Neil Patel is one of the most successful, ubiquitous digital marketers.

To say he keeps busy is an understatement.

Not only does he run his Neil Patel Digital, he is also the cofounder of Crazy Egg and the brain behind the free keyword tool Ubersuggest.

Chances are you've read one of his many articles or books, or heard him speak, or watched one of his videos.

He's everywhere, educating marketers and growing businesses.

Here, discover 9 interesting facts about Neil Patel you might not know!

1. Neil Started Learning Digital Marketing at 16

Neil Patel's marketing journey started way back in 2001.

He created his first website at 16 and paid a few marketing firms to assist with growing it, but he only ended up getting ripped off.

As he would put it, he had to learn marketing because he had no choice.

He got good at it as time went on, but it would take one more step before he would pursue digital marketing as a career.

2. He's a Fan of Facebook Messenger Chatbots

Neil is a growth marketer and a huge fan of Facebook Messenger chatbots.

"The click-through rates on Facebook Messenger are insane: 80% open rates and at least 20% click-through rates -- that's huge," he said, adding that any marketer would be ecstatic to get stats like that with an email marketing campaign.

Neil's advice?

Head to MobileMonkey and create a free Facebook Messenger marketing chatbot to add to your marketing mix.

3. He is a Prolific Blogger

Many people are astounded by how much content is published on Neil's blog on a regular basis.

His blog earns 2.3 million visitors each month.

Neil has an editorial team to assist him, as well a streamlined content creation process.

He starts by finding topics in his space and content by competitors that have done well.

He then finds other angles he can use to tackle those topics, whether it's a different spin, a different format, or bringing a different medium to it.

He keeps his posts simple and straightforward, and the goal is always to drive traffic and spark conversation.

He also religiously uses a content calendar.

4. His Client Roster is Incredibly Impressive

Neil can count brands like Amazon, eBay, Google, Salesforce, NBC, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, and Viacom among his clients.

He's also led presentations for staff at major companies including Facebook and Thomson Reuters.

5. Neil Was Born in London and Raised in California

Neil was born on April 24, 1985 in London, England.

His parents moved to Orange County, California when he was two years old.

As with most first-generation immigrants in America, his family struggled at first.

His father worked for one of Neil's uncles.

Meanwhile, his mother's first job was a non-paying teaching gig that took her miles to walk to.

His mother eventually left the teaching job to start a home daycare business.

His parents and uncles served as role models, displaying tenacity and an entrepreneurial spirit throughout his entire childhood.

6. He Took Courses in Community College While in High School

With the help of his sister, Neil was able to get a head start in college while still in high school by taking general education courses at Cypress Community College.

His goal was to finish college in just two and a half years.

While in college, he got his first gig as an SEO consultant.

He gave a speech on how search engines work in his Speech 101 class, after which one of the people in attendance asked him about consulting for Elpac Electronics on their Internet marketing strategy.

He used the sales skills he had picked up from selling vacuum cleaners door to door to land a $3,500 a month consulting gig!

7. Neil Patel Was Recognized by President Obama and the United Nations

As he grew more and more successful as a digital marketer and entrepreneur, he started getting recognition for his achievements in helping other companies grow.

Neil was named as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by then-President Barack Obama.

He was also named one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations, and was awarded a Congressional Recognition by the U.S. House of Representatives.

8. Neil Hosts a Daily Podcast called Marketing School

Neil hosts a daily podcast with Eric Siu.

The two cover a variety of digital marketing topics in bite-sized chunks.

Marketing School earns one million listens per month.

9. Neil is a New York Times Bestselling Author

In 2016, Neil co-authored Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum.

The inspirational career guide is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and IndieBound bestseller.

The book teaches you how to redefine hustle and find your optimal path to success and happiness.

Fortune called it a "must-read for any entrepreneur."

Published on: May 31, 2019
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