Tag: Student-Loans

Guess Who’s Blogging Again!


I’ve spent too long minoring in the majors and majoring in the minors. I gotta get back to what got me where I am at today. For those who have forgotten who I am, I’m Chris Hooley. The Fonzie of SEO. I work for the best Student Loan Company on the web. I am a father, a son, a sumo wrestler, and an interpretive dancer / figure skater.  I will be your guide to pimping the web and pwning corporate America.  Stay tuned kiddies, I’m back with a vengeance!!

The Billion Dollar Baby Part II

It’s official.  By funding ONE BILLION DOLLARS in student loan volume so far this calendar year, my team has already hit their 2006 goal. 

This year has been a big one for NextStudent, for me personally, and for my team.  I am proud of each and every person in my web marketing department, I’m proud of every person in the sales department, I’m proud of myself, and I am proud of the executive management for giving us the opportunity to shine.  This was a team effort for sure!

If there was a hall of fame for bad ass corporate strategies and execution, NextStudent could qualify for top billing.  Thanks to everybody involved in our company’s success, I’m looking forward to many more years of it!

BTW- tonight we are taking the whole team and some execs out to a really nice Italian restaurant to celebrate.  Should be fun!  We all have a lot to be thankful for and proud of.  What a great team, and what a great company!

The billion dollar baby

A billion dollars is a LOT of money.  A thousand million dollars to be exact.  Since I took over web marketing at NextStudent last year, that’s how much student loan volume funded through my advertising channels.  Actually, I’m currently at about 1.1 billion dollars funded with a few hundred million in the pipeline.  Not to toot my own horn here, but I am NextStudent’s FIRST billion dollar marketer!

When I first took over web marketing at NextStudent, there was a big mess to clean up from the old marketing department.  Know that saying “You gotta spend money to make money”?  They didn’t really get the second part of that statement.  Their efforts put us in a dangerous cash flow crunch. 

First thing I did was fire some expensive consultants, then I focused on natural search engine rankings (paid search marketing and traditional advertising is quite expensive, and we needed business that did not require a lot of cash to feed the fire).  I got the website to #1 on all major search engines for the phrase “Student Loan Consolidation”, which brought a windfall of volume which basically saved the business last year.  Big time.  In fact, we did so well, the company now has a beautiful new building and 3 airplanes.

Knowing that the peak season of our business drives that kind of volume, I put together a plan to maximize the opportunity for 2006.  Because of careful planning and execution, the company drove 1.5 billion in ONE MONTH- far exceeding last year’s ENTIRE YEAR END TOTAL.

It is amazing that we count money in the BILLIONS now, and we expect money in the BILLIONS.  Not only a year ago we where fighting an uphill battle to stay in business.  This year we are one of the strongest student loan companies in the nation.

What a difference a year makes!


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