M Ellen Kirkland

Freelance Social Marketer & SEO Freelancer

Location:Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Phone: 727-891-4574
2 Skills
To obtain fun and challenging relative to my skill sets, in an environment that will value and appreciate finely honed written and oral communication skills, previous work experience, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to meet all expectations of management, under deadline, and under pressure, consistently.

Catalano Guest House of Raleigh
01/2017 – Present: Proprietor
CGH is a premier Guest House located in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Raleigh – bookings, marketing, and day to day operations.

Travel Media Specialist, Raleigh, NC
07/2019 -- 10/2019: Contract Position
Managed SEO, SEM, Social Media, and On-line Reputation Management utilizing a client-facing dashboard provided by Travel Media Group, a travel media vendor for two hotels owned by 21AlphaGroup. My employer was 21AlphaGroup for whom I developed content and a media strategy for engaging future and existing guests through the entire guest experience. This was a contract position that started on July 17 and ended on October 17, 2019.

Contributor/Freelance Journalist and Photojournalist – All Tampa Bay
1996 – Present
Publications Include -- Creative Loafing, SaintPetersBlog, a local subsidiary of Florida Politics, International Street Photographer, Power Broker Magazine, Southside Voter’s Guide, The Weekly Challenger, and The Crow’s Nest ( USFSP’s Campus Paper).

Photographic Work Appeared in: The Weekly Challenger, Creative Loafing, International Street Photographer, Southside Voter’s Guide, Power Broker Magazine

Editor (Photo and Copy): Incredible Edibles: A Field Guide to Free Food

Editorial Associate: Power Broker Magazine, Southside Voter’s Guide

Web Content Developer: www.asknow.com, www.admeda.com, www.westcoastmobilemarine.com, and many more.

Legal Research and Writing: Maney Gordon, B. John Ovink, Esq.

Grant Writing: RGR, Inc., Robert G. Renfrow, Esq. – 06/1990 to 05/1993, Successful multi-million dollar grant applications to build section 202/811 housing for the disabled and elderly, all over the Southeastern United States

Mobile Marine Mechanics – St. Petersburg, Fl
12/2008 – 01/2017: Communications/Office Manager – Responsible for all written content and layout of print, digital, social media/new media, web content creation and website maintenance. Heavy inbound calls, service writing on all boat repairs, routes/work assignments, field management (multiple crews), all marketing, communications, day to day operations, A/P, A/R, parts acquisition, invoicing for parts, purchase orders (Family Owned Business)

Bayside Bicycles, Inc.
11/1990 - 08/2001: Marketing and Communication, Retail Manager & Co-Owner (Family Owned Business).

Deane & Hanley, PA
01/1988 - 06/1990: Legal Assistant to William W. Deane, Esq., Environmental Law, Bankruptcy, Wills & Probate.

Currently enrolled -- NCSU Social Media Management and Marketing Certificate
1997 -- USFSP, Journalism, Master's Program (1 year of graduate study)
1996 -- BA, USF, Women's Studies, Minors in Creative Writing & Literature

Honors & Activities: Upper Division Honors 1995 & 1996 - National Arts & Sciences Honor Society, Everywoman's Center, Chair/Director/Coordinator, USF-Tampa, Phyllis Marshall Center 1994 to 1996 - Woman of the Year, Women’s' Energy Bank, 1994 - Co-chair, Campus Women's Collective, USFSP, 1996 - Two Years of Service, City of St. Petersburg Lay Planning Committee 1988 to 1990.

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(Weekly Challenger is a member of the Black Press, I covered St. Pete City Hall and wrote features for them for two years, unfortunately, they do not keep an archive, I have actual clips if you would like to see them.

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Social Marketing