The Humble Story of Anthony Ragland

Anthony Ragland, Fractional CMO Bio Picture

Once upon a time…

A one year-old boy and his mom boarded a flight and moved from New York to Atlanta. The mom became a single mother of six children, and the boy was her oldest son.

The boy assumed the “man of the house” role at age 12… he became the neighborhood barber, a stand-out athlete, and a gifted M-to-M program student. He later went on to play 4 years of college baseball and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

The boy, once called Tony… is now Anthony Ragland, the founder of BeGreat!™ Agency.

Since graduating from college in 1999, Anthony has gone from intern to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in his career… he has done every job in the marketing department… and he has acquired savant marketing knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Anthony has compiled over 50,000 hours in the practice areas of marketing + branding + advertising. He founded BeGreat! because he wants to serve clients with care and produce the best work of his life.

Chapter 1 - Marketing Infancy

While practicing baseball and preparing for a professional tryout after college, Anthony met Evander Holyfield, the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

Upon learning about his computer science degree, Mr. Holyfield hired Anthony to build his website ( to promote his upcoming heavyweight championship fight against Lennox Lewis. At the time, the match was being dubbed as the fight of the decade.

Prior to the fight, Anthony had embroidered on Mr. Holyfield’s boxing robe, shorts, and training gear. And, he advised Holyfield to say, “log on to my website…” at the end of every interview.

On the night of the fight, Holyfield’s website attracted so many visitors, it crashed the servers. The website and marketing/PR campaign Anthony produced was a huge success… he was promoted to marketing director by Holyfield Management soon after, and his marketing career was born.

While serving as the marketing director for Holyfield Management, Team Holyfield Boxing, and the Holyfield Foundation… Anthony was mentored by dozens of great business and marketing leaders.

He learned from billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman (co-founder of, the legendary promoter Don King, public relations icon Lee Solters, and many more great minds.

Chapter 2 - Marketing Adolescence

In 2004, Anthony founded Big Picture Media, a marketing firm based in Atlanta, Georgia… and he became a sought after Internet marketing, paid advertising, & SEO consultant.

During this time, he also built Big League Store, an eCommerce store that sold over 600 different baseball gloves, bats, and accessories.

He grew from zero visitors per month, to over 140,000 visitors per year with best practice SEO strategies and $0 advertising budget. He also grew it over 6,000 customers and 17,000 mailing list subscribers in five years.

As a marketing consultant, Anthony provided director-level marketing consultancy to numerous institutions around the country… including pro sports teams & athletes, advertising & marketing agencies, newspaper & magazine organizations, business-to-business & business-to-consumer companies, and academic & medical groups.

To date, Anthony is responsible for generating over a hundred thousand online leads, managing millions of dollars in paid ads, attracting tens of millions of non-paid website visitors, and earning tens of millions of dollars in online sales for clients.

Chapter 3 - Marketing Maturity

In 2016, Anthony was recruited by Property Brands (now, Inhabit IQ) to become Head of Marketing and employee number seven. In only two and a half years, Anthony helped the software company grow from $2MM to over $50MM in annual recurring revenue.

While serving as Head of Marketing across all portfolio brands, Anthony successfully re-branded the company’s M&A acquisitions.

He also launched integrated marketing communication campaigns that produced rapid organic and cross-sell growth within the portfolio.

In 2018, Anthony successfully exited Property Brands after the company sold for over 9 figures to private equity.

In his spare time, Anthony serves as a volunteer marketing mentor at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, where he advises local start-ups on marketing + branding + advertising strategies.

Most recently, Anthony has served as a Fractional CMO to a few select B2B, DTC, and SaaS brands.

While doing so, he also created and founded KnoxvillePage, CMO Swipe File, 3 Things, and now… BeGreat! Agency.

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