🎫 2022 ╼ Launched Getbenson.com - Stop discount extensions stealing your profit. 🎟 2021 ╼ Sold UK voucher publisher ― 32,000+ new customers. £1.3mil revenue for partners. 17x ROAS. Built from scratch. Fully automated.
I build, grow and sell fully automated B2C businesses to 100k ARR, help early-stage startups find over 150,000 new customers in 2021 and win partners over £1.3mil in sales to a 17x ROAS with automation.
- Available GMT / CET +- 3.
- Current position: - B2C Startups Consultant. Pre-seed - Series A. Founder at getBenson.com.
- Performance Marketing, Technical SEM & Analytics: 12 Years exp. managing £19mil+ performance channel budgets for B2C clients.
- Three successful exits - Built / Scaled / Sold £100k ARR lifestyle business from scratch.
Awards & Mentions
- Most Effective Cross-Channel Campaign w/ NOW TV - Performance Marketing Awards
- Most Creative Performance Marketing Campaign w/ TOPMAN - Performance Marketing Awards
IntroContacts & Links💻 Skills ⟶ 📜 Awards & Mentions ⟶ ExperienceFounder — getBenson.comHead Of Growth — Photologo.coOwner — VouchernautPerformance Marketing Manager — GLAMI (Fashion Search Engine)Head of Digital — Reach RoboticsUser Acquisition & Performance Marketing — vouchercloud GrouponDigital Marketing Manager — Beatlock Records
🔗 LinkedIn ⟶ https://linkedin.com/in/dougsilkstone
💻 Github ⟶ https://github.com/dougwithseismic
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- Performance Marketing & User Acquisition - £1mil + annual spend managed for B2C marketplaces against tight affiliate margins. Twelve years in Performance Marketing w/ Six-figure monthly Paid Media budgets across Search & Social. (FB, Snap, TikTok, G.). Google Ads API & Automation Expert.
- Technical Marketing & Analytics - I can handle all your Martech without stress and get stuck into coding happily. Typical stack: Tag Manager. G.Optimize. Data Studio. Tableau.
- Team Management - Building and managing digital teams of 5-10 remotely. I want to build, scale and empower modern growth teams that embrace creative technology, design and automation.
Most Creative Performance Marketing Campaign 2017 - vouchercloud × Topman
Most Effective Cross-channel Campaign 2016 w/ vouchercloud × NOW TV
https://getbenson.com — Remote
Role: Solo Founder ― Full Stack Developer & Growth Head
- Currently protecting 5 million sessions per month in early access.
- Full stack JS development. Node. Express. React. Nextjs. Postgres.
- My day-to-day consists of running customer interviews and UX research, building features for feedback, bug fixes, content writing and acting on a PLG marketing plan to get Benson in front of as many potential brands as possible before BFCM and Q4 rush.
Performance Marketing & Analytics Consultant — Independent
As an independent consultant, I help early-stage clients and established contender brands to scale their user acquisition. Startup clients approach me to help them bootstrap a profitable user acquisition strategy from day one, with those chasing VC funds going on to raise a collective £10mil.
Key Client Services:
- User Acquisition & Performance Marketing Strategy
- Acquisition, Retention, and Reactivation using paid media & email automation for full-funnel user acquisition and revenue-driving campaigns. Heavy emphasis on building automation early to maximize search impression footprint and reduce overheads.
- Digital Solutions Architecture - Solving problems using the latest coded, low-code and no-code solutions to build scrappy, fit-for-purpose products. E.g. Scraping sitemaps, augmenting with third-party APIs and generating PPC campaigns off the back of that.
- Technical Marketing - Martech, Analytics & Forecasting setups. Google Tag Manager, Google Analytics, Data Studio, Google Optimize, Hotjar etc.
Clients / Projects of Interest
Rightcharge.co.uk - Early Stage User Acquisition
Fool.com - Mass scale PPC Auditing Automation (developed algorithm for scoring campaign/keyword potential)
Capslock.ac - PM for website redesign and admissions funnel UX
Photologo.co — Remote (September 2021 to December 2021)
During three months with Photologo, I was tasked with skilling up and strapping a rocketship on the side of an ageing productized service site, photologo.co, struggling with a downturn after a too-good-to-be-true pandemic boom.
- Directed Marketing, Product & Tech through Q4 to deliver a record-breaking BFCM. with big wins around lead nurturing and existing customer reactivation.
- Directed Paid Media agency through scaling out six-figure monthly spending internationally.
- Identified and educated on a culture of testing that was causing stagnancy in the business.
Advised a tech team on SEO, analytics tracking and site performance to bring their site up to 'fit-for-purpose' standards including site optimization, CAPI integration and new R&Ds initiatives to streamline business.
- Scoped out tech stack for a leaner, high performance, low overhead digital product where minimal team members could run a business to higher profits and fewer hands on deck.
Vouchernaut (Vouchernaut.com) — Remote (November 2016 to April 2022)
PE acquired Vouchernaut in November 2020, exiting fully in April 2022 😎
As a full stack developer and with a background in performance marketing & automation, Vouchernaut was a showcase of fully-automated business processes to build a revenue-driving side project.
Tons of automation and some smart use of Puppeteer allowed me to rapidly grow and scale the site with next to zero overheads and a team of just one instead of fifty.
Every aspect of site maintenance and growth was automated through various microservices - if the task was repetitive, it was scripted and perfected. Some examples of BPA include:
- Finding affiliate programmes with suitable search volume,
- Generating personalized pitch decks
- Generating pages on programme acceptance
- PPC campaign generation with dynamic ad copy (Dynamic date insertion, relevant site copy etc.)
- Created industry-first 'Realtime' ad copy updated via API to win any auction with record CTRs - Simple premise; show the customer everything they need to know with up-to-the-minute accurate ad copy information, straight from a database feed — Estimated delivery times, content update timestamps, live discount content.
- UI Design — Figma
- Project Management
- Backend & Automation — Node, Supabase.io
- User Acquisition & Performance Marketing — Google Ads, Facebook, Klaviyo Email Automation.
- Analytics & Forecasting — Google Analytics, Tag Manager, Jitsu (Open Source Segment.io Alternative), Data Studio.
GLAMI (Glami. CZ), Prague — (November 2018 - March 2019)
Reach Robotics (MekaMon.com), Bristol – (June 2017 - June 2018)
As the first marketing hire, I created and implemented the digital Go-to-Market strategy alongside our launch in Apple stores across the UK / US.
- Sourcing 2017 Global Launch Marketing Website
- Paid Media / Performance Marketing for DTC High-ticket Consumer Electronics / AR Gaming hybrid.
- Mobile User Acquisition / ASO / Analytics
- Hiring and building a marketing team of five.
I was the call for eCommerce, website, (Wordpress / Shopify) analytics, user acquisition for B2C mobile app, and customer experience - hiring and leading a marketing team of five to promote unit sales and brand awareness technical recruitment and VC interest.
Reach Robotics' MekaMon successfully launched with Apple Stores across the US, UK and Europe in November 2017 - Officially launching in November 2017, MekaMon blends Japanese Sci-fi culture and advanced physical robotics technology to create the coolest consumer electronics experience to date.
Invitation Digital Ltd (vouchercloud.com) — acquired by Groupon, Bristol – (June 2015 - Nov 2016)
Responsible for new user acquisition and direct-response revenue PPC efforts across multiple countries. Delivering positive ROAS against tight margins in a competitive Affiliate space with spends over £2 million annually across Search, Display and Social.
- Maintaining a strong ROI against a £multimillion paid search budget to ROI and YOY growth targets internationally.
- Notable success includes winning the Most Creative Performance Marketing Campaign & Most Effective Cross Channel Campaign to push new customer acquisition with vouchercloud & NOW TV - 2016 Performance Marketing Awards.
Beatlock Records, Bristol — (June 2012 - May 2015)