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Immediate opening in Our Digital/Interactive Department

We’re looking for abilities to manage web site design and online media campaigns for our clients. Our focus is to create and test high-conversion direct marketing websites and targeted direct response media campaigns to these sites. The idea candidate would have firsthand experience personally executing or managing as many of the following areas as possible:



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Thriving on Flexibility

Several unexpected, critical issues and tasks came up today which required me to drop my planned activities to handle. At times, in several different jobs, I've moaned and complained, or even railed at the injustice, inefficiency, or sheer stupidity of having things like this happen. These types of reactions have never had a positive impact on my career.



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permissionTV and Flash video players: buy or build?

I had a chance to talk to some people at permissionTV. They have some really nice services and software. In particular I was very interested in their PDK, Permission TV Platform Development Kit. It made me think of think specifically of the pros/cons between paying to license something like this or building on an open source project like JV FLV Media Player.



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Living with new media

I think I'm starting to get it, use it and live it: Facebook, texting, mobile email, mobile photos, mobile video, and even Twitter. You can see my Twitter feed on http://www.hawthorneblog.com/content/about-stephen-kelley. Do you want to play? Come on in, the water's fine! Twitter sskelley.



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Getting up to speed with mobile and social networking

It's a new digital world out there and I'm feeling a little behind the times. My 13 year old son knows more about using mobile phones and social networking than I do. OK, maybe the REAL issue is that being social is a prerequisite and I'd rather be in deep solitude contemplating esoteric technical issues, but I can fake it. I "got" chat rooms and instant messaging though I eventually decided using them often did not fit my personality and work habits.



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Create Marketplace Disruption: How to Stay Ahead of the Competition

O'Reilly Safari books online has been an excellent source of technical books for me. I really appreciate Hawthorne footing the bill for my subscription. It has almost completely eliminated what used to be a hefty personal and company spending buying physical technical books.



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Our New SIgn at the Fairfield Office

Hawthorne's new logo on the Fairfield office



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Summer, Gas Prices, and Bikes

It's a beautiful summer in Iowa, except if you're under water. I've been enjoying riding my bike to work. I do it mainly for the fresh air and exercise although it feels good not to be paying $3.89/gallon. On my way back for lunch, I saw two other members of our IT department riding their bikes. Hey, get outside and enjoy!



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Hawthorne Climbs the DRTV SEO Chart

Here's a screenshot of one of our sites at #3 for a Google search on DRTV. Personally I'm rooting for Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage TV to capture the top spot for DRTV.

Hawthorne site #3 on Google search for DRTV



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