We are BKA Content
Co-founderGreg Secrist has worked in the SEO and content creation industry since 2009. Greg is also a passionate tech geek, web designer, marketing pro and SEO Jedi.
Co-founderAs a co-founder and the VP of Business Development, Matt is passionate about writing quality content, watching NBA basketball, going backpacking and taking midday naps.
VP of Sales StrategyWhen he’s not wow-ing you with his knowledge of all things content related, he’s probably out practicing his finger dancing moves or trying to improve his golf game.
VP of MarketingJon is the Marketing Director at BKA Content. When he’s not crafting compelling marketing material, he likes to build Legos, buy sneakers, stare at sports cars and watch the Utah Jazz.
Managing EditorCara is our grammar queen. When she isn’t red-lining content, she can be found behind the pages of a fantasy novel, directing live theater or playing with grandchildren.
CFOWhile numbers are Phil’s specialty, he is also passionate about music. Not only is he a locally renowned drummer, but he also builds beautiful hand-crafted guitars!
Account SupervisorWhen she isn’t championing for her clients, she can be found hiking in the mountains, getting in a quick run or testing her movie trivia knowledge against others.
Account ManagerKatie embodies the heart and soul of BKA’s company culture with her humor and witty attitude. Where Katie is, Cherry Coke and candy are also.
Account ManagerHaving worked in the customer service industry for years, Andra tackles everything with a smile. During her free time, Andra loves to spend time with family and to take pictures.
Account ManagerOrder through the website and you’ll have the privilege of working with Liz. When she’s not managing orders, she enjoys being a mom, playing video games and “adult coloring”.
Account ManagerWith eCommerce customer experience under his belt, Caleb does a fantastic job! When he’s not managing orders, he’s either saving the citizens of Hyrule or watching basketball.
DeveloperKnown as “The Duke” of development, Trevor is the genius behind the BKA backend. When he’s not working on APIs or editing videos, you can find him out on the tennis court.
Hiring ManagerAmber’s knack for bringing the best writers onto our teams is uncanny. When she isn’t reviewing writer samples, she loves vermicomposting and reading.
Every company has a story. Why is a story important? Understanding our roots defines us and hopefully inspires us.
Where to begin? There are so many amazing people that have contributed to the company since its inception that it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.
Over the years, our staff has created a pretty unique company culture here at BKA Content. Pair that fun, quirky, ambitious attitude with some incredible writing and editing skills, and you’ve got a recipe for success. This has proven true so far, and we’ll continue striving to offer the best content experience available while having a blast doing it.
We know a lot of our clients (and writers/editors) might not know how this whole venture started. Below, you’ll find a summarized version of how the company came to be, where we are, and the direction we are headed. So without further ado, here is our very own BKA story.
Jobless With a Stroke of Luck… or Was it Fate? Let’s Go With Fate.
In 2009, co-founder Matt Secrist graduated from THE Utah State University with dual degrees in Economics and Finance. The economy, however, was in recession and Matt had no real job prospects! Greg Secrist, the other co-founder and older brother, had been dabbling in ways to make residual income online. Feeling a bit sorry for his younger sibling, he decided to help. Greg had discovered the power of internet marketing, having created a few blog sites that were bringing in steady, albeit small, residual income. Greg helped Matt set up his own blog sites in the hope of similarly generating some income. Considerable time was spent searching for providers of quality content to help update the blogs and improve their search rankings. Much of what they found was written by off-shore content providers and was often garbage, unintelligible and stuffed with keywords.
Through their research, they quickly realized that there was a market in providing quality, American-written content to companies with websites. In early 2010, they decided to create a simple Word Press site that advertised original content written by American writers – Buykeywordarticles.com was born! The original idea was that the site might generate some revenue for Matt while he continued to look for a Finance job (that he will admit that he didn’t actually want to get). A simple order form was placed on the site where clients could order 1, 5 or 10 articles, and they sat back to see what would happen.
The Little Blog That Could
During the first few months, Matt managed the site and learned the ropes of the SEO content industry while Greg provided tech support (aside from his regular day job). Before long, orders started coming in! The site was endearingly labeled “The Little Blog That Could” by Greg and Matt, and started to show some real promise. At first, mostly family and close friends (and Matt) were writing the content, but that would soon change.
The last half of 2010 brought new partnerships with SEO agencies who somehow found the Word Press site on Google and began consistently ordering content for their clients. The business was starting to do so well that Greg, who had been working for a high-tech company, quit that job to be able to devote his time to the new business. By the end of 2010, Buykeywordarticles.com had approximately 30 writers. Matt and Greg were now able to invest more time into building the business rather than just writing for it.
Gaining Some Traction
2011 started off with the company signing on larger corporate clients, including national chains like The Home Depot and Direct Buy. The writing team was expanded; an actual website with a “shopping cart” ordering system was created; and in late 2011, the company decided to take the leap and attend one of the big SES trade shows in Chicago. Even though they went as attendees and not exhibitors, they landed several new clients. 2011 ended with the business almost tripling the 2010 sales volume!
2012 started off fast and furiously. The company purchased exhibitor booth materials and hit the trade show circuit, attending the largest internet marketing expos, including the SMX Advanced show in Seattle, the SES show in San Francisco, and Pubcon in Las Vegas. Becoming a trade show exhibitor brought increased exposure and credibility to the company and attracted more large clients that needed consistent volumes of quality content. The company now had several full-time and part-time employees and ended 2012 with nearly twice the sales volume of 2011!
Kicking it Into Gear
Growth mandated expansion in 2013 and 2014. The company significantly increased the size of the writing team to 150+ writers and brought on additional talent like a VP of Sales, VP of Marketing, additional account managers, hiring and training managers, and managing editors. Not only that, the company also began the process of rebranding and shortening the company name to just “BKA Content” rather than Buykeywordarticles.com.
The Golden Years
2015 and 2016 brought continued success as well as some public recognition for years of hard work and dedication. On top of increasing the company’s top-tier clientele with additions of big brand names like AutoZone, AutoAnything, Bold, Shutterfly and Homes.com (among many others), BKA Content was also nominated as one of Utah’s 100 Fastest Growing Businesses two years in a row (#16 and #42, respectively)! The company made the move to a larger office space in Ogden, UT and further expanded the management/marketing/development team as well as the writing and editing teams.
Full Steam Ahead!
So, how is BKA Content doing now? We have a thriving BKA Community where our writers can interact, help and encourage each other, and take part in regular competitions and incentives. We’ve been blessed with opportunities to sponsor and support events in the community that are for a good cause as well as provide jobs for skilled people from all around the country. We’ve been a part of countless content marketing campaigns for our clients that have yielded amazing results and vastly improved their bottom lines. Short answer: things at BKA Content are better than ever.
With the best writing/editing team in the business, and our personal “managed services” approach with our clients, we are known around the industry as the premier provider of affordable, high-quality content.
The journey has just begun and the future is bright for BKA Content – “The Little Blog That Could”!
Our Key Values
One Big Quir-key Virtual Family
We value people and strive to have a family atmosphere. While
all of our team members are unique, we work together to create
a better content experience.
Key-pin’ it Real
Honesty is always the best policy, and we believe that here at
BKA Content. We also believe that integrity is achieved through
transparency. This is evident in our pricing, products, processes
and customer service.
Some Call it Nitpic-key, We Call it Quality
We believe in getting what you pay for. This starts with us finding and vetting
high-quality writers who meet our stringent and unique standards. We also
make sure we have the right people in our office to provide the best experience
that all of our customers deserve.
We’re Wac-key and We Know it
We know that people do a better job when they are having fun.
Whether we get everyone laughing making our yearly Christmas
videos, playing ping pong or participating in a dancing flash mob
in the office, having a fun company culture is part of our DNA.
Giving Back is the Key
Whether it’s serving a free meal to those less fortunate, or
providing coats and books to a Title 1 school, we are passionate
about being active and involved in our community to help make
the world a better place.