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Local events going on in and around Victoria BC.

Winter Tips, Tricks & Shiny Stuff

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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Duncan Business Showcase

To celebrate Small Business Week, the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce held their 3rd Annual Business Showcase on Friday, October 23rd. Shawn and Jennifer attended, with a booth to encourage local business networking, as well as to showcase some of the websites Radar Hill has designed and developed for businesses throughout Duncan and the Cowichan Valley. Continue reading

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Bike to Work Week 2015

bikes at Radar HillThis year for Bike to Work Week (BTWW) we registered a team. Over half of our office signed up to participate! Our team logged a total of 218 km the week of May 25th with some staff cycling every day and others just keeping with the fair weather.

The celebration stations that were set up before and after work were great stops along the way with the free snacks, beverages and contests. If you forgot to eat breakfast on your way to work, there was enough fruit and cinnamon buns (And of course, coffee!) to fill you up on your way to work. Continue reading

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Invitation: Responsive Websites with The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce

Invitation: Lunch & Learn on Responsive Websites

In a multi-device, multi-screen world, websites must be optimized to look and function on every device: desktop computer, tablet, smartphone, e-reader, game console, and more. The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch & Learn, with presenter Shawn O’Hara of Radar Hill Web Design. Join us to find out more about: Continue reading

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Racing the Alleys of Victoria

Downtown Mischief at the 2014 Victoria Recyclistas Alleycat raceA few weeks ago on Nov 1st, Recyclistas Bike Shop hosted an Alleycat race. It was organized by Radar Hill programmer Shannon Graham and sponsored by our client, Accent Inns.

On Saturday night, the day after Halloween, 23 racers and their respective cheerleading factions met at Recyclistas to find out where the race would take them. Everyone drew a slip of paper out of an envelope to get the location of the first checkpoint, and at 7:30 on the dot, raced off on their bicycles into the night. Continue reading

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Social Media Camp Weekend

I like keeping myself and the staff up-to-date with technology and services. To keep ourselves informed of the most current fads, Shawn, Kendra, Dan and I recently jaunted over to the Social Media Camp Conference. Hosted at the Victoria Conference Center, it was the largest social media event to date in Western Canada and brought together many experts in various fields of media. We all attended numerous sessions, here I’ll mention just a hand-full.

I attended the welcoming address given by Dana Hutchings, Paul Holmes and Chris Burdge. I went to an informative workshop called ‘Advanced Twitter Strategies,’ with Terri Davies and Juhli Selby. They talked about strategies to better utilize Twitter and really get yourself known

In ‘Real People Build Communities’ Angela Crocker discussed how the core of a community is the people who make it vibrant, interesting and dynamic. She gave specific strategies on how to build a community and turn strangers into good friends.

I went to ‘Blogging for Business’ with Rebecca Bollwitt, which was about how to use a blog as a marketing tool for a business, and the type of content you would want to include in it. I also went to ‘Social Buying’ with Jason Scriven and Annalea Krebs. They shared the best practices for group buying promotions, which was interesting but not that helpful for us at Radar Hill.

I went with Shawn to ‘The Virtual Marketing Platform for Small Business’ with Robin Heppell. It was an excellent talk on how he used social media to help his family business. His approach to Social Media and other technologies is that they are current tools that businesses can use for deploying established principles and strategies such as relationship marketing.

I also attended the keynote addresses by Amber Naslund and Jay Baer, co-authors of The Now Revolution. The talk by Baer was awesome. He talked about the new era of instantaneous business. He explained how you must adapt you and your business to a market vastly different from what it was even a decade ago. I took so much information away from all these experts that I’m still distilling it all. Even so, I’ve already employed some of their wisdom with profitable results.

Shawn attended the Saturday sessions of the conference, which included the keynote address by Amber Naslund. She spoke about her book ‘The Now Revolution.’ For those who weren’t there, some attendees live-tweeted the talk.

Shawn found ‘Social Media for Non-Profits’ with Janis La Couvée to be helpful for some of our clients and some of the groups we support. He thought several things were notable to mention about the talk, such as that non-profits should have a media package (press releases etc.) and cultivate relationships with media. La Couvée also said that people get disappointed when traditional media does not show up for their events, but there often just isn’t the staff (reporters, photographers) to cover the events like there used to be.

Shawn listened to ‘Think your boring old business can’t be social? Think again!’ with Tim McAlpine. He found it to be an interesting and fun talk, but useless for us and most of our clients since it was about a very different type of clientele from the one we work for.

He went to a panel with Dr. Janni Aragon, Michael Geoghegan and Mat Wright called ‘Politics and Social Media.’ The three speakers talked and took questions from the floor about how politics affects social media. Shawn had his own interesting experience with social media during the talk as he tweeted and messaged other attendees he knew. It made him realize that, in any such venue, there is the public conversation, what the speaker is saying, and there can also be an underlying conversation going on with attendees and non-attendees. It will be one of the big uses of Twitter, and how journalists and strategists can get the perception of a political speech in real time.

Shawn’s favourite session was ‘YouTube 101’ with Rebecca Coleman. Shawn found it to be the most enjoyable and most useful sessions with the best presenter. Rebecca Coleman was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and full of energy. She spoke about the enormous impact of video and how businesses can put it to use as a marketing tool. Coleman gave examples of the kinds of videos businesses could make, as well as demonstrated how to use and utilize YouTube for marketing purposes.

We all took away a lot of useful information from the Social Media Camp that we’re eager to put to use for our business and clients.

Shawn getting a Flash Your Gadgets snapshot at the 2011 Social Media Camp

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VREB Real Estate Expo 2010

The Victoria Real Estate Board’s Real Estate Expo 2010 was held on Thursday, October 28 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Radar Hill had a booth there. Continue reading

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Social Media Camp Victoria 2010

The first annual Social Media Camp in Victoria was held on Sunday, October 3rd at the Victoria Conference Centre. Roger, Kendra, and Crystal attended from the Radar Hill team. Here is Kendra’s perspective… Continue reading

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