How To Become A Digital Marketing Influencer, TBJApodcast 305 Daniel Knowlton
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Learn how to become a digital marketing influencer from a Top 100 Digital Marketing Influencer. Find out how Daniel Knowlton made the list and how you can too.

Daniel is the Founder of KPS Digital Marketing and has a passion for creating and sharing step by step Digital Marketing tutorials on his blog. He is also a writer for Social Media Examiner and Content Marketing Institute. Daniel is a keen speaker and was recently named #12 Most Influential Digital Marketer on Twitter in the world in 2016.


When I was a young child, I refused to wear normal kids clothes and would only wear clothes that old people wore (I’ve always been very strong willed).

Think Like A Journalist Quote

“Social media will help you build up loyalty of your current customers to the point that they will willingly, and for free, tell others about you.” –Bonnie Sainsbury (@bsainsbury)

Success Quote

Build a career around your passion. Read Crush It.

Career Highlight

Recent career highlight is being named #12 Most influential Digital Marketer on Twitter in the world in 2016.

When It Didn’t Work!

Mistake #1: being spammy on Twitter, automated outreach to influencers on Twitter, tweeted 30 times in 1 go, got bad feedback – changed what I was doing – became less robotic

Mistake #2 Website Popups: Had too many, people were complaining, bounce rate was high etc. Made big changes and reduced intrusive popups.

How To Become A Digital Marketing Influencer

1. Use Digital Marketing effectively to market yourself:  Be good at digital marketing and apply it to your own business.

  • Create value adding content
  • Distribute across social media, email list etc.
  • Engage & build relationships
  • Be genuine! Help others
  • 20% creating content and 80% percent distributing content.
  • Push Crew Notifications
  • Start A Fire…

2. Guest Blogging:  Read this post on how Daniel got his start with blogging.

  • First off you need to have examples of blogs you have written on your own blog
  • Use to find popular blogs in your niche
  • Use google to find decision makers in that publication & build relationships (engage etc.)
  • Write an innovative blog & feature the publication
  • Come up with innovative blog ideas & apply
  • Follow up

3. Speak at Events

  • Start small, join local chamber of commerce
  • Use any opportunity to practice speaking
  • Get honest feedback
  • Film yourself & watch back
  • Google ‘call for speakers’ & apply
  • Create speaker page on your website

4. Networking

  • Again join local chamber of commerce
  • Google ‘networking events + location’
  • Make sure you are going to at least 1 – 5 networking events per week.
  • Never be too “salesy”, add value & be genuine
  • Network!

5. Consistently engage & build relationships with other influencers

  • Make sure you add value for influencers & are genuine
  • Share their content & tag them.
  • Send personalized videos to them on social media
  • Add them to a Twitter list & engage
  • Create a twitter list and engage with people on that list

Think Like A Journalist!

You have been hired to help an ailing company that’s about to financially collapse. Its reputation’s shot. You have one month, a $1000 budget, a smartphone, and a laptop. How do you begin to turn this company around?

  1. Analyze why the company is failing
  2. Target Market research, customer pains, wants, needs etc.
  3. Create a structured Action plan
  4. Train the team how to utilize content marketing, social media marketing & email marketing to grow the business & how to become influential in the industry.
  5. Create video content strategy (use smartphone) focused around creating value-added video content to build relationships with audience & share valuable insights to answer their questions.
  6. Create blogging/ guest blogging strategy.
  7. Targeted Facebook Ads (instant results).

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What is one piece of technology, video or multimedia equipment, or app that you just can’t live without?

Smartphone 100%

One book, documentary, or Internet Channel to watch?

All of Gary V’s books: #AskGaryVee, Crush it, Thank you Economy & Jab, Jab Right Hook

Expert Predictions

  • Augmented Reality is going to be BIG
  • Nintendo first company to take up mass market with Pokémon Go
  • Social Media Platforms will use AR to get people networking outside in an AR world
  • Businesses & Brands will bring the tech community outside of their houses, to events etc.
  • Storytelling: when you walk past somewhere where your friends shared content, you get notified & can watch the video as if you were there.


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LinkedIn Profile:  Daniel Knowlton

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