Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Flaherty.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Ryan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I initially wanted to become a sports agent from the start of college. So in the summer of 2014, I took an internship in Hollywood, California with Nclusive Inc. They were a creative artist agency and venture studio where we worked with a number of NFL and NBA players. After learning a little more about the company and how they grew it to where it was I realized that along with their athletes that they represented, they did a ton of work with digital and social media marketing for businesses out in the Los Angeles area.
After coming home that summer and learning some valuable tools and tricks for marketing, I thought I could bring those skills to a bunch of smaller and local businesses here in Texas. So I started doing social media when I was in college at Texas State University. It began with just building Instagram and Facebook profiles for some local businesses that I had connections with through going out on the town at night.
After graduating in 2016 I decided that I had about six months to really either build this business or get a real job in the corporate world so I buckled down and went to work. Now about four years later we are a very fast-growing and thriving business that has five current employees and a full-sized office on West 7th street in downtown Fort Worth.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been smooth. Learning really how to conduct an agency and getting contracts executed was something that I never did at the beginning and it cost me a lot of money.
Also learning that digital marketing is very valuable in the day and age so while we used to constantly hand out discounts. But now that our demand is much higher we are able to receive high value for the work we provide.
Please tell us about The Social Sharks.
We are a full-service Social Media and Digital Marketing Agency. We are known for our Facebook and Instagram paid advertisements that KILL! We pride ourselves in not just providing high-quality work but tailoring our client’s campaigns so they can see ROI.
I am most proud of the quality of our work compared to other competitors in our field when it comes to content creation, SEO ranking strategies, and PAID ADVERTISING!
What sets us apart from other agencies is our “Choose your own adspend” approach. This is really what allows our advertising magic to work. Many other agencies require small to medium-sized businesses to have outrageous adspend amounts in the $5-$20K range which is much more than the average business owner can afford. This also shows us that if those competitors need that much adspend to see results, there must be some disconnect.
This is why we always charge a flat rate fee for our services with options of our clients to advertise as little or as much they want!
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Going to the Little League World Series when I was 12 years old!
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