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Trusted Directories Latest News

Trusted directories engage the public and solidify their brand through their city specific Social media platforms.

Social media is one of the many ways the Trusted Team communicates the Trusted Directories philosophy to the public in the cities we service. New research proves that social media interaction between a customer and a brand drives both immediate and long-term sales increases. A report from LoyaltyOne, Medill Medill, and the Ivey Business School at Western University establishes the accountability link long sought by brands that have showered dollars on social media marketing while attempting to prove the return on investment to members of the C-suite.

The research findings are based on a two-year analysis of brand-customer social media engagement and transaction data. Researchers were able to show that those engaging customers with social media increased sales by 15% to 30% versus those not using any social media. The good news is this research delivers the evidence that investment in social media has the potential to return benefits in the form of transactions, profits and ROI if done well.

The higher the level of participation in a social media event, the greater the impact on a consumer’s purchasing activity.

As you can see by a recent screen shot of where 1222 of the 1501 fans are talking about us, we are doing a great job of engaging our fans by providing value with posts, contests & articles that they enjoy. Our aim has always been to create real they spread the positive WOM in their real lives AND in their virtual world.  



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Saskatoon and Regina local Trusted Tips set the TRUSTED DIRECTORIES apart from any other! and   are more than just the best Regina Directory and the Best Saskatoon Directory they are a growing resource library of Tips ..some provided by our Trusted Partners who really are THE LOCAL EXPERTS in their industries in Saskatoon...and some consumer and business tips provided by us here at Trusted S ! Lets face it ...if you can deal with the experts that share their knowledge freely...why would you go anywhere else? Trusted  is here to work for you the consumer ...we want to save you TIME, STRESS and MONEY..Trusted does the research for the consumers ( probably much more thoroughly), so they don't have to..

Trusted is announced as FINALISTS in Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce 2012 ABEX Award for Marketing

The Trusted Team  is absolutely THRILLED, Excited & Proud to announce that S & E Trusted Online Directory - the business that owns the , online directories and has just been announced as one of the 5 FINALISTS for the 2012 ABEX award for Marketing -These are the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce awards for excellence in business!

Sara Wheelwright the Trusted Founder received a phone call Sept 9th  from the Saskatchewan Chamber with the news...and it was quickly announced to the media in the following press release:

For Immediate Release September 5, 2012 2012 ABEX Finalists Named

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the list of finalists in the 2012 Achievement in Business Excellence (ABEX) Awards. In total, 46 nominations from outstanding Saskatchewan businesses were selected as finalists within the 10 ABEX categories. “The quality and diversity of these finalists really showcases the way in which Saskatchewan’s economy is taking a leadership role within Canada, and across the global stage,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. “This year’s slate of nominees is an interesting combination of established businesses with proven achievement records and more recent enterprises that truly show the innovative nature of the latest generation of Saskatchewan entrepreneurs.” This year will mark the 29th anniversary of the ABEX Awards, Saskatchewan’s largest celebration of private sector achievement. The event is hosted by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, and presented by Conexus Credit Union. The ABEX is open to any private sector business registered within the province, regardless of size, location or industry. The 2012 ABEX gala, set for October 20th at the Delta Hotel in Regina, is themed as a tribute to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Tickets for the event are on sale now at 

Announcement of the 2012 recipients of the Hall of Fame and Business Leader of the Year will be made prior to the event.

The Business of the Year ABEX Award will be announced at the event October 20th. 

The 2012 ABEX Award Finalists Marketing

Sponsored by KPMG LLP

Trusted would like to extend wishes to the other 45 finalists in all categories  of the ABEX awards ( see full list here ) Congratulation and Good Luck ..we look forward to meeting all of you at theOctober 20th Gala in celebrate excellence in business in the province of Saskatchewan what we live and love!!

Thanks must go to our media partners, Family and friends along with the Trusted Partners for their ongoing support!

Just like we said in our 30 page application - " We are driven to do what we are doing because the Trusted team believes we are doing a good thing- for business in the province as well as for the public….we are rewarding and promoting excellence in business from local Saskatchewan businesses big and small …and we are doing it because we BELIEVE in what we are doing ..and we BELIEVE in our Trusted Partners!

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Trusted Regina has an impressive first Quarter and Trusted Saskatoon reaches a major milestone- further proof that the public WANT to deal with Trusted Businesses has now been launched to the public for over 3months and it is clear that the Regina Public appreciate the the numbers for the first quarter show 1000's more people have been to the Regina directory than vistited the Saskatoon directory in its first quarter.. has had over 30,000 unique visitors to the directory since it went live and over 90% of the visits have come from Saskatchewan...truly impressive buyers looking for Trusted Businesses! 

In the same period Regina has had nearly 10,000 visitors with 87% from Saskatchewan the majority from fact in the last 30days alone we have seen a 27% increase in visits to the Sumnmer ..which is the slowest time on the internet in this indicates that is going to set a new record for visitor numbers and beat 's impressive 1st year ...

A major reason why is the added value we offer the public with the Trusted Tips ..and the social media engagement ..we now have over 440 Trusted Regina Facebook fans , over 1200 Trusted Saskatoon Facebook Fans and over 1250 Twitter Followers , and growing daily!      

The ever growing list of Trusted Regina businesses on the REGINA DIRECTORY and Trusted Saskatoon businesses on the Saskatoon Directory is an impressive list...and we are proud to feature and promote them to the Saskatchewan public ( and beyond)

The Trusted Partners on board are forward thinkers, innovators and experts in the city and they understand that to make a difference in your business that offering ' just good service' doesn't cut it anymore..they offer remarkable service and they do that as standard.

The Trusted partners have made a commitment to share their expertise with the public , and make Trusted Regina and Trusted Saskatoon not just the best place to source local businesses when you have a need...but also a place that is becoming a growing library of tips and resources over more than just the 40 categories we reach....Type ' Trusted Tips Regina' or ' Trusted Tips Saskatoon'  into Google and you will see what we mean...or go to our 'Trusted Tips ' Library on the Regina directory  or Trusted Tips on the Saskatoon Directory to read the well written, interesting and helpful tips our Trusted Partners have provided....or simply ' Choose a category ' from the list on the left of the the Blog page....we are more than just another  Directory..we are THE Smart & Simple Choice ....and we work for YOU!


The SASKATOON DIRECTORY and REGINA DIRECTORY of Trusted businesses..the smart & simple choice!

Check out our You Tube Channel here for more tips and resources ..for Business owners and consumers alike!   




Why Dentists in Saskatchewan can NOT be TRUSTED.

It is with much sadness and regret that the Trusted Team has had to remove the Dentist Category on and local directories.

The analytic data from the 2 directories PROVES without a doubt that the public were looking for Trusted Dentists in Saskatchewan , and wanted an un-biased , consumer focused place to find them, that had more information about the dentists than the location and if they were expecting new patients, in fact some days in the last year DENTISTS was the MOST visited category on the directories!

So whats the problem you ask?

Bad Dentists? Scary Clinics? No Dentists in Saskatchewan that are up to date with the latest techniques? 


NOPE, it's not because we can't find great dentists in the cities, thats not it at all ....

Trusted wanted to be an easy place for the public to find dentists in Saskatoon and Regina,  that not only do a great job of the actual dentistry ( like most dentists in Saskatchewan we are sure!) but also to feature dentists that run a great businesses AND have amazing, friendly support staff.

We were looking for clinics that had at least one dentists who is awesome ( ie: LIKE dealing ) with kids,  and we found those that invested in beautiful clinics to wait and be treated in, and lets not forget, Trusted only contacted NOMINATED Dentists, who's clients (that nominated them) said they went over and above to provide outstanding customer service.  

Look, lets be honest, Joe  ( or Jane ) Public don't have the time, money or inclination to go from clinic to clinic to find a dentist that meets their specific we thought this is a good thing we are doing here for the public right?  

Well apparantly not!

According to the Saskatchewan College of Dentistry, who,  after discussing Trusted with it's board members deemed our directories to be NON Compliant with their code of advertising ethics!  


We are the only directory that has every advertiser contracted to  uphold Guarantees of customer service and ethical standards, why the heck would you disallow Trusted?

Trusted works FOR the publics best intrests, the College says they do, so whats the problem?


Lets back track a little ....

Knowing that the advertising compliance from the college was very strict with Dentists in Saskatchewan, the dental listings from the get go were unlike any other Trusted Listings, they were basically very short, fact based listing showing the services , location and hours , and,  just like we always do, we shared the testimony of a few clients WORD for WORD that we had spoken to as part of the Trusted Verification process and we shared a brief personal take on the clinics staff, careful not to mention the words BEST, HIGHLY SKILLED  and other such grandiose adjectives  when it came to talking about the dentists.

Apparantly we caught someones attention, a competitor perhaps, as I can't imagine that a member of the public would complain about us providing Trusted Dentists at their fingertips?

Before I knew it we were on the phone justifying Trusted's dentists category to Dr Bernie White the current President of the College of Dentistry in Saskatchewan.

To Dr White's merit he did allow us an audience,and we held a meeting with him and 2 other staff members. The Trusted Data was shared and explained, as was our in depth verification and the Trusted Process. We wanted to appeal to the College on the behalf of the public, as when we asked our Facebook fans, all of them wanted to know more than the basics ( location, contact details and if they are accepting new patients ) that the college or other paid advertising provides, and most people looked at online reviews for direction,  which we know can be sketchy at best!

We left the meeting feeling some what optimistic.

Dr Bernie initially wanted to know how we differed from other ' agencies ' like the BBB and 'awards' like the Consumer Choice Awards,which he said had 'heard of' . We do get asked this sometimes, but as we have such a strict and rigorous process of selection and verification compared to them ( compare if you will) we don't consider Trusted to be in the same boat, they sell memberships and awards, we take our time to find Partners that are right and we hold them to high standards consistently for ever!

We walked away thiniking all went well, there were many positives- they really like how we connected with the public and provided tips etc. We were told that  one dentists could NOT be seen to be giving oral health advice to the public, thats BAD and against compliance, as it suggests that the Dentist giving the tips is an expert. Apparantly that is not allowed.  


2 days later a Trusted Dentist Partner called me to say that Dentist category had been deemed ' non-compliant'

This is what was emailed to Dr Bernie White after hearing the decision.


" I have to admit I am confused. I left the meeting last week on the absolute understanding that removal of testimonials and revision of listings,  made the listings absolutely compliant on the directories going forward.

This makes it no different to any other directory, online directory or other advertising. In fact as the Trusted directories do not have the facility nor do I allow the public to leave any reviews, testimonials or ratings- anonymous or not ( like practically every other online directory on the internet that lists dentists in Saskatchewan) that it offers the most compliant and controlled `advertising` directory option online.

You clearly stated that Dentists could not provide Tips to the public , nor could they be `experts`or BEST and unlike other industries listed on the directory they could not be guests on the Trusted Talk to the Expert shows on News Talk across the province. It was also pointed out that displaying the Symbol on 1 of the dentists listings ( Canadian Dental association) was non-compliant and would have to be removed.

At the conclusion of the meeting it was suggested that the college may ask for it to be made clear that this is a paid advertisement in the listing and may even request that a link to the college be on each listing. This was not stipulated though, and I was expecting a communication to direct me on this at a later date.

It was also discussed that perhaps having just one Dentist Group may be disagreeable to the College and the following options were discussed.

a. To restrict 1 dental Group to have just 1 or perhaps max 2 of the 3 available listing ( listing all 3 locations and listing all dentists working at those locations) thus allowing 2 other dentists an opportunity to be on the directory, It seemed to contiridict the morals and ethics of the college and personally seemed to bother Dr Bernie White,  that just ONE dentist surgery in Saskatoon may be seen as Trusted ( or BETTER his words  )

b. For the college to take one of the listings for FREE and to use that listing to explain what the college does and to be the Trusted fans and followers and the public who used the directories ( 40,000 individuals across Saskatchewan thus far) dental resource – this would mean that the college would provide all the Dental `trusted expert tips` for the blogs we do and the college would provide an `expert `for the Trusted Talk to the Expert Shows.

 I believe I made it clear that I was willing to compromise my requirements and my business to accommodate the college as I believe that the DENTIST category should be on the directory, if only to reach newcomers and immigrants coming to the province ( who we target directly with our radio ads voiced in 13 languages, Tourism SK ads, Facebook and community involvement initiatives)

 I was waiting for the final decision on these details before making any more changes and before communication to the public.."

Here is the letter I got back : July 16 2012 CDSS~Sara letter.docx (57.70 kb)


Dr Whites comments were very clear " Thanks Sara. We have communicated with our members involved in the 'Trusted' websites and we wish to follow up further with you regarding our discussion last week. Following the discussion(July 12) we reviewed the matter and began drafting a letter for you and for the members involved. Enclosed is the letter for you dated July 16 that addresses this matter. We look forward to discussing further, with you, the concept of institutional advertising similar to the 'Ask the Expert' program. Regards, Bernie "


In fact he said " the 'Trusted' site is deemed non compliant because the word 'trusted' is misleading, confusing, and can't be objectively verified! "

Trusted certainly will not be entering into an advertising relationship with the College, as we fundamentally disagree with their reasoning and find the fact that they don't Trust their own members to advertise in a professional and ethical manner to be in the worst possible and protectionist taste!


Who are they trying to protect ?


INTERESTING as the following information explains.

Dr Bernie White - President of the College, partner of Mid Town Dental , the same Midtown dental that are owners of the ( just 1 per category per city) Consumer Choice award for Dentistry in Saskatoon for the last 3 years ( displayed on website here)




 Apparantly they are the BEST in local Dentistry in Saskatoon!





Is that one rule for your Clinic in Saskatoon and one for all the other dentist in Saskatchewan Dr White? 

Hey,  at least we had 3 spots available and we checked them out, showed you the evidence...PROOF..TRANSPARANCY.

Trusted is an on the ground LOCAL business with owners and staff looking out for LOCAL people here in Saskatchewan, not an ad agency in Montreal!   


We saw this picture in a Gallery recently and had to sums it all up really!




FIND Saskatchewan Dentists we know to be Trusted, and not because they pay us.



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