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Radar Hill Newsletter August 2010: Fun Day & Pretty Data

In This Issue:
· Staff Appreciation Day & Upcoming Wedding
· Pretty Data
· New Websites: McCormick Meadows, Jordy Harris, Charles Murray
· Links Of Interest

Fun Day — On Friday, August 13 we had our annual Staff Appreciation Day. We took our staff and their families to the Cadillac Ski School at Shawnigan Lake for water skiing, jet ski, tubing, canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, and a great BBQ, but we skipped the hot tub.

Wedding — This weekend we’ll be attending the wedding of our Office Manager, Andrea Sutherland, to our former Graphic Artist, Garrett Chan. They met here at Radar Hill. Dan introduced them when we first interviewed Garrett. Congratulations Andrea and Garrett, and may you have many happy years together.

Pretty Data

If you have data to display and do not want it to appear boring in a bland, unexciting table or chart, we can turn your data into an interactive experience for your website visitors! “There was an overwhelming interest in sales statistics but tabular data is so boring,” says Radar Hill’s Director of Product Development, Roger Whitson, about the request for sales data within the Victoria Real Estate Board. So he created a visually intriguing and inviting user experience for ‘watching’ and ‘displaying’ sales data, such as this Pretty Data Display.

Key points in this example:

  • Data is automatically updated every Monday.
  • Website visitors can change and engage the presentation.
  • Sales volume, Days On Market and Sales Counts are available.
  • Different display options available: motion chart, bar graph or line graph.

Try it out. There’s a lot there once you begin to experiment with this very visual tool.

We can do the same with any data, not just real estate statistics, such as apples to oranges ratios, meals ordered by guests, and so much more.

Websites Launched

New Website & Design: McCormick-Meadows.com — This is an upcoming real estate property development now selling in the Happy Valley area of Langford, BC. This new website features an original design based on their existing branding and marketing materials. Using the built-in Content Management System (CMS), the McCormick Meadows team has complete control to make regular updates, change content and add documents to their website. Visit their site…

New Website & Design: JordyHarris.com — This is a website for new Victoria real estate agent Jordy Harris of Newport Realty. Jordy was the Sales Manager at Three Point Mercedes-Benz before going into real estate. The design for the website was supplied to us, and we developed it, incorporating a customized real estate property listing display, outside the scope of our usual Bronze, Silver and Gold listings displays. Google Analytics will help Jordy keep track of visitor trends and statistics. Visit his site…

New Website & Design: CharlesMurrayRealEstate.com — This new real estate website was created for Victoria REALTOR® Charles Murray. A clean design with lots of white-space was used to showcase Charles’ properties and information about Victoria and the surrounding area. Visit his site…

Links Of Interest

From The Canadian Federation of Independent Business: Help Stop the EI Tax Grab — Are you ready to take a pay cut? The EI system is broke and it’s targeting your paycheque. You can also visit Facebook and click on the ‘Like’ button beside the words ‘Stop the Tax Grab’ at the top of the page. Spread the word to your Facebook contacts by clicking on the ‘Suggest to Friends’ link located just below the campaign profile picture at the top left corner of the page.

Here are three New York Times articles about location-based Social Networking. Two stories explain Facebook’s new Places feature and the issues of concern with it, and the third explains how Foursquare works.

From The New York Times: Facebook Unveils a Service to Announce Where Users Are — The long-anticipated service, called Places, lets users ‘check in’ and notify friends, and could help the company tap into small-business advertising.

From The New York Times: New Facebook Location Feature Sparks Privacy Concerns — Facebook’s new location features are already setting off privacy concerns.

From The New York Times: Who Elected Me Mayor? I Did — Foursquare, a social media platform, has friends pitted against one another, all for the honor of ‘mayorships’ of alleys and bars.

Quote: In a company when two executives think alike, one of them is obsolete. — Ray Kroc.

Thanks for your ongoing support and trust,
The Radar Hill Team

Volume #1, Issue #23: August/27/2010

About Shawn

Co-owner and one of the founders of Radar Hill, Shawn is an award-winning public speaker who publishes our newsletters and organizes our monthly workshops. He loves working with business owners, and tries to keep up with marketing trends.
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