Seth Godin is the author of 17 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. Before his work as a writer and blogger, Godin was Vice President of Direct Marketing at Yahoo!, a job he got after selling them his pioneering 1990s online startup, Yoyodyne. In 2013, Godin was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, one of three chosen for this honor.
Darren Rowse stumbled onto the medium of blogging by accident in 2002 as he was researching a new project — little did he know that just 18 months later he’d be one of the world’s first professional bloggers making a living from it. From Problogger.net to the insanely popular (and profitable) Digital-Photography-School.com, Darren has years of experience as a gifted teacher and successful entrepreneur. He also consults world wide with bloggers and companies interested in the medium, speaks on the topic of blogging and new media and is regularly featured in articles and interviews in both online and off-line media.
In 2003, Bill Erickson combined his passion for graphic design and business by starting his own web design company. Since then, he’s been an entrepreneur with a focus on WordPress development since 2006. He is also one of the founders of the BIL Conference, a free unconference run in conjunction with TED. Bill is at the forefront of not only WordPress, but also an expert on the topics that impact all web design and development, including mobile responsive design, the advanced possibilities presented by HTML5, and website security and speed.
Dennis Goedegebuure is Head of Global SEO at Airbnb, specializing in a unique “design first” approach to search engine optimization that reflects the aesthetic philosophies of the Airbnb founders. He spent more than nine years at eBay in various roles on the Internet marketing team, which meant providing hands-on optimization services for eBay, Paypal, Skype, Shopping.com, and StumbleUpon.
Brian Gardner is a founding partner and Chief Product Officer of Copyblogger Media. He created StudioPress, and has been developing with WordPress for over 7 years. He originated in the space as a freelance consultant, and pioneered the WordPress premium market with his Revolution theme. Brian has an infatuation with design, ranging from the latest web standards to the study of typography and whitespace.
Pamela Wilson is the founder and owner of Big Brand System. Since 1987, she’s helped small businesses and organizations create “big brands” through a system of marketing and design that makes them look professional, cohesive, and successful. Pamela brings a unique perspective that stems from the intersection of design, branding, content, and conversion, and that view fits perfectly within an integrated content marketing strategy that brings big results to companies of any size.
Chris Garrett is Chief Digital Officer at Copyblogger Media, a veteran blogger, and the co-author of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income with Darren Rowse. Chris is instrumental in helping run Copyblogger’s educational programs, and also develops guides and tutorials to support Copyblogger customers to use the tools and services to grow their businesses. Chris is a unique blend of teacher, tech geek, and marketer for people who want to use the web to grow their business.
Ann Handley is the Chief Content Officer for Marketing Profs, and the earliest known person on the planet with that title (she made it up for herself out of necessity way back in 2002). She’s a veteran of creating and managing digital content to build relationships for organizations and individuals, and an accomplished speaker and content marketing educator. Ann is the co-author of the best-selling Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business.
Sonia Simone is Chief Content Officer and a founding partner of Copyblogger Media. She has created several successful tribe-based businesses, and she runs Teaching Sells, Copyblogger’s elite course on creating membership-based businesses. Having been a citizen of web-based communities for more than 20 years now, she’s pretty sure she’s seen everything that an online tribe can do. Sonia is a marketer for people who hate marketing. Her superpower is creating better customer relationships with incredibly effective communication.
Jerod Morris is Director of Content for Copyblogger Media, charged with the editorial execution of the company’s flagship blog and evangelizing the StudioPress and Synthesis lines of business. It is the latest step in a career creating online content that began over five years ago with the launch of his first high-traffic blog, Midwest Sports Fans. MSF became a smashing success, growing steadily to attract millions of visits per year and becoming a featured publisher for Fox Sports. Out of this success came a need for WordPress hosting that could handle huge spikes of traffic, and thus the precursor to Synthesis hosting was born, with Morris as co-founder and initial Director of Marketing before joining forces with Copyblogger Media.
Selena Narayanasamy is the Director of Strategy Development for Foundation Digital, a boutique consultancy focused on creating data-driven earned media strategies and SEO consulting. Outside of technical SEO, her specialty lies in both content strategy creation and execution to increase brand visibility, as she’s worked in, and built teams for, both areas throughout her career. She’s a contributing author on leading search industry publications, as well as an established speaker at industry conferences, educating others on the topics of organic search, content strategy and audience building.
Arienne Holland is communications director for Raven Internet Marketing Tools. Broadly, she markets marketing software to marketers. Specifically, she crafts content marketing materials ranging from conversion-focused emails to how-to articles and industry white papers. Prior to Raven, Arienne spent 10 years as a journalist for Gannett. She worked her way from an entry-level graphic designer to a lifestyles editor overseeing several newspaper, magazine and website publications. The Tennessean team that she was part of received Pulitzer Prize Finalist recognition in 2011 for breaking news journalism.
As the founder and CEO of ShareASale, Brian has connected thousands of merchants and affiliates alike, ensuring mutual profitability while preserving the spirit and core values of the affiliate marketing industry. Since 2000, his leadership and vision have helped shape the industry into what it is today. ShareASale celebrates its 14th anniversary this year and currently supports over 4,000 online retailers. Working strategically with clients, both on the advertising and publishing end, Brian helps to maximize their individual potential. Brian is also the current President of the Board of Directors for the Performance Marketing Association, the industry’s trade group.
Lee Odden is the co-founder and CEO of TopRank Online Marketing – a digital marketing agency that provides an integrated approach to digital PR, search, content, and social media marketing. He’s the author of Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing and the founder and featured writer for the Online Marketing Blog. Lee is an accomplished speaker who has given presentations, keynotes, and workshops all over the world on integrated online marketing.
Jon Henshaw has been involved with website development and Internet strategy since 1995. He’s taught Internet training courses professionally and has spent a good portion of his career consulting for SMBs within the U.S. Before becoming a Co-Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Raven Internet Marketing Tools, he was an Internet Strategist at Sitening, an Interaction Designer for Visa, and lead designer and product manager for an Internet startup company that provided a web-based CRM and project management tools for non-profit organizations.
Beth Hayden is part of the Copyblogger editorial team, a nationally-known social media expert, and the author of Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business with Pinterest. Beth frequently speaks about blogging, content marketing, and Pinterest at conferences and events across the country. She has also provided training, consulting, coaching, and development services for New York Times bestselling authors, political commentators, artists, authors, entrepreneurs and personal development coaches.
Jason Miller is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at LinkedIn, where he leads the content marketing and social media efforts for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. Previously he was the Senior Manager, Social Media Strategy at Marketo. He was responsible for leading the company’s social media efforts by increasing engagement, optimizing for lead generation, and ultimately driving revenue. He is also a content creator specializing in visual content marketing.
Bryan Eisenberg is a recognized authority (and pioneer) in online marketing, improving online conversion rates, Persuasion Architecture, marketing tools, web analytics, big data and persona marketing. For over 15 years he has helped small, medium & large B2B & B2C companies like HP, Intel, Overstock, NBC Universal, ICE.com & hundreds of others to craft accountable digital marketing strategies emphasizing the optimization of customer experiences in order to convert more leads, subscriptions, and sales. Currently he consults, trains and mentors select clients.
Joanna Wiebe is the founder and Chief Copywriter for Copy Hackers, a content marketing and copy consulting firm. For the last decade, she’s helped small businesses and ginormous companies (like Intuit and British Telecom) write higher-converting web copy. Joanna is a conversion and testing diva, and she’ll show you how to blend the art of creative copy with the science of conversion optimization in a way that seamlessly blends into more revenue and profit for your business.
Tom Martin is the founder of Converse Digital, a cutting-edge content marketing agency punctuated with Tom’s years of foundational experience in the traditional advertising world. He’s the author of The Invisible Sale, a book that shows readers how to build a supercharged, highly-automated content-based sales prospecting system. Tom writes for Advertising Age, speaks around the nation, and consults with clients to create influence, attract more qualified leads, shorten sales cycles, and increase conversion rates.
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Annie Cushing is an SEO and analytics consultant and trainer. Her areas of expertise are web analytics, technical SEO, and everything to do with data – collection, analysis, and beautification. She’s on a mission to rid the world of ugly data, one spreadsheet at a time.
John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine.
He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world.
His blog was chosen as a Forbes favorite for marketing and small business and his podcast a top ten marketing show on iTunes, was called a “must listen” by Fast Company magazine.
Jennifer Sable Lopez
Jennifer Sable Lopez is the Director of Community at Moz. She’s an experienced community and social media strategist, search marketer, web developer, and writer.
Jen is a frequent speaker at digital marketing conferences such as New Media Expo, Seattle Interactive, MozCon, SearchLove, and Search Marketing Expo. Along with her degree in Journalism and many years as a web developer, she’s quite passionate about all things search and social, and was born a community builder.
Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounge.