David Mihm 19 February 2008
Elite Web Designer + SEO Consultant, Golf + Travel Enthusiast
David Mihm is a designer and online marketing consultant who creates search-friendly websites for clients throughout the Western United States. He has dabbled in web design since the late 1990′s and has designed on a professional basis since January 2001.
David is originally from Central Illinois. He attended Williams College in Massachusetts, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology in 2003. While at Williams, he developed a love for architecture and architectural history, and tried a year of architectural graduate school at Ohio State before heading for the San Francisco Bay Area.
After brief stints as an account coordinator at a boutique advertising agency, an in-house designer, and in-house search marketer, David decided to start his own small business in early 2006. He’s been loving life ever since. He focuses on small and medium-sized businesses with outdated online presences, helping them build their brands and increase revenues with sophisticated designs and best-practice Search Engine Optimization strategies.
In October of 2007, while on a weekend visit to Portland, he decided he would relocate his business to the city, a move he completed on March 1, 2008. He is an active member of SEMpdx, the search engine marketing association of Portland.
David is also the Founder and Editor of Bracketography.com, one of the leading sources of NCAA Tournament Projections.
David is a passionate golfer and when he has time to play, maintains a scratch handicap. He is particularly fond of the world’s great links courses, including Ballybunion, Royal Aberdeen, Nairn, Cruden Bay, and Oregon’s own Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes.
What are you up to?
I help small and medium-sized companies either start or re-energize their online presence and strategy, doing everything from site audits and consulting to designs and CSS to full-on development.
Having moved to Portland full-time on March 1 2008, I’m also exploring the city as much as I can.
What are you into?
First and foremost, my business. It’s exhilarating to be involved in web design and search marketing because they are both evolving at such a rapid pace.
But as you might gather from my “title,” I’m also an avid golfer & am working on getting my handicap back down to the +2 that it was when I left college. Getting down to Bandon Dunes as often as possible should help…
What do you like most about Portland?
Tough to pin down any one thing, but the vibe of the city seems just right to me. People are overwhelmingly smart and friendly, without being full of themselves, and there’s always a new bar or pub to explore. To me, it’s a big city with a small town feel, which is exactly what I’m looking for.
What’s the best advice you could give a small business just starting out online?
The easiest way to succeed in both online and offline business is still networking. It’s just that the Internet makes it much easier to network with people than ever before.
Leverage your contacts in and around your industry, and pay attention to what the thought leaders are saying. Subscribe to the important blogs and leave insightful comments once in awhile that show you know what you’re doing, too; people will start to notice you.
Rather than shooting for the moon, go out of your way to find other highly-driven folks just starting to make a name for themselves, who aren’t direct competitors. Their advice and support will probably be far more valuable.
What’s the coolest place you’ve ever been to?
As much as I enjoy London, Chicago, and the entire country of Spain, my favorite spot on the planet is Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland. Great little course there called Carne Golf Links, friendly townsfolk, and unbelievably good Guinness.