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The rumored Google #mobile algorithm now has an official release date. Is your site ready? Get the details here. 
Remember when we said the mobile algorithm was coming? We now have an official date from Google: April 21st. Starting April 21st Google will not just present mobile-friendly labels to users but wil...
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I started at Location3 Media more than six years ago. When I was hired my title was "Link Builder" and I didn't know what search engine optimization was. I had never even dipped my toes into the wa...
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Check out my race racap from the Vegas half marathon. It was probably the hardest race I've ever ran but there were a couple of big accomplishments for me. 
This was probably the hardest half marathon I've ran. It took a lot of guts to get those medals at the end. But everything always works out in Vegas.
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Despite the really bad stomach pains and the 4 bathroom breaks needed before my leg of the relay even began, it was such a fun race. And our team did awesome! Plus Brian finished his third half marathon!
I finished leg 5 of the Colfax Marathon relay, despite having severe stomach cramps and 4 bathroom breaks before the race even started.
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Remicade and Antibody testing update @ccfa#crohnssucks #screwyoucrohns @ccteamchallenge#gibuddy http://bit.ly/1kvmWRw via @crystalware
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I wrote something: Looking at sugar and fat consumption. Fat isn't the problem. 
Fat and sugar consumption around the world shows that fat isn't the enemy.
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Download the new Location3 Media eBook, Connecting Online and In-Store Marketing Strategies for Multi-Unit Businesses.

This paper provides a practical road map for franchise and multi-unit business stakeholders to answer important digital questions such as:

1. How do I know if my investment in digital is bringing people in the door?

2. How can I leverage our community outreach efforts to increase our online visibility?

3. How can I use online and offline strategies to make a one-time consumer a brand advocate?
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If you're looking for a run sprint or olympic triathlon in a fantastic location, you can't go wrong with Bass Lake. Such a fun course and incredibly beautiful. Also a little challenging with all the hills but definitely worth it. 
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A quick update on the 5K I ran this past weekend. And a video of the kids fun run. Quite possibly the coolest kids fun run EVER. I mean, who wouldn't want to start a run to lights and sirens from police cruisers and ambulances? I highly recommend this race to folks next year. http://www.agirlwithcrohns.com/airlife-memorial-5k-race-recap/
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Beautiful run this weekend with #TeamChallengeDenver  
My review and photos of a six mile trail run on Flatirons Vista Trail just south of Boulder, Colorado.
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The @GraffitiRun was in Denver this past weekend. It was fun despite the cold, wind and rain. 
The @GraffitiRun spread color in Denver at Sloan's Lake. Such a great run, even in the cold, wind, and rain.
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I stayed here only 3 weeks after the hotel opened so it's obviously going to have some kinks that need to be worked out. The check in process was painful. After taking a while to check in, I get to my room only to find that the key card didn't work. I go back to the lobby to let them know and the lady (pretty sure she was the manager) acted like I just didn't know what I was doing and escorted me back to my room saying she had just checked it and it worked fine. Turns out I wasn't crazy and my room key didn't work. There were two elevators and the wait was terrible. One morning, not exaggerating, it took me almost 15 minutes just to get out of the hotel because the elevator never stopped to pick me up. I decided to take the stairs hoping I could get to the lobby, but it only goes to the second floor so I had to wait on the second floor for the elevator. It became a running joke for the people that rode the elevator together. Overall, the room was fine. It was clean and well-serviced. The beds were comfortable. I didn't have a TV remote in the room and had to call twice to get one but I didn't spend a lot of time sitting around watching TV anyway. The location is great. There are two subway stops right at the hotel that can get you to 3rd/53rd in Manhattan in 15 minutes or you can ride all the way to the Freedom Tower. I didn't find too many restaurants around the area but there is a gas station not far in case you forget something or don't want to purchase at the hotel.
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This is my go-to florist in Murphy. I'm from out of town so whenever I need to send flowers to someone in Murphy, I just find the flowers online and submit the order. The flowers are always beautiful and delivered right on time. I had a last minute emergency about a year ago and called to see what they could do. Without any hesitation they found flowers that would work and could be delivered same day. The customer service is spot on and I couldn't be happier to work with them.
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We stayed here for the Disney Princess half marathon. The location is great, just a 5 minute walk to Downtown Disney and transportation to the other parks. They also have a shuttle that runs to the Disney parks but don't ask them about a shuttle to anywhere else. The staff was hit or miss. Some of the staff at the front desk and concierge were great, others didn't seem to really care. The cleaning staff were nice and greeted us in the halls every time we passed. The rooms were clean, the beds were comfortable, but the rooms weren't anything special. The pool area is nice and their fitness center was bigger than the standard hotel fitness center. We had the breakfast buffet at Covington Mill every day we were there. The staff here was below average. The food was okay but it wasn't worth $20 per person. It included the standard hot and cold breakfast items with made to order pancakes, omelets, etc. We also dined at Andiamo while staying there and I'll be writing a separate review because it was the worst experience we had during our stay. I suggest the short walk into Downtown Disney to eat - they have a variety of choices that could fit any appetite or budget. I expect a certain level of quality with the name Hilton but I was just underwhelmed by this hotel and it's staff. If we go back to this area, I will stay at an actual Disney property or try another hotel near Downtown Disney.
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reviewed 2 months ago
Overall, this is a beautiful property. We stayed here for the Napa to Sonoma half marathon. It's a short drive to Sonoma and highway 12 through the vineyards is a beautiful drive. Just a short walk to the historic downtown area with lots of neat shops, lots of antique stores, and many restaurants. A little longer walks puts you in the main downtown area. Great location. The staff was incredibly friendly and the rooms were very clean. Comfortable beds and spacious. Lots of space in the bathroom. For the price I would have expected a little bit more than the basic comforts. For example, I would have expected bathrobes and some of the "extras" that you typically see in the higher end hotels. We used the hot tub and the pool area was nice. The firepit was beautiful and all the seating made for a great place to relax. I didn't eat at the restaurant so not sure about the quality of the food.
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We were staying at the Hilton for the Disney Princess half so we decided to carb load here the night before. I asked if there was room for two and after some contemplation the host said yes and asked us to wait for a few minutes at the bar while he prepared a table. The wait at the bar ended up being 15 minutes while we scanned over all the empty tables in the restaurant. The waitress took another 10 minutes to take our drink order, again, with a restaurant that wasn't even half full. I ordered the lasagna and my husband ordered the chicken fettuccine alfredo. When the food arrived my husbands order was wrong and when he said so, she asked him if he was sure. As if we couldn't remember what we ordered. My lasagna was definitely reheated - it had that crispiness around the edges - which is not something I would expect from a restaurant charging me $25 for a plate of lasagna. While we were waiting for our food, a couple had to go find someone to take their drink order after sitting at the table for a long time. Overall the food was subpar and overpriced, the staff was horrible, the wait times for a half full restaurant were terrible. Don't waste your time here. I would recommend walking the 5 or 10 minutes across the street to Downtown Disney and grabbing food there.
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I stayed at a Kimpton property in Alexandria and loved it so I had high expectations. It definitely did not disappoint. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. T he location was perfect. Just at the entrance to Chinatown and less than a two mile walk to the Wharf through Little Italy. There is a trolley stop a couple of blocks away, a Starbucks and general store across the street. The Union Square area is very nice with close access to all the shopping you could ask for. The decor was very funky and fun. Everything in the room was functional but interesting. Very comfy bed. I was surprised by the window unit AC but it was very efficient at cooling the room so it worked as needed. The bathroom was very small in our room. It was difficult to stand in the bathroom and dry my hair at the same time. Some of the furnishings in the lobby looked really neat but was incredibly uncomfortable, but the wine hour made up for it!
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reviewed 10 months ago
My father was visiting and he was wanting to try a Long Island Iced Tea so this place was recommended to us for a happy hour. We were seated immediately around 5:45pm and then sat at our table for 10 minutes without a single person stopping to take our drink order (or any order for that matter). At least 5 waiters/waitresses went by our table or were in our area and not one of them even made eye contact. We decided to leave. I was told this place had horrible customer service but this was the worst I've ever experienced.
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