Meet Darren Fox

Darren Fox

Top Digital Marketing Expert

Darren Fox is a top digital marketing expert near Chicago. He has over 24 years of experience with digital marketing and website development. Currently seeking employment opportunities.

Darren Fox, Digital Marketing Expert
Digital Marketing Expert and Speaker Darren Fox

Led a Top Rated Marketing Agency + Improved Partnerships

In 2000, Darren Fox started his design and marketing career while in high school doing a variety of freelance projects. He later went on to work at a local sign company and then to a web design agency. 

In 2009, he founded Idea Marketing Group, an award-winning marketing agency known for search engine marketing and website development with national brands. The talented team works with brands like Carmex Lip Balm, Eagle Foods, Hamburger Helper, Bridgford Foods, and more. His mission was to establish long-term partnerships with consumer brands by delivering better customer service and providing proactive solutions. As a digital marketing expert, he consulted with brands across the globe on marketing strategy and branding.

He even started a podcast in 2021 called Pitcher This!, which focused on discussions around product development, success in retail and leveraging marketing for growth for CPG brands with founders and brand managers.

In August 2023, Idea was acquired by CloudMellow to expand digital service offerings and talent resources.

In 2024, Darren stepped out of the agency life to pursue new adventures and challenges.

Husband, Father + Outdoor Enthusiast

When not online, you can usually find Darren outside. Activities include camping, mountain biking, kayaking, atv/trail riding, and hiking. Currently residing in Yorkville, IL (about an hour outside of Chicago) with his high school sweetheart and crazy daughter.

Other hobbies include remodeling and woodworking. He is obsessed with tiny houses and highly functional, clean line architecture. The family all share a bit of wanderlust.

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I’m always looking to surround myself with individuals who strive to grow, collaborate, and teach.


  • 2023 Top 1,000 Global by
  • 2023 Web Excellence Awards (Multiple Winning Websites)
  • 2022 Top B2B Design Firm by
  • 2022 Web Excellence Awards (Multiple Winning Websites)
  • 2021 Top B2B Design Firm by
  • 2021 Ranked #20 for Top Web Design Companies on
  • 2021 Web Excellence Awards (Multiple Winning Websites)
  • 2020 Top Digital Agency by
  • 2020 #1 for Top Marketing Strategy Agencies Worldwide, The Manifest
  • 2019 Top Chicago Web Design Agency by
  • 2018 The Best of Small Business Awards SB100
  • 2018 Leading Chicago Agency by
  • 2016 Small Business of the Year Awarded by the Yorkville Chamber
  • 2014 American Web Design Award from Graphic Design USA
  • 2013 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award: Young Entrepreneur from the Daily Herald in Chicago
  • 2013 DesignFirms Web Award Winner
  • 2012 DesignFirms Web Award Winner


Past Speaking Events

Volunteer Work

  • 2015-2020, Yorkville Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Promotions Committee, PAY (Professionals Advancing Yorkville) Co-facilitator
  • 2012-2014, International Live Events Association (ILEA) Chicago Chapter, Board of Directors
  • 2009-2016, Oswegoland Optimists Club Member
  • 2009-2016, Oswego Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009-2012, Taproot Foundation Volunteer

SEO + Digital Marketing Expert

Darren Fox is a digital marketing expert that has worked with hundreds of brands around the world, from startups to household names.

Digital Marketing Expert

Accomplished digital marketing expert with over 24 years of hands-on experience, encompassing brand development, strategic planning, competitive analysis, creative production, web development, and integrated marketing. Proven ability to hire, train, and lead teams. Rare blend of creative abilities mixed with strategic, forward thinking to develop brands and cultivate growth. For decades, he has consulted with brands on digital marketing growth.


  • Business Operations
  • Budgeting
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Sales & Networking & Relationships
  • Hiring & Coaching
  • Process

Digital Marketing

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • UI/UX Design
  • Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO)
  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Website Architecture
  • Website Design
  • Google Ads Certified
  • Email Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • DNS & Hosting


  • Adobe & Affinity Suite
  • Google & Microsoft Suite
  • Google Analytics
  • Asana & ClickUp
  • HubSpot
  • Semrush & SpyFu
  • Search Console
  • CrazyEgg
  • Qwilr & PandaDoc
  • Sublime
  • Looker Studio

Design Work

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