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Yas’ 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Rules

Here are the rules for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway event! Tell your friends, win some prizes, get to know some of our favorite clients, and have fun!

  • This contest runs Dec 10 – 21 2018
  • In order to be entered into any of these draws, you must either like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram, or both.
  • Participants can enter each day’s draw up to five times by:
  1. Liking the post on Facebook
  2. Sharing the post on Facebook
  3. Commenting on the post on Facebook
  4. Liking the post on Instagram
  5. Commenting on the post on Instagram
  • Participants may enter and win the draw more than once
  • Participants do not get extra entries for extra comments, unliking and then reliking, etc
  • Winners for each day will be announced the next day, except for winners from Friday and Saturday, which will be announced the following Monday
  • Entries will be accepted until 11:59PM the date the post is made
  • If the winner cannot be reached on social media, we will announce their first name and where they’re from, and they will be expected to contact us via email to claim their prize.
  • Some prizes will need to be claimed at certain locations within Saskatoon, Prince Albert, and North Battleford. Non-location-specific prizes can be mailed anywhere within Canada.
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Announcing YasTech Golf

We are super excited to announce our newest solution, YasTech Golf!

YasTech Golf WebsitesOver the last couple of years, we have built some strong Golf Industry relationships and, based on our client’s feedback, feel we needed to create a dedicated Golf Division. With this launch we have created a website and social channels dedicated to promoting our solutions to the golf industry, and built out a demo website at that showcases our golf specific offerings.

By becoming a Preferred Partner with the PGA of Canada, and a Golfmax Supplier with the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada (NGCOA), YasTech Golf is able to offer attractive pricing and unlimited options for the Golf Industry. We continue to build relationships with golf associations and industry suppliers so that we can continually grow our offerings as well.

Core Offerings

YasTech Golf’s core product offerings are designed to allow clients have the option of selecting specific features to compliment their website, effectively growing their bottom line. These core products include:

  • Website Design & Development
  • Event Registration
  • Fully Integrated Online Store
  • Lesson Booking
  • Golf Course Apps
  • Email Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing

With a team that includes Scott Allan and Travis Robinson, two former PGA of Canada Professionals with a combined over 20 years of industry experience, we have a depth of understanding of the golf industry and their needs.

Golf Portfolio

Cooke MunicipalHere’s a few of our more recent golf website projects:

We’re are currently working with more great courses and pros and will keep our portfolio packed on our new golf website.

 

Let’s Connect

Here’s where you can follow our golf division:

Website: yastechgolf.com
Demo Golf Course Site: rockyhills.yastechgolf.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/yastechgolf
Twitter: @yastechgolf
Instagram: @yastechgolf

YasTech will still be working with clients in all industries, but just like our Real Estate tools and Let’s Camp Booking system, we now have a tools specific to help the golf industry.

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2017 NSBA Business Builder Award for New Direction

It has taken me awhile to put this post together, but back at the end of March, YasTech was humbled to win the NSBA Business Builder Award for New Direction.

The North Saskatoon Business Association states on their website that this award is “Awarded to the NSBA business that identifies and pursues a new business idea.” The reason we were in this category was for our online campground booking software called Let’s Camp. The development of this software and its continued development has been one of the key areas of growth at YasTech over the past couple years, and it was great to be recognized for it.

Lets Camp AwardOur Let’s Camp booking system was first developed four years ago for a single park here in Saskatchewan. This solution solved the problem of a park manager spending weeks taking bookings over the phone and through email at the start of and throughout the camping season. Campers can now go online and book their own campsites and this frees up the camp staff to attend to other important park tasks.

Today we have over 20 parks in Saskatchewan that use our software, a handful in British Columbia, two in Alberta and two in Ontario. We are focused on continuing to improve the features of this cloud-based software and grow our market share across Canada and eventually the world. One key advantage we have in this niche right now is that there are almost no other Canadian based companies providing a similar solution. To learn more about this software, visit letscamp.ca.

YasTech has been a member of the NSBA for the past few years now and occasionally attend breakfast club meetings and lunch events, but have not been nominated for a Business Builder Award until this year. When we first found out we were a finalist is this category we felt that was recognition enough. When the award sponsor Quinn Magnuson of BDC called our name on stage at the awards night, I was ecstatic and humbled. We were up against some great competition in this category including Firebird Business Consulting Ltd., ProjectLine Solutions Inc., and Treeternity Memorial Forest.

To view a list of all awards and winners for 2017, check out this blog on the NSBA website.

Thanks again to the NSBA for this award. We look forward to continued growth and the opportunity to win more awards in 2018. As a small business in Saskatoon, we highly recommend other small businesses join this organization as it is an excellent catalyst to help your business grow.

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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!
worst-website

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

View Prize Details

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:

ryde-website

OR THIS…

gold-eagle-website

OR THIS!

sk-staycation-website

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 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

toronto blue jays

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

Niagara falls

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.

CN tower

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:

blue jays donald trump meme

Books read/ Netflix series devoured:

Rainmaker by John Grisham

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

9

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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Hyundai PGA Scramble of Canada!

Hyundai PGA Scramble: New National Event Comes to Canada

We are very excited to begin our new partnership with Green Golf Designs in the development of the Hyundai PGA Scramble of Canada website!

The PGA of Canada is proud to announce the launch of its newest national event, the Hyundai PGA Scramble of Canada.

The Hyundai PGA Scramble of Canada is a new national series of events taking place at more than 200 golf facilities around the country in 2016, culminating with regional finals and a national final later this year… [Read more]

All ? Golf ❤er’s head to the website and subscribe to stay in the loop!

“This grassroots, amateur-level tournament gives golfers everywhere the opportunity to compete, play with professionals, and challenge themselves to raise their game like no other series in the country.”
Don Romano, President and CEO for Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

Hey, maybe that could be you!

Hyundai PGA Scramble of Canada

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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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Released 4 New Websites in March

We have now launched four new websites for clients who are looking to grow their companies in March. South Country Estates, Driven Industries, Northern Sky, and Kitchen Designs by Delta now have a web presence.

South Country Estates is a 421 acre rural residential subdivision of 86 sites ranging in size from 2.04 acres to 7.07 acres. It is conveniently located 10 minutes south of Saskatoon on paved roads. You can enjoy the space and peacefulness of country living while being close to city amenities and Blackstrap Lake Provincial Park.

Web Design for South Country Estates

Driven Industries is a mobile welding contractor that specializes in pressure piping, aluminum, stainless, and custom fabrication. They are one of a small number of local companies certified by both the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) and by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Web Design for Driven Industries

Northern Sky is a locally owned Family business. The team at Northern Sky Developments is both knowledgeable and committed to providing you with the very best in design concepts, quality and workmanship. They offer extensive design and consultation experience that will assure your new home will end up spectacular and as individual as you.

Web Design for Northern Sky

Kitchen Designs Studio has successfully produced and manufactured cabinetry for commercial, residential and industrial projects for the last 24 years. Their attention to detail ensures unique designs, fine craftsmanship and a quality built product. They believe in quality without compromise and that is why they have recruited the best craftsmen in the industry.

Web Design for Kitchen Designs by Delta

If you have a website that looks dull or boring, or don’t have a website at all, send us the details and we’ll get you a quote to build a new one.

This year is bringing out new challenges and opportunities which are exciting. If you haven’t visited our newly launched side project at www.bestpsdfreebies.com, go check it out today and let us know what you think. We are planning to release our first WordPress theme in early May. Stay tuned for more details.

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New Website Design – Our Own!

We’re excited to announce the redesign of YasTech.ca – our home on the internet.

We’ve been working away at the redesign of our website for awhile now but kept getting interrupted, in the best possible way, by our clients. No doubt a good problem to have.

The main goal when we were working out the design was to feature the work we’ve been doing for our clients. It’s what we believe sets us apart from our competition. And so that’s why on the front page, as well as the portfolio page, you’ll see nice big screenshots of the websites and applications we’ve worked on.

A second goal was to unify our branding with the logo redesign we had done awhile ago now. Heavy use of various weights of the Museo font is featured throughout the site, thanks to Typekit, and the colours and textures aim to more closely fit within our logo’s design and style.

The 3 areas of focus at YasTech are: web design, web applications, and internet marketing. Check out the video to see examples of each that we have worked on.

Looking ahead, we plan to continue blogging about the web and putting out amazing work for our awesome clients. If you’re not one of our clients, fill out this form to get a free quote on your next project. We’d also love it if you’d sign up for our free monthly email newsletter, join us on our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

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YasTech Sites Hot Off the Press

It has been a while since we have showcased our work.  The homebuilders around the area have been keeping us busy. Check out our newest home builder’s websites as well as some other local businesses who have turned to YasTech for their online needs.

Cortrax Excavating and Contracting

url: cortraxhomes.ca/

J.A.B.A Construction

url: jaba.ca

Platinum Homes Plus

url: platinumhomesplus.ca/

Cherished Memories

url:  cherished-memories.ca/

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