Hello! I want to introduce myself by giving a little background on myself. 8 years ago I was hired by a small company that sells business equipment as a data entry person. I’ve had always had an interest learning how to make websites and improving my graphic design abilities so I eventually worked myself up to a Marketing Manager position by re-creating the website, doing the graphic designs, and marketing the website. To this day I am the only marketing individual in a very small company. I never formally learned marketing in school or by a mentor so I pretty much stumbled through everything by reading random articles online and consulting different types of professionals along the way. Despite no formal training I managed to increase the company’s finances, secured my relationship with the owners as a trust-worthy individual, and moved the company physically to a larger location. Despite my accomplishments, I still feel lost in my current role when it comes to marketing. There was a lot of trial and error with buying magazine ads, doing direct mail, hiring an SEO company, hiring a PPC company, and a variety of other things. I’ve constantly been on the prowl for “that next step” to improve the company and my skills but always felt stunted – until I stumbled upon BHW. I've been lurking BHW for roughly a month now and have absorbed a lot of useful information and insight on digital marketing. It has been a breathe of fresh air. Digital marketing has always been an enigma for me since it always felt complicated, confusing, and corrupted. Tons of information online about what works, what doesn't, why someone should do something, why they shouldn't, opinions here, opinions there, and dealing with SEO/PPC companies that focus more on being paid rather than doing good work. Thankfully, BHW feels genuine to me. It feels like users here aren't here to put on a corporate smile, sugar coat everything, and take my money while doing half-assed work. BHW feels like my father is sitting me down at a family dinner to tell me how disappointed he is at me — it hurts but it's a wake-up call. I still have a long journey to improve the company I work for and my skill-sets but I feel confident that the information I've been learning here can help me take that next step. It won't be easy but it'll keep me motivated. Lastly, I stumbled upon the UnGagged 2017 section and its 'philosophy' intrigued me since it feels like a conference with genuine and honest information. I've been to other digital marketing conferences and its corporate vibe always rubs me the wrong way. After a bit more reading and learning that it was in Las Vegas — I'll be making the drive in November to attend my very first UnGagged conference. Thanks everyone! I looking forward to interacting with everybody on the forums, continuing to learn, and attending UnGagged in November.