MARKETING STRATEGY in three weeks 

NO more reasons to delay your business growth

You’ve successfully grown your business based on networking and referrals. You may have tried your hand in social media and email with some success as well. You know you can help more people but you aren’t sure how to reach them. You may not be convinced that marketing will help; you’re not alone.

It’s the 11th hour, the sales forecast now seems to be unreachable, and kudos by the way for having a forecast in place. How many more marketing tactics will you need to deploy to move the needle? How much money have you spent on digital ads? Why won’t people just click and purchase your incredible solution?

Instead of throwing spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks, or feeling desperation take a firm grip on you, you realize it’s time to focus and work on the business instead of in the business. 

Marketing tactics that don’t have a strategic foundation can be inefficient and ineffective. You lose money, time, resources, and may be putting your company’s brand reputation at risk.

You may think strategy is expensive and your time is stretched as it is. You know something is missing and you just can’t afford to ignore it any longer. That’s where a Mana Marathon can help.

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A Mana Marathon is an efficient and effective way for small businesses to dive deep into their marketing challenges and goals AND make progress in just three weeks with Alexis guiding you through the process. What do you walk away with? It depends on your goal. We’ve helped clients refine Mission and Vision statements, identify Core Values, and craft key elements of their brand and message to highlight their differentiation. We always define a SMART goal so we can tailor your Mana Marathon to your business needs. This may include a focus on your customers by defining your target segment (avoid the “everyone needs my service/product” approach), understanding the customer journey, developing content strategy and outline topics to explore in future content development, social media strategy, and website user experience. You will walk away with a SMART goal, action plan, and other information depending on the topics you wish to address during the Marathon sessions. This could be a project brief, brand guidelines, customer description, email marketing, or more. See further down the page for more examples of topics we may cover during your Mana Marathon. 

The Mana Marathon package is more than marketing strategies, it’s a success accelerator for your business. This includes the Discovery session, two half-day sessions, and the Finish Line session that occur over three consecutive weeks. This also includes any work Alexis does to prepare for each session, as well as any materials provided. Each Mana Marathon is customized to your needs and may explore different areas of marketing. Mana Marathons are offered as in-person or virtual meetings, depending on your location and preference. There may be an additional fee for travel time and expenses.

See your roi improve when you use strategy, set a goal, and focus on your customer

Mana Marathon provides a small business the opportunity to dive deep and work on their marketing challenges and goals over the course of three weeks.

DISCOVERY: a two-hour session held in the first week to address Core Values and mission. As time permits, there may be discussions about vision and a SMART goal.

MARATHON SESSION #1:  a four-hour session held in the second week. Based on the Discovery, we will continue our vision, SMART goal, and brand work. This will be influenced by your mission, vision, and core values as these are foundational elements to your brand. Your brand is key to differentiating your company in the marketplace, creating messaging that is relevant to your target segments, and managing expectations and associations of the overall promise to your clients.

MARATHON SESSION #2: a four-hour session the next day, as a continuation of session #1. Once branding is complete, we shift to define and understand your customer segments. We will choose which one to explore deeply, understand who they are, where to find them, and create a customer journey to uncover the triggers and pain points your prospects experience before utilizing your company’s expertise and offerings.

FINISH LINE: a two-hour session held in the third week to complete the action plan, wrap up loose ends, and answer any questions. An action plan outlines the actionable next steps needed to begin the execution of the marketing strategies. The plan outlines strategies, actions, tactics, owners and timelines that are aligned with your SMART Goal.



  • Develop/refine mission and vision statements
  • Understand core values
  • Differentiate your brand
  • Identify your purpose
  • Create SMART goals
  • Define the target segment
  • Develop a customer journey
  • Clarify a brand’s promise and tone
  • Craft relevant messaging
  • Build powerful connections with your customers
  • Put structure in place
  • Prioritize marketing activities
  • Develop an action plan aligned with a SMART goal

Expertise based on brands of all sizes

experience based on 20+ years AT corporations and DIGITAL agencies

Alexis Rago is a marketing expert with more than 20 years of marketing experience in corporations and digital agencies. As a professional since 1996, her business acumen grew organically in different roles in various industries and regions, as well as during her formal education at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she earned an MBA with emphases in marketing and corporate strategy.

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Action Steps

Step 1

Is a Mana Marathon right for you?

Set up a 30-minute complimentary call with Alexis to discuss if these sessions are right for you.

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Once you are ready to commit, contact Alexis to schedule the sessions over three consecutive weeks and secure your spot with a deposit or full payment (depending on the timing).

Step 3

Prep work

Based on the initial marketing challenges and goals you’ve shared, Alexis may give you homework before the sessions begin. Please be sure to share any relevant marketing materials with Alexis so that she can be prepared.

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Your Mana Marathon begins with a 2-hour Discovery session in week 1, two consecutive half-day sessions in week 2, and a 2-hour Finish Line session to bring everything together in week 3.

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What’s next

Everyone walks away with something different as it depends on the SMART goal you set in the Discovery session. You will have an action plan to outline strategies, activities, chunks and timing to execute against.

Mana Marathon finishers see success when they are determined to achieve their marketing goal, continue with intention, commit to a growth mindset, and have a plan of accountability.

Various retainer packages are available for clients interested in continuing with marketing strategy guidance and coaching services, whether weekly, monthly, or quarterly.

Alexis helped me and my co-owner take a deep dive into our values and how we can allow these values to shine through to our target market. Alexis broke down our marketing into smaller, more manageable steps, to really explore our customer’s journey and how as a mental health practice we could best help where help is needed. Alexis’ bright and motivating personality stayed consistent through our 2-half day- boot camp which made the entire experience very enjoyable. I would highly recommend!

Brittany Roback, Co-Owner of a mental health practice


  • Bring your brand perception to life
  • Find the right voice: language, tone, and style
  • The key is consistency
  • When you need brand guidelines
  • Tie it all together: message, design, desired action


  • Utilize your database 
  • Gather and maintain email addresses
  • Best practices
  • Optimize based on your metrics
  • Create segments within your email list

My co-owner and I did 2 half-day marathon marketing strategy boot-camp with Alexis and she/it was amazing! Super informative and helped us really grasp our target market and how to approach them through marketing. She really helped us think about our client’s journey and discover alternative and creative ways to conceptualize and reach them. This was a WONDERFUL experience and Alexis is so sweet and personal and customized her approach to our business! HIGHLY recommend!

Christine Barker, Co-Owner at a mental health practice

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