Donna Gunter, author of Biz Smart Quick Guide: 10 Strategies to Online Visibility for More Traffic, Clicks and Profit!, helps entrepreneurs, consultants, speakers, coaches and professionals stop the client chase by leveraging their knowledge to gain authority status in their industry, then dramatically amplify their message and show how to convert the new audience into high paying customers.
She does this by creating newsworthy events that position professionals as the top authorities in their field, then maximizes their exposure for the event on sites of ABC, NBC, CBS, & FOX affiliates plus other newspaper and authority sites.
Some of the newsworthy events she has created for her clients include radio, television and podcast interviews; profiles pieces on authority websites; magazine articles; and featured experts in published books.
Donna opened her first online business as an online business manager/virtual assistant in 1999 and successfully built this virtual company from her small, rural, East Texas hometown using only connections made online and authority positioning marketing strategies.
From 2000-2004 she trained women to create businesses as Virtual Assistants for a VA training company while also running her own business. After coaching and training virtual assistants for several years, she made the leap into professional business coaching and unveiled her internet marketing coaching company in 2003, and then founded OnlineBizU.com, the premier online marketing strategy and training membership community for service business owners until 2014.
Donna holds a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Lamar University and a M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services (Higher Education Administration) from the University of South Carolina. She is also a Certified Internet Marketing Specialist.
Just the Facts, M’am
Diplomas on The Wall: B.S. in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX and M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services/Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Husband: Eric Carver (biggest Donna Gunter cheerleader in the world! Also known as Mr. Gunter <g>
Favorite Past-Times: cooking, reading, watching movies
Biggest Accomplishment: Winning election as Student Government President in junior year of college when no one thought I could, since I was an introvert and up against 3 guys, 2 of whom belonged to a fraternity
Favorite Food: Indian and Greek
Favorite Movie: While You Were Sleeping and Hope Floats (can you tell I love Sandra Bullock?)
Biggest Fear: Heights
Biggest Source of Inspiration: my mom
Best Advice: “If you’re not going to toot your own horn, then no one will do it for you.”
Childhood Superhero: InvisiWoman (not sure she existed except in my own mind)
Biggest Surprise: When my husband took me out to a meal at a local Indian restaurant — I was floored and overjoyed to discover that one had opened in our podunk little town!
Nicknames: D and DG, and my childhood nicknames of “Sister Bossy” (my dad) and “Dooneraid” (my next-door-neighbor, Mike)
Biggest Secret: If I told you..it wouldn’t be a secret anymore!
Little Known Fact: I’ve owned just 3 vehicles my lifetime — a 1977 Ford Granada, a 1987 Toyota Corolla hatchback, and a 2001 Honda CR-V.
Favorite Book: A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
My 15 Seconds of Fame: When I appeared on the front page of the North Adams Transcript almost every day for a week or so (in 1997) when the Youth Center Inc. (where I was Executive Director) was embroiled in feud with the Massachusetts National Guard over our location in the National Guard Armory (We lost the battle and had to move out).