Leaving Onetomarket

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.

I’ve had the chance to participate in very exciting and successful projects with clients like KLM and Wegener (and many others), of which I’m very proud and have had a load of fun with.

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!

orangevalleyAnd 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!

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17 Responses

  1. Cesar SernaBy Cesar Serna on 23 September, 2008

    Congrats on the move, best of luck to you!

  2. Lee OddenBy Lee Odden on 23 September, 2008

    So, does this mean you’ll have more or less time for consulting “on the side” :) Congrats!

  3. martijn beijkBy martijn beijk on 23 September, 2008

    Joost, we’ll be missing you at the office. Although I switched the Dutch office for Barcelona in the previous couple of months I enjoyed working with you. Of course I wish you all the best in your new career and we definitely keep in touch. See you when I’m back in NL!

  4. Lars BachmannBy Lars Bachmann on 23 September, 2008

    Sometimes you just need some changes in your live. Congrats on your career change, and the best of luck from me.

  5. Martin JoosseBy Martin Joosse on 23 September, 2008

    Thank you for the good times! It was great working with you!

    Goodluck at Orangevalley!

  6. Dennis GBy Dennis G on 23 September, 2008

    Conrats Joost.
    Looking forward to meet you in November to have some good discussions when I’m in NL.

    Cheers

    Dennis

  7. Avinash KaushikBy Avinash Kaushik on 23 September, 2008

    Onwards and upwards Joost!

    Good luck to you buddy.

    -Avinash.

    PS: Love the Orange Valley logo!!

  8. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 24 September, 2008

    Thanks for all the kind words people!

  9. Krijn HoetmerBy Krijn Hoetmer on 24 September, 2008

    Ah, the social aspects of communication on the web :) Yeah, we all like those.

    Good luck!

  10. Jesper JørgensenBy Jesper Jørgensen on 25 September, 2008

    Hi Joost

    Good luck with the new job.

  11. HenriBy Henri on 25 September, 2008

    Congrats, Joost, with your new job. Onetomarket loses a great seo expert.

  12. JorgBy Jorg on 26 September, 2008

    Joost, lots of luck with your new adventures. Looking forward to seeing you around in a different new role in the social community. Orange Valley? Loving the name & logo. Makes me curious about what it stands for but I’ll keep your blog in the scan for that to come.

    Bye!

  13. SEOidiotBy SEOidiot on 30 September, 2008

    Good luck in the change mate

  14. Erno HanninkBy Erno Hannink on 30 September, 2008

    Joost heel erg gaaf allemaal. OrangeValley lijkt me een erg gaaf project. Heel veel plezier!

  15. Alex MooreBy Alex Moore on 6 October, 2008

    Best of luck with the new job Joost. Sounds like a good move for you.

  16. AlchemyVBy AlchemyV on 9 October, 2008

    Hi Joost. Congratulations on your new appointment. I enjoyed the Extreme SEO session from last year and considered your answers to be the most credible. I look forward to learning of your new exploints at Orange Valley. Hopefully, we’ll cross paths next week at the A4U Expo for a quick hello and face-to-face introduction.

  17. EddieBy Eddie on 2 April, 2009

    Well done. That is a great way to leave a company – speaking highly of them. You are going to be very successful because of it. Best wishes.
    Eddie

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