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Trusted Directories team shares a testimonial from a happy Trusted Regina partner

We received a wonderful email from a happy Trusted Regina Partner today ....we love our job and we love that we are able to help such wonderful local businesses in so many ways, it really shows how our commitment to ADDING VALUE INCREASES TRUST & LOYALTY with our clients  !!

" Thanks for the great seminar last week and thank you for taking the time to meet with Brian and I this morning. Now to put this knowledge to work !! We know slow and steady is going to win this online race. Could we pick your brain at tiny bit more, just name a time , and we will met you here. Thanks again, it certainly was our pleasure spending time with you. Have a great afternoon and Many Thanks again. "

How Much Does Marketing with an ad agency, marketing company, social media company and video companies really cost?

How Much Does Marketing with an ad agency, marketing company , social media company and video companies really cost?

At times Trusted partners and prospective partners don't know how to measure their online marketing success , and they may not realize the full VALUE of the many extras only Trusted offers our clients...

...You might want to grab your fainting chair — The industry average marketing rates will give you a case of the vapors. Not your Trusted Marketing Services in Saskatoon, SK though.

Blogging

Custom design and template creation most Charge – $1,000-$3,000 /month

Writing/Editing Content for the blog plus ongoing training – (Assume 1-2 posts a week at this rate) Most Charge – $1,000-$3,000 / month

Ghostwriting blog posts – Most Charge – $75-$200 per blog

Cost to Trusted partners- FREE

 

Twitter

Set up Twitter account and personalise Most Charge – $500-$1,000 one time fee 

Ongoing Account Management and Training – (For this service, the more content you need provided for you, the higher the fees) Most Charge – $500-$1,500 a month

Cost to Trusted partners- FREE

 

Facebook , Google Plus, Linkedin and You Tube

Initial Setup Most Charge – $500-$1,500 one time fee Trusted does it for FREE

Monthly Content Management and Creation –Most Charge – $1,000-$2,000 a month Facebook Promotion Creation- Short-Term (1-3 months) Contest, including branding for the app, limited promotion on other channels such as Facebook and Twitter to promote the contest. Fee doesn’t include prize and Facebook Ads to promote – Most charge $1,500-$20,000

WE PROMOTE TRUSTED PARTNERS INFO ON FACEBOOK to 1000's of local consumers FOR FREE and actually invest in Facebook ads for individual partners for no additional cost!

How Much Does an Audit of your social media cost?

What if you just want an audit of your current strategy with an expert consultant, with a few pointers on how to improve? Better bust out the AmEx, because it's going to cost you anywhere from $2,000-$10,000.

Trusted does it for FREE

 

Cost of videos ( comparable quality to Trusted videos )

Average cost for 2min video - $500-$750 

Cost for creation of 25min ‘ slideshow’ Talk to Experts style video with audio bed - $500 -$800

Cost for 2-3 Minute ‘tour’ Video with music bed - $1,000 - $3,000.

Cost of a Talk to the Expert RADIO Show with 21 x 30sec radio ads running week of show to promote

$2000

Trusted invites partners on the show for FREE and pays to promote the partners via Facebook for a week before 


SEO Consultation

- $200 - $500hr plus travelling expenses

Trusted does it for FREE

 

The average Trusted partner invests just $4000 a year in Trusted ..and we offer all this as additional value, along with dispute resolution, mystery shopping, free catered networking events, a coop rebate program, a Trusted gift certificate program, online reputation management consulting, free booth time and individual promotion at local trade shows and a category specific local Google Adword campaign.

The Trusted team are confident that we offer more value and a better service than anyone in the advertising world...  so the question has to be WHAT do your Yellow Pages, Radio, TV, Magazine, Newspaper reps and other media companies do for their money ....

Contact us if you want to find out more - Sara@trustedcanada.com 

     

 

 


Sources - 

http://www.mackcollier.com/cost-of-social-media-in-2012/ 

http://www.contentfac.com/how-much-does-social-media-marketing-cost/

S & E Trusted Online Directories 3 page special feature in Saskatoon's Star Phoenix

What is trusted about and what are the results from the trusted partners and the publics sides?  

The comprehensive feature in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix Monday 7th Oct 2013 lays it all out beautifully!

Trusted really is the SMART & SIMPLE choice.

Part 1 - the Trusted Story  


How many times have you wished someone could recommend a good lawyer? Or plumber? Or financial advisor? There are times you need expertise or just good advice and it's hard to know who to trust. Where do you look to find un-bias information on businesses and services? Imagine that same feeling when you are one of the 100,000 plus newcomers who have arrived in Saskatchewan from another province or another country since 2007. Sara Wheelwright, the founder of S & E Trusted Online Directories, Inc. arrived in Canada from the U.K. in 2006, and she needed everything. As a newcomer it was tough finding businesses and services she felt comfortable trusting. There were lots of differences about Saskatchewan life, both large and small. For example, she had never seen a furnace before!

She didn't know anyone, so she spent hours Googling and researching where to go, yet she still encountered bad service. It occurred to her then that it would be a good idea to have an online database of local verified businesses for the thousands of immigrants and newcomers', like herself, that arrive in Saskatchewan each month. In 2008, she found herself working fulltime and a single mom to three small children. Finding good quality work and businesses she could trust was more important than ever. "I ran a busy and hectic household and I didn't have a lot of spare cash or time available," notes Wheelwright. "Then one day I made what I thought was an educated choice in selecting a service provider. It was an emergency situation and afterwards I was left feeling taken advantage of, both emotionally and financially." The service provider took longer than they advertised to show up to fix the problem. Then they charged a ridiculous fee for an item that costs pennies. In the end the final invoice was triple the original quote. Her father wished he could be there to help out and was annoyed she'd been treated so unfairly, and he said he wished there was a trustworthy directory for single women to refer to.

Wheelwright quickly realized she wasn't alone. People from all walks of life want to deal with trustworthy businesses, not just newcomers. When she began to ask around it soon became clear that regardless of marital status or income, it seemed everyone had a story about being treated badly by a disreputable business in the past. Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to list the great companies in a useful format like an online directory? The directory would have to be unique. It would have to work for the consumers, not the businesses. It would have to demand excellence in service as standard. A directory that could be trusted - no fingers crossed.

TrustedSaskatoon. com launched in 2011. But it's more than a simple online directory of local shops and service providers, and it is not simply a place to share reviews. The Trusted directory is unique in that it only allows 100 per cent verified and real testimonials from the businesses that are featured. "After a business is nominated and then submits an application, we go out and speak to the customers ourselves," explains Wheelwright, "over the phone and in person as part of that application process. The businesses don't pay to be Trusted. They earn their Trusted status by passing the application process, being fully verified and by agreeing to uphold their contractual obligations." Companies do pay a small monthly fee that goes towards membership - this covers running costs, networking events and the far reaching and unique marketing campaign that spreads the word to the public. Wheelwright also adds, her team's certification process doesn't end with initial acceptance either. "Just to make sure we also have a mystery shopper program in place, and we have had to remove businesses and turn others down who were not able to achieve the required standards or who were unwilling to do what was required to retain their status." Contracts are on an annual basis, and if issues come up, there is a clearly defined dispute resolution process that works towards an amicable resolution if a customer is dissatisfied with a Trusted business. The website also offers a treasure trove of tips, information and advice supplied by the Trusted partners, who are the local experts in their industries - over 300 articles cover more than 60 categories. After reading through the tips on the website on a particular subject, a user can then go into the Trusted business that submitted the tip and get more information. It's that connection between consumer to business that makes TrustedSaskatoon.com so unique, and it really is a wonderful local resource and online community. "We have built a valuable local resource library - everything from tips on car care, health and wellness, travel, pets and even financial tips," says Wheelwright. Trusted encourages the public's input via their Facebook page, Twitter and email. Public feedback is then shared with businesses and businesses are able to share information directly with the public. By increasing the level of communication the standard of customer service inevitably rises.

Since launching the website has steadily gained a following with over 100,000 individual visitors passing through its virtual doors, up to 560 a day! With over 65 per cent from Saskatoon and over 80 per cent from Saskatchewan, this is a truly local service. Within a year Trusted spread to Regina. TrustedRegina.com offers the same service and offers local advice and tips from Trusted Regina experts.

Earlier this year, Wheelwright launched the Trusted Canada App, which was built by Saskatoon's CollegeMobile, Inc. Thousands of users have downloaded the app. With people's hectic days, the Trusted Canada app keeps Trusted businesses at their fingertips no matter where they roam. TrustedSaskatoon.com is invested in the community and is an enthusiastic supporter of many local events and non-profits including Child Find Sask, BPW International Women's Day Athena Awards, Synergy-8 events, City Hospital Foundation, Campbell Homes' Pink House, YWCA, The Little Red Dress Club and Saskatchewan Senior Volunteer Awards just to name a few. So the next time you wonder where to find a good electrician or a new hot tub, look for the Trusted thumbs up... they are local and they care.

Did you know...?

According to Google Canadians spend 17.2 hours a week online -that's more time than any other nation in the world, and online reviews and a companies' online reputation are rapidly growing factors in decisions people make on a daily basis. TrustedSaskatoon. com offers verified testimonials from local businesses who meet the criteria.

 

 

What Trusted partners are saying

"I am not very technical and don't really use the internet or Facebook personally at all, my only form of advertising was the Yellow Pages but that didn't seem to be working as well as before. I realised that I am now in the minority, and that to continue to grow I had to have an online presence. The TrustedSaskatoon.com team approached me when some customers nominated me, and I admit I was a bit sceptical but met with them to see what was involved. I am so glad I did, as it really opened my eyes and I can say it is the best thing I have done advertising wise for my business, I get many more calls from TrustedSaskatoon.com compared to my Yellow Page ad which I am reducing in size significantly next year. The calls are mostly local , but I also have had some calls from out of province from landlords with revenue properties and condo buildings in Saskatoon. I am proud to be a Trusted Saskatoon business." - Hal McGinnis, The Carpet Guys, Trusted Saskatoon Carpet Cleaners

"Before I was approached by TrustedSaskatoon.com I had never really advertised. Most of my business came from word of mouth, but with over 500 realtors in the city it can be tricky to stand out from the crowd. I thought the idea was brilliant and immediately signed up, like Sara I had moved around in my life and knew what it was to start a new life in a new city and all the challenges that presented, I wish Trusted had been around for me. I can honestly say it has been a wonderful experience all round, my investment has more than paid for itself and the additional value offered by Sara and the Trusted team to the partners is priceless. They have helped me with social media and understanding what I can do to stand out online, they have done some fantastic videos of a condo development I am the realtor for in Warman, and explained to me how important it is to have a good online reputation in the world today. Another benefit is I have a group of fantastic local businesses that I network with and can recommend to my clients knowing they will be looked after. My business has gone from strength to strength in the last few years and I know that being a Trusted Saskatoon business is meaning more and more to the public." - Marla Janzen, Century 21 Fusion, a Trusted Saskatoon real estate agent and the first Trusted Saskatoon partner to sign up

"Trusted Saskatoon is now a household brand name in Saskatoon that everyone has heard of. Why wouldn't Glenwood Auto want to be a part of it? Trusted Saskatoon has helped grow my business in the fast-growing, fast-paced world of social media." - Robert Scott, Glenwood Auto Service

 

What the public is saying about Trusted

"What an amazing site! It is especially helpful to someone like myself who moved her from another province! Nobody likes to be taken advantage of! Luv it!" - Sherry Ann G., Saskatoon

"I have just discovered your page, I like what you do. Thank you!" - Susan Tady, Saskatoon

"After asking the SGI gent who would you recommend He told me he couldn't say, so okay then... If this was your car where would you take it? He mentioned a few with good service, bad work/great work, poor service. I said I think I'll look and see if there's a trusted one. Told him all about TrustedSaskatoon. com and a few others that happen to have nothing else to do while they waited for their turn. Thanks Trusted, for making this easier!" - Chantelle Butterfield, SK

"What a good thing TrustedSaskatoon.com is. Like them on Facebook and you might win prizes like me. At the very least you will have access to good info (great article on fencing a while ago) and find out which companies are worth your business." - Teresa Gagne., a Trusted Saskatoon.com Facebook contest winner

"I'd like to thank you for taking the time and effort to make a difference in our community. Your services and ambitions are appreciated." - Michael Lander, Saskatoon

"Trusted is the real deal! My husband and I contacted Trusted after having issues with a vehicle that we purchased from a Trusted Auto dealer a few years ago. We notified the owner of Trusted Saskatoon (Sara Wheelwright), who got us in touch with the operations manager. We promptly met with him to iron out our concerns and he dealt with them in a straightforward and timely fashion. He and other staff showed us utmost respect and patience. In the end we walked away feeling very satisfied. We have used more Trusted businesses since and recommend them to anyone looking to purchase as we have found them to be honest and to live by the Trusted Guarantees! Thank-you!" - Tracey D , Warman

What kind of Saskatoon businesses partner with Trusted?

The nomination process leads to partnering with amazing Saskatoon businesses. Just look through the directory and you will find high profile award-winning Saskatoon companies , long-established Saskatoon businesses, and innovative new start-ups you may never have heard of before. Regardless of size, age or demographics the common bonds are integrity, honesty and a commitment to the five Trusted Guarantees BEFORE being approached by a Trusted representative. The Trusted partners as a group give back to their community - in a huge way like Campbell Homes Pink House in support of the Breast Health Centre and Decora Homes Support of the Crisis Nursery, to those that have helped individuals in times of crisis like 3'n1 Construction, KTS Custom Cabinets, Spa Ahava, Saskatoon Woodworks, and Hairstyle Inn. Trusted shares these stories via social media to encourage more local support. See the articles in the TrustedSaskatoon.com tips library and check out the videos on The Trusted Channel on You Tube.

The Trusted Saskatoon businesses are not perfect, but the Trusted team believe that Trustedsaskatoon.com promotes the best our city has to offer.

Trusted Directories founder supports Habitat Humanity Saskatoon $100,000 in 100days build

Sara Wheelwright the S & E Trusted Online Directories Founder is committed to giving back to the community and has got involved with many non profits ansd initiatives over the last few years across Saskatchewan. See a previous article about Trusted community support here

Whether it be sponsorship, donations, contests or attending events Trusted believes in  helping out. 

The latest initiative is one very close to Sara's heart, as she has been involved with a similar project with Habitat for Humanity Regina for the last 2 years, as one of the 100  in 2011, then 200 in 2012 women who stepped up to raise $300,000 over less than 200days and build 3 Habitat for Humanity houses in Regina.

Heres a picture of Sara at the 2011 H4H 100 women in 100 days celebration gala in Regina

 

Trusted is thrilled to announce that Sara is one of the seven wonderful ladies on the  Saskatoon Habitat for Humanity $100,000 in 100days committee, and she is excited to champion this wonderful initiative as the owner of Trusted Directories and also as a founding member of The Little Red Dress Club. Also on the committe are the 3 other Little Red Dress Club founding members Leanne Falkowsky ( The Urban Wall) , Tammy Wandzura Mortgage Broker  &  Chantelle Butterfield ( Funktional Space) along with Dr Dee Dee Maltman ( Leydas Cafe) , Jayne Horachek and Tara Martin ( H4H)  

$100,000 in 100days

Imagine yourself as one of one hundred exceptional women who raised the funds to build an entire home.

Imagine yourself as one of one hundred inspirational women who make it possible for a hard-working, low-income family to purchase that very home.

This is your invitation to do just that , to make a positive impact on a family’s life here in Saskatoon. 100 days from our launch date of October 7th 2013 is January 14th, 2014. Until that time, Saskatoon’s most energetic and influential women will work together to raise $100,000- you can join them by donating here  share this article or the donation letter

AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD HERE 2013 100k in 100 days.pdf (506.07 kb)

Habitat homes are built with funding from donations from community partners. As one of one hundred women making a $1,000 investment in our organization, you help to ensure a hard-working family has the opportunity to achieve their dream of home ownership.

Habitat homes are also built with 95% volunteer labour. You are most welcome to volunteer on site at any time alongside other fabulous $100,000 in 100 days ladies

Also there will be a fabulous celebration / networking gala once the objective is achieved to thank all 100 women involved!! 

We encourage and challenge Saskatoon ladies to step up together to GET THIS TARGET ACHIEVED IN RECORD TIME!!

Trusted share's absolute proof that being Trusted is the best online choice for reputable local businesses

So does your marketing work? How do YOU measure the effectiveness of the medium and the company that you choose to advertise with ?

Many business owners expect their customers or the public to tell them where they got their names from and how they ended up calling/ visiting them .

The hard fact is, is that it is simply NOT THE CUSTOMERS JOB to remember or even care where they found you or heard about you....so if this is the main way you measure,  you need to re think your position!

  

 

Of course we understand the need to know what works and what doesn't work, especially for the small- medium businesses with limited marketing $'s to invest, local businesses  like the ones we promote and partner with on www.trustedsaskatoon.com  and www.trustedregina.com directories.  

Sara the Trusted Online Directories founder sold advertising in the past, everything from Yellow Pages to Radio and was frequently asked about measurability from clients. She always said if you get busier and the only difference is that you have bought something new, chances are that is why you are busier! This was true especially of long term consistent branding radio campaigns ,  as lets face it, customers rarely walk into a retail store and say " Hi, I heard your ad on the radio on Wed morning and decided to come in and see what you had " .

Yellow Pages was a different beast,  as much of time customers were calling businesses like plumbers etc..with the book in front of them, so when asked on the phone where they got the companies number from they said immediately Yellow Pages , even though lots of times they were searching specifically for that business because they had heard their ad on the radio, or they had seen their van at a neighbors house and that company was ' top of mind' in that category for them at that moment- which should be what every company strives to be!      

 

Now lets talk about the internet - the ultimate tool of measurability we are told, yet many businesses still don't have a website, nor do they understand how measurable,  measurable really is and most don't know what to do with the data, or what it means.  

 

The Trusted websites are local directories with local resource libraries attached and as such people go there for a SPECIFIC NEED not just a read like other local websites that carry news, weather , traffic reports and other entertainment.

When we sell the product we make sure to explain to the partners that we do not sell CLICK through's, as it is not an accurate measurement of the Trusted product. You see our directories have very comprehensive listings with a lot of information to help the consumer to make their decision, and the consumer can contact the business right there- we make it easy and this mostly means the consumer doesn't click through to the businesses site unless they are super interested and want even more info than what has been provided. We would expect other online directories that just list the basic details- name, number, www, category  and a sentence or 2 about the business to have a much higher ' CTR ' ( Click Through Rate) as people look for more info to base their decision on. You see people in Canada spend 75% of their total shopping time online these days- research is key ( and if you can't be found you will LOSE the chance of getting the sale completely !!)  

         

 

So we were pretty interested ( and a wee bit surprised) to see the analytic data from 2 of our partners on www.trustedsaskatoon.com. We are sharing the source traffic data - that shows how visitors to their website actually got there and I think you will agree we have just proved our worth...

 

Case Number 1- company listed in Kitchen and Renovation Categories on the Saskatoon directory 

 

  • www.trustedsaskatoon.com is the 1st referring source after Google.
  • The most time spent on the website is from visitors from www.trustedsaskatoon.com( this indicates quality and engagement)
  • Trusted team helped this company set up their Facebook page and help them manage the content to get the best results from social - clearly it had helped.

 

  

 

Case Number 2- company listed in Auto Repair and Tire Categories on the Saskatoon directory 

  • Number 1 referring source after Google
  • Way ahead of any other online directory ( this company advertises in Yellow Pages)
  • Great level of engagement 
  • Currently doesn't do much with Facebook and what has been done has not been that effective - we are helping them to implement a new plan and expect to see this have an immediate effect on the numbers. 

 

 

So absolute proof of the valuer of Trusted - analytics don't lie :) 


If you want to meet with us to chat please contact us by emailing sara@trustedcanada.com

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