Chris Sheehy - Local SEO Specialist & Founder
- Founder Chris Sheehy is a 20+ year veteran of digital marketing; having embarked on SEO as a small business owner trying to market his first business (not related to marketing). “I didn’t wake up and decided to be an SEO geek; it just happened” Sheehy frequently says.
- Instructor: RISD course creator & instructor for Search Engine Optimization & Digital Marketing
- Speaker To: New England Institute of Technology University – Master’s Class on Data & Information Ethics, University of Rhode Island – Directors Meeting on Digital Marketing, SBA events, SCORE events, trade groups, American Marketing Association, Search Engine Marketing New England, Sail America Industry Conference, International Aerial Photographers Association Conference, and SailTime Franchise Conference, and others.
- Media: Forbes, WSJ, Rhode Island Small Business Journal, Johnson & Wales University, Columbia University, Mass High Tech, Yahoo Small Business Advisors, Mopar Masters Magazine, RI Creative Magazine, Guy Kawasaki’s Alltop, MarketingProfs.com, SocialMediaToday.com, LinkedIn News, Beyond.com, and more…
- Named a Top Web Development Firm by Providence Business News, a Top Tech Entrepreneur by GoLocalProv.com and a Top 5 Startup Business in New England by Mass High Tech
- Technical & Curriculum Advisor - for a bachelor’s website design course at New England Institute of Technology University
In addition to getting businesses discovered, Chris is also a consultant, speaker & presenter to business groups and associations, writer, diner junkie, social networker, local business advocate, husband & father. When not doing any of those things, Chris can usually be found driving around or tinkering with his old Plymouth.
I am frequently asked how I got into SEO and nearly everyone is surprised to learn that I didn't plan on becoming a search engine specialist - not by long shot.
Truth is I came home one day to tell my wife I had quit my corporate job to go-it-alone with my first business (looking back, her reaction wasn't what I had envisioned, but she has always been my biggest supporter, and I wouldn't be where I am today without her).
That was 1997, and like any other bootstrap entrepreneur, I had a ton of ambition but with a new home and our first child on the way - little money to back up my idea. So I did what everyone was doing in the dot.com days, I built a website to promote my start-up. In no time, I also had a newsletter and a weblog (that's what blogs were called before they were cool) and was creating content like crazy.
Before I knew it, my website was nominated for an industry award, and I was making new clients from this new thing called "the world wide web." And then Google was born (which BTW I thought was such a stupid business idea). Ranking & SEO quickly became an obsession of mine and a passion that to this day I enjoy.
When I tell business owners, I know how SEO works for them - I mean it, and have the experience (and mistakes that come with that experience) to back it up.
It's this experience that differentiates me from my competition, and in this industry - experience pays dividends.
That gig lasted several years, but I was ultimately made an offer for a corporate position from the software manufacturer I was using that I couldn't refuse. I spent a few years in the corporate environment for two fantastic companies until I was faced with the only option of having to move to the mid-west to grow professionally.
So, as I had done in 1997, I came home from my day job one day to announce to my wife that I had quit my corporate job to go-it-alone with a new business. I built a website, opened a blog, and jumped into social media. The year was 2009 - and the story continues. . .