Michael Grover

Writer, Marketer, Product Director...
Experience with media, technology, healthcare, and education markets. Driven by new products and ideas. Self-motivated, analytical, creative problem solver. Award-winning and bilingual (English & Spanish).

Writer

PFL.com

PFL.com 05/24/22 Content Marketing, Marketing

Content marketers rally behind the banner of producing ever more excellent content marketing. Without a doubt, excellence has rightly become the baseline. But excellence, in and of itself, doesn’t guarantee a first-page ranking in Google. Nor a viral share in social media.

PFL.com 05/19/22 Content Marketing, Marketing

...The confluence of internet infrastructure, truly useful web-based publishing applications, and web search enabled the company to popularize a shift in the marketing eco-system paradigm.

It makes perfect sense: instead of carpet-bombing your market with interruptive messaging, create the content that will attract the people you want to reach. Create good content, the argument goes, and the people will find it...

PFL.com 01/13/22 Content Marketing, Marketing

How is your martech stack working for you? For the uninitiated, a martech stack (or marketing technology stack) is the set of technologies that marketers use to perform various marketing activities. How you collect leads and nurture them along the path to becoming a customer are just some of the activities that are handled by a martech stack.

For many growing companies, the martech stack can be a frustrating conglomeration of different tools brought in as needs emerge, sometimes with overlapping and competing jobs and almost always disconnected from each other.

PFL.com 10/26/21 Marketing

In one experiment into the value of randomness, Ellevate showed three groups of consumers the same movie trailer. One group was told it was randomly selected from a set of 100 trailers. Another group was told the trailer came randomly selected from only 10 options. A third group was shown the trailer and told that a marketer had selected the trailer. Who reported more satisfaction? Consumers preferred the trailer when it was one of 100 choices vs one of ten. Lowest satisfaction? You guessed it, the one that was chosen by a marketer.
Marketer

I have a background in digital marketing.

    Director of Online Marketing for network of tech sites.

    Managed SEO for 110 international sites. Increased traffic by 30%.

    Analytics: create visualizations to help conference companies sell seats. (Google and Adobe)

    Content: managed content workflow for network of tech sites.

    Social: built social network to 100,000 followers.

Product Director

App Creation

Thinkerdeck was an award-winning note-taking app (tablet and phone) that helped users think through their ideas. Based on an index card model, users took notes, organized them, and downloaded them into an outline.

ThinkerDeck garnered several awards including being selected as a top-five note-taking app for high school students. Read more about Thinkerdeck

CRN Tech News was a subscription-based and ad-supported channel news application targeting VARs and resellers. It was connected to the UBM corporate CMS and designed as a template for other UBM businesses to be able to quickly launch a full-featured, native app.

Grew to 40,000 subscribers and generated ~$1 million new and incremental ad and subscription revenue in first 6 months.

Newsgetter tapped the rss feeds of the top unbiased news sources and combined them into a single feed.

Web Sites

Responsible for all digital products for niche media company. During my tenure, my team produced and managed over 200 products and projects, including:
  • Flagship site crn.com serving market of 3 million
  • Event sites providing at-event information and marketing for event.
  • Custom projects
  • Mobile versions
We also re-built the entire publishing stack, transferring 15 years of content from legacy system to new Drupal-based system and converted analytics from Adobe Analytics to Google Analytics.

Full responsibility for US online business for four specialty groups. Work included:
  • Converted siloed CMS to one taxonomy-driven CMS, enabling us to be much more responsive to client needs.
  • Integrated search and topic based supporter services.
  • Built video-based symposium product providing conference sessions year-round.
  • Ground-up construction of entire 17-person online team including marketing, sales, production, and business development.

Web index of peer-reviewed content with revenue based on search queries.

Subscription site providing access to 20+ research databases plus original content.

Worked as part of team that constructed a network sales and services model from multiple, independently operated sites for improved technical and business processes. Introduced network sales programs and run-of-network ad-serving. Worked with external tech blogs to drive traffic and registrations. Created Dogear Peelback, an award-winning ad unit that provided sponsors with large format, opt-in viewers.
Awards

    Best of The Web Awards: "Dogear Peelback" for Ad Unit of the Year

    Best of The Web Awards: "Tech Blog Awards" for Website Marketing using social media

    ThinkerDeck

      Best note-taking app for high school students for ThinkerDeck by Appolearning.com.

      Tabby Awards: finalist in Utilities category

      Mass Innovation Nights: Most innovative product (juried event)

Companies & Clients
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References
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“The most important thing that Mike brought was his passion for new ideas, for accomplishing goals, and for providing challenging and valuable projects...”

— Amber Tresca, Health Content Creator and Podcast Hosts

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“...always delivered excellent results to help drive digital product innovation, process and execution. His early version of content-based units were years ahead of their time."”

— Brandon Friesen, President, Just Media

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“...highly creative and understands the importance of focusing on the practical business ramifications - revenue and profit - of the projects he's working on...”

— Tom Smith, Oracle Corporation

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“...an innovator and thinker who executes.”

— Cora Nucci, Associate Editorial Director, HealthLeaders Media

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“...truly understands the medium in a way many executives do not.”

— Anne Holland, Anne Holland Ventures

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“It's never less than great working with you.”

— Konstantinos Kontos, Sr. Developer Saturated Colors

Blog

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05-23-2022 Film Video TV
Submit Your Podcast To Podcast Directories

Submit Your Podcast To Podcast Directories

Podbean Blog We've compiled a list of some of the most popular podcast directories and instructions on how to submit your podcast to them.

05-17-2022 Film Video TV
The rare films you shouldn't miss at the 2022 UCLA Festival of Preservation

The rare films you shouldn't miss at the 2022 UCLA Festival of Preservation

Los Angeles Times Betty White, Rod Serling, Harold Lloyd, 'All That Money Can Buy' and 'Force of Evil,' plus other picks for this year's Festival of Preservation.

04-18-2022 Business
Should I Put My Prices On My Website?

Should I Put My Prices On My Website?

Forbes Putting your prices on your site will scare a bunch of prospects away before you’ve had a chance to woo them, right? In some instances it’s a terrible idea to put your prices on your site. And yet, I

04-18-2022 Marketing
Content Contemplations: How We Process Information & Why B2B Marketers Must Craft Content That Elevates

Content Contemplations: How We Process Information & Why B2B Marketers Must Craft Content That Elevates

B2B Marketing Blog - TopRank® By understanding how we process information, B2B marketers can craft better content that elevates, inspires, and answers key questions.

03-12-2022 Marketing
HTML and CSS in Emails: What Works in 2022?

HTML and CSS in Emails: What Works in 2022?

Designmodo What HTML and CSS features work for email templates, and how we can make them work for all email clients, in 2022.

02-21-2022 Business
The elaborate con that tricked dozens into working for a fake design agency

The elaborate con that tricked dozens into working for a fake design agency

BBC News Dozens of young people were tricked into thinking they were working for a glamorous UK design agency - which didn’t really exist.

02-12-2022 Business
Greenwashing: Where Risk Management and ESG Meet

Greenwashing: Where Risk Management and ESG Meet

resources It's time to elevate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives to be a core pillar of your risk management strategy.

02-11-2022 Business
If Audiobooks Go AI

If Audiobooks Go AI

Velocity of Content “People who direct audiobooks, people who edit audiobooks, people who check audiobook narration for word-for-word perfection against the manuscript would be impacted. And in this age of deep fakes, th

01-29-2022 Business
The Downside of Working From Home: Loneliness

The Downside of Working From Home: Loneliness

Inc.com When your entire world is virtual, life can become more difficult.

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Work Experience

Oracle Corporation

International Marketing and SEO

The Channel Company

VP, Digital Products

United Business Media

Director of Marketing, Director Online, Content Operations and Syndication
Education & Skills

Education

Emerson College

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Creative Writing/Publishing, Editor of Omnivore magazine, President of Experimental Film and Animation Society.

Technical Skills

  • Analytics: Omniture/Adobe Analytics and Google Analytics. Certified in Google Analytics.
  • Programming: PHP, Cold Fusion, Xcode, HTML5, Javascript, Agile, mySql
  • Graphics: Premiere (Video Editing), After Effects (Motion Graphics), Photoshop, Screenflow (demo software).
  • Marketing Automation and Content Management: Eloqua (now Oracle Marketing Cloud), Responsys, Brightedge, Wordpress, Drupal, Teamsite, Screaming Frog, Hubspot CRM, Saleforce
  • Language: Spanish & English