Bend WebCam

Meet up with Team RKG at the Bend WebCam event October 13th and 14th in lovely Bend, Oregon.  RKG’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Adam Audette, will be introducing the Hot Seat Website Review Panel on Monday, October 13th at 11am.  If you would like to meet up with RKG at the show, please email to set up a time.

RKG’s Mark Ballard on Amazon’s Departure from the Google Search Network

Last month, The Wall Street Journal first reported that Amazon has plans to depart the Google Search Network and replace the Google ads it currently runs on the Amazon domain with its own in-house ads.

Amazon hasn’t confirmed this, but those keeping a close eye on their Google search partner traffic may have seen a signal of this change months ago.

Read Mark’s full article here on Search Engine Land.

RKG VP Rachel Schnorr Named to Business Insider’s List of Most Powerful Women in Mobile

September 16, 2014, Charlottesville, Va – Business Insider named Rachel Schnorr, VP of Paid Search at RKG, a Merkle Company, to its 2014 list of the most powerful women in mobile advertising. Business Insider’s list recognizes the most influential women in the mobile space and highlights the impact they’ve had on their organizations, clients, and the mobile industry as a whole.

As RKG’s VP of Paid Search, Rachel oversees a team of more than 80 analysts working on over 150 client accounts. In the past year, RKG has managed over $230M in paid search media spend, $55M of which was dedicated to mobile advertising.

According to Google, RKG is one of the largest independent search agencies in the world, and was named the fastest-growing search agency by AdAge in 2013. RKG was recently featured on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America, with over 250% growth in the past three years. MORE

Matthew Mierzejewski Named EVP of Client Service & Delivery for RKG, a Merkle Company

September 15, 2014, Charlottesville, VA – Search and digital marketing agency, RKG, a Merkle Company, announced the appointment of Matthew Mierzejewski to the role of Executive Vice President of Client Service & Delivery. Based in Charlottesville, VA, Matthew will oversee all client service operations for RKG. Having previously served as the EVP for both the Paid Search and SEO departments, Matthew brings nine years of digital experience to his new role. RKG looks to leverage his strong operational expertise to continue to grow its service offerings.

“Our service teams are growing quickly and continue to drive high-quality results,” says Matthew. “I’m eager to lead such an experienced team of thought-leaders, who have such a strong reputation among both clients and industry peers.”

Matthew started as an analyst at RKG in 2005 and worked his way up to lead the department as VP of Paid Search by 2008. During his time as VP and later EVP of Paid Search, Matthew was instrumental in growing that service. For the six years he led the paid search team, annual sales revenue for the department grew by an average of 50% each year, and personnel increased from 20 to over 100 employees by the end of 2013.

RKG is one of the fastest growing paid search practices globally, and was recently featured on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. Additionally, RKG works with more Internet Retailer (IR) Top 500 clients than any other agency, and has Fortune 500 clients in the retail, travel, and financial services verticals.

“Under Matt’s guidance, RKG has grown to become a leading performance marketing agency,” says George Gallate, RKG’s CEO. “Matt has the ability to grow a service exponentially, while also elevating the level of service RKG provides.” MORE

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RKG Among Fastest-Growing Companies in America

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Ranks #1520 on Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Growth of 252%

Charlottesville, VA, August 28, 2014 – Search and digital agency, RKG, now a Merkle company, has once again been recognized on the annual Inc. 500|5000 list as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies. 2014 marks the fourth time RKG has been recognized since 2008, when it debuted at #215.

Compiled annually, the Inc. 5000 list ranks private companies according to their revenue growth over the past three years. With an impressive 252% increase in revenue from 2010 to 2013, RKG placed #1520 on the overall list – making the top 30% of Inc. 5000 companies. RKG was also ranked #161 in the Advertising & Marketing industry – which saw the second-highest cumulative growth rate of any of the 25 industries featured.

“We’re pleased to be ranked on the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth time,” says George Gallate, CEO, RKG. “To show consistent growth over the years is a powerful testament to the quality of our talent and service offering. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished and continue to focus on helping our clients win in the digital marketplace.” MORE

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Webinar: Google Shopping Campaigns ‘Post Migration’

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Join RKG, Google, Venus Swimwear, and Merkle on Sept. 23rd at 1pm Eastern for this free webinar addressing best practices and results seen after the Google Shopping Campaigns migration.  Register here:

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Future M

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RKG will be attending the Future M conference in Boston, September 16-18, 2014.  If you would like to connect with us at the conference, please email James Arredondo (

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RKG Road Show: Minneapolis

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RKG is hitting the road again and headed to Minnesota! RKG Road Shows are intensive, learning-filled half-day events and are designed so that you leave with valuable insights to take your online marketing program to the next level.  This free event is for advertisers only and will take place on September 17th.  To RSVP, head to

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Webinar: Get Ready for the Holidays

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Join RKG’s Adam Audette and Ryan Gibson on August 28th at 1pm Eastern for an interactive webinar that will help you make positive changes to your SEO, PPC and PLA programs before the busy season arrives. Sign up for this free event here:

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Seattle Interactive Conference

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RKG’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Adam Audette, will be presenting at the Seattle Interactive Conference. The event takes place October 15th and 16th. For more information, please visit Seattle Interactive Conference.

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