Austin Gunter is a Social Architect, Content Marketer and Community Builder for Startup companies, including being the Manager of Content & Community for WPEngine, a managed hosting platform for WordPress.
His role is to be the Community Face of the company, which means he has customer conversations from the “pre-sales” questions on social media channels, to developing relationships with customers long-term for potential biz dev opportunities. He travels and speaks at lots of conferences, and brings customer feedback to the product team.
Along the way, he has developed content marketing strategies. He analyzes and develops content and product narratives that can drive messaging on social media, online communities, and product marketing. He believes in developing trust online over time, and bending over backward to maintain the trust. He believes that the best marketing on the planet is the kind of marketing that finds out a potential customer’s real needs early and is willing to tell them they *shouldn’t* buy your product if they’re a bad fit.
Previously he spent time as a marketing consultant, a Product Manager for the likes of Dell and AMD. He turned down a job offer at Google after spending almost 2 years at a startup accelerator / incubator called Tech Ranch Austin. There he was responsible for bringing 120 tech startups into the program and helping them validate their ideas and grow. 10-15 of those companies are doing rather well, either funded and growing, or successfully bootstrapping and profitable.
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Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker and recognized technology expert. He began working with emerging technologies in 1994 and now consults companies on how to optimize their use of technology. He’s the author of five books:
- Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data (John Wiley & Sons, 2013)
- The Age of the Platform (Motion, 2011)
- The New Small (Motion, 2010)
- The Next Wave of Technologies (John Wiley & Sons, 2010)
- Why New Systems Fail (Cengage, 2010)
Book number six is slated for early 2014 and will be called The Visual Organization: How Intelligent Companies Use Data Visualization To Make Better Decisions.
His contributions have been featured in and on Inc. Magazine, NBC, CNBC, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, the American Express Open Forum, Fast Company, Technorati, abcnews.com, forbes.com, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, ReadWriteWeb, and many other sites. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University.
Sally Hogshead is a Hall of Fame speaker, international author, and the world’s leading expert on fascination. She’s the author of Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation. She helps world-class businesses develop messages that influence and persuade consumers, partners, and employees.
Starting out as one of the most award-winning advertising writers in the country, she is today a world-renowned brand consultant and speaker, leading keynotes for companies such as Starbucks and Microsoft as well as innovation workshops. As a creative director, she develops fascinating ideas for both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Hogshead and her work have been featured in the New York Times and on the Today show, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC.
Sally measured over 160,000 people to identify a scientific approach to personal branding. Over the past decade, her team has uncovered surprising trends about why certain people and companies succeed. Today, Sally teaches how to communicate and captivate in a world with a 9-second attention span. When you fascinate a customer or employee, you immediately engage their interest. They’re more likely to remember you, trust you, respect you, and buy from you. But if you fail to fascinate, they’ll move on to the next option. To break through and stand out in any competitive environment, you must understand how to fascinate.
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Scott Allen is coauthor of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online and The Emergence of The Relationship Economy. He’s also a contributor to over a dozen books on social media, marketing and entrepreneurship. He is currently a resident expert/columnist at Business.com and American Express OPEN Forum and an occasional/past contributor to yeah and numerous other sites, including About.com where he was the Entrepreneurs Guide.
A 20-year veteran technology entrepreneur, executive and consultant, and the Director of Client Solutions for Momentum Factor, Scott leads the implementation of the company’s social media and reputation protection programs. As an experienced virtual and live presenter, his clients and event partners have included Microsoft, Electronic Retailing Association, Blog World and New Media Expo, Business Development Institute, Human Capital Institute, ERE Media, Execunet, American Marketing Association, OneCoach, LinkedIn and others.
Bob Debbas is a Professor of Marketing and E-Marketing, the author of Offline Online Marketing, a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of several online companies including WeAreLogos.com and MyGraphicStudio.com. He regularly interviews business experts and entrepreneurs on WeeklyInterview.com. He is also a human rights activist and blogger.
Two thirds of all businesses worldwide are wasting their marketing money because they don’t know how to identify, communicate, follow up and build long term relationships with the customers they are trying to reach. Businesses of all types and sizes will benefit by learning:
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David Gosse is a serial entrepreneur that specializes in technology. He is the founder of Namechk.com, the Founder & CEO of Tracky Inc., and he owns two patents for internet search algorithms and has a third patent pending.
Since childhood he has believed that technology promises a better future, and getting things done should be easier. His passion is to help improve the way we can all socially collaborate and thus simplify our lives. Most of his career has involved the search engine industry, and he’s learned how the internet works. He has raised millions in startup capital, built and sold businesses and assembled stellar teams. He has also failed numerous times when launching what he thought was the next big thing.
What he has learned from it all is that we are social, and most of the fun, passion, deals and partnerships happen because of relationships. With his latest endeavor, Tracky, he’s trying to help us all socialize for reasons more than entertainment in the hope that everyone improves their quality of life together.
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Known as “Mr. Blueprint,” Richard Krawczyk is a best-selling author, human potential expert, motivational keynote speaker, business strategist, and most important of all, a father. His credentials include a lifetime of entrepreneurial success. He is a leading authority in the areas of achievement, motivation and peak performance.
He firmly believes that if you live your life with passion, you will create life-long success. Richard’s powerful message of knowledge, opportunity and action make him a worldwide crowd favorite. He created the Ultimate Success Blueprint featuring the ELATE System, and authored the #1 best-selling book Financial Aerobics.
While others focus on money, Richard reminds us that there is more to success than just money. You can become successful in all areas of your life: emotionally, spiritually, financially and in health. Based on these principles, he founded Success Now International – a leading personal and business development training company.
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Robert Scoble, known in social media as @Scobleizer, is a blogger, tech enthusiast, media innovator and start-up fanatic. He used to work for Fast Company as a video blogger and is now the Startup Liason Officer at Rackspace Hosting, builder of online community Building 43, and an avid pioneer user of Google Glass.
Building43 was designed to bring together thought leaders in a variety of disciplines and organizations, from entrepreneurs to those responsible for the latest technologies. They share knowledge, experiences and advice on how you can use cool new tools and apps.
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Alan R. Bechtold has been writing and publishing since the age of eight, and is the best-selling author of “Will Work for Fun: 3 Simple Steps for Turning Any Hobby or Interest Into Cash”. He has also self-published countless books, reports and courses, mostly focusing on publishing for profit and utilizing what you publish as marketing to grow business revenues. An accomplished professional speaker, Alan has also been both host and guest on hundreds of radio shows, podcasts, teleseminars and Webinars. He started publishing profitably online before there was a World Wide Web, syndicating articles and news to operators of the local dial-up computer bulletin board operators.
As Founding Member and managing editor at LifePath Books, Alan helps busy executives and professionals who would most benefit from publishing a book get the job done, beginning to end. He’s also the CEO of Inkubator Media, publishers of high quality new media featuring a broad variety of the rising stars publishing today. Inkubator provides a unique approach combining self-publishing and “traditional” publishing, which allows authors to work directly with a publisher and editor to create your own self-published works, and receive mastermind training. Submitting them for publication by Inkubator Media includes full assistance polishing and unlimited opportunities to re-submit work. Once accepted and published, authors earn 70% of all proceeds.
Ross Goldberg is a best selling author who has released dozens of training programs, and helped thousands of internet entrepreneurs get more leads from the web. A former gang leader and disabled army veteran who has had two near-death experiences, he turned his life around when he discovered that he could make money online. He started by selling on eBay, but decided after his first year online that he would be better suited to helping others succeed. He now focuses on creating info products and software to help people build their own businesses.
Ross can attest that reputation is everything, and that honor and integrity makes a big difference in achieving success. Establishing an online reputation includes SEO, which Ross is a master at. These days it also includes social media, blogging, and other ways that we present ourselves online. And if false rumors or accusations appear, we need to know how to deal with it effectively. But reputation is both seen and unseen. Creating a fake persona no longer flies… it’s about being congruent, genuine and transparent with and about ourselves, and accepting the karma that comes with our choices.
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