Digital Marketing Executive Hillary Bressler Joins Pinch Hit Partners, Will Serve Clients as a Fractional CMO and Travel and Hospitality Marketing Lead

Pinch Hit Partners is proud to announce the addition of Hillary Bressler to the company’s growing roster of marketing consultants and fractional Chief Marketing Officers. Bressler is a nationally regarded digital marketing executive and founder of .Com Marketing, the agency she sold to Edgecore in 2014. “Hillary was one of the first marketers to embrace pay-per-click advertising,” said Pinch Hit Partners founder Mark Cipolletti. “Her ability to forecast trends and opportunities will help us attract new clients, especially those CEOs and business owners who are struggling to keep up with the constantly changing world of marketing.” 

One thing that hasn’t changed much in marketing is how companies resource their work. “I was attracted to Pinch Hit Partners’ business model because I see fractional CMOs and outsourced marketing departments as a new and better way for companies to accomplish their marketing goals,” said Bressler. “Some of the best marketing practitioners are now working independently in the Gig Economy. Pinch Hit Partners takes advantage of this like no one else. It’s a game changer for small and mid-size companies,” said Bressler.

Bressler will be based in Orlando, Florida, a city and state known for an abundance of national travel brands. During her 20 years as an agency owner, she served many of the world’s leading travel and hospitality companies such as Marriott and Universal Studios. “At Pinch Hit Partners, she will lead our travel industry practice. She will also be a lead consultant for clients who need to advance their digital marketing capabilities,” said Cipolletti. 

Bressler started her career at the Golf Channel, launching their first website in 1995 and leading cutting-edge digital marketing strategies for the cable provider. In 2009, she co-authored a book, Discover Your Inner Strength (Cutting Edge Growth Strategies From Industry’s Leading Experts), with Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey and Brian Tracy. She is also a sought after speaker on the topic of digital marketing.

About Pinch Hit Partners

Your company’s growth is too important to be left to anyone other than a senior marketing executive. Pinch Hit Partners provides your small or mid-size company with a part-time or fractional Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) to lead your marketing function at the highest level possible. If needed, Pinch Hit Partners also provides outsourced marketing departments to execute marketing programs with quality and efficiency. For companies seeking industry-specific marketing experts, we offer consultants with specialities in travel and hospitality, insurance, franchises, sports, digital marketing and more.

Learn more at www.pinchhitpartners.com or contact Mark Cipolletti at mark@pinchhitpartners.com.

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Pinch Hit Partners Adds Hazzard Electrical to Client Roster

Hazzard Electrical, a family-owned commercial electrical contractor headquartered in Ashland, Virginia, has chosen Pinch Hit Partners to develop a strategic marketing plan that will support the company’s future growth goals. For over 40 years, Hazzard has served central Virginia with quality electrical services and we are looking forward to helping develop a marketing plan that will power (pun intended) their company in 2018 and beyond.

Pinch Hitter Matt Smith will be the lead consultant on this project. Smith recently teamed up with Pinch Hit Partners after serving as the Chief Marketing Officer for SweetFrog Enterprises and Director of Marketing for Farm Bureau Insurance.

Don’t start 2018 without a marketing plan for your business. Contact us today to discuss how Pinch Hit Partners can provide your company with big company marketing at a small company price.

About Pinch Hit Partners

Pinch Hit Partners is a Richmond, VA-based company that’s disrupting how marketing gets done for small and medium-sized companies by providing them with a cost-effective alternative to hiring their own marketing team or contracting with an expensive full-service creative agency. Learn more at www.pinchhitpartners.com. Contact Mark Cipolletti at mark@pinchhitpartners.com.

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Pinch Hit Partners Adds Veteran Marketer Matt Smith to Team of Fractional CMOs

Matt Smith, a direct-to-consumer marketing and branding leader, has joined Pinch Hit Partners as a fractional marketing consultant. Matt has over 20 years of experience leading marketing functions as a consultant for small companies and as an in-house executive for large corporations. As a Pinch Hit Partners consultant, he will serve small and mid-size companies as a fractional head of marketing, developing marketing strategy and overseeing marketing operations.

Most recently, Matt was the chief marketing officer for sweetFrog Enterprises with responsibility for marketing programs, brand management and business development. There, he helped grow the frozen yogurt franchiser into a 340 store, global segment leader.

Matt’s career started in college sports marketing at the University of Richmond where he also helped run the media center for the 1992 Presidential Debate. Later he spent three years promoting the nation’s largest sports memorabilia conventions and coordinating appearances by professional athletes for Tuff Stuff Magazine.

In 2001, Matt was hired by Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance to start an in-house marketing department. Over the next 12 years his responsibilities grew to include strategic partnerships and change management. While at Farm Bureau, Matt negotiated the naming rights for Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach and helped lead the acquisition of the State Fair of Virginia and Meadow Farm.

About Pinch Hit Partners

Pinch Hit Partners is a Richmond, VA-based company that’s disrupting how marketing gets done for small and medium-sized companies by providing them with a cost-effective alternative to hiring their own marketing team or contracting with an expensive full-service creative agency. Learn more at www.pinchhitpartners.com. Contact Mark Cipolletti at mark@pinchhitpartners.com.

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Case Study: Virginia Council of CEOs Embraces Marketing Automation to Grow Beyond Richmond Base

Client:

Virginia Council of CEOs

The Situation:

The Virginia Council of CEOs has more than 200 members, mostly from the Richmond area. When the Council’s Board of Directors decided to expand its membership to the Charlottesville area, the organization’s Executive Director turned to Pinch Hit Partners.

The Challenge:

The Council’s brand awareness was limited to the Richmond area. They needed an efficient way to connect with busy executives in a new market. The Council’s Executive Director also doubles as their primary salesperson, so frequent travel to another city would be limited. The Council also relied on three separate programs to manage membership, sales and communications. These programs lacked new capabilities like marketing automation and demanded abundant staff time to manage.

“Pinch Hit Partners has transformed the way we market our organization.”   

                                 – Scot McRoberts, Executive Director, Virginia Council of CEOs

The Solution:

Pinch Hit Partners consultant Mark Cipolletti implemented a LinkedIn campaign targeted at Charlottesville CEOs and business owners. Sponsored posts would only be seen by the target audience in the target market – no waste, no extra cost. The campaign’s call-to-action was an invitation to a series of informational lunches and cocktail parties. These group sessions allowed the Executive Director to consolidate his time in the new market and to demonstrate the Council’s skill for hosting excellent programming.

Cipolletti also identified a single marketing technology, Hatchbuck, to replace the Council’s three legacy tools. Hatchbuck collects online leads and automates emails, campaigns and sales tasks that would have been done manually in the past. These efficiencies will become even more important as the organization expands to additional markets in the future.

Virginia Council of CEOs LinkedIn post

The Result:

As a result of Pinch Hit Partners’ work, the Virginia Council of CEOs has successfully gained about two-dozen new members from the Charlottesville area. The tools and processes that were developed for this market expansion are now being considered as the organization looks at additional Virginia cities for membership growth.

The Reaction:

“Pinch Hit Partners has transformed the way we market our organization. Now our sales, marketing and communications are nicely integrated and we have a single platform like Hatchbuck to manage everything. We’re so glad we followed Mark’s recommendations. It’s been a game-changer for the Virginia Council of CEOs.”   – Scot McRoberts, Executive Director, Virginia Council of CEOs

 

About Pinch Hit Partners

Pinch Hit Partners is a Richmond, VA-based company that’s disrupting how marketing gets done for small and medium-sized companies by providing them with a cost-effective alternative to hiring their own marketing team or contracting with an expensive full-service creative agency. Learn more at www.pinchhitpartners.com. Contact Mark Cipolletti at mark@pinchhitpartners.com.

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