I’m a highly motivated online marketing professional with nearly 10 years experience encompassing client side, agency and freelance roles within multiple industries including edtech, travel, hospitality, luxury, transport, entertainment, education, legal and third sector.
During my career I’ve managed multiple website launches, online campaigns and digital projects, with budgets ranging up to £300k. I also managed a team of 3 whilst at Apex Hotels. In addition, I’m a keen blogger, founding and editing a hotel marketing community (Hotelspeak.com) and have enjoyed guest lecturing in digital marketing at Edinburgh’s Napier and Heriot Watt Universities.
I feel my breadth of experience across client and agency roles has given me a well-rounded and comprehensive perspective on the complete digital marketing mix.
- Management of key client accounts
- Management of the creative development and build process
- Proposals, pitch preparation / delivery
- Team management / training
- Digital media selection and planning
- Online advertising (Display, CPC etc.)
- SEO and content marketing
- Desk research; market, competitor etc.
- Online reputation management
- Affiliate marketing
- Social media marketing/engagement
- Internationalisation (European & emerging markets)
- Conversion analysis / improvement
- Lead Generation
- Blogging (See Hotelspeak.com)
- CMS (Ektron, Umbraco, WordPress, ModX, Drupal etc.)
- Google Analytics (GA Certified)
- Dreamweaver, Photoshop, MS Office
- PC and Mac experience
- HTML / CSS
April 2016 – Present … Marketing Manager, Administrate
Administrate is a dynamic software company that produces an industry leading, feature rich, cloud based Training Management System (TMS) and Learning Management System (LMS).
As part of a fast growing SaaS company with very high aspirations, I enjoy working within a team that believes that ‘nobody is ever done learning’. Day-to-day my role is varied and challenging, typically centred on inbound/outbound lead generation, blog/whitepaper content authoring, SEO, PPC, CRO and analytics/attribution.
Jan 2014 – April 2016 … Senior Digital Account Manager, Occupancy Marketing
In my role as Senior Account Manager I was responsible for managing the digital marketing accounts of multiple clients. Services included; overall digital strategy, online advertising (PPC, display, remarketing, social, metasearch etc.), SEO/content marketing, analytics/data analysis and reporting, CRO, benchmarking, reputation management and general online marketing consultancy. Clients included; Red Carnation Hotels, The Office Group, Edinburgh Business School, Goodwood Estate, The Beaumont Hotel, The RTL Group and more.
May 2013 – Oct 2013 … Digital Media Manager, MediaCom Edinburgh
I managed the relationship between MediaCom Edinburgh office and the PPC / SEO team in Manchester, along with wider digital media planning (PPC, SEO, display, social etc.) for key digital accounts including; ScotRail, Canvas Holidays, QualitySolicitors, Subway, Hachette Partworks, SMWS, DB Regio, Public Health Agency (NI), Teesside University and First Milk.
Mar 2012 – May 2013 … Senior Digital Account Manager, The Union Advertising Agency Ltd.
I project managed site launches (full design and build), email marketing campaigns, social media campaigns, mobile apps, analytics projects, SEO and other digital media for a range of clients including; Principal Hayley Hotels, Scottish Enterprise, Foundation Scotland, Cycling Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland, Whyte & Mackay (Dalmore & Jura), Project Scotland etc.
Apr 2009 – Mar 2012 … E-Marketing Manager, Apex Hotels Ltd.
I managed the digital marketing for the group; their online marketing budget and strategy as well as website and booking engine development. During my time at the company I managed two site launches and development of a bespoke booking engine. Managing a team of 3, online revenue quadrupled during my time at Apex; from £1.8m in 2006/2007 to £7.3m in 2011/2012.
Nov 2006 – Apr 2009 … E-Marketing Executive, Apex Hotels Ltd.
Starting in 2006, I developed Apex’s online presence and its contribution to overall company profitability. Driving site development forward, I created a comprehensive digital strategy, justifying further investment in online marketing. This resulted in substantial increases in online revenue, an Apex Hotels Directors Award and my promotion to E-Marketing Manager in 2009.
2002 – 2005 … Retail Sales Advisor, O2 UK
Part time, whilst studying. Involved sales targets, customer service and general retail duties.
2011 – Present… Freelance Digital Marketing Consultant
Small website builds (WordPress), SEO and general digital consultancy for a range of clients, including Jacobite Cruises, LoveLochLomond, Ticket Technology, Hotel Christiania, Vergécosse, Glenfeshie House, Craigton Cottages, Rory Gibson Architects, Smart Tourism etc.
I volunteer my time as part of the team managing #ScotlandHour – the monthly Twitter chat promoting Scottish Tourism. This is an increasingly popular initiative that has been debated at the Scottish Government and received support from VisitScotland. I also volunteer my time to help with the digital marketing of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.
2002 – 2006 … Marketing & Psychology BA Hons 2:1 Heriot-Watt University
Dissertation Title: ‘The Barriers and Facilitators of Ethical Consumerism: An Exploratory Study of Belief Formation and Purchase Priorities’ (Achieved 1st Class and highest marked dissertation within the School of Management for 2006).
Professional references available on request. Several brief recommendations (peers, clients and academic) are available on LinkedIn – http://uk.linkedin.com/in/samuelweston
Address: Available upon request
Date of Birth: 01/08/1982
Marital Status: Married