It takes a lot to make a good marketer: talent, imagination, leadership and an incredible amount of hard work. You also need to be fearless, which is the perfect word to describe Ron Selvey, Webdam’s rockstar VP of Marketing. We’re proud to congratulate Ron on winning the 40 Under 40 Award from Direct Marketing News – a distinction reserved for only the most innovative and ambitious marketing professionals in the world.
At Webdam, Ron’s skills as a leader are evident in every aspect of the company’s rapid growth and remarkable success in the enterprise space. With a bootstrapped budget and limited resources, Ron implemented innovative, strategic marketing campaigns that have grown inbound leads by 802% since he joined Webdam in December 2011. He also played a lead role in driving Shutterstock’s acquisition of Webdam earlier this year, and has been deeply involved in integrating the two companies.
Even while juggling many demanding tasks simultaneously, Ron always demonstrates resourcefulness and quick thinking as he develops and executes innovative projects in record time. In early 2014, Ron spearheaded the design, strategy and launch of Webdam’s brand new website – most of which was built in-house within several weeks. Within one day of the launch, the new site drove a 142% increase in new leads.
Ron is always looking for ways to work smarter and more efficiently, encouraging the Webdam team to “question everything” and think creatively about every task. He is constantly optimizing the innovative marketing automation campaigns and other initiatives that have helped bring on Vodafone, GE, Yakima and hundreds of other top brands as Webdam customers.
Ron is also a well-respected thought leader in the creative and marketing space, speaking to national audiences about how to create a “sticky brand.” He recently hosted two sold-out presentations at the How Design Live 2014 Conference in Boston, speaking to thousands of creative and marketing professionals and bringing in Alaska Airlines, Elmer’s Products and Kawasaki to discuss empowering creating efficiency.
Ron’s leadership has also been instrumental in developing the unique and lively culture here at Webdam. In addition to being an incredible leader, mentor and friend to everyone on the Webdam team, Ron also plays the special role of in-house DJ. His signature beats have kept the Webdam team moving in sync throughout the company’s extraordinary journey, and we’re thrilled that Ron’s incredible accomplishments have been recognized with this award.
Please join us in congratulating our fearless leader Ron on this awesome achievement, and follow the awards ceremony with the hashtag #DMN40U40. Read Ron’s full profile on Direct Marketing News here.