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About Top Ranked Advisor – Your Marketing Consultants and Coaches
Brien Shanahan, founder of SEO4Advisors, and Brent Carnduff, founder of Advisor Web Marketing merged their companies to form Top Ranked Advisor in May of 2020. Together, they offer over 20 years of experience and expertise in helping financial advisors grow their businesses.
Top Ranked Advisor offers hands-on, custom marketing solutions for financial advisor firms. We can work as consultants supporting your in-house team or we can build your online assets from the ground up.
Our experienced team is well versed in all areas of marketing for financial advisors. In addition, we have a network of outside marketing and technology specialists that we call upon as needed.
We believe in transparent, long-lasting relationships with our clients, and a hands-on, flexible approach rather than commoditized services engagements. We always track your before and after metrics and provide regular reporting so you can ensure your marketing dollars are being well spent.
Our ideal clients are independent, fiduciary financial advisor firms that understand the importance of technology in growing their businesses.
Meet the Team
Prior to starting Advisor Web Marketing in 2009, he was an elementary school teacher and a college and high school basketball coach for more than 15 years.
In 2018, Brent took an in-house position as Marketing Manager with Alturas Capital Partners, a commercial real estate investment fund, but missed being a business owner.
In addition to writing for the TRA blog, he is a VIP Contributing writer to the second-largest SEO site in the world — Search Engine Journal — and was syndicated on Steamfeed, Business 2 Community, and Social Media Today.
Brent has presented at XY Planning Network, FinCon, and NAPFA, and has appeared on several industry podcasts and webinars.
Brien has more than a decade of experience growing businesses on the Web, from financial firms to e-commerce stores to online travel startups. As founder of SEO4Advisors, Brien has, since 2009, helped dozens of independent advisors gain clients online. He’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, RIA Central, and Financial Advisor Magazine, and is a former contributor to the Steamfeed advanced marketing blog.
In 2013, Brien relocated from New York to Santiago, Chile, where he cofounded the travel website Voyhoy, and within two years grew it to serve more than 500,000 monthly visitors in five countries. In 2014, he finished top in his class at Founder Institute, the intensive global business incubator with a 30% graduation rate. That same year, the 15,000-member Entrepreneurs Association of Chile named Brien one of the Top-10 Entrepreneurs in the country. In 2016, his company became the first Chile-based startup to graduate from the prestigious Techstars business accelerator. In January 2017, Voyhoy had more than 1 million website visits, the majority from its organic search engine optimization efforts.
Shelley has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and a BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. In addition to working with Top Ranked Advisor, she owns and operates Polaris Marketing & PR, a Canadian company specializing in building awareness of consumer brands using PR, social media, and content marketing.
Shelley’s experience includes work on a number of personal finance brands, including counseling an investment advisor, First Canadian Mutual Funds (Bank of Montreal), Get Smarter About Money (Ontario Securities Commission), CIBC credit cards (various Canadian product launches), President’s Choice Financial, Canada Life, and Safeway Select Bank.
Her work has been published on Marketing Profs, Spin Sucks, Social Media Today, and Business 2 Community.