Top 8 Most Astonishing Women in Digital Marketing

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Top 8 Most Astonishing Women in Digital Marketing

Becoming a leader in the digital marketing world can be quite difficult.

Sadly (while we all would love to think otherwise,) because of cultural mindsets and practiced behaviors, this can sometimes be a little more difficult for women.

That being said, there are still countless warrior-like women who fight their way to the top of the corporate ladder, and some who just build their own ladder.

Pay attention to these top 8 women who are crushing the digital marketing world!

1. Melanie Deziel

Melanie Deziel is a Brand Storytelling Keynote Speaker and the founder of StoryFuel, which helps companies define and implement their brand storytelling strategy.

StoryFuel’s mission is to empower brands to tell better stories and to teach marketers to think like journalists.

Melanie has appeared on more than 30 podcasts and travels the world giving keynotes and facilitating workshops.

You can follow Melanie and StoryFuel on Instagram (, on the web at, or on Twitter (@storyfuel_co).

2. Pamela Vaughan

This is probably my favorite name on the list, as Pamela runs the Hubspot Blog.

Hubspot has been one of the greatest contributors to the success we experience here at Flight Media.

One of Pamela’s claims to fame is her concept of historical optimization, which increased organic leads and search traffic for the HubSpot blog by more than 200%.

You can follow her on Twitter at @pamelump.

3. Rhea Drysdale

As the CEO of Outspoken Media, Rhea Drysdale is an SEO guru and the driving force behind Outspoken's streamlining marketing tactics.

If you’re a digital marketer yourself, you may have recognized the name from her public speaking at notable conferences, such as Search Marketing Expo, Social Media Breakfast, PubCon, etc.

Rhea used to write content for Search Engine Journal – featured in the SEO Bible.

It’s obvious that her efforts in life go beyond her digital marketing strategies, as she is a Board Member of Vanderheyden Hall – a youth, individual and family service agency in New York State.

You can follow Rhea on Twitter at @rhea.

4. Ann Handley

Ann is probably one of the most recognizable names on this list.

She’s the Chief Content Officer for Marketing Profs, a notable marketing firm that provides unparalleled content and tools for digital marketers.

Handley has 14+ years of digital marketing experience and loves to write about innovative strategies to market businesses.

Her creativity shines in a book she co-authored: “Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and more) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business”

If those credentials are not enough to prove her astounding expertise, she is also the co-founder of, an interactive marketing news and commentary site.

You can follow Ann on Twitter at @marketingprofs, on Instagram (@ann_handley), or visit her website,

5. Sonia Simone

Most of you know her as the co-founder of Copyblogger, which just so happens to be one of the most notable content marketing blogs on the web.

Sonia has an extensive background in developing small businesses and is well versed in the corporate world.

If you haven't had a chance to watch a few of her videos or read some of her content, I would highly recommend it. Sonia rode the wave of the advancing digital marketing world, and her unique ideas are now at the forefront of the social media world.

Follow Sonia at @soniasimone on Twitter.

6. Clare McDermott

Clare is the former editor of Chief Content Officer Magazine – a fantastic magazine owned by Ohio's own Content Marketing Institute.

She’s the co-founder and chief resource officer at Mantis Research, a marketing consultancy that helps brands create and augment original research.

Clare possesses her MBA in Marketing in finance and has worked in marketing for nearly 20 years.

She can also be found speaking at events.

You can follow Clare on Twitter at @clare_mcd.

7. Purna Virji

Search Engine Journal recognized Purna as one of the Top 50 Women in Digital Marketing for 2017.

And with good reason.

She’s a specialist in SEM and SEO, she frequently gives keynotes across the globe and she’s the Senior Manager of Global Engagement at Microsoft.

To top it off, PPCHero considers Purna to be the most influential personality in PPC.

You can find Purna Virji on Twitter at @purnavirji.

8. Nisha Chittal

Nisha Chittal is the engagement editor for and has a decade of experience in growing audiences for digital marketing companies and publishers.

Nisha used to lead social media strategy for Travel Channel, MSNBC, NBC News and has written for Huffington Post.

You can find Nisha on Twitter at @nishachittal, on the web at, or on Instagram (@nishachittal).

Final Thoughts On Women In Digital Marketing

As time goes on, it’s getting easier for women to make a mark in every industry – especially digital marketing.

What has traditionally been a male-dominated slowly but surely becoming full of straight-up Girl Power.

It’s a wise idea to throw the doors wide open and welcome the diversity and unique perspective women bring to digital marketing.

Who are some other women who are breaking through that glass ceiling?

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Josh Coffy

Josh has an exhaustive understanding of technology and a creative marketing approach that drives client results. In his free time, Josh does CrossFit and travels with his wife.