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Social Media, Web Marketing, and SEO Training In Victoria BC [Video]

I’m pleased to announce that I will be teaching web marketing and social media training in Victoria, BC starting next month. Reachd.com has approached me to be their Victoria instructor. The 3-hour classes are taught in the afternoon, and are ideal for anyone in any small business who wants to learn how to capitalize on this growing trend. How can you effectively use social media and web marketing to grow your business? I can’t wait to show you how. The three courses that are happening next month are: Social Media Guided Tour ($149), Explode Your Growth With A Blog ($149), and Broadcast Your Message With Online Video ($249 – includes a video camera!). You can take all three courses for $399 – a savings of $149. Come out and learn something in December and be ahead of your competition in the new year!

The courses will also be offered in January, along with courses on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Google AdWords.

More information and registration at http://TimAyres.ca/reachd

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Tim Hortons in Sooke?

Horrible Photoshopping Courtesy of Me.

Horrible Photoshopping Courtesy of Me.

Some would call it our national obsession – after hockey and beer, of course. So much so, that the colloquial term double-double (referring to a coffee with two creams and two sugars) was actually added to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary a few years ago.

Tim Hortons boasts nearly 3000 restaurants nationwide, including three in neighbouring Langford, but none in Sooke. I’ve been in smaller towns across this country that have a Tim’s, so why doesn’t Sooke?

This morning on Facebook, I noticed a group started by some Sooke residents called, appropriately, People Who Want A Tim Hortons In Sooke. As of this post, 156 members had joined since the group was created 2 days ago. The creator of the group, Randy Marsh, contacted Tim Hortons in Oakville, Ontario and received this response about his inquiry as to the lack of caffeinated-and-sugary-Tim’s-goodness in our little hometown:

Dear Randy Marsh ,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to write to us with your location suggestion as well as for your valued patronage.

Your suggestion has been forwarded to our Real Estate Department for their review and consideration. It is through feedback from valued customers, such as yourself, that we are continually able to grow as a company.

If you have any further questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards,

Goga
Operations Services
The TDL Group Corp.

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The inevitable Tim's litter.

What do you think? Would you like a Tim Hortons in Sooke? I don’t particularly care for Tim’s coffee myself, and I try and avoid doughnuts and muffins altogether, but I admit that their soups and sandwiches are pretty tasty if you’re in a pinch. The one thing I really dislike about Tim’s (and, to be fair, most fast food outlets), is the litter that’s left lying on the ground in close proximity to the store. It’s not the business’s fault – facilities are provided for responsible disposal – but the two go hand-in-hand.

I posed the question on Twitter this morning, and have already received a half-dozen-or-so responses. An interesting counter-question came about: Timmy’s for the sake of Timmy’s, or just a place to hang out in the evening when everything else is closed. A good point – most Tim’s are open 24 hours or at least very late and very early. Another point is that Tim Hortons provides decent employment for youth, and would keep more dollars in Sooke rather than spending them elsewhere.

I’m interested to hear what my readers think. Post a response in the comments (click through if you’re reading this in a reader or e-mail).

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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The 25 Random Things Meme

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If you’re on Facebook, you’ve seen this one floating around the intertubes for a couple of weeks. I was actually beginning to think (worry?) it’d pass over me without getting tagged, but now I’ve been tagged thrice at least 5 times.

1. I was born in Vancouver General Hospital, and lived a pretty sheltered existence growing up in Tsawwassen – my Mom still lives in the house I grew up in.

2. I am a certified PADI scuba diving instructor; I’ve certified some 150-200 people how to take the plunge, mostly in the chilly (but beautiful) waters of British Columbia.

3. For three years, I worked on board cruise ships, teaching tourists how to snorkel and dive, and trying to teach them how to relax and enjoy their vacation instead of bitching and moaning about something.

4. Cruise ships made me hate people.

5. I’ve learned to like people again. Well, most people.

6. I used to swear one of my legs was significantly longer than the other, but never bothered to measure them to be sure.

7. I love running, which if you asked me about 5 years ago I’d have probably passed out just thinking about it

8. I plan to run my first 1/2 and full marathons this year.

9. I don’t get along well with bosses, never have, which is one of many reasons I know I’m in the right career.

10. I love dogs. I’d have a dozen if I could, but for now this one will do:

Kaia

Kaia

11. I am a trivia nerd, and my dream is to be on Jeopardy! some day.

12. I love to write (hence this blog), and would love to write a book just as soon as I figure out how to write one and what to write it about.

13. I have a small but very close group of friends from high school that I still hang around with. They’re like brothers to me.

14. I thought I knew what real love was until I fell in love with my fiancee Marg. I’ve never felt so completely fulfilled and apparently, I’m completely unashamed to share it with the world.

15. I’ve always been an emotional person and I don’t know how I’m going to hold it together on my wedding day.

16. I’m fascinated by technology and social media.

17. I love to travel, and would love to see even more of the world than I did while working on cruise ships. Marg hasn’t been anywhere, and I love showing her new places!

18. I love beer! Fresh, tasty, craft-brewed beer. I have all the equipment to brew my own, too, which I really should do more of. The Great Canadian Beer Festival here in Victoria is one of my favourite events of the year.

19. I drink a lot of coffee in the morning.

20. I love to be near the ocean, which is one of the reasons I moved to the Island.

21. If I had a boat, I’d be fishing on it at least once a week.

22. I consider myself a social person, but I also value peace and quiet, which is another reason I love where I live.

23. At one time or another growing up, I wanted to be: a fireman (what kid didn’t?), police officer, astronaut, hockey player, chef, scientist (no specific -ologist, just a scientist), lawyer, artist.

24. I love movies with great dialogue. Examples: High Fidelity (or most John Cusack films for that matter); Clerks; Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Glengarry, Glen Ross.

25. I took way longer than I should have to write this.

Consider yourself tagged, if you’ve not already done this.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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