Armour, the NDP and MasterCard already. 

Gagnon is a Professor in Digital Marketing at Seneca College and teaches Social Media at Camp Tech, as well as beginner and advanced social media workshops in Toronto, and travelling to various locations for corporate training.

She was one of the keynoters at the 2017 Globe and Mail business summit described as a one-day conference of insightful sessions, proven growth strategies and innovative ideas from the country`s brightest business leaders.  She`s also spoken to groups such as: the Canadians Parliament (in Ottawa), the Liberal Party of Canada, Smartserve, Bconnected, Strut, and more.   A social strategist with a passion for music, Dani is also lead singer/guitarist of the internationally known punk band KINK. 

Her specialty is making content interactive, clever and truly social; and framing it to reflect the things the Internet is talking about to encourage sharing and engagement.  She’s a leader in North America making internet algorithms easy to understand.

Described as a creative tornado, Dani G brings her whole authentic self to each presentation.