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December: What’s up on the Hill?

Thank you card with ribbon and bow on blue snowflake background, thank you cardThank you! Thank you to every one of you who made 2015 a fantastic success. We’ve had a full and productive year at Radar Hill. Now that 2015 is coming to a close, here is some news we want to share about staff and friends.

In this issue:

El Dano
Roger’s Leg
Goodbye Sasha
Kendra on Google
SOHO Victoria
Jen’s Tea
Victoria Hospice Launches New Celebrate A Life Website
Great Websites Launched for Great Clients

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El DañoDan

In a brilliant execution of foresight, Dan recently had his perimeter drains replaced in advance of the heavy rains in November. Of course, Dan looked to our extensive client list to find the right company to do this work. Luckily, Radar Hill designed and developed a website for Victoria Drain Services many years ago and has enjoyed a great working relationship with the owner Dave Lloyd ever since. Thus, it was both an easy decision and a firsthand educational experience for Dan. Victoria Drain Services took care to keep the disruption to a minimum, did a great job, and put everything back in order. Dan can now enjoy wet winters like the rest of us.

Roger’s Leg

Roger had another scare with his leg. His arms are scary enough, considering he can bench press 400 pounds, and throw a softball at 120 kilometers per hour. But that’s a good scary. This was a scary scare! Recall in 2013 Roger ended up in the hospital with cellulitis, which prompted Dan and Shawn, his two business partners, to verify the company’s succession plans. This recent outbreak indicates his susceptibility to cellulitis. Read more and see the photos…

Goodbye Sasha

Sasha, Shawn's poodle whippet  dogShawn’s poodle whippet cross, Sasha, passed away peacefully at the ripe old age of 16 years, 8 months, and 14 days. That would put her at over 100 in dog years. Born in Glenora in the Cowichan Valley, Sasha was an incredibly fast runner who excelled at chasing balls, thanks to her whippet genes. Even with her small stature she was a great long distance runner who became quite muscular as a result of doing 20 kilometer runs with Shawn as he trained for half marathons.

Kendra on Google

Our resident Google Specialist Kendra got an extra challenge this September – when she went to renew her annual Google AdWords certification, she found that Google was offering custom Google Specialist certificates to any certified agents who completed all five available AdWords exams, plus the one fundamentals exam. From September 7th to 11th she studied hard, attended webinar exam reviews, and aced all six with flying colours. Kendra is now certified to run every kind of AdWords campaign: Search, Display, Video, Shopping, and Mobile, and is happily awaiting her framed certificate to come in the mail.

google-analyticsBut it seems like even that isn’t enough: Kendra also met with our regional AdWords representative from Google in person in Vancouver, is preparing to renew her Analytics certification, and is looking into applying to be a Certified Publisher Partner so that she can handle AdSense on behalf of clients as well (allowing our clients to offer advertising space on their websites rather than just advertising themselves). All while managing our existing AdWords clients above and beyond industry averages. It’s been a busy quarter!

SOHO Victoria

SOHO VictoriaStart 2016 off with this inaugural Small Office Home Office conference. Get small business advice from a handpicked selection of small business leaders. Give your business the edge through insightful talks, one-on-one advice, networking opportunities and valuable Q+A sessions with our renowned speakers.

Date: January 21, 2016
Place: Victoria Conference Centre
Details and registration: SOHOvictoria.com

Jen’s Tea

Tea with Jen, Steeped Tea in Victoria BCOur resident tea dealer, Jennifer, has turned her love for tea into a hobby business. It has been a little over a year now and she loves spending her time outside of Radar Hill sharing the health benefits and joys of premium loose leaf teas. In addition to her teas she also carries fantastic tea accessories, delicious baking mixes and spices infused with tea.

Need a thank you gift to welcome a client to their new home? Jennifer has some awesome gift baskets starting at just $50. They make a great personal touch and also make perfect gifts for Christmas. Contact her by December 12th to pick one up for the holidays.

Coming by our office? You can enjoy a small section of her teas when you visit us. Check out her website for more information or contact her to pick up a catalogue!

Celebrate A Life
A Website for Victoria Hospice

We launched a new website for Victoria Hospice for their Celebrate A Life campaign. Radar Hill graphic designer Mike Culhane developed the design, including optimizing it to display well on smartphones – a specialty of the team at Radar Hill. Programmer Shannon Graham developed the back end ability to post tributes. Everyone here at Radar Hill was very excited to be included with Victoria Hospice’s latest work to aid those with memories to share.

Read the press release from Victoria Hospice.
The passing of a loved one is never welcomed with anticipation, but the good work taken on by those within this organization can make the healing process a time of inner peace. Missing a loved one this season? Post a tribute at www.CelebrateALifeVictoria.ca.

Great Websites Launched for Great Clients

Peninsula Lawns – Victoria’s Lawn Care Experts for Over a Decade. New website design, logo design | Read more…

Downtown Duncan – The commercial centre of the Cowichan Valley. Optimized redesign with Pyramid CMS, event display, business directory with search functions | Read more…

Premier Closets – Premier Closets designs and builds beautiful deluxe closet organizers, ideal for walk in closets. Optimized redesign | Read more…

Village Close – A unique collection of six one-level residences in Sidney. New website design |Read more…

Kevin Sing – Victoria REALTOR® and one of DFH Real Estate’s owners/partners directing DFH’s growth as southern Vancouver Island’s leading independent real estate firm: New website design, Blog installation, REALTOR® package with VREB listings admin | Read more…

Niels Madsen – Victoria REALTOR® with Macdonald Realty Ltd. New optimized website with Pyramid CMS, REALTOR® package with VREB listings admin, custom animations and blog design | Read more…

Jack Barker – Victoria REALTOR® and long-time client. Optimized redesign, REALTOR® package with VREB listings admin, custom blog design | Read more…

Pat Fehr – Victoria REALTOR® and long-time client. Optimized redesign, REALTOR® package with VREB listings admin | Read more…


So that we may enjoy the holidays with our family and friends, our office will be closed from December 24th, 2015 to January 4th, 2016. We reopen on January 4th at 9:00 a.m. If you have a critical emergency during this time you can contact us at info@radarhill.com or fill out our contact form.

Thank you for your ongoing support,
The Team at Radar Hill

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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