Typing this blog post gives me a weird feeling. I won’t beat around the bush: I’m leaving Onetomarket. It’s time for a new challenge, and it’s time to broaden my horizon. Because of that, I will be joining a new company as of October 1st, and will be diving into another corner of online marketing.
This seems like the best moment to do a short recap of what’s happened in the last few years, and to see what the future will bring. Allow me to boast about Onetomarket a bit, and tell you about what we’ve reached.
The last few years at Onetomarket have been like a sitting in a roller coaster, in the positive and joyful sense. Onetomarket has developed from a good but not to big online marketing agency into a European player, competing with the best in the business. Our offices in Spain are doing great, not in the least because of the tremendous work of Lennert de Rijk there, and our German offices are becoming more serious everyday.
At the same time we’ve been able to make a name for our selves at the big conferences in the search marketing and affiliate world. One of the high points of the year was A4UExpo in London last year, which I’ll attend again this year. My buddy and colleague Roy will be making his first appearance as a speaker on the SEO scene there.
You’re probably asking yourself right now: if everything is going that well, why are you leaving? The answer is simple: my interests have widened, especially towards the social aspects of communication on the web. The chance that has been offered to me in that sector, combined with the chance to build on a new company, made me decide to leave.
To quote my favorite book, “markets are conversations”. I will be focussing on more on these conversations, and on the chances these conversations have to offer to companies.
The team I’m leaving can operate fine without me. They’re the best SEO team you’ll find in the Netherlands. The paid search team is great as well, and I can’t even start to begin about the fantastic things a couple of relatively unknown talents are doing in the Analytics part. My leaving this company should be a trigger for them to make themselves heard a lot more!
And then, the future. My new job is within a company called Orangevalley. You’ll be hearing a lot more about Orangevalley in the coming weeks!
I’ve had a great time at Onetomarket, and I’d like to thank all my colleagues for that. I’d also like to thank the management for all the trust they’ve placed in me. I wish Onetomarket loads of success, and will be following their development closely!