Stephan Woo Cude

Employment History

Stephan & Johnni

 In 1998 I got immersed in e-commerce; first designing then managing a fast growing Internet Retailer Top 100 website: SierraTradingPost.com. I oversaw the creation and continued growth of various channels including site design, web marketing, email marketing, internal search, and site merchandising. I worked closely with software development, marketing, customer service, buying, merchandising, inventory control, fulfillment, and returns. I oversaw projects including third party content delivery and software integration. I acted as lead tester for all new development. E-commerce quickly became our main sales channel.


 In 2007 I moved to Washington and became the SEO Specialist for Sierra Trading Post. I was responsible for all aspects of organic search and reporting. I defined all SEO specifications for category naming, on-page SEO, and new idea development. Organic sales grew every year and we successfully launched a new website with new URL structure without loss to SEO performance.In 2013 Sierra Trading Post was sold to the TJX Companies, Inc.


 Near the end November of 2102 I started working for Nordstrom as a SEO Project Manager. I worked with a small team collaborating on sitewide SEO strategies and development ideas. We also evangelized the importance of SEO company-wide and spread best practices. I also acted as a Lead SEO Project Manager; developing ideas to improve overall SEO site performance. I created and maintained project specifications and worked closely with our development partners. Divisionally I was responsible for Shoes and Cosmetics which shared the top spot for the highest SEO growth by division for 2013.


 In April of 2015 I was offered a position of E-Commerce manager for Cellars Wine Club. I was excited about the position as it would allow me to bring together all my knowledge and experience to maintain, update, and market an e-commerce website. The site had not been managed for several months. The affiliate channel was the only marketing. I would have a list of 25,000 email names to work with. The website also had a Google link penalty. I quickly got to work clearing up website issues, adding new content, implementing redirects, and learning the ins-and-outs of WooCommerce for Wordpress. I optimized the site for SEO, set up paid search campaigns, and started a weekly email marketing program. I was successful in getting the Google penalty removed. I built a website for a sister company, www.SumerianBrewingCo.com and started work on a new version of the wine club site built with AbleCommerce. Though sales rose dramatically the underlying financial foundation was not stable and I was let go in August of 2015.


 I design, develop, and maintain websites for artisans and small-businesses owned by friends and family. I also make etchings.


 Specialties: SEO, Web Design, Online Marketing, HTML, CSS, BrightEdge, Screaming Frog, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Adwords, Excel, Powerpoint, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator.