Get to Know Susan Friesen

Web Development Specialist, eBusiness & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor

Susan Friesen - Marketing Consultant, Web developer and Social Media AdvisorAs the founder, Susan brings a unique advantage to eVision Media clients by having earned a Bachelor in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Computer Information Systems through the Thompson River’s University.

Her experience in the Web Development industry since 1999 has gained her much insight and knowledge in how to effectively brand a business and then translate that to a user-friendly, search-engine friendly, custom designed website. She is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School Multi-Media program and also earned several certificates in technology through the University of Victoria and Athabasca University.

Throughout the years, she has also studied many industry experts such as Kim Castle (Branding), Mari Smith, Kris Gilbertson, Sean Malarkey, Lewis Howes, Melanie Duncan & Amy Porterfield (Social Media), Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero, Troy White & Doug Edwards (Copywriting), Fabienne Fredrickson (Client Attraction), Ali Brown & Lisa Sasavich (Product Launch) and David Neagle (Mindset) to broaden her scope of knowledge in order to bring the best of all marketing worlds to her clients.

She won the 2003-2004 Governor General’s Bronze Academic Award for achieving the highest academic standing in a diploma-level post secondary program.

Susan is a past webmaster for the collectively-owned Hollinger websites such as The Vancouver Sun, The Province, Vancouver Today and others (they are all now under the umbrella). She also worked with Tourism BC on the North American website, as well as the UK and Australian sister sites.

Member of the BPW Langley

Susan is a member of The Business and Professional Women Network, an International non-profit organization comprised of women working for working women. Their mission is to achieve a just and equal status of women in all levels and areas of society where decisions are taken in true partnership with men, based on mutual respect, for a more balanced and peaceful world.

An Interview With Susan

How long have you been a web developer and how did you become an eBusiness mentor from that?
In 1999 I graduated from an intensive multi-media program at the Vancouver Film School where I was immediately offered a job as assistant web master for Hollinger Digital. ... Read More

Who do you work with exactly?
Being one myself, I love working with women entrepreneurs who seek the extra support and marketing guidance that will help build their business. We also work with many men too as well as corporate and government agency clients. Before I can provide an estimate, I need to get to know their business and what their goals are first. ...Read More

What happens if you haven't worked with businesses in my industry yet?
One of the great advantages to working in this industry, is that I get the opportunity to learn about all kinds of different businesses while working with our client. ...Read More

How are you different from all the other web developers out there?
Many clients come to us because they are unhappy with their current web developer. ...Read More

Who do you work with the best and what would you expect from me?
I love working with entrepreneurs and business owners who are passionate about their business and understand the value of branding and what role their website plays in their overall business success.
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How long does it take to get me up and running?
This really does depend on what it is we are doing for you. ...Read More

What exactly is "branding" and why do I need it?
The short answer is that branding is "personality or essence" you want your business to be perceived as when someone walks away from doing business with you. ...Read More

What is SEO/SEM and eMarketing and why is it so important?
SEO stands for "Search Engine Optimization" where SEM stands for "Search Engine Marketing". eMarketing is a bit different where it encompasses all marketing avenues that are available to a business person through the Internet. ...Read More

What kind of mentoring do you offer?
Over the years, I have helped many clients get more familiar and comfortable with the on-line world.
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Can I contact some of your clients to see what it's like to work with you?
Absolutely! As you can see, there are many testimonials throughout the site of happy clients that we have worked with over the years. ...Read More

How would we work together and what is the process involved?
First of all, I'd be thrilled to work with you so I can help you grow and expand your business! ...Read More

How do you prefer to be paid and do you take credit cards?
When I prepare an estimate, it is with the assumption the project will be paid for by either cash or cheque. We do this so we can pass on as much savings as possible to our clients by not adding on the admin fees of credit card processing. ...Read More

Ok, I know what program I want but am unsure of which level to choose, can you help me with those options?
Absolutely! That's what I'm here for. We can go over all your options, assess where you are at right now, and I will help bring clarity to what your needs are to get you started. ...Read More

I'm not sure if I'm ready to make such an investment in my business, do you have any low-cost options I can consider to help me decide what to do?
Certainly. I understand if you are not quite ready yet to burst on the business scene and need some time to get more clarity on what you want to do. ...Read More

Ok, I'm ready to invest in not only my business but in myself too, but I have a couple of questions. Can I call you?
Congratulations on making that first step to building a successful business! I know it can be a scary thing to do, but don't worry, as I am here to guide and nurture you every step of the way! ...Read More

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