HELLO. I’M EVAN THOMAS

I’m passionate about evoking emotion through photos, video, website and other forms of media. As a content creator and digital marketer, I’m well versed in technology, design and production.

 

Creating great content is only half the battle, making sure it gets in front of the right eyeballs is the difficult part. With my mastery of SEO, social media algorithms, and digital advertising, I help brands to reach their target audience with compelling content.

 

Ultimately, my goal is to make people feel better about themselves, a brand or product, after interacting with something I’ve created.

My Favorite Tools

These are some of the tools, programs, apps and websites I use most often. I love learning to use programs and processes.

YT Algorithm
AdWords
MailChimp
Wordpress
Analytics
Salesforce
Office
Tag Manager
Facebook Ads
After Effects
Media Encoder
SEMrush
Illustrator
Premiere Pro
Sketch
Lightroom
Photoshop
Blender

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Rocket Science0%

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Google Academy for Ads Certifications

Mobile Sites

AdWords

Google Analytics

SEMrush Advertising Toolkit

SEMrush SEO Fundamentals

SEMrush SEO Toolkit

Facebook Brand Marketer

UCSB Technology Management Program

Personal Attributes

Skills that allow me to work well in a team environment.

Adaptable

 

Did a project suddenly hit a roadblock? No problem, I persist through challenges, and love doing it. Armed with improvisation and creative problem solving skills, I’m confident I will find a way forward. Being resourceful and innovative are traits I’m proud of.

Analytical

 

Work smarter, not longer. Data provides many insights and I believe it should drive decisions. I enjoy running experiments, spotting trends and planning the next move based on what I’ve learned.

Proactive

 

There is nothing I dislike more than sitting around waiting for things to happen. Speed matters in life and in business, so let’s get started, now. I’m happy to take the lead on project as I have a bias for action.

Sociable

 

People are a company’s most valuable asset. I enjoy working and collaborating with like-minded individuals. Empathy, cooperation, leadership, punctuality, listening and verbal communication are some of the skills I’ve developed which have allowed me to work well in a team.

Recommendations

Don’t listen to me, hear from the people I’ve worked with!

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Alex Nordlinger

 

Sr. Engineering Manager

Explore, Annenberg LLC.

It’s rare to come across someone as uniquely creative and determined as Evan. Smart, efficient and reliable are the words that come to mind when I think of him and his work.

 

I work closely with Evan at Explore. Recently, he played an integral part in the redesign of our website by researching and implementing our strategy for SEO, providing us with analytics reports, writing page copy, and managing MySQL databases, among other things. No job is above or beneath him, and he was always eager to help, whether it was making mockups in Photoshop, or creating record in our CMS.

 

I’m particularly impressed by Evan’s ability to pickup new skills quickly. If there is a program he is unfamiliar with, or a concept he has not yet encountered, he seems to master it after only a few days of studying. I feel very fortunate to call Evan a friend and coworker.

 

Alex

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Ivan Bercovich

 

VP of Engineering

Graphiq (Amazon)

Startups tend to look for people who are comfortable contributing to the vision and strategy of the company from day one. While there are plenty of outspoken people, the real value comes from those that can balance the intake of information with an effective projection of concrete ideas.

 

Having worked with Evan for 3 years, I am confident he is one of these well-balanced influencers. For years, he has been a proponent of diversifying/strengthening our social network presence, which at times was received with skepticism. Rather than expressing frustration or shutting down, Evan often collected market research and ran data-driven experiments, and returned to the conversation with an arsenal of solid arguments.

 

 

Ivan Bercovich

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Johnny Marcon

 

Director of Operations

Surfline Wavetrack Inc.

Evan and I worked together to pursue and execute business development partnerships for the Sports and Travel verticals at Graphiq. Evan was constantly looking for creative and unique ways to expand our reach and enhance our product, and was always a pleasure to work with. Evan is a motivated individual with a penchant for creating successful, longstanding relationships with business partners and clients, that I would recommend highly for any fast-growing company.

 

Johnny

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Atanas Angelov

 

Sr. Product Manager

Study.com

Evan is a dynamic contributor who is passionate about and dedicated to his work. While working with him at FindTheBest, I got to experience Evan’s tenacity and creativity first hand. As team player who is always looking to push the envelope, Evan prides himself in being forward thinking.

 

 

Atanas

Experience

My journey thus far.

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Digital Production Coordinator

Explore, Annenberg • May 2016 - Present

I am proud to work for one of the largest and most generous philanthropic organizations in the world. At Explore.org, I oversee our SEO, manage our SEM spend, administer site analytics, write copy, and maintain our YouTube channel/community. The work our team does at Explore positively affects millions of people around the world.

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Co-Founder / Designer

MyCustomSnapFilter.com • June 2016 - June 2017

MyCustomSnapFilter.com designed and created custom Snapchat filters for thousands of clients. Our filters helped our clients market brands/products, celebrate events and promote businesses. I built our website, wrote copy, oversaw SEO, interfaced with clients and designed filters in Photoshop, Sketch and Adobe Illustrator. My partner and I closed the business in June 2017 when Snapchat released an internal filter editor.

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Production Coordinator

Freelance Television Production • Apr. 2015 - May 2016

I enjoyed contributing to the fast paced work environment of the most esteemed production companies in Los Angeles: MJZ, Media Arts Lab, Radical Media, Imperial Woodpecker and many more. As a production coordinator, I ensured productions ran smoothly and under budget by creating pre-production books, communicating with the creative agency, securing shoot locations, managing POs, hiring vendors, and coordinating crew accommodations/transportation. I am delighted to have help create commercials for clients like American Express, Apple, Adidas, FIAT, Honda, Microsoft, The NBA, Nike, T-Mobile and others.

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Traveler

Asia and Australia • May 2014 - May 2015

The greatest experience of my life was spending 12 months backpacking through Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Immersing myself in foreign lands allowed me to see the world through a new perspective and appreciate differences in culture. During my year abroad, I bolstered my independence and confidence. I discovered the importance of budgeting and time management. I learned to be adaptable, and adjust to unexpected situations. The skills I developed and the unforgettable experiences I had while traveling have made me a better person all-around.

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Business Development Manager

Graphiq (Acquired by Amazon) • July 2011 - May 2014

As one of the first employees at Graphiq, a semantic technology startup which was acquired by Amazon, I wore many hats. Sales, analytics, SEO, product management and social media were just some of the sectors I played an active role in. By mentoring and managing interns, sitting on the off-site committee, and through organizing charity events I was able to serve as an active leader of the company. Through my capacity as a business development manager I secured important and strategic partnerships with companies across the US and in Europe. I co-developed a new sales team and strategy to build relationships with brands and agencies, acted as a liaison between Graphiq's engineering team and our client's product team, and administered traffic and revenue reports.

Founder

TravelGrom.com • 2011 - 2014

I started blogging as a hobby in college. Within months of starting, my blog grew into one of the top resources for news and information about music festivals, reaching 75K+ visitors/month. I established affiliate marketing relationships with ticket re-sellers like SeatGeek, StubHub and Ticket Network. I managed freelance writers to created unique, compelling content that was consistently ranking #1 on Google SERPs for the keywords we were targeting. The blog's users were funneled to affiliate links to purchase tickets to music festivals. Around the same time, I started a Spotify playlist which now has over 60,000 followers and is one of the most popular playlists on Spotify. Founding TravelGrom.com opened my eyes to the importance and power of digital marketing and SEO.

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University of California, Santa Barbara

Student • Graduated 2012

Bachelors of Arts Degree, History of Art & Architecture - emphasis on Architecture & Environment. Technology Management Program Certificate from the School of Engineering.

Brands I've Worked With

These are some of the wonderful brands I’ve had the pleasure of creating content for.