We’re over the moon to see so many of our Content Marketing Conference speakers make it on Entrepreneur’s list of “Top 50 online Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2016“.

We’re also not surprised. The seasoned women and men who make up the CMC speaker lineup truly are inspiring. With their advanced knowledge of content marketing and unique ability to translate that to actionable takeaways, we knew these experts would be the trendsetters of 2016.

These select experts are recognized as “proven leading authority figures” with accomplishments including published books, high blog engagement, a large audience, and advanced expertise in one or more areas of online marketing.

Let’s take a deeper look at our speakers named as the Top 50 Online Marketing Influencers to Watch 2016:

Tim Ash | @Tim_Ash (#15)

Tim Ash Speaks at CMC15Tim Ash is a CMC veteran. He delivered such an exceptional keynote in 2015 we had to have him back. Author of the best-selling book Landing Page Optimization and CEO of SiteTuners, Tim is certainly one of the foremost authorities on conversion rate optimization.

Tim is also the Chair of Conversion Conference, an exceptional event co-located with CMC. This unique partnership allows attendees to grab a combo-pass and attend sessions from both conferences.

Be sure to catch Tim’s session at CMC16 on “Unifying Branding and Conversion – Why Can’t We All Get Along” where he dives deep into how to merge these two disparate activities in your content marketing.

Larry Kim | @LarryKim (#5)

Larry Kim Speaks at CMC15Larry Kim is another speaker returning to CMC16. Founder and CTO of WordStream, he’s quickly risen to influencer status having been voted “Most Influential PPC Expert” several years in a row.

Larry is a top contributor to such publications as Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Watch, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Hubspot, Moz, and Small Biz Trends to name a few. His content is full of little-known hacks and has generated over 10 million views over the past 5 years.

We’re delighted to have Larry share his online advertising expertise in his session “The Top 10 Facebook and Twitter Advertising Hacks for Content Marketers”. Learn more about Larry’s session here.

Arnie Kuenn | @ArnieK (#7)

Arnie Kuenn Speaks at CMC15CEO of digital marketing agency Vertical Measures, Arnie Kuenn truly sets the standard for tactical and actionable content marketing. That’s why we’ve asked him back to lead his must-attend Content Marketing Workshop for attendees at CMC year 2.

His book Content Marketing Works: 8 Steps to Transform Your Business is a staple for every digital marketer’s bookshelf. Arnie is also an instructor for the popular Online Marketing Institute and Content Marketing Institute.

Workshop day isn’t your only chance to catch Arnie at CMC. His breakout session “Forget Keywords – What’s Next with Content Optimization” is sure to help your transform boring business content into content that connects.

Josh Steimle | @JoshSteimle (#28)

Josh SteimleWriter, speaker, entrepreneur – Josh Steimle truly is a triple threat of marketing. Josh is the Founder and CEO of global digital lead generation agency MWI, a TEDx presenter, and author of the upcoming book Chief Marketing Officers at Work.

As a contributor to Forbes, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, and more, Josh has an arsenal of strategies to get published in such high-profile publications. You won’t want to miss his session CMC16 “Insider Tips to Get Your Content Into Mashable, TechCrunch, Forbes, and More”.


A huge congrats also goes out to Content Marketing Conference speaker Nancy Harhut for being one of just 5 winners of the 2015 BostInno 50 on Fire Awards for Marketing.

Nancy is the Chief Creative Officer of one of Boston’s top digital marketing agencies, Wilde Agency. The award honors her as an inventor, disruptor, luminary, newsmaker, and gamechanger driving innovation in Boston and beyond.

Congratulations Tim, Larry, Arnie, Josh, and Nancy on your recent recognition. We’re honored to have you speak and look forward to the amazing things you will surely accomplish next year.

Catch the full lineup of Content Marketing Conference 2016 speakers here.

Kate Gwozdz is a nonprofitier-turned-marketer and a psychologist at heart. Events Manager for Content Marketing Conference and WriterAccess, she’s the brains behind the #WriteOn webinar series. Kate manages the CMC blog and writes occasionally at 5on1hand.com but can usually be found traveling.