Member Spotlight: The Media Captain

Columbus Chamber
The Columbus Chamber provides connections, resources and solutions that help small businesses and Fortune 500 enterprises grow Central Ohio's economy.

Tell us about your company’s mission and values.
Our mission is to help businesses grow their revenue through digital marketing.

What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber?
I can’t wait to connect with other Columbus business owners through the Chamber. I love hearing how other entrepreneurs started their company and the Chamber will help introduce me to those people.

How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry?
The field of digital marketing is very fast paced. Each year, Google changes its search algorithm around 500–600 times. You can’t buy a book to stay engaged with digital trends because by the time the book is published, the landscape has already changed. We are fortunate to have a client roster across so many different industries. Over the years, we’ve been able to see what works and what doesn’t work, which helps us stay on the cutting edge. I’m also a Partner of an e-commerce skincare and beauty product website, DermWarehouse. Once again, I’m able to get my hands dirty by trying different things with this business, which helps on the e-commerce side.

What do you think differentiates you from your competitors?
If you do a Google search for “Columbus SEO Company” or “Columbus Social Media Company” you’ll see our site ranking towards the top of the search engines. We practice what we preach when it comes to digital marketing. We are also very fast paced. We make sure the job gets done right but we also understand the importance of continuing to move forward.

What is your company culture like?
Very collaborative. Our office is an open workspace environment in the Short North. It can get noisy at times but all of the projects are a team effort and there is a lot of communication taking place.

What advice would you have appreciated hearing when first starting your career?
When it comes to starting a business, I think no advice is sometimes the best advice. There are a lot of early mornings, late night and weekend hours. I just don’t think any advice can truly prepare you for the journey. You just have to go out there and do it.

How do you achieve work/life balance?
This is something I’m constantly working on and can continue to improve upon. Every day, I go on a run or lift weights. This helps me decompress. I also surround myself with family, which helps put things in perspective.

What business leader do you admire the most and why?
My dad. He started his own business and to this day has a great work ethic, which still motivates me. Nobody is is even a close second in terms of who I admire as a business leader.

Where is your favorite place to have a meeting outside of the office?
Condado Tacos. This is right across the street from our office in the Short North. It’s a great spot to have a drink and get some solid tacos. I love the vibe inside of there also.

Why do you think Columbus is a great place to do business?
I could go on all day about why Columbus is so great for business. First off, from the perspective of a business owner, it is affordable. When my company was relatively young, I was able to afford office space, which helped with the recruitment process for employees. It also helped legitimize our agency, which led to more clients. If I started this agency in New York or Chicago, office space wouldn’t have been possible. There is also a great corporate base here in Columbus. From Fortune 500 companies to small and medium sized business, there is just a great diversification of business. Lastly, Columbus is creative and unique. Just walk around the Short North and you’ll be inspired by the style. In my line of work, creativity is crucial and this city has it.

About The Media Captain
The Media Captain is your one-stop shop for everything digital. We are a Columbus based digital marketing agency focused on creative and result-driven solutions for companies of all sizes.