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Radar Hill Newsletter: September 2011 New Year

In This Issue: A New Year; Upcoming Talk: Embracing Online Marketing; Great Clients, Great Announcements; Great Websites Launched for Great Clients; Links of Interest. Volume #2, Issue #8: 6 September 2011.

A New Year: In practice, Labour Day is more like New Year’s Day. For many of us it brings:

  • The end of a summer holiday, and the start of a new academic year;
  • A business re-organizing time by gearing up for winter, or cooling down from summer, depending on your industry;
  • The start or re-start of various community volunteer activities.
  • A vacation away, as crowds are smaller doing the activities above.

We are starting the year with a guest speaker on September 16th, social media strategist Terri Davies of Sociability.

Upcoming Talk: Since January 2010, over 100 small business owners have completed the Embracing Online Marketing series with Terri Davies in Victoria, BC. Terri keeps up with the rapidly evolving online marketing landscape to deliver the latest information in each of her seminars, while at the same time ensuring that the material is relevant to small business, easy to understand, and delivered in a fun and motivating atmosphere.

Join us in the Radar Hill boardroom for a chance to hear Terri speak about the opportunities available to you when you bring your business into the world of social media and blogging. You’ll find out how other small business owners are succeeding with online marketing, and learn about the upcoming Embracing Online Marketing courses.
Date: Friday September 16th
Time: 11:00 am
There is no charge for this talk. An RSVP is required as seating is limited. If the session is full we will add your name to the waitlist.

If you are interested in attending Terri’s Embracing Online Marketing courses later in September and October, here is the Registration form and be sure to use the special promo code RADAR to receive a discount of 15%. You can book the seminars individually, or choose several to attend.

Learn more about the Embracing Online Marketing courses, including dates, location, and pricing, on the Sociability.ca website.

Great Clients, Great Announcements

Oak Bay Beach Hotel owners Kevin and Shawna Walker announce a new partnership between the soon-to-be-reborn Oak Bay Beach Hotel and the David Foster Foundation with a $2M gift and are naming the hotel’s famed dinner theatre in honour of the foundation. Read more and watch the news story on Youtube.

Westshore Dance Studios. Registration at one of the largest dance schools on Vancouver Island is happening Tuesday September 6th and Wednesday September 7th at the dance studio on 2675 Wilfert Road. Visit the Westshore Dance Studios website to learn more.

Smoken Bones Cookshack is closing the West Shore location on September 17 and re-opening in December at The Hudson on Douglas with an expanded menu, and new website.

Great Websites Launched for Great Clients

Since our last newsletter in late July we have launched nine websites. They are:

Website Re-Design: Advance Yachts Sales & Service, with locations in Sidney and Ladysmith, and a crew that has amassed decades of experience in the marine industry. Read more in our blog. Website: AdvanceYachts.com.

Website Re-Design: Villa Victoria Patzcuaro, is a bed and breakfast in Central Mexico, in a 19th-century restored adobe casa. Read more in our blog. Website: VillaVictoriaPatzcuaro.com.

New Website: Vancouver Island Alarms, is a local security alarm installation and systems monitoring company. We now use their services at Radar Hill. Read more in our blog. Website: VancouverIslandAlarms.com.

New Website: Brentwood Mews, is a new development in the beautiful village of Brentwood Bay. Read more in our blog. Website: BrentwoodMews.com.

New Website: Elizabeth Aberdeen, has over twenty years experience as a property negotiator and real estate appraiser. Read more in our blog. Website: ElizabethAberdeen.com.

Website Re-Design: Fergus Kyne, from RE/MAX Alliance with unique video reviews of properties for sale. Read more in our blog. Website: FergusKyne.com.

Website Re-Design: Roger Levesque, with a website divided into the two sections of real estate and mortgages. Read more in our blog. Website: RogerLevesque.net.

Website Re-Design: Ron Cheeke, is one of Greater Victoria’s top REALTORS® and who focuses exclusively on the West Shore. Read more in our blog. Website: SpeakToCheeke.com/.

Website Re-Design: Mark Lawless, is a very successful REALTOR® with a strong focus on new construction. Read more in our blog. Website: MarkLawless.com.

Links of Interest

Radar Hill Web Designer Crystal Rothwell shares Joliprint – Create nice readable .pdfs from web content, minus the ads.

Here is an article about an Oregon cafe’s negative experience with Groupon: Groupon in Retrospect. Contrast that with a podcast by John Jantsch, one of my favourite online small business consultants, on how businesses are using the geographic-based social networking site Foursquare.com effectively, entitled Getting Creative with Foursquare for Small Business as a better alternative while rewarding their regular customers.

Using a laptop on the road? Here is Mark Erickson on YouTube with How to Increase Your Wi-Fi Signal. A simple and non-technical hack to extend the range of your wireless card, with tin foil and a salad bowl.

Google has a new way to submit new and updated webpages Fetch, Googlebot! For when it is important that certain pages be crawled right away.

Thank you for your ongoing support and trust.
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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