About the Big Oak Team

We are Internet Marketing Experts.

Big Oak - Signage on our building in Richmond.

Big Oak – Signage on our building in Richmond.

Located in Richmond, Virginia (VA), Big Oak is a stone’s throw from Washington D.C., Norfolk and Charlottesville. We offer our services to a wide range of clients including:

  • Service-based and product-based businesses
  • Companies servicing B2C and B2B clients
  • Those needing national results and others looking for local results

Since our start in January 2004, Big Oak has enjoyed steady growth by producing superior Internet Marketing for companies ranging from national e-commerce businesses to local business owners seeking to improve website performance and traffic. With a firm belief in the power of focus, Big Oak is totally dedicated to the discipline of natural site optimization. The company prides itself on its innovation and ability to tailor solutions to match client needs.

It seems there is an endless list of people who say they can increase rankings, but in the end what really matters is results. Better rankings are just a small part of your sites success. What keywords are ranking? Are you ranking for keywords that increase your ROI? And more importantly are you ignoring all the other things you should be doing. Better search engine rankings are the result of a strategic plan.

Our team understands this and we have been successfully helping online businesses increase traffic, build a stronger brand and make more money through client acquisition. Meet the Big Oak Internet Marketing team.

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander

Founder, Big Oak Studios, Inc.

Chris previously worked at various technology consulting firms. In late 2003 he decided to strike out with Shell and formed Big Oak. Their partnership has allowed them to work in collaboration while having the freedom to concentrate on their core interests in the field of online marketing.

Shell Harris

Shell Harris

Founder, Big Oak Studios, Inc.

I am the thought-leader, SEO expert and company mouth-piece. I work with one of the best Internet Marketing teams in Virginia. I am honest and straight-forward, therefore my company follows that example. That’s big reason for my Big Oak’s success and our long standing partnerships and wonderful client relationships.

Alyssa Duvall

Alyssa Duvall

Search Strategist & PPC Analyst

Alyssa joined our team in 2005 having previously worked with Chris and Shell. Her project management, marketing strategy, and copywriting skills helped the company transition toward online marketing engagements. Alyssa champions the marketing, user experience and website conversion aspects of SEO & PPC.

Eric Gehler

Eric Gehler

Search Strategist & PPC Analyst, Google Ambassador

Eric has been a part Big Oak since August 2008. Eric brings online marketing experience from owning his own company before joining the Big Oak team. Eric is an accomplished SEO consultant and is the PPC advertising guru as well. Eric was made a Google Partners Community Ambassador by Google and is one of only fifteen ambassadors in the United States.

Phil Walton

Phil Walton

Search Strategist

Phil joined the team in 2012 coming from Longwood University with his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Phil provides client support through PPC management, link building, blogging and research.

Caryn Ruff

Caryn Ruff

Social Media Marketer

Caryn has a degree in Fashion Marketing from the University of central Oklahoma. Caryn provides client support through writing, social media marketing, and blogger relations among other tasks. She is a transplant from the Midwest and doesn’t miss tornado warnings one bit.

Available When You Need US

Everyone at Big Oak has a direct phone number and email address that makes us easy to contact. We are located in the United States, Richmond VA and New York, NY to be exact. We answer the phone and respond in a timely fashion.

Innovative Marketing Ideas

There is no strict formula for Internet Marketing or SEO. Each client brings their own challenges and we custom fit solutions to your needs. We think you’ll be surprised at our creative marketing solutions.

Technical Knowlege

Marketing on the Internet requires a knowledge of working with websites, databases, e-commerce and coding…sometimes. Good news is we know our stuff if you need these skills.

We Know Our Stuff

We know what we are doing and being around and successful since 2004 supports our expertise. Teammates at Big Oak share knowledge, ideas and strategies with each other and with our clients. Let’s talk about your business. Call us 804-741-6776.

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If you are interested in working together, get in touch with us by phone at 804-741-6776 or email us at contact@bigoakinc.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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