♦ Marketing Communications for Technorati Media — a advertising platform and media company that specializes in connecting brands to targeted consumers through innovated ad solutions placed on our community of publisher websites. This website, The Swartzdesk could be considered an extension with my work, where I offer my views on social media, marketing, advertising and general tech updates. Also check out (and take part in, if you’d like) my research surveys.
♦ Editor-in-Chief of The Man FAQ — a men’s lifestyle magazine that educates, enlightens and entertains the modern man, outfitting him with everything from product reviews to advice to ultimate acts of manhood, all delivered with a surprising lack of bull.
♦ Beer Army Ambassador — I manage a feature section “Fort Left Coast: Intel from the Western Front,” for BeerArmy.com, a beer brand that operates a brewery, bottle shop and hosts the largest beer festivals along the Crystal Coast.
♦ Family man (house full of girls), Southerner living in the Bay Area and working in San Francisco, very proud owner of a wife-approved beard (and Beardition advocate), and an outdoorsman (camping, kayaking, hiking, and sometimes just hanging in a hammock), former journalist.
I've been producing digital content for as long as I can remember there being digital anything, and I supposed you can make the argument that I've been marketing for just as long. I'd say my unofficial start in digital marketing communications was the website I launched in the mid '90s for my high school football team. The site (which was actually still live until about a year or two ago) featured about what you'd expect -- our roster, schedule, game updates, and even some behind-the-scenes anecdotes I called "In The Locker Room." As far as I could tell (because I tried to find other team sites to link to), we were the only team in our conference with a website.
I was educated at East Carolina University, where I studied communication, English and philosophy. I worked numerous jobs throughout college, including a being a sports referee for several local leagues (football, softball, soccer, basketball) and a web producer for ECU's intramural department. It was an exciting time to be there, as the university's programs made the shift from being paper-first to digital-first. Most of that first job was taking documents and turning them into HTML for the quickly-growing website.
From there, I took my first steps into journalism where I spent the next 10 years in both the print and broadcast industries. Again, it was an exciting time as traditional media outlets started to embrace the web. That meant going from dumping all our articles on the web at around midnight when all the rest of the day's work was done to producing content with a web-first mentality and letting our digital property feed our traditional medium. Throughout my years in journalism, I played a part in four website relaunches. I also oversaw the entire digital news operation for an ABC affiliate in North Carolina where we won back-to-back Associated Press awards for having the best news website in our division.
Throughout it all, what I feel I best got out of the first part of my career was the ability to tell stories not only through the written word but through combining various tactics and publishing methods -- text, audio, slideshows, video, doing it in person and even once smell (maybe more about that another time).
In my role at Technorati Media, where I oversee content and social strategies as well as press and public relations operations, my favorite aspect is, again, being in control of our story -- defining strategies to meet our objectives, directing the release of our message and watching it grow into a conversation about what we do and what we can do for our customers.