Eric Enge is the founder and CEO of Stone Temple Consulting. A prominent SEO, content marketing, and digital marketing industry thought leader, he has been an entrepreneur for most of his 30+ year career.
Eric founded the digital marketing agency Stone Temple Consulting (STC), which grew from a solo consultancy to a 70+-employee agency serving many Fortune 500 clients.
He is also a sought-after speaker for major conferences such as Pubcon, SMX, and of course UnGagged.
This snippet is taken from Eric Enge’s interview with UnGagged prior to his session at UnGagged Las Vegas 2016:
UnGagged: Tell us a bit about your background and how you got started in SEO.
Eric Enge: Well, I graduated in 1982, so I’ve been working for a few years. Most of my early career was very technical (hardware design, software engineering, managing software dev teams, …) but eventually I drifted into business and marketing, as I was one of those engineering types that could explain things to people.
I’ve been in SEO since 2002. At the time, I was doing business development consulting for people, and it was going quite well. But, a friend of mine took over as the CEO of a DVD De-tailer, and he asked me help him out with some biz dev.
After exploring that for a few weeks, I went to him and suggested that we try to get traffic from search engines. Like a good CEO, he said to me “great idea, you go do that!” So I did. One year later, we were doing about $3M per year in sales from SEO.
So seeing that, I realized how big SEO really was, and decided to shift my career focus in that direction!