Master Digital Marketing Specialist - David Meck
David Meck, a U.S. Naval Veteran, is a Master Certified Digital Marketing Specialist with over 10+ years of experience helping businesses of all sizes succeed online. In that time, David has worked as a Digital Marketing Consultant, spent time working with in-house marketing teams, and working at top-rated digital marketing Agencies.
David gained his passion for digital marketing in 2008 when he got involved with web development and SEO. David enjoyed the experience so much that he decided to change careers from Network Administrator to Digital Marketer.
In 2010 David enrolled in the #1 Digital Marketing School in America, MarketMotive, where he began his studies under a Dream Team of Silicon Valley’s best digital marketing strategist and earned 7 certifications.
In 2018, David moved on to Simplilearn, who purchased MarketMotive, and completed their Digital Marketing Specialist program. He then moved on to Simplilearn’s Masters Digital Marketing Specialist program in 2020, which was rated the #1 Digital Marketing certification in the world by Search Engine Journal. He completed the program with distinction in 2021.
Return On Marketing Investment
David is a strong advocate of the Key Performance Indicator Return on Marketing Investment as profit, which marketing is all about, is more accurately measured by this metric than many others.
David lives by the motto “Your Success is My Success” and doesn’t feel he’s done his job until real results are achieved. Marketing should be an investment, not a cost, and David is passionate about making that a reality for the companies he works with.
Position: Sr. Paid Media Manager
Start Date: 12/2019
Hiring Objective: To manage and build the Paid Media department at Brandastic.
We were crushing it, landing new Clients weekly, and all accounts were doing well. The department was growing so fast that we were interviewing additional Paid Media Managers to add to the team we already had, and then Covid-19 hit. After Covid, our growth dried up to nothing, and many clients shut their services down. It was so bad that the President, after six months of trying to hang on, was forced to make the tough decision, Covid-19 Layoff, and minimize paid media costs. The few accounts that survive were turned over to the President’s brother, and I was laid off. Please see the testimony left for me by the President & Founder below, and on my LinkedIn Page
Testimony from President of Brandastic
Position: Director of Digital Strategy
Start Date: 7/2018
Hiring Objective: Help the company optimize the companies marketing budget and expand its market share.
Was successful at optimizing and maximizing the companies revenue flow through their funnel by reallocating spend into channels producing the most revenue per visitor and optimizing top and mid-funnel efforts with new, more cost-effective marketing initiatives.
Reason for moving on:
The CEO was diagnosed with cancer, which almost killed him, and decided to shut down all market expansion efforts so he could focus on treatment. I was then offered the opportunity to build and manage the Paid Media department at Brandastic and took the position.
Position: Sr Paid Media Manager
Start Date: 11/2015
Hiring Objective: One of two Paid Media Managers hired to help build out the Paid Media department at Ignite Visibility.
- New client account builds
- Client management including all communications and reporting
- Landing page development
- Conversion tagging using Google Tag Manager
- End-to-end Analytics
- Paid Media CRO
- Assist with some sales
Ignite Visibility went from a small 3 man shop to a leader in Paid Media. During my time at Ignite Visibility, we obtained Google Ads Premier status which was huge for such a small shop. I also received multiple 5-Star client reviews on Clutch, multiple client retention bonuses, and one client was so pleased with their results they left me a testimony on LinkedIn.
I am also endorsed by Eythor Westman – Head of Paid Media at Ignite Visibility. LinkedIn Endorsement for PPC
Global Equity Finance
Position: Director of Digital Marketing & Paid Media
Start date: 2/2014
Hiring Objective: Build out the Marketing for their new Reverse Mortage department.
- Develop a digital marketing plan
- Build out needed assets
- Landing page
- Google Ads Account
- Bing Ads Account
- Facebook/IG Business Page
- Facebook/IG Ads Account
- Email Marketing Account and Email Drips
- CallTracking Metrics Setup
- Live Chat Install
- Google Analytics for Reporting
The Landing Page
This landing page converted at 21.40% on Google AdWords search and was hand-built.
Google AdWords Results
Over a 1/4 million spent over 10 months with an account conversion rate of 19.89%.
Facebook Business Page
The results were impressive. Between the 1/4 million spent on Google AdWords, Bing Ads, Facebook/IG ads and page, the email drips, and live chat, the initiative produced over 1 million in profit, after expenses, between June 2014 and April 2015. The department was growing at light speed, and we were quickly moving into a market leadership position. There was much celebrating.
Then, on April 27, 2015, the rules governing Reverse Mortgages changed, making it much more difficult for people to get approved. The changes resulted in reduced traffic to the site and lowered the loan closure rate dramatically.
After reviewing the new business environment, the company decided that it would need to expand into additional states to recover as they were only doing business in 7 at the time.
The CEO, after much consideration, decided that the additional licenses needed would be too costly and too risky to pursue. That said, he chose to discontinue all marketing efforts outside the local area, reduce the staff to a few employees, and focus on the local sales only.
We saw some fantastic results, but sometimes things happen that no one can control
On a positive note, GEF later decided they wanted to continue the initiative and asked me to return. At that time, I was working with Ignite Visibility, one of the world’s best agencies, so I decided not to move forward.
CRC Health Corp
Position: SEO Manager
Start date: 6/2011
Hiring Objective: In early 2011 Google launched the Panda update, which significantly reduced organic traffic for many companies, CRC Health being one of them. Simultaneously, the company was working on developing and launching a new site and was worried about further organic losses upon launch. The company needed someone who could recover their lost traffic and cutover a new site without any more losses.
- Optimize link profile by disavowing poor quality links previous SEO efforts gathered
- Collaborate with the Paid Media team to select SEO keyword targets to maximize returns
- Build a new information architecture for the new site and prepare all page-to-page 301 crosses
- Optimize all on-page SEO factors with a view on User experience on the new site
- Design a company blog for organic link building and popularity and launch with the new site
- Engage Social Media team to help drive traffic to the blog
The new site was cut-over in July 2012, which was right after the Google Penguin update. Initially, the site took a small hit but quickly recovered and soon saw around a 300% increase in unique, organic visits per month. The Penguin update didn’t affect the launch due to the link profile optimization work.
After the initial organic increases, the site seemed to top out. To address this issue, CRC Health’s writers went to town to create new blog content, which was optimized for visibility and then given to the Social Media team to be promoted.
Close to the end of 2012, the new site saw a huge improvement in its keyword rankings, and traffic soon followed and continued on a steady climb until it reached over 60,000 unique, organic visits per month.
Overall the project was a major success seeing around a 1200% increase in monthly organic traffic from the time the new site was launched to the peak of the growth spur.