Todd Hooge oversees the business operations and day-to-day management of the company. With over 20 years of experience managing tech-firms, Todd’s mixture of experience and entrepreneurialism add to his reputation as one of the quiet innovators in the search marketing sector.
Todd’s professional portfolio includes: computer programming, website design, web development and team management. He has successfully planned, produced and administrated several large international web properties, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and the United Nations (UN) funded site, “The Communication Initiative”.
My career In Online Marketing began in 2002, back in the days of Dog Pile and Overture Keyword Tools.
I know “Online Marketing”. For me this statement means:
- Complete understanding of domain and website values. The ability to evaluate how much a site is worth, and systematically increase its value.
- Complete understanding of outsourcing and in-house development of Organic Search, Paid Search, Social Media, Conversion Optimization, Content Promotion and Brand Protection – from both a technical and strategic level.
- The ability to speak to it all. Read a little HTML or CSS, understand FTP and CMS access. Know how to identify issues by simply looking around and running some tools.
- Understanding of lead automation with programs such as Pardot, Marketo and Hubspot. In-depth knowledge of other industry tools such as Wordstream, Sreaming Frog, Majestic SEO and MOZ Tools.
Bottom line – I have the ability to identify and fix every issue that can arise online; the ability to run with current strategies while trying to create new ones.
I believe that not all Search begins with Google – there’s Social Media, Voice-Activated Search, App searches, searching TripAdvisor or Craigslist, to name a few.
I’ve got experience protecting the online investments of venture capital companies such as Bain Capital, Alpine Investments, Jordan Company and RocketShip Capital.
I’ve developed Site and Analytics Audits for companies such as Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam Webster, MIT, Zoll Medical and Schneider Electric.
I understand business and what it needs to grow as well as I understand people and what they need to grow.
I have watched this industry go through SEO to PPC to SEM and RM for SMB’s. In the end it has always been about providing transparent, unbiased advice on what is working now and what will sustain your marketing initiatives in the future.
I Love Watching Things Grow.
Simon has been working with websites since 2002. Beginning as a designer before moving on to developing and programming and finally marketing by 2005. The realization that the business side was the most interesting and important part of this world prompted him to move full-time into a marketing role. His background knowledge of the other aspects of the industry provide him with strong technical organic SEO skills and the ability to not only find the problem but to implement the solution. Simon works closely with our enterprise clients and runs the technical services division at Metamend.
When away from the office Simon enjoys traveling, reading, playing guitar, skiing, sailing, mountain biking, and trail running with his Australian Shepherd.
Richard ClementSenior Online Marketing Analyst
Richard is a highly experienced Internet Marketer, specialising in search engine optimization, website analytics, pay-per-click advertising and conversion rate optimization. A 20+ year technology veteran, Richard loves the measurability and science of online marketing and particularly the challenges presented by e-commerce websites.
Richard has also been a lecturer and regular speaker on all things related to online marketing.
Specialties: Internet marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), Google Analytics, email marketing, Google AdWords (PPC), conversion rate optimization (CRO), online marketing strategies, online sales.
Reese began his online journey back in 2003 when he started a speed dating company in Taipei, Taiwan that utilized an online booking system to coordinate events. Since selling that business two years later, Mr. Richards has literally done it all online, from SEO and SEM to SMM, PPC and RM – for SMBs to enterprise-level clients.
In his current role as Senior Online Marketing Analyst at Metamend, Reese runs the Social Media and Reputation Management divisions of the company and has played a vital role in the development of the company’s SMB department.
Hao was born & raised in Northern China. He has since moved to Canada and calls beautiful Vancouver Island home. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in his toolbox, he’s trained to pay attention to detail and read between the lines. This transfers over to websites and digital marketing. He’s able to see the hidden details with clients’ websites which may be preventing them from ranking higher in the search engines.
Hao is experienced in Site Audits and Keyword Research which are two areas of digital marketing he loves to sit down and work through.
When he’s not in the office, he enjoys exploring Vancouver Island and PC Gaming. He’ll take any of you on with a game of Battlefield 4!
Dan has been in the technology world for 10 years. He’s worked in the private sector (Dell & HP) & the public sector (BC Government) from Jr. Tech to Team Leader & Technical Coach. Recently, he’s gained experience working for 2 Digital Marketing agencies and now calls Metamend “home”.
In the office, he has a passion for Search Engine Optimization & Social Media Marketing. Out of the office, his passion resides within Travel (52 countries on 6 continents so far) and Martial Arts (Instructor of: Wing Chun Kung Fu & Shotokan Karate).
Whether he’s optimizing the on-page details of a client’s website or brushing up with the latest close protection boot camp, he’ll be comfortable, confident & happy with life. He’s our resident bodyguard, Google My Business & social media guy.
Mariska Richters has more than 10 years’ experience in online media. Her expertise lies in social media, blogging, copywriting, WordPress, and project management. Additionally, Mariska satisfies her creative interests as our in-house photographer. She has perviously shot for corporate clients including Estee Lauder, ING Direct and Molson Coors in the past.
The combination of Mariska’s online media skills and photographic talent make her an experienced and well-rounded individual, capable of creative solutions for you and your business.
When she’s not busy as an internet marketing ninja, Mariska explores the local hiking trails and beaches of Vancouver Island with her chocolate lab. As an avid traveler and Olympics enthusiast, she attends the Olympic Games every two years to photograph Olympic spirit and the unforgettable moments in global sport. To date, she has captured the spirit of three Olympic Games in Vancouver, London and Sochi.
With over 11 of years’ experience in a variety of sales and service positions Luke has a passion for working with people that has transitioned perfectly into account management. A bit of a perfectionist he believes in taking the time to get things done correctly, and customer satisfaction.
As someone who’s always outgoing and very social, Luke likes to build strong relationships with his clients and genuinely cares about their success.
Outside of the business Luke has a background in music and acting, and wants to travel the world. He has a passion for fitness, spends most of his free time in the gym and will literally, out-duel anyone in knowledge of NHL hockey stats.