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Organic Growth Partnerships

Propelling sustainable, organic growth is no small undertaking. Although relatively simple, it requires strategy, patience and commitment. Here's how to get what you really want from your inbound marketing and growth partnership with The Gist.

Meet the Team

At the heart of our agency's success is a talented and dedicated team of professionals, each bringing unique expertise and passion to the table. We're excited to introduce you to the individuals who will be working to help your business achieve its growth goals. 


Phil Smith

Phil is an experienced content strategist and our primary Account Manager. He'll be your main point of contact.


Kelly Kerl

Kelly is our Content Manager. She's like air traffic control for all content initiatives behind the scenes.


AJ Hilton

AJ is an organizer and a systematizer who leads all strategy, implementation and maintenance related to HubSpot.


CJ Maurer

CJ is the founder of The Gist and supports all growth partnerships from a strategic and quality assurance prospective.

Extended Team

Our extended team includes a collection of specialists we have close and collaborative relationships with. Our core team generally manages their work, but they're always available to jump on a meeting for some face time whenever they are needed.

  • Matthew Parker, HubSpot
  • Kevin Owens, SEO
  • Stephen Jarrett, Copywriting
  • Chris Muldoon, Copywriting
  • Casey Kelly Perez, Graphic Design
  • Jason Jurewicz, Video Production
  • Tyler Finley, Video Production
  • Giant Focal, HubSpot CMS Development

The First Month

A solid foundation is key to lasting inbound marketing success. That's why, in the first month, we focus on building the groundwork for your marketing efforts. This helps us get aligned on the important stuff and makes every subsequent step easier and more effective. We don't begin ongoing execution until the foundation is complete. And it only takes a month.

Kickoff Meeting

This initial meeting is crucial for aligning our teams and setting expectations for the partnership. We'll discuss your business objectives, marketing goals, and any specific concerns or requirements to ensure we're on the same page from the very beginning.

Strategy + Goals

Establishing clear, measurable goals and a tailored strategy is vital to the success of our partnership. This step ensures that our efforts are focused, targeted, and aligned with your overarching business objectives.

Writer Sourcing

High-quality, relevant content is at the heart of inbound marketing. By carefully selecting skilled writers with expertise in your industry, we ensure that your content engages and educates your target audience, driving organic growth and nurturing leads.

Foundational Assets

These assets, such as landing pages, email templates, and lead nurturing workflows, provide the framework for your inbound marketing campaigns. Developing them early in the process helps streamline campaign execution and ensures consistency across all marketing efforts.

Content Ideation

Brainstorming and outlining content topics and formats ensures that we create a well-rounded content plan that addresses your audience's needs and interests, driving engagement and lead generation.

Campaign Planning Workbook

This step involves organizing and prioritizing campaign elements, tasks, and deadlines. A well-structured planning workbook enables smooth execution and ensures that every aspect of your inbound marketing strategy is accounted for.

Quality Assurance

Establishing plans for ongoing quality assurance, including a client dashboard, recurring status meetings, and reports, is essential for maintaining transparency and monitoring the success of our partnership. These tools allow us to track progress, identify areas for improvement, and make data-driven decisions to optimize your inbound marketing campaigns.

Ongoing Implementation

Once we have a plan in place and we've created all the assets we need, we move swiftly into ongoing implementation starting in the second month. We'll maintain a Campaign Planning Workbook to ideate, approve and track all content pieces. We maintain it, but you have full access to it for complete visibility into everything that's going on. We'll also have a recurring project status meeting (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on the scope of work) to stay aligned.

Campaign Planning Workbook

All committed inbound growth partnerships include:

  • A dedicated point of contact.
  • A campaign planning workbook, maintained by The Gist, but shared with your team for ongoing visibility and collaboration.
  • Regular project status meetings.
  • Development and maintenance of key reports.
  • Sourcing and management of all related third-party vendors or partners.
  • A Quarterly Business Review to keep our priorities and productivity intact.
  • Ongoing strategy and consultation.

Partnership Logistics

We believe that transparency is key to building a strong and lasting partnership. Here we outline important aspects of our agreement. Our aim is to provide you with a clear understanding of how we work together, ensuring a seamless and successful partnership.

Investment + Payments

Every partnership incurs a flat monthly fee billed on the 1st of each month. The cost depends on a variety of variables, mostly the amount and complexity of the content that is to be produced. Payment options include check, credit card or bank transfer.


Agreements are for 12 months. Building an organic growth system takes time. And we don't want to partner with any client looking for a quick fix. It's important our expectations are for a long and successful partnership. That being said, any party can terminate the agreement at any time with 60-days written notice.


By default, our engagements are non-exclusive. The Gist makes no guarantees that it will refrain from performing similar work for other businesses in your industry. However, exclusivity can be negotiated. 


You will have a dedicated Account Manager who will serve as your primary strategist and point of contact. You will have regular project status meetings with your Account Manager as well as a Quarterly Business Review with the team. In between meetings, you can call us or email us any time. And you'll also have our calendar links, so you're welcome to schedule any meetings at your discretion if you need to talk about something.

Agency Promises

At our agency, we pride ourselves on maintaining the highest standards in all aspects of our inbound marketing partnerships. To ensure a successful collaboration and deliver exceptional results, we commit to the following principles that guide our approach and work ethic:

Expertise and professionalism

Open communication

Timeliness and efficiency

Customized strategy

Data-driven decisions

Collaboration and flexibility

Accountability and transparency

Long-term commitment

Client Expectations

For a truly successful and productive inbound marketing partnership, it's essential to have a clear understanding of mutual expectations. Here are the key expectations we have of our clients, which help foster a healthy, collaborative, and goal-oriented relationship:

Communicate openly and proactively

Provide us the resources we need

Provide timely input and approvals

Be accessible when needed

Be open to adjusting

Be honest

Remain committed to the partnership

Get in Touch

Ready to take the next step in propelling your business towards scalable, organic growth? We'd love to discuss how our inbound marketing expertise can help you achieve your goals. Simply click the calendar link below to schedule a time that works best for you, and let's start the conversation about building a successful partnership together.

"We had HubSpot prior to working with The Gist, but weren't using it to its full potential. They also took over our website and doubled our traffic. Our phones are constantly ringing with companies finding us on Google."

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Kyle Masengale | ASAP Payroll

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