Aloha! My name is Matthew Shuey. I'm an Internet Marketing Professional living in beautiful Ventura California. I have many years of Internet Marketing Experience with a focus on SEO, Social Media Marketing, Google Adwords and Google Analytics. I also have a passion for good web design with a customer first approach. In fact I use Google Analytics and other data collection tools to assist me in building great user experiences that work in harmony with all of your online marketing strategies. On this page you will learn more about my online marketing career, my passions, and what motivates me to be the best at what I do.
My Internet Marketing Career
My career in Information Technology began in 1998 when I was employed by Teradyne Inc. in Agoura Hills, CA. I was very fortunate at that time to work there because they PAID FOR ALL of my IT training, certifications, and computer related courses. Aside from learning about how computer systems and networks worked , I was heavily exposed to corporate structure and creative ideas. In early 2002 I began to re-discover my creative abilities by using basic drawing and painting programs such as MS Paint and Macromedia Freehand.
In early 2003 I became very good at designing creative advertising pieces. That year I bought my first copy of Macromedia Studio. I learned how to code HTML, use MM Fireworks, MM Flash, and the basics of Photoshop. During these fledgling years of my marketing career, I began to accept web design projects for a small fee and learned how to do Search Engine Optimization. Very quickly I became proficient at getting websites ranked favorably for keyword searches in popular search engines like Google & Yahoo.
Today my online marketing experience has grown by leaps and bounds. I'm no longer just a web designer, as I feel that that career title holds little credibility and value. If you want to have a successful online business then you're going to need a well planned website and marketing strategy to go with it.
My Personal InterestsHere are a few things in my life that influence the way I live, laugh, love, and work.
Having great photos is a must have for just about any digital marketing campaign. As a matter of fact, I offer professional photography to all of my web design and marketing clients. I am also the co-founder of a worldwide stock photography agency called GenStockPhoto.
Wave Sliding (Surfing)
Surfing is my salvation. It's one of the greatest joys in my life. In fact, I surf just about everyday whether the waves are big or small. Surfing helps me put a different perspective on life because it helps me see things from a different point of view. But please, don't ever call me a beach bum because as soon as I get out of the water I am no longer a surfer but an Internet Marketing Professional. If you are a surfer too, then you can find me on any given day surfing the points, beach breaks, or reefs from Malibu to Rincon Point. So if you see me in the water, stop by and say hello, but leave the shop talk for the parking lot. Because work and wave sliding don't mix as there is a time and place for everything.
Playing musical instruments is my favorite way to express creativity. In fact, I feel that playing the guitar and other musical instruments has really helped me with my creativity and problem solving skills. I have a deep appreciation for music of all genres including R&B, Rock, Reggae, and Funk as well as classical and traditional forms of music. While playing guitar is my favorite musical instrument, I also play harmonica and keyboard.
The Great Outdoors
I spend much of my free time outdoors and unplugged from technology. Additionally, I strongly believe that WE ALL need to reconnect with mother nature on a regular basis in order for us to renew ourselves and become one with our environment. During the summer and winter I spend a good amount of my spare time in the Eastern Sierra Nevada's hiking and exploring the high country and snow capped peaks of California. When I am outdoors I carefully observe my surroundings by taking notes, photos, and video of my environment which in turn helps me to gain a better understanding of how to balance nature and design together in a way that creates compelling and effective design pieces.
I live in a small beach community in Ventura, CA and spend much of my time there. When I am not busy working or doing the other things I love, I am at the beach doing the things I love with family and friends. There is something about the Ocean that has always attracted my imagination. The island view of the Channel Islands off the Coast of Ventura is one the most stunning ocean vistas on the West Coast and has been an inspiration for my creative work for a lifetime.
Whether I am at the beach fishing the surf for perch, in a boat hunting for yellowtail off the Channel Islands, or in the Sierra Nevada's fishing for trophy sized trout, fishing has always been one of my favorite hobbies. Fishing is a lifelong learning process. As a child you learn how to tie knots and how to cast out lures. Then as you become a seasoned angler you begin to learn the habits of your quarry and finally learn how to catch fish on a consistent basis. Angling has taught me to be patient, versatile, and innovative. While I usually practice catch and release, it is not uncommon to see me come home with a gunny sack or stringer of fresh fish.
I realize that finding a good digital marketer is a difficult if not a daunting task these days. With me I can guarantee you that you will always get the best! Good Web Design and Internet Marketing is a ton of work regardless of size and scope. From design concept to a holistic internet marketing strategy you can rest assured that I will be the one personally handling and working on your projects.