May: What’s Up on the Hill
Wondering about what we’ve been up to? Here is your chance to catch up on all the latest staff adventures, event updates, and great website launches.
Dan spent a few days walking around Disneyland carrying around a couple heavy packs – named Erik and Violet. It was their first time and they definitely enjoyed it, even if there were several naps taken during big moments! There was great weather for Dan and Vanessa to take their adorable little kids around, a good thing as it was many, many kilometres of walking every day. This picture just about sums up their trip.
In April, Roger and family went to Mexico and stayed in lovely Loreto, a historic town protected as a World Heritage marine site. They stayed in a fantastic villa that had the ocean just 3 houses away, and was next to the golf course. Bathtubs in the bedrooms, a double shower, and a few bikes – everything you need to make it a perfect vacation! One of the highlights was having the pool right in the middle of the house; when temperatures are consistently over 30 degrees Celsius you end up spending a lot of time in the pool. This beautiful place is well worth going to, just look here to get your own piece of the stunning views and great environment.
Mike and his wife Mariah went to Maui for a lush 2 weeks where they swam, snorkelled, hiked, explored, ate poke, and lounged around on the beach. In general, a very nice vacation, minus being woken up every single morning before sunrise by wild chickens. That’s right – not songbirds, not sparrows, but chickens. Then their flight was cancelled and they were stuck in Maui for an extra 36 hours, which meant having to eat even more poke. Mike’s highlight, which he shared as soon as he got back to Victoria, was this lizard that he met at a tiki bar, licking a cherry in a tiny cocktail umbrella!
Kind of new, but also not new, is Shawn’s daughter Caitlin, who for the past year has been working part-time on and off at Radar Hill. Since April she has been here full-time doing social media, writing blogs and emails, assisting with client support, and organizing for our next hire.
We are Hiring!
We are hiring an Amazing Administrative Assistant! Someone who will help with client support, from phones to emails, as well as proofread documents and assist in the smooth running of the office. We are looking for someone who is friendly, efficient, and organized. If you are looking for a position like this or you know someone who wants to be part of an awesome office, then apply!
Kendra and Shawn are avid attendants of Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that operates thousands of clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Feel free to visit Kendra and Shawn’s Toastmaster Club at Uptown every second Wednesday if you’re interested in finding out more!
In February through Toastmasters, Kendra participated in the annual local Golden Gavel Novice Speakers competition, for people with less than one year of formal speaking practice. It was her first time participating, and she placed second! Her speech was about living with depression, and as a prize Kendra received this lovely plaque and a book of famous quotes.
Andrea sees U2!
Andrea and Garrett went to Vancouver for the U2 Concert, which they say was fantastic! It was a bit of a mess at BC Place due to ticket machines being down, so many people ended up missing the opening act of Mumford and Sons. Luckily Andrea and Garrett were able to get in on time and watch it all, where nothing could detract from the amazingness of seeing U2 perform live. They started strong and it was a smooth and superb concert – absolutely well worth going to.
Social Media Camp
Caitlin and Kendra attended the 9th annual Social Media Camp in Victoria, the largest social media conference in Canada. They went to many great talks and left with renewed inspiration for where to take Radar Hill’s online social presence. Stay tuned for videos! Kendra was also lucky enough to be the winner of a wine draw, courtesy of theVancouver Island Economic Alliance.
Google Talk in Duncan
Our office is of course located in Victoria, not quite downtown but still far enough from the Cowichan Valley to make it a bit of a trek for our clients there, so we decided that we would bring some of our office up Island. One of our added services and advantage of being a local company is giving talks and workshops to our clients and guests, whether it’s about password security, CRMs, or online marketing strategies, there is always something concrete to help your business.
Our most recent talk was in Duncan, hosted at the Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn, with a fantastic lunch afterwards at the CV Station Pub. Kendra gave a good overview of AdWords to a receptive audience, and there was a very engaging Q&A session at the end – just the way we like it! Look out for email invitations to our next talks.
Upcoming Google Event
Our next Google Partners Connect Event will be June 14th from 8:30 am – 11:00 am, so save the date if you are interested in online marketing for your business! During this event, we will discuss the importance of digital marketing for the Classifieds and Local Industries, share trends, research and insights that can help you reach your audience in all their moments of need.
Great Updates and Websites Launched for Great Clients
We are always happy to update existing clients’ websites; to take our old work of what was current then and bring it up to the latest standards in web design is a satisfying process. Creating new sites for new clients is also a great process, here are a few sites that we have done in the last couple months:
www.wendybowen.com for Wendy, a physiotherapist, Wellness Coach, and motivational speaker based in the Cowichan Valley.
www.victoriaskincancerscreening.com for Dr. Erlank, a skin cancer specialist new to Victoria.
Your Honey-do List Guys Inc.
www.yourhoneydolistguysinc.com for a Handyman service that specializes in to-do lists.
Out of Ireland
www.outofireland.ca for a boutique store on Government store with a wonderful collection of Irish knitwear, clothing, and jewellery.
www.islandmediquip.com for locally owned and independent home medical equipment specialists.
www.nipawinrealty.com for the best real estate team in Nipawin, Saskatchewan: a place that is beautiful where the fishing is great!
Thank you for reading this edition of What’s Up on the Hill and your continuous support.