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Growing a Digital Marketing Agency from $100K to $3 Million+

Kade Wilcox is the owner and CEO of Primitive Social, a digital marketing agency in Lubbock, Texas, focused on helping companies grow through software development, website design and development, inbound marketing, and sales enablement. In 2011, Kade and his wife Lacey started Primitive Social, providing social media support to small local businesses. In 2013, Kade and Lacey connected with Jerred Hurst (now co-owner of Primitive Social) and decided to focus on growing the company. Over...


Facebook Messenger Marketing with Chatbots

Larry Kim is the founder of WordStream, which is a suite of online marketing and advertising tools that helps businesses manage search engine marketing campaigns. More recently, Larry is the CEO of MobileMonkey. Mobile Monkey is the worlds best Facebook messenger marketing platform for marketers and companies of all sizes. It's free and easy, it's an online service that enables you to create powerful chat-bots without coding. Larry Kim is one of the best and brightest minds in digital...


From Local Store to $200 Million in Online Sales

Danny Govberg is a pioneering force of the contemporary watch industry. His vision and insatiable passion for watches and technology enabled the evolution of Govberg from a Philadelphia-based retail shop to one of the world's premier authorized dealers of both new and pre-owned timepieces. Danny recognized years ago that selling new watches was only one way to support the life of a watch collector and set in motion a tech forward, pre-owned strategy that inspired the evolution of the...


How to Grow a Multi-Million Dollar Agency

Greg is CEO of Blue Chair, he has more than 30 years of entrepreneur experience in startups, acquisitions, business development, and takeovers. Starting with Gragg Advertising in 1992, one of the best Kansas City advertising agencies, Greg has started four additional technology companies, purchased one and helped develop over 20 proprietary products focused on good practices in performance marketing. Greg has been nominated Entrepreneur of the Year twice and has received numerous...


How to Get Client Results & Grow Your Own Agency with Content Marketing

Brandee Johnson is an entrepreneur, a marketer and a speaker. Since 2015, Brandee has owned and operated Limelight Marketing, a Kansas City inbound marketing agency based in Pittsburgh, Kansas. Limelight helps companies to have brand stories to attract and convert customers. Prior to owning the agency, Brandee spent 15 years working for leading brands in national and global corporations including Lego. She has implemented and integrated a variety of marketing and IT systems including...


Physical Therapy Marketing Strategy, Tips & Ideas for Private Practices

On this business podcast, David Straight is a doctor of physical therapy, he’s an author, speaker, and a marketing expert. He’s also the co-owner of e-rehab.com. And a marketing director of a seven-location private practice. David and his business partner own and operate a digital marketing agency that serves the physical therapy private practice market. He and his company provide websites, email newsletters, search engine optimization, reputation management, video marketing, and social...


Marketing Tips for Non-Profits & Startups with Melissa Roberts of ECJC

Phil Singleton interview Melissa Roberts. Melissa Roberts helps entrepreneurs find the resources they need to grow their businesses–whether that’s space, education, mentoring or connections to capital. She serves as the VP of Strategy and Economic Development at the Enterprise Center in Johnson County, a Kansas City-based non-profit organization. There, she oversees the ECJC’s marketing and communications strategy, educational programs and public policy efforts. Melissa has been honored...


Sales Tips & Tactics That Are Working Right Now

As an inbound marketer, we practice what we preach. But when you dominate online, you have to be careful what you wish for… Sometimes we get so many calls and emails it’s hard to keep up. Sound like humble bragging? It’s not. When a large amount of your leads don’t have the budget or willingness to invest in a successful marketing campaign, it takes a lot of time and effort to process leads that are not your ideal clients. It takes time and money to qualify and process high ticket...


How To Market Like A Millennial

Marc Guberti is an entrepreneur, digital marketing expert, and author. Marc publishes multiple blog posts every day on his digital marketing blog and tweets every 15 minutes to over 400,000 Twitter followers. Marc has the fearlessness of his teen years and dedication of an entrepreneur mixed into one mindset which guide him through the process of creating products and writing content. Marc wants to show teens that they can start their businesses earlier. No one has to wait for working...


Starting a Successful Business by Solving a Problem

In this episode of the Local Business Leaders podcast we get to chat with Erica Brune, president of Lever1 in Kansas City. Erica explains what a PEO (professional employer organization) is, how Lever1 got started, and some of the key reasons how this venture became so successful so quickly. You can learn more about Lever1 and Erica Brune here: http://www.lever1.com Lever1 on Facebook Lever1 on Twitter Erica Brune on LinkedIn


Starting, Marketing & Growing a Freelance or Solopreneur Business

Julie Cortes has worked in the advertising and marketing industry for over 20 years now, starting on the agency side, moving to corporate, back to agency, and then finding her passion in freelancing. She's worked with with hundreds of clients and accounts along the way in a variety of industries. This includes most of the local Kansas City advertising agencies and design shops, as well as some of the larger corporations and small businesses you might be familiar with. Julie loves being...


Lead Generation & Marketing Tactics for Business Coaches

Shawn Kinkade is a full time certified Professional Business Coach, Strategic Advisor and the President of Aspire, a business strategy, consulting and coaching company founded in Leawood Kansas in 2007. He works with entrepreneurs and business owners who are looking for traction and momentum in their business and are ready to take things to the next level. Shawn’s experience has been a mix of Management Consulting (Accenture and as an independent) and as a Corporate Executive (at Sprint...


Consistent Affordable High Quality Blog Writing for Agencies

About 5 years ago, I almost invested $300k in a content crowdsourcing / blog writing startup. Well, $100k was my own money and the other $200K was from other angel investors I brought to the table. Why did I consider this kind of strategic investment? Because I wanted to be part of solving the #1 problem agencies had back then - and that that we still have today: Getting Consistent Affordable High Quality Blog Writing for Agencies I have tried just about every one of the best 3rd party...


Local Attorney SEO Tips & SEO Tactics for Law Firms

Sherry Bonelli is a nationally recognized local SEO expert and digital marketing professional. She entered the digital marketing world in 1998 when she launched her first ecommerce business selling pregnancy and baby products. Her ecommerce site was selected as one of the top 10 websites by a leading pregnancy magazine, and she appeared on the TODAY Show, CNN, ABC News and other media outlets. Her digital marketing agency, early bird digital marketing, is located in Cedar Rapids, IA, but...


Podcasting for Lead Generation

Learn how to use your own personal podcast or your own company podcast to connect with your ideal clients and the CEO and business owner level. This is one of the most effective outbound-inbound digital marketing lead generation tactics you will ever find. One-click Lindsey Anderson is a crazy smart digital marketer. She, in fact, is one of the inspirations for the Local Business Leaders podcast. One of the coolest things about Lindsey is how she and her team help businesses at all...


Lead Generation & Marketing Tips for Professional Services Firms

In this episode of Local Business Leaders, we discuss how John Jantsch got started in marketing and how he started Duct Tape Marketing. John gives tips and advice how freelancers and moonlighting professionals with day jobs can start their own agencies. We also discuss the best ways for professional service providers to generate leads and get new business today. Lead Generation & Marketing Tips for Professional Services Firms


Social Media Marketing for Restaurants: What's Working Right Now

Ken Tucker is the founder of Changescape Web, a Small Business Marketing and Website Design Agency specializing in comprehensive integrated marketing strategies and campaigns for small and mid-sized businesses. Specialties include search engine optimization, website design, reputation management, social media marketing, lead generation, and marketing automation. Ken is a Master Duct Tape Marketing Certified Consultant, an Inbound Marketing Certified Professional (since 2010), and an SEO...


$150M Entrepreneur Gives Lead Gen Tips for Saas B2B Companies

Matt Watson is the Founder & CEO of Stackify based right here in Kansas City. He has been a developer and hacker for over 15 years and loves solving hard problems with code. He sold his first startup, VinSolutions, for $150 million and started Stackify to solve the biggest challenge he had as the CTO of VinSolutions. Matt is highly skilled in the areas of SEO and content marketing. Stackify receives hundreds of thousands of monthly visits as a result of Matt and his team’s successful...


Why I Started the Local Business Leaders Podcast

This first episode of the Local Business Leaders Podcast hosted by Phil Singleton is an introduction for listeners and subscribers, so you will know what this show is about, and also to help prepare upcoming guests as to the interview flow and the types of questions we’ll be asking. First, this is an interview style podcast that runs about 20 minutes per show. But this introductory first episode is going to be short and sweet, maybe only five or ten minutes long. Phil Singleton is a web...