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The Team

Hailing from geographically diverse locales and carrying with them unique life experiences, each member of our team is unified by their marketing savvy and love for office snacks.
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The Mission

  • Create holistic, customized solutions that are effective and measurable.
  • Collaborate and communicate with our clients to help them reach their goals.
  • Train our clients and allow them to work as much or as little as they choose.
  • Align our fee structure with our client’s goals.
  • Facilitate transparency in all that we do.

The Story

The Beginning

The formation of Chicago Style SEO began years ago and galaxies away in the gaseous fog of a local real estate company. It was a vacuum of internet marketing where Rod was the operations manager and Ben soon joined as the marketing director. Ben immediately rebuilt the company’s website and initiated SEO and link building, and the real estate company subsequently enjoyed an incredible boost in its online presence, all amidst a very competitive keyword market. Ben started teaching Rod the specifics behind SEO and the dust clouds began taking shape.

The Big Bang

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce asked Rod to give a small seminar on SEO and the spark was lit. Rod recruited Ben to accompany him for the talk, after which they received numerous requests for internet marketing help. They decided this would be a great opportunity for a side project and built a website called Chicago Style SEO, choosing the name so they could remain a local company that businesses could trust and meet in person. Referrals began pouring in and the young SEO cosmos expanded.

Cosmic Shifts

Celestial bodies collided, and the real estate company where Rod and Ben worked was subsumed by a larger company. Rod and Ben left to do internet marketing for different Chicago agencies, continuing to hone their craft with Adwords, SEO, banners, and other online tools. Ben became head of analytics for the Alzheimer’s Association, coordinating communication and data between hundreds of affiliate websites, while Rod managed the internet business of a rental agency.

Stars Align

Their distant orbits converged again as they reunited to take a serious, full-time run at Chicago Style SEO. The company incorporated in March of 2009. Rod began working on it from home, while Ben balanced another job with night and weekend work on the company. The workload increased as they saw continued success with more and more referrals. By September of 2010, the company was stable enough for Ben to leave his other job and partner full-time with Rod on Chicago Style SEO as their lone, full-fledged business.

Life as We Know It

Today, Chicago Style SEO is its own thriving universe that operates from offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Montana. The company has grown from an early staff of part-timers and interns to an ever-expanding group of full-time SEO specialists working on a variety of client projects, big and small. Each client receives personalized treatment for their internet business goals, from SEO and paid search to web development and design. The folks at Chicago Style SEO have a passion for helping businesses stay visible and relevant in the constantly shifting online world.

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We have gone from having almost all our keywords ranking somewhere above 75+, to having five keywords in the top 10, and 10 keywords in the top 20, we have seen some real progress.

Chris Strupp, Marketing Manager – Chicago Flyhouse