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S & E Trusted Online Directories selected as FINALIST for Saskatchewan Chamber of commerce 2014 ABEX Awards Marketing

The Trusted Team  are yet again  THRILLED, Excited & Proud to announce that S & E Trusted Online Directories Inc  - the business that owns the  www.trustedsaskatoon.com , www.trustedregina.com online directories and  www.trustedcanada.com has just been announced as one of the 4 FINALISTS for the 2014 ABEX award for Marketing -These are the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce awards for excellence in business!

 

 

We have THE BEST Trusted Marketing agency in Saskatchewan 

 

Sara Wheelwright the Trusted Founder received a phone call from the Saskatchewan Chamber with the news...and it was quickly announced to the media in the following press release:

31st Achievement in Business Excellence (ABEX) Awards to be held Nov 1st, 2014

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the list of finalists for the 31st  Achievement in Business Excellence (ABEX) Awards.

The adjudication panel selected finalists from 85 businesses from the list of highly qualified nominations received, to compete in 10 ABEX categories. “We were thrilled with the quality and high number and wide range of nominees from all over Saskatchewan  this year’s awards,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. The ABEX will be showcasing strong, innovative and high quality businesses, and the contribution they continue to make to our vibrant economy.”

 

Tickets to the 2014 ABEX gala, set for Nov 1st in Regina are available now at www.saskchamber.com

 The contenders in the Marketing Award sponsored by Handy Special Events are :

 

  • Dream Development and Farideh Marketing of Regina
  • Gold Eagle Lodge of North Battleford
  • North Prairie Developments, Saskatoon
  • S & E Trusted Online Directories Inc  


 Trusted would like to extend wishes to the other  finalists in all categories  of the ABEX awards.  

Congratulation and Good Luck ..we look forward to meeting all of you at the November Gala in Regina..to celebrate excellence in business in the province of Saskatchewan .. where we live and love!!

Thanks must go to our media partners, family and friends along with the Trusted Partners for their ongoing support!

Just like we said in our application - " We are driven to do what we are doing because the Trusted team believes we are doing a good thing- for business in the province as well as for the public….we are rewarding and promoting excellence in business from local Saskatchewan businesses big and small …and we are doing it because we BELIEVE in what we are doing ..and we BELIEVE in our Trusted Partners

 

As Trusted continues to go from strength to strength, moving forward to franchising and also evolves into a full service marketing agency, we are still just 3 years old and relatively new- so it is so wonderful to be supported and recognized by the Saskatchewan Chamber for our efforts and strategy alongside such big & established Saskatchewan companies! "   

 

 

Here is our company video from last years awards :) 

ABEX MARKETING AWARD 2014 Saskatchewan

Trusted Directories support local business with their online strategy

We received a wonderful email from a happy Trusted Saskatoon Directory Partner today ....the Trusted team love our career's 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 !!

 

Trusted Local Good news story 

We wanted to showcase one of the many Trusted partners who have embraced all of the training and are now using their social media platforms with a strategy. Before they were Trusted Partners they had no Facebook presence for their business, no Google plus pages and no interest in online advertising.

The Trusted Saskatoon team got them up and running, gave them basic training, they attended a group training session and provided 1 on 1 coaching as they prepared to advertise on Facebook for the first time. Thier flyers were being dropped in certain towns in Alberta and North Dakota, so we suggested they target the same towns, and their ' ideal customer' using the targeting tools on  Facebook. The result?

"Trusted team, I am completely stoked with the results I am getting, my flyers cost me $10,000.00 to print/ distribute, Facebook cost me $130.00 to reach the same areas we dropped flyers in ! I've reached more people using Facebook, people I know are interested as opposed to people who aren't and simply throw away our flyers... I had no idea what this was all about. I will be rethinking my advertising strategy, spending alot less on flyers and more on Facebook. THANK YOU THANK YOU"

The power of Trusted . Trusted Case Study- Tammy Wandzura Trusted Mortgage Broker

The power of Trusted Case study Tammy Wandzura Trusted Saskatoon and Regina Mortgage Broker – This video was part of her Trusted partner special of 4 video's for free – We promoted the video via 2 city specific blogs..this cost Tammy nothing but time ...this shows the power of Trusted and what we do ..beyond just listing you on a directory, which is all that anyone else in the directory industry does for you!  

KNOWLEDGE + PARTNERSHIPS + ACTION = RESULTS

 REGINA BLOG

In less than 48 hours Trusted Regina on Facebook 

 

 

Saskatoon Blog

84 people have read the Saskatoon blog for 3min25 secs already..the video is 3min 25sec long – so that’s quality viewing then..including 52 people from from Saskatoon !!

102 people have read the Regina blog so far..74 of them from Regina and Moose Jaw …surely they are local immigrants wanting this important info... because lets be honest here , why else would you watch it?

 

 

The video went viral on You Tube after being picked up from sites we shared it to ..with nearly 10,000 views in less than 36 hours !

 


Trusted is the best marketing vehicle for local business with integrity....again this all in less than 2 days .

This video and the blogs are only going to be MORE effective in the future for Tammy ..never less than they are now!

Can the same be said for a newspaper ad, a flyer or a magazine article?  Or ...perhaps passive old Yellow Pages, where Mortgage Brokers have traditionally spent the bulk of their advertising budget.

Find out more about Trusted here ..and listen to what the TRUSTED Businesses across Saskatchewan have to say about the benefits of being Trusted

Trusted team shares testimonials from Trusted Partners across Saskatchewan

The Trusted team are absolutely invested in the Trusted Partners across Saskatchewan. We do what we can to give as much value and to help them as much as possible,  as their success is linked absolutely to Trusted's long term success!

We have hosted Trusted 4 hour lunch and learns followed by networking events  in both markets recently,  to educate the Trusted businesses about the importance of a good online presence, social media and how to mange and build a solid online reputation. Sara the Trusted founder believes that local businesses need to know WHY online is important and she shares her knowledge as an expert in local SEO and marketing with the Trusted partners, so they keep ahead of the curve and their competition in todays rapidly changing marketing landscape!

We had well over 100 attendees from over 70 Trusted Businesses across the province attend ..and the events were catered by Trusted partners and held in Trusted venues! Great food, Great company, Great music  & invaluable education.  

 

Here we share just some of the many messages of appreciation, testimonials and words of support that the partners have taken the time to send us after attending the sessions.  These business owners and managers took the time out of their busy schedules, as they understand it is just as important to work ON your business as it is to work IN your business if you want to have the most success!

THIS IS WHY WE LOVE WHAT WE DO AT TRUSTED HQ!!

" Thanks for the luncheon on Monday; met some new people and ran into some old faces. I know the SEO and social media work we’ve done with YOU GUYS and Trio has really done a lot to keep us on track with (if not slightly ahead of) the big fitness franchises moving into the city in recent years (gone from a 6-8th place Google rank to 1st-2nd place). Having learning what I’ve learned over the past few years, these days I actually enjoy spending time on all the different areas of our internet marketing, be it Instagram, FB, Blogging etc. I know events like this will help all the other Trusted Partners see the value in it and does for them what it has for Fitness Focus. Hope to see you guys again soon, thanks again " GARRET BLACKWELL , FITNESS FOCUS HEALTH & ATHLETIC CENTRE Trusted Saskatoon Gym & Fitness Experts -Dedicated to improving wellness in Saskatoon.

 "So.. you really DO know what your talking about!! ;) Had an hour long conference call today with guy doing our on line marketing stuff. He said same stuff about things you did. Actually I know you know your stuff it was good to verify that this guy is on same page and not just some guy taking my money! Let me know what you think or any suggestions. Between what he does and what you do I want to dominate my categories on line locally! Thanks again for yesterday too. I am ridiculously busy right now and would have been ticked had it been a waste of my time! now I am edumacated. " Rick Griffith - PRESIDENT / GENERAL MANAGER Premium Home Leisure - Trusted Saskatoon Outdoor Living & Hot Tub experts.

"Trusted ,you are amazing ! Want to set ups meeting with you an our tech guy next week. Thanx so much for everything," Laddie- Hairstyle Inn - Trusted Saskatoon Salon

" Fantastic information! I can't wait to put some of this into use! I need to jump in with both feet! Look out world!!! Thank you for the Lunch & Learn! Learned so much! " Imagery Photography, Trusted Saskatoon Photographers

" Morning Sara  Im having trouble deciding who in my company NOT to help understand social media. If I  paid extra for lunches etc, could I get more than 2 people there? You offer so much value to the Trusted partners I cant understand why www.trustedregina.com isn't full.... but we all heard the story about leading horses to water..!! " Duane, Halcyon Spas - Trusted Regina hot tub and Outdoor Living Experts

" Great presentations on Social Media Marketing by Sara and Trusted Team A great perk for Trusted members! " Virgil Reed, Reed Security - Trusted Saskatoon and Trusted Regina Alarm & Security experts

" Good morning , Truly enjoyed the presentation yesterday, a lot of information to sift through and to put into practical application. Thanks again for hosting a wonderful and educational event. Best Regards " John Cave www.jandspicture.com - Trusted Saskatoon Framers

"Thank you Sara and staff for a wealth of useful information and insight on social media. I realize that we have a lot of work to do on Google business. The presentations were very organized and easy to follow. As usual - a real class act! Thanks to all involved. Action creates Action! We sold the show home. Thank you so much for your help once again!I " Lorena Sawchyn , Emerald Park Homes. Trusted Regina Home Builders

" Enjoyed the day and hospitality. Thanks and take care! " Mike Armstrong , Armstrong Wealth Management Group part of Richardson GMP Trusted Saskatoon Financial Experts

" SUCH a great job Trusted team!!! Thanks so much for the great food, drinks, networking and social media education! I can't wait to put it all into ACTION! " Michele Strawford, Fotobella - Trusted Regina Photographer

" Thank you so much to you and your amazing staff for all the great information and tips!!! I have learned so much from you already and am grateful to have learned that much more. I am looking forward to the future session! " CNG Stone team , Trusted Regina Countertop experts

" Very good seminar, hopefully we can take advantage of knowledge imparted to us in the very near future! " Shane Foster , Accurate Construction - Trusted Regina Window & Door and Renovation Experts

SMP Saskatoon ‏@smpchev · tweeted " Had a great time with all our trusted partners at the social media luncheon put on by #trustedsaskatoon! :) @Trustedcanada " Trusted Saskatoon Auto Dealer

 

The networking events are fun ..but they bring leads and business too!!

"  Good day. Thanks to the trusted team conference help, . because of that conference I met the wonderful business people like Mr. Duane of Halcyon Spas. He asked me to do the stripping and waxing their vinyl floors last night and I did my part now they will try our cleaning services for weekly cleaning to their office. I greatly appreciate your idea founding the great directory. All the best and God bless u. " Nick , RSC Commercial Cleaning- Trusted Saskatoon Commercial Cleaners

Check out the amazing ' Trusted and social media themed' cake from PickNics Catering - Trusted Saskatoon caterers 

Trusted offers the best investment for your marketing dollars- more than any other medium...and more importantly we are well positioned in this new marketing landscape- if you are interested in finding out more, to see if it's a fit for your business contact us today by clicking here !!! 

 

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.

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Saskatoon, SK   S7M 0X4
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