Matt Schneider, Technology Manager
Matt has been with Harte Hanks for 16 years this December. He’s what you might call a Jack-of-all-trades in the digital world, managing everything from web and mobile offshore product development, HTML development, to Interactive Systems Development and QA teams. In fact, he’s the lead developer of this blog! Matthew lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and two children and has an MBA from Marist College in Marketing.
Let’s learn a little bit more about Matt:
Q: Tell us what a typical day at Harte Hanks looks like from your perspective.
I am a technology manager and front-end developer focused on web and mobile related technologies.
I work remotely out of Upstate New York, in a role as a Technology Manager in the Technology COE. I am the lead developer of our corporate website and blog along with leading other web and email development projects. My days are a mix of calls, email, Skype messaging, screen shares, trying to stay current on the latest tech news/ trends and as much coding as possible.
Q: What is your role in making customer interactions smarter and how did you get there?
I started off as an HTML developer in a converted red barn in Woodstock, NY for a company called Spectral Resources that had just been acquired by Harte Hanks. Over the years I have continued to focus on creating and managing teams that create new and innovative web and email solutions for our clients.
Q: What is your favorite part of working for Harte Hanks?
Two things. One: working with a team of really highly skilled individuals. Two: working on projects for some of the most well-known and prestigious companies in the world. We are always learning and pushing forward to find the most current, leading-edge technology solutions for our clients.
Q: What about the future of marketing are you most excited about? Trends? Tools? Platforms?
As a web developer, I am particularly excited that the Internet Explorer web browser has been put out to pasture. Coding for modern browsers is such a pleasure without having to support old versions of IE.
As an email developer, I am excited about the interactive (kinetic) email features that we have been integrating into our email campaigns. These new features include interactive carousels and animation effects.
In terms of trends, the Internet of Things (IoT) – coming up with solutions to help users control and communicate with products such as their cars, washer, refrigerator, and door locks is an exciting and challenging trend. I cannot wait to test a web application on a fridge.
Q: If you could have the skills to do any other job at Harte Hanks not in your current department, what would you like to do?
Logistics. I have always wanted to drive a tractor trailer.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
- Drive a tractor trailer
- Drive a Tesla
- Play with my kids
- Find good homes for all of our shelter kitties (My wife and I run a 501c3 non-profit cat shelter – www.cataquarium.com)