A list of relevant positions Steven Trustrum has been employed at.
2015 – 2016: Painted Lemur Studios
Creating marketing collateral (e.g., brochures, briefs, blogs, case studies, email blasts, white papers, landing pages) for a global IT solutions provider and IBM solution partner. This includes technical writing, such as reducing complex technical concepts, products, and services to marketing releases, as well as contributing to brand development by working closely with subject matter experts, sales teams, and product developers. Built InDesign templates for the client’s marketing releases.
2014 – Present: Steven Trustrum Marketing
Providing a variety of writing, editing, and SEO services on a freelance basis. These services target small business owners who require assistance with establishing, maintaining, and/or improving their online presence. Includes content creation and social media marketing, as well as website assessment services to determine how well a subject website functions in service of its intended purpose.
2010 – 2014: Content Manager, Consumer Centre Inc., Toronto, ON
Overseeing/Fielding SEO Content and Processes.
He was responsible for staying on top of operational SEO policies and how they proceed into field by reporting to the marketing manager. This position also required making suggestions about new methods to consider for the parent company’s six international websites to improve marketability and SEO performance. Steven Trustrum’s market research background is extremely helpful by providing a perspective that is not intuitive to most marketing personnel.
Newsletter Editing and Proofing
Managing content and proofing layout of four monthly print periodicals for four publishing regions (Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand.) Although they are client newsletters, they are essentially small magazines in terms of production quality. Involves editing the original copy, proofing the pre-press PDFs, and then proofing again following corrections.
Managing Web Content Work Flow
Includes overseeing and assigning work to a team or remote content freelancers, arranging payments, and then uploading the resulting content appropriately following editing for best SEO practices.
Online Public Relations and Response
Steven was tasked with finding and addressing instances of online complaints and customer concerns, as well as tracking and monitoring other aspects of online presence and representation. In many instances, he was able to turn an online negative customer complaint into a positive lead generation source.
Business Plan Editing
Edited business plans for the company’s (now defunct) business plan division. Aside from editing and proofing, Steven’s market research experience proved useful with regards to finding procedural and proposal errors that would have proven problematic for the client business.
2000 – 2009: Manager/IT Support Specialist, Consumer Vision, Ltd., Toronto, ON
Call Centre Manager, 2000
Steven was initially hired as the afternoon/evening shift call centre manager for this qualitative market research firm. He managed a dozen or more projects in the field simultaneously, managing as many as 40+ phone agents. Management duties entailed hiring, supervising, training, reviewing, and terminating phone agents while also managing junior supervisors.
On-Site IT Support, 2000-2009
Switched to providing on-site technical support to focus groups and the research facility at large as the relevance of technology-related research became more prevalent. Mostly, this involved setting up equipment (e.g., computers, recording equipment, response tracking gear) for focus groups that required it, as well as trouble shooting client equipment while the focus group research was in-session.
Other responsibilities include training other staff on proper use of the facility equipment, maintaining the offices’ equipment, and helping project managers set-up and quote expenses for technology-reliant projects during on-site and off-site events. This often required outside-of-the-box thinking to find a solution to unorthodox technical requirements and needs.
Steven also assisted in Enterprise Software Application development for the call centre. This was a custom-built software platform intended to computerize the call centre’s operations and project management. Input was provided into programming logic based on his combined knowledge of technology and market research processes.
Additionally, he consulted with the provider when the company moved, requiring all new equipment be installed at the new facility. This involved providing input on equipment purchases and set-up, calibration, and maintenance processes.
1997 – 2000: Manager/Supervisor, Hay Research International, Toronto, ON
Began as a phone operator, but was promoted to the call centre’s junior supervisor, and later as shift management after being sought out and re-hired to take on the latter position.
The management position involved scheduling, coordinating, and supervising staff activities and responsibilities.Field management control of the call centre’s workflow and field project management was also required, as was quality controlled via real-time monitoring and assessment of fieldwork, and performance reviews.
Steven was also responsible for staffing the call centre.
1997 – Present: Freelance Writer, Editor, Designer
Writing, editing, product, and graphic design for offset, Print-On Demand, and e-publications. (Recent projects include working on a game for DC Comics, winning an award in the process.) Steven is capable of taking on responsibility for all steps in the write-design-publish sequence (e.g., text, layout, graphic design.)
Steven Trustrum has an established history as a professional, published author. Combined, Steven has written or contributed to over 100 published products, for his own small press publishing company, Misfit Studios, and other companies.
He is capable of facilitating business growth and financial success through self-developed online advertising and consumer targeting, as well as by offering product licensing. He also has experience from both perspectives with regards to negotiating and developing contracts and maintaining team relations with hired talents (e.g., artists and associate writers.) Such practices also require he oversee and maintain project accounting requirements.
Skills / Talents
A number of skills and abilities Steven Trustrum brings to his work.
(And, apparently, I’m good enough that the competition is quoting me and using me in their own advice content without my permission.)
Search Engine Optimization and Online Content
- WordPress: managing content and overseeing eight different sites simultaneously; using various methods to reduce website load times and improve performance and functionality; improving SEO performance.
- Google Analytics & Webmaster Tools: monitoring traffic and extracting search keywords for SEO purposes; using data to devise marketing strategies.
- GTMetrix and Google Page Speed: analyzing websites to improve performance and usability.
- SEO: extensive use of SEO techniques and methodologies, including devising and implementing better ways to utilize content in website structures.
- Freelancer Management: recruiting, managing, and editing freelancer online content writers for best organic SEO results.
- Experienced with Internet marketing and market research methods. This includes social media marketing.
Writing and Editing
- Writing: advertisement copy, documented reports, professional letters, instruction manuals, articles, job postings, web content.
- Editing and Proofreading: web content, print publications (newsletters, games, novels.)
- Extensive portfolio of published works.
- Devising and writing style guides for freelance writers.
Technology, Data, and Design
- Operational Understanding and Use Of: Adobe Acrobat Professional, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver (PC)
- Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint; includes mass email merging, document management, tracking document changes/comparisons.
- Web Content CMS usage
- Understanding, troubleshooting, and implementing coding fundamentals; intermediate HTML/web design skills.
- Demonstrated graphic design experience, including layout, digital colouring w/graphics tablet.
- Proven IT/AV troubleshooting experience.
- Talent for learning and finding solutions with unfamiliar hardware and software.
- Entrepreneurial Skills: project management, advertising, accounts management.
- Project and Personnel Management: on-site, online, and field supervision of 40+ staff; hiring and overseeing employees; conducting staff meetings; conflict mediation.
- Training: direction and training in development of required processes and skills.
- Self-Starter: initiation of new tasks and policies; organizing group efforts; demonstrated initiative to learn and teach new skills; goal and task oriented work ethics and methodologies.
- Presenting for Groups: staff, administration, client representatives, assisting with research focus group moderation.
- Teamwork; addressing and expressing opinions with tact; explaining difficult ideas and complex topics; addressing on- and off-line customer complaints; performance analysis; liaising between freelancers, clients, and management staff.
Post-Secondary Education of Steven Trustrum
1994 – 1999 Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto
Major English Specialist
Related Courses Critical Thinking and Writing, Work and Industry, Ethnicity and Race Relations