Julian Gude, president and creative director at exceler8

Julian E. Gude, president and creative director at exceler8

Julian E. Gude

Founder, President, and Creative Director

» 32-year career » 20+ years in digital marketing, media, advertising, and publishing » 29+ years in marketing, advertising, and publishing » Renaissance man in training » Learning fanatic » Music nut » Husband » Father of four » Born in the U.S.A, raised in Perth, Western Australia

I’m a creative technologist that’s happily stuck in the business world. I value deep connection with my work and the people I do business with. I love to create and experiment in my work but I’m disciplined and analytical in balancing creative output with results. I have 29+ years experience in the marketing, advertising, and publishing world, 20+ of them dedicated to digital.


Over the last eleven years, I started my own digital marketing and technology agency (exceler8) and worked in digitally focused roles as a Sales Vice President at World Avenue and Sr. Director of Advertising & Sales Operations at Knight Ridder Digital. My work in my previous online roles focused on building and managing new digital products, teams, and operations, along with strategic planning and business development. My entire career spans 32 years where I’ve worked in positions as varied as sales and sales leadership, marketing, strategic planning, business development, ad operations, web design, and training. The companies I’ve worked for include GTE, Pacific Bell, and Knight Ridder Digital as well as a number of small entrepreneurial companies.


Focus: Digital Marketing, Digital Engagement, Web Technology, Marketing Consulting, Web Design, Storytelling through effective creative writing, copywriting, video, motion graphics and design. Project Management, Conversion Rate Optimization, Copywriting, Short form commercial films and  & Video Editing, Business Intelligence, Online Media & Publishing, Online Analytics, Email marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Local Search, Local Internet Marketing, Social media, Open Source Software, Training, Advertising Operations (ad ops), Ad Serving, Ad Trafficking, Sales Operations, Local & National sales, Sales Automation, Internet Yellow Pages, Local News.

  • Technical Knowledge: Website Design, Mobile Responsive Design, WordPress Design and Development, HTML5, CSS, Markdown, LAMP Stack, PhP, MySql, Domain Management, Structured Data, API’s, Amazon S3, Ad Serving (DFP), Marketing Automation, Web Automation, Google Suite, Evernote, Zapier, Constant Contact, Mailchimp, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe Illustrator.
Areas I’m actively studying, and practicing: Optimal learning systems and strategies (e.g. spaced repetition systems), Algorithms, Big data, Storytelling across multiple contexts and platforms (Transmedia storytelling). Crafting stories and communicating them through text, design, video, and motion graphics and packaging them in consumable experiences for the web, smartphones, and tablets.


Learning fanatic, music nut, productivity hacks, psychology, philosophy, reading, writing, blogging, photography, and videography, digital design, running, technology, geek tools and toys, birding, squirrel wrangling, international travel, coffee, beer. Donuts also rate highly.

Places I’ve lived

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Jacobstown, New Jersey
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • Fremantle, Western Australia
  • Langdon, New Hampshire
  • Walpole, New Hampshire
  • San Jose, California
  • Pleasanton, California
  • Alameda, California
  • Los Gatos, California
  • West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Wellington, Florida
  • Palm Beach Gardens, Florida