Raphael Szmir

Brussels, Belgium

You don't get what you wish for, you get what you work for...
Raphael's Skills
Business Development
Product Management

Startup Experience

First time founder

Age Group


About Raphael

Solo founder, my current mission is to help young people develop personally or professionally through travel and experiences abroad. I am the founder of AnneesSabbatiques.com, the number 1 website about Gap Years in the French speaking market. We've been developing the platform for over 2.5 years now.

We are a remote team that is focused both on Lifestyle and Impact. We're not afraid of working hard though...

We are currently looking for someone to help us with your SEO, to grow from 25.000 to 50.000 unique visitors in the next 6 months.
We are also looking for a PHP WordPress Web Developer (min 2 years experience) to join us on a "sweat equity" basis.

Feel free to reach out if you've got the profile, or if you know someone who could benefit from such type of partnership.


Create a Life you don't need a Holiday from - ...

Work Experience

Freelance - Traffic Acquisition


May 2015 - December 2016

Remote (Colombia, Belgium, Vietnam, Spain, Germany) Helping clients, mainly start-ups and online businesses, to drive traffic, raise engagement, grow awareness, and increase conversions using social media and digital marketing. Some of my previous projects involved: • Facebook advertising campaign management • Google Adwords campaign management • Optimisation of existing social media (paid) campaigns • SEO Analysis • Audit of online presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Influential Blogs, Search and TripAdvisor) • Recommendations for content type, channels and frequency of communications

Social Media Campaign Manager

Social Lab (Ogilvy & Mather)

June 2014 - November 2014

Work with Global clients such as IBM, BMW, IKEA, Nestle, P&G & The European Parliament on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. • Targeting strategy generation • Ads creation: Copy Writing & Visuals • Campaign Set-Up • Daily Optimisation on Objectives in terms of Reach, Engagement, Conversions, Fans Recruited & Click to Websites. • Day to day follow up with Clients • Analysis of Campaign Results • Generation of Overviews & Reporting to keep Clients up to date with Campaign Results.



December 2014 - Today

Années Sabbatiques is the number one French speaking website about Gap Years (exchange programs, volunteering, language courses, internships, au pair programs, working & traveling abroad). We have over 25.000 unique visitors every single month and are planning to get to 75.000 monthly visitors in the next few months. We raise awareness about the value of those programs for young people, but also help them in their decision making process. • We guide young people towards the best Gap Year programs (exchange programs, au pair, volunteering, language courses, internships, work and travel experiences abroad, etc.) based on their objectives. • We simplify their search by centralising all the different offers and projects into one single platform. • We help them choose the best organisations based on users' reviews. In other words, we connect young people with the right organisations in order to make their projects happen.

Guest Speaker


February 2016 - Today

Lecturing mainly about remote work and being effective through distributed team work. Giving presentations in universities, schools and other events related to remote work.


Uniersity of Birmingham

Business Management with Communications

2011 - 2014


ICAB / BetaCowork