Hi. I’m Gregory Lee, and Blend SEO is my blog, consulting company and an integrated approach to marketing.

Approach

The Blend SEO approach considers your audiences and all their touch points with media and internet as they progress through research, decision and buying process.  My most in depth areas of focus are SEO, technical SEO and strategy.  I still dabble in web development & design, and am known to occasionally put together a finely tuned WordPress website.  But most of my professional time is spent 9-5 directing and growing the SEO department at BKV. I do some consulting on the side as time permits.

Clients

My client experience includes Dell (SecureWorks business unit), Delta (TechOps business unit), Delta Community Credit Union, Children International, Valpak (you know, the coupons?), Wounded Warrior Project, GE Lighting, Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, Strategy & Business Magazine, Booz & Co. (Middle East website, yeah I know – sounds weird, but I only speak English), and plenty of others.

Background

People ask how I got into SEO. It started by studying industrial design in 1994-1999.  So, what does industrial design have to do with SEO? This is the question industrial design answers. How do you design something for a particular market, fit it into a system or line of products, ensure it can be produced economically with current technology, and make it future friendly to new iterations & technology? That’s the thought process involved with industrial design – not too different from web design and SEO.  Plus there’s the whole artistic side, which led me into graphic design (and the creation of branding, identity design & marketing material).  In the early 2000’s, I began dabbling with web design.  And in 2004, I was heavily immersed in SEO and direct response lead acquisition.  My focus became designing, building and optimizing websites – building content, writing & optimizing pages, using direct response marketing techniques…and making sure the site was built right, the servers were sending the right signals, and social media add-ons were working.

Now, I’m all over new SEO things when they come out.  I use testing websites to see how things are indexed and appear in search. When local SEO started, I took full advantage of it. When rich snippets showed up, I was all about rDFA, microformats, microdata and Yahoo search monkey (and now Schema). When social media crept into SEO, I brought it into my fold. As conversion, user experience and semantic search lay the ground for mobile SEO, I’ve been leaning on our creative department for intensive cross training. I love being at a full service marketing agency that covers all the disciplines. I’m constantly in other directors’ business getting insight for channel integration with SEO.

Professional History (going WAY back…)

Feb 2013 – Present

BKV – Atlanta, GA: Director of SEO

Director of Search Engine Optimization for Atlanta (and previously the Kansas City office) of BKV (formerly Bennett Kuhn Varner).

JAN 2012 – Jan 2013

BKV – Atlanta, GA: SEO Manager

Establish, grow and refine the SEO department within the Media department of a full service advertising agency of 180 employees.

  • Brought technical SEO capabilities to the agencies services
  • Evangelized SEO practices throughout the agency
  • Developed SEO department practices and procedures
  • Led the SEO department through 200% client growth
  • Trained new and existing SEO staff in technical and content areas
  • Developed and led client SEO campaigns – onsite and offsite

2004 – 2010

JAN 2010 – JAN 2012

Medium Blue – Atlanta, GA: SEO Research and Development Specialist

Research and Develop Solutions for SEO Strategies in New Spaces and for Underperforming Clients

  • Developed on-site and off-site SEO strategy for international website covering 5 countries
  • Created Google, Bing and Yahoo Local SEO process for team to perform for clients
  • Initiated structured data optimization for videos, reviews, and products
  • Successfully submitted client into Google News results based on first click free condition of Google News terms
  • Identified and solved technical website and server issues for client websites identified as yielding poor SEO performance
  • Found new strategies to grow client SEO initiatives
  • Developed link building campaigns and strategies for client websites

2004 – 2010

GLiD – Charleston, SC: In-House Freelance Contractor for Internet Marketing Client

My roles: SEO, Direct Response Copy Writing, Graphic Design, Web Development, Account Manager working with clients and offshore work force

  • www.[contact_me_for_info].com – * Watch internet marketing video I created
  • www.[contact_me_for_info].org – * Joomla! CMS + WordPress Blog + Moodle CMS + PayPal Subscription
  • www.[contact_me_for_info].com – Part of micro-site strategy to dominate local market
  • www.[contact_me_for_info].us – Real estate marketing and SEO experiment in saturated market
  • www.[contact_me_for_info].net – Generate leads for B2B sales
  • www.[contact_me_for_info].com – * Aggressive sales copy and SEO for residential market
  • www.[contact_me_for_info].org – Generates leads for commercial and residential markets
  • www.[contact_me_for_info].org – Dominant sales generator for niche medical product
  • www.[contact_me_for_info].org – Search positioning draws high visibility customers
  • www.[contact_me_for_info].com – Effective SEO for commercial/residential/industrial catalog site

2003 – 2004

Anchor Sign – Graphic Designer, Illustration Artist

  • Created marketing plan and branding standards for $11 million company. Created new print advertising, website, proposals, RFPs, brochures, letterhead, etc.
  • (2/03-5/03) Designer & illustrator in fast paced environment to create environmental signage and presentations for national clients such as Blockbuster, Kinko’s, Starbucks, Quiznos, Skechers, EB Games, Extended Stay America, Thomasville Furnature and others

2001 – 2003

GLiD – Cincinnati, OH and Charleston, SC: Freelance Graphic and Industrial Design
Created logos/branding/identity systems, ads, packaging, website layouts as solo freelancer or with groups for these and other clients:

  • Fisher Design Firm – Worked with graphic and industrial designers in Cincinnati on packaging for Dial, Kroger, B&W, Palmolive
  • Slicker Web Army – Web site layout for various Charleston clients
  • Pratt-Thomas, Epting & Walker Attorneys At Law – Logo, print advertising and identity system
  • Radekopf & Associates – Logo, ID system, print and web ads for commercial real estate broker
  • Concise Concepts – Brainstorming, graphic design and corp identities for various Cincinnati clients
  • University Psychiatric Services: Center for Threat Assessment & Center for Brain Injury Assessment – Created logos and brochure.
  • Brocar Products – Developed products for the landscape industry, analyzed product patents, created catalog layout and magazine ads
  • Global Mortgage – Created print and online marketing materials for Charleston lending broker

1999 – 2001

Brocar Products – Cincinnati, OH: Graphic Designer, Industrial Designer
Industrial design, branding and oversaw initial manufacturing for product line: high chair, booster seat, diaper changing table and child restroom seat for commercial & hospitality markets.

  • Created product line name and identity through graphic and industrial design
  • Designed and managed branding on product, packaging, instructions, labels and print ads
  • Ensured quality and design intent with manufacturer engineers  and vendor

1997 – 1999

Chiron Diagnostics – Oberlin, OH: Industrial Design Co-op

  • Created concept sketches and models for medical products
  • Designed corrugated packaging

Index (now Fisher) Design – Cincinnati, OH: Industrial Design Co-op

  • Fabricated models for consumer electronics industry
  • Helped d eveloped packaging graphics for Proctor and Gamble