There's a very brilliant and hardworking monkey behind the walls of Mad Platypus Marketing that I'd like to introduce you to!
By the way, he told me not to include him on the website, but I didn't listen very well. :)
This is Mike. He is my business partner, partner in crime, and he also happens to be the love of my life. <3
Mike is a seasoned software developer, and works at Mad Platypus Marketing in all kinds of capacities. Too many to count. He's the man behind the curtain when you reach out for technical support for any of our products and courses.
I love working with this guy! He is a problem-solver. He's smarter than anyone I know. He has an amazing sense of humor ( I am still like .0000005% funnier than he is, and he gladly acknowledges this).
Together, our blood, sweat, laughs and laptop time during Netflix binges have built our business from the ground up. We love being together, and working together is just icing on the cake.
A few things to know about Mike:
He's a huge professional wrestling fan. I support (tolerate) this!
He is the most kind, level-headed man I know
Talking to him often leads to having to Google words to find out what the heck they mean
He is the father of four amazing girls, and this is where his emotional intelligence really shines!
Putting up with me bossing him around all the time should win him a trophy
Well, where to start?
I'm Carey. Yup. That's a good place to start.
*awkward clammy handshake*
Although I am mostly an extrovert, I don't always like to
talk about myself. But, since you're here, why not?
Let me tell you how I got into marketing and a little
I have been interested in being a business woman
since I can remember. When I was in the 4th grade,
I headed up a little movement in Mrs. Judd's class
to "run our own business" in class. We dreamed up
"Judd, Inc." and used classroom paper to construct
cash registers, fake money, invoices, business cards
and all the things we thought you'd find in an office (we
were like 10, so we didn't really know what a business looked
like). Mrs. Judd happily let us do this, because she thought we'd
learn a lot about business. But, soon we were letting Judd, Inc. take
over our days! And, eventually, we got shut down by the establishment. :)
I went on to start my first actual non-classroom-paper-built business back in 1998. It was a children's entertainment business. While running that business, I also proceeded to have a LOT of children too. I am the proud mama of four really cute boys, who I still happen to like most of the time. Three out of four are grown young men now, and I still have one in high school. My children's entertainment business was a perfect fit for me. I stayed home with the kids during the week, and worked as an entertainer at children's parties and corporate events in the evenings and weekends.
Over the years, I have owned many small businesses. I am one of those people who wants to try everything in life, and I get bored easily. I've owned a clothing store, was a mommy blogger and speaker before that was even a thing, and am also a professional musician and songwriter.
After owning several businesses and learning marketing on my own through library books and asking lots of questions, I realized that I really loved starting businesses.
I was actually in love with marketing.
I adored the branding process, developing a marketing strategy and coming up with new marketing campaigns. Later on, I also discovered that one of my passions was to help others learn how to start their small businesses.
So, I went on to get a marketing degree and became a marketer for several corporations, working for a digital marketing agency as well.
And, all of that led me here. So, here I am.
A few things to know about me:
I am louder than most people
I have a reallllllllly difficult time being serious, and especially during stuffy meetings or times when it's not appropriate to be irreverent. #selfcontrolissues
I like to get around 7 hours of sleep a night, 8 is too much and I get groggy
I've never quite figured out how to keep my car clean, my mother would call it a "pig sty"
I forced my children to eat food with chopsticks at Asian restaurants, not all of them still listen to me as adults
I tend to be fairly frugal, and love thrift store shopping
I get called "Casey" a LOT. This happens in emails, newspaper articles and even a music gig poster once
I can put a spaghetti noodle through my nose and make it come out of my mouth (I'm a lot of fun at parties!)
When I began Mad Platypus Marketing, we originally started as a full service marketing agency. Although I loved my clients, we pivoted into doing what I love most, supporting other entrepreneurs.
So, if you are a business-minded entrepreneur type who is not afraid to work hard, my role in all this is to help you understand seemingly complicated digital marketing things. I make them easy enough for you to master yourself so you can either do the work yourself, or just understand what to do and pay other people to do it for you!
If that sounds like you, I think we are going to make a formidable team! I am absolutely thrilled you stopped by!
<3 Carey Marshall
p.s. write me a note...I'd love to hear from you!