Influencer Social Listening Tool Launched on Proprietary Technology Platform, Maru/HUB

Toronto, 17 September 2019: Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market research and customer insights Group, today announces the addition of the influencer social listening tool, Maru/Lissted, to their proprietary technology platform, Maru/HUB. Maru/Lissted helps discover the true influencers in communities – people and organizations whose influence reaches into the real world, not simply the ones who create the most noise online about a topic.

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Press ReleaseMegan Paul
Maru/Blue Continues Rapid Expansion and Momentum with Upward Trajectory

Toronto, 16 September 2019: Maru/Blue, premium quality data services firm, today announces the appointments of Diane Gawlik, Arun Venkataraman and Magdalena Morello as it continues its global expansion.

Diane Gawlik joins Maru/Blue in the role of Director of Strategy and Development, Enterprise Sales, based in Vancouver and will be an integral part in expanding and growing the company’s presence. Diane has over 12 years experience delivering strategic solutions and successfully building customer relationships.

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Maru/Blue launches Healthcare Channel with Casey Theis hired to lead as VP, Strategy and Development

Toronto, 9 September 2019: Maru/Blue, premium quality data services firm, launches healthcare channel and appoints Casey Theis, seasoned veteran, to lead as VP, Strategy &  Development. Rob Berger, Managing Director of Maru/Blue said: “It used to be that doctors talked, and patients listened. But the world has changed. Patients are empowered, and all stakeholders are more aware of how important they and their caregivers are. In a time of niche treatments, it can be difficult to find people with very specific health concerns. Our new healthcare channel will provide access to people who are pre-screened and treated with respect. And because they are known and engaged, they are immediately accessible.”

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Press ReleaseRachel Beckett
Maru/Blue announces multiple promotions and new hires as it continues growth

Toronto, Ontario – (July 30, 2019) Maru/Blue—premium quality data services firm—announces multiple promotions and new hires.

On the Operations team, Tara Caughlin is now Senior Director of Operations. Tara manages the Maru/Blue Operations department and is responsible for leading various technology and quality initiatives at Maru. On the Sample and Feasibility team, Angela Tang is now Senior Director. Angela joined the Maru/Blue team in 2006.

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Maru/Blue hires consumer panel veteran Cornelia Haack as SVP, Panels and Communities

Toronto, 8 July 2019: Maru/Blue, the premium quality data services firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cornelia Haack as SVP, Panels and Communities. Cornelia will be based out of the Company’s Vancouver office.  

Cornelia brings with her more than 15 years of leadership experience in Panel Management and Insight Communities (IC). She joins Maru/Blue from Toluna, where she was responsible for over 100 communities and managed a large global panel and community management team.

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Over 5 million people in the UK have consumed cannabis in the past 3 months, according to Maru Voice UK

[LONDON, June 10, 2019] Over 5 million people in the UK have consumed cannabis in the past 3 months, according to Maru Voice UK—the UK’s leading online market research community, giving fellow Britons the opportunity to participate in surveys and discussions that influence brands, products and services. Despite being officially illegal since 1928, cannabis was recently consumed by 11% of the population. And cannabis consumers are of all ages and income levels, in all regions if the UK.

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Canadian homeowners continue to cut back on home renovation spending in 2019: CIBC Poll

[Source: CIBC0 Average spend declines to a 6-year low of $10,211; only 1/3 plan to prepare a detailed budget despite risk of overspending

TORONTO, June 4, 2019 /CNW/ - CIBC poll (CM:TSX) (CM:NYSE) – While nearly half (49 per cent) of Canadians plan to renovate their home this year, spending on renovations continued to decline in 2019, falling to about $10,000 -- its lowest in six years—finds the annual CIBC Home Renovations Poll.

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PollsMegan Paul
Stop the Eyescuses and Book an Eye Exam

[Source: Ontario Association of Optometrists] - TORONTO, May 16, 2019 /CNW/ - According to a recent poll of Ontario Millennials and Gen Xers, those surveyed are making "Eyescuses" about why they don't get their eyes checked on a regular basis.

Although over three-quarters of millennials surveyed state that regular eye exams are important, many feel it takes too long to book or attend an eye exam.

"For a generation who say they don't have the time to make eye health a priority, Ontario's optometrists want to show how easy it is to protect your vision and overall health," says Dr. Joshua C. Smith, President, Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). "In fact, it's quicker to book an eye exam than it is to download the latest episode of your favourite TV show".

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PollsMegan Paul
Halo Top Kicks Off May Long Weekend with Thousands of Free Pints at First Ever 'Halo Top Drive-Thru' Pop-Up Locations

[Source: Halo Top Creamery] - TORONTO, May 14, 2019 /CNW/ - Halo Top Creamery is celebrating Canada's unofficial kick-off to summer by making the infamous May Long Weekend traffic more bearable with the first ever 'Halo Top Drive-Thru.' The two drive-thrus will pop up in Toronto and Vancouver at 3 p.m. EST on Friday, May 17 to offer the ideal treat to help make it through that bumper-to-bumper traffic. Fans can get their hands on one free pint of Halo Top® until supplies last. There will be 10,000 pints available in a variety of dairy and non-dairy flavours at the two locations, complete with spoons to dig right in.

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PollsMegan Paul
Nathan Pereira joins Maru/Blue as the company continues growth in the UK

LONDON, UK – (May 13, 2019) Maru/Blue—premium quality data services firm—announces the hire of Nathan Pereira. Nathan joined Maru/Blue in the role of Business Development Manager on the Agency and Enterprise team and will be an integral part in expanding and growing the company’s presence in the UK. Nathan has over 15 years of experience in strategy, insights and driving brands along with clients forward. Prior to joining Maru/Blue, Nathan was at Norstat, Vision Critical, and Medefield.

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Survey reveals 44 per cent of Canadians have not filed their taxes

[Source: H&R Block Canada Inc.] TORONTO, April 11, 2019 /CNW/ - The deadline for Canadians to file their personal income tax return is just around the corner, but many Canadians may find themselves scrambling to file on time. A recent survey revealed that 44 per cent of Canadians have yet to file their taxes – the same proportion of people who had not filed last year at this time.1 

"While you won't get a reward for filing well in advance of the deadline, you may face penalties if you miss it," says Lisa Gittens, H&R Block Senior Tax Expert. "You should file as soon as you can. If you delay filing until the last minute, you are more likely to make mistakes."

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PollsMegan Paul
Canadians love their tax refunds, but it's blinding them to better tax planning: CIBC poll

[Source: Financial Post] A new survey by CIBC found that 63 per cent of participants didn't know tax refunds were their own money, rather than a 'windfall of unexpected money'.

Most Canadians can agree that there is no better feeling than checking your bank account and seeing that your tax refund has been deposited.

While a new poll by CIBC found that 53 per cent of Canadians are expecting to get some sort of refund this year, Jamie Golombek, the managing director of tax and estate planning at the bank, doesn’t think refunds are worth celebrating.

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Maru/Blue announces new hires as it continues growth in the UK

LONDON, UK – (April 4, 2019) Maru/Blue—premium quality data services firm—announces the hire of Claire Treloar and Simon Gallagher.

Claire Treloar has joined Maru/Blue in the role of Business Development Manager on the agency sales team and will be an integral part in expanding and growing the company’s presence in the UK. Claire has 17 years of experience as a sales and marketing manager in high-level sales environments. She has a proven track record for first-class client satisfaction.

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7 in 10 women make significant financial sacrifices for the sake of others, new CIBC study finds

[Source: CIBC - Consumer Research and Advice] TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - As many as seven in 10 (69 per cent) Canadian women make significant financial sacrifices including putting their careers on hold to care for loved ones, which can put them at a considerable disadvantage to men when it comes to saving for their retirement, a new CIBC study finds. In fact, almost 1 in 3 (30 per cent) women say they've reduced or stopped saving as a direct consequence of childcare or eldercare responsibilities.

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PollsMegan Paul
Car Courtship? New Study Finds Canadians Link Relationship Potential to the Type of Car You Drive

[Source: autoTRADER.ca] - TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2019 /CNW/ - A new study from autoTRADER.ca has discovered that when it comes to dating, the type of vehicle you drive, and how long you've owned it, can actually impact how "relationship-ready" you appear to a potential date. Step aside, exotic sports car drivers: nearly half of all Canadians report finding SUV drivers to be most attractive and commitment-friendly (40 and 48 per cent respectively). In fact, commitment-craving Canadians may want to steer clear of flashy sports cars altogether, since almost two thirds (61 per cent) of Canadians associate such cars with short-term flings. Even a modest, reliable sedan sends a better signal for long-term relationships – 65 per cent of Canadians see such drivers as stable and more likely to be commitment-friendly.

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Megan Paul
Justin Trudeau’s credibility gap on SNC-Lavalin

[Source: Maclean’s] A new poll shows that among Canadians who are following the controversy, nearly three quarters think Wilson-Raybould has the most credibility. A large majority of people following the controversy over Justin Trudeau, Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin say the former justice minister has the most credibility, a new online poll says.

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