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Marketing Eye, SolTech, Cox Digital Solutions, and Pindrop Security

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Marketing Eye, SolTech, Cox Digital Communications, and Pindrop Security

Today, I had the opportunity to feature another four technology companies that help businesses grow and operate more efficiently.  I was pleased to host Marketing Eye, SolTech, Cox Digital Solutions, and Pindrop Security.  Mellissah Smith, founder and CEO of Marketing Eye brought along Veanne Smith, Vice President of SolTech, an innovative Atlanta technology company and client of Marketing Eye.  One of the digital strategy experts from Cox Digital Solutions, Drew Erickson, joined us to talk about why it makes sense to work with Cox Media and their digital team to maximize ROI on investing in a digital marketing strategy.  And Matt Anthony, VP of Marketing for Pindrop Security stopped by to talk about how they help companies avoid falling victim to phone fraud of a variety of types, protecting them and their customers from financial loss.

Marketing Eye is a disruptive marketing consulting firm that delivers small to medium-sized businesses with an experienced marketing team for a small, weekly fee. Their outsourced marketing solution delivers exponential growth to the companies we work with through a strategic approach and clear understanding of marketing strategy, creative, brand, lead generation, public relations, and sales and marketing automation.  Marketing Eye’s model is simple; they provide businesses with a marketing manager and outsourced marketing team dedicated to ensuring that your business achieves its marketing goals. Complete with branding, graphic design, web development, search engine optimization, social media, lead generation and direct marketing expertise – Marketing Eye is the ultimate results-orientated marketing solution in Atlanta.  Whether you need a marketing resource to accelerate your business growth, or a more strategic approached aligned to your business outcomes, Marketing Eye is well known for high performance, technology-driven marketing campaigns that deliver results for their clients.

SolTech is a Custom Software Development, Web Applications Services, IT Staffing and Technology Consulting Company in Atlanta, GA.   The company, now in its 16th year, helps companies fulfill visions of success and goals for growth through custom software development, strategic technology consulting, system integration, application infrastructure support, and staff augmentation. Using proven, structured methodologies to ensure outstanding deliverables, SolTech provides a quality alternative to high-priced consulting firms. Their promise to their staff and clients: to be honest about their capabilities, to stay focused on core services, and to remain committed to delivering quality results. To find out more about how SolTech can turn your company’s ideas into reality now and as you grow, visit their website.   The company is a Microsoft Gold Partner, Sitecore Partner and a Java certified developer.


Drew Erickson, Digital Sales Manager for WSB-TV and Cox Media Group. He consults with clients to develop a strategy for digital marketing, advertising, audience insights and lead generation programs. He’s been with Cox Media Group for over 10 years, all in digital marketing and advertising.  Their staff, comprised of a team of highly-experienced digital marketing experts, work closely with their clients to determine what their goals are.  They review what they have been doing to date to grow awareness of their brand, how effective those measures have been, and come up with a comprehensive set of recommendations that encompasses the variety of media types at their disposal to create a campaign that gives the greatest likelihood the brand gets its message in front of their target customers.  Cox Digital Solutions takes full advantage of today’s mobile technology, enabling their customers to display ads to prospective customers based on geo-location, allowing their clients to be very specific about where and when their message is displayed.  Cox Digial Solutions also leverages their role as a Google Premier Partner to take advantage of the wealth of analytics data available to them to place Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Pay Per Click (PPC) text and display ads that much more effectively.  They combine these tactics with recommendations for improvements to their clients’ websites to insure the landing page for displayed ads provides the highest likelihood of conversion once a prospective client visits the website.  As someone who has worked with the team at Cox Digital Solutions I can tell you it will quickly become apparent they are invested in your success as an advertiser investing money with them to grow your business.

Matt Anthony is the VP of Marketing for Pindrop Security.  I was fortunate to link up with them via Twitter and looked into what they do.  Prior to that I knew phone fraud occurs but I didn’t realize that it’s not only still going strong, it is as Matt put it, “a growth industry”.  Thieves have become experts at “social engineering”, meaning they are adept at personifying an authentic customer in an effort to obtain sensitive data from a helpful call center agent.  This puts any business that possesses sensitive information at risk for significant financial loss.  Pindrop Security has developed technologies that enable their client businesses to determine with a high degree of accuracy that a given call to their call center is likely a fraudulent attempt to breach their system.  The process of evaluating voice, originating device, and geographic location happens as quickly as 20 seconds into the call.  This means Pindrop Security customers are able to terminate those calls or lock down the account that the caller is attempting to access to prevent the theft before it happens.  This means that Pindrop Security clients are able to avoid significant  financial losses and potential legal issues that arise when their systems are breached, allowing sensitive data to be stolen.

Special Guests:

Mellissah Smith, Managing Director/Founder of Marketing Eye  Facebook  Twitter 16x16  Linkedin  Pinterest  feed logo

Marketing Eye

  • Founder/Owner, Insomnia Marketing and Communication
  • Founder, Marketing Eye Magazine
  • Author, “108 Ways to Market Your Small Business”
  • #2 Marketer to follow on Twitter, >47,000 followers on Twitter, >11,000 connections on LinkedIn
  • Hundreds of thousands of readers follow her blog

Veeanne Smith, Vice President/Founder of SolTech  Facebook  Pinterest  Twitter 16x16  Linkedin


  • Former VP, Computer Management Services/Computer Associates
  • Former Professional Services Manager, Computer Task Group/ctg
  • CS Advisory Board Member, Kennesaw State University
  • BS, Computer Science, Illinois State University

Drew Erickson, Digital Solutions Manager, Cox Digital Solutions/ WSB-TV  Twitter 16x16  Facebook  google-plus-logo-red-265px  Linkedin

Cox Digital Solutions

  • Former Owner, Drew Erickson Productions and Marketing
  • Former Sales Account Manager, Cox Radio
  • Former Digital Web Master, Cox Radio
  • IAB Digital Media Sales Certification, Interactive Advertising Bureau



Custom Software Development, Technical Recruiting & Staffing, Mobile Application Development, Hosting & Hardware Support, Strategic Consulting


Conn Jackson of ConnTV


Schwegman and Conn Jackson talk about Toast

Conn Jackson of ConnTV

This week Dave and I sat down with Conn Jackson of ConnTV and InspireOne.  He’s an accomplished motivational speaker, known for his recent seminar “How to Sizzle”, and his talk radio and tv shows on ConnTV.  Conn has interviewed a number of well-known celebrities along they way including, Maya Angelou, Rudy Giuliani, Joel Osteen, Master Shah, Andrew Young, and more.

He left a successful life in the corporate world of finance to put his energy into putting positive energy into the world around him, using his media outlet, ConnTV and shows like Pro v. Conn, and IHeartRadio.  He is working to inspire people to grow beyond their internal boundaries to go from good to great (to coin the phrase).  Prior to his success in business and now in the public media he was diagnosed with some learning challenges as a child and told he should not expect to succeed in high school; that he should perhaps consider vocational training of some kind.  Instead he was blessed with getting his particular learning challenges identified such that he was able to thrive in spite of them, ultimately attending business school at Harvard.

Conn shared several key thoughts that would be useful to anyone listening to this show, be they business professionals or individuals seeking to live a richer, more fulfilling life.  This has been one of our most enjoyable and enlightening shows on personal levels and we’re looking forward to having Conn back again soon.  “It’s all about Toast!”  Listen and SHARE!

Special Guest:

Conn Jackson

  • Harvard graduate, overcoming diagnosed learning challenges
  • author
  • motivational speaker
  • successful radio/TV personality
  • founder, InspireOne


Midtown Business Radio Powers B2B Foward With New Media

Midtown Business Radio

David Schwegman and CW Hall discuss how Midtown Business Radio drives B2B co’s forward with New Media

Midtown Business Radio, Business Radio X Drives B2B, Harnesses Power of Earned Media

New Business Radio X studio affiliates, Dave Schwegman and CW Hall talk about the power of new media in creating relationships and driving B2B companies’ businesses forward.  The internet-based radio station takes on the Big Boys with an elegant approach that harnesses the power of earned media to extend the reach of each guest’s message.  Traditional media outlets focus on monetizing every available moment of air time.  They are also very resistant to giving access to the editorial real estate they have available to Joe Business owner to tell their stories.  Midtown Business Radio gives B2B companies the opportunity to have a forum uninterrupted by commercials, traffic, and news to talk about how they help their clients’ businesses move ahead.  We don’t determine the agenda for the guests nor do we tell them what they’re going to talk about.  Guests don’t pay to appear so the information is real and not “posing” as an interview.

Midtown Business Radio gives a voice to the B2B company that says, “Our product or service speaks for itself!  If only we could talk to THESE 50-100 people our business would go crazy!”  We don’t need to sell anyone on “Hope” by talking about an audience that’s 400,000 strong.  Our listeners tune in specifically to hear OUR GUESTS’ message.  That means when you’re on our network you’re talking straight to the very people your business “Hopes!” hear what you’re saying.  Enough people listen to our content to rank among the Top 1% of all websites based on total traffic and visitor behavior ( and >90% of our shows are made possible through contributions from Atlanta-area B2B companies.  It’s not an infrequent occurrence that guests of a given show walk out talking about getting together to talk business after appearing together on one of our programs.

If you are a B2B company, particularly one that is hyper-local to the Atlanta area, you’re investing in marketing, and you need to talk to hard-to-reach folks to make your business run we want you join us on Midtown Business Radio!  Be our guest and we’ll help you get the word out.  We look forward to hearing from you.