Take A Bow @AdrienneSmith40

Two days ago, I launched my new book, Engagement from Scratch!

To say that I was nervous about the launch would be an understatement; this is the biggest project I’ve put all my time into for the past six months!

But it’s been amazing. Over a thousand people have downloaded the book, and written amazing things about it… I’ve barely been able to keep up!

I’m floored. I don’t have words to express how grateful and excited I am about it.

Thank you so much to everyone who took a chance on the book!

This post isn’t about the book, though – it’s about another Engagement Superstar.

See, before I launched the book, I invited people to nominate their own Engagement Superstars – and the nominations came pouring in…

So Many Wonderful Engagers!

In no particular order, here are all the nominees for the title of Engagement Superstar:

They’re all wonderfully deserving of the title, but I promised to pick just one, and so the winner is…

Adrienne Smith, take a bow!

In the words of Ruth, the Freelance Writing Blogger:

“Adrienne is the most accessible, most helpful, most generous and relatable blogger I’ve met. That, coupled with her insight and expertise makes her incredibly engaging!”

Congratulations, Adrienne, you’re the Engagement Superstar!

(And Ruth, congratulations to you too – you get the autographed copy of Engagement from Scratch!, and the 1-hour “Borrow My Brain” phone consultation. Email me to set it up!) :)

(@DannyIny) is an author, strategist, serial entrepreneur, expert marketer, and the Freddy Krueger of Blogging. Together with Guy Kawasaki, Brian Clark and Mitch Joel, he wrote the book on how to build an engaged audience from scratch.

Danny Iny
Danny Iny
Danny Iny (@DannyIny, +DannyIny), a.k.a. the "Freddy Krueger of Blogging", is the proud founder of Firepole Marketing. He is the author of the Amazon best-seller Engagement from Scratch! (available on Amazon, or for free in our Engagement Toolbox), and creator of the Audience Business Masterclass.


  1. Ashvini says:

    Hey Danny,

    Great work picking up Adrienne for the engagement superstar. She deserves it totally. She is so kind and sweet. She always leaves comment on my site, despite the fact that she is so busy and has so many people to respond to.
    She is also a great friend. Once she helped me improve my one social media mistake and I am really very thankful to her.
    Also I thank you and Sonia for nominations. Sonia is excellent at engagement too.
    Have a great day

    • Adrienne says:

      Thank you so much Ashvini, I appreciate you putting in a good word for me. You are too kind my friend and I’m so thrilled we connected online. You have saved me many times yourself. Friends helping friends. Awesome. :-)

  2. Adrienne says:

    OMG, I’m so surprised, thrilled, excited, touched and floored. Thank you so much Danny and a BIG shout out to Ruth, Sonia and Ashvini for nominating me. I appreciate this honor so very much.

    I love this title “Engagement Superstar”. I’m definitely going to wear this one with a huge smile. And to think so many wonderful people were nominated as well, I stand before such an inspiring crowd.

    Thank you guys so very much, thanks for doing this Danny! I really appreciate you.


  3. Sonia says:

    Congrats Adrienne! It couldn’t of happened to a more deserving person like Adrienne. How can you not nominate someone with such a radiant smile. She is always super encouraging and her posts ALWAYS add value. Her posts are completely self-less and always helpful. If you haven’t seen her blog I highly urge any reader to check out Adriennesmith.net and say hello. You will walk away knowing you learned something!

    And congrats Danny on your eBook. Already reading it!

    • Adrienne says:

      Thank you so much Sonia and for your nomination as well. Boy, I’m just so flattered. This was a great way to start my December that’s for sure. So glad we connected through Ken’s group. You are one terrific lady.

      I appreciate you Sonia! Have a fabulous day!


  4. Ruth Zive says:

    Needless to say, I am thrilled! Believe it or not, I’ve only been blogging for a few months, and Adrienne has been there virtually from Day 1, supportive, engaging, authentic. And I KNOW that she has extended herself in this way to dozens (possibly HUNDREDS) of other bloggers. She is well deserving of this honour. Thanks Danny for giving me the opportunity to nominate Adrienne. And I can’t wait to get the book and ‘borrow your brain’! I’ll email shortly.

    • Adrienne says:

      Thank you so much Ruth for your initial nomination. I was so honored that you put my name on that list, I seriously didn’t think anything would come from it but was just touched that you thought of me.

      You know I’m always eager to help and I’m so glad you’ve been there for me as well. I so enjoy the friendship we have formed here online and I’m always here to support you as well.

      I really appreciate you Ruth, thanks again. Now, enjoy your day young lady and congrats on winning Danny’s new book. I have a feeling you’ll learn a lot!


  5. First, a huge congrats on the book Danny. It’s more than well deserved.

    Second, I love that you’ve shined this light on an amazing person doing amazing things.

    Adrienne is an example of ‘true engagement’ to all of us.

    Great stuff bud,


    • Adrienne says:

      Thank you Marcus, I really appreciate that. Being nominated up against you, I thought I was doomed! You and Danny both! I mean WOW!!! You guys are awesome and I appreciate the recognition.

  6. Hi Danny,

    I couldn’t agree more to a better deserving person than Adrienne, and am so happy that she has got the “Engagement Superstar” award! I fall short of words whenever I have to speak about her, as she is simply a wonderful person, ever so helpful, and a person who is always inspiring and motivating others.

    I sure is wonderful that Ruth won the book as well, another well deserving blogger- congrats for that Ruth :)

    • Adrienne says:

      Thank you Harleena for your kind words, I really appreciate that.

      I’m so glad Danny put this out there for his readers and was so touched that Ruth nominated me. Sonia and Ashvini sure helped by putting their two cents worth in too. What great circle of friends I have.

      Thank you again, it means a lot. :-)

  7. Ryan Critchett says:

    Woooooohoooooooo! Party time!! Congratz Adrienne, just learned of you from this thing Danny put together. Very very cool. Everyone else, you rock!


  8. Congratuations, Adrienne! Danny, you picked the right person. Adrienne is not only knowledgeable, she is always ready to help. Any time I’ve asked her for guidance, Adrienne has been there for me. She is a treasure!

    Congratulations to Ruth for winning the ebook!

    And thank you to Ashvini for nominating The Wonder of Tech. :-)

    • Adrienne says:

      Thank you Carolyn, I’m truly honored. What a great way to start this month and the ending to this year. I appreciate your kind words and the same goes to you. I don’t know where I’d be without your help and support with all my tech questions. It’s great to have friends like you in my corner. :-)

    • Carolyn, aloha. Congratulations on your nomination. You too are an Engagement Superstar because of your ability to “enchant” people with tech even when they think they don’t like it. And, of course, I always appreciate reading your great comments on my blogs and the blogs of our mutual friends.

      Wishing you a terrific day day, Carolyn. Aloha. Janet

    • Ruth Zive says:

      I can’t wait to read Danny’s book. And I am soooo happy that Adrienne won! That is the perfect word, Carolyn – Adrienne is a blogging treasure!

      (And you are pretty engaging and wonderful yourself!)

  9. Danny, aloha. Congratulations on the launch of your book.

    CONGRATULATIONS, Adrienne, as being recognized as the Engagement Superstar that you are. Everyone around the blogosophere, heck, everyone in the entire online world knows that you are the Engagement Superstar and, to be perfectly frank, there is not a second in sight! Your beautiful smile and your candid, caring comments help to form the connections which you nurture. Added to that, is the fact that people know that you are there to help them if they ask–or if you just notice they need help. To use the “in” word, Adrienne, you are both Authentic and Awesome!

    Again, CONGRATULATIONS to both of you. Wishing you a life abundant in all that matters to you. Aloha. Janet

    • Adrienne says:

      Thank you so much Janet, you are way too kind. Personally, I believe you have me beat by a mile. You are the queen of engagement and you are so very generous in every comment that you leave. You run circles around me. But I so appreciate the congratulations on this one and I’m so honored to have been nominated and then to actually get picked. I mean wow!!! The rest of my year has been made.

      Thank you again so very much. best to you!

  10. I think we can all agree that the most impressive win for Adrienne is that she beat out Kim Kardashian. Perhaps there is a reality tv show in Adrienne’s future? 😉

  11. Benny says:

    I can’t think of a better person to win this award! A++++

    Congrats on the book Danny!!

  12. Jason Fonceca says:

    This whole thing feels really well handled!

    A “Nominated By-line”? Sweet.

    I’ve been having a really good time on some of these sites, and am so glad I was introduced to these engagement superstars.

    I’m in the middle of reading Engagement From Scratch, LOVING the intro story about FirePole aiming to go viral

  13. Jason Fonceca says:

    Woo, got carried away…

    …of course, I chime in with everyone else, CONGRATS Adrienne! :)

  14. Congratulations Carolyn!

    You too are deserving of this great award for the wonderful tech. posts you put up in the easiest of languages. I never fail to marvel at your posts. Wishing you all the very best always.

  15. Congratulations Hesham for winning the “Engagement Superstar” award!

    Your site sure is an inspiration for many of us, and I am simply loving the wonderful contests coming up on your site- looking forward to checking them up.

    Wishing you all the very best for your endeavors. :)

  16. Jimmy says:

    Congrats to both of your.

    Adrienne for been the Engagement Superstar and Danny for your book launch.

    I stand with everyone who supported Adrienne’s commitment to helping everyone who needed help. Once again, I humbly ask her where did she find the time to do all that she is doing.


    • Adrienne says:

      Ah thank you Jimmy! Didn’t you know? I NEVER sleep… I can’t help myself, I love what I do so we all know how it is when it doesn’t seem like work to us. :-)

  17. Barry Wells says:

    Hi Danny,

    It’s my first visit here and who do I find when i get here…. Adrienne Smith :)

    I totally agree with Ruth, Sonia and Ashvini for their nominating Adrienne. She is extremely helpful, engaging, encouraging and the most approachable person I have met online.

    You only have to read the comments here to see how highly she is thought of and the fact that she has replied to everyones comments also speaks volumes about her.

    I’ve recently asked Adrienne for an Interview, which she has kindly agreed to, so I posted about it and in the post I mentioned that Adrienne is every where I turn online so finding her here as a superstar wasn’t a surprise really.

    Congratulations Adrienne, well deserved :)

    Respect and Regards,

    • Adrienne says:

      Hey Barry,

      Ah thank you Barry, I appreciate you saying that. I’m so flattered by all the kind words everyone has shared. I do enjoy interacting with others. :-) I’m a social butterfly!

      I’m looking forward to that interview. Hope others will find what I share helpful with their own online journey.

      Thanks again, it really means a lot.


    • Danny says:

      Hey Barry, welcome to Firepole Marketing! It’s such a small world – someone else recently mentioned you to me, and now here you are (same effect exactly)! :)

      I couldn’t agree with you more about Adrienne – she won by popular demand, and how present she’s been here in the comments, responding to everyone, just goes to show what a class act she really is. :)

  18. Connie McKnight says:

    Congratulations on your new book and for choosing Adrienne Smith. She is indeed a superstar. I don’t know how she finds the time to engage with everyone like she does. She has a way of making you feel like you’re the only on-line friend she has, and we all know that’s definitely not the truth. I think the secret is she truly cares.


    • Adrienne says:

      Hey Connie,

      Ah, thank you so much for the lovely comment. That means a lot and I appreciate it.

      Heck what can I say. Everyone I meet is so wonderful in their own special way. I connect with a lot of people and am able to relate to them on so many different levels. Young or old, it doesn’t matter. I appreciate your oh so kind words young lady. They truly mean a lot.

      Hope you are doing well.


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  20. Justin says:

    Congratulations Adrienne! :) You are a Superstar and you definitely deserve the award and you had some stiff competition to face as well.

  21. Chadrack says:

    Hi Danny,

    You didn’t tell us what criteria you used in picking the winner. I must say, I’ve come across some of those nominated and I’m very sure that those who nominated them have high regards for them. But frankly, your choice is just the right one! Adrienne Smith is truly an engagement superstar!

    Since coming across her some months back now, I’ve been secretly learning a few things from her. I’m truly surprised that every single blog I visit (some for the very first time) right there is Adrienne’s comment already posted! On twitter she engages real good and in response to comments, she really has no equal, so far as I’ve seen.

    This is an honor well deserved. Congratulations Adrienne!

  22. Angel says:

    Very well deseved!,
    Hey Adrienne,! keep up the good work.! You always irradiate such positive energy.

    Angel Martorell Criado

  23. Faye Rutledge says:

    Needless to say, I am thrilled! Wishing you all the very best for your endeavors. Congrats on the book Danny!!

  24. Marcus Baker says:

    Late to the party here but just wanted to say well done to all the nominees and hurrah Adrienne! You won because you deserved to win. Everything happens as it is intended to do. :)


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    You deserved it Adrienne! I just want to say congratulations! I wish you luck to your future endeavors.

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    Adrienne your name reminds me of a band, “The Calling”. But anyway, I’m here to personally congratulate you! Keep it up, I know you’ll go a long way.

    • Adrienne says:

      That’s the first time I’ve heard that Mike! It’s usually, “yo, Adrienne” from the Rocky movie. I loved those movies but was SO glad when they finally endd. At least that’s the way people were able to remember my name. :-)

      Thank you for the congratulations, I’m still loving this. I intend to have a great new year so I’ll put that “long way” into play!

      Thanks Mike!

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  33. Val Heisey says:

    Adrienne – you are awesome. I am so glad to have “met” you in the blogging circle. You really deserve this award! Congratulations and I’ll see you at the top!

    Way to go!

    • Adrienne says:

      Hey there Val! Thank you so much and I’m so happy we’ve connected as well.

      I was shocked beyond belief that Ruth even nominated me but it’s been such a wonderful experience and I have Danny to thank for putting this out there. I appreciate your thoughtful comment.

      Have a beautiful day!


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