2019 is only days away. Due to that, 2019 marketing strategy planning is in its final pre-launch phase for a lot of businesses. 2018 brought a lot of changes to the digital marketing landscape. Certainly that landscape will change even faster as we move into and beyond 2019.

On December 10th, we podcasted from our biggest event of the year, Hubbard Digital Academy at Mall of America. Hubbard Digital Academy is a one-day marketing event. It includes sessions on Facebook advertising, video, graphic design, SEO, PPC and more. Since digital marketing changes so quickly, we host these events throughout the year, and we’re already planning our next one.

In contrast to our regular episode format, we mixed things up a bit this time. We welcomed 8 guests in one podcast. Members of our Hubbard Interactive team sat down with 8 small business marketers. They represented business in property management, astrology, publishing, remodeling, B2B, non-profit consulting, and more. Most noteworthy, we asked each one a single question, “What is your biggest marketing challenge for 2019?” As a result, we had great conversations about what they can do as they plan their 2019 marketing strategy. So no matter what industry you work in, there should be valuable takeaways for you from these chats.


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On This Episode

Missy Young

Social Media Services Manager

@miss_shredbetty Missy Young

As the Social Media Services Manager for Hubbard Interactive, Missy Young’s position entails working with clients and team members to drive social media strategy and lead initiatives to identify new technologies and digital best practices. She develops customized micro and macro campaigns that drive online interaction, promotes and creates content that enhances the customer experience and creates lead generation for medium to large-scale companies. She regularly speaks at local and national events on a variety of subjects including: social media, PR, analytics and content strategy.


Ruth Tambornino

Digital Brand Strategist

Ruth Tambornino is the Digital Brand Strategist at Hubbard Interactive, Hubbard’s Digital Agency. Prior to joining Hubbard Interactive, she Senior Manager of Field Strategy at Dex Media. Her role at Dex included bringing new digital products to market, training marketing consultants and working with key client accounts. In addition to Dex Media, Ruth spent a year working with a start up software company as Director of Sale Enablement. Ruth has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. A former small business owner and Real Estate professional, Ruth understands the challenges business owners face. Her professional focus is to educate business owners on the importance of digital marketing. With solid understanding of messaging and digital platforms, Ruth has worked with 100’s of clients locally and nationally, impacting their business in a positive way. Areas of expertise include PPC, SEO, Digital Display, Websites and Mobile platforms. Over the course of her career, Ruth has received several awards for sales and training. She is certified in Google AdWords and is currently completing her business degree at Saint Mary’s University. She is also on the Board of Directors for Alliance of Women in Media.


Sam O’Byrne

Digital Brand Strategist

@im_just_sam

Sam O’Byrne is a Digital Brand Strategist at Hubbard Interactive. Since finishing school at the University of Minnesota, Sam has become an experienced digital strategist with over 10 years of planning, creating, and executing digital solutions. Sam has extensive experience working with businesses, government organizations, public health initiatives and non-profits from fortune 500s to tiny mom and pop bakeries. Sam holds certifications from Google in AdWords and analytics as well as various other certifications from Bing, Microsoft and Hubspot.


Pat Laeger

Videographer/Producer

@PatLaeger Pat Laeger

As the Videographer for Hubbard Interactive, Pat produces videos for the Twin Cities Hubbard Radio stations that range from event recaps to social video promos. He also produces an array of videos for sales clients – from testimonial videos to product how-to videos; from spotlight interview videos to animated infographic videos. He loves to tell stories – big or small. He has two dogs named #OakleyRembrandt and #GemmaWatson (check out their hashtags on Instagram!).


The cannabis industry faces unique challenges right now. Different strains are legal in some state but not others, and it’s still not federally legal. Yet at the same time, there are cannabis products that you can buy at certain grocery stores in all states. Boveda humidity control packs have uses in the cannabis world, and also are used for cigars and wind instruments. In this episode, we talk with Devin Johnson from Boveda Inc. about the struggles and triumphs of marketing a product that can be used as an accessory in the strictly regulated cannabis industry.


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On This Episode

Missy Young

Social Media Services Manager

@miss_shredbetty Missy Young

As the Social Media Services Manager for Hubbard Interactive, Missy Young’s position entails working with clients and team members to drive social media strategy and lead initiatives to identify new technologies and digital best practices. She develops customized micro and macro campaigns that drive online interaction, promotes and creates content that enhances the customer experience and creates lead generation for medium to large-scale companies. She regularly speaks at local and national events on a variety of subjects including: social media, PR, analytics and content strategy.


Devin Johnson

Social Media Manager

@DevRachael @devvine

Devin works by day as a Social Media Manager at Boveda Inc. in Minnetonka MN, and by night, she’s usually eating tacos. Her experience within the cannabis industry includes event marketing, product development and social media marketing. She enjoys spending her free time reading self-help books, practicing yoga, or watching the latest HBO documentary.


Sam Franco

Social Media Strategist

@samantha593 Sam Franco

After graduating from Winona State University in 2015, Sam accumulated vast knowledge in healthcare and retail marketing industries through various digital marketing positions. Sam’s Social Media Strategist position at Hubbard Interactive allows her to passionately problem solve within client’s brand standards and social media marketing needs. Sam applies her background in photography to many of the brands she manages, while constantly looking for new creative ideas to reach audiences in the ever-changing digital marketing world.


Getting your website found online can be a tough task. Between competitors and search engine algorithms, what’s the best strategy for website content? In this episode we talk with Alex and Jason from Brandography about how to optimize your SEO efforts and keep your website relevant and up-to-date.


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On This Episode

Missy Young

Social Media Services Manager

@miss_shredbetty Missy Young

As the Social Media Services Manager for Hubbard Interactive, Missy Young’s position entails working with clients and team members to drive social media strategy and lead initiatives to identify new technologies and digital best practices. She develops customized micro and macro campaigns that drive online interaction, promotes and creates content that enhances the customer experience and creates lead generation for medium to large-scale companies. She regularly speaks at local and national events on a variety of subjects including: social media, PR, analytics and content strategy.


Jason Dailey

CEO

Leading Brandography, an award-winning digital marketing company recognized for innovation, Jason Dailey is well accomplished in identifying, launching, and elevating the success of new business concepts.

Sound business savvy, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a ferocious work ethic is native to Jason Dailey. Upon graduation from the Univ of WI – Madison, Jason pursued an entrepreneurial track, leading multiple successful ventures and overseeing operations for other organizations prior to launching Brandography.

Jason’s integrated model for Brandography represents a comprehensive marketing approach adhering to latest and best SEO practices. Brandography provides website and app design and development, marketing strategy, brand creation and deployment, videography and photography, content marketing, and ongoing marketing including pay per click, managed ad placements, social media, and technical SEO. Tracking and reporting of marketing strategies is key in supporting a responsive marketing approach.

Deeply respecting every business Brandography serves, Jason has woven into the philosophy of his organization and team the awareness that they do not just market products and services – they partner with the individuals behind those businesses which represent dreams fulfilled, investment of capital, hard work, the financial security for many individuals, and the collective strength of the business community as a whole.


Alex Wolfgram

Digital Marketing Specialist

Alex is a Digital Marketing Specialist focused on SEO and SEM. He has helped numerous clients in various spaces including e-commerce, small to medium size businesses, education, and government and is a sought-after contributor to multiple online industry forums.

Having started his career in Asia, Alex is experienced in helping companies build websites and expanding their online marketing presence to Western audiences. After getting his MA in Taiwan and finishing his travels to more than 20 countries, Alex moved back to his home state of Minnesota where he has since joined Brandography as a Digital Strategist focused on Google AdWords, SEO, and overall online paid advertising.


Ruth Tambornino

Digital Brand Strategist

Ruth Tambornino is the Digital Brand Strategist at Hubbard Interactive, Hubbard’s Digital Agency. Prior to joining Hubbard Interactive, she Senior Manager of Field Strategy at Dex Media. Her role at Dex included bringing new digital products to market, training marketing consultants and working with key client accounts. In addition to Dex Media, Ruth spent a year working with a start up software company as Director of Sale Enablement. Ruth has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. A former small business owner and Real Estate professional, Ruth understands the challenges business owners face. Her professional focus is to educate business owners on the importance of digital marketing. With solid understanding of messaging and digital platforms, Ruth has worked with 100’s of clients locally and nationally, impacting their business in a positive way. Areas of expertise include PPC, SEO, Digital Display, Websites and Mobile platforms. Over the course of her career, Ruth has received several awards for sales and training. She is certified in Google AdWords and is currently completing her business degree at Saint Mary’s University. She is also on the Board of Directors for Alliance of Women in Media.


Pat Laeger

Videographer/Producer

@PatLaeger Pat Laeger

As the Videographer for Hubbard Interactive, Pat produces videos for the Twin Cities Hubbard Radio stations that range from event recaps to social video promos. He also produces an array of videos for sales clients – from testimonial videos to product how-to videos; from spotlight interview videos to animated infographic videos. He loves to tell stories – big or small. He has two dogs named #OakleyRembrandt and #GemmaWatson (check out their hashtags on Instagram!).


In an industry that includes giant hotel chains and hyper-individual vacation rentals, how do you navigate the changing climate of the travel and hospitality arena? GrandStay Hospitality is a growing national chain of hotels that has a unique focus on local community features. In this episode we talk with the marketing team from GrandStay about their marketing strategies and tactics as they continue to learn and improve their hotel offerings while pushing forward in the digital space.


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On This Episode

Missy Young

Social Media Services Manager

@miss_shredbetty Missy Young

As the Social Media Services Manager for Hubbard Interactive, Missy Young’s position entails working with clients and team members to drive social media strategy and lead initiatives to identify new technologies and digital best practices. She develops customized micro and macro campaigns that drive online interaction, promotes and creates content that enhances the customer experience and creates lead generation for medium to large-scale companies. She regularly speaks at local and national events on a variety of subjects including: social media, PR, analytics and content strategy.


Sam Franco

Social Media Strategist

@samantha593 Sam Franco

After graduating from Winona State University in 2015, Sam accumulated vast knowledge in healthcare and retail marketing industries through various digital marketing positions. Sam’s Social Media Strategist position at Hubbard Interactive allows her to passionately problem solve within client’s brand standards and social media marketing needs. Sam applies her background in photography to many of the brands she manages, while constantly looking for new creative ideas to reach audiences in the ever-changing digital marketing world.


Pat Laeger

Videographer/Producer

@PatLaeger Pat Laeger

As the Videographer for Hubbard Interactive, Pat produces videos for the Twin Cities Hubbard Radio stations that range from event recaps to social video promos. He also produces an array of videos for sales clients – from testimonial videos to product how-to videos; from spotlight interview videos to animated infographic videos. He loves to tell stories – big or small. He has two dogs named #OakleyRembrandt and #GemmaWatson (check out their hashtags on Instagram!).