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Interviewing small business owners to learn how they share their work with the world. Hosted by Brandon Rollins & Pierson Hibbs from Pangea Marketing.
29 Episodes
Maureen Mwangi grew up in Kenya where entrepreneurship was not the norm. In fact, her mom and dad were the only entrepreneurs she knew. As a little girl, Maureen listened with fascination as they discussed their product strategies around the dinner table almost every night.Today, Maureen is one of the most sought-after brand growth experts because of her unique track record for launching and scaling recognizable brands. She is the creator of Big Brand Academy, The Product Profit Lab, and Startward Consulting. She may not be a “shark” just yet but she’s the big fish her clients need to become market leaders in their category with real, data-driven brand growth strategies that stand the test of time. This work fuels her passion-project: Taji Foundation - a non-profit organization she created to support boys in Kenya to get the education they need to lift their families out of poverty and build generational wealth.- From Maureen's BioJoin us as we dive into Maureen's story, how to build a brand, and the steps you can take to improve your business. Show Notes40s - Maureen’s introduction 4:00 - What did you learn from your parents in regards to entrepreneurship 10:37 - What were the events following your education here in the US14:50 - What do big brands know that growing brands might not know18:45 - How does business to business marketing differ from business to consumer marketing 22:40 - Tips to financial freedom: lessons from Maureen’s mentor 29:00 - Talking more about Maureen’s passion project: Taji Foundation 33:40 - Advice when thinking about starting a business: getting it off the ground  38:40 - What Maureen is passionate about aside from work44:30 - Reflection on life, perspectives, and final thoughts…   Check out Startward Consulting. Also on Facebook.
Parker Stevenson is a Partner and the Chief Business Officer at Evolved Finance.Evolved Finance is a bookkeeping and business education company dedicated to helping online entrepreneurs create profitable and healthy businesses.Join us this week as we talk to Parker on the ways that you can keep your business healthy and thriving!Evolved Finance: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.Show Notes:0:10 - Introduction 2:00 - Where and how did you get started?7:00 - Golf and San Diego 10:00 - Evolved Finance: what is bookkeeping?15:30 - What mistakes do you see business owners make in bookkeeping?20:15 - Setting a foundation for success: steps to make finances easier 24:20 - Advice to better prepare for struggles in business 34:20 - How much should a small business owner pay themselves 39:30 - Expenses to keep in check and how to do that47:35 - How did COVID-19 impact Evolved Finance 51:00 - Final Thoughts and where to find Parker
Ever heard of renting chickens? This isn't just some far-fetched idea, it's a business - and a very successful one at that.Homestead Phil and Homestead Jenn are the founders of Rent the Chicken. They specialize in renting egg-laying chickens to people looking to bring one food source closer to their table.  Join us this week as we talk about what their business is, how it works, and how they came up with this idea! Rent the Chicken website: the Chicken social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (RentTheChicken)Show Notes:0:30 - Homestead Phil and Homestead Jenn Intro2:00 - Where did this idea come from?8:00 - Homesteading ... What does it involve?17:00 - Renting vs. Adopting... What do you see?23:00 - Running a business28:00 - What the delivery process is and the challenges you face?37:00 - What was the takeaway from last year?42:00 - If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? 49:00 - Egg creations and final thoughts
We're slammed with client work this week, so here's an episode from the vault. Join us this week as Pierson interviews Brandon on the formation of Pangea Marketing Agency.Find out how we, as a company, got started, as well as a bit of Brandon's backstory.
James Breakwell is a comedy writer and self-described amateur father. Coming June 8, he will be releasing, or perhaps unleashing, his new book: How to Be a Man (Whatever That Means): Lessons in Modern Masculinity from a Questionable Source.In this podcast, we chat with James about his new book, his family, his comedy career, and how pigs and tweets can be used as currency. You can find James on Twitter and Instagram.Show Notes 1:05 - Who is James Breakwell2:47 - You have written a book called "How to Be a Man" in 2021... Why?7:30 - Breaking down stereotypes... 10:45 - When is the book coming out?12:25 - What was it like to write a more personal story?19:00 - What is it like having two pigs?32:30 - How has social media shaped your comedy?44:00 - What are you passionate about aside from writing, comedy, and family?47:00 - Where can people connect with you? Where to find James:
Aaron Franklin is an Insurance Broker at State Farm in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Insurance is a tough industry to understand, and tougher still to make exciting. Yet Aaron finds meaning helping people through his work. In this episode, Aaron talks about how he became an insurance agent, why he loves what he does, and his passions are outside of work. Aaron's Phone Number: 423-894-2481. You can find him online here.0:30 - Aaron's introduction... How did you get into insurance?5:30 - Aaron's baseball career and how it shaped him.12:10 - Chattanooga tornado in early 202019:45 - How has COVID-19 impacted the insurance business?24:05 - What is your favorite part of what you do? 25:55 - What drives you?28:30 - What do you do for promotion?31:50 - What do you do in your free time?37:00 - Lessons from golf.40:50 - Where can you find Aaron?42:00 - Closing remarks 
Kyle Orth came straight from the sky and onto our show - literally. While meditating at a local park, I opened my eyes to Kyle paragliding down right next to me. After chatting for a few minutes, Kyle agreed to come onto the show. Join us as we talk to Kyle about what he does, how he got into paragliding and aviation, as well as the mindset that you need to have to remain composed in such an intense environment. 0:16 - Falling from the sky and onto our podcast 1:45 - What is Paragliding?4:20 - What was the goal of this particular jump?6:00 - How long were you in the air?7:40 - Mitigating Risk 9:00 - What got Kyle into aviation 12:00 - Feeling of flying... 14:00 - Taking fear into account 21:45 - How equipment has made the sport safer 29:45 - Pandemic, working, and particulars of the field 33:40 - Flying in clouds, aviation, and safety 41:30 - More details on Kyle's flight into the park 47:00 - What shaped you into who you are?51:22 - What makes up Kyle Orth aside from aviation? 
Shelli Tripp-Norvell is a Psychotherapist in Nashville, Tennessee. In this episode, Shelli walks us through her journey to becoming a therapist, as well as detailing various aspects of the journey that we go through to get "un-stuck". 2020 left so many of us realizing the importance of our own mental health. There is no better time to talk about what that journey looks like than now, and from someone who has done the work herself, and has the tools to help you grow into the fullest version of yourself!Her website:'s Phone Number: (615) 606 - 3937 0:55 - Shelli's introduction ... What she does2:00 - What got you into this field? 6:45 - Getting deeper into Shelli's story 14:50 - Understanding your own identity 17:00 - Sitting in the experiences that you've had21:00 - Why do we avoid facing things head-on? 28:50 - 2020 and mental health... What changed for you last year?32:00 - Taking care of yourself34:00 - Mindfulness discussion 40:00 - What is "re-processing & EMDR"?47:00 - Getting "un-stuck"50:00 - Finding balance in such a heavy field 56:00 - Wounded healers and empaths 1:00:00 - What SHELLI is passionate about... 
Getting things started with the first episode of season two, we are joined by Chari from Faithful Friends Pet Crematory. Chari Buckner is the owner of Faithful Friends, working with countless pet owners to make sure that their pets are given a proper send-off. In this episode, we talk with Chari about what her business is, how she runs it, as well as how she handles the emotions of such a heavy job. There are many lessons to be learned from Chari that transcend business, and really get to the core meaning of life. Join us this week as we talk about all things business and pets! 0:40: What Faithful Friends Pet Crematory is3:45: Dealing with the Emotions of it All7:30: Understanding the Story that Each Pet Brings10:00:  Being there for People Through This Time 14:20: Silver Lining with COVID-19 and Pets21:00: Advertising for Faithful Friends Pet Crematory 26:20: Business Takeaways from Faithful Friends 28:35: Weirdest Pet Cremated 30:50: Other Services Provided and Challenges in the Business32:25: Staying True to What They Do34:00: Employing the Right People 40:00: Doing What You Love 43:00: Helping Other Pets With Greif 46:20: Memorialization 49:30: Relationships with People Because of This 54:30: Funny Pet Stories 57:00: Pets Being There for You1:00.00: Powerful Pet Story1:06.00: Closing Remarks 
Wrapping Up Season One

Wrapping Up Season One


As we wrap up our first season of the Marketing is the Product Podcast, a few changes are in order to help make the show that much better for you guys.In this episode, we go over some of the changes that will be made heading into season 2 of the show, and highlight some of the best parts of season 1. We will be taking a short 6-8 week break to hone in on some areas of improvement, as well as record some new content, and we will be back mid March bringing you even better interviews!We can't wait for you guys to see what we have in store for season 2!See you soon!Show Notes:0:20 - Wrapping up season one1:00 - Improvements we are making 3:30 - Specific changes and highlights of season one5:30 - Focusing on our passions and others stories 7:30 - Our own growth from the show 8:15 - Expanding perspectives 10:20 - Final thoughts----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us at to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
Kicking off our first interview of the new year, we are joined again by our friend Kenny Goodman from Overboard Games.Kenny owns and runs Overboard Games. He is now running a successful business that revolves around creating digital versions of games for board game publishers.If you are a long time listener of the show, you might remember Kenny from one of the first episodes we recorded last year. Since then, a lot has happened in Kenny's world, and we are here to find out all of the details. Join us as we talk about Kenny's 2020, mindfulness, as well as so much more!Show Notes: 0:15 - Kenny's introduction & link to the first episode - Work on Final Frontier 5:45 - Outbound to inbound marketing 7:10 - Streaming update10:15 - Expansion plans11:00 - Wrestlers in the game14:10 - Bridging the gap15:40 - Props to "Hot Ones" - Content and authenticity: what you believe... 23:00 - Expanding your field and finding your niche26:15 - Getting into mindfulness...30:00 - Living in the moment 34:00 - Understanding who we are and acceptance of it 43:20 - What is Kenny doing to stay happy and healthy49:00 - Innovation and resilience 52:00 - What is next 54:00 - Closing thoughts ----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us at to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
We did it, we made it through 2020! As we close the door on one of the most chaotic years in history, it is important to take the time to reflect on the good that 2020 did bring to us. This week, as we get started with our first episode of 2021, we will be giving our own year in review of sorts, as well as talking about New Year's Resolutions. Brandon and I both are big planners if you didn't catch that already. Resolutions are a great way to hold yourself accountable, as well as layout a plan for your year. Not sure what some decent resolutions are? Don't fear! We will lay out what our resolutions are, as well as providing some insight into some productive resolutions.Tune in, and let's get this year started off on a positive, productive note!Show Notes:0:30 - Moving on from 20201:15 - What Resolutions Mean to Us3:45 - How to Maximize the Goals You Have Set6:00 - How to Hold Yourself Accountable8:00 - How Pierson is Doing Resolutions in 202112:45 - Goals Are Meant For Growth15:00 - Don't Be Afraid to Set Big Goals17:30 - Set Goals With Meaning to You21:00 - Take the Time to Step Back a Little Bit25:30 - How Brandon is Doing Resolutions in 202128:30 - Don't Quit Your Day Job Link38:00 -Rounding Out Our Goals39:15 - Link to Jocko's Podcast41:15 - Final Thoughts----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us at to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
This week, we take a look at what this holiday season looks like for us, as well as the people around us. 2020 has been a crazy year for all of us, and as this year comes to a close, we will take some time to reflect on what this year has brought forth. Join us for our last episode of 2020, and take a look at what our holiday season will look like given the current global climateShow Notes:0:08 - Introduction1:30 - Roaring or Searing 20's?3:00 - Holiday Season This Year10:20 - Finding the Silver Lining12:00 - How Other Countries are Approaching COVID-1914:00 - Getting a Vaccine into production 17:30 - COVID-19 and Innovation21:15 - Year of Growth23:30 - Hope in Black Friday26:00 - Holiday Season For Us28:45 - Final Thoughts----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us at to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
Without hyperbole, Pierson and I can say that Jamison Colston is one of the most well-rounded people we have ever met.Jamison owns and runs Scenic City Mobile Detailing. He's a real estate investor, fitness model, men's counselor, a taekwondo black belt, and a student of philosophy. He's a Renaissance man in the true meaning of the phrase. Oh, and he's 26.Buckle up. This is a hell of a ride.----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us on to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
As we approach the end of the year, it is time to phase out two of our blog series in lieu of a new one: Weird Marketing Lessons. Over the last year, we have published tons of posts for the Quick Questions and Coronavirus Case Studies series.In this episode, we talk about why we're wrapping those series up and replacing them with something stranger instead. Gone are the days of "How Coronavirus Will Affect the Retail Industry." On the horizon, you can expect more articles like "What the MMA Fight Island Taught Me About Business Continuity."Same commitment to knowledge and practical advice, but this time, we get to use concrete examples that we find remarkable.Join us and check out this short intro episode heading into the holiday week! ----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us at to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
Thinking of starting your own business? Are you not sure what to expect? Don't worry - we've got you covered. This week, we are talking with Pangea Marketing Agency's founder and CEO, Brandon Rollins, about some of the ups and downs of starting a business. Join us and listen as Brandon tells us about some of the high highs, and low lows of this process. You aren't alone in this journey, and we are here to help!----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us at to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
Are you thinking of starting your own business, but are still working at a day job? If so, you are in luck. This week, we talk extensively about the pros and cons of quitting or not quitting your day job.  Brandon Rollins, Pangea Marketing Agency's founder, and CEO walks us through his journey to starting his own business, all while maintaining his full-time job. Tune in to learn about what this process was like for Brandon, as well as weighing the pros and cons of leaving your job as well. ----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us at to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
2020 has been a year for the history books. This year has been brutal for many small businesses across the nation, yet we keep moving forward!  That is exactly what John D'Angelo from Red Djinn Productions has done. John is preparing to launch his game, The Runelords, on Kickstarter, but is in a very interesting position. With a launch planned for earlier this year, due to the global pandemic, they were forced to postpone the launch date. John took this in stride and used this time to polish up this game. John goes in-depth on what it takes to make a board game, what it is like to prepare to launch during this time, as well as walking us through what the game is all about. Curious to learn more about John or The Runelords? Check out the show, or take a look at the transcript! ----------------------------------------------Want to check out The Runelords? Take a look at the site here what you hear? You can read more from us on to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
Marketing can be incredibly confusing. That’s why we ask people to send us their hard questions when entering our biweekly giveaways. In this podcast, we answer 20 real marketing questions!Listen in as we answer questions like:Who do you target with your marketing?How do you market internationally?Why do marketers send so many emails?How can you tell the difference been slime and authenticity?----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us on to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
Starting your first business is brutally difficult. Even though Pangea was founded in 2019, I can hardly imagine how much harder it would be to launch a business in 2020! Yet some brave souls are doing that, and Ryan Lowthian is one of them.Ryan runs and owns Leviathan Clothing. It's a brand new clothing store on Shopify whose mission is to make unique clothes with an unconventional aesthetic. Translation: imagine bright colors and ornate design inspired by Japanese street art.Ryan is on a mission: elevate artists with weird styles and give people clothes they want to wear. His store is tailor-made to figure out what people like without incurring huge costs. Curious about how that works? Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) to learn more!----------------------------------------------Want to know more about Leviathan Clothing? Go to to learn more.----------------------------------------------Like what you hear? You can read more from us on to book a consult with us? Visit to get started.
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