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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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Sooke Biz Net Inaugural Event – Thursday

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Are you in business in the Sooke region? The newly formed Sooke Biz Net business networking group is hosting its inaugural event tomorrow night, Thursday, June 25th.

The idea behind Sooke Biz Net is that it will be different from other business networking groups. Gone is the exclusivity and structured format. We’ve thrown the traditional out the window and have created a made-in-Sooke solution that’s based on monthly networking events, with featured speakers and presenters. You’ll learn something at the event that you can use immediately to help run your business or expand your reach. The focus is on fun, and you’ll need to expect the unexpected!

Tomorrow night’s event will be held at Sooke Ocean Resort, 6669 Horne Road, from 5:30 until 7:30. Tickets to the event are only $20 and that covers wine and fabulous food by Kari Osselton of Sushi on the Sea/Souki Sushi.

The theme for the evening is Communication This Moment! I will be the featured speaker for the evening, presenting Twitter in Ten Minutes, a short overview of one of the most powerful networking and communications tools since the advent of the Internet. The featured technology for the evening will be Skype, and Wendy Ashbee will speak about Send Out Cards.

There will also be prizes courtesy of Bombora Gifts and Sooke Fine Art Gallery, and the grand prize of a full-page colour ad for your business in the RV Times (a $2000 value).

Don’t miss this fun event. Come mix, mingle, network, learn and most of all, have fun!

Contact me at 250-885-012, fill in my contact form, or email tim@timayres.ca for tickets.

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I hope to see you there!

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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Twitter Explained in Plain English

The guys at CommonCraft have created this great video on what exactly Twitter is all about. I joined Twitter a few months ago and had not been using it at all. I was confused as to why I joined and why it would be useful or fun. Then I downloaded a little desktop application called Twhirl, and activated Twitter on my mobile phone. It suddenly got fun. Updating whoever cared what I happened to be doing at any given moment became a near obsession. Seeing what others on my list were up to was also fun.

The best way I can explain Twitter is that it’s like instant messaging (MSN, Yahoo!, GChat, etc) but not as frequent, and with more users. It’s like a blog, but with shorter, more frequent posts (limited to 140 characters, to be precise).

You can export your Twitter posts to your blog, your website, or any other web space you can think of. Your clients can follow your updates, and it’s a great way to share new information (listings, price changes, sales, or even the latest webcomic). I think Twitter is pretty useful, it’s easy to use, addictive, and a short <140 character message is not a time-sink like many web applications. Give it a try.

<a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o">http://youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o</a>


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