Meet Our Marketing Experts in Chicagoland August 16-18

    Our Experts Will Be Attending the Local Media Association Conference


    In-Person Introductions Available in the Chicagoland Area August 16-18

    Several members of our team will be attending the Local Media Association conference at the Gleacher Center, home to the University of Chicago’s executive MBA program.  And we’re available for in-person introduction meetings during the week.

    So if you’ve been following our work here in the Local Marketing Blog and you’re in the Chicagoland area this may be a great opportunity for us to meet!

    Three Ways We Commonly Get to Know Potential New Clients

    If you’re not sure where to start, here are 3 common ways we get to know potential new clients:

    Free Strategy Sessions.  Let’s spend an hour reviewing your current strategy and lay out a structure for determining how best to position your marketing strategy for the future.  We do this at no cost to you, and without further obligation.  Book time here.

    Free Training Workshops.  Pick a marketing topic, and if we have an expert on it we’ll gladly share our best practices with you and your team in a free workshop.  This is a great way to build your team up and expand your knowledge on a topic of interest.  Book time here.

    Here are a few common topics we cover:

    How To Get Google to Know You & Show You

    The Basics of Your Digital Footprint

    How To Calculate Your Marketing ROI

    Marketing Formula: Targeting + Messaging + Reach = Results

    The Bullseye Digital Marketing Method

    But pick any topic that is important to you, and if we’ve got an expert we’ll build a solid hour and guaranty you’ll feel it’s worth your time.

    Free Problem-Solving Sessions.  Got something keeping you up at night right now?  We’ll help you unpack the problem and recommend possible solutions.  This is a great way to get a new perspective on a big challenge for your business.  Fresh eyes can do wonders!  Book time here.

    Coffee or Cocktails is Just Fine, Too

    Not ready for all that?  No problem.  We’re happy to grab coffee or cocktails (depending on the time of day) in a less formal setting and just make introductions to see if we’re a good match.

    However you take advantage of the opportunity to meet in person in Chicagoland August 16-18, we look forward to meeting you!



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    After 3 decades as a professional marketer, serial entrepreneur and business consultant Steven Ludwig shares his best practices for small business marketing for owners, managers, and marketers with limited time, money, and expertise. Steven started his professional marketing career in broadcasting in the early ‘90s in Chicago after attending Valparaiso University. After a brief stint at an advertising agency specializing in entertainment and sports marketing where he worked with radio and television stations, movie theatre companies, record labels, musicians, and professional sports teams, he moved to Nashville to form The Marketing Group with his long-time business partner, Jim Wood. Having worked with some of the largest brands in the world, in 2010 he returned to local marketing primarily out of an interest and excitement for working with small business owners to build stronger companies. That desire comes out of early days in radio, where he worked closely with everything from car dealerships to restaurants, insurance and real estate agents, banks, home services companies, and specialty retailers of all kinds. Over the past decade, he has been on the bleeding edge of digital marketing technology, constantly seeking to understand complex strategies employed by giant corporations and then translate those capabilities into tactics small businesses can execute at a local level. Today, in addition to other business ventures with his wife and other long-time business partners, he still lives outside Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee and currently serves as Executive Chairman of EmpowerLocal, a digital marketing company building a nationwide network of digital, hyperlocal news and lifestyle publishers to provide efficient advertising opportunities for local, regional, and national brands.


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