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Weekend to Conquer Cancer

The Weekend to Conquer Cancer needs your help!

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The Weekend to Conquer Cancer needs your help!

This year, especially, important causes and charities need help more than ever, with fundraising significantly affected by the pandemic.

Weekend to Conquer Cancer

This Saturday, Sept. 12 marks the Weekend to Conquer Cancer, and once again, as she has done for the last 14 years, new home industry marketing executive Linda O’Connor of Ryan Design International is participating in honour of her friend, Missy Daiter.

“Missy was an incredibly warm, caring and generous person,” O’Connor says. “She was an amazing mother and wife, the most devoted daughter and sister, and a loyal friend. She was brave until the very end. In 2017, Missy lost her incredible fight against cancer. Her spirit and strength throughout her sickness were remarkable and her courage was an example for her family and friends.”

The Weekend to Conquer Cancer benefits Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, with the sole objective to find a cure for cancer in our lifetime. Your donation supports personalized cancer medicine, research, treatment advances, education and new standards of care at The Princess Margaret – in Ontario and around the world. It will give scientists and research clinicians the opportunity to better understand the individual nature of each cancer and each patient.

Nearly one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, which is why your support means so much.

Please visit O’Connor’s Weekend to Conquer Cancer personal page to make a donation.

 

 

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THE AD EXECUTIVE: The marketing rules are ever changing

THE AD EXECUTIVE: The marketing rules are ever changing

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THE AD EXECUTIVE: The marketing rules are ever changing

This is a brave new world – the world of Facebook, Google and Instagram, of short attention spans and instant gratification.

by Linda O’Connor
Ryan Design

With the population of the GTA expected to grow by over 2.6 million to 7.45 million people by 2031, the demand for new housing is greater than ever. That being said, with opportunity comes a crowded market, fierce competition and the dire need to stand out. While newspapers, magazines, TV and radio have their place as valuable advertising tools, social media provides layers of added engagement, and many of the old rules don’t apply anymore. This is a brave new world – the world of Facebook, Google and Instagram, of short attention spans and instant gratification.

Here’s where social media can play a vital role in the success or failure of any project. Being a highly visual medium, social media gives you a chance to show off your work to a wider audience and reach the right people in a way you never thought you could. Post a great picture of your project and it instantly gets shared, widening your reach and engagement levels.

Social media has completely changed how people search for, research and buy new homes. In the past, they got their information from newspaper and magazine ads, radio ads and billboards, but nowadays they turn to social media for information. This is a paradigm shift, and we in the industry must move with the times and change the way we market and advertise our projects.

Because social media is interactive, you can instantly gauge the success of your campaign by how many clicks it generates, how many likes, how many times it’s shared, where it’s shared, and so on. That’s the magic of metrics and analytics – the power to put precise numbers and data to your ad campaign in a way that’s never been possible before. Every ad dollar can now be accurately tracked and every penny can be put to maximum use.

Facebook has become a giant in digital advertising solely on the basis of the vast information it has about its members, and it has found a way to monetize that information. Whether you want your ad to be targeted by behaviours, interests, age ranges, languages or locations, your Facebook ads will be served to the right people at the right place, and at the right time.

Instagram has become another popular avenue to promote your brand and product because, as we all know, homebuyers love photos! By uploading pictures of your gorgeous homes or renderings, decor centres and sold-out events, you’ll instantly entice your customers to be more intrigued about your project. With the help of popular hashtags added to your posts, you will be able to reach new heights by getting more views to your page and generate more likes.

The thing about social media is that it’s instant, and it’s viral, but your message needs to be fast and concise before you miss your chance to attract your audience. By asking the right questions, listening to your customers, and engaging with them, you can improve your product, finetune your message, plan your events, and offer the right incentives. By providing relevant messaging in real time, you can create trust and instill confidence in your customers. At Ryan Design International, we understand every tool is only as good as the user, and social media is no different. With a proper understanding of its impressive powers, our award-winning digital team can maximize reach, optimize value and provide better and more cost-efficient media spend to reach potential homebuyers.

Linda O’Connor is the CEO of Ryan Design International.

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The Ad Executive: Use VR to transform the new homebuying experience

The Ad Executive: Use VR to transform the new homebuying experience

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The Ad Executive: Use VR to transform the new homebuying experience

by Linda O’Connor

Get ready for a whole new way to see, feel and touch a new home before it’s even been built.

Virtual Reality is now making it possible for people to “preview” a new home in a fully immersive 3D environment.

Now you can go into a new home sales office, put on the special VR headset and you’re right in the middle of 360-degree 3D world that lets you move from room to room in a new home or condo and fully envision all of its features and finishes.

Ryan Design International has always been on the leading edge of new technology and is now happy to provide its builders with VR services, which they can offer to their homebuying clients.

Some companies specializing in renderings/illustrations are starting to offer VR but they are technology companies and not real estate experts like the team at Ryan Design International. With a 30-year history in successfully marketing real estate, Ryan Design understands how to sell real estate, and what today’s buyers are looking for in a new homebuying experience.

VR allows you to explore a large home at your own pace and see everything yourself from any vantage point you like. This is particularly ideal for anyone interested in a custom home, allowing them to see what they’ll be getting before the shovel is even in the ground.

In a large condo, you can not only walk through the whole suite but you can look out the windows and see the actual views, as well as visualize the lobby and all of the amenity spaces. VR also helps to bring feature and finish selections alive. For example, a buyer can see changes to floor colour instantly and so much more.

From video games to a multitude of industrial applications, VR is changing the way we look at the world. And more and more it will be enriching the customer experience for today’s new home buyers.

Linda O’Connor is the CEO of Ryan Design International.

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