A short list of business women to watch in the digital marketing and SEO industry.
On International Women’s Day, it is customary to pause and appreciate all the exceptional things that women have done in the past, are achieving right now and will inevitably boss in the coming years. It is in that very tradition that I present, for your reference and reverence, some of the most inspiring women working in Digital Marketing and SEO today.
This list includes women who have inspired me in SEO and digital, but also includes recommends from some of my SEO bros here at Optix Solutions. This list is in no particular order because everyone is amazing! #whenishine
The Open Book: Sarah Bird, CEO of Moz
Sarah Bird is someone who is incredibly accomplished, intelligent and strategically minded but also manages to be completely humble and personable. She runs a business that is top of its field…on Earth and yet finds the time to mentor other women and any humans who are new to SEO or business at large. I find it astounding that SEO/digital was a career change for Sarah, who trained and practiced international law. And I am endlessly inspired by her willingness to be open about the process, successes and resilience of her business in such a competitive industry.
The Originator: Arianna Huffington, Founder of Huffington Post
Though she’s not in the public as much these days, co-founder and former Editor-In-Chief of one of the world’s top websites, Arianna Huffington has been an inspiration to me for many years. A Greek-born, Cambridge graduate, she was an accomplished writer before she started the Huffington Post in 2005. Within six years, Huffington Post was sold AOL for $315 million and she was at the head of it until 2016. She’s currently on the board at a little startup you might know about called Uber and is also the CEO at Thrive.
Always outspoken and ever innovative, it is easy to look at Arianna Huffington’s stats and believe that she is unstoppable but one of the reasons she’s been on my list for years is because of her emphasis on work-life balance. That one of digital media’s most accomplished individuals is also a champion of taking a nap, brings me nothing but hope and joy. If the future is female and well rested, then I’m all in.
The Tactician: Cindy Krum, Founder and CEO of Mobile Moxie
Ok, I have full blown SEO fan-girl admiration for Cindy Krum. She literally wrote the book on mobile optimisation, and her passion for this topic is unparalleled. She also contributes to some of the SEO industry’s top publications. At events like Brighton SEO, she shares insights and methods that are visionary and inspired.
I can literally listen to her talk about mobile optimisation for hours. I have done. It was awesome.
The Influencer: Massy Arias
The Instagram age is full of influencers. Many have admirers but so the reason why Massy Arias is on my list is because of the way she has built her worldwide following of 2.5 million.
She treats IG like a blog, often taking up all 2000 characters on her posts. And for years she has posted regularly in Spanish and English, gaining acclaim with audiences in both communities. As a result, when she launched her app and product line, her followers were quick and enthusiastic to respond. She has Jedi level engagement methods, check out @mawarriors, that are a master class for businesses of any size. She has shared her life and her passion through IG and has leveraged this in to partnerships and projects that reach beyond her niche.
The ones to watch…
They’re making moves and calling shots. Theses ladies are doing amazing things now and the coming years we are expecting even great things.
- Britney Muller, the Senior SEO Scientist at Moz
- Sam Charles, Director at award winning agency Float Digital.
- Kalli Soteriou, Head of Social & Content at 10 Yetis Digital
- Marie Haynes, worldwide SEO phenomenal woman
- Samantha Noble, Managing Director and Founder at Biddable Moments and the Digital Females collective.
- Kirsty Hulse Founder of Many Minds Agency
That’s my list, but who inspires you?