Nick Bell is the Founder and Managing Director of WME Group.

Nick Bell is proof that you don’t have to finish university to find your niche and do well in life and business.

Bell is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and tech startup mentor.

He is the founder of WME GROUP, one of Australia’s largest digital marketing agencies, now operating globally in seven countries with a turnover of $46 million.

“I was looking for ways to achieve bigger and better things, long before ever entering a university classroom, and I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Nick.

In the Media

  • Why the world is a small place for BRW’s 22 Young Rich List  debutantes  | Smart Company
  • Young Rich List tech entrepreneur Nick Bell eyes US  | AFR
  • HSC: Australian business leaders share tips for managing stress | The Bigsmoke
  • WME Creates Future Driven Intern Program | Bandt
  • 5 tips to keep in mind if you want to take your eCommerce business to the next level | Anthil Online
  • How WME’s Nick Bell perfected the art of the cold call  | AFR
  • Ten real problems from real start-ups – and what they did about them | Short Press
  • Find Your Niche, Ride The Entrepreneurial Wave, Operate Like Start-Up: Nick Bell On His Journey  | Dynamic Business
  • The dangers of investing in startups and how to avoid them | Startup Smart
  • A new start-up has set out to challenge the big boys of the Aussie web hosting market | Anthill Online
  • How Much To Pay Yourself While Growing Your Startup | Huffington Post
  • This is why backing local tech start-ups is really important for Australia’s future | Anthill Online
  • There has never been a more exciting time to invest in tech: Eight tips for investing in Aussie startups | Startup Smart
  • These are 20 of Australia’s hottest startups | Business Insider
  • How Australian executives plan ahead for their recruitment needs | Business Insider
  • WME and Appscore have opened their new Melbourne HQ with the promise of 70 new jobs and a tech start-up hub | Anthill Online
  • WME, Appscore to add 70 tech jobs at new Melbourne HQ | Delimiter
  • Why aren’t Gen Y satisfied? | SMH
  • Melbourne Startups To Create 70 New Tech Jobs | Victorian Government: Office of the Premier
  • Melbourne startup announces big local expansion creating 70 new tech jobs | Start Up Smart
  • Melbourne start-ups in jobs boost | The Australian
  • 13 Australian executives share the motherly advice they were given as a child, and still use today| Business Insider
  • Leading Australian executives share their productivity secrets | Business Insider
  • Appscore Wins Gold In 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards |Bandt
  • 7 successful sales people share their advice on closing a deal |Business Insider
  • 70% of my leadership team is female: I don’t believe in quotas for women in tech |Womensagenda
  • Thinking of taking your business to China? | Marketingmag
  • How WME’s Nick Bell perfected the art of the cold call | Australian Financial Review
  • INNOVATION INSIGHTS: 14 Australian entrepreneurs share what innovation means to them | Business Insider
  • How to build a million dollar startup in 12 months | Startupsmart
  • How to deliver a startup pitch that investors won’t be able to refuse | Startupsmart
  • Nick Bell, Founder of WME & Entrepreneur | The moment
  • How Nick Bell Built An 8 Figure SEO Business With $400 | Hyperlush
  • HSC Results: How ‘terrible’ result didn’t stop businessman hitting great heights | Daily Telegraph
  • Here are 19 Australian startups that had an amazing 2015 | Business Insider
  • Why a global brand is not part of my expansion plans | SmartCompany
  • When there’s a will there’s a way: founder of WME, rises from failure to $45million | Dynamic Business
  • Expert Tips from a uni dropout who went from $400 to $45million | ShortPress
  • Creating a dynamic workplace culture that kicks goals for clients | Dynamic Business
  • Gen Y: The millionaire entrepreneurs | ShortPress
  • Australian SEO firm launches in Thailand | Mumbrella ASIA
  • Uni dropout to $45million business empire | Startup Daily
  • SEO: An expert’s top five tips for small business owners | Short Press

During high school Bell was fortunate to have a mother who regularly packed him a home made lunch. What she didn’t realise is that he was secretly selling them in order to fund his first overseas trip to London.

As a budding young entrepreneur, Bell’s entry into business was more ambitious than successful. He dropped out of university after six weeks to launch an online business, which despite its potential ran into supply chain difficulties, impacting cashflow. Down to his last $400, in 2008 Bell decided to give it ‘one more crack’ teaching himself SEO and starting an internet marketing company.

Bell started cold calling clients and within five days had his first SEO client. The money he made he reinvested back into the business, and in six months he opened an office and hired a team member.

As WME Group has morphed from an SEO agency into the largest digital marketing agency in Australia, Bell has experienced the challenges of hiring and managing people, employing 180 staff, mostly Gen Y, at his Melbourne office. He credits reinvesting back into the business and creating a dynamic agency culture as reasons for his success. Bell prefers to keep things ‘in-house’ as opposed to outsourcing and trains all of his international managers in Australia before sending them overseas to set up a local WME Group office.

In 2015 WME Group now has offices in the US, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Dubai and Thailand, with Bell overseeing the global operation. Deloitte, SmartCompany and BRW have acknowledged WME Group for being amongst the fastest growing technology companies in Asia. Bell believes there is an enormous amount of potential for Australian business in Asia and has also expanded another of his companies, Appscore, into Hong Kong, Singapore and China
As an entrepreneur chasing his next big challenge, Nick Bell sees investment as an opportunity to explore personal interests while helping others achieve wins. From digital and renewable energy, to the more unexpected, such as an organic restaurant in Hong Kong, Bell is motivated by a desire to explore and overcome the unknown.

RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2016 Men of Influence List – Men’s Style

For all interviews, speaking engagements and media enquiries please contact Samantha Dybac m: 0411251373 e: sjdybac@sammway.com.au

 Nick Bell is available to interview, speak or provide his ‘expert tips’ on the following topics:

  • How we created a dynamic agency culture that kicks goals for our clients
  • How a university drop-out chased a dream and created a multi million dollar global business
  • Rags to Riches: How Nick Bell went from $400 to $45million – without a university degree
  • Why failure can often be your best chance for success
  • Nick Bell: the self made millionaire on investment and diversifying
  • The problem with outsourcing – why Nick Bell chooses to keep it all in-house
  • Doing Business in Asia: How Nick Bell and WME Group cracked the market and the opportunity for Australian business to get involved
  • Managing and leading Gen Y – Nick Bell shares his strategy for managing millennials
  • SEO and digital marketing tips for SMEs
  • The diary of a globe trotting Gen Y millionaire entrepreneur




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