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The Philippines stand among the frontline digital economies in the region. With over 44 million users, the country is the second highest ranking in Southeast Asia and the 6th in the whole of Asia in terms of internet users according to the Asia Digital Marketing Association (ADMA) and the Internet World statistics.

As such, the state of digital and internet marketing in the Philippines presents tremendous and far-reaching implications for exponential growth for businesses plying the online route.

Clearly, the Philippines has a very substantial digital marketing ecosystem that is set to grow exponentially to twice its size now by the year 2016 according to Julian Persaud, Google’s managing director in Southeast Asia. This is a very important fact to consider, particularly for business owners trying to explore the effectiveness of investing in digital marketing in the Philippines.

Introducing, Derek Gehl, one of the early pioneer and foremost authority on Internet Marketing with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry. Gehl is coming to the Philippines to show Filipinos how to earn passive income and become financially free by living the internet lifestyle.

Gehl is an author, speaker, host of the Entrepreneur Ignited Podcast and Internet marketing strategist. He was the CEO of the Internet Marketing Center which was earning US$30 million annually in sales, before he sold off the private equity firm in 2008.

Just Google “Derk Gehl” and you’ll find there are over 214,000 webpages talking about him. He has also been featured on Channel News Asia, The Sunday Times, NTV7, Lianhe Zaobao, Star, PC World, Yahoo Small Business, MSNBC, Entrepreneur, CNN Money, Radio 938Live and more.

Curently, Gehl is the CEO of Gehl Media which partners with industry experts in various niches including digital business, property investing and autism support. Based in Canada, the charismatic speaker has been traveling the world, teaching people how to start and run their own online business, bu living an “internet lifestyle” of their choice.

Gehl said:

“I’ve built multiple 7 figure internet businesses with no ‘real’ office, and I have dedicated my life to developing Internet marketing strategies and software to help the ‘small guy’ make money on the Internet.”

Do you know that Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provides the Philippines with 1.3 million jobs and US$25 billion in revenue. By 2017, BPO is expected to provide more foreign revenue than remittances — the republic’s traditional source of foreign exchange.

However, Gehl added the above scenario may not be so rosy after U.S. Presidential Donald Trump threatened to pull back overseas jobs from third world countries. Previously, Call Centers — which is Philippines’ flagship outsourcing industry has enjoyed a long boom through U.S. driven businesses, but now the good times may be over, affecting the livelihood of all Filipinos with less jobs available. Therefore it is a good time to acquire internet marketing skills to generate an extra source of income in light of the current economic situation.

Gehl said:

“Now is the best time for Filipinos to use their transferable skills to set up their own online business, and learn how to earn passive income.”

Photo Credit: Instagram: @derekgehl