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The Three Mustacheers Take on Movember!

All for one, and one for all!

Men’s Health Issues Don’t Stand a Chance!

In support of men’s health issues around the world, the boys at YasTech have decided to participate in Movember! Of course, growing mustaches alone, is kind of…well…boring. So naturally, we had to take it up a notch.

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The three guys (now formally referred to as the Three Mustacheers) will be competing against each other to see who can get closest to their goal stache. Staches will be graded on the following attributes:

  1. Creativity of Chosen Goal Staches
  2. Stache Fill – is it a scary whispy teen stache? Or did that bad boy fill in?
  3. Grooming Effort – distinguished or disgusting?
  4. Donations – did we hit our team goal?

On a serious note, our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.This is why we have started our own campaign with the Movember Foundation.

We appreciate any contributions. Nothing is too big or too small.

Click here to donate to our team!

Presenting: The Three Mustacheers YXE & Their Goal Staches.

Aramis (A.K.A Mike) FT. CLASSIC “HANDLE BAR” MUSTACHE

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Arthos (A.K.A Travis) ft. “espinoza special” mustache

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Porthus (A.K.A Andrew) ft. the “Batman” Mustache

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Sask Worst Website Contest! Win A FREE Website For Your Business!

Saskatchewan’s Worst Website Contest

Does Your Website Stink?

Do you have the worst website in Saskatchewan? If the odds are good, you are the perfect candidate for our brand new contest!
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Why Enter? Because We Have Prizes Galore!

In an effort to make the web a nicer place to browse here in Saskatchewan, we are looking for the worst websites in Saskatchewan. If you are chosen as the winner (don’t worry we won’t judge) you could win a brand new website for your business!

Click here to enter now!

But what if you aren’t the worst, but still pretty bad? Don’t worry we have prizes for you too.

  1. Grand Prize: NEW WEBSITE!
  2. Runner-Up: 2 x $500 YasTech credit
  3. Honourable Mention: 3 x $100 YasTech credit

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Is It Time To Flush Your Website?

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Don’t Make a Crappy First Impression

In 2016, your website is truly the front door of your business. Anyone who tells you anything different is just in denial. Your website is often the very first impression you make to your customers. Thus, making the right impression is crucial.

But it isn’t just about design. If your website is organized and structured with your audience in mind, a website can do much more than just look good. It can increase leads, sales, and save you time. Your website should be thought of as the hub of your marketing efforts and an extension of your team.

Does your website do these things for you? If not, maybe it’s time to flush it.

CONTEST ENDS OCTOBER 20, 2016

SUBMIT YOUR WEBSITE NOW

Accepting entries until October 20th, 2016. Once the contest closes a voting period will take place to determine who truly has the worst website in Saskatchewan!

Remember, You Don’t Have To Settle!

Don’t settle for a crappy website. If you win our contest, you could have a website that looks like this:

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OR THIS…

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OR THIS!

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If your website could literally be the worst in Saskatchewan, don’t worry. We can help make it the best!

For your chance to win Enter our contest before October 20th
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YasTech Summer Tour Series Part 5: Michelle’s Escape

YASTECH SUMMER TOUR SERIES PART 5

Welcome back to our final Summer Tour everybody! As summer comes to a close, our fun series following around our YasTech team on their summer vacations has come to an end too.

In our last edition we all learnt the tragic news…. Megan is officially off the market. Sorry YXE bachelors.

Next up is… our little Michelle! Though things were a little hectic with her gone, we are glad she managed to have an awesome summer escape with her bestie. Check out some highlights of her trip below.

Edition 5: Michelle Novick

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Name: Michelle Novick
Position: Office Manager/ Office Administrator
# of Days on Holidays: 5
KM’s from YasTech Headquarters: 1,200 km

Where did you go on your holiday?

Drumheller

  • Horseshoe Canyon (Badlands)
  • Horsethief Canyon
  • Hoodoo Trail

Calgary

Banff
Johnston Canyon
Lake Louise
Radium

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What was the pit and peak of your trip?

  • Pit: Place was closed for bubble tea, got stuck in awful weather, traffic and leaving beautiful BC!
  • Peak: Visiting the mountains, seeing Giraffes and Penguins (couple of my favs), hiking, and stuffing my face with great food!

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What was the best thing you ate or drank on the trip?

  • Favourite meal: Bannock & STEAK (not at the same time) Haha..
  • Favourite drink: As always, Blue Hawaiian.

What was the one MUST DO thing you did on this trip (that you would recommend to others)? 

Johnston Canyon – it is so beautiful and worth the hike!

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Who did you travel with or to see?

I travelled with my lobster (forever friend) Shanda. I even managed to pop in to see my brother DJ along the way too!

How did you get there?

Roadtrip! Even though I drove the entire way, nothing beats a roadie with your BFF and good tunes!

Meme that best sums up your trip:

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Books read/Netflix series devoured:

None.

How would you rate your trip on a scale of 1-10?

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CHECK OUT SOME OF michelle’S FAVOURITE PICS BELOW!

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YasTech Summer Tour Series Part 4: Megan’s Gettin Hitched!

YASTECH SUMMER TOUR SERIES PART 4

Welcome back to our Summer Tour everybody! With this fun series we are following around our YasTech team on their summer vacations. Our team has some pretty amazing summer plans scoped out and we are excited to share some of the best pits, peaks, tips, and pics with you all!

Last time we heard about Mike’s trip to the Rockies. This was definitely a scenic trip for our little YasTech mascots (Brooklyn & Ty), who were seeing the mountains for their first time!

Next up is… me (Megan)! I had a super awesome trip to the Shuswap. I caught up with tons of my family and friends and brought back some very exciting news to the office! Check out my trip below (not switching to third person though…that would just be weird).

Edition 4: Megan Wingate

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Name: Megan Wingate
Position: Sales & Marketing Manager
# of Days on Holidays: 9
KM’s from YasTech Headquarters: 1,200 km

Where did you go on your holiday?

Kamloops
Shuswap Lake
Johnson Lake
Vernon

What was the pit and peak of your trip?

Pit: Leaving! Even though the weather wasn’t the hottest, it is always hard to leave behind your friends and family.

Peak: Getting engaged to my best friend! Though the proposal itself was a little dicey (having to crawl up a slippery waterfall and carry a ring in his pocket while we swam out to it). He gets crafty points for thinking ahead and bringing a zip-lock sandwich bag to protect the merchandise.

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What was the best thing you ate or drank on the trip?

Favourite meal:Peter’s Pasta! This is a little local jem in Kamloops. True to its name, Peter, who hails from Italy, truly makes the best pasta I have ever had. But almost as good as his pasta is the homemade salad dressing. You can literally look around the restaurant at any time and see people licking their plates clean. When salad makes you lick your plate… you know you are doing something right.
Favourite drink: Beer and OJ. How can you go wrong with that?

What was the one MUST DO thing you did on this trip (that you would recommend to others)? 

Definitely go check out Johnson Lake. It is so quiet and peaceful. There are no public beaches and very little development near by. The water is crystal clear and it is absolutely beautiful. A great place to relax and break away from the typical hustle and bustle lifestyle.

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Did you check off any of your ‘bucket list’ items on your trip?

Yes! I am getting married!
Oh and also… had my champagne birthday! 26th on the 26th! That only happens once in a lifetime!

Who did you travel with or to see?

I traveled with my fiancé Cory (ha! that’s fun to say). We visited with tons of family and friends along the way. I even managed to catch my good friend’s wedding in Vernon.

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How did you get there?

We flew from Saskatoon, but once we arrived in Kamloops we road tripped all over.

On our trip to Johnson Lake I got so excited to hang with my friend and sister that we may have forgotten about getting gas (apparently that is a necessary part of a successful road trip). Luckily we came across an old town in right in the nick of time to keep our road trip rockin.

Meme that best sums up your trip:

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Books read/Netflix series devoured:

Book 5 of the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day.

How would you rate your trip on a scale of 1-10?

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CHECK OUT SOME OF megan’S FAVOURITE PICS BELOW!

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YasTech Summer Tour Series Part 3: Exploring the Rockies

YasTech Summer Tour Series Part 3

Welcome back to our Summer Tour everybody! With this fun series we are following around our YasTech team on their summer vacations. Our team has some pretty amazing summer plans scoped out and we are excited to share some of the best pits, peaks, tips, and pics with you all!

Last week our lead designer Travis shared his epic trip to see his beloved Toronto Blue Jays. He also managed to sneak in a day trip to Niagara Falls with his girlfriend Lisa.

Next up, the our head honcho Mike heads off with his fam jam to explore the Rockies! This was an especially exciting trip as our little YasTech mascots (Brooklyn & Ty) had never seen the mountains before! Needless to say, I think they got their fill. Check out all the fun this fam got up to.

Edition 3: Michael Yasieniuk

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Name: Michael Yasieniuk
Position: President
# of Days on Holidays: 7
KM’s from YasTech Headquarters: 800 km

Where did you go on your holiday?

Drumheller
Kananaskis
Banff
Lake Louise

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What was the pit and peak of your trip?

Pit: Thunderstorm in Drumheller that prevented us from going into large metal T-Rex. Apparently it’s not safe to go up into a large metal dinosaur while it is lightning outside?

Peak: Seeing 4 large grizzly bears in the wild in one day.

What was the best thing you ate or drank on the trip?

Favourite meal: Campfire casserole. Nothing beats cooking over a camp fire.
Favourite drink: COFFEE! ☕️ ?

What was the one MUST DO thing you did on this trip (that you would recommend to others)? 

Definitely go spend at least half a day at Moraine Lake. One of the most beautiful places on earth. You can hike and canoe while you’re there as well.

Did you check off any of your ‘bucket list’ items on your trip?

Mike – No.
Ty & Brooklyn – Yes, mountains!

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Who did you travel with or to see?

I travelled with my wife Lindsay and kids Brooklyn and Ty.

How did you get there?

We took our truck and camper and camped in three different parks. Other than a couple noisy kids in the back seat from time to time, the trip went quite smooth.

Meme that best sums up your trip:

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Books read/Netflix series devoured:

Read my first fiction novel in a long time, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

How would you rate your trip on a scale of 1-10?

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CHECK OUT SOME OF mike’s FAVOURITE PICS BELOW!

Special thanks to our little YasTech mascots for all the great pics!

 

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YasTech Summer Tour Series Part 2: Travis is up to bat!

YasTech Summer Tour Series Part 2

Welcome back to our Summer Tour everybody! With this fun series we are following around our YasTech team on their summer vacations. Our team has some pretty amazing summer plans scoped out and we are excited to share some of the best pits, peaks, tips, and pics with you all!

Last week our Lead Developer, Muhammed, shared the highlights of his holiday to Europe! Muhammed is a very talented photographer in his spare time, so he also shared his full albums of each country (Egypt, Germany, Amsterdam). There are some pretty killer shots in there, so be sure to check them out!

Picking up where we left off, Travis is up to bat – literally. Check out what our Lead Designer had to say about his trip to see his beloved Toronto Blue Jays.

Edition 2: Travis Robinson

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Position at YasTech: Lead Web Designer
# of Days on Holidays: 5
KM’s from YasTech Headquarters: 3,081 km

Where did you go on your holiday?

Toronto, Ontario
Oakville, Ontario
Niagara Falls, Ontario

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What was the pit and peak of your trip?

Pit: Waiting in hour and half long line ups to go up the CN Tower and going on the Horn Blower at Niagara Falls. (Whoever came up with that name for the boat should be fired)  Rookie Mistake: Buying a new pair of shoes not meant for walking around Toronto only to wear them all day walking around Toronto. My feet were killing me after that day.

Peak: As a pretty die hard baseball fan going to see the Blue Jays 3 times was definitely the highlight of my trip. Most notably, Bruce (my girlfriend’s dad) “catching” a foul ball. He’ll tell you he made this amazing one-handed catch, saving his wife from getting hit. In actuality, it hit a seat 4 rows in front of us then bounced across the aisle hit another seat and eventually fell right into his lap.?

What were the best things you ate or drank on the trip?

Favourite meal: The foot long hot dog at the Blue Jays game with all of the toppings. Grilled onions and peppers along with mustard, relish, and a few other toppings that I don’t know the names of but tasted amazing.
Favourite drink: King Size Bud Light. Almost 3 beers in 1. Can’t do much better then that.

What was the one MUST DO thing you did on this trip (that you would recommend to others)?

You must go up the CN Tower and stand on the glass floor. If you don’t get a little sick to your stomach looking down on the glass floor, you are lying.

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Did you check off any of your ‘bucket list’ items on your trip?

Yes. Blue Jays Game.

Who did you travel with or to go see?

Girlfriend and her parents/grandma. Also we stayed with her Uncle in Oakville.

How did you get there?

We flew from Saskatoon to Toronto. To get around while we were there we rented a car. As we are about to leave the airport from the rental car area there is a gate where the rental company inspects the vehicle and looks at your paperwork / drivers license. The lady says to my girlfriend’s dad (Bruce), “Sir, you can’t drive this vehicle!” Bruce looks at her and was confused like why not, I already paid for it and signed the contract. The lady says, “Your license is expired.” So my girlfriend’s mom looked at her license it was expired too!

In the end I ended up driving around Toronto.

Meme that sums up your trip best:

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Books read/ Netflix series devoured:

Rainmaker by John Grisham

How would you rate your trip on a scale of 1-10?

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CHECK OUT SOME OF travis’ FAVOURITE PICS BELOW!

We even managed to get a selfie from him and his girlfriend Lisa. Aww.

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YasTech Summer Tour Series Ft. Muhammed

YasTech Summer Tour Series

Summer is in full swing here at the YasTech office, and we have been busy bee’s these last couple months. Not that we are complaining. Actually, this July has been our craziest July in our 10 years of business! Which is clearly awesome. Keep it coming Saskatoon!

Despite our hectic web development schedule, it is important for our team to enjoy some R & R of their own. I mean, we only get so many weeks of non-tundra conditions, right?

Though we will be showcasing many of our new killer sites in the upcoming weeks, we thought we would shed some light on our team’s adventures this summer.

Thus we are proud to present the YasTech Summer Tour Series!

Our team has some pretty amazing summer plans scoped out and we are excited to share some of the best pits, peaks, tips, and pics with you all!

Edition 1: Muhammed Salem

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Position at YasTech: Lead Developer
# of Days on Holidays: 20
KM’s from YasTech Headquarters: over 10,000 km

Where did you go on your holiday?

Germany: Frankfurt
Egypt: Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia
Netherlands: Amsterdam

What was the pit and peak of your trip?

Pit: Egypt was so hot –  above 40 C!  I also got stuck coming through the USA Border on my way back to Canada for more than 2 hours and almost missed my flight back to Vancouver.
Peak: Spent Ramadan with my family

What were the best things you ate or drank on your trip?

Favourite meal: Koushari
Favourite drink: Fresh Mango juice

What was the one MUST DO thing you did on this trip (that your would recommend to others)?

Visit Amsterdam and eat their cheese. There is A LOT.

Did you check off any of your ‘bucket list’ items on your trip?

Yes! I tried Fly Boarding. It was awesome!

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Who did you travel with or to see?

I traveled to Egypt to see my family.  I went to Alexandria with one of my friends,  and met two of my friends in Amsterdam.  One came by bus from Berlin, Germany and spent two days with me.

How did you get there?

In all, my summer vacation took me on 6 different planes.

I flew on Lufthansa (love Lufthansa) to Amsterdam and then from Amsterdam to Vancouver on United Airlines.

On my way to Amsterdam from Munich,  there was an issue in the plane’s engine after we boarded, so we had to change planes.  I didn’t care much, as I was sleeping while they figured out the problem – more sleep for me?.

On my way back to Canada in AMS airport,  they asked if I wanted to switch to a direct flight but I since I had my friend waiting me, I declined their offer and stuck with my plan to try United Airlines ( overseas flight and short distance). Turns out this was a bad decision and I should have accepted the offer ?.  As I mentioned, I ended up getting stuck in the USA border control for more than 2 hours. After they released me I had to find my luggage and drop them then run from terminal to terminal in Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Once I arrived to the gate, just 20 mins before they closed,  they announced that the flight has been delayed.  The total delay time was 80 mins – Definitely didn’t need to run! ?

Your trip in a nutshell:

Spent Ramadan with my family, saw my friends and eat a lot of cultural food. Visited 2 new cities (Frankfurt and Amsterdam), visited new airport (Chicago O’Hare International Airport), tried new water sport in Amsterdam (fly boarding). Tried new airlines Lufthansa and  United Airlines (will never travel on that one again).  Tried delicious cheese in Amsterdam. Visited Alexandria and went to the beach.

Books read/ Netflix series devoured:

None

How would you rate your trip on a scale of 1-10?

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Check out some of Muhammed’s favourite pics below!

If you can’t tell he has an eye for photography and it is one of his hobbies. Check out his full trip albums: Germany, Egypt, Amsterdam.

 

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YasTech Talks Website Essentials at ‘Ideas on Tap’: Content is King

Back in May we were asked to present at a local networking event called “Ideas on Tap“. This event is put on once a month by Vendasta (a large tech company headquartered in Saskatoon). Each month features a new topic and Saskatonians are invited to come, grab a beer, some snacks, and be enlightened as community members talk on their specialty.

Our specialty, of course, is anything and everything to do with websites. When we were asked to present at the May 27th IOT “Website Essentials”, we jumped at the opportunity. There are so many things that are essential when it comes to websites. However one stood out above all. Content. That’s right. No matter how stellar your design, how good your SEO – without quality content, your website will not be doing it’s main job –  that is converting visitors into customers.

Of course we needed a cool way to present this (without boring everyone to death), thus our presentation titled “Content is King – A Cliche Packed Presentation” was born.

Here are the highlights of our presentation.

Or if you’d rather not read, scroll down to the bottom of this post to watch the video or click here.

4 Clichés on WHY Content is ♕

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1.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Visual Appeal. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Make an impression

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2. Dangle a carrot in front of them.

Conversions. Dangle a carrot in front of them.

  • Turn those visitors into customers

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3. Finding a needle in a haystack.

SEO. Finding a needle in a haystack.

  • Your content needs to be found.

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4. Love is blind.

Engagement. Love is blind.

  • Use content to engage customers with your brand

4 Clichés on HOW to Make ♕ Content

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1.A pictures says a thousand words.

Professional Only. A picture says a thousand words.

  • Turn those visitors into customers with quality images

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2. When in Rome, do as Romans do.

Know Your Audience. When in Rome, do as Romans do.

  • Speak their lingo, tell them what to do, show them what they want to know & don’t forget the CTAs

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3. Built like a brick shit house.

Blogging. Built like a brick shit house.

  • Your most solid source for content. SEO, engagement & building creditability

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4. It’s go time.

Write Right. It’s go time.

  • When it comes time to write, don’t forget keywords & your audience

Last take-away….Time is money.

♕ Don’t waste time. Create some content.content strategy

  • One last take-away is give yourself a deadline. Force yourself to have it done by a specific date. Continuously improve later. And try to keep your content fresh and updated.

 

Watch the Video Here:

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Our Tribute to Sasquatchewan

Saskatchewan

(n. originates from the hairy, ape-like creature Sasquatch. AKA Sasquatchewan)

After an NBA clip from the Utah Jazz game went viral last week we thought we should pay tribute to our province’s new claim to fame. As CTV reported:

The announcer, Jeff Wade, made the comment after his network colleague mentioned during Tuesday night’s game between the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks that Saskatoon-born Jazz forward Trey Lyles is the first-ever NBA player from Saskatchewan.

“Wow, that’s an impressive NBA fact right there,” Wade said. “Of course, that region (is) known for being home to a lot of sasquatches.”

“Saskatchewan?” asked the other announcer in apparent bewilderment.

“Yes,” Wade replied. “That’s what it’s named after.”

Sasquatchewan is born!

SEEING IS BELIEVING OR IS IT HEARING?

THANKS TO JEFF WADE OF FOX SPORTS, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA IS NOW FAMOUS FOR SASQUATCHES.

Although to date, there has not been many Sasquatch sightings in Saskatchewan, no one can prove that this mythical creature did not originate from the province that shares a similar name.

Check out our mini site honouring our dear mother Sasquatch!

SASQUATCHEWAN

 

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Let’s Camp Online Booking Software

We are super excited to announce the expansion of our custom Let’s Camp booking software!

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Let’s Camp is a cloud based online booking system that gives campgrounds the ability to let their campers book sites at their campground online from any device!

How it Started

This idea first came about when St. Brieux Regional Park hired us to build their website and an online booking system form their park. While working with St. Brieux we learned a lot about how campground bookings work and a seed was planted. Then a situation arose that solidified our belief that we had to build this software in such a way that we could make it available to other parks.

Here’s what happened…

One of our team members here at YasTech was trying to book a campsite at his favourite Saskatchewan Regional Park. He waited patiently for the date when the camp opened for bookings. The process was still quite old fashioned, requiring him to phone in to reserve his camp site. Of course, since this is what everyone was waiting to do, all he got was busy signal after busy signal, leaving a message and eventually securing his booking 2 days later. As inconvenient as that was, he felt worse for the park employee, who had to spend hours taking manual bookings and accommodating everyone’s request.

It’s 2016 for Pete’s sake, we need to fix this problem. That is how Let’s Camp came to be.

Benefits and Features

Our system allows campers to book and pay for a site online. It also provides a comprehensive management system for the campground. Keeping track of all reservations, transactions and guests in one place helps parks to stay better organized.

The software is also completely customizable and adjusts to any park’s unique booking timeframes, logo, colours, policies, etc. Most importantly it saves both campers and camp employees endless amounts of time and frustration.

Best of all, Let’s Camp is a home grown product, created and designed by Saskatchewan minds. Did we mention it is affordable?

Currently we are helping a significant list of Saskatchewan Regional Parks for this 2016 season! Check to see if your favourite park is one of them. We have linked to the systems that are already taking bookings:

To learn more about this online booking system, check out letscamp.ca. If you are a business that takes campsite or even cabin rentals and you’re looking to improve your booking process and save frustration, contact us and we will setup a free demo for you to allow you to see all the features our Let’s Camp software has to offer.

Click here for a demo!

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