A Podcast about Marketing Struggles and Creative Solutions

Join co-hosts Jake Braun and Mirela Setkic, who own and operate Kapok Marketing, as they discuss business owners’ marketing struggles and solutions, and other business-related topics. They share their own stories and advice about running a local business, and interview other entrepreneurs and influencers in the Tampa Bay area.

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January 15, 2019 - Episode 17

Making Your Business Investable with Patrick S Weston

Starting or expanding a business can be hard. Maybe you’ve come up with a killer business idea, or you have an amazing idea to expand your business. How do you get the capital to make that happen? What makes a business or a business idea appealing to an investor or bank? We’ll discuss this and more with Patrick S Weston, a successful entrepreneur and investor in St Pete. He is the managing partner of WestRock Investments, an investment partnership. Patrick has an MBA from the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. Patrick is also a licensed medical doctor that is board-certified […]

Episode Archive


November 6, 2018 - Episode 12

Marketing Budget Tips for Small Businesses

Having a budget and understanding how marketing fits within that budget is not a glamorous topic, but it’s one that every business owner needs to think about. Knowing how much money needs to be dedicated to marketing is a critical aspect of business. We discuss how marketing fits within a business budget and what the ideal marketing budget is. We’ll also explore some other marketing budget pitfalls to avoid and tips to take advantage of.

October 23, 2018 - Episode 11

Family Owned Businesses with Dale Baker

A lot of small businesses are also family owned businesses. One of Mirela’s very first bosses discusses the pros and cons of being part of a family owned business. Dale Baker is the Vice President of Sales at JT Eaton. He is a dynamic professional with lots of experience in professional selling and business in general. Dale tells us about experience at JT Eaton and some of their marketing efforts. He also turns the tables on Jake and Mirela, and asks them a few marketing questions that touch on a number of timely marketing topics.

October 9, 2018 - Episode 10

Top 5 Marketing Tips for Small Businesses from Inbound 2018

Jake and Mirela reflect on their trip to Inbound 2018, a marketing conference hosted by HubSpot, in Boston last month. We discuss five marketing tips they learned while networking and listening to speakers at the event. Learn about how providing a great experience, being easy to do business with, storytelling, and how audio, video and other content can help your local businesses succeed in digital marketing.

September 25, 2018 - Episode 9

Public Relations Tips for Small Businesses in St Pete

Public relations can be an important component of the marketing strategy for small local businesses. It includes a lot more than just press releases and often involves a blend of both digital and traditional tactics. We review what public relations is and how it can help a local business succeed. We’re joined by Andrea Gomes, one of our marketing assistants, who has experience with writing, including as a journalist, and has authored several blog posts about public relations on our Kapok Marketing blog.

September 11, 2018 - Episode 8

How to Get Your Business on TV in Tampa Bay with Joey West

Getting your business on the TV news can generate a lot of exposure for your business. We’re joined by Joey West, an experienced professional in the media industry. He is currently a planning assignment editor at Spectrum Bay News 9. Joey explains how the news media works and what makes a story newsworthy. He also explains a few tips and tricks on what to do and what not to do if you want your business to have a chance of landing some coverage on the local news.

August 28, 2018 - Episode 7

What is Digital Marketing and How Can it Help a Small Business?

Digital marketing can be a tricky part of marketing for a small business. Technologies and strategies are constantly changing and evolving on the Internet and in other digital arenas. This means it’s crucial that every business has a digital marketing strategy. People are discussing your business online, and you should be part of that conversation. We explore the different components of digital marketing and how they can be used by small businesses. We also talk about digital marketing tips that any small business can use to be more successful.