Radar Hill Blog

Happy Holidays 2011 Newsletter from Radar Hill

In This Issue: Holiday Hours; Open House iPad Winner; Hiring Process; Hotmail Issues; Upcoming Talks & Events; Great Clients, Great Announcements; Great Websites Launched for Great Clients; Links of Interest. Volume #2, Issue #10: 23 December 2011.

Holiday Hours: Radar Hill will be closed over the holidays. Our office will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd. Throughout the holidays, as always, our server techs will be on duty 24/7/365. If any issue or situation arises with any of our servers, or with the network connecting our servers, our techs are alerted within 5 minutes. Rest assured that, even if our office is closed, any issues are still being promptly dealt with. If you do need to reach us in a genuine emergency, email team03@radarhill.com. We will be monitoring that email address over the holidays. If you are on Twitter, you can follow and Direct Message (DM) us at: @radarhill

Open House iPad Winner: We held our 10th Annual Open House on Thursday November 24th. Our clients and friends enjoyed refreshments by Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Blue Haze Farm, and Caitlin’s Famous Samosas. Live music was provided by Los Gringos Locos.

Shawn presenting Realtor Sandy Berry with her runner-up prize from our Open HouseEntry to our prize draws was by supplying us with a testimonial. Videographer Michael Tourigny was on hand to film video testimonials. We received video, audio, and written testimonials. The grand prize of an iPad 2 was won by Yellow Sheet Construction Data. Runner-up prizes were won by Sandy Berry, Roger Lévesque’s Executive Assistant April Ray, and Gary McInnis. The best video testimonials will be edited and posted to our YouTube channel. We will let you know when they are up. Listening to those testimonials was a humbling experience. It makes us appreciate our clients and our staff, and makes me appreciate my business partners.

Hiring Process: We have been going through the hiring process for Awesome Andrea’s maternity replacement. We have been interviewing many highly qualified people. If you are thinking of hiring a part-time assistant or receptionist/bookkeeper in the new year, let us know and we can put you in touch with some of them.

Hotmail Issues: Having trouble sending to Hotmail email addresses? Radar Hill’s own Kendra Savich has investigated the issue and wrote in our blog: Hotmail’s not looking so cool – It is not a good situation.

Upcoming Talks & Events

Introduction to Twitter: What it is, how to use it. The basics, for those who have never tweeted. Friday, January 13, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm in our boardroom. RSVP for this free workshop: 250.477.6395 or by Reply email.

Business Basics: Our Business World for homeschoolers ages 10-12, as volunteers with Junior Achievement of British Columbia. Fridays, January 27 and February 3, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in our boardroom. Interested homeschoolers contact Deborah Wakeham at 250.380.6765 to register.

Search Engines. Friday, February 24, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm in our boardroom. RSVP for this free workshop: 250.477.6395 or by Reply email.

Great Clients, Great Announcements

Accent Inns was named one of the province’s Best Companies to Work For, by BC Business magazine. Read more

Smoken Bones Cookshack will be opening on January 12, 2012, at their new location downtown in The Hudson, 1701 Douglas Street, corner of Herald Street.

The Vancouver Island Trails Information Society have made all three books in their Vancouver Island Hiking Trails series available as e-books. These are the first e-books about hiking on Vancouver Island and quite possibly in all of Western Canada. Read more

Great Websites Launched for Great Clients

Website Re-Designs: Le Sooke Spa. We differentiated the spa’s two identical-looking websites which were aimed at two different groups of clients. Read more in our blog. Websites: LeSookeSpa.com and PointNoPointSpaServices.com.

New Website: Vancouver Island Travel Planner will be publishing the Vancouver Island 2012 Travel Planner for BC and Alberta, filled with information on accommodation, attractions, tourism services and more. Read more in our blog. Website: www.VancouverIslandTouristInformation.com.

New Website: Loreto Bay Homes handles private villa rentals and sales in beautiful Loreto, Mexico, nestled between the Sierra de la Giganta and the Sea of Cortez. Read more in our blog. Website: LoretoBayHomes.com.

Website Re-Design: Gorter Construction are winners of this year’s CHBA – Victoria Heritage Project Award. View some of their incredible works in their online portfolio. Read more in our blog. Website: GorterConstruction.ca.

New Website and New Logo: RJR Productions promotes local talent in arts and entertainment: fashion designers, hair and makeup artists, painters, musical performers, and more. Read more in our blog. Website: www.VictoriaLocalTalent.com.

Website Re-Design: Fantasea Charters is a luxury yacht rental service stationed here in Victoria, BC that offers parties, fishing cruises, memorials, and more. Read more in our blog. Website: FantaseaCharters.com.

Website Re-Design: Rob-Ron Construction has over thirty years of expertise in new construction, commercial and residential renovations and construction management. Read more in our blog. Website: RobRon.com.

New Content Management System: Taddy.ca has undergone a major overhaul behind the scenes: a new CMS gives the ability to customize all property listings details. Read more in our blog. Website: Taddy.ca.

Website Re-Design: The Briar Hill Group is a group of REALTORS®, led by Jane Johnston, who are committed to excellent service. The website includes an Open House schedule, Twitter feed and social media icons. Read more in our blog. Website: BriarHillGroup.com.

New Website: Valerie Foster has an extensive history of dedicated volunteer work and brings it, along with her vast experience, to the real estate business. Read more in our blog. Website: ValFoster.com.

New Website: Charlie DePape’s website features tons of tools and resources for his clients, and informative videos for Buyers and Sellers. Read more in our blog. Website: CharlieDePape.com.

Links of Interest

Radar Hill PHP Programmer Vince Bird shares statistics on mobile phone and smartphone usage: Infographic: Mobile Statistics, Stats & Facts 2011 – By 2014, mobile Internet usage should overtake desktop Internet usage.

Radar Hill’s own Roger Whitson shares this timely and insightful article from Fast Company: The Great Tech War Of 2012 – Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon battle for the future of the innovation economy.

Roger shares this YouTube of a Disappearing Car Door.

Our Graphic Artist Crystal Rothwell shares The Bright Future of Car Sharing – It is becoming increasingly popular with its promise of personal convenience and social improvement.

If you follow what caused the demotion of planet Pluto, meet Vesta: Is Vesta the Smallest Terrestrial Planet?.

Quote: I hate it when people call themselves ‘entrepreneurs’ when what they’re really trying to do is launch a startup, so they can cash in and move on. They’re unwilling to do the work it takes to build a real company, which is the hardest work in business. That’s how you really make a contribution and add to the legacy of those who went before. You build a company that will still stand for something a generation or two from now. That’s what Walt Disney did, and Hewlett and Packard, and the people who built Intel. They created a company to last, and not just to make money. – Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple Computers and Pixar. Source

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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