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James Craddock Content Marketing strategist

Content Marketing is now the fastest growing marketing trend across the Internet, and I am one of the most sought after Strategist. From Authority to Branding, Sales to Retention campaigns, I am the best Content Marketing Strategist for your business.

Summary

Of all the strategies, methodologies and tactics used in marketing, there is one that outperforms them all... Content Marketing!

Contact Info

Call or Text: 480-231-8724  PO Box 1684, Okanogan WA 98840

Work History

Nov 2015Present

Owner & Client Relations Officer

Key Difference Media

Key Difference Media is a Content Marketing company with leading strategies and massive manpower to help create an Omniscient presence across the Internet.

With a team of 350 designers, editors and marketers we have the ability to dominate social searches and up to the first 5 pages of Google Search Results,

We repurpose content into branded assets, formatted for each social media channel and appended with a Call To Action, driving warm leads into a sales funnel.

★ Multi-channel marketing with an emphasis on social media, email marketing, copywriting, brand development, graphic design, print marketing, website management, community outreach, event marketing, copywriting, story and content strategy.

Feb 2015Present

Founder

4DStory LLC

4DStory LLC leverages the power of story to provide unique and powerful advantages for businesses and personal empowerment, as well as building massive communities for profits and non-profits.  

Jan 2008Apr 2015

Revenue Strategist | Sales & Marketing

EWF Marketing LLC

•       Managed website development projects
•       Created and pitched campaigns to clients
•       Built and managed campaigns in Infusionsoft
•       Maintained client relationships
•       Create and monitor social media ad campaigns

May 2006Apr 2008

Account Executive

Plaza Home Mortgage

•       Responsible for developing new broker accounts
•       Processed mortgage applications
•       Managed closing process

Oct 2005May 2006

Broker Support Team Manager

Plaza Home Mortgage

Accountable to Operations Manager and Branch Manager for reliability and responsiveness of broker service representatives while developing and maintaining department systems, supporting incentive programs, handling disciplinary problems, hiring and firing representatives, and motivating staff.

Oct 2003Jun 2005

Senior  Assortment Strategy Analyst

West Marine

•       Accountable to the Merchandising V.P. for building analysis tools with MS Access and Excel by interfacing with data on an AS400 platform to optimize POG's and analyze existing inventory/ sales objectives.
•       Build custom databases tools for interdepartmental efficiency strategies.
•       Developed POG performance tool and product substitution forecast tool.
•       Develop Category Manager interfaces for business cell interactivity.
•       Develop and maintain attributes database for customer segmentation.
•       Designed industry-first, custom inventory multiples program, designed to maintain inventory levels
•       Logarithmically concurrent with anticipated forecasts.
•       Developed tools to parse underachieving products and systematically redistribute them throughout the chain based on store volume and greatest sales potential.
•       Decreased inventory levels by $50 mil through dog SKU analysis.

Sep 2001Oct 2003

Assistant Category Merchandiser

West Marine

•       Accountable to the buying team for the advertising, marketing, and merchandising of goods in the retail market through a store chain of more than 350 outlets. Responsible for department sales & margin goals.
•       Negotiate marketing packages totaling up to 3 million dollars in sales
•       Compose weekly advertisements for publications including magazines, flyers, and newsletters
•       Support marketing initiatives by assisting in maintaining stock levels and fill-rates at optimal levels
•       Promoted to Assistant Category Manager within 1 year
•       Promoted to Assortment Planning Analyst within 2 years

Sep 1999May 2001

Sales and Operations Manager

Sierra West Electronics

•       Small privately-owned wholesale electronics distributor- Responsible for sales growth by managing employees through motivational promotions, product & sales training.
•       Generated 1.6 million dollars in overall annual sales surpassing a $350,000 sales goal
•       Exceeded average profitability of 3O% with an impressive 42% ' 50% profitability
•       Launched highly effective sales strategy through careful competitive analysis
•       Managed 22 employees: inside/outside sales, customer service, warehouse, purchasing, A/P, HR
•       Developed an incentive program for non-sales employees based on the achievement of shipping goals
•       Ensured adequate inventory, prompt response to quotes, & technical advice to the sales force
•       Integrated multiple departments and cross-trained employees resulting in improved efficiency

Jun 1995Jul 1999

Vice President

VERNEXX ASSOCIATES

- Factory Representative firm with 12 million dollars in annual sales in the electromechanical reed switch & relay industry- Managed  multi-million dollar accounts and developed new territories. Directly represented a dozen vendors with approximately 30-40 accounts each, Managed and trained sales forces for each vendor totaling 150 representatives. Customer base included large clients such as: SOLECTRON, 3COM, HP, TANDEM COMPUTERS, APPLE, CISCO.

Aug 1992May 1995

Sales Manager

KEA ELECTRONICS

-Private wholesale distributor of electronic components to Silicon-Valley OEMs and turnkey companies
•       Managed field and inside sales representatives to produce top sales results.
•       Performed consistently by booking $125,000 in monthly sales, exceeding the minimum $45,000
•       Focused on large vendor direct orders, 10 times larger than a typical distributor order
•       Transformed a non-existing territory to a highly profitable territory with 100 accounts
•       Established relationships with new and upcoming accounts supplying technology to growth markets
              Promoted to Sales Manager from Field Sales Engineer within a l-year period

Dec 1986Aug 1992

Aviation Electronics Technician

UNITED STATES NAVY

Maintained squadron readiness through the ground maintenance of all electronic systems aboard the P-3 Orion Submarine Hunter Aircraft as well as training with US Navy SEAL's as a candidate of BUDS in Coronado, CA.

Received commendations at squadron level as well as personal and am a veteran of the Gulf War; Operation Desert Storm.

Education

19901990

Basic Underwater Demolition for SEALS

US NAVY

Team building, stress management, mental control, physical readiness, pain distribution, problem resolution and overcoming obstacles

Jan 2009Apr 2012

Bachelor of Arts

Desert Baptist Bible College 

Theology degree with an emphasis on Servant Leadership

Apr 2006Feb 2007

General Education

Cabrillo College, Aptos California 

General Studies, lots of writing, public speaking and critical thinking courses.  Some business and contract law classes.

Apr 1987Mar 1988

USN Applied Electronics & Comm/Nav Certifications

A-School for Basic Electronics / Specializing in Nav Comm

The Navy's "A" School surpasses the equivalence of an associates degree in basic electronics.  Nav Comm school teaches how to troubleshoot navigation and communication systems in military aircraft and vessels.

Aug 1981Jun 1985

Graduated

High School

Oldham County High School in Kentucky

Portfolio

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Skills

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Conceptual Thinking

Seven Arenas is my model that conceptualizes the human experience into a tangible and useful asset.  I have a documented methodology for materializing these models for any application.

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Creative Thinking

I designed a creative thinking model called i6estalt! that allows me to access infinite creative ideas at the drop of a hat.  As documented in my book: i6estalt! Creative Thinking Strategy, found on Amazon at: http://amzn.com/B016OPN44S

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Visionary

Over the years I have developed not only a knack for manifesting clear visions but also systems by which to purposefully engage these visions.  I have manifested ideas that were 20 years ahead of their time, laced with elements of todays biggest successes.  I am finally learning how to bridle those visions and develop them in succession with real time trends.

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Excellent Time Manager
I am an efficient multi-tasker capable of managing multiple layers of responsibility and expectation.  
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Self Motivated
Once I've been tasked with a vision, nothing deters me from obtaining the goal.  Motivation isn't something you muster up, It's something that wears you out.
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Sales Closer

I always exceed sales goals through tenacity, great cut stomer service, and personal attention. 

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Organized
From sales to financial reports, I run a tight ship when it comes to order and neatness in my office.  I can always put my finger on any information within my circle of responsibility.
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Emotionally Intelligent
A manager without emotional control is a disaster waiting to happen.  I operate steadily amidst stress, pressure, and deadlines.  
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Problem Solver
I accept no excuses for missed deadlines or failed goals, I simply solve any problems opposing my vision for success.  
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Confident Communicator
Listening with zeal, empathy, and clarity are the cornerstones of good communication.

Projects I've worked on or built...

4DStory™ - This is a platform built to help creatives tell fictional stories across social media for fun and profit. 

EWF Marketing, LLC - A part time business venture with my partner where we utilize the infrastructure we've built to test new marketing strategies and artistic ideas around Story Integrated Marketing.

Story Integrated Marketing (SIM)  This landing page presents a marketing strategy I trademarked as "Story Integrated Marketing®." 

Kinetic Avatars, The 8 Characters In Your Marketing Message This is a link to the sales page for the latest book I've written on marketing. 

i6estalt! Creative Thinking Strategy  My definitive book on how to stimulate creative idea.

Leit Motif  My book that asserts corporate training could be made so much more impacting and beneficial through the use of some pretty basic fundamentals of storytelling and music.

XL7LX  This is an entire empowerment program built to motivate and invigorate Real Estate Agents and Entrepreneurs.

Afghanistan On The Bounce This is the full colored photo journal book I was responsible for laying out and seeing through to production. 

LinkedIn Profile  Here you can also see my resume and additional information about my history.  

My Photography Here on FineArtAmerica I post and sell my photographic works.



Hobbies

I rarely stop moving, so a few hobbies keep me occupied...

My Kids

Photography

Creating Concept Models

Antique & Vintage Assemblages

Video Production

Writing

Fictional Character Development

Humor of almost any kind. . . and sometimes even when it's not so kind.  ;)

Certifications

Aug 2012Aug 2012

Brendon Burchard Experts Academy 

Brendon.com

An immersive one week course in the art of presenting yourself as an Expert to the world through Books, a Web Presence, Seminars and Video.