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Radar Hill Newsletter… 10th Anniversary & more

In This Issue: 10th Anniversary; Client Showcase: Victoria Premium Automobiles; Great Clients, Great Announcements: Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Greg Marshall Designs, Colwood Dental Group; Websites Launched: Westshore Dance Studios, Gronow Roofing, Newtco Realty; Links Of Interest. Volume #2, Issue #4: 15 April 2011.

The Radar Hill staff holding up the cake iced for our 10th Anniversary10th Anniversary – Friday April 15 marks 10 years to the day that Radar Hill Technology Inc. was incorporated. That was the culmination of six months of negotiating and planning that started when Roger, manager of Real Assist, phoned Shawn, owner of Right-of-Way, and asked “So how much is your company worth?” and Shawn replied “It’s not for sale, but we can talk…” And we did.

The rest is history, as the expression goes. There is more, such as how and why we chose the name Radar Hill. If you have any unanswered questions about Radar Hill, bits of trivia that interest you, please email us back.

Over these ten years the Internet has changed so much, and we have had our struggles, growing, always trying to improve. The three original partners are still together. As Roger asks, “Have you ever been married to two men at the same time?”

To celebrate our 10th anniversary come to our office later today, Friday, April 15th. No, we will not be recreating the signing of our incorporation documents. At 11 a.m. Dan will be giving a talk on QR Codes. This kicks off a new monthly series; on the 2nd Friday of every month we will have a featured talk or workshop on Internet-related subjects: Social Media, Google Analytics & Places, Mobile Web, Podcasting, SEO writing, and more. Some will be free, some won’t. If there is an Internet-related topic you would like to learn more about, email us back.

Come on by. There will be cake, food, and great conversation until 7 p.m. If the weather stays reasonable we should be able to BBQ on the deck.

Fun Stuff: Sometimes we take a break from working. Read about the fun stuff in the gym we do.

Client Showcase

Victoria Premium Automobiles – Victoria’s newest premium pre-owned automobile retailer. After launching the company and website in January they are off to a great start. Dan and Roger attended their grand opening and agree it was a great event that quickly swelled to full capacity at their showroom at 2634 Douglas Street. Their website showcases their entire inventory and can already attest to many vehicles sold, with new inventory arriving all the time. All of this is updated by them using Radar Hill’s customized Content Management System. Their website received 1398 visitors in the first month and had over 3000 visitors in March. Currently Victoria Premium Automobiles is running a promotion on Facebook where their fans can win a free car detailing just by ‘liking’ their Facebook page. Visit VictoriaPremiumAuto.com and their Facebook page for more information and special offers.

Great Clients, Great Announcements

Oak Bay Beach Hotel co-owner Kevin Walker has started a video series about construction of the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Watch Site Tour #1 on Youtube.

The luxury yacht designers at Greg Marshall Designs, in conjunction with New Zealand’s McMullen & Wing shipyard, have just launched the Aquos Yachts 147′ Expedition ‘Big Fish’. One of the crew is Adam, nephew of Radar Hill’s own Roger Whitson.

We congratulate Colwood Dental Group on their 40th Anniversary. I was at their well-attended open house yesterday for cake, a full tour of their three-level facility, and great conversation.

Websites Launched

New Website: WestshoreDance.com: A new studio and a new website for Westshore Dance Studios, a professional dance school that has been teaching a variety of dance styles for over fifteen years. Their new location, opening May 1st beside Lee Valley Tools in Colwood, will make them one of the largest dance schools in Greater Victoria. Their website uses colours and tones that compliment their logo and branding. The homepage features the various dance styles taught at the studio. Radar Hill’s custom Content Management System makes it easy for them to update the website content. Visit their site…

Website Re-Design: GronowRoofing.com: Gronow Roofing Ltd. offers a wide variety of roofing solutions for both residential and commercial applications in southern Vancouver Island. They also do great restoration work. One of their recent projects was the famous Fisgard Lighthouse landmark at Fort Rodd Hill. They came to Radar Hill looking to improve their outdated website. The new design is modern and uncluttered with colours and accents that match their existing branding. Their Roofing 101 page features a helpful illustration by noted designer Ian Finlayson. Visit their site…

Website Re-Design: Newtco.com: Harry Newton of Newtco Realty has been a client of Radar Hill since before the beginning, having been a client of one of the founding companies. Newtco specializes in third party sales, estates, power of attorney, bank and government sales. This new website is straightforward and clean and features Newtco’s rental suites and sale properties. The site has a modern design and coding techniques to help increase search engine placement as well as making the site easier for users to navigate. Visit his site…

Links Of Interest

Professional Motorcycle Racer Oliver Jervis shares this iPhone app Word Lens, for real-time language translation.

Radar Hill client Pam Martin shares this neat Youtube video from Corning: A Day Made of Glass.

More on glass, Radar Hill Web Designer Crystal shares Glass – for sharing experiences with friends on top of any webpage.

Roger, co-owner of Radar Hill, has written My Site’s Not On Google – as a response to those who say ‘I just Googled my name and my site didn’t appear?’ two days after the website launch.

Roger also shares Prey, to protect and keep track of your phone or laptop at all times.

As we are in the midst of a federal election, try this, courtesy of CBC News: 2011 Federal Election Vote Compass – and see whose views are most like yours. If you use Twitter, here is Your federal election hashtag guide.

Thank you for your ongoing support and trust. Thank you to our many clients who have been with us these past ten years.
The Radar Hill Team

About Shawn

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