Communications | Marketing | Writing
Marketer, Innovative Computing Systems — June 2015 to Present
Innovative is a legal technology managed services provider with an international national presence. In my role as sole marketer, I was responsible for all aspects of marketing. This was a largely remote position.
• Responsible for directing, managing, planning and creating all marketing and brand media/collateral: digital, social and print.
• Work with outside print and digital designers to provide strategy, creative direction, project management, budgeting, invoicing and fulfillment on projects like print brochures, postcards, print ads, event booth materials, infographics, digital ads, websites and digital downloadables.
• Work with outside software developers to provide direction, project management, budgeting, invoicing and fulfillment on projects like site refreshes and back-end site updates.
• Strategize, forecast and plan media/collateral needs for the year in collaboration with executive sales team.
• Monitor and maintain website to ensure it is both fresh and sticky, including writing new content, creating new pages and planning for and executing site redesigns.
• Create content for and promote webinars on topics of interest to legal and other industries, as well as conduct them.
• Create presentations on topics of interest to the legal IT community for presentation to various related associations.
• Manage, optimize, analyze and create content for social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn. Also responsible for ensuring timely user engagement on these platforms.
• Created company’s Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube pages.
• Create and manage all digital and print ad campaigns, working with outside digital and print designers to design appropriate media/collateral, collaborating with internal sales teams to identify target segments, and source and manage print vendors.
• Launched company’s first advertising campaigns.
• Create and manage PPC ad campaigns on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google AdWords, including retargeting campaigns.
• Create and manage digital ad campaigns on technology, legal associations, IT leadership, and other relevant blogs and websites.
• Create and manage email campaigns.
• Create and manage print campaigns in association with industry and association events throughout the year.
• Analyze social, email, and other digital ad campaigns in order to maximize effectiveness and ROI using a variety of tools, including HubSpot and Google Analytics.
• On a daily basis, monitor website metrics to determine how to improve conversion rates, time-on-site, encourage users further down the sales funnel and increase the amount of content users download from our site.
• Generate reports to present to executive leadership on the success of marketing efforts.
• Manage public relations and communication for Innovative.
• Ideate and write press releases.
• Initiate and grow relationships with editors at publications in the legal IT and cybersecurity industries.
• Develop ideas and pitch them to editors.
• Distribute press releases through various PR channels and Innovative website.
Tradeshows & Conferences
• Plan for Innovative presence at various trade shows and conferences held throughout the year.
• Coordinate with conference/sponsors regarding dates, budget, booth, attendees and setup.
• Work with outside designers to provide strategy, creative direction, project management, budgeting, invoicing and fulfillment on any digital or print media/collateral that may be necessary.
• Ensure that all trade show/conference items are shipped to the location and returned to home offices, all attendees have flights, accommodations and know their schedules.
• Attend trade shows/conferences as a representative of the Innovative brand, talk with current and prospective clients about our services, build relationships and gather leads.
Writing & Editing
• Primary writer and editor for Innovative.
• Write case studies, white papers, articles, blog posts, emails (monthly newsletter, alerts, inbound marketing), as well as all copy for any print, digital, social media or other collateral.
• Write and distribute press releases.
• Copyedit anything that is written before it is published by Innovative.
• Persuade engineers to write blog posts.
• Site traffic increased by 100% in 2016, and increased by another 100% in 2017.
• Email campaigns average 14.06% open rate and 4.93% click-through rate.
• Leads database size increased by 212%.
• Created new social media presences and grew following organically:
• Twitter traffic increased 49%
• YouTube channel with over 35,000 views.
• LinkedIn at 777 followers
Content Developer (Writer), KLA Group — September 2018 to January 2019
KLA Group is a sales and marketing agency based in the Denver, Colorado area with a global list of clients. This was a remote position.
• Plan content to write based on clients’ lead generation strategy, target markets and personas.
• Write compelling nurturing and door-opening campaign content (blog posts, emails, direct mail, ebooks, infographics, product offers, social comments, etc.).
• Write product, social advertising and web content.
• Conduct research to incorporate into content.
• Interview subject matter experts to create content.
SEO/Social Media Strategy & Implementation
• Manage KLA Group’s social media
• Analyze results of campaigns and adjust tactics accordingly
• Maintain current knowledge of best practices on various social media platforms
• Differentiate clients through their content.
• Incorporate SEO keywords into content to increase SEO ranking.
• Integrate client specific differentiators and highlight their customer results.
• Incorporate personas and target market strategy content.
• Review content performance to refine it and improve client results.
• Manage content development to project timeline.
• Manage projects in FunctionFox.
• Work closely with client account managers to complete projects on time and within scope.
• Direct graphic designers to create designs for content.
• Identify new opportunities to retain and grow client accounts.
• Develop and document processes for content development and other areas.
• Create and maintain agency style guide based on AP style.
• Train staff in processes.
• Wrote ~2,000 words a day in articles, blog posts, sales and marketing emails, web site copy, press releases and other content based on 30-minute interviews with CEOs and SMEs from IT companies.
• Successfully proposed, created and implemented agency style guide based in part on Associated Press style.
• Developed training materials, including videos and project guides, on agency processes for employees.
• Managed social media for agency and CEO, a leading sales enablement thought leader.
Content Strategist, Somnio Solutions — August 2014 to February 2015
Somnio is a B2B digital marketing agency that provides marketing strategy, creative services, and social media for Fortune 100 companies. This position required on-site client meetings, collaboration with graphic and UX designers and creative meetings.
• Worked in a consulting capacity for primarily technology clients, including IBM, HP, Dell, EMC².
• Conducted research for every project, including SME and stakeholder interviews.
• Led concepting for strategy based on client desires, business goals and user needs discovered through research.
• Led planning, production, delivery and management of content strategy.
• Collaborated and coordinated on continuous basis with User Experience, Project Management and Engineering.
• Created deliverables including content inventories and audits, gap analyses and content models.
• Produced digital content for websites, ads, presentations, interactive infographics, surveys, quizzes and videos (including script-writing).
• Consistently delivered under compressed timelines and within budget.
• 2015 Silver Communicator, Award of Distinction from Academy of Interactive & Visual
Arts for IBM ECM Smarter Content Advertising & Marketing Microsite
• Lead content strategist and writer on project. Created concept, strategy and content
Principal, Pate Consulting — August 2006 to Present
Since 2006, I’ve run my own consulting business working with a variety of clients in corporate, nonprofit, and political sectors. My areas of expertise are in marketing, PR, social media, content strategy and curation, writing, research and public policy. These are a few of my longer engagements. On-site and remote.
Legislative Research Fellow, Communications, Marketing & PR
Texas Freedom Network
Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan think tank and advocacy organization that supports research and civic education to promote individual liberties and public education in Texas. On-site and remote.
Communications, Marketing & PR (2002 – Present)
• Collect, curate and publish TFN Daily News Clips email newsletter, which reaches over 10,000 subscribers.
• In addition to content created by TFN, create a database of content sources used on a daily basis.
• Select, curate and write summaries of content to be included in newsletter published daily using Convio/Blackbaud.
• Analyze efforts in order to maximize effectiveness and user engagement using Convio.
• Wrote and uploaded new content daily for website in collaboration with Communications Director.
• Researched, wrote and edited large-scale reports, press releases, newsletters and white papers.
• Managed creative direction of organization’s first blog, TFN Insider (www.tfninsider.org)
• Directed visual and interaction design.
• Created content strategy and wrote content.
• Assisted in setting up SEO and analytics.
Legislative Research Fellow (2002-2006)
• Lead researcher and editor for small-to-large research projects.
• Distributed reports to public, press and legislators to further TFN’s advocacy goals.
• Monitored Texas Legislature and Texas State Board of Education activity by attending meetings and using legislation tracking software to keep TFN informed of potential policy changes.
• Conducted and analyzed opposition research on groups and individuals opposed to TFN’s mission.
Social Media Manager, Feature Writer
Texas CEO Magazine (2011 – 2017)
Texas CEO is a print and digital magazine that produces content and speaker series targeted to C-level executives in Texas. Remote.
• Wrote feature stories, blog posts and other content for print and digital editions.
• Pitched story ideas and collaborated on issue themes with publisher.
• Coordinated with contributing writers.
• Curated, edited and distributed weekly email newsletter via myEmma.
• Managed and implemented brand awareness through social media platforms and partners
• Developed unique social media strategies in collaboration with publishers.
• Managed daily creation of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn content using HootSuite Pro.
• Created Facebook and LinkedIn presence.
• Ensured timely user engagement on these platforms.
• Analyzed efforts in order to maximize effectiveness and user engagement using HootSuite Pro and Facebook Analytics.
• In addition to CEO, developed a database of additional Texas business content sources.
Writer, Editor, Researcher
Bravarro Public Affairs (2012 – 2015)
Bravarro is a public affairs firm that focuses on legislative affairs and public policy. On-site and remote.
• Conducted primary and secondary research on a wide range of public policy issues within the healthcare, environment and insurance sectors.
• Crafted simple and direct messaging strategy from very complex policy and legislation.
• Developed white papers, reports, press releases and media kits for distribution to clients, stakeholders, media, legislators and their staffers.
Policy & Research Director, Texas Legislative Study Group — 2007 to 2010
Legislative Aide, Office of Rep. Garnet F. Coleman, Texas House of Representatives
The LSG is a caucus in the Texas House of Representatives that is dedicated to advancing good public policy that benefits Texas families. Rep. Garnet Coleman is a longtime state representative from Houston. On-site.
• Areas of Policy Expertise: Education, Higher Education, Defense and Security. (Knowledge of other areas as well.)
• Tracked, researched and analyzed proposed legislation.
• Wrote bill analyses and evaluations on extremely compressed timelines.
• Consulted with legislators and legislative staff on proposed legislation.
• Identified flaws and suggested areas for improvement in legislation.
• Wrote and edited white papers, talking points, bill analyses, newsletter articles and fact sheets on specific policy proposals.
• Identified, developed and published news stories for weekly news email sent to legislators, staff and supporters via ConstantContact/Blackbaud.
• Helped form strategy for advancing policy and organizational goals.
• Supervised and mentored eight policy analysts in the drafting of bill analyses and evaluations
• Developed, directed and wrote Web content and update Web site daily.
• Served as staff member in Rep. Garnet F. Coleman’s office during interim.
Campaign Manager, Ray McMurrey for U.S. Senate — 2007 to 2008
Ray McMurrey was a schoolteacher from Corpus Christi who ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas. While we didn’t win, the campaign positioned him for future state-level electoral success. He is a past president and the current secretary-treasurer of the Texas American Federation of Teachers (Texas AFT). Remote position.
• Served as point person for media, strategy, fundraising, outreach and policy development.
• Built relationships with journalists, community groups and voters to promote campaign.
• Created and maintained database of press and community contacts.
• Secured and organized debate between candidate and main primary challenger.
• Scheduled and participated in interviews and public events.
• Ensured candidate maintained schedule and talking points.
• Wrote press releases, policy statements, media advisories, blog posts and other content for campaign Web site.
• In consultation with candidate, developed and deployed campaign strategy.
• Fostered awareness and increased profile of candidate on statewide level.
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• B.A. Summa Cum Laude, English Writing and Rhetoric (Minor: Political Science)
St. Edward’s University — 2002 to 2006
• 18 hours of graduate study
• Social Media Marketing Certification
• Email Marketing Certification