We’re not using the “royal we” over here. This About Us page is really about US: you and me. About your business and Flagstone Search Marketing. We share great relationships with our clients, and if you see yourself in this picture, it’s likely we’ll share a great relationship, too.

Your business has a long-term view on search marketing.

Your business has high-value leads and clients. Flagstone specializes in law firms and other SMBs with an average value-per-lead of $1000 or more. High-quality SEO and PPC are an investment, and you’ll see the return sooner when your return per client is higher. Your business has a high-performing website (or wants to). A search marketing campaign is only as strong as the website the clients eventually reach. Our clients come with websites that already perform well for their business – or come with websites that ARE NOT performing, and request our help in an update or a redesign, before we launch any campaigns. *** Are you a marketing agency? A good percentage of our clients are agencies who come to us for specialized help in PPC, SEO and Local SEO. We’re happy to take our years of experience in running SEO and PPC campaigns and put it to use delivering ROI for your clients.

About Me

Hey, I’m Carlton. I’m on a mission to help companies like you get maximum ROI out of your online marketing budget.

I started my quest 20+ years ago, at the dawn of the internet (back when it was called ‘The Information Superhighway’ and Netscape was the web browser of choice). As a nascent journalist, I found myself increasingly drawn to the world of words on the web. My last official journalism stint crossed the lines as Time, Inc.’s senior manager of Search Engine Optimization. When I saw what I could do for Time’s publicity with SEO, I decided to use it to help other businesses as well. Flagstone Search Marketing was born in 2011. I’ve helped dozens of clients from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies maximize what they get out of the web. (If you want to see who they are, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Now, instead of writing in the media, I’m featured in the media, in places like the Huffington Post, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Business.com, and Inc.com.

Carlton R. Smith


There’s a full range of tools in my toolbelt:

I’m a big believer in getting maximum ROI out of EVERYTHING – including life. I love spending time with my wife and two beautiful daughters, ages 14 and 8. If you think you’d like us to maximize YOUR ROI, discover what kind of clients we get the best results for – and see some infographic case studies. Flagstone’s past and current clients include:

• Valvoline® (Lexington, KY) • Logan’s Roadhouse (Nashville, TN) • Milo’s Tea (Bessemer, AL) • Stratix Corp. (Atlanta, GA) • BIG Communications (Birmingham, AL) • Induron Coatings, Inc. (Birmingham, AL) • Lid Logic (Cupertino, CA) • New South Mortgage (Huntsville, AL) • Massey, Stotser, & Nichols, PC (Birmingham, AL) • Parkman White, LLP (Birmingham, AL) • DataPerk (Birmingham, AL) • Curt Landry Ministries (Grove, OK) • French Broad Crossing (Asheville, NC) • H2 Real Estate (Birmingham, AL) • Cove Dental (Huntsville, AL) • Directorpoint (Birmingham, AL) • Oakstone Publishing (Birmingham, AL) • Senator Cam Ward (Alabaster, AL) • Bella Web Design (Atlanta, GA) • Longleaf Strategies (Montgomery, AL) • MainNerve (Colorado Springs, CO) • Choice Chiropractic (Huntsville, AL) • ALG Energy Services (Decatur, AL) • Senator David Faulkner (Birmingham, AL) • Voices for Alabama’s Children (Montgomery, AL) • Mowery Consulting (Montgomery, AL) • Princeton Prosthodontics (Princeton, NJ) • Better Hire (Birmingham, AL) • S. Clements Homes (Dallas, TX) • Master Custom Home Builders of Middle TN (Nashville, TN) • Better Business Bureau (Central Alabama) • Amazon Cleaning (Atlanta, GA) • Burke Harvey, LLC (Birmingham, AL) • Factory Buys Direct (Canton, GA) • Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris (Birmingham, AL) • Watley Kallas (New York, NY) • LawFit™ (Birmingham, AL) • John Hall & Co. (Montgomery, AL) • Nomberg Law Firm (Birmingham, AL) • Harbor Financial Services (Mobile, AL) • Alabama Black Belt Adventures (Montgomery, AL) • Jeffrey Dungan Architects (Birmingham, AL) • Imms Industrial (Pelham, AL) • Post Office Pies (Birmingham, AL) • SAW’s BBQ (Birmingham, AL)
Although I began my career as a journalist, I have been focused solely on digital media since 2000, and have specialized in search marketing since 2007. Google and Bing have recognized me as a certified professional, meaning that I’ve passed multiple exams assessing my online marketing expertise. I’m qualified to help you grow your business on the web using a variety of SEM & PPC methodologies — Google AdWords, Bing Ads, Facebook Ads, as well as some very proprietary retargeting and geo-fencing display ad techniques.
Digital media
Web Designer 90%
Search marketing
Web Designer 60%
Web Designer 50%
WordPress development
Web Designer 60%
Marketing automation
Web Designer 40%
Client success
Web Designer 95%

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