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.


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


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

Digital Content Specialist

Pat Laeger

Pat has over 10 years of creative production experience and has produced radio shows, video campaigns, podcasts, and other digital content. Pat is an outgoing introvert, a spreadsheet lover, an Oxford comma advocate, and an avid Mountain Dew drinker.

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