1895 – Creative Marketing with Roger Littlepage

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to the Founder and CEO of Maple Tree Marketing, Roger Littlepage.

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Roger Littlepage shared insights from his career in the marketing industry. He explained how his hospitality and hotel marketing background established a solid foundation in customer service and relationship building. Faced with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Roger initiated Maple Tree Marketing during significant industry disruption.

Roger emphasized the significance of fostering meaningful relationships, stating that cultivating these connections is crucial for long-term success and growth. He emphasized the role of targeted advertising and data-driven decisions in today’s digital landscape, advising business owners to focus on revenue-enhancing activities and seek professional expertise to optimize efforts.

Roger also highlighted the dynamic nature of the marketing field, urging leaders to stay informed and adaptable by engaging with peer groups and utilizing educational resources. This approach, he suggested, is vital for maintaining a competitive edge.

Key Points from the Episode:

  • Roger Littlepage's journey in the marketing industry
  • Challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Importance of building meaningful relationships for success
  • Strategic approach to marketing, including targeted advertising and data-driven decision-making
  • Advice for business owners to focus on money-making activities and seek professional expertise
  • Continuous learning and adaptation in the marketing landscape
  • Practical advice for engaging the services of a marketing professional
  • Importance of learning from mistakes and surrounding oneself with knowledgeable individuals
  • Invitation to explore Maple Tree Marketing's website for further assistance
  • Overall insights into effective marketing strategies and the importance of staying informed and adaptable in the business world

About Roger Littlepage:

Roger Littlepage is a dynamic entrepreneur with a rich background across multiple industries, including hospitality, automotive, real estate, and retail. His adeptness at nurturing relationships, generating innovative ideas, and crafting long-term strategic plans has propelled significant growth for numerous client companies. Starting his career at as a customer service night shift worker, Roger quickly ascended to senior account management, establishing offices in Orlando and Miami within five years. His pivotal role at Marriott International, especially as a founding eChannels & eCommerce team member, underscores his substantial impact on digital and franchise portfolio marketing across North America.

The onset of the 2020 pandemic marked a turning point in Roger's career, leading him to venture into entrepreneurship by establishing Maple Tree Marketing. Despite the challenging timing, his company became a beacon for hoteliers seeking to rebound and attract guests, demonstrating Roger's acute business acumen and ability to thrive under pressure. Under his leadership, Maple Tree Marketing has grown remarkably, boasting over 180 clients and a stellar 95% retention rate. The firm's expansion into innovative services, such as augmented reality, further exemplifies Roger's forward-thinking approach. Besides his professional pursuits, Roger dedicates himself to family, faith, and adventure. He seeks out off-the-grid experiences and enjoys powered paragliding, reflecting his adventurous spirit and commitment to personal growth.

About Maple Tree Marketing:

Maple Tree Marketing is a pioneering force within the hospitality and digital marketing, driven by a mission to forge authentic marketing experiences. With a comprehensive array of services, including SEO, paid media, OTA support, social media, and beyond, they tailor custom marketing strategies to suit any budget. Each client benefits from the expertise of a dedicated hospitality specialist and project manager, ensuring personalized communication, strategy, and support. This client-centric approach underscores their dedication to fostering success and adapting to their business partners' unique needs and financial plans.

The foundation of Maple Tree Marketing lies in its deep-rooted understanding of the hospitality industry, blending proven marketing tactics with innovative ideas to stand out in a crowded marketplace. Their commitment to affordability, customization, and in-house solutions reflects their agility and readiness to respond to the industry's evolving demands and their clientele. At the core of their operations is a focus on integrity, relationship-building, and a solid reputation, positioning them as a trusted extension of the teams they collaborate with. Their promise of a dedicated marketing manager for each program ensures tailored strategy execution and alignment with the specific objectives of each hotel, highlighting their comprehensive and client-focused approach.

Tweetable Moments:

07:41 – “Don't be afraid to change things up based on data and the strategy that you have in place.”

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Josh (00:00:04) - Hey there, thoughtful listener. Would you like consistent and predictable sales activity with no spam and no ads? I'll teach you step by step how to do this, particularly if you're an agency owner, consultant, coach, or B2B service provider. What I teach has worked for me for more than 15 years and has helped me create more than $10 million in revenue. Just head to up my influence. Com and watch my free class on how to create endless high ticket sales appointments. You can even chat with me live and I'll see and reply to your messages. Also, don't forget the thoughtful entrepreneur is always looking for guests. Go to up my influence. Com and click on podcast. We'd love to have you. With us right now it's Roger Littlepage. Roger. You are a long time friend. I think we've known each other since the early. Yeah. Mid 2000. Yeah. So great. Great to have you on the show. Listen, you're the founder and CEO of Maple Tree Marketing. Your website is Maple Tree

Josh (00:01:19) - Roger, thanks so much for joining me. Thank you so much. Josh. Great to see you. again.

Roger (00:01:24) - As a good friend. And I love what you've been doing here. And definitely wanted to jump on to kind of be able to touch base again.

Josh (00:01:31) - Yeah. Maple tree marketing. Sure. Just a bit about what you do, who you work with and kind of how you do that.

Roger (00:01:37) - Absolutely. We are a full service marketing company. we have roots in the established in the hospitality industry, which was my background. But we have now expanded across the entire US and all kinds of different industries. We do everything from website design and development to website maintenance and hosting, paid media. We've gotten very, very good at and very effective social media. We do some of that as well as, marketing strategy, and that's a whole nother category where we go in and we're really become your marketing team. that really is supporting you and supporting your sales initiatives and your entire framework of your company.

Josh (00:02:13) - You got started, I think, in, in restaurant marketing, right. And hospitality and hotel marketing.

Roger (00:02:19) - Yeah.

Josh (00:02:19) - Hotel. Yeah. Wow. That must have been a really interesting during Covid and all that kind of post-Covid and the rebound from that, what was that world like?

Roger (00:02:30) - it's reason I have a business, to be quite honest. Josh. I was actually at the time working for Marriott International. I worked with them for over eight years and worked my way up to the company and got to the point where I was director of some really large portfolios, supporting all of Marriott Marketing's for all the franchisees, across the US 2020 hit. And because of the relationships that I built during that time, Marriott basically went dormant and people still traveled that summer, if you remember. And I'm mowing the lawn in my backyard, don't have a job and I my phone's ringing off the hook from VP's and CEOs of some massive companies. And I was like, I don't have any, you know, I don't have any access, I don't have anything.

Roger (00:03:10) - And finally, one of them said, you need to do something about that. I go, what do you need to do? And they go start a business. So 2020, I started this company and, we've been growing ever since. And, we started in the hospitality, focusing on hotels, moved to restaurants. and then from those findings, we're now in, pretty much every industry out there.

Josh (00:03:28) - You have a pretty decent sized team. You have a huge book of business. Roger. And someone hearing your story. I don't want them to write off your experience and saying, well, good for Roger. He just knew a bunch of people. But what you were doing for eight years is to stick with the tree metaphor. I noticed you had another one in there. The roots. That's right. You're planting seeds for eight years. And so I share this frequently just about how critical this is. And where you plant your seeds is not necessarily where you reap your harvest. Right. But just how important this is to every day, focus on building meaningful relationships, because you get to a point where I don't want to say you cash in, but it's like it's just not as difficult.

Josh (00:04:13) - If you know, from a marketing perspective, all you've been doing is just blasting out spam at people. That's not a really great path to a lot of meaningful relationships, in my experience. Maybe share a little bit more of your insights and your experience from that dynamic.

Roger (00:04:28) - Well, absolutely. I mean, again, that's why my phone was ringing and no one was picking up at, you know, my former corporation. They were calling my personal cell because they had it. And these are people that I had jumped into a system in a process in place that was set up by a corporation and enterprise level. I couldn't do much about from, you know, except listen to the needs of the clients. And I spent years doing this, and again, I would provide the feedback to, hey, I think we need to progress our solutions for our clients. Of course, you know, when you have a large multibillion dollar company, it's a slow moving ship and not a lot of that gets done.

Roger (00:05:04) - But I would do what I can. And one of the big facets of, you know, my entire years in, in corporate America is I worked remote since 2012. I did it before. It was cool, is what I said. But one of the things, as I said, even though I work remote, I need to be with the clients. I had the largest travel budget on my entire division, because I was constantly in the offices at the hotels, building those relationships. So, yeah, I mean, I, I can't say I, you know, say cash in because I was slowing the relationship built off of integrity, a, you know, best in class work. And honestly, listening, was more than anything is listening to what their needs are. Even if I couldn't do anything, then I now can do something because I own my own company and every single client that had signed up with me in the very, very beginning stages, were all of the clients that I had supported when I was at, my married.

Josh (00:05:59) - So, Roger, obviously you spend a lot of time in the marketing world. What is working well right now for the industries that you serve?

Roger (00:06:08) - Great question. targeted approach. one of the things that I continue to see errors on from, whether it be a large company, a small company, whatever it may be, you don't have a plan in place. You wake up in the morning, you're like, oh, shoot, I gotta make a post on Instagram, or I gotta make a post on LinkedIn and you try to come up with something. I'm sure all of your listeners are sitting there, not in their heads. We've all been there, but you need to have a 90 day strategy. What is your paid media, you know, plan look like? How are you advertising your company? you need to have a faceted approach to your marketing. If you do that, you kind of start identifying what works and what doesn't. The other thing that I would mention is you have to start cutting off the things that are not working.

Roger (00:06:52) - You can use any analogy that you want pruning the vine. I'll use pruning the tree just because that's that's my, you know, my shtick here with my company. But, if you're doing something just to do it and just because that's the way you've always done it, stop. What is the data show you? We are a data centered company, and every time we get in with a client, we look at the data. And I've had people, Josh, that have been willing to pay me literally. I've had one just last week they said, hey, we want you to do our social media, all of our accounts, large client, you know, $4,000, 5000 a month just to do organic social. And I looked at it, I looked at their followers, I looked at their base, and I said, you don't need this. Please do not spend money here. I can take that money. Spend it in Google Ads or Google Performance Max or some of these other tools, or revamping a website so much more effectively where you actually get an ROI.

Roger (00:07:41) - So long winded answer, but don't be afraid to change things up. And based off of data and the strategy that you have in place.

Josh (00:07:49) - Yeah. when you typically start in Roger with a new client, I would imagine there's a lot of you're kind of digging in, seeing what's going on. Are there any common things that you see that you know, like, yeah, you know, if I can inspire business leaders, business owners out there to stop doing this, do more of this, like anything, immediately come to mind.

Roger (00:08:12) - Yeah, I think kind of a little bit of my previous answer can answer that. But also one of the big things is again, we do a lot of website builds and website stuff, and we have our hand very heavily in SEO and in Google, the Google verse, there's a lot of things out there that are changing. There's a lot of free information out there as a CEO or as a, you know, business owner. There's so many things to to focus on.

Roger (00:08:35) - I know, but people today, they're not going to be influenced by a billboard of yesteryear. They're not really going to be looking at newspaper articles. And honestly, there's a lot you can do for very, very, little to no cost, to be quite honest. And that's some website content that's getting yourself out there, posting here and there, having a strategy in place. Like I said, there are some changes that have happened in Google, and I don't need to get too technical on that. But Google is now experimenting with a lot of different ranking factors. There's a big there's a whole big uproar this month right now with Google, and some of the core updates they've made, but even more so that's been a slow moving target is all the advent of AI. Google is using what's called search generative experience, and instead of just focusing on keywords, it focuses us on a massive amount of data and information blog posts, customer reviews, third party websites. This is the information that if you're not searching your business and you're not seeing what people are saying about it, or newspaper articles or being out there, you need to.

Roger (00:09:42) - There's a lot of free publicity out there. I know you do a lot of that. Josh, in your network, and that's what you do. And that is actually what's starting to fuel these search results that are actually getting above any sort of keyword and search rankings when someone's searching your industry.

Speaker 3 (00:09:57) - Yeah. Yep.

Josh (00:09:59) - Roger, when you work with someone, and someone might be listening to a conversation right now, and they might know that what they're doing is not working really well. Maybe it's just kind of limping along. They just have a lot of questions. And then I'll tell you from the perspective of a, you know, an SMB business owner, I think most of us at one time have either worked with, say, a marketing consultant and agency. maybe it's just simply applying some ideas that we've learned on YouTube or a book or something like that. And sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't work. But we don't want to make a mistake. How can someone, engage services of a marketing professional and maybe limit the mistakes that they might make, either in that hiring or, you know, kind of some of those decisions that go into that.

Roger (00:10:49) - Yeah, it's it's a very multifaceted question. One of the things that I will use for my personal experience is you're going to make mistakes. It's going to happen. That's the way, you know, you learn. That's the way you figure out. But of course, you want to mitigate the long term effects of those mistakes and learn fast. One of the best ways is to learn from others. Something that I've done in my business is I had a great network of friends and family and individuals that I knew, and I noticed after about two years in this business growing so quickly and so largely, all of a sudden I found myself going, I don't have a good peer group. And I know that sounds really odd, but like if I'm talking to somebody or I have a question about something about my business or, you know, in your case, Josh, for your question about marketing, who are you talking to? I found a local area group here that is literally you have to apply to be a part of the program, its CEO only roundtable type, meetings and discussions.

Roger (00:11:43) - And that has been pivotal to, I think, my business growth. And there's a lot of times that we're talking marketing, and that's where I'm using my expertise. These are not people that we're trying to get as clients. This is, you know, even playing field with everybody. In fact, you're not allowed to network. And in most ideas you're not joining to to get business, but find those individuals, you know, if you're seeing a business that is maybe a competitor or maybe in a side industry, look at that, look at different industries. what grabs your eye and your attention if you're searching in for certain areas, what are you finding that's resonating with you? And I think that is one of the number one things that you can do to kind of start seeing what maybe that is looking like. And of course, stay keep your ear to the ground with, articles and and podcasts, of course, because this industry is changing so quickly and marketing and I'm telling you right now, Josh, if you are working with a marketing consultant or marketing company and they can tell you, I guarantee you, I'm going to take you from this to this, or if they're saying, I got this, I know what's happening, this is it.

Roger (00:12:48) - And they're, you know, giving you the shiny object. It is too good to be true, because I'll tell you this right now, once you figure everything out. And this is coming from a guy who runs a marketing company, once you figure everything out, it all changes anyway. So you have.

Josh (00:13:00) - Oh my gosh, there's so much evolution that's taking place right now. And, you know, again, if we're just trying to figure this out and you're going based on good content that's out there, that's gross and that's great. but you know, again, working with a professional that this is all they do. Yeah. Listen, I wouldn't say that my area of expertise is marketing. I'm competent at it. But if I truly want to make steps forward, there's tremendous value. And just surrounding yourself with smart people. Roger. So next steps for a friend that's listening or conversation Mapletree marketing. Com when they go there, what would you recommend they do next?

Roger (00:13:35) - take a look at some of our work where we're continuing building that website.

Roger (00:13:38) - You'll see a page here soon with some articles and blog posts that we're doing about in the news. It's been a really big push of mine, this this year, to your CEOs and other listeners. You know, you got to focus on on the money making activities, as I'm sure we all know. And sometimes you get too far in the weeds. So, yeah, reach out to the experts, figure that out. We will be happy to help. And even I'll be the first to tell you like, hey, this I think you know, with what you're going or what your industry is, or even to the point of, hey, I think your budget is best spent elsewhere. I'll tell you that. I think that's where I think has grown our business because of we're looking out for our clients first. So look at the website. you can also touch base with us on LinkedIn Mapletree marketing or myself. Roger little page. That's always a good source of references as well.

Josh (00:14:25) - Yeah. Roger Little Page, founder CEO of Mapletree marketing.

Josh (00:14:29) - Your website Mapletree marketing. Com Roger, it's been a great conversation. Thank you so much for joining us.

Roger (00:14:35) - Thank you, Josh, for the opportunity I appreciate it.

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