SHOW HOST & KEYNOTE SPEAKER

[ex-Google, HubSpot & VC Brand Builder]

 

Jay Hosts Shows & Works With Teams Who Aspire To Be Exceptions To The Noise in Their Niche

Meet Jay

Jay Acunzo is an award-winning show host, dynamic keynote speaker, and a guy bothered by conventional thinking. Working as a digital media strategist at Google convinced him that the tried-and-true often leads to stale work. As head of content at HubSpot, he developed a passion to see marketing as a craft-driven profession. Now, as the host of the audio documentary series Unthinkable, Jay spends each week telling the stories of people and companies who break from the convention to do exceptional things.

Over the past decade, he’s built content strategies from scratch for startups, produced attention-grabbing series for publishers and challenger brands, and even scaled a venture capital firm through narrative podcasting. His work has been cited in courses at Harvard Business School, by writers at the Washington Post, Fast Company, and Forbes, and by investors on TV’s Shark Tank.

Today, Jay hosts shows and works with teams who aspire to be the exceptions to all the noise in their niche.

“An original thinker and dynamic presenter, Jay is becoming one of the “must-see” speakers at any marketing and communication event.”


JOE PULIZZI
Founder / Content Marketing Institute

 

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Best Session I’ve Seen in 25 Years

Jay’s was the best session I’ve ever attended in my 25 years of conferences! (I grew up watching my parents do keynotes.) I had so much energy and aspiration walking out of there!

Christina Kay
Event Attendee / Marketo's Marketing Nation Summit

Jay Enlightens and Motivates the Audience

Jay brings a certain energy to the room that enlightens and motivates the audience. He’s really on to something. Ours is an old and tricky industry. But the examples Jay used and the verbiage he dropped in were all appropriate and relevant. Jay gave our attendees the energy and enthusiasm to start taking the right steps.

Leah Peterson
Executive Vice President / SEN Design Group

He Was Truly Inspirational

Jay was the opening keynote at our first-ever PTC internal marketing knowledge exchange. Everything we were hoping for, he delivered, and then some. He clearly had spent time looking into PTC, he was funny and kept the audience captivated, and above all else, he was truly inspirational. The crowd kept nodding throughout, and our team approached me after to say how much they loved the presentation.

Lindsey Hoffman
Corporate Communications / PTC

Jay Is Truly Amazing

I admire his craftsmanship. Jay is truly amazing. He narrated and produced a great documentary series for us. I was wondering if he, as an outsider, could capture the essence of our stories. He did amazing work.

Michael Stelzner
Founder & CEO / Social Media Examiner

Connects to the Audience in a Real Way

The first thing I heard at the conclusion of Jay’s presentation was that attendees were looking at things from a different perspective. I can’t say enough about Jay’s presentation! He really knocked it out of the park. He connects to the audience in a real way, making it a conversation, not a speech. You feel involved and drawn into his stories.

Jacquie Francisco
Managing Partner / The Brand Establishment

Got the Party Started Right!

Jay got the party started right! The keynote set the right tone and the right energy for the conference and absolutely had the solid takeaways our attendees were there to receive. Our niche is so specific, the “big brand” examples aren’t really relevant. The preparatory phone call we had in advance and Jay’s consistent responsiveness gave me confidence in the content. And the examples he did use were successful because they represented a way of thinking and a process, rather than “try to replicate this” stories. The fact that our attendees flocked to Jay’s breakout session after the keynote says more about its success than I ever could.

Ashley Roberts
Conference Co-Chair / SMPS Southern Regional Conference

Tailors Presentation to the Audience’s Needs

Jay Acunzo is relevant, thought-provoking, and entertaining. His passion for being different while also creating value shines in his keynote address. While Jay is a sought after speaker with a big resume of experience, he is also approachable and eager to tailor his presentations to the audience’s needs. He provides realistic and actionable takeaways that all levels of professionals want to implement.

Julie Huval
Head of Marketing / Beck Technology

Dynamic, Engaging, and Smart

Jay is a dynamic, engaging, and smart speaker who keeps the audience fascinated and wanting more. I invited Jay to speak at our CMO Confessions event, and he exceeded expectations! He delivered a clear message, included simple examples, and engaged the audience with great questions. The event sold out and the feedback was all 5 stars.

Daniel Glickman
CMO / Roojoom

Original thinker and dynamic presenter

Jay is among the top speakers at Content Marketing World every year…each time we ask him back, the scores come back better and better. An original thinker and dynamic presenter, Jay is becoming one of the “must-see” speakers at any marketing and communication event.

Joe Pulizzi

The keynote was so well received.

Everyone at the event and around our organization continues to reference several of Jay’s key takeaways in our work. We’ve even used the lessons when meeting with a larger client, a challenger brand looking to make a push for #1. The keynote was so well received.

Ian Anderson
Associate Director, Digital Strategy / Rise Interactive

He is a master

Jay was an engaging keynote speaker for our event. He is a master when it comes to using technology to connect with people on social media. His insights were eye-opening and actionable.

Dale Bertrand
President / Chimaera Labs

Catalyzed and captivated the audience…

A great speaker doesn’t just communicate a message, they inspire their audience to listen, take action, learn more. As a speaker, Jay has an incredible ability to relate to the audience and perform with impeccable polish. He is a seasoned speaker, and it shows. During his Unthinkable talk for Boston Content, Jay catalyzed and captivated the audience, weaving humor, inspiration and education to keep the audience on their toes and in rapt attention. As a host, I was particularly gratified with the reaction from the attendees, who stayed well past the end of the event to speak to him and have been contacting me personally to thank me since then.

Devin Bramhall
Executive Director / Boston Content

HUGE fan of what Jay presents

I am a HUGE fan of what Jay presents. His “ah ha moment” ideas are easy-to-understand and inspire action — and he always gets rave reviews. Even better, Jay’s sessions can always be repurposed into additional editorial so the knowledge keeps giving!

Michele Linn
Vice President, Content / Content Marketing Institute

High-energy, entertaining speaker…

Jay’s presentation was perfect for our modern B2B marketing team. He put forethought in to understanding our team and creating a presentation to fit the context of our Marketing off-site. Jay is a high-energy, entertaining speaker that got our team thinking about new trends and tactics to incorporate in to our Marketing strategies. We could not be more pleased with the outcome and content today and would have Jay back in a heartbeat!

Michael Beahm
Senior Marketing Manager / Blackbaud

Smart, funny, entertaining…

“Jay Acunzo is the guy you hope you’ll get when you settle into your seat at that conference you paid so much for: a super-smart, funny, entertaining speaker who generously shares his unique insights and front-line experience.”

Doug Kessler
Creative Director / Velocity Partners

A poised, high-energy presenter…

Jay Acunzo recently conducted a webinar for my MarketingProfs’ content marketing virtual conference. His session was titled Do the Unthinkable: Create a Never-Ending Supply of Quality Content. It was a very well received session on how to balance quality with quantity in the content marketing. Jay is a poised, high-energy presenter. This was a virtual event, but Jay made people feel as if he was in the room with them with his speaking style. He was a pleasure to work with – very responsive and timely in meeting deadlines. He’s also an all-around nice guy.

Courtney Bosch-Tanguy
Sponsorship & Events Manager / Marketing Profs

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