Mary Higgins Consultancy

Words, Video, Social Media. Together at last.

Choosing the right Clients – a Thank You

Gerber Daisy from Mary Clark Flowers Chilliwack

Gerber Daisy from Mary Clark Flowers, Chilliwack

Recently my father-in-law become seriously ill. We put our webseries, Mind My Brains, Darling, on hiatus and my husband, Paul, flew back to England and while I tried to sort out travel arrangements for the rest of the family. Sadly, Paul’s father died last week. I flew into England on Thursday and the funeral service was yesterday. We have been very moved and comforted by the messages of support we have had from people all over the Internet, thank you all for your care and concern.

I have been working with Paul Best and Laura Olsen from the webseries Border Guardians of Ackernon: The University. They released Episode 1: Family on July 19th and Episode 3 is out today on During what has been a very stressful time, Paul and Laura have been incredibly supportive while we concentrated on family matters. Working with people who are understanding makes such a huge difference.

Border Guardians of Ackernon poster

Border Guardians of Ackernon poster

Make sure you check out the website and watch all the episodes. This week’s fight scene is epic and you will not want to miss the lead up to the finale!

Other Clients
Wendy from Mary Clark Flowers in Chilliwack has also been very supportive and we will be announcing some news soon that is very exciting. I also have a new client, Herb Gaidosch, from Pacific Coast Compliance Consulting. We will be launching a new website for his business soon and I will be updating on progress here.

People Matter
When things get tough you realise what is really important, and who your friends are. I am lucky to work with people who understand what priorities are and who know that once I get back from England next week I will be working hard to promote their work once more. One of the great freedoms of being a consultant is the ability to choose who you work with and it has never been more important than in the last couple of weeks.
I’m glad to say that none of my clients would be eligible for ‘Clients from Hell‘ – how about you? Are your clients superstars?

Season 1 Launch and Awards ceremony for ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’

Border Guardians of Ackernon new poster

New poster for ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’

This weekend Paul Best and Laura Olsen will be in Las Vegas to accept the Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival for the 2010 DVD release of ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon: This Ain’t Kansas’. This is the second award the DVD has won, having won the Accolade Award for Merit in 2010.


Ackernon street scene

A street scene from ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’

Following the success of the DVD release, they decided to film more of their epic story in the form of a webseries, and ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon: The University’ will be be released weekly startingJuly 19th. We have been working hard on the website and you will find a huge amount about the series, the people behind it and the production. There is also a competition where you can win a signed copy of their award-winning DVD. The Season 1 trailer is below:



Set in Ackernon, a mythical kingdom protected by magical wards, this fantasy webseries follows the lives, loves and battles of Mistress Galiene and her students at the University as they defend against Ackernon’s ancient foe The Pert, and struggle with new threats to the kingdom. The story is epic and is classic fantasy filled with strong characters, a richly-imagined empire and breath-taking fight scenes.

Tavern fight in Ackernon

Tavern fight from ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’

Find out more:


On Facebook:

On Twitter:!/ackernon


‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’ scoops another Award

On the Ackernon Border

Production shot from the set of Border Guardians of Ackernon

Last week it was announced that ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon: This Ain’t Kansas’ had received its second award. This TV pilot was released in 2010 and forms part of the new Ackernon fantasy webseries that is currently in production.

Las Vegas film festival logo They won the Silver Ace Award from the Las Vegas Film Festival, one of 4 winners in the TV pilot category. The award ceremony will be held in Las Vegas in July and promises to be an exciting affair. Last year they also won the Accolade Award for Merit, a prestigious award for craft and creativity.

Congratulations to the whole team on winning the awards. The webseries will be completed this summer and is scheduled for release in July. Looking at the pictures from the set, it promises to be an action-packed affair!

Launching the new ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’ website

Border Guardians of Ackernon webseries‘Border Guardians of Ackenon’ is a new fantasy webseries set to be released in July 2011

It is with great pleasure I would like to introduce our latest client, the exciting new fantasy webseries, ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon: The University‘.

I met producer Paul Best in Vancouver last year. He was at VCON with actor Danielle Golden for the premiere screening of his TV pilot, ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’. We were promoting our webseries, ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ and had just launched our funding campaign on Indiegogo.

It became apparent very quickly that we both had lots to learn from each other. I attended the screening and the show was very well received. The story, production values and potential were clear, and so I was drawn into the world of Ackernon. Paul has years of experience in theatre and film and was very generous with his thoughts and advice. He was also fascinated by the idea of internet video and what we were doing with our ‘Bodyline’ filming technique.

After VCON we kept in contact. I knew Paul had a huge story arc for Ackernon planned, and was interested in the idea of filming a companion series for the internet. We spoke about what that meant and how it could be done. I suggested webseries to watch and Paul did his research well. ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon: The University’, webseries, is now in production and will be released in July 2011.

lessons at the Ackernon University

Written and directed by Paul Best, it takes us into the heart of Ackernon, a world on the cusp, and follows the adventures of the people in and around the famed University. Magic, swords, battles and intrigue, this series packs a powerful punch.

Find out more on the Ackernon website, follow them on Twitter and join in the conversation on Facebook. You can also take part in the live Q&A with the cast on Sunday, May 15th on the Ackernon Ustream channel.

BrightRoll 2011 survey: over 60% think video advertising is as good or better than TV

The BrightRoll 2011 survey is well worth reading if you are interested in online video. It highlights the speed at which viewing habits and attitudes are changing:

“..The average number of hours Americans spend online has been growing at a pace of 6% per year, while the average number of hours spent watching TV has actually been declining 1% annually, according to a recent study from eMarketer..”

At the same time, it reports that “.. 65% of respondents plan to reallocate campaign dollars from TV to online video..”

Now is the time for all businesses to be looking at online video as a way to expand their reach. When coupled with a social media campaign it can bring huge dividends. The way people are spending their time is changing away from TV in favour of the internet. Make sure that they can find your business online.

The full report is available here in PDF format.


Getting started!

Gerber Daisy from Mary Clark Flowers Chilliwack

Gerber Daisy from Mary Clark Flowers, Chilliwack

The bubble wrap hasn’t all been popped yet, so please bear with us while we finish making everything perfect. In the meantime please enjoy this Gerbera Daisy I photographed at Mary Clark Flowers, in Chilliwack, BC.