Hi! I’m Kevin Polley, I work with The Web and I have been doing that since 1999.
I help business owners to generate more sales plus improve their R.O.I. and beginners to start-up an online business. I also help people to understand the mysteries and arcane dark arts of email marketing and SEO using current “Tech”.
I help to simplify processes, make “Apps”, “Software”, “Data” & “Hosting” easier to understand, use and work together more effectively.
I love being able to help people who have the drive to succeed plus the time &/or the money to “make ‘it‘ happen”.
I’m also one of the guys that some people call if and when shit happens. The people who know say “Kev might know a quick fix!”
How do I do what I do?
I ask people questions, I discover, I learn. I show them how it all plugs together and offer them choices. I help people to make whatever their ‘online it’ (or their side-gig) is, work well or better for them or their business.
I do that using well established or cutting edge data architecture services combining web technologies related to digital marketing messaging channels and structured data (Schema.org, JSON-LD).
What is it that I do?
What I do combines all aspects of digital marketing & running a business, to make yours more efficient and profitable.
What I do is not design or website design, it’s not networks or networking. It’s not ecommerce. It’s not marketing or search engine optimisation and it’s not social media optimisation either.
It’s not about doing your research or analysis, your advertising, or consulting or any one thing.
What I do is help people to understand, shape, mould & bring together all of the above into a manageable “Ecommerce Type Web Site Thingy” that is suited to and works for them.
Things I do help people save time or it makes it possible for them to get paid more, more regularly but hopefully both.
What I do is natural, logical, ethical, sustainable and it works.
I work really well with people who know there are no short cuts, no magic bullets and no secret strategies (that said … we all have few special tweaks we keep secret and use only in our advanced strategies and plans, right?).
Humour or not? … who knows
Thanks to the world we live in, it’s sad (but sensible according to advice I’ve had) that the next thing I should probably let you know is;
“anything I say or write here on this blog is generally a personal observation. My views may or may not be representative of any of the companies and people I work for or with.”
Some things are (at least to me) common sense …
If I want to say someone, something or a product is totally shit, or express a view that this or that is total bollocks – in my own personal space and in my time – and it touches a nerve and it’s factual and truthful … then maybe it needed to be said.
So what’s more important than money?
Family, Our Planet and Simple Values!
I’m a proud dad, lucky to be alive and I believe in taking a sustainable or eco-friendly option wherever possible when that option is affordable.
I think we should all go out of our way to tell our elected leaders to stop faffing about ‘negotiating‘ ‘and just talking about climate change. They need to start actually doing lots of constructive things to conserve what we have left of the planet. That way any grandchildren I may have might stand a much better chance than they do if we all carry on the way we are.
‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ still go a long way in my book and ‘Sorry’ if you really mean it can actually mean something.
What do I think about banks?
IMO the marketers that sold the dream of ‘Have now, Pay later’ were dangerous geniuses. Debt is bad in my book. I’ve fallen into and been dragged to the bottom of the debt trap. It’s not a nice place and I was lucky I was able to claw my way out.
Banks are not in my friends’ list.
What about rules and regulations?
Honestly? … Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness and sometimes the regs are there for good reason.
Illegal is illegal but sometimes bending a rule or throwing out old conventions to rewrite the “rule-book” will make good business sense. You should always be testing, right?
What do I think about religion?
My ‘church’ is in my heart, I know what’s right and wrong in part thanks to my Mum and Dad and their parents. We all need to have something to believe in. We’re all humans, we’ve only got one planet. Religion is not a barrier to success or friendship. Let’s respect each other.
Bit of Background and Stuff
I was born in Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester (now thanks to a ‘well meaning’ councillor, they have rebranded it England’s First City).
I was bought up in the Essex seaside town of Clacton and I now live in rural Sudbury which is on the Essex/Suffolk border.
I was earning more than my parents before I was 18 but I didn’t know and understand how special that was (and I didn’t save like I could have and should have).
I bought my first house when I was 18. I set up my first ‘real’ business when I was 18.
I could (and still can) turn my hand to pretty much anything to pay the bills (but I don’t think I could be a labourer and hod carrier again). Versatility, flexibility and adaptability were and are my greatest skills.
I’ve had it all and lost it all and a little bit more but I recovered. My younger self learnt from my mistakes which made things easier later. I got great help and advice which I followed second time around .. just sayin’
I set up a hosting service company in 2000.
I formed Mutual Advantage Ltd in 2005. The company bought arpReach email marketing software in 2015. After that, I set up the email verification service arpVerify.
Throughout, the company has been going from strength to strength.
I’ve also taught and trained people, spoken at seminars and events, online and off. I can help you bring together the various aspects of digital marketing in a very structured and financially sensible way.
Feel free to reach out and ask me a question or get my help.