Meet our Top Contributors
Top Contributors are Google users who volunteer their time to help others with questions and troubleshooting—you may have met a few of them in the Google My Business Forum. We'd like to introduce you to the Google My Business TCs and let them tell you a bit about themselves. Say hello next time you see them around!
Forum Nickname: MBlumenthal
Mike has been involved with offering web services since 1995. Prior to specializing in web design and search consulting in 2001, Mike was a principal in a family owned and operated retail business for more than 30 years. Like all small business owners attempting to market to a fragmented clientele, he was continually frustrated by the barriers & costs imposed by the advertising options available. Shortly after Google Maps was released in 2004, he threw out his nine Yellow Page books and started focusing on Local Search. During the week, you can find him at his blog, Understanding Google Maps and Local Search, where he writes about local search and its impact on the business community. During the past year Mike, cofounded two locally focused companies: LocalU.org, which focuses on small business education, and GetFiveStars.com to help small businesses deal with the complexities of customer feedback and reviews.
Forum Nickname: Linda Buquet ~
Linda has over 13 years of Internet marketing experience and specializes in Google Local optimization with a primary focus on training and consulting for SEOs and agencies. She's a contributor to the “Local Search Ranking Factors” and is founder of the Local Search Forum. Linda has been quoted by The New York Times, InfoWorld and PC World regarding Google Places issues and is passionate about helping people learn local search best practices.
Forum Nickname: TimCapper
Tim has been involved in search marketing for over 10yrs and specialises in local SEO. Having originally graduated with a Swiss Degree (BelvoirPark Hotel Fachschule) in hospitality management then owning and operating his own hotel in the UK Lake District. It was during the Foot and Mouth outbreak that he honed his skills in search marketing.
Taking the decision to move into search marketing professionally, Tim relocated to Northamptonshire and now operates a bespoke SEO consultancy onlineownership.com with a global client base. Being a Google Top Contributor gives me the ability to view issues that an average webmaster will never see, adding extra value to the already impeccable service Online Ownership provides for its clients. Online Ownership's innovative approach to search marketing and skill sharing philosophy can be seen in the recent Put your Business on the Map campaign along with the step by step guides and tutorials they have produced and published. Tim is passionate about what Google Business Pages can offer businesses, they provide a real opportunity to market and brand their business online, and Tim takes great pleasure in helping these business solve their problems in the Google and your Business product forum.
You can connect with Tim on Google+.
Forum Nickname: JoyHawkins
Joy Hawkins has been working in the Local SEO industry since 2006 and loves being a Google Top Contributor. She also loves spending time managing Google AdWords accounts and has been certified in both Google Search & Display. She is also a speaker at SMX – the world’s largest search engine marketing conference.
She currently works as a product consultant at Imprezzio Marketing in Toronto, ON. Joy's daily responsibilities there include troubleshooting ranking issues on Google for the most complicated and difficult accounts, writing training manuals and training employees on how to use Google products and SEO-related tools and tactics, selling and managing Local SEO, Social Media and AdWords accounts for small business owners, and keeping up with new trends and processes in the Local SEO and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) world and incorporating these into products. You can connect with her on G+.
Forum Nickname: ehg
Helmut has loved maps ever since he was a child, when he drew his own maps by hand for his personal edification (e.g. of the UK). Now his hands are a bit too shaky to draw these maps, but that’s where Google Maps and Google My Business come in. These products, along with the hundreds of questions "ehg" answers in the forums weekly, keeps his day lively and interesting. Helmut is an active Top Contributor in the English, German and Spanish Maps and help forums.
Forum Nickname: `Keenan
Keenan Glass is president of Great-Marketing.com, a marketing consulting firm that provides turnkey marketing strategies that produce real, "take it to the bank" results. He is the past president of the Houston Direct Marketing Association and chapter director of GKIC Houston, an elite coaching and networking club for entrepreneurs who are seeking fast and dramatic growth. Keenan is passionate about helping other business owners become successful through smarter marketing. He enjoys assisting others in the Google and Your Business forum and you can follow him on Google+.
Forum Nickname: Colan
Colan Nielsen is the Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Imprezzio Marketing. Imprezzio Marketing is one of Canada's fastest growing marketing agencies specializing in customized digital marketing strategies for SMB's.
When Colan isn't helping business owners at the Google and your Business Forum you can find him at the The Local Search Forum where he is also a Top Contributor.