Monday, June 6, 2011

Holy Move Spaceman! (A post 3 months in the making)

So wow, there is sooooo much to tell you all! If you follow me on Twitter, you're probably aware that I just made a two day road trip with a couple other guys from Ohio to my new home, Scottsdale, AZ.
Goodbye Ada! ROAD TRIP!! Lol w/ @TobyDeardorff and @blburkholder. There's prolly >12 hrs of sleep between us, but we're slap happy lolSun Feb 27 11:58:14 via √úberSocial

A few of you know why, but like most things of this nature, I had to keep the news on ice for a bit until all of the details were worked out. But now they are, so here's the story. You won't hurt my feelings if you'd rather not read this lol.

K sweet, so for the past year or so I've been working with a great group of guys at a startup called BounceFire. It was started by my buddy Zach Ferres while he was still at ONU studying and stuff. There's a blog post out there somewhere that tells the whole story of how the company was founded, our rebranding from BounceHost etc. I'll find it eventually. So anyway, I was on board as the social media strategist for clients, and while here I've also worked on email marketing, a ton of copy writing, and internal communications for BounceFire. It's really been a blast, mostly because I always heard professionals at PRSSA conferences in session say that PR is an executive function and we need/recently gained a "seat at the table," and my first real job experience is working directly with the company's president. What's also dope is that Zach and the other guys are really open to my ideas and committed to making sure we provide not just great websites, but great marketing strategy that supports that site. I'm all about that kind of holistic approach.

So we niched to SEO, Internet marketing and website development. We did well, kept our clients happy and worked to graduate so we could see what kind of company we could build together. While we were doing all this Zach entered an entrepreneurship competition (GSEA) and went pretty far which was great. While at the first competition here in Scottsdale he met Jim Piccolo. Jim is a serious entrepreneur, and at that time (like last September I think?) he was fleshing out his idea for a new company that would franchise businesses. It must have been love at first sight or something because Jim really liked the BounceFire business model and more than that, the culture. Zach is all about Agile web development (ask him about it but get comfortable, because you'll be there for a while) but also likes a relaxed company culture. We were all pretty much working remotely and rockin it out, using Skype, although over the summer I was in Dublin in our office at the DEC quite a bit.

So initially we were just working with Jim's company BizziBiz on some stuff but we've recently been acquired under BizziBiz to do product fulfillment for the whole company. So that's what I'm doing out here; building social media and email marketing strategies for small businesses, similar (well pretty much the same) as I was doing at BounceFire, just on a much more intense scale lol. I'm stoked about this new chapter of life though, and I'm really looking forward to getting used to the weather down here. (no more #snohio!) My plan is to be back up and blogging regularly (thinking 2-3 posts a week but we'll start slow lol).

There's a ton of things I want to do out here a lot of growing I have yet to do and I'm really excited for the future.

Oh and also, our thing at BizziBiz is being the "superhero" for businesses, which means all of our email addresses are some superhero at bizzibiz dot com. I chose Spaceman Spiff, from Calvin & Hobbes. Mostly because he has some cool adventures and he's the imaginary escape for a kid just trying to find a way to deal with his world. Spiff is essentially a creation of necessity, to help Calvin cope with sucky classes (kindergarten is hard yo) and the bad food his mom cooks. But for me, Spiff is all about imagination and tackling what you don't want to do using your own creativity. I love that. So that's the dude I picked. Plus he's got some cool sayings like "The creature is a GURL!" and "1, 2, 3...LIGHTSPEED!" haha Expect me to drop some of those in from time to time. It's kinda corny but it's growing on me lol

So for now, this is where I live. Scottsdale, Arizona. It's going to be a heckuva ride.

HERE!!!! The drive to end all drives is OVER!! Cc @TobyDeardorff @blburkholderTue Mar 01 04:57:49 via √úberSocial

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