SmartBug is more than an inbound marketing agency—we’re a growth marketing agency of digital strategy, design, web development, public relations, and marketing automation experts.
We built SmartBug as a 100 percent remote employee model so we could attract the best talent from across the country. Our team comes from brands such as HubSpot, FCB, Seagate, HBO, Gartner, Deloitte & Touche, Electronic Arts, and UBM. No interns. No faux marketers. No black box processes. Just solid professionals that want to win for you.
The benefit? You get to work with some of the most passionate, skilled strategists, marketers, creatives, and developers in the industry.
We know from our client-side roots that winning is more than just deliverables. Success is about expertise, trust, transparency, and results. We’ve built our award-winning agency and reputation as the highest-rated HubSpot partner by putting together systems, training, technologies, and work ethic to help our clients grow.
Sure, we have all the certifications: HubSpot, Google, AdWords, Moz, Wistia, and so on. And we have more than 130 five-star reviews from our clients and recommendations from a who’s who of digital marketing thought leaders.
But even with all that, it’s about relationships. We are not a throw it over the cubicle wall type agency. We’re an extension of your team: Your confidante and trusted ally that helps you dominate your next market. Think of us as your remote digital marketing team that cherishes a seat at your table and a voice in your strategy.
So, if you want to slay some markets, make some memories, and build some great relationships along the way, we’d love to earn your business.Show Less
CERTIFIED Great Place to Work®, 2017-2018
GRAND PRIZE WINNER HubSpot Happiest Clients, 2016
WINNER HubSpot People’s Choice Impact Award for Best Growth Story, 2015
WINNER HubSpot Best New Client Onboarding, 2015
Finalist HubSpot Best Client Graphic Design, 2015
Finalist HubSpot Client Campaign of the Year, 2015
3rd Place HubSpot Happiest Clients, 2015
Honorable Mention HubSpot Website Design of the Year, 2015
Honorable Mention HubSpot Client Growth Story of the Year, 2015
Honorable Mention HubSpot COS Innovators of the Year, 2015
Honorable Mention HubSpot Marketplace Provider of the Year, 2015
We are committed to effectively preparing and executing our best work on time so that our teams, and therefore our clients, succeed.
We believe learning is an ongoing process (and you don’t need a school to do it), so we stay driven to master what we don’t know.
We spend more time at work than perhaps anywhere else, so we create memorable experiences with each other and our clients.
We believe good ideas can come from anywhere, so we explore everything on the table and constantly strive to find the best path forward.
We define success based on our clients’ success, meaning we work hard day and night to deliver results and peace of mind to our clients.
Founder & CEO
Ryan is the CEO of SmartBug, which he founded to give clients amazing results and employees a lifetime of memories. Before SmartBug, Ryan ran marketing at several venture-backed and public companies. Ryan enjoys the gym, live music, people watching and playing terrible guitar. He lives in Orange County with his wife, amazing little girls, and Lola – the O.G. SmartBug. GoTerps!Irvine, CA
Julia is General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. She went to Georgetown Law and has over 15 years of legal experience. Julia has previously worked in-house at tech companies and headed the legal department for St. John Knits, a global fashion company. She loves to spend as much time as possible outside in sunny SoCal, hanging out with her husband and two little girls.Irvine, CA
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Client Services Director
Amber is the Client Services Director. Being a SmartBug veteran, she's lived through rapid business growth and, unintentionally, became obsessed with growth and the systems to hack it. As an ex-psychology nerd turned marketer, she considers herself a t-shaped marketer. She prides herself on client happiness and isn't afraid of hard work, which she credits to her upbringing on a farm in North Dakota.Bismarck, ND
Drink of Choice
Digital Project Manager
A true renaissance man, jack of all trades but expert at nothing. Kyle majored in computer science and went into IT before becoming a college webmaster, during which time he became expert in digital marketing. An early HubSpotter, he held a number of roles and ultimately build his own SaaS company. Today, Kyle is one of the Digital Project Managers at SmartBug.Greenville, SC
Director of Public Relations
Doreen is SmartBug's Director of Public Relations, based in Charleston, S.C. She has 10-plus years of working with clients to build name recognition, increased credibility, and buzz for organizations and their thought leaders. Doreen has an MBA in marketing and loves to travel and deep-sea fish, and dreams of sharing a coffee with her favorite reality TV host, Andy Cohen.Charleston, SC
Danielle is SmartBug's Creative Director and based in L.A. With a background in journalism, she approaches design from a strategic and research-oriented perspective and believes good design is clear and purposeful. During non-work hours, Danielle spends her time enjoying her 2-year-old daughter, dragging said daughter and husband on hikes around L.A., and eagerly awaiting the next season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.Los Angeles, CA
Drink of Choice
Agile-Web Project Manager
Aaron is the Agile-Web Project Manager at SmartBug Media. He has more than seven years of marketing and project management experience helping organizations succeed in their digital marketing goals and objectives, ranging from not-for-profits to large technology-based groups and businesses.Akron, MI
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Band I Like
Based out of Chicago, Alexa has more than four years experience as a digital marketer. In her spare time, she can be found cooking new veggie recipes, at Pure Barre, or being an obsessive dog-parent to her beagle-mix, Sasha.Chicago, IL
Alyssa is a Web Developer based in central Texas. She's perpetually covered in cat hair, addicted to fast food, and always has a soda at hand. Outside of work she's still glued to the computer chair—browsing the web and watching television.Cedar Park, TX
Senior Designer / UX
Amanda is a senior designer based out of sunny Philadelphia. Her background is in design strategy and UX. When she’s not designing websites, she spends time with her crazy family and friends, loves belting out loud tunes in her car, and takes last minute drives out to the coast (that’s “driving down the shore” in Philly speak).Philadelphia, PA
Andy is a designer based in Orlando, Fla. He enjoys clean and cohesive design and loves to design with data. Outside of work, Andy enjoys watching/playing soccer, spending time with his wife, two daughters and newborn son, and playing video games.Orlando, FL
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Ben is an avid hockey fan and plays on a weekly basis. While not playing or watching hockey, he develops awesome websites.Nova Scotia, Canada
Brooke is an Associate Consultant based in southeastern Connecticut. She joined SmartBug after falling in love with working remotely at her previous digital marketing agency. In her free time, Brooke designs whimsical headpieces for brides, and enjoys spending as much time outside as possible while exploring new places outside of the East Coast.Providence, RI
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Christopher is an Associate Consultant at SmartBug Media based in Milwaukee. Originally from Chicago, Chris graduated from Mizzou and worked in Columbia as an interactive project manager for five years before coming to SmartBug. Outside of work, Chris loves to travel, snowboard, and play/watch basketball.Milwaukee, WI
Emily is a project manager with a background in business process consulting and a budding interest in the craft of getting ideas to spread online (aka digital marketing). When not working, Emily can be found crashing creative writing classes throughout Los Angeles or making DIY cosmetics in her home laboratory (aka kitchen). She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and cat.Los Angeles, CA
Evan is a web developer based out of Portland, Ore., with a background in internet marketing and SEO. When not coding awesome websites in HubSpot, he can be found rock climbing and generally enjoying the outdoors.Portland, OR
Senior Paid Search Strategist
Jake is a Denver-based digital marketer with years of paid search experience, for which he has successfully managed millions in monthly media spend for clients nationwide in both B2C and B2B verticals. He has a strange passion for data and numbers, loves a long day in the mountains, is happily married to his wife, Aynslee, and has one child, Norman, a Wheaten terrier.Denver, CO
Jennifer has 15 years of experience in marketing and business development. She has a diverse background working for agencies, in-house marketing teams, and even owning her own business. With a passion for language, content marketing is her favorite way to drive results. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, lives in Denver, and escapes to the mountains with her family every chance she gets.Denver, CO
Jessica fell in love with marketing at her first job and now has more than 15 years of experience in content creation and lead-driving tactics, promotional campaigns, budgeting, event management, and analytics. Prior to joining SmartBug, she was the Director of Marketing at a B2B company that built software for analyzing genetics. Jessica lives in Bozeman, Mont., with her husband and her Yorkie, Athena.Bozeman, MT
After 25 years in newspapers, Joe moved to the world of inbound marketing, writing and editing content for SmartBug clients. Originally from Chicago (go Cubs!), he lives in Utah with his wife, two tall boys, a cat, and a black lab/pointer mix named Popcorn. For fun, he plays board games and watches his sons' sporting events (mostly basketball games and swim meets).Salt Lake City, UT
Juli spent college studying anthropology, art history, and classics. After that time studying old, dead things, she naturally pursued online marketing. She has more than six years of experience as a one-woman marketing team, HubSpot user, and consultant. A born-and-bred Jersey girl, Juli has big hair, loves Bruce Springsteen, and will never say no to a cup of strong black coffee.Wantage, NJ
No. of Cats
Katy is the resident taco expert. She has more than 10 years of interactive marketing experience in industries ranging from higher education and healthcare, to technology, software, and SMBs. Her passion lies in content marketing and helping companies connect with customers through the interwebs. She has spoken at numerous events nationwide on content marketing, social media, and brand personalization.Houston, TX
Kristen joined SmartBug after studying international marketing in college (twice: once in English, once in Spanish) and spending years at another HubSpot agency. Though technically a Maryland resident, she takes advantage of SmartBug's remote structure and is often on the move, striving to find the place she wants to call home.Annapolis, MD
Mary Cate is an Associate Consultant at SmartBug, with more than five years of experience running inbound programs. She is on the Board of Directors for the Columbia Chapter of the AMA. “MC” graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in PR. Her best friend is her 5-pound Morkie, Harley, with whom she loves to binge watch TV.Columbia, SC
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Mike is an Associate Consultant with more than five years of experience planning and executing digital marketing campaigns. He enjoys helping clients find success through inbound marketing best practices. This Kansas native has a killer jumpshot, spends most of the summer on his Jet Ski, and is a self-proclaimed "chicken and waffles connoisseur."Manhattan, KS
Favorite TV Show
Paul Schmidt is senior consultant at SmartBug Media and is based in Colorado. He works with clients on SEO, analytics, lead generation, and marketing strategy. He is a lover of all things homebrewing, drumming, hiking, and cooking. He previously worked as a Senior HubSpot Consultant. Paul studied percussion in Las Vegas and got his MBA in marketing in Boston.Dever, CO
Sarah is a Michigan native who traded one Midwestern state for another, now living in Chicago. After studying PR and communication at Oakland University, she landed a job as an inbound marketing coordinator and hasn't looked back. When she's not marketing, she's probably playing video games. That's all she does in her spare time. Seriously.Chicago, IL
Tessa is a web developer based outside of Philly. When not building awesome websites, she can be found making tacos, playing video games, or crocheting while a cat sleeps on her lap.Philadelphia, PA
Favorite TV Show
Trenton is a copywriter with a background in content marketing and creative writing. Born and raised in Virginia, he lives in Denver with his wife, their cat named Bonnie, and their black lab mutt named Bruce. When not writing content for clients, Trenton can be found skiing, camping, or biking in the mountains.Denver, CO