Marcus Nelson

Marcus Nelson

Funemployed at Summer Vacation

Huntington Beach, California (Orange County, California Area)

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Marcus Nelson's Overview

  • Funemployed at Summer Vacation

500+ connections


Marcus Nelson's Summary

Marcus is a straight-talking thought leader and entrepreneur who's been featured in Fortune, Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, & VentureBeat.

Leaning on an adventurous past of marketing for indy record labels, smuggling bibles into the former Soviet Union, backpacking throughout Europe without a dollar in his wallet, or modeling for J. Crew catalog with his twin brother — he may be the most interesting man you’ll read about in this bio.

He’s launched several successful companies, including: RockWater, the first Cyber-Cafe in Central Wisconsin; Superstarch, a design & user experience consultancy; and UserVoice, the prominent customer service platform which boasts 160,000 customers to date.

Marcus also spent three years at as a product marketer where he wrote the original specifications and helped build the prototype of Salesforce Chatter. He also founded the social media management team, set engagement and escalation strategies, & crafted training materials for employees.

Most recently, Marcus was founder & CEO of Addvocate, which helps companies humanize their brand experience by enabling all employees to engage with customers.

Marcus also holds a patent for technology that determines a person's brand influence, and is an expert in branding, product marketing & user-centric design.

Marcus Nelson's Experience


Summer Vacation

May 2014Present (5 months)

Taking some time off to explore the future...

Marcus Nelson's Publications

  • 10 Questions: Marcus Nelson, co-founder and CEO, Addvocate

    • Fortune
    • April 17, 2014
    Authors: Marcus Nelson

    On making little bets, reinventing the mundane, and asking others for help.

    " advice you ever received?
    Go where you're celebrated, not tolerated"

  • The Next Social Imperative

    • Venture Beat
    • November 25, 2013
    Authors: Marcus Nelson

    The social industry should be ashamed of itself: Failed promise. Failed mission. Just #Fail. We must save ourselves — now.

  • 3 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Marc Benioff

    • Forbes
    • November 12, 2013
    Authors: Marcus Nelson

    Action: “Boldly proclaim your vision. Swing for the fences. If you believe the world is going to be different, or it needs to be different, don’t wait for your competitors to define it. You define it and challenge competitors to beat you to the vision.”

Marcus Nelson's Projects

Marcus Nelson's Patents

  • Method and System for Determining a User's Brand Influence

    • United States Patent Application 61507024
    • Filed July 12, 2011

    Show users relevant social content and company influencers based on their role (customer, prospect, employee) and interests, determined from public social information, semantic analysis, and CRM data. A user goes to a company's social site to find people and social content that's interesting to them. User is directed to subject matter experts with optimized ability to follow on external social networks, and recommends similar experts/influencers to people at the company they may already be following.

Marcus Nelson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Social Media Marketing
  2. Social Media
  3. Start-ups
  4. Entrepreneurship
  5. Content Strategy
  6. Social Networking
  7. User Experience
  8. Product Marketing
  9. Marketing Strategy
  10. Blogging
  11. Online Advertising
  12. Facebook
  13. SaaS
  14. Public Speaking
  15. Online Marketing
  16. Public Relations
  17. Product Management
  18. SEO
  19. New Business Development
  20. Digital Marketing
  21. Product Development
  22. Business Strategy
  23. Web Design
  24. Marketing Communications
  25. Brand Development
  26. Digital Media
  27. Analytics
  28. Account Management
  29. Digital Strategy
  30. Strategic Planning
  31. Web Analytics
  32. Thought Leadership
  33. Writing
  34. Copywriting
  35. Graphic Design
  36. E-commerce
  37. Corporate Communications
  38. Loyalty Marketing
  39. Customer Service
  40. Social Marketing
  41. Customer Engagement
  42. Product Launch
  43. Product Strategy
  44. Product Launches
  45. Customer Relations
  46. Media Relations
  47. Content Creation
  48. Press Releases
  49. Marketing

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Marcus Nelson's Additional Information


Business development, product strategy, social media, web design, community, photography, philosophy, entrepreneurial

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