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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Internet Marketing Experience

Now for the fourth and final installment of the "Market Myself" series, Internet Marketing.

I have 2 years experience in various forms of internet marketing. I have placed many local banner advertising buys (Boise and Idaho Falls) and I am familiar with most of their placing structures.My primary focus and abilities deal with Search Engine Marketing, which includes Pay-per-Click Advertising, as well as, Search Engine Optimization. Now a few definitions for those of you who are not familiar with this field:

1) Search Engine Optimization:
The practice of formating a website to conform with search engine guidelines and practices in order to help a client's website move up in the natural search rankings for a specific set of keywords. Areas of focus can include Meta Tags, Content, URL, and Linking (both internal and external).

2) Pay-per-Click Advertising:
These are the results you see that are either on the top or right-side of the search results page. These are placed on the page based first on relevance and secondly on the bid entered for the keyword.

As always I am happy to talk with you about my experience in these areas and would love to chat with you as there is much more to each of these than listed above. Leave me a comment below, or send me a message via Twitter.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Media Buying Experience

In part 3 of my "Marketing Myself" series, I will talk about my Media Buying experience. In 2006 I started out at Closed Loop Marketing & Advertising (now CLM). The two years I spent at Closed Loop/CLM gave me a great environment for learning and growing.

I was trained on using Strata/SBMS buying software to project ratings and make competent media buying decisions.

For those of you not familiar with this software let me describe some of its benefits. Strata allows you to project ratings based off of a Nielsen ratings book for multiple years and multiple books. This allows the buyer to get a clear view of how a TV station/program or radio station/program has been performing.

During my tenure at CLM I was able to learn how to not only place media strategically but also understand how to do a post analysis of our buys in order to provide the best return on investment for our clients.

I am proficient with planning and buying a large range of demographics and DMAs for TV, Radio, and Newspaper.

I would be happy to sit down with you and discuss my strategies for media buying and my processes for accountability. Leave me a comment below and I will get back with you.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The ideal job for Kevin Gamache

For those of you that are employers and are looking for a dedicated employee who is loyal and hard-working you have found the right blog!

My ideal job would be in Media Buying and Internet Marketing.

These two positions, I believe, are related. The skills of one can be applied to the skills of the other. If you are interested in how that works, keep an eye out for an upcoming blog post on how these skills can be used to benefit the other.

In the mean time, I have pasted my resume below for you to look at. This resume is merely a summary of each position. My duties at each of my employers went well beyond my stated job titles. So please take a look and feel free to contact me either via this blog or through twitter,

Kevin Gamache

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Relevant Experience:

CLM, LLC, Boise, ID 2006 - 2008
Full service marketing and advertising firm servicing clients around Idaho, Utah and California

New Media Specialist

  • Research, organize and implement interactive media and search marketing campaigns for broad range of clients. This includes banner advertising, pay-per-click (PPC) and search engine optimization (SEO); coordination and implementation

Media Buyer

  • Plan, implement, and track media buys for CLM’s diverse client base. Types of media purchased are, TV, Radio, Newspaper, Magazine, & Event

Spotlight Events, Inc., Eagle, ID 2002 - 2006
National dance competition company devoted to providing a fun, family-oriented environment to compete against other dancers on both a local and National level

Advertising Manager

  • Manage external advertising presence in Dance trade magazines such as Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Dancer, etc…
  • Work with web developer on company website design, incorporating each year’s theme and marketing message to participating studios and dancers
  • Develop press contacts for each event city and submit press releases regarding the competition dates and times and invites for press coverage

Event Coordinator

  • Supervise and direct 7-10 member teams at event locations to ensure quality, customer service-oriented show for large 700 – 1200 member audiences
  • Book and organize facility rentals and maintain constant contact with event location officials to ensure problem free event
  • Organize giveaways and promotional items for weeklong National event participants in Branson, MO and Las Vegas, NV

HNA Impression Management, Boise, ID 2002
Regional Advertising, Marketing, impression management firm specializing in corporate image redesign for long term marketing effect

Project Coordinator

  • Developed database of press contacts in wide range of media outlets for clients from diverse corporate interests
  • Maintained client portfolio flow through office to ensure client received materials in a timely manner but thoroughly edited and complete.

Other Experience:

Treasure Valley TV Public Access Station, Winter 2000
Acted as consultant for initial launch of the Public Access station, organizing Public Relations events to promote the startup of this station.


Boise State University, Boise, ID
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, 1997-2000
Pi Sigma Epsilon, 1998-2000 – Professional Marketing Fraternity

  • Activities Coordinator, President - During term as president, increased membership and increased participation in National events by membership.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Lost my job to economic downturn, but that means more blogging

Well, I took an unexpected hit to my financial stability on Friday Dec. 19th. I was laid off from my media buying and internet marketing position at CLM, LLC.

This came out of nowhere.

So now I am on the digital campaign trail to find a new job.

Since this is my Blog I can detail out what I am looking for and the skills I have that will fit many different companies. I am going to separate these into several blog posts so they can stand alone or, for those of you that follow regularly, as a nice easy set to follow. So stay tuned for more details.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The News is Strong with this One

Wow the link above (click the title) shows the power of Google's news in influencing stock prices and public opinion. Good thing their motto is "Do no evil".

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

My how time flies when you are busy as hell

Wow a lot has happened since my last post.
The most recent time consuming change I have been dealing with is Google and Yahoo!, no not merging like all my other posts have ranted about, no now they can view Flash text and links. This is a major deal for some of my company's clients. Some are built completely in Flash. So now as a person who knows a little about code I now need to try and figure out what exactly Google and Yahoo will see in that code and what will lead to better ranking. (I still find it interesting that MSN/Live is not in on the Flash party but that is going to be a different post.) So HiHoHiHo it's off to coding I go.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Maybe I don't have to worry, then again maybe not

According to a Silicon Valley Insider who quotes a snippet from the Wall Street Journal which I am now putting on my blog, not all of Google is so sure about the Ad serving deal that GooHoo! have "tested" and were so happy about the results. As Silicon Valley aptly states, now that Google has gotten rid of Microsoft from that deal why would Google go through with that venture. Especially with the weight of FTC regulatory denial pending. It is a cost versus benefit arguement. Will Google gain enough to make the pain of regulatory review worthwhile. How much is an hour of Sergey and Larry's time anyway? $100,000?

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What will happen to the little local guy GooHoo?

So as I am managing my various local SEM campaigns I started to think. (I know heaven forbid I do that while working) What 3% of ads will Google be sharing with Yahoo!? I have budgets set on each separately for a reason. If Yahoo! serves local AdWords ads which account will they be credited to/against? Just thoughts from a local SEM guy.

Monday, May 5, 2008

The fall of two?

Does the abandonment of the Yahoo! merger by Microsoft mean a fall of two rather than just one. Let's be honest could Yahoo! really actually accept the merger deal? Wouldn't that mean it has accepted defeat, especially for Mr. Yang who has only recently come on board in the last year or so? Seems like the struggle of the power ego's may continue based on Yang's interest in continuing talks. But Ballmer has already called this off once. Is it Microsoft playing hard to get or is it Yahoo!? Who has the most to lose? I say both.