Kristjan Mar Hauksson crowned European Search Personality of the Year
Kristjan Mar Hauksson, the COO and co-founder of SMFB Engine in Norway, was designated “European Search Personality of the Year 2014” last Friday during the third annual European Search Awards, which were held in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The award, which recognizes “a talented and inspiring practitioner who has revolutionised the European search industry”, has been presented in the past to Jackie Hole from Yard Digital and Alex Chudnovsky of Majestic SEO.
In a rousing acceptance speech, Hauksson likened the digital pioneers of today to the pioneers of the printing press. “We are all influencers. This great industry we work for is still developing and we are in a way like miniature Gutenbergs who are shaping the industry as we are moving forward and developing. I sincerely hope that when people look back they will see how important such recognitions are.”
In a later statement, Hauksson declared “I am humbled and honoured that the judges’ panel considered me for the award. Every single one of the judges indeed deserved the prize themselves. They are people I look up to and respect. It feels fantastic to have been chosen for the award, and it gives me a further boost in reaching out to fellow marketers and in advocating for the advancement of the wonderful industry we work for.”
SMFB Engine is a brand new extension to the international award-winning creative agency SMFB. As part of its client list, SMFB Engine holds Mondelēz (Freia), Geox, Ikea and Maarud.
Kristjan has been brought in to lead one of SMFB’s most important objectives, which is to make sure that the creative gets both the digital attention needed and the channels to make it fly.
Kristjan is a former SEMPO board member, is on the Global Bing Advertising Board of Advisors, and a published author on the topic of internet marketing. Kristjan studied electrical engineering at Reykjavik Technical College in Iceland, and holds a degree in Systems Analysis from the Computer and Engineering School of Iceland, in internet marketing from the University of British Columbia, and a Global Marketing degree from Thunderbird University.
Kristjan has been involved in developing Internet solutions since 1996, and in search engine optimisation and marketing since 1999. He is also the founder and owner of the award winning digital marketing agency Nordic eMarketing.
You can follow Kristjan Mar on his blog http://www.optimizeyourweb.com.
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