It’s that time of year again, when people are declaring their resolutions for the year ahead. You know that the vast majority of them will not stick with it, and invariably it will be to lose weight/eat better/exercise more. There is genuine motivation and intention, but the implementation is lacklustre, and most will give up within the next few weeks – otherwise gyms would always be full. These personal goals fail often, in part due to lack of accountability, and there is nothing stronger holding people to it other than “wouldn’t it be nice if….”
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Category Archives: Social Networking
News, information, and how-to guides on the use and expansion of social media.
January 3, 2018
November 26, 2017
Radar Hill has been in business for 16 years, and the magnitude of change in the 21st century when it comes to websites is staggering. What was a shiny new website just 5 years ago can now be outdated and leave your business with a huge potential gap in visitors and clients. There are various measurable ways that the World Wide Web has changed in 16 years, and we are publishing a “Then and Now” blog series to illustrate what a website in 2017 requires to stay current. This edition: Open Graph
Before the Internet, newspapers, magazines, and television was the way to mass communicate with people, and not everyone could participate equally. If you had the budget you could advertise your business, but most people just consumed the content, never really actively participating. Maybe if there was a particularly amusing ad or interesting article they would cut it out to show to a couple of their friends, but there was nothing as extensive as today where you can share anything with literally hundreds of people in just a few seconds. With print, it was easy to see how exactly something would be displayed; once it was printed, that was it, as the image or article wouldn’t change.
Social Media is ubiquitous. It is everywhere, no matter how much you might try to avoid it – and most people do not try to avoid it. Even if you personally never post or share anything on a platform, either your business does, or you consume information that comes via social media. The vast majority of people have Facebook in some capacity, and it is not just for baby pictures and complaining about little annoyances. Real business happens on Facebook every day. It has become a vibrant hub for just about anything, which is why if you want to succeed on Facebook, you need to be displaying your content in an aesthetic manner that will not only get noticed, but clicked on, and result in a real purchase.
August 12, 2017
Businesses depend on other businesses to thrive. Be it a website, printing supplies, packaging supplies, catering, or bookkeeping, a business cannot operate completely independently from other businesses. We at Radar Hill have created and maintain hundreds of websites, and this newsletter will focus on our clients whose clientele is other businesses. Essentially, this newsletter is from a business featuring businesses who focus on businesses.
If you use any of the services below, let us know!
April 24, 2017
Join us for an introduction to Google AdWords
Do you want to be #1 on Google? Or know someone who does?
But what if you were told that technically there is no such thing?
Google AdWords Work
January 6, 2017
It may seem like a good idea to connect your Twitter and Facebook accounts, so that when you post to one account it will automatically post to the other. But what seems like a convenient tool for you, actually has a negative effect on your followers. Continue reading →
January 21, 2016
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 →
October 29, 2015
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 →
May 19, 2015
On April 15, Radar Hill celebrated fourteen years in business. We have grown from the original three owners of Shawn, Roger, and Dan, with a small handful of clients, to eleven staff and a wide range of business and non-profit clients. We are now one of the largest and most stable website design and development companies on Vancouver Island. Thank you for your support! Here is an update on the past couple of months. In this issue:
- The Radar Hill Cup
- Victoria Church website hacked by ISIS
- Jennifer’s New Condo
- Andrea in Hawaii
- Twitter and Real Estate
- Dust Day
- Toastmasters Spring Conference
- Responsive Web Design for REALTORS®
- Social Media Camp
- Great Websites Launched for Great Clients
March 30, 2015
Spring is in the air, although our winter has been unusually mild. Time for this month’s collection of useful tips, reviews, and links of interest.
What makes a good password? How do you choose a good password? If you are now using any of the password wallet or password lockers we mentioned last month, these can create passwords that are harder to break because they are composed of numbers, and UPPER and lower case letters. An example is rnuw7DuaGAhZ. Some have the option of including other characters such as $%&#!*. An example is C$qrw5k9x9K&. Note that not all programs you log into will accept special characters. Continue reading →
January 26, 2015
What Will 2015 Bring?
Boom? Bust? More fluctuating oil prices? Stabilization at $70/barrel? A Canadian general election? What about for web design? Radar Hill Graphic Designer Julie Melano has written Web Design Trends to Watch For in 2015, and includes sites optimized for smart televisions, video and animation. | Read more…
Megan Newhouse, Radar Hill’s Director of Graphic Design (also known as theDirector of Awesomeness) wrote this article just before going on maternity leave. Read her great advice in Meeting with your Website Designer: How to Prepare…
You can trust our team of web design experts. But do not do this: How a Web Design Goes Straight To Hell… (courtesy of The Oatmeal)
Do Better in Google: Considering increasing your Google AdWords advertising? We can show you the traffic and advertising trends for your industry. For example, if you are selling products for pets, we can provide statistics on advertising trends for pet accessories in Canada. Contact us to find out more… Continue reading →
February 26, 2014
Contests on social media networks are pretty ubiquitous these days — and with good reason. Contests are a great way to build a social audience, expand your existing network of followers, namedrop your brand, and even direct people to your website. Despite that, the rules for running social media contests aren’t as easy or straightforward as you might think. There are tons of businesses out there that run social contests without ever reading the Terms of Service that they agreed to follow beforehand, which can result in unintentional violations… and even getting banned from the social network in question.
You don’t want to be one of those people! Luckily, running a profitable, legitimate contest on social media isn’t too hard, so long as you make sure you’re well-versed in the rules of your chosen network before you start building. To make this a little easier, we’ve complied a list of the current contest rules for the most popular social networks: Continue reading →