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Alpha Card Systems is a leading direct marketer of security systems for commercial, educational, and government customers. Alpha Card Systems has a strong history of growth and profitability since their inception 20 years ago. Today, their team manages a diverse and rapidly-growing business that is widely considered a leader and innovator in its industry. 

Position Description:

The Paid Search / SEM Analyst will be responsible for improving and expanding the paid search marketing across a variety of websites and search platforms. The ideal candidate will have a passion for online marketing and will have had experience running successful paid search campaigns in the recent past. This is a very hands-on position with a unique company undergoing significant growth and change. The ability to work independently in a fast-paced company is a must. 


  1. Perform PPC Campaign management and optimization for multiple web properties across the leading search networks. Includes keyword research and expansion, bid management, and ad copy optimization. 
  2. Provide strategic SEM recommendations based on analysis of paid and organic search traffic, as well as industry best practices 
  3. Landing Page Optimization – Work with rest of marketing team to create, test, and optimize for various online campaigns. 
  4. Create reports for management on a regular basis to review campaign status and progress towards sales and marketing goals. 

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with focus in Business/Marketing/Economics, Computer Science/MIS, or Communications preferred. 
  • Proficiency with Google Adwords & Editor, Yahoo Search Marketing, and Microsoft Adcenter PPC programs 
  • Strong Excel and database skills 
  • Strong Internet research, communication, and organizational skills 
  • The ability to work within a goal-oriented team with a singular purpose, and to complete multiple projects in a timely manner 
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices 
  • Experience with web analytics, including Google Analytics 
  • Multivariate testing and statistical sampling 
  • Database skills 
  • Previous responsibility running campaigns with a 6-figure PPC budget 
  • Google Adwords Certification 


Applications for this position are being coordinated by Harry Joiner. To apply, CLICK HERE. Candidates, please be sure to ask Harry for packet #1179 of market research and company / competitive intel that will differentiate you in your candidacy. Due to the competitive nature of this search, thorough preparation for these interviews with this proprietary material is strongly recommended.

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