Google Event: Surrey, BC (Feb 7, 2018)

I am once again happy to be part of the organizing team for the Google and Savvy Search Marketing event happening on Feb 7, 2018.
This event is geared towards local businesses, especially ones that offer home services, or cater largely to a local market. If this sounds like you, consider registering for the event here: Google Connect Premier Event.

You will hear from industry experts including Angelina Miller from Google, and Savvas Kyriakides from Savvy Search Marketing, on growing your local client base, how to make use of Google products and services to market your business, and how to make the most of your lead generation budget.


Note that this event is by invitation only. Your registration will be either be approved by the event team, or you will be directed to another upcoming event which better suits your business.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018. 8:30am – 11:15am. Complimentary breakfast and presentations.


Sheraton Guildford, 15269 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 1N5


Read the full details and register on the Savvy Search Marketing site.

StarTropics on NES Classic: Frequency code

There is a unique aspect to the StarTropics game for NES. When you reach a certain place in the game in Chapter 4, you are required by your onboard robot to enter a radio frequency. This is not a puzzle, and there is no way to determine the correct code from within the game. Instead, the actual answer comes from the game instruction book. Perhaps some type of attempt at discouraging rental of the game, or as a method of copy protection.

Unfortunately, if you have the cartridge on its own, or you are lucky enough to own an NES Classic, you will have no way of moving ahead past this point in the game unless you want to spend a few hours testing up to 1000 combinations. I remember renting this game when I was a kid, and having to give up because I didn’t have the manual.

Luckily for us, the internet now gives us access to almost any piece of information we want, and this includes the frequency for StarTropics. You need look no further. Enter 747 and you’ll be on your way.

If you’ve made it to Chapter 4, you’re doing well. Be warned though, the game becomes even more difficult, with many surprises. Enjoy!

Google Event in Vancouver, BC – May 3, 2017

If you own your own business or work for a company and are responsible for online marketing, consider attending this Google Connect Premier Event in Vancouver, BC on May 3, 2017. Hosted by Savvy Search Marketing, and featuring presentations from them and a Google representative, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest in online marketing.


Speakers include Liz Austin, Agency Development Manager with Google, and Savvas Kyriakides, CEO of Savvy Search Marketing.


Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 8:30am. Complimentary breakfast and presentations.


Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7


Read the full details and register on the Savvy Search Marketing site.

Press Release


How Mobile-Friendly Is Your Site?

Back in April, Google started ranking pages based on how well they performed on mobile devices. Searches done on smart phones or tablets continue to grow, and it’s important to make sure your site caters to this market.

The “think with Google” project has a really nice website analysis tool. Just enter the URL of your website, and it’ll give you a score on a number of factors. If you don’t like what you see, you can get specific details on what to do to improve your site. Try it out right now:

Test My Site by “think with Google”

If you’re not sure what the results mean, or what needs to be done to improve the numbers, send me an email or give me a call and I’ll do a free review of Google’s analysis of your site.

How To Download Your Entire Twitter History

Most of us have sent out many thousands of Tweets, and while they tend to fall back into an out-of-sight history, it might be useful to export and view them in a better format than simply scrolling back page by page.

Twitter has a feature that lets you pull a complete archive of your Tweets, going back to day one. Better yet, it comes with a nice browser interface that lets you view Tweets grouped by month.

Ready to get your Twitter archive? Here’s how:

1. Request your Archive

Log into your Twitter account and go to the Settings page. At the bottom of the main settings interface, you’ll see a button to make your Request. Click it, and you’ll be informed that an email will be sent to you when the archive is ready.

Request Twitter Archive

2. Download your Archive

Just like it says, after a while an email arrives to let you know that your archive is ready for download.

Your Twitter Archive is ready for download

Go ahead and click Download!

The file you’ll download will be a zip file, and likely have a lengthy name (something like “”, but longer). Once the download is complete, locate the file, and unzip it.

3. Browse your Tweets!

Unzipping the file you downloaded will produce a single folder that contains all of the data, and additional files to assist you with viewing. Open the folder.

If you want to go straight to your Tweets, open the “index.html” file. You’re ready to start reviewing every Tweet you’ve ever sent on Twitter.

View Twitter Archive

For developers, or those who want to process their tweets with software, see the “README.txt” file and the “data” folder.

The possibilities for this kind of data are probably quite extensive. A quick search shows a number of sites offering to convert your Tweets into a book. If you have a Twitter archive that you need processed in a custom way, please contact me to see if I can help.

If you want to see more of my own Tweets, please follow me: @andrewhoyer