Dan Harris
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Consulting, Discovering New Food, Making Friends, Networking, New Locations
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My Passion is Helping Business Build Business
15+ years in marketing, sales and business development. I am a social media user, evangelist, trainer, speaker and advisor.
Years in the Industry

Dan Harris's Blog

TasteCasting News Story - TrendyMinds and YATS Indianapolis

Trevor Yager and the team at Trendyminds in Indianapolis decided to launch a team in Indy and they are already producing results for several of Indianapolis' restaurants. KingDogs and now YATS. Check out the coverage. If we have a team in your city invite us out to help you get the word out. Request a Tasting here You can also… Continue

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 3:23pm

Would You Like To Know If Your Establishment is Mentioned Online?

Alerts Are Great Tools

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on names, words or content your interested in monitoring. As a restaurant owner, operator, supplier or chef wouldn't it be nice to know if you're mentioned online?

Alerts Provide Invaluable Information

Some handy uses of… Continue

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 6:39pm

Google Can Help Patrons Find You Online

Make It Easy For Patrons To Find Your Locations

I have had the opportunity to work in and work with restaurant owners and one simple and easy way to improve your chances of enticing patrons to your locations is to make sure they can find you.

Online Maps Make Finding Your Establishment Easy

Google is one of the most used online directory-based mapping tools. Best of all the directory listing is simple. You can add pictures, hours of operations, coupons… Continue

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 6:14pm — 1 Comment

Social Media Strategy - How To Become A STAR


Having a twitter account, facebook page, linkedin profile, YouTube video or other social media assets without a strategy is a bad idea.

As an owner of a restaurant, or really any business you have to understand why you would invest time and in some cases money into a campaign, site, or service before jumping into.


As my mother always said..."If Bobby jumped off the bridge would you… Continue

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 4:18pm — 2 Comments

Dip Your Toe Into Social Media with TasteCasting


That's right. Not sure you want to invest money into social media. Don't have time to build out your own Twitter following, Facebook page, Linkedin profile. This fast growing group of socially networked people that… Continue

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 3:24pm

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At 7:30pm on July 6, 2009, Bruce Sharkey said…
Hello Dan,

How are you? Are you ever looking for Menu Marketing company? If so, we supply restaurants, resorts and cruise lines throughout the US, and I would love the opportunity to speak with you and explain our services.

Have a GREAT night and please keep in touch!!

My business # is 1-877-543-MENU ext 204 Bruce Sharkey or you can reach me at bruce@jmsmenumarketing.com
At 8:25pm on June 24, 2009, Sarah said…
Happy to have you Dan! Ive really enjoyed your post so far and look forward to more insights from you!
At 7:53pm on June 23, 2009, Douglas B. Noxon CEC said…
Wow that is great looking forward to meeting you in person it is such a incredable thing you have done and are doing for the hospitality industry. So thank you and see you in a few weeks
At 7:14pm on June 23, 2009, Douglas B. Noxon CEC said…
I will be sending out the invitations for the tastecasting on the 15th of July tomorrow and then sending out more to follow right after just want to get this first one done and have the media at it. Pam Starr will be here with a camera man for this first one. I hope you will be able to make it to this event to help walk us through everything so we get this of to a great start and really move fast from there on out.
At 2:06pm on June 16, 2009,
Hi Dan, I look forward to getting to know your company and concept, this is a great community for us all to connect.
At 1:37pm on June 15, 2009, Dan Harris said…
Thanks for the comment about TasteCasting. It is the teams of people that make a huge difference. Denver has a great team forming already. If you would like to join you can do so from our site, or if you have or know of people who have restaurants that would like to participate their is a tasting request on the site too.

Kyle Soltesz is the team captain in Denver and you can follow him on this site as well as twitter under @denveratlast.
At 1:04pm on June 15, 2009, Ashley Howard said…
Hi Dan, I just checked out your website after reading a few of your blog posts. What a fantastic concept! It is such a great, easy way of bringing restaurants together with people who will virally get the word out about their restaurants. I'm loving it!
At 5:03pm on June 13, 2009, Michael L. Atkinson said…
Hey Dan,

Thanks again for joining FohBoh and for posting a great blog already. Sure, always looking to connect with anyone passionate about social media for foodservice and interested in working with FohBoh. My email is michael@fohboh.net. Give me a few times later next week.

At 4:05pm on June 12, 2009, Kyle J. Soltesz said…
Nice page! I need to work on mine. lol
At 4:03pm on June 12, 2009, Matt Murphy said…

Glad you took my advice and jumped on board here!! I think you will find this a very valuable community!! This will be an excellent venue for spreading the word about the wonderful work you are doing with Tastecasting and how it is helping restaurants in many markets across the US now!!




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