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Hello, my name is Ian Kahn!


I'm a digital marketer, freelance translator and culture enthusiast
working in Munich.

Newsflash: I've started a blog! You can now read what I'm thinking on Medium.

I received a B.A. in German languge, literature and linguistics with a minor in international marketing at Rutgers University in New Jersey. I work as a search engine marketing consultant and passionate freelance translator for German to English in Munich, Germany. I love photography, jazz guitar and traveling.

You can find me on Linkedin or Xing. Take a look at my portfolio or my ProZ translator profile.

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Skills

  • German
  • Google Adwords
  • Marin
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Photoshop
  • Excel
  • Translation

Work Experience

I am a search engine marketing specialist working to expand my knowledge of paid search and all digital media as it pertains to creating innovative and successful advertising campaigns.

  • We Are Social

    Paid Media Manager (November 2017 - present)


    - Marketing strategy and execution across all PPC paid media channels

    Certifications: Google Adwords, Marin Software, Bing Ads, Doubleclick Search
    wearesocial.net

  • iCrossing GmbH

    Paid Media Manager (March 2016 - November 2017)

    Clients Serviced: BMW
    - Marketing strategy and execution across all PPC paid media channels

    Certifications: Google Adwords, Marin Software, Bing Ads, Doubleclick Search
    icrossing.de

  • blueSummit Media GmbH

    Senior Consultant SEA (August 2015 - March 2016)

    Clients Serviced: KICKZ, Beautylane
    - Lead meetings and calls with clients in various European markets
    - Manage global paid search accounts across multiple markets in multiple languages
    - Develop paid search strategy recommendations based on clients’ unique goals

    Certifications: Google Adwords, Marin Software, Bing Ads, Doubleclick Search
    bluesummit.de

  • Mindshare

    Paid Search (SEM) Manager (January 2015 - August 2015)

    Clients Serviced: BlackRock, SAP SE, TGI Fridays, Bacardi USA, Cotton Incorporated
    - Lead meetings and calls with clients and stakeholders in the USA and EMEA
    - Manage global paid search accounts across multiple markets in multiple languages
    - Increased conversion rate for one client by 26% leading to a 293% increase in ROAS
    - Develop paid search strategy recommendations based on clients’ unique goals
    - Responsible for interviewing and training new team members

    Certifications: Google Adwords, Marin Software, Bing Ads, Doubleclick Search
    mindshareworld.com

  • Mindshare

    Paid Search (SEM) Specialist (June 2014 - January 2015)

    Clients Serviced: BlackRock, SAP SE, TGI Fridays, Bacardi USA, Cotton Incorporated
    - Daily optimization of $9+ million budget for lead generation and awareness goals
    - Create weekly, monthly, and yearly analysis reports for clients & internal teams
    - Generate ad-hoc reports to assist clients in day-to-day business goals
    - Manage relationships with clients and develop partnerships with search vendors

    Certifications: Google Adwords, Marin Software, Bing Ads, Doubleclick Search
    mindshareworld.com

  • Mindshare

    Paid Search (SEM) Intern (May 2013 - September 2013)

    - Received Google Adwords & Marin Software Specialist certifications
    - Updated/optimized Google/Yahoo! search campaigns for HSBC and Unilever brands
    - Created ad copy for Royal Caribbean, Forevermark, Nexxus, and AKC
    - Built keyword lists for Unilever brands and implemented Marin search platform
    - Worked on a team to create a media plan for MoMA’s René Magritte exhibit.
    - Developed the American Kennel Club paid search account for Google Adwords

    mindshareworld.com
  • Xplanation

    German to English Freelance Translator(2016 - to present)

    -Translate German to English for a Swiss telecommunications client

    xplanation.com
  • oDesk

    German to English Freelance Translator(2011 - to present)

    -Translate German to English for various clients
    -Personally responsible for client acquisition and relationship management

    View oDesk portfolio

Certifications

Other professional certifications received:

  • Marin Enterprise - certified specialist (2013)
    Google Adwords - certified partner (2013)
    oDesk - German to English translation Top 20% percentile
    CSS3 - Brainbench certification (2013)


Education

Four year Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Rutgers University

  • Rutgers University

    German & Marketing (2010 - 2014)

    - Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) gold medalist (2011/2013)
    - Graphic designer & founder of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity - Pi-Chi Chapter
    - Lead guitarist in Rutgers Camden jazz ensemble (2010-2014)
    - President of German Club
    - Independent study: German – studied WWII era literature & German philosophy
    - Bachelors degree anticipated May 2014 - GPA: 3.5
    - Dean’s list spring 2011, Fall 2013


Recomendations

Reviews from translation clients

Excellent translation and very efficient, will definitely work with Ian again. highly recommend his work.

Gennady Volchek

Clonnequin Pty Ltd

Translated a webpage/user manual from German to English. Excellent work, prompt responses, very friendly.

Stefan Doerhoefer

mobiware.de