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Radar Hill Newsletter June 2011: Foundational Systems and Procedures

In This Issue: Google Places; June 17 Talk: Foundational Systems and Procedures;Out of the Office;Postal Strike;Sponsorships;Great Websites Launched for Great Clients; Links of Interest. Volume #2, Issue #6: 3 June 2011

Google Places: Last month’s free talk on Google Places, held in the Radar Hill boardroom, was a huge success. Kendra Savich did an excellent job outlining how Google Maps and other business directory sites can help businesses reach more customers, get higher page rankings, provide convenience, and engage with their audience. This was such a popular and invaluable talk that we will be holding it again in the autumn. Stay tuned.

Upcoming Talk: Foundational Systems and Procedures on Friday, June 17 at 11:00 am in our office. Guest Speaker Oliver Jervis will be talking on business systems, and covering:

  • Why it is important to systematize your business procedures.
  • Why providing a uniformly predicable service to your clients and customers is crucial in today’s marketplace.
  • How systems enable you to focus on your Dollar Productive Activities.
  • How systems enable you to work ON your business rather than IN your business.
  • How technology can assist you with systematization.

This presentation will conclude with a Q&A session. Come hear this dynamic and knowledgeable speaker at this free event is sponsored by Radar Hill.

Out of the Office: Today and/or tomorrow we have six team members at conferences: two attending Interlink Conference 2011 in Vancouver, four attending Social Media Camp at the Victoria Conference Center, and one taking part in Bike to Work Victoria.

Postal Strike: With the looming probability of a postal strike if you have anything to mail to us, such as a payment or materials for your website, please give us a call at 250.477.6395 so we can make alternate arrangements.

Sponsorships: Radar Hill sponsors two websites for two little girls with very touching stories:

Great Websites Launched for Great Clients

Website Upgrade: ShannonAndGlenda.com: Long-time Radar Hill clients Shannon Jackson and Glenda Warren-Adams wanted a sleeker, more modern redesign of their website, reflecting the new logo and official colours of their agency, DFH Real Estate. They were also eager to integrate their new social networks with their site, and to provide a more comprehensive presentation of the many useful articles and resources they provide to their clients. Their new website is a treasure trove of information for potential buyers and sellers, backed by Radar Hill’s Content Management System that allows them to easily update and add content at will. Visit their site…

New Website: SCSmithBuilding.com: With 15 years of building and project management experience under his carpenter’s belt, Steve Smith created a new type of residential contracting firm, SC Smith Building. Comprised of skilled tradesmen, they specialize in creating distinctive new homes and carry out timeless renovations. As a BuiltGreen-certified builder, his team at SC Smith Building takes care to be environmentally responsible when creating homes. They pride themselves on implementing practical and modern building techniques, yet with the same care and attention to detail that previous generations of tradesmen brought to the table. Their new website features information about their business, client testimonials, and awards. Their portfolio will highlight past building projects. Visit their site…

Website Re-Design: BruceGibson.net: Victoria BC Real Estate Agent Bruce Gibson of Newport Realty Ltd. has an extensive background in both commercial and residential properties. A long-time Radar Hill client, Bruce’s website was due for an upgrade. His new site has a clean, modern design that is easy to navigate and makes use of more of the available screen space. An upgraded Real Estate Property Listing Display allows visitors to view listing information easily, contact Bruce directly about the property listing, or share it with a friend. Visit his site…

New Website: TownhouseMarketing.com: Victoria BC REALTOR®s Niels Baartman and Andrew Plank have teamed up to create the Townhouse Marketing Group, a real estate team focusing only on townhomes and duplexes. For their new venture they wanted a sleek and modern look for the website. Clean lines, with a primarily greyscale colour scheme and just a splash of lime green create a really dramatic and eye catching site. Visit their site…

Website Re-Design: GordonTews.com: With over 35 years of experience as a REALTOR® in Victoria, Gordon Tews gives his clients an unparalleled advantage in the intricacies when buying or selling their homes. To upgrade his on-line presence, Gordon wanted a website that was consistent with his experience and professionalism. The graphic designers at Radar Hill created a wider display and restructured navigation for a clean and easy to use website. Highlights include information about Gordon’s real estate process, current articles about buying and selling a home, and MLS® search powered by SideCar Advantage. Visit his site…

New Website: LaureneClark.com: Laurene Clark has been a passionate dragon boater for 11 seasons with the 2-time world champion Island Breaststrokers. Laurene has given back to the community by volunteering in one capacity or another with many organizations throughout her adult life. For her real estate website, Laurene wanted to showcase her properties and provide relevant information for home buyers and sellers in the Victoria area. Layering of elements, along with subtle transparencies really create a lot of depth to the design. Visit her site…

Links of Interest

Roger Whitson shares this graph about Internet bandwidth from Netflix Is Eating Up More Of North America’s Bandwidth Than Any Other Company – It shows how Netflix itself uses 30% of Internet bandwidth.

Now that the federal election is over, we can enjoy a good meal. Here are the Eating Habits of Conservatives Versus Liberals – Will this affect your BBQ season?

Help on getting hired, from Mashable: HOW TO: Set Up an Online Resume – In time for students looking for work.

A story from China in The Guardian: China used prisoners in lucrative Internet gaming work – Labour camp detainees endure hard labour by day, online ‘gold farming’ by night.

Congratulations to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business on their 40 year anniversary: CFIB is 40. Let’s celebrate!

Quote: Thanks Guys for all the work!! Now I know why I count on my ‘web team’! – John Espley, Accent Inns Business Development Manager

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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