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Small Business BC Awards Names eVision Media A Top 5 Finalist

Out of Hundreds of Applicants, eVision Media Wins Top 5 Recognition for the outstanding achievements of BC’s entrepreneurs in the “Best Company” category.

Wins Top 5 Recognition for the outstanding achievements of BC's entrepreneurs in the "Best Company" category 2018ABBOTSFORD, BC JANUARY 22, 2018 — eVision Media has been named a Top 5 finalist by the Small Business BC Awards.

The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards are a celebration of the contributions small business owners make to their local communities and to the global economy. It’s free to enter and open to all new and existing small businesses in BC.

Each year, Small Business BC Awards’ entrants span the spectrum, from a variety of categories including best company, employer, innovation, concept, apprentice training, community impact, marketer, international trade, immigrant enterprise, and people’s choice.

“I am super excited and extremely grateful that we are in the company of such deserving companies for this award.” said Susan Friesen, President of eVision Media.

The 2018 annual program was particularly hotly contested, with more than 600 entries from an impressive array of companies. The businesses with the highest number of votes in each award category were asked to complete an extended application, to decide the Top 5 finalists, who will then move on to face a panel of judges to determine the final winner.

For a full list of Best in Biz Awards 2018 Top 5 finalists, visit: https://sbbcawards.ca/top5s/

Winners will be announced on February 23rd. If the company wins, it will get a Small Business BC Awards trophy and $1,500 along with a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC seminars.

About eVision Media

Founded in 2007, eVision Media is a full-service website development and digital marketing boutique firm offering website design, graphic design, branding, social media management and education, SEO/SEM marketing, copywriting and business mentoring.

While collaborating with entrepreneurs and business owners to create a professional & unique brand/website presence, Susan Friesen and her team strive to meet exceptional service and quality standards their referral-based business anticipates from them. From concept to completion and beyond, eVision Media is a “one stop” shop that cares deeply about their client’s success.

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eVision Media Shines in the Spotlight as a Business Excellence Award Winner 2016

eVision Media Shines in the Spotlight as a Business Excellence Award Winner 2016

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA – November 30, 2016 — eVision Media of Abbotsford, British Columbia was presented with the Business Excellence Award by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce in the Home-Based Business Category.

Over 500 guests came out to celebrate this year’s 21st Annual event that took place on November 24, 2016 at the Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford. The Business Excellence Award recognizes winners who are Leaders in their industry with a commitment to Customer Service, a concern for the Community, and a passion for Innovation.

This year, the Abbotsford Chamber presented awards for 12 categories including home-based-business, retailer, manufacturing and production, agricultural and agri-business, consumer services, business services, young entrepreneur of the year, non-profit organization of the year, new business of the year, and established business of the year and more.

“We are proud to be honoured with this special recognition'” said Susan Friesen, Owner of eVision Media. “We are excited to be among local business leaders who have displayed excellence in service and contributed so generously in our communities.”

The mission of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce is to represent, serve and connect their approximately 700 members to build and sustain a thriving business community.

Abbotsford Chamber President Josh Bach said, “Abbotsford is such a tremendous place in which to work and live. This year we received 90 nominations for the business excellence award, which were carefully considered by our panel of Board members to select winners for each of the categories.  We are excited for our members to continue to be “The Voice of Business” in Abbotsford.”

The recipients of the 2016 Business Excellence Awards are:

To find out more about the Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards visit the chamber website here: www.abbotsfordchamber.com/business-excellence-awards

To learn more about eVision Media’s services, visit their website at www.eVisionMedia.ca that includes an informative business and marketing blog providing tips and strategies for entrepreneurs and business owners.

About eVision Media

Founded in 1999, eVision Media is a full-service British Columbia web development and digital marketing boutique firm offering website design, graphic design, branding, social media, SEO/SEM marketing, copywriting and business mentoring.

Contact Information:
Susan Friesen
eVision Media
Phone: 604-855-4643
E-Mail: susan@evisionmedia.ca
Website: www.evisionmedia.ca

Joshua Bach
2015/17 President
Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce
Website: www.abbotsfordchamber.com

Wishing You a Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year!

Happy Holidays from eVision Media

This time of year brings festivity and family fun. It is a time for remembering and looking forward.

We want to take a moment to wish you, your staff, family and all of those you love a wonderful holiday season.

We are so very grateful and appreciative of being able to serve you this past year and look forward to connecting with you more next year!

May your New Year goals manifest effortlessly and 2015 brings you peace, success and an abundance of joy.

Wishing you wonderful memories during this joyous season.

From our family to yours,
The Team at eVision Media

eVision Media team
Our Team: Brendan, Matt, Daniel and Susan with Dana and Jason below
Missing: Kristie, Mariah, Laura, Asif and Andrew


Facebook Marketing Super Seminar 2012

I’ve recently been reviewing my old blog posts for content I can use in our social media eTips and I came across an old graphic I posted of really staggering Facebook facts.

It’s rather large, and I’d prefer not to post it again here (just scroll down the blog a bit to April 24th, 2012 if you’d like) but here are some key points:

-Facebook has 845+ monthly active users

-425+ million mobile users

-2.7 billion+ “likes”

Wow. These facts are still as impressive as when I first saw them!

For your business this means millions of engaged, active users just waiting to jump on great content, content that could be yours.

However, do you know how to leverage this potential to it’s maximum effect?

One of my favorite experts on Facebook marketing, Mari Smith, and a collection of her big-named contemporaries are featured speakers in this year’s mega on-line event: Facebook Success Summit 2012

It’s a collection of webinars spread over three weeks starting October 2nd.

What I like about this one is the wide and diverse range of topics being discussed by the hosts, it seems in a word: complete.

One thing about this webinar that I’ve noticed in it’s marketing is it’s tremendous early bird value. They’re giving you a 50% discount if you register early, so if it interests you it’s important to sign up early and save your cash.

I prefer to think that THIS is the original price and if we wait, we pay double. Not going to happen! Perhaps check out the free sample: http://ow.ly/cAgn5

But all the savings in the world aren’t worth it if there isn’t great content. Here’s just a sample of what will specifically be discussed:

* Facebook marketing strategy that work, and save you time
* Growing and managing a Facebook following
* Generating hot leads that PAY with Facebook
* Newsfeed optimization, metrics and analytics
* Edit and manage your content to make you shine

The seminars will be recorded and you’ll have the ability to watch them at your leisure if you can’t make the webinars at the times they are broadcast.

I talk about these webinars because they have helped me so much in crafting eVisionmedia’s social media strategy. Yes, I myself have invested in many of them!

They’re great value in that you can watch them from the comfort of your home or office, saving money on travel, and having the transcripts and archived video at your fingertips makes sure you don’t miss a single nugget of important info.

What makes this one so unique is the amount of talent:

Mari Smith (co-author, Facebook Marketing)

-Dave Kerpen (author, Likeable Social Media)

-Amy Porterfield (co-author, Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies)

-John Haydon (co-author, Facebook Marketing for Dummies)

-Brian Carter (author, The Like Economy)

-Mark Schaefer (author, Return on Influence)

-Chris Treadaway (co-author, Facebook Marketing)

-Jesse Stay (author, Facebook Application Development for Dummies)

-Andrea Vahl (co-author, Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies)

To name a few…

Remember, this webinar also involves a 50% savings if you register early, so if you feel this huge collection of talent can help you max out your Facebook marketing skills, don’t delay and check out the free sample to see if it works for you: http://ow.ly/cAgn5

Facebook is here to stay, and it can be one of the best, free, marketing channels you can use. The trick is to use it effectively, and the Facebook Success Summit seems like a great resource to leverage those amazing Facebook usership numbers to maximize your business.

To your Facebook success!


About the Author, Susan Friesen

Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and download your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Free webinar: 9 Small Businesses Doing Social Media Right and What You Need to Know

Are you looking for some creative social media marketing ideas for your small business? Do you want to know how your peers are using social media?

Please consider joining Michael Stelzner (founder, Social Media Examiner) on Tuesday, January 17th, in a live and FREE event called “9 Small Businesses Doing Social Media Right and What You Need to Know.”  See http://bit.ly/socialmediajan17

Michael will show you what smart small businesses are doing right with social media and what you need to know.

By attending this free online event you’ll discover innovative ways your peers are using social media (and leave with tons of ideas).

The free seats are limited to the first 1000 people (and the event takes place in just a few days).  Be sure to go here and secure your seat now before they’re gone: http://bit.ly/socialmediajan17

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,


P.S. Remember, this is a free online event and it will be recorded — but you must register in advance by going here now: http://bit.ly/socialmediajan17

The real story behind a work-a-holic

Some might call me a work-a-holic. I must admit, I almost wear that title like a badge of honour; proud of my accomplishments and the long hours I have invested in order to achieve them. It was just recently when I had a moment of clarity as to exactly why I am a work-a-holic and trust me, wanting to work hard, long hours has nothing to do with it! Given a choice, I’d much rather be lounging poolside as I work on my glowing tan, sipping fancy drinks with those tiny umbrella’s in them and reading some trashy romance novel (well, ok, make it a self help book instead). Oh, but be a multi-millionaire too. Minor detail.

If you are familiar with "Sacred Gifts" then you might already know where my story is heading. You see, one of my Sacred Gifts is the gift of Assistance (as well as the gift of "Service" which adds to the mix). Those of us with this gift have an absolute need to be of service. We thrive on it; our self value often depends on it. Many times to our detriment.

Here are some of the traits of those with the gift of assistance: We are dedicated to the success of another, we easily anticipate the needs of another, we love to be more in the background being the helpers than being on stage, and we are committed to the people we are serving.

Does this ring true for you or perhaps you know of someone with these traits? They aren’t hard to find in a crowd… they’re always the ones putting their hand up volunteering, serving on committees, and always have the "just tell me what needs to be done and I’ll get it done" attitude.

This all sounds quite wonderful, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, there’s a darker side that many aren’t aware of… the true story that goes on behind the scenes. The problem is, us "Assistants" have boundary issues. Yep, there, I said it! Saying "no" to a client or letting them know they have to wait until the next day before something can get done is really tough for me. In my mind, I’ve let them down severely and I’ve convinced myself that most likely they will immediately go and find someone else who can help them quicker than I can if I do.

Oh, you say that’s not the case and I’m just being silly? Well, we do live in an "immediate" society where people want satisfaction now and can’t wait for someone else to get around to doing their bidding.

The problem is compounded when my own clients ALSO have the gift of Assistance. Can you see the duplicity? THEY have no problems working non-stop and helping others … often at the sacrifice of their health, quality family time and personal wellness, so they actually expect others working with them to be the same way as they. I know I myself have fallen into this trap when I deal with my own resources wondering why on earth can’t they move any quicker? After all, it’s only Sunday night after dinner – what else could they possibly be doing but watching TV anyway?

So there you have it. We were born this way and didn’t choose to be work-a-holics. I continue to work on my boundaries but dare say the moment a client even remotely shows disappointment when I try to enforce them, I’m quick to say, "Ok, I can do it now". Sigh. Is there hope for me yet?

If you are interested in hearing more about Sacred gifts, I learned about mine at a fabulous workshop in Vancouver in the spring and Monique is holding another one Oct. 2-3, 2010 near Vancouver BC Canada. http://bit.ly/9EEFFm


Happy Holidays!


Thank you to all who have been a part of the eVision Media network family this past year. We are very grateful for the wonderful people that we have had the pleasure to work with and look forward to nurturing your success in years to come.

Wishing you and your special ones a happy holiday season and an amazing New Year from all of us at eVision Media.

… Susan, Daniel, Warren, Jared, Ken, Jiyoung, Tim, Dilpreet and Cindy!

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself…
Norman Wesley Brooks
“Let Every Day Be Christmas,” 1976