The story of how First Page came about — and grew — is a story of the power of content.
After more than a decade of working in inbound marketing, I realized corporate America was no longer serving my personal journey for growth or happiness. I made a snap decision leave my career in San Francisco, start First Page, and work remotely as an expat entrepreneur in Belize.
I wrote about how this decision on Medium in a post titled, "I’m Leaving My 6-Figure San Francisco Startup Career to Sell Ice Cream on a Beach" that was shared 2.2K times on social media and recommended 559 times on Medium. From there, an editor at Fast Company — one of the most-read business and entrepreneur publications in the U.S. — emailed me. He had read my story on Medium and asked me to share my story with their readers.
So, I wrote How I Left My 12-Year Career in Silicon Valley to Work on a Beach in Belize and What I Learned When I Quit My Job, Moved to the Caribbean, and Become My Own Boss (Together shared 1.3k times).
Within the first Fast Company article, I linked to a company that happened to be in the market for a new inbound marketing agency and reached out to me. So, I pitched the business and won my first client. From Medium to Fast Company to my first client, THAT is the power of content marketing. From there, I was able to build what started as a solopreneur, freelancing business into a full inbound marketing agency with 12 experts across the globe.
Today, First Page is ran from my home office in Belize and is a location-independent online marketing agency.
Jeanna is the Founder & Chief Marketing Expert for First Page, an award-winning online marketer and an expat entrepreneur. Through content, social media and SEO, Jeanna uses the power of words and data to drive growth traffic and revenue. She has a combined 15 years of inbound marketing experience at venture-backed startups, digital agencies and Fortune 500 companies, with an expertise focus on small business and technology. She's been named 'Top 40 Under 40' of brand marketers and 'Best in the West' for financial technology marketing. In 2016, Jeanna left the U.S. to lay roots and build her business in Belize.
Jeanna's Career Timeline
06-08: Writer for World Vision's Community Partnerships in Africa. Launched first personal blog. Probono copywriter for Taproot Foundation. Worked on Knowledge Leader magazine for Colliers International and started Colliers' first social media & blog presence.
14-15: Grew FinTech startup Kabbage as Head of Inbound & Content Marketing. Named Top 40 Under 40 on the West Coast; Best in the West: Rising Stars in Financial Marketing; and Top 5 Finalist for "Best Content Marketing Program Strategy." Earned a Shorty Award Honorable Mention for Best in Financial Services Campaign. Hiked Machu Picchu and started a hiking MeetUp. Sailed Belizean islands.
16: Founded First Page – my biggest adventure yet.