Month: September 2012

SEO on the Cheap

We get lots of questions from folks interested in ​improving their position in Google searches but who aren’t quite ready to jump into a paid solution like we offer. ​If you’re looking for “cheap SEO” (we didn’t coin this term), you’re in luck and have quite a few options. Here are a few free resources that you should definitely consider: ​1. Create an account for your site or blog with Google Analytics. If you have …

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First Fall 5K

For some reason last year, I didn’t run in many fall 5Ks and as I was running and training this summer, I realized I missed the scene and the energy that encompass a Saturday morning run for a good cause.  Asheville is the perfect place to get re-engaged in the running scene (although I would suggest hiding in the middle of the pack and not pushing your way to the front of the start line) …

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We encourage our clients to embed a contact form into their websites because : it transfers communication about bookings and/or business to their website rather than their inbox with their dentist appointments and child’s soccer schedule.  the form collects valuable data that can be used for other purposes ​ Plus, when you realize how many people really want to contact you, it makes you feel good inside! 

My Music Since 2005

It’s funny, odd and a little comforting to scroll back through back in my profile and see what music I’ve been listening to since I signed up for the service in August of 2005 (when I was 26 and a lot more wiser): samharrelson’s Music Profile – Users at In 2005, the social web was still completely new and the idea of sharing what you were listening to with others was just revolutionary. …

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Solving Multiple Email, GMail and iOS Problem

I’m noting this here for my own needs as I’ll certainly have to follow this breadcrumb trail again. If you are looking or have consolidate a bunch of email addresses into one Google Apps account, there’s nothing more sweeter than having that account work just as well on iOS as it does in your browser app (or Apple Mail if you will): Handling Multiple Email Addresses with Gmail and iOS: “When I started adopting Getting …

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The Next Step

You can’t argue with this type of closure… Closure « Steve Blank: “Fast forward 15 years. Retired for a year, I ran across an article that said, ‘$35 Million Dollar Supercomputer For Sale for Scrap.’  It was the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Cray Y-MP that had beaten me at Ardent.  It was for sale on Ebay. I bought the Cray. It took two semi-trailers to deliver it.” Great story (read the links as well).

Twitter as the Poisoned Coral Reef

So sad… Twitter was once that coral reef service we could all bet on: LoopInsight: IFTTT to End Twitter Triggers: In an e-mail sent to users, IFTTT’s CEO Linden Tibbets said that the service will be removing all Twitter “Triggers” on September 27, 2012 – a direct result of recently-published changes to how Twitter is allowing third-party developers to work with their service. As goes selfishness, so goes the web.

MarsEdit and Squarespace 6

Disappointed, but hopefully the Squarespace team will listen to Daniel… Red Sweater Blog – State Of The Squarespace: “It came as a surprise when Squarespace 6 was released earlier this year, that support for 3rd party editors such as MarsEdit was dropped from the service.” We use Squarespace (6) for the HarrelsonAgency site and I’m hopeful they’ll follow through on his first suggestion.

Rainy Day

Parents’ Night at school this evening. Sleep will be sweet tonight.

Here’s To the Worst Dog Ever

Schaefer and Sam in Connecticut | Flickr – Photo Sharing! To say he was a good dog is a far stretch. However, he was the best friend a young guy growing into a man could have. Ever since that first cold winter in Connecticut for grad school, I’ve had my troublesome buddy to keep me honest. I’m heading into this winter without him physically here for the first time. He and Mary Hudson were born …

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Paperless 1.2

Paperless is one of those books that I thought would be enjoyable for reaffirming what I already know but has turned into a constant reference guide for how I get things done and process info. Paperless, Version 1.2 — MacSparky: “It always made me a little crazy with my prior books that I couldn’t update them. I was in Barnes and Noble just the other day looking at a copy of iPad at Work on …

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Discovery Marketing

At Harrelson Agency, we know that discovery marketing is revolutionizing how consumers search and interact. When I am looking for a place to stop as I am traveling, I know what I want. I know the foods that I like and the foods I don’t like, so I am going to wait and stop where I like, which leads me to search for a specific restaurant. And I’m going to search with my directions app. …

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Discovering Client-Based Marketing

There is nothing better than having your client ask, “Could we….” and your being able to answer yes! You can see the hesitation because they have had experiences where other marketing or technology agencies have said, “No.” Discovering that your story can be told well and that there are more possibilities than you thought is important because it leads to new learning and new challenges. There is something powerful about discovering for yourself. As I …

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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

Website is only a piece of the puzzle.  We like to find other agencies and learn more about what they do! Rock on, Blue Ion! 

Show, Don’t Tell

I try to explain to student writers that there is something powerful about talking around your point. It’s a strategy called showing and not telling. By using an interaction, a conversation or an observation you can show your audience what you mean. It may seem unrelated, but as I have talked to clients, I have realized that too often marketing strategies are straightforward explanations rather than real life experiences. When you include these experiences that …

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Evernote Amoeba Takes in Skitch

I’ve been a long time user of Skitch (since the early beta days… ’07 or ’08?) and a user of Evernote for just about that long. Both have become integral parts of what I do as a teacher and with my work at Harrelson Agency. It’s very cool and promising to see something as core to my workflow as Skitch get its proper due in the rapidly expanding Evernote ecosystem. Evernote is Bringing Sketching App …

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I Said That?

Students with blogs will keep you honest! hizzle quote | Carson’s 7th Grade Portfolio: “‘ Science is not about beauty, or subjective-ness. Science is a life style’ – Hizzle”

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