Jon Payne is President of Ephricon Web Marketing, a full-service SEO agency and inbound marketing firm with offices in the Baltimore, MD and Charlotte, NC metro areas. With a team of 15 talented internet marketers, Ephricon’s primary focus is organic SEO as a lead generation tool for service firms, though the firm also leverages PPC management, content marketing, online PR, social media marketing, web development and usability/conversion optimization work as part of it’s comprehensive offering.
In addition to his “day job” running Ephricon, Jon also serves as an advisor to Lead Storm Media, an online lead generation company specializing in generating search-driven home improvement leads for contractors.
Jon has been doing SEO full-time for clients since 2003. Prior to that, he dabbled in web development, email marketing and general internet marketing – growing up learning to code HTML in Notepad, and then learning to embrace the various idiosyncrasies of MS FrontPage. As an SEO consultant, he’s worked with clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 to mom-and-pop operations, and also spent time as an in-house SEO specialist.
“Leads, traffic, rankings” is his mantra, “in that order”. Jon can also be found speaking on occasion in the local metro area to various colleges and universities, trade associations and corporate training sessions.
Jon holds an MBA from Loyola University Maryland, and a BS in Marketing & E-Business from Towson University. He is also a SEMPO member, an active participant in several local SEO Meetup groups, and is the organizer of the Baltimore SEO Meetup Group. He lives in Fort Mill, SC (just south of Charlotte) with his wife and two children.