Marketer Interviews

Where are you working now, what is your role and how did you get here?

Julia Anishkina:

I'm a Business Development Manager in Wow-How Studio, creative service company. We have a vast experience in 2D/3D graphics and animation which spread over 10 years. Based in Ukraine we deliver our services throughout the globe. My colleague found this Slack community and offered to join it.

Julia Anishkina

Business Development Manager at WOW-HOW

Neal Bloom:

Managing Partner of RisingTidePartners.co which became involved in earlier this year

Neal Bloom

Founder at Fresh Brewed Tech

Anthony Coppedge:

Having worked for Fortune 100 companies, small-to-medium businesses, and even non-profit organizations over the years, I developed an appetite for turning marketing and communications teams around. As a result, I've done contract work, professional coaching, and consulting work as the owner of my own firm so that I can re-align marketing teams to focus on delivering business goals while producing higher value content marketing using the Agile Marketing framework. Looking back, I didn't have the foresight to see that my friends in the software development community had discovered a better way to deliver value through team-based work in short sprints of time. It wasn't until I worked for just such a software company in my early 30's that I saw firsthand the effectiveness and culture-changing power of team-based work using Agile. Since that time, I have been trained in Scrum and Kanban and have applied the principles of Agile inside marketing. As an early adopter, I have seen the amazing transformation of marketing teams that leverage the visibility, accountability, and metrics inherent in Agile to manage the tension between their Editorial Calendar and interrupt-driven, last-minute work. How I 'got into' marketing happened during a company merger where my role shifted from Communications to Marketing literally overnight. I dove in, read a ton, took courses, and developed relationships with innovating marketers. Over the years, I saw that Marketing was broken in an endless cycle of delivering more content with less value, and that's when I began experimenting with Agile for marketers. In 2016, I led co-located and remote teams in the United States and Europe to leverage the team-based power of Agile to have our company named among the Top 50 B2B Marketing by Kapost.com (, a leading authority in content marketing, among such luminaries as Eventbrite, GE Digital, IBM Mobile, Ameritrade, and FedEx.

Anthony Coppedge

Agile Marketing Coach at Anthony Coppedge Consulting

Jonathan Payne:

I'm the CEO and Founder of JP Digital, a digital marketing and advertising agency based in Louisville, KY. I spent five years working in account services on brands like Old Forester, Early Times, Canadian Mist, and KORBEL. I then transitioned into higher education, spending a little over a year at University of Louisville in the department for online learning and distance education.

Jonathan Payne

CEO and Founder at JP Digital

Jason Denny:

Having become frustrated with how the old agency where i worked was being run, i made the decision that i would fulfil a dream i'd had for a long time - to become my own boss. I went freelance. With a young family to support i won't lie and say it was an easy decision, freelancing has its risks but i knew that i had good industry contacts that i could reach out to once the decision was made. It wasn't long before i was rewarded with a major contract and subsequent projects. After a about a year it became apparent that i needed to employ more resource to manage the increasing volume of work hitting my inbox - so i decided to start my agency, Kaffeine Digital. Kaffeine has gone from strength to strength since its founding and is a decision i am glad i made. This does not deter me from what i love most, freelancing. I am still very much my own boss today and love consulting for local (and larger) business.

Jason Denny

Founder at Freelance PPC & Digital Marketing Consultant | Founder Kaffeine Digital

Lauren Downey:

I'm a paid search specialist at Mad Fish Digital, a boutique marketing agency in Portland, Oregon. I began my marketing career in an entry-level SEO position at another agency but soon became interested in paid search, worked freelance on the side, and eventually made my way to Mad Fish.

Lauren Downey

Paid Search Specialist at Mad Fish Digital

Aleksandra Milovanov:

I'm currently working as a Social Media Manager in a marketing agency. I've landed here through a colleague that recommended me.

Aleksandra Milovanov

Social Media Manager at Four Dots

Mark Miller:

My partner and I currently own and run an agency named Firm Theory. We focus on helping lawyers and legal professionals grow their practices and their exposure through digital and traditional marketing channels. I started my online career in the late 90s when a roommate and I began building computers and selling them online. After moving to Arizona for school I began working in web hosting where I learned more about coding, SEO, email marketing and more. It gave me a taste for marketing. I was the first in the company to start reaching out through social media to begin helping customers and pitch them on products that would help them. Those early tweets turned into a full department that now handles the branding and social for over 10 brands. In 2012 I followed a girl to Orlando (where we got married) and began working for attorneys helping them grow their practices. At first, I worked in-house work. I later joined an agency and learned a bit about how they work. After leaving the agency I took another in-house gig where I met my current business partner. As we began winding down the project we were hired to do we decided to start growing our new business and launched it at the beginning of this year.

Mark Miller

Owner at Firm Theory

Adam Torkildson:

I'm working as the CMO of a supplement company called Nanohydr8 part time. I work full time as the owner and founder of Tork Media. I bought my way into Nanohydr8 because I love the product, and I founded Tork Media because I hated the traditional model of PR and their horrible pricing model.

Adam Torkildson

Founder at Tork Media

Chandra Kumar:

Building my Startup WiselyWise. am the Founder & CEO. I wanted to simplify the adoption of Digital for everyone, unlike the big corporates where I used to work for a long time.

Chandra Kumar

Founder & CEO at WiselyWise

Gee Ranasinha:

I founded KEXINO almost 11 years ago. The reason was simple: For 7 years I was CMO of a software company and frustrated/astonished that marketing agencies were happy to make grandiose pitches to me, but would run a mile whenever the subject of fiscal responsibility was mentioned. To me, having an agency take no responsibility for the ROI from a particular campaign was ridiculous - so we started our own! Since 2008 we've helped over 300 startups and small business realize their business goals - including a few high-profile acquisitions.

Gee Ranasinha

CEO at KEXINO

Katie Hulan:

I am the Marketing and Communications Manager at Indellient. Out of school, I worked at an edtech company for five years and decided I needed to explore something different. I moved cities and took the opportunity to build the marketing team here at Indellient. An opportunity I couldn't pass up.

Katie Hulan

Marketing and Communications Manager at Indellient

Georgi Todorov:

I'm working on my Link Building course at the moment. Also I'm doing SEO for a few clients.

Georgi Todorov

Link Building & Blogger Outreach Specialist at NameDigitalNovas

Martin Quist:

I am the Webb- & Social Media Manager at a healthcare company based out of Stockholm, Sweden. It was a totally new business for me and I found it to be a nice challenge for me, to bring Frösunda into the world of social media.

Martin Quist

Webb- & Social Media Manager at Frösunda Omsorg

Taru Bhargava:

I'm currently working at Foundation Marketing Inc. Foundation is a B2B content marketing agency based out f Halifax, Canada. My role at Foundation is multi-dimensional and on a day to basis, I get to handle external clients as well as internal brands. How I got here is pretty interesting. But long story short, I've known Ross Simmonds for a while and have always admired his work. So when he shared that he had a spot open at Foundation, I was quick to jump and leverage on the opportunity.

Taru Bhargava

Content Marketing & SEO Specialist at Foundation Marketing

Annali Wallin:

I am Customer Success and Marketing Manager at Ocast. My role is broad and I dance between tasks daily. As Customer Success Manager, I am passionate about ensuring my clients are successful with our product and challenge them to improve their own product catalog, workflow and media marketing. As Marketing Manager, I am constantly evolving our lean marketing activities and strategy - typical for a fast-paced and growing startup.

Annali Wallin

Marketing Manager & Customer Success Manager at Ocast

Dragan Berak:

I work as an independent SEO consultant, focusing mainly on technical SEO. However, I love all aspects of SEO.

Dragan Berak

SEO Consultant at dberak

Ayunda Zikrina:

I am currently working at Niagahoster, a web hosting company in Indonesia part of Hostinger International based in Lithuania. My position now is Social Media Specialist. I used to work as a Chief Creative Officer at Pijar Psikologi, an online psychological consultation platform. I moved here to pursue my passion in media, especially social media as platforms that help business speed up and grow.

Ayunda Zikrina

Social Media Specialist at Niagahoster

Alex Medick:

Right now, I am doing my own venture called The New Standard. TNS is a digital marketing agency and consultancy based out of Las Vegas, NV. I started the company for casual freelance gigs outside of my corporate marketing job back in 2014. But as demand for my services grew, I decided in 2019 to go all in. Things are insanely busy, but that's a good thing! For the last several years, I have been a VP of Marketing for a holding company that works in the data insights space. After a while, I just kept feeling that I wanted to be my own boss and do my own thing. So, I took the plunge and the business keeps coming. I am enjoying TNS more because of the freedom to work wherever and under my own guidance, without having a board of directors to each day. Check us out online at WeAreTNS.com

Alex Medick

Founder at The New Standard

Nikolay Terziev:

Right now I work as a senior SEO expert and product definition specialist. I got to this position thanks to my extensive 8+ years of experience as an SEO consultant.

Nikolay Terziev

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Martin Raamat:

We’re currently building a startup company called Mediamodifier.com which is also a tool for marketers and entrepreneurs. I am the co-founder and content producer with a few million other tasks. The idea for the product came from my own need – as an entrepreneur, I often needed quick marketing visuals for my company website or social media channels, but creating such content is very time consuming and requires design skills or specific software. Thus, an idea was born to create an easy to use tool which helps anyone sell their products and showcase their designs.

Martin Raamat

Co-Founder / CEO at Mediamodifier

Darren Foong:

I'm very lucky to be working right now at a soft-spoken startup called ReferralCandy. Startups are very much about gambling on talent and stretching skillsets and rapid learning, and my previous 'blogging' role at a startup evolved into a product marketing role that allowed me to talk fast into a growth marketing role.

Darren Foong

Growth Marketing at ReferralCandy

Alexander Sumin:

I'm a cofounder of a company which helps travelers get paid when airlines screw up their flights. Officially, I look after growth and marketing, but that varies depending on the fires we have to put out. I guess one of the more interesting bits of our story is that when we first launched, late 2015, the three of us (cofounders) were based in three different locations: Berlin, Glasgow, and Montreal. We all had our full-time commitments and worked on ClaimCompass on weekends and nights. Believe it or not, we got some decent traction and got into 500 Startups. That's when it all changed and we moved out to California. Prior to all that I worked for one of the larger chartered airlines in Montreal, did a bit of PR and Marketing at an agency in Berlin, and also worked for a couple of years as an analyst for the Canadian Federal Government.

Alexander Sumin

Chief Marketing Officer at ClaimCompass

Kelly Ann Collins:

I'm the CEO at Vult Lab, a social media agency I started five years ago. We focus on social good campaigns - and we only work with companies and organizations doing good things. As we like to say, "We're social media strategists who love one thing and one thing only: helping our clients to accelerate rockin’ ideas for a better tomorrow.💫"

Kelly Ann Collins

CEO at Vult Lab