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June 2014

Found 8 blog entries for June 2014.

Calgary Stampede concerts 2014

Every year the Calgary Stampede delivers a stellar lineup of  big-name artists and this year's list of Stampede concerts is certainly no exception. Shania Twain will be at the 'Dome on July 9 and 10, making her only Canadian live concert appearances this year. Other great concerts include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire and Canadian rockers Monster Truck, who will be on the Coca Cola stage July 8.

Scotiabank Saddledome Concerts

July 9 & 10 - Shania Twain

July 11 - Paul Brandt

July 12 - Keith Urban

July 13 - Reba McEntire

Nashville North Concerts

July 4 - BlackJack Billy

July 5 - Deric Ruttan

July 6 - Gord Bamford

July 7 - Brett Kissel

July 8 - George Fox

July 8 - Charlie Major

July 9 - The Road Hammers

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Best bars and clubs during calgary stampede

The Calgary Stampede officially gets underway this year on July 4, and when it does, the city goes from hard-working oil and gas town to boot-stomping party central - big time! If you're looking for a fun place to have a few drinks and get into the Stampede spirit, here is our list of the best Stampede Bars in Calgary (in no particular order).

Ranchmans (9615 Macleod Trail SW)

Easily recognized as Calgary's most iconic country bar, Ranchmans definitely kicks it up a few notches during the Stampede. They open up a massive party tent with two patios and the drinks flow. This bar is a favourite with rodeo participants and the chuckwagon crews. Ranchmans has live music every night for the 10 days of Stampede.

Cowboys (421 12 Ave SE)

Cowboys - "The

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Arrivederci Optional Registration!

Waving the white flagWell, we've finally arrived at the portion of the experiment I've been dreading - PPC with completely optional registration. I knew it would be bad, but had no idea how bad. As predicted, the leads have dropped substantially, and I have to admit, I'm ready to throw in the towel and stop this little experiment.

Just look at the stats from the first 2 weeks of June compared to a similar time period in April when we were using forced registration:

June 1-15 Stats - Optional Registration

PPC stats for June 1-15,2014

April 1-14 - Forced Registration

Lead Quality

We also predicted that the quality of leads would increase, assuming that those who registered were actually interested in getting in touch with an agent. Let's see how the

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2014 Calgary Stampede Breakfasts, Caravan Committee

The Calgary Stampede caravan committee is a group of behind-the-scenes enthusiastic volunteers who put on many of the Calgary Stampede Breakfasts the city is so well known for. Stampede Breakfasts have been a major part of the Stampede celebrations for the past 85 years. So with this year's Stampede running July 4-13, 2014, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at where and when people can get their free pancake breakfasts. In addition to the food, there is always good entertainment at the Caravan breakfasts as well. And they are on come rain or shine. Unless noted, all breakfasts are open from 9 am - 11 am.

July 3: CBC Building (1745 Westmount Blvd. N.W.), 7-9 am.

July 4: Allstream (303-9 Ave. S.E.), 8-10:30 am, first 2,000 people.

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Better to be underrated than overrated, right? Well it looks like Calgary's doing alright after CNN International named the Stampede City one of its 10 most underrated cities in the world.

Calgary real estate

CNN has got Calgary nestled in there alongside world-class cities like Queens, NY., Bergen, Norway, and Lisbon, Portugal. We can't help but agree with the good folks at CNN: Calgary, with its western heritage, is definitely an underrated city.

Where else in the world does a city host a 10-day party complete with 10-gallon cowboy hats, rodeos, chuckwagons and plenty of cold beer to wash it all down? And don't forget the pancake breakfasts! Yes, the Calgary Stampede is one reason the Stampede City is on CNN's list.

Calgary is the gateway to the Rockies and some of

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May was an interesting month for our our PPC experiment. Less leads, as a result a higher cost per lead, but the quality was better as we received a higher percentage of actual inquiries.

PPC Stats from May 16-31, 2014

PPC Report - May 16-31-14

Traffic from PPC clicks consisted of approximately 33% of all visits to the site. The 15% cost per lead increase was compared to the first two weeks of the month. Our month-to-month comparison is considerably higher.

Monthly Stat Comparisons

# of New Leads

April is leading so far with 337 new leads, but May declined drastically to 170.

Cost Per Lead

We had a huge drop in the cost per lead since February, but now with the drop in quanitity, we have surpassed April by 102%.

Average Conversion Rate

March saw the

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The Concord luxury condos Calgary

Get ready, Calgary for what will become the city's most luxurious condominium complex. A Vancouver real estate developer (Concord Pacific) has let the public check out plans for the upscale Eau Claire development that will be called The Concord.

The luxury 14-floor, 350,000 square foot complex at 6 St. SW and 1 Ave. SW, right on the Bow River near the Peace Bridge, will have 185 units in total, with the bottom-level entry price coming in at a cool $1 million. A penthouse suite will sell for about $13 million. A limited number of 2-bedroom, $700,000 premium suites will be available. The smallest suite will be 1,050 square feet, while a penthouse unit will boast a very roomy 6,000 square feet.

When it comes to high-end additions and finishings, a

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1. Calgary Golf & Country Club - Bel Aire Homes

Calgary Golf Course communities

Bel Aire homes, at least several of them, back onto the prestigious Calgary Golf & Country Club. If you want to own a luxury home in Bel Aire, you can quickly get onto the course and be crushing the ball down the fairway in no time. Windsor Park homes are also close to the Calgary club and certainly warrant consideration for the list.

2. Bearspaw Country Club - Bearspaw Homes

Located on western limits of Calgary, Bearspaw matches an unparalleled golf course with gorgeous country homes, acreages and upscale master-planned communities such as Watermark at Bearspaw. The golf course is also spectacular, so be sure to inquire about memberships.

3. McKenzie Meadows Golf Club - McKenzie Lake Homes

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