Hi, I'm Stephen@Watts.dev

I live in Birmingham, Alabama and work remotely for BMC Software.

You can learn about me on LinkedIn, download my resume (last updated 9/20/2018) or try to spot me in this mural.

I have availability to work on interesting side projects. You can reach me at: stephen@watts.dev

Types of things I work on

My work is in marketing, business development, web development, project management, and publishing.

On BMC Blogs (and formerly BMC Guides) the SEO program I manage has generated ~3 Million (and growing!) non-branded visits every year since 2016, resulting in ~30,000 form completions annually from these IT visitors.

I won the US Search Award for Best Low Budget Campaign, for SEO work around ITIL.

I helped launch Healthy Living Made Simple, the most widely distributed health and wellness magazine in the US.

I developed an innovative (for 2011) QR-based mobile web experience for Sam's Club's private label Simply Right brand, which was used in-store nationwide.

I spent a decade helping Dr. Louis Ignarro, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, manage his personal brand on social media, develop websites, publish books, manage e-commerce on Amazon and private websites.

My undergraduate degree is in Philosophy from Auburn University, and I'm currently progressing through The University of Colorado Denver's MS in Information Systems program.

I was once described as "an especially friendly local" by The Washington Times.

I spent two years as on-site caretaker and manager of an exclusive estate on the Big Sur coast called Anderson Canyon, home to Henry Miller which he wrote about in Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch. I marketed the property for photoshoots with companies including UGG Boots and Conde Naste, attracted weddings from celebrities such as Natalie Portman, and the property was in the series finale of Mad Men (a worthy stand-in for the Esalen Institute). I also managed the remodel of the main house and other buildings and infrastructure, and erosion response as a result of the Basin Complex Fire.

I co-founded Redmont Distilling Company (the first legal distillery in Birmingham since prohibition) and over 4 years grew it to be the #1 (by ABC sales) Alabama-produced Vodka and Gin brand in history. We won numerous awards including "Alabama Distillery of the Year". I was responsible for marketing, business development, and distilling/production. The company is now owned by Charles Barkley.

Key skills and technologies
HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL, Javascript, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Clickability, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Screaming Frog, Open Site Explorer, AHREFs, Majestic, SEMRush, Advanced Web Rankings, Adobe Site Catalyst, Google Analytics Qualified, Adobe Analytics, Adobe Target, Adobe Experience Manager, Conductor, BrightEdge, A/B testing & website experimentation, email marketing, paid search campaign optimization, paid search & display ad landing page optimization, page speed/load time optimization, QR codes, technical writing, marketing writing, advanced Excel, Access, Oracle, project management, and people management.

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Links to websites and things I recommend