SUPPORTING DIGITAL NOMADS EXPAT ENTREPRENEURS

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 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 ~600 times on Medium. From there, an editor at Fast Company — one of the most-read business 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 Became 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 they reached out to me when they saw the backlink in their SEO tool. 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 have built what started as a solopreneur, freelancing business into a full inbound marketing agency with 20+ experts across the globe (and growing).

Today, First Page is mostly run from my home office in Belize and is a location-independent online marketing agency. I have had the pleasure of growing First Page in the last four years from Latin America (Belize, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, Colombia and Ecuador), a 30-foot sailboat and an RV. At First Page, we believe you can do great work from anywhere, as long as you have a laptop and the right mindset.

 

“BECAUSE IN THE END, YOU WON’T REMEMBER THE TIME YOU SPENT WORKING IN THE OFFICE OR MOWING YOUR LAWN.”

CLIMB THAT GODDAMN MOUNTAIN.

— JACK KEROUAC

 


PROFESSIONAL BIO

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 17 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.

“YOU CAN NEVER GET A CUP OF TEA BIG ENOUGH

OR A BOOK LONG ENOUGH TO SUIT ME.”

— C.S. LEWIS

PROFESSIONAL TIMELINE

2005

Graduated from Western Washington University in journalism & graphic design. Editor-in-Chief of Klipsun Magazine & journalist for Tablet Magazine. Moved to Seattle.


2006-2008

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.


2009

Joined mobile startup Whrrl. Blogged for Seattle Post Intelligencer & Seattle MetBlogs. Joined Girl Power Hour as a board member and Director of Digital Marketing. Started a blog about camping.


2010

Named Top 40 People to Meet at Seattle BizTech. Spoke at Social Fresh. Volunteered for Twestival Seattle & 826 Seattle.


2011

Whrrl acquired by Groupon. Moved to San Francisco. Consulted for The Shand Group & Groove 11 agencies. Went to Bali on a Purification & Sacred Arts yoga retreat.


2012

Joined SAIL Pay mobile startup. Acquired by Capital One. Founded 50 Food Truck Dates. Explored six Greek islands.


2013

Led the launch of SparkBusinessIQ.com. Volunteered for 18 Reasons - Cooking Matters. Started a food blog. Sailed the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.


2014-2015

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.


2016

Founded First Page – my biggest adventure yet.


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