About UpMyInfluence

We believe YOU deserve the chance to positively and profoundly influence the world with your message.

For too long, the path to authority and influence has been paved by traditional public relations firms– a great option for large corporations with huge budgets and plenty of time on their hands. Not nearly as effective for the millions of other businesses, brands and entrepreneurs that need more bang…. for less buck.

At Upmyinfluence, we’ve created an antidote to this old-guard model! Our system is designed to totally disrupt and democratize the PR industry, giving users a platform to gain influence and the guts to claim their own authority.

The UpMyInfluence platform harnesses the power of agency-level tools and allows influencers and their teams the ability to collaborate with us through our strategic PR framework.

The Upmyinfluence team is totally and utterly committed to empowering others to take charge of their narratives, building loyal audiences and profitable businesses.

Core Values + Value Narratives

No good treasure hunt starts without a map. And no good business should start without one either! At UpMyInfluence, everything we do is guided by 5 core values designed to keep us on course no matter where we roam. We hope our “map” will not just resonate with you–but prompt you to think about what’s guiding your brand and business as well.

Democratize

We aim to empower all to get their voices heard.

Authority

We coach our members own and grow their own expertise & wisdom.

Influence

We empower our clients to serve the world with their messages to create the biggest impact.

Innovation

We are constantly challenging the status quo with everything we do.

Human Connection

We harness the power of relationships to create sustainable collaboration.

Want more Authority and Influence?

Picture of Josh Elledge on TV. Josh started UpMyInfluence to help startup entrepreneurs get more media buzz.Josh Elledge, Chief Executive Angel of SavingsAngel.com has…

  • Been on TV and radio more than 2000 times in more than 100 different cities
  • Owned a newspaper
  • Writes a syndicated column to 1.1 million readers
  • Has created more than $8 million in free advertising for his company.
  • Has taught tens of thousands of entrpreneurs how to do the same thing

UpMyInfluence.com (previously known as upendPR) is a platform that uses PR-related strategies to get our members lots of publicity and authority. Our members become high-authority experts that the media and other influencers seek after for partnerships and to promote. It doesn't matter if you are a tech startup, author, artist, or athlete. The rules are the same and they all equate to one thing:

When you get lots of great media attention and buzz, you become a media celebrity. High-authority celebrities attract more money, more traffic, and more sales for the products they represent.

The more your audience sees you, the more they will trust and like you. You'll gain an incredible digital reputation. Investors will pay more attention. Customers will respect your authority in your industry. Your segments, stories, and content will get shared far and wide throughout the web – all doing its job to increase your authority, traffic, sales, and profits.

What you'll learn

Success requires exposure

Have you ever felt that you would someday get on TV? Be quoted in major publications? Be talked about in households across the country?

I have something to tell you that celebrities and successful entrepreneurs know.

If you want to be on TV, radio, established press, and large digital media outlets, you can't just build a business from behind your keyboard and expect to be recognized. Entrepreneurs need to MAKE their publicity happen. We do this for our members.

Gaining authority through publicity is not incredibly difficult – but it takes tools, resources, relationships, and expertise to speed up the process. That's what UpMyInfluence has. We turn entrepreneurs into media celebrities. Their authority opens up opportunities to work with very successful entrepreneurs. As a result, marketing and attraction of customers feel as though it's on autopilot. New business opportunities regularly happen because of the value of our members' networks.

A vast majority of business owners fail at this – and are potentially missing out on millions in sales because their startup just isn't well known.

How Josh bootstrapped a 7-figure a year business.

Prior to Josh launching SavingsAngel.com, he laid the groundwork by making many friends in the media. Because he knew the rules of working with journalists and other influencers, 18 of 20 outlets he chatted with said YES to helping him launch his company with NO out of pocket costs on his end.

Bottom-line: If he didn't get the help from the media, his company would never have gotten off the ground.

This is what fuels us, here at UpMyInfluence. There are countless great ideas and budding entrepreneurs who have what it takes to become successful. The only thing missing is customers and sales. A successful, ongoing media campaign and regular connections to influencers can solve this at a fraction the cost of paid advertising.

Why there's never been a better time than now

More than ever before, if you produce great digital content, large influencers (particularly those in news departments) want to talk to you! However, it's critical that you know what to say and more importantly, what not to say!

UpMyInfluence.com is designed to find the right influencers for you and make it happen faster than most public relations firms. The secret to PR and influencer marketing is to not only act as an expert for your company – but as an expert for your industry as a whole. Influencers respect other influencers. This can save you from having to pay $30K+ to get a big social media star to mention your product to their audience. Influencers work together all the time. Our job is to help make you one – so that you get access to the same benefits.

Technology has improved. Business has improved. Access to journalists and influencers has improved. However, many entrepreneurs I've spoken with have expressed frustration with a PR industry who has not evolved to meet the needs of the lean startup and ambitious entrepreneurs. We created UpMyInfluence to be the service that we needed for nearly a decade but did not exist.

Be prepared BEFORE reaching out to influencers

This part is so critical. I cannot overemphasize how important it is that you are ready before you contact influencers or your local media. You will be judged based on what you are showing the world in terms of your authority. Sadly, most influencers will never tell you why they chose not to reply to your email. But it almost always comes down to what you are communicating. You need an experienced eye to help you shine.

As an UpMyInfluence.com member, you'll have the tools to gain the trust of journalists, influencers, writers, and producers. Trust us. They are looking for some very specific things and if you don't have them in place, don't even expect a reply. They don't have time to waste on amateurs. We want to make sure this never happens again.

UpMyInfluence is disrupting 'old school' public relations.

You can spend a lot of money to hire a public relations expert to get you placed in your local newspaper or TV news. I spent $25,000 in PR fees. PR people are some of the nicest people in the world. Most are excellent at what they do. As a small-business owner or startup entrepreneur, however, there is a major problem: you generally cannot afford to buy what you would truly need with the old-school PR agency model. And… a half-hearted PR attempt is a waste of money. A. Huge. Waste.

UpMyInfluence.com is disrupting this system for anyone looking to create lots of buzz and authority for their business. Our approach to growing connections and exposure through PR is based on what works best: efficient systems that instantly improve what you'll be judged on. These things are what will mean the difference between a ‘no' and a ‘yes.' You'll learn what you need to create the relationships and perceived authority that will grow your business. Our system has been working for hundreds of other UpMyInfluence members. It will work for you.

Meet the team

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Josh Elledge

Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Josh Elledge believes that every person has a message that can positively impact the world.
He's the Founder and Chief Executive Angel of SavingsAngel.com®, and is one of the nation’s leading experts on consumer savings.

Josh is a dynamic public speaker, the host of a very popular consumer savings podcast, a weekly syndicated columnist for nine newspapers (with more than 1.1 million readers), on a number of radio stations, and regularly appears on more than 75 TV stations across the country.

All told, Josh has appeared in radio, TV, digitial news, or print more than 2000 times. This media dominance led to more than $6 million in revenue – with less than $500 invested in advertising.

“With great power comes great responsibility,” said Uncle Ben, so Josh started serving local startups pro bono in his adopted hometown of Orlando, FL. The business owners Josh mentored started getting more publicity (and sales) and they started asking to hire him on a regular basis. That's how UpMyInfluence was born. Today, UMI is a global movement – equalizing the playing field for thoughtful entrepreneurs everywhere.

Josh is a U.S. Navy veteran, a dad of 3 awesome kids, a self-proclaimed fitness geek, and performs improv comedy. SEE JOSH'S MEDIA KIT

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Rachel Underhill

Director of Operations

As a child, Rachel could never whistle. Blame it on the cold, chapped lips of a Michigander. When she finally learned how as an adult, becoming a professional whistler became her dream. But, alas, even though she could finally make some sound, it was far from harmonious. So she turned her dream to making harmonious words instead.

Rachel works as the Director of Operations for UpmyInfluence and has been here through lots of growth and changes but still loves copy editing, pitch writing, and article writing. She helps write the syndicated newspaper column for SavingsAngel.com and has written scripts for podcasts. She's also handled customer service, content creation, affiliate and sponsor requirements, and media requests for both companies.

When she's not working, Rachel homeschools her son and practices her whistling now that she, her husband, and their son reside in Tennessee.

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Di Blais

Operations Manager

Di Blais hails from the sandy shores of Lake Michigan but has never been a beach bunny. During the cold of winter – which seems to last more than 6 months out of the year – she often wonders why she even lives there. To break away from the cold and to see something more than flat land and sand, she loves to travel with family and friends. When home and fueled by the coffee she loves, she likes to eat out, explore yard sales, frequent thrift shops, go on dates with her husband, spend time with friends, and actively work on efforts and projects with her church.

Di is a fantastic manager because organizational skills come naturally to her. In fact, she wonders why everyone doesn’t alphabetize their spice rack, or group the clothes in their closet according to color? After all, it makes perfect sense! She brings that natural talent for organization and combines it with editing and writing to serve the clients of UpMyInfluence with excellence and proficiency.

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Alissa Nolan

Executive Associate and Human Resource Manager

Alissa Nolan can best be described as a straight-shooting, direct, and to-the-point personality type. She has an aversion to spontaneity and plans her life down to the Nth degree, except this bio. She’s writing this completely unplanned and off-the-cuff.

Alissa likes to be in charge and she’s the most laid-back bossy person around. Her children say that mom’s disappointment is the worst punishment ever since she clearly strives for excellence and expects it in those around her.

Alissa has worked for Makita Power Tools and United Way. Most recently she was the Command Family Ombudsman for Riverine Squadron Three where she served as the family liaison for over 250 families. She has been with UpMyInfluence since October of 2017 and loves to serve their clients whenever she isn't holding the company together with her bookeeping and human resource superpowers.

In her spare time, Alissa is the genealogist for Clan Macneil USA, a Scottish heritage group. She travels frequently with her youngest daughter who dances competitive ballroom.

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Jennifer Longworth

Podcasting & Social Media Manager

According to her social media bios, Jennifer is an executive producer of awesomeness. She’s a geeky, Catholic, married podcast producer who has kids and cats.

Jennifer went to college right out of high school but did not move beyond an Associate’s Degree because her ideal major didn’t yet exist. She opted to get married, have kids, and homeschool instead of getting a degree in nothing. In 2017, she earned her B.A. in Communications: New Media from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jennifer’s career in podcasting began in broadcasting, as a volunteer call screener turned traffic reporter on a small community radio station. She moved up to being production manager and podcast producer before joining UpMyInfluence (UMI) in late 2016.

Jennifer oversees all things podcasting for UMI; from finding interview opportunities for clients and networking with industry professionals to producing UMI's own shows! As a member of the Social Media Marketing Society, Jennifer keeps her fingers on the pulse of what's happening in social media and assists our team in the same.

When not working, she can be found napping with one or more of her four cats.

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Jackie Mitchell

Lead Podcast Placement Guru

Adept in the art of doing things backward, Jackie Mitchell had a 20-year+ career in Project Management, Training, and Team Facilitation for a major medical healthcare manufacturer before giving it up for full-time mommy-hood. Though her previous career had provided opportunities to travel to exotic locations like Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and Japan, it turned out that running a home preschool and mom-taxi service was something she was perfectly suited to. Fast-forward (and it was really fast!) another 20 years, and she was packing off her youngest for college and ready for new adventures. Now a grandmother of 14 (yes – 14!), ranging in age from 2-1/2 to 24 years old, Jackie is smack in the middle of a modern American family and loves every minute of it.

At UpMyInfluence, Jackie is responsible for podcast pitches and matching the right shows with our clients' individual areas of expertise. Her responsibilities encompass everything from tracking podcast pitches and client invitations to sourcing and directly contacting podcasters about guest spots. Jackie is also perfect for pitching in on writing assignments whenever needed.

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Brittney Wittholt

Social Media Profile Guru

Brittney Wittholt helps to create tools and reports that we use to inform and guide our amazing clients to optimize their platform and leverage their authority. She specializes in LinkedIn optimization and loves to help passionate business owners portray themselves in the most powerful way possible. Utilizing her extensive knowledge in branding and brand messaging, she is able to effectively advise our clients and truly set them up for success.

When Britt isn't catapulting clients to success you can find her bending and twisting as she leads other in the love of yoga, but even more so, of themselves. She also has a large, yellow lab named Ernest (after Ernest Hemingway, of course). Best of all, she deeply enjoys expanding her creativity and helping others cultivate it in their lives through sharing her own creative journey with them, while spreading love and light through the world.

Lisa Schmuker

Client Organization Master

A registered nurse by vocation, Lisa Schmuker brings her attention to detail and care for all aspects of a person's health to her care for UpMyInfluence clients. She looks after the organization and fulfillment of client requests, services, and email communication.

When Lisa is not caring for people's health or caring for clients' needs, she is a devoted wife, loving mother of four, an active member of her church, as well as a band and sports mom. With her “spare time” after all these things… Lisa is continuing to deepen and hone her nursing education and skills to serve even more people who need her.

Lisa Weideman

Ghost Writing and Podcast Ninja

Lisa Weideman lives in sight of the Puget Sound in a small town that used to house poor fishermen and now contains the much larger homes of Seattle's wealthy-want-that-small-town-feeling-tech-crowd. Her tiny home stands among the luxurious new properties like a relic from a by-gone age. When she isn’t chasing one of her countless children, she takes long walks along the harbor where she gets drizzled on for nine months of the year and enjoys the warm sunshine for three.

Having recently graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s in Creative and Professional writing, Lisa enjoys using her writing skills to illuminate the talents and expertise of UpMyInfluence clients and to match them with appropriate media outlets. She has found it refreshing to step away from academia and get into the real world where she assists in placing clients in podcasts and helps clients get their name and knowledge into the media through ghost-writing media opportunities for clients.

Sara Lane

Client Visibility Ninja

Sara Lane has been passionate about writing, news, media, marketing, and branding for as long as she can remember. Utilizing her superpowers in writing and organization she excels in keeping client media reports and updating moving forward.

In her spare time, Sara is currently working on a few fiction novels. Based in the Central Florida area, she loves going to the springs, camping with her dog, attending literary open mic nights, and exploring new places. You can find her bouncing around coffee shops as she is on a mission to find the best working space for digital and remote workers.

Tirzah Schmuker

Media Opportunities Master

Currently studying for her undergraduate degree, Tirzah Schmuker loves all things related to words and art. She brings that love to UpMyInfluence as she assists clients in receiving the best opportunities for media placements and positioning themselves as sought-after experts through their written profiles.

When she's not helping clients or studying, Tirzah can most often be found enjoying time with friends and family, curled up with a good book, or creating beautiful, prize-winning art.