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Jon Morris

Founder and CEO

Jon Morris is the Founder and CEO of Rise Interactive. Morris started Rise as a self-funded company with $10,000, transforming the agency into a multi-million dollar business in eight years. Under Morris’ leadership, Rise has experienced tremendous growth, receiving recognition from the City of Chicago, Inc. Magazine, Five Elms Capital, Built in Chicago, Fortune Magazine and The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

Before founding Rise, he managed the internet marketing department for Ketchum Directory Advertising where he received three industry excellence awards from the Yellow Pages Integrated Media Association. Before that, Morris founded Net Traffic, which was recognized by ChannelSeven.com as one of the top interactive agencies in the U.S.

As an emerging leader in the digital marketing industry, Morris regularly shares his expertise as a guest speaker. He has presented on main stages and at workshops and webinars for organizations such as Search Marketing Expo, Search Engine Strategies, American Marketing Association, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Online Marketing Summit, iStrategy, and Vistage.

Morris is also a regular columnist for Inc.com. In his column Rise Above It, he displays his thought leadership with articles covering business and digital marketing topics. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Morris earned an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College.

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“Undo Changes” Added to AdWords

Everyone makes mistakes. Google AdWords just made it a lot easier to fix these mistakes with a new feature in its Change History reports. Now, for simple changes such as budget and bid adjustments, you can simply press the ‘Undo Changes’ button:

Undo Your Changes

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Rise Interactive named one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™”

National Best and Brightest Companies to Work ForRise Interactive, a Chicago-based digital marketing agency, announced that it has been named one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™” in the United States.

Qualified and talented employees are essential to a company’s success. Every year companies are striving to keep these employees through innovative human resources practices. Those companies that do it the best have been named a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™...

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Rise Interactive among the top agencies in the Agency 100 ranking

Chicago-based digital marketing firm ranks No. 22 on the annual list of fastest-growing U.S. agencies

 

CHICAGO – Rise Interactive today announced that it has been recognized as a top agency on the 2013 Agency 100, a list of the fastest-growing agencies in the U.S. The Agency 100, presented by The Agency Post, recognizes firms for their financial stability and outstanding three-year growth rates.

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The 411 on Marketing Automation & Email Marketing Service Providers

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Outsourcing Your Inbound: When It’s Time To Bring In the Experts

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The Future of Ebooks

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Brand Alchemy: How To Turn Negative Consumer Reviews Into Golden Opportunities

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