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Sven Johnston

Partner Sr VP Business Development - Motto “Begin With The End In Mind” - Founder We Are Orange County - Philanthropist

Location
Orange County, California Area
Industry
Marketing and Advertising
Current
  1. GigaSavvy,
  2. Pure Game,
  3. Sales Leadership Alliance
Previous
  1. GigaSavvy,
  2. SvenJohnston.com,
  3. Escoe Bliss Professional Resources
Education
  1. Management Action Program (MAP)
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Websites
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GigaSavvy

GigaSavvy

Partner & Sr. VP Business Development

– Present

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Background

Skills

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Online Marketing
  • Marketing
  • LinkedIn
  • SEO
  • SEM
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • New Business Development
  • Business Development
  • Strategy
  • Social Media
  • Start-ups
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Sales
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Facebook
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Management
  • Sales Management
  • Blogging
  • Lead Generation
  • New Media
  • Online Advertising
  • Web Marketing
  • E-commerce
  • Email Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Social Networking
  • Digital Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • Website Development
  • Integrated Marketing
  • Event Management
  • Account Management
  • Web Analytics
  • Brand Development
  • Product Marketing
  • Management Consulting
  • Sales Operations
  • Analytics
  • B2B
  • Reputation Management
  • Social Media Measurement
  • Viral Marketing
  • WordPress
  • Mac OS
  • Magento eCommerce
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Summary

Sven Johnston is a Partner & SVP Business Development at GigaSavvy, an advertising agency with a core focus on SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Social Media Marketing and Web Design & Development (Wordpress & Magento eCommerce). He has 15+ years experience in international business development and has a passion for building long-term strategic partnerships. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies all the way down to small entrepreneurial businesses.

No stranger to complex challenges, he thrives on linking businesses to success. He has a passion for taking on projects that seem impossible, even a company like LinkedIn® could not detour his vision. After a 5 month online media campaign, he convinced the Board of LinkedIn® to give Orange County its own regional location code.

Sven is a LinkedIn® power user with 6666+ connections (Not an open connector). He has taught several thousand people how to maximize LinkedIn® for their job search as well as business development in one on one sessions and speaking at events throughout Southern California.

Using his passion for online marketing (SEO - Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing and Web Design & Development) he helps businesses to be more successful in building the company brand and increasing sales online.

A very active member of the Orange County community, Sven runs a successful LinkedIn group called “We Are Orange County!™” with over 7700 members and actively volunteers in the community.

Sven is looking for like-minded people to have various discussions, share referrals to build business, turn virtual connections into long term relationships and most importantly “Pay It Forward”.

To contact Sven please send him a message via LinkedIn or reach out via the contact form on www.GigaSavvy.com.

Experience

Partner & Sr. VP Business Development

GigaSavvy
– Present (2 years 5 months)Orange County

Founded in May 2008, GigaSavvy is an advertising agency that has a core focus on search marketing, web design & development (Wordpress & Magento eCommerce), reputation management and social media consulting & outreach. Our digital marketing expertise goes all the way back to 1994 and we built on that foundation to deliver online visibility as well as get results for our clients. Where the typical agency outsources work and acts as an intermediary, GigaSavvy keeps all its services in the U.S. and relies on a talented team of in-house specialists. We engage with companies as small as funded startups and as large as Fortune 100.

Examples of our work:
www.VetIQ.com
www.G-Fore.com
www.NicklausAcademies.com
www.ChuckJones.com
www.betterufoundation.org
www.Joico.com

• Recruited high profile clients including Knotts Berry Farm, Macy’s, Mossimo/G-Fore, Joico, Chuck Jones Animation, Better U Foundation (Jim Carrey), Autobytel, TEDxOrangeCoast, Roland, RealtyTrac, Dreamhost, Tailored Living and Waterpik.
• Spoke on the topic of SEO, Social Media and Business Networking to several groups including TechAmerica, MENG - Marketing Executive Networking Group OC & LA, TechBiz Connections, Technology Council of Southern California, OC Product Managers and OC American Marketing association.

Board Member

Pure Game
– Present (10 months)Orange County, California Area

Board Member

Sales Leadership Alliance
– Present (10 months)Orange County, California Area

Founder, VP Business Development

We Are Orange County!™
– Present (5 years 6 months)Orange County, California Area

We Are Orange County!™ (WAOC™) is a networking group that was established on May 20th 2009.  

• Grew the group to more than 3000 members in less than 5 months.
• Designed and executed a successful social & traditional media campaign to convince LinkedIn® to give Orange County its own regional location code in 5 months.
• Managed to get the group published in multiple articles including the Orange County Business Journal, Orange County Register, and multiple blogs.

VP (Vice President) Business Development

GigaSavvy
(2 years 7 months)Orange County, California Area

Founded in May 2008, GigaSavvy is an advertising agency that has a core focus on search marketing, web design & development (Wordpress & Magento eCommerce), reputation management and social media consulting & outreach. Our digital marketing expertise goes all the way back to 1994 and we built on that foundation to deliver online visibility as well as get results for our clients. Where the typical agency outsources work and acts as an intermediary, GigaSavvy keeps all its services in the U.S. and relies on a talented team of in-house specialists. We engage with companies as small as funded startups and as large as Fortune 100.

• Facilitated the merge of GigaSavvy & White Ink Studio in early 2010.
• Built the sales team from scratch

Owner, VP (Vice President) Business Development

SvenJohnston.com
(1 year)Orange County, California Area

The goal of SvenJohnston.com is to support companies with sales planning, operational strategies as well as provide training.

I am also open for speaking engagements on a variety of topics including LinkedIn training, relationship networking, SEO - Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Marketing.

Business Development

Escoe Bliss Professional Resources
(6 months)Orange County, California Area

Escoe Bliss supplies companies with high-level technical and communications consultants for project-based assignments.

• Managed positive company PR campaigns in several media spots including the Orange County Business Journal and the Orange County Register.
• Developed a new sales process and strategy to increase business.

Major Accounts & Business Development Manager

Restaurants on the Run
(2 years 3 months)Orange County, California Area

ROTR specializes in web solutions for corporate clients to streamline their catering needs and is the largest provider on the west coast with 7 offices and revenues exceeding $20 million annually.

• Increased sales by 30% to reach $2.4 million in total sales for 2007.
• Achieved a sales increase of $650,000 for 2008.
• Implemented a successful communication plan to streamline the efforts of Sales, Marketing, and Operations Teams, which as a result increased efficiency by 20%.
• Employee of the year 2007

Account Executive

Pitney Bowes
(8 months)Orange County, California Area

Pitney Bowes specializes in business solutions ranging from stand-alone mail machines to commercial printing equipment as well as taking over the complete back office of a company.

• Developed product proposals, conducted business analysis and ROI statistics to reduce costs as well as increase profitability.
• Exceeded sales quota year to date by 18% in a saturated market.
• Created new business assessment templates and designed several forms that have been adopted by the sales team.

Consultant

SJ Consulting
(1 year 7 months)Orange County, California Area

SJ Consulting supports companies with sales planning, operational strategies as well as provides training on social media and business networking.

Projects:
• Management of North American account for Tourism Rotorua (New Zealand).
• Managed Juge Companies IT system and analyzed an international project.
• Conducted training on LinkedIn and Networking to individuals and large groups.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Facilitator

Laguna Niguel Connectors
– Present (5 years 8 months)Economic Empowerment

Social Media & Marketing

TEDxOrangeCoast
– Present (3 years 8 months)Education

Big Brother

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County
(3 years 3 months)Children

LinkedIn Trainer

Saddleback Career Ministry
(4 years 1 month)Economic Empowerment

Opportunities Sven is looking for:

Causes Sven cares about:

Organizations Sven supports:

Publications

LinkedIn(Link)

OC Register
November 2013

LinkedIn super-user Sven Johnston, who's a partner at Irvine digital advertising agency GigaSavvy, says that while his parents might not understand his job, he already has high hopes that he can someday help his 16-month-old daughter navigate the business world. “She already has her own URL and gmail address,” he muses. He got them for her while she was still in the womb.

Mission Accomplished: Orange County Defeats LinkedIn(Link)

NBC Los Angeles
September 2009

This is some coverage about my victory over LinkedIn in getting Orange County recognized.

Authors:

LinkedIn puts O.C. members in their place(Link)

OC Register
February 2010

This is some coverage about my victory over LinkedIn in getting Orange County recognized.

Authors:

Languages

  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. German

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Education

Management Action Program (MAP)

Activities and Societies: Attended several leadership development programs including the Vital Factors workshop as well as the movie program including Hoosiers, 12 Angry Men, Twelve O'clock High and Remember the Titans. All the programs were designed to strengthen various aspects of being a successful team player and manager.

University of California, Irvine - The Paul Merage School of Business

One day MBA series

Activities and Societies: Attended several sessions of the MBA update program for the Spring and Fall season of 2007.

Staatliche Handelsschule, Germany

BS, Business Administration

(Kaufmann Gross & Aussenhandel, which is equivalent to a BS)

Honors & Awards

2007 Employee of the year

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