Experience. Accountability. Results.
Have you ever clicked on a company’s “about us” page only to read some overly generic statement that told you nothing of note about that company? How frustrating! You won’t find that here. We’re proud of our people, proud of our company history and proud of the work we do. Read on for details
Who We Are
Our agency was started by Jon Payne, a seasoned internet marketing consultant and SEO expert. Jon leads up our sales activities and also steers overall company strategy. Backing up Jon is our full-time staff of 15 internet marketing professionals who work alongside each other in our main office. We’re structured in “account teams” each consisting of two people, that together handle the work for a handful of client accounts.
What We Do
Ephricon specializes in managing inbound internet marketing campaigns. We design ongoing campaigns that leverage SEO, PPC, PR, Social Media, Conversion Optimization and Content Marketing in order to increase our clients’ online visibility and generate inbound sales leads.
Why We're Here
Inbound Marketing isn’t just our job or our industry. It’s our passion. It’s what we believe in. It’s also how we grow our own business.
We’re convinced that the old days of marketing are gone. Advertisers are no longer in control. Audiences are no longer captive. Your customers are now in control. Your job is to earn their awareness and to be in the right place to be found when they are ready to hire a firm.
Sound intimidating? Don’t worry, we can help.
We’re headquartered in Fort Mill, SC – a suburb just a few minutes outside of Charlotte, NC. 95% of our team works out of our main office in Fort Mill. That said, about half of our clients are located in the Baltimore/DC metro area which is where we started the company. We fly up to this area fairly frequently, and for this reason we also have a satellite office in downtown Baltimore, MD.
Ephricon was formed in 2003 in Baltimore, MD. For the first couple of years the company handled anything in the “web marketing” sphere, to include web design, email marketing, website maintenance, and (of course) SEO and PPC. The company was a one-man-shop from 2003 through the end of 2005.
Within the first year or so in business our services began to focus tightly on SEO. We found that we were exceptionally good at leveraging SEO in order to generate leads and sales for our clients. We further found that our clients hired us – and continued to retain us – not just because we were good at SEO, but because we understood how to leverage SEO to grow their business.
Our business grew 200% during the first three years in business, and in 2006 it was time to start hiring some help. We continued to grow modestly for the next couple of years, intentionally so – preferring to prioritize the quality of our work over chasing sales leads. From 2006 to 2008 both our sales and team size double again. Much of work during this period was serving as a “production shop”, handling work that other agencies would outsource to us.
In late 2008, Ephricon was a four person agency still headquartered in Maryland. Then in early 2009, Ephricon packed up and moved it’s main office to Charlotte.
Since moving to Charlotte in 2009, we’ve transitioned from being a “micro agency” to a “small agency”. In the SEO space, some might even consider us a “mid-sized SEO agency” since most SEO firms are boutique in size. Both sales and headcount have tripled since 2009, with our team currently at 15 full-time professionals.