Welcome to 2016 and another exciting year here on Vancouver Island. With the holiday festivities behind us, it is time for this season’s collection of useful tips, reviews, and links of interest. Don’t let the title of this newsletter mislead you. The tips don’t relate to winter, snow, heavy rain or gloom, but hopefully they are of interest to local businesses and our clients.
Pyramid CMS and Changing Passwords
It is a good idea to routinely change your password, and not to use the same password for multiple accounts. To change your password in Pyramid CMS (Content Management System), login, and at the top of your browser window, left side, click on Edit Profile, between Visit Site and Logout.
Click on Change Your Password below Login name.
Input your current password, then your new password, twice, once in each field, and click Save Changes.
That is it! Your password is now changed. Log out, and log back in to test.
Looking Back On the Year
Radar Hill programmer Shannon Graham posted this terrific blog, her reflections on the past year.
Enjoy reading Looking Back On the Year.
Ultimate Up to the Minute Updates for Facebook Administrators with Brenda Burch of Social Media Is Simple, who will be discussing new changes and developments for Facebook Business Pages. If you have a Facebook Business Page, you will want to attend this seminar.
Date: Today, Thursday, January 21
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: The HUB at Cowichan Station – 2375 Koksilah Road, Cowichan Station, BC V9L 6M5
Details and registration…
Speech Contest: Victoria’s Golden Gavel Novice Speakers Competition celebrating its 70th year. This is an annual speaking competition open to novice speakers (17 years and older) on Vancouver Island and its Islets. Radar Hill’s Shawn O’Hara was the 2013 winner.
Registration deadline: February 2.
Final Contest: February 27 at 11:00 am.
Details and registration: www.GoldenGavel.ca
Social Media Trends for 2016 with Brenda Burch of Social Media Is Simple, and sponsored by the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. Being effective is largely contingent on being efficient – making the most of the time you spend reaching out to, and growing, your social media community. Find out how you can keep up on social media.
Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road in Duncan
Price: Free to Chamber of Commerce members, $5 Non-members
RSVP to 250.748.1111.
Event: SOHO Victoria Conference
Reminder: Start 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 renowned speakers.
Date: Today, Thursday, January 21
Time: 8:40 am to 4:40 pm
Location: Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street.
Price: $179 plus fees.
Enter coupon code RADARHILL and receive a 10% discount.
Gamification: Using gaming technology for non-game applications, particularly consumer-oriented Web sites and mobile sites, in order to encourage people to connect with and use the applications. Gamification works by making technology more engaging and by encouraging desired behaviors (such as performing chores that are ordinarily considered boring, like filling out surveys or shopping. *
Buying or selling anything online? Wondering about sending an item or payment? We have usedEscrow.com for many years, without issues, and recommend them. Escrow.com reduces the risk of fraud by acting as a trusted third party that collects, holds and disburses funds according to Buyer and Seller instructions. For example, their Domain Name holding service is designed for Buyers and Sellers who agree to hold the domain(s) in escrow while the Buyer makes scheduled payments.
Escrow services provided by the company are licensed and regulated. They are a licensed, bonded and audited secure online solution, with no charge backs, 16 years of experience and US $2.7 billion in transactions to date. Escrow.com is probably the safest place to buy and sell anything that you find valuable, including:
- Domain names
As a bonus, if you want to try them out, they have a promotion in January. Use the phrase Happy New Year to receive a free t-shirt. Visit them online at: www.escrow.com.
Microsoft has discontinued supporting older versions of its Internet Explorer browser as of last week. This means the end of security updates and technical help for versions of Internet Explorer other than 11, the latest iteration. Those who continue to use older versions are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks against their computers because problems with the software that are discovered down the line won’t be fixed. Read a news story. Consider upgrading to Microsoft’s newest browser, the Edge, which comes with Windows 10.
This also means that, as website designers, we will only be supporting and testing webpages for how they display in Internet Explorer 11.
- From PROFITguide.com: How to Surprise and Delight Your Customers. Wow moments create loyalty and generate referrals, and doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.
- Concerned about identity theft? Here are 4 Ways to Protect Your Credit Cards Online.
- From PROFITguide.com: The Top 5 B2B Marketing Trends from 2015. A review, and as many companies realized this year, marketing isn’t just for consumer-facing (B2C) businesses.
- Found this great video through Facebook, with the title If This Doesn’t Convince You to Put Down Your Phone, Then Nothing Will. Some will watch it and agree completely. Some will change what they do. Others will watch it and say ‘I’m not that bad‘ and miss the message. Watch Look Up on YouTube.
Closing Quote: “Businesses that have gone flat or, worse, are trending downward will have a tiny universe of buyers.”
~ Abe Garver, managing director of BG Strategic Advisors ~
That is it for another edition of our newsletter. Comments and content suggestions are always welcome. Tell us if there is a special event or celebration you would like mentioned in a future newsletter. Stay tuned for our Health and Fitness newsletter.
Happy Winter, have a profitable 2016, and thank you for your ongoing support,
The Team at Radar Hill