I’m Nick Armstrong.
More than anything, I love to make people laugh. Seriously, check it out:
I’m a dad, author, Ignite and TEDx speaker, audio drama enthusiast, and award-winning serial entrepreneur.
I’ve co-organized community events like Fort Collins Comic Con, TEDxFoCo, Ignite Fort Collins, LaidOffCamp/CareerCamp, PodCamp Fort Collins, and more. In 2016 I also joined the core organizer group for Startup Week Fort Collins. My local efforts landed me a prestigious spot as one of BizWest’s 40 Under Forty for 2016.
Alongside an amazing team of 13 other super-geeks, I built out Fort Collins Comic Con to benefit the Poudre River Public Library District and have raised over $45,000 for the Library to encourage youth literacy through comics.
Professionally, I’ve declared war on business as usual by being unapologetically awesome at making marketing FUN for small business owners. I can explain difficult-to-grasp marketing and web technology concepts, making them much less scary.
My company WTF Marketing has served several happy clients including several multi-million dollar businesses and mom-and-pop shops in my hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado. I’ve even advised Fortune 100 businesses on marketing and technology.
I leverage over a decade of hands-on marketing experience in building community and helping businesses tell stories, alongside over 15 years of web design experience.
My work for the Poudre River Public Library District helped to increase Library-card-using households in Fort Collins to 58% in 2014, up from 46% in 2013 – a 12% increase. Our work also helped to increase digital circulation (ebooks, audio books, downloads) by 30% and database usage by 37%.
I love to give smart people a soapbox and a forum to share new ideas. That’s why I served as the co-organizer and curator of Ignite Fort Collins, a speedy presentation event of awesome topics featuring folks from the Fort Collins community. We had 232 talks from the community over 6 years, several of which have gone viral.
I also introduced Northern Colorado and Fort Collins to TEDx, establishing TEDxFoCo on June 25th, 2011. I hosted 3 separate TEDxFoCos since then placing 26 of Fort Collins’ best minds on a global stage. Together with my buddy Kevin Buecher, I brought LaidOffCamp (later CareerCamp) to Fort Collins 9 times, helping hundreds of job seekers find hope in the recession economy between 2009 and 2011. I also introduced PodCamp to Fort Collins in 2010.
In case you thought I wasn’t busy enough, a few years ago for my birthday I wrote a book: Psychotic Resumes, a Gen-Y resume creation and job search guide. Since then I’ve been included in several books, including one alongside Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, and Ash Ambirge. I also recently wrote a cookbook called Men in Kitchens: A Good Day to Dine Hard and a children’s book called Mess Hunter.
I founded the Digital Gunslingers in 2009, teaching $5 classes on social media and marketing concepts and donating all the proceeds to the Larimer County Foodbank, creating over 4,484 meals for Northern Colorado families over the span of 5 years. I’ve since taken the show on the road by teaching volunteer classes for the Loveland Center for Business Development.
Just before my son was born in 2014, in a fit of digital nesting, I created a web design firm called Pixelated On Purpose to help small businesses start off on the right foot online.
Early on in 2015, I started Howdy Neighbor Marketing to assist solopreneurs and small business owners with tiny marketing budgets get the most for their money without getting scammed.
Oh yeah, and I also love Audio Drama:
My foray into audio drama started around the campfire with my grandfather and old tapes of The Shadow. In high school, I made audio skits with my friends by (badly) imitating celebrities of the day.
In college, I was known as DJ “St. Nick” on 90.5 FM KCSU in Fort Collins and the host of Two Chicks and Nick, winning a 1st Place Society of Professional Journalists award alongside Best New DJ and Best New Talk Show in 2005. I also served as the station’s Production Director.
Since then, I co-founded the audio drama production group Giant Gnome Productions and now serve as an Executive Producer. I’ve created, written, and produced shows like Star Trek: Dimensions, The 13th Hour, and Frankenstein vs. Dracula. You can catch sneak peeks of my writing and script ideas on this blog.