Renee Blodgett wears several hats in her roles as founder of MagicSauce Media, a strategic marketing and communications consultancy and as founder and managing editor of We Blog the World, an online travel magazine and network dedicated to Transformative Travel, where wellness and luxury meet. Known globally as a master of storytelling for the lifestyle, travel and technology industries, she has helped nearly a hundred brands, companies and products succeed through smart and creative marketing and communications programs that elevate them above the noise.
Renee has created and driven PR and marketing communications campaigns for the technology, travel, lifestyle and healthcare industries, from Fortune 500 to start-ups, where she is known for her successes in Silicon Valley and Europe. Technology clients have included leaders like Dragon/Nuance, IDG, PC World, Novell, Computer Associates, and Vodacom and she has worked for and/or collaborated with lifestyle, wellness/health and travel brands, like Hilton, Marriott, Princess Cruises, Bausch & Lomb, Buick, Qatar Airlines, Delta and Yakima. She has also collaborated with destinations she loves, including Austria, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Chile, New York's Adirondacks (she happens to be from there), Curacao, Indonesia, Japan, Jamaica and tons more as well as food, wine, airlines and lifestyle experiential companies. We Blog the World is a proud media partner of the New York Times Travel Show and the Adventure and Travel Show every year as well as Wisdom 2.0 and SAND given their commitment to holistic and wellness travel, living and thinking.
Having lived in 11 countries and traveled to nearly 90, she specializes in launching international companies into the U.S. market or re-branding them. Known for her global and organic approach to entrepreneurship, Renee helps others from around the world navigate digital waters, identity branding, marketing and PR and understands what ammunition non-American entrepreneurs need to succeed in the U.S. market.
As one of the first bloggers in the industry, she does more than just dabble in content and has authored more than 20,000 articles, which include her award-winning personal blog Down the Avenue, BlogHer, the Huffington Post, a number of marketing, business and travel media outlets and magazines, and We Blog the World, which she founded and serves as Managing Editor.
Renee was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes for two years in a row, #6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes, selected as a Top 70 Bay Area Digital Leader by the United Nations, named a Top 10 Social Media Mentor by Women Online Magazine, chosen as one of the Most Powerful Women in social media by CEO World Magazine, was a Shorty AwardsBusiness Influencer Finalist and served as a Smitty Awards Judge for Travel & Leisure Magazine. She is also listed as an AlwaysOn Top 150 Business and Technology Journalist.
Additionally, she has served on a number of advisory boards, including BlogHer, the largest blog network of women in the world and PopTech, a non-profit that catalyzes social impact through programs, incubated initiatives, salons and an annual conference, among others. She currently sits on the advisory board for Shocase, an exclusive global social network for the brightest minds in the marketing, creative and communications industries and Transformative Technology Lab, whose goal is to help engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs create new tools for the well-being of humanity.
Passionate about photography, Renee’s site MagicSaucePhotographyis a visual and creative extension of her work, which has led to six published photo books to-date: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Rome, London, South Africa and Urban Life. She is also co-founder of TravelingGeeks, an initiative that collaborates with global technology innovators and thought leaders and organizes programs and tours with influencers to accelerate technology, business and social media initiatives in a destination or for a company.
Inspired to make a positive impact on the world through social good, Renee is co-curator of TEDxBerkeley, one of the largest TEDx events in the country and spearheaded editorial and social media for TEDxUNPlaza, the only TEDx event held at the United Nations. She is an active writer and thought leader on technology trends, luxury and adventure travel, wellness and wellness travel and food/wine and is prolific on social media. You can follow her on Twitter @magicsaucemedia and @weblogtheworld and on her @weblogtheworld channels on other popular networks, including Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Flipagram, YouTube, Google+. She is also a serious foodie and you can follow her on her relatively new Instagram account dedicated to food alone @luxuryfoodies.