Ever wonder how an Emory University Bachelor and Master of Public Health ends up founding a Digital Marketing Agency? Ask Madhavi Rao, Founder and Owner of SoMe Connect. Unconventional? Maybe. Successful? Definitely. Like herself, Madh has built a team of marketers with a variety of background experience that delivers results through creativity and collaboration. Madh has grown SoMe from a strictly social media agency to a dynamic full-service digital marketing group racking up accolades locally and nationally—including Chief Marketer’s “Top 50 B2B Marketing Agencies,” CLUTCH’s “Top SEO Firms in Chicago,” and UpCity’s “Top Marketing Agencies in the US.”
Director of Creative Services, Emmy-Award winner, six-time Emmy nominee, hot Yoga devotee, and SoMe beach volleyball team captain who leads her team to victory the court every Wednesday… Margaret Enright wears many very impressive hats. After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, Margy worked as a Senior Producer at Tribune Media, and Executive Producer at Outcome Health—where she scaled the in-house creative team from four to nearly 40 people. Her experience led her to SoMe, where she oversees all creative endeavors. Margy is also certified in User-Centered Design, and the winner of Outcome Health’s highest employee recognition, Purple Man, for redefining the performance bar of her role while generating business impact.
If you’re a dog owner, you’re in luck, because you’re already on Abbie Ginther’s good side. When she’s not petting pooches, she’s leading the SoMe team in every effort to help clients reach their goals. She brings PR and communication experience from Healthbox, a former Sandbox Industries portfolio company, and one of the first healthcare accelerators in the industry. Her leadership landed her client’s work in many high-profile publications nationwide, and earned her the Pioneer Outstanding Achievement Award from Pioneer HiBred, a DuPont company. Abbie is a graduate of both the Emerging Leaders Program and the University of Iowa.
Everything it takes to keep the train up and running falls into Alexandra Kocoj (pronounced co-sigh)’s camp. Her background in financial consulting at Deloitte prepared her for managing finances, risk, resourcing, operational organization, and process creation at SoMe. This 5-year SoMe veteran is an inspiration for women everywhere—serving as a council member in the Chicago Foundation for Women, speaking as a panel member at her alma mater DePaul University’s Women Leading in Business event, participating in the Emerging Leaders Program, and generally just killin’ it.
How do you tell this SoMe Client Service Manager apart from her identical twin sister? Simple. She’s the one talking about golden retrievers, The Office, and how she can help clients succeed. Maggie Kilrea graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Communication, and put her degree to good use as an Account Executive staffing healthcare professionals within Chicago hospitals while managing a team of recruiters. She then joined Outcome Health as a Client Success Executive, where she managed relationships with staff at over 500 physician practices nationwide. You can now find Maggie buzzing around the SoMe office following-up on current projects, acting as a communication liaison between clients and team members, and conducting reporting meetings to help clients reach their goals.
If you think it’s impressive that Ben Lippert has bowled a 299 game three times, just wait until you see his digital advertising skills. Ben is the (left) brains behind SoMe’s digital advertising strategy and execution, paid search, display, and paid social efforts. His life before SoMe includes a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from South Dakota State University, running a marathon PR of 3h 3m, and working as a Digital Marketing Specialist at LoSasso Integrated Marketing and Vision Video Interactive. Ben is certified in Google Ads, Google Analytics, Facebook Blueprint, and accredited at Bing Ads.
SEO Manager Michael Herarn is always focused on the up and up. He has a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University, experience as a Content Coordinator at Straight North, and is currently heading north on the corporate ladder at SoMe Connect. Google Ad- and Analytics-Certified, Michael helps clients develop, execute, and manage SEO strategies. When he’s not improving organic search results, you can (easily) find him going to concerts, traveling, hiking, and playing guitar or disc golf.
After freelancing her way around the world for a year (22 countries to be exact), Brittany Hughes landed back in her hometown as SoMe’s Senior Creative Strategist—where she does everything from copywriting and content strategy to brand positioning and social media. Brittany graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, and tried her hand at Account Management before going back to Chicago Portfolio School for Copywriting. Since then, she has worked for agencies big and small including VSA Partners, Leo Burnett, DigitasLBi, and R/West in Portland, Ore. Her background also includes teaching Integrated Campaigns at Chicago Portfolio School, building her own freelance client base during Remote Year, and convincing her mom that her job doesn’t have anything to do with copyright infringement laws.
Chuck Lewis, Senior Creative
Unicorn Specialist, leads SoMe in graphic design, video editing, motion graphics, and several other daily tasks. His plethora of skills is a result of his multiple art degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration, Post Production, and Screenwriting from Carthage College and Tribeca Flashpoint. Chuck’s past also includes experience as a Post-Production Lead at Outcome Health, where he managed a team of video editors, designers, and animators for the company’s patient education network.
Meet the man behind the lens, SoMe Cinematographer Tom Kinstle. While pursuing his initial dream of becoming a roller coaster engineer, Tom stumbled upon a passion for filmmaking. He attended Columbia College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production, and his talents landed him a job at Guy Bauer Productions as an in-house Cinematographer and Colorist. Tom now leads the camera and lighting department at SoMe, where he uses lighting, composition, and movement to bring the creative team’s ideas to life.
If you think you recognize Jackie Bender from somewhere, you’re probably right! This Boston College graduate has worked as a TV reporter for numerous media outlets and currently hosts on WGN’s Living Healthy and the luxury real estate show Buildings on Demand. She freelances as a producer and reporter on ABC’s Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Nightline, is a contributor to Crain’s Chicago Business, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the national restaurant review website Bitches Who Brunch. Jackie is also a classically trained pianist, yoga and wine enthusiast, and has been nominated for three Emmys for writing, directing, and producing. She now works as a Content Strategist at SoMe, overseeing organic strategy, building strategic social narratives, and developing ideas for original content creation and brand campaigns.
Our name, SoMe Connect, stems from our Social Media roots. But today, we’re So much more than that.
We’re So Strategic.
And we’d So like to Meet you.
We’re a group of forward thinkers with different backgrounds working towards the same goal: helping you succeed. As a close-knit digital agency, we have the ability to adapt our work based on performance to ensure you’re getting the best results possible. It’s inspiring creative, backed by data and insights. So you can be sure your marketing will connect with your target audience, help you reach your goals, and continuously drive results. Because when right and left-brained people come together, it’s a beautiful thing.