About Debra Murphy, Small Business Marketing Coach

Marketing Coach, Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur

Debra Murphy - Marketing Coach & Trusted Marketing AdvisorI am a marketing coach and mentor passionate about helping small business owners take control of a critical business asset – their online digital footprint – and use it to increase visibility and generate inbound leads. Through expert guidance and support, they achieve success by learning, incorporating and executing marketing activities that take their business from mediocre to marvelous.

Although experienced across all traditional marketing channels, I specialize in inbound marketing, a combination of search, social media and content marketing, enabling small businesses to create a larger digital footprint that increases their visibility and generates more quality inbound leads.

My Story

The freedom you gain by having your own business and being an entrepreneur is worth all the time, money and effort it takes to start and succeed as a small business owner. As a marketing coach, I empower small business owners, including independent professionals and entrepreneurs, to take control of their marketing to control costs and get better results.

In 2002, I started Vista Consulting, a successful marketing agency where I primarily worked with high technology companies and service-based businesses to help them market their products and services more effectively. But my passion was unleashed in 2007 when I started Masterful Marketing®, a marketing coaching, mentoring and advisory business targeted at helping small business owners take back control of their marketing.

The force behind Masterful Marketing was observing the difficulty many small business owners had with marketing. They wanted my help but were unable to justify the cost of a consultant. Many times I had been approached by small business owners who would ask me if I could help them, but I knew that my consulting business model did not cater to their needs or their budget. In addition, small business owners need a marketing system to help them stay focused and on track which at the time, I didn’t have available to them. So through my desire to help business owners build their businesses around their passions came Masterful Marketing®.

Launching Masterful Marketing has fulfilled my dream of helping many small businesses navigate the complex online marketing world. Nothing is more liberating than having control of your livelihood, income and destiny in life. I want to share what I’ve learned with others so they can be fulfilled and enjoy a lifestyle that works for them.

Other Ventures

  • First Beacon Business Advisory Group is a management consulting firm comprised of a multidisciplinary and experienced group of business owners who use their experience to provide in-depth and comprehensive advisory services to other business owners. Our mission is to serve owners of small to medium sized businesses with advice and guidance on how to overcome the obstacles and challenges facing small businesses, explore opportunities for growth and achieve their business goals.
  • I recently became a co-owner of Kwon’s Martial Arts Center, a family friendly martial arts center that focuses on a person’s total well-being. Our programs for children, teens and adults are designed to promote discipline, self-control and respect, instill confidence and strengthen the body, mind and spirit.

My Speaking

Looking for an engaging speaker or panel member on social media and online marketing? If you need someone passionate about marketing to educate and inspire your audience, consider me for your next event. I customize each presentation to the particular audience, but the following are several examples of topics I have spoken about previously:

  • Getting Found in a Crowded Market: Creating a Successful Inbound Marketing Plan – Inbound Marketing helps your business generate leads, increase visibility, develop an reputation and promote awareness of your brand. Did you know that B2B buyers are often 60% of the way into their buying process before even contacting the vendor and B2C buyers search throughout the buying cycle? This means that if you don’t have a highly visible web presence, you will lose out on many opportunities. Learn how to establish your online visibility and what tools are available to help you build your web presence.
  • Lead Generation, What Works Today – How to integrate online and social media marketing for lead generation.
  • Marketing for Contractors – 3 hour workshop for contractors and home services businesses.

My Strengths

  • I have a thirst for learning and knowledge and don’t mind spending time learning what’s new in marketing to help you get where you need to go in a much shorter period of time.
  • I pride myself on being able to reduce business and marketing concepts into consumable pieces that are simple to understand and implement.
  • I have walked the talk as they say. I don’t just tell you what to do hoping it works. I’ve implemented most marketing campaigns for my own business, enabling me to help you implement successful campaigns and increase your chance of success.

My Products

“The step-by-step methodology that Debra uses made sure that we all got onto the same page on each incremental building block of the [marketing] plan. By the end of the day, we had clear objectives, much better collective focus and a way to move forward.”

Ken Kahn, President

In the News

Occasionally I get quoted in various publications. I’m always flattered when I’m called out of the blue because a writer finds my website. Here are a couple of the most recent articles in which I was quoted.

My Writing

My organizations

My passions

Besides loving what I do for a living, I also have several other passions that command some of my attention. Balancing it all is what makes life fun and rewarding.

  • Golf. I play as much as I can when the weather gets warm. I belong to Marlborough Country Club and serve on their board of directors. I am also a member of the Worcester County Women’s Golf Association (WCWGA) and the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts (WGAM).
  • Fitness. I enjoy looking, feeling and acting younger than my years. Maintaining a fitness regimen helps me keep up with all the activities I get involved in. My usual workout includes a high impact Thai kickboxing class, power walking in between classes and I walk the golf course when I play.
  • Socializing. To counter all that healthy living, I regularly enjoy good friends, good wine and great food.
  • U2, Bon Jovi & Coldplay music and concerts. I’ve discovered U2Start.com and have a huge collection of U2 concert recordings. In addition, I’ve added to the live recordings with a couple of Bon Jovi and Coldplay concerts.
  • Technology. I call myself the closet geek. My background is in computer science and I love to play with gadgets. Developing WordPress web sites for my clients is a great way for me to lose track of time.
  • Critters. I love all animals and currently have a cat family that keeps me company while I work from my home office.
  • Kevin. Last but certainly not least, I have the best friendship with my husband of 20+ years. We understand each other and complement each others’ strengths.

Feel free to contact me via phone or email listed below:

(Office) 508.303.0766
(Mobile) 978.852.2573
(Skype) MasterfulMarketing

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