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“What an easy peasy way to advertise!” -Sooke Country Market

A successful marketing medium

I recently organized a very successful Sooke Job Fair. I used the Sooke PocketNews to market this event, and I believe doing so contributed to the success of this event.

I also found Britt to be very professional and competent in helping me quickly decide which type of marketing tool would be best suited for my needs.

Barb McLean
WorkLink Employment

New to Sooke, this is an excellent community resource. So good, I’m taking out an ad!

I was fortunate to discover Sooke PocketNews even before I took possession of my new home and had moved here.

I googled Sooke and found SPN quite by chance but, once I did I spent hours researching my wonderful new town through Britt’s stories, articles and archives…all concisely and clearly written. No matter what I googled I seemed to be consistently led back to SPN…an excellence source for a newcomer.

Now that I’ve been here for awhile I find myself relying on SPN for current road and weather conditions, the latest town council news, local advertising, upcoming events, road closures etc…it’s an invaluable site.

I found my new photographer on SPN, he suggested another business contact and on it goes. I feel as if I’ve plunged full force into my new life in Sooke with a wealth of information thanks to Sooke PocketNews.

Thank you so much for making my life easier.

My own business ad will start soon and I’m quite confident that I’ve chosen wisely in placing my advertising with SPN.

Gunny Tennese, RE/MAX
Sooke, BC

Perfectly designed ad, well-placed for effective impact

By now you have heard the news that SFRS Community Thrift Shop has won a BC Hydro Community Champion prize of $10,000. This was a true community effort as the result were directly related to the number of votes our entry received. Perhaps you are not aware of your part in the process? The advertisement to encourage participation was perfectly designed and placed to have an effective impact in getting our community engaged to support us. You did a great job!


Nicky Logins
Executive Director
Sooke Family Resource Society
100- 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke, BC, V9Z 0H3
250-642-5152 Ext. 224

“Best value for our advertising dollar”

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davedugdale/9688948756 no changes were made to this imageI just wanted to Thank You for this wonderful opportunity to advertise in your amazing on line news source, Sooke PocketNews!  We have seen a great influx of new Guests to our salon and spa here at Pure Elements since we started advertising with you.  You are always so helpful and supportive with us non technical clients, and I appreciate that.

I know your paper has given my business the best value for our advertising dollar.  Keep up the great work with your news, You are truly talented at what you do.

-Gwen Fisher, Pure Elements Hair design and body works ltd.

“Wonderful to work with … great exposure”

It is such a pleasure advertising with Sooke PocketNews. Britt is wonderful to work with and makes the adjustments I need in a super timely fashion. I think I am getting great exposure with the Sooke Pocket News!

-Alanda Carver, Sooke Yoga

“Provides … well-written, brief, and clear updates”

I have been reminded of and able to locate many of the retailers in Sooke from your advertisements in the Daily Sooke PocketNews digest. Being from Metchosin I don’t get to meet face-to-face with members of your community so this news bulletin provides me with a well-written, brief, and clear update of the events of Sooke and a listing of your advertisements. I was even able to follow our local election candidates in this manner. Thank-you!

Dr. Marie-Térèse Little,
President and Chief Consultant,
4th Dimension Biomedical Research Communications
Metchosin, BC

“Best thing that has happened in Sooke”

I love your publication. Best thing that has happened in Sooke.


“I like your attitude”

I want to let you know I think you are far ahead of the [Sooke print paper]…I never see local jobs posted there, I like your attitude, public opinion, being up to date rather than just Wednesdays….Good on you, Britt…Keep it up!


“You are a great asset to this community”

You are a great asset to this community. I really like your professional yet grounded work ethic. You get news out there very well scripted and detailed. Easy to read and access.


“Sooke’s most trusted”

I enjoy SPN daily on facebook and at the website. Sooke’s most trusted news. Local, relevant and timely.

-Kim P

The best way” to “stay in touch”

Having moved from Sooke a few years ago, I still like to stay in touch with what is happening in my former community and this is the best way!

-Christopher N.

“Love love love it”

Love love love it, very informative . Job well done.

-April M.

“Delighted reading”

Let nobody take away my my my my delighted reading of Sooke PocketNews. Absolutely solid reporting, interesting articles, and nice ads. I have yet to see the equal of Britt Santowski’s reporting in Sooke. Striaghtforward, wonderful journalism. Thanks, Britt. 

– Carol W.

Lost without it!

“I would be lost without your posts like this.”



Testimonials — 15 Comments

  1. SPN is a much needed resource and a breath of fresh air. I haven’t opened a newspaper in months most of the news is old news (by the time I read it), I did love the coupons you had online and was sorry to see them go and I recognize it is still hard for some to realize the value of internet and the ease for the consumer. The “Y” generation that I know ONLY do things online!

  2. Britt and SPN provide a much-needed service to the Sooke community and were an invaluable advertising and social media resource to us during roundabout construction. Our partnership has been so successful that we are continuing our advertising with her. Britt’s positive can-do attitude and attention to detail make her an asset to our business. We highly recommend Sooke Pocket News to local businesses looking for a fresh connection to the Sooke community! Well done Britt, keep up the good work! ~ Tamara

  3. I’ve followed the work of Britt Santowski for many years, and was dismayed when she left Sooke’s print newspaper. However, now I follow Sooke PocketNews with great interest, and I like to see the articles, always carefully and well reported, and read the ads. And occasionally, comment 🙂 <3 Keep up the great work, Britt! Your work has never faltered.

  4. We are new to Sooke. Through our relocation we have enjoyed getting to know the community through the pocket news! We don’t like to do everything online, but it was really nice to have this resource!

  5. Britt brings honest, unbiased, professional and ethical journalism to our community through her local news coverage via Sooke Pocket News.
    Being small business owners in Sooke, we have found her extremely easy to work with, more than fair in her pricing, and she intuitively knows how to really optimize the marketing and advertising exposure for her clients.
    Susan and Michael Nyikes
    Little Vienna Bakery & Cafe

  6. What I like about the SPN is that you quite often have the scoop long before the other news sources. It’s just great. Also, you often showcase “Good News” instead of the negative news that’s out there.

    Well done and keep up the good work!

  7. I love SPN! I haven’t read a print paper in years but am now hooked on my daily fix of Britt 🙂 so relevant, positive and informative. Thank you.

  8. Sooke PocketNews is a great way of keeping a pulse on what is happening in and around Sooke.
    There are just too many good things that have been very helpful in order for our family to make good business decisions.
    All the best and Thank you.

  9. Love the way you cover such a broad spectrum of news,events and pertinent information to serve those who live in our lovely community and for providing the opportunity for folks to express their views. In a free society ,freedom of the press and access to the press is the utmost freedom.
    Thanks for providing us that opportunity.

  10. Thank you Britt for letting Sooke Fall Fair use the photos you took of the Fair! I really enjoy all the content of the SPN and get really all my info about what is going on in Sooke from SPN.

  11. Sooke Pocket News is my daily go-to several times-a-day. Breaking & everyday local news in local Sooke language. Sooke Pocket News helps myself, my family and my business make sense of who/what/where in Sooke and South Vancouver Island. Thank you!

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