Localogy Live: Interview with Tiger Pistol CEO Paul Elliott

Recently, Localogy’s Mike Boland chatted with Tiger Pistol CEO, Paul Elliott, about driving social advertising success on a local level for enterprise brands, agencies, and SMB resellers alike. As Tiger Pistol continues to grow, its sights are set on further penetration among the enterprise market. Elliott reveals how the organization has been structured to serve these unique customer sets from both a sales and a product perspective.

“We can accomplish the things that everything else says “no” to. Those things that are just assumed that you can’t do or that they are too big, they’re too scary, they’re too hard – that’s what drives us forward.”
– Paul Elliott

Watch the on-demand video now on Localogy.com.

Tiger Pistol Expands Operations to Northeast Ohio

Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, has opened its first operation outside of its headquarters in Austin, Texas, bringing at least 25 new jobs to Cleveland.

The Tiger Pistol Cleveland Office is located in an historic building on W. 6th Street.

The company, which ranks in the Top 100 of the Inc. 5000 list of Texas’ fastest-growing private companies and in the Top 5 among advertising and marketing companies, resides in a space on West Sixth Street in the Warehouse District of Downtown Cleveland for its Cleveland office. The expansion will further accelerate Tiger Pistol’s innovation roadmap for tools that help global brands, agencies, and resellers capitalize on the benefits of Facebook and Instagram advertising.

Tiger Pistol cites the Cleveland-area’s pool of technology and marketing expertise and affordability as some of the key driving factors for expansion into the market.

Tiger Pistol CEO, Paul Elliott is no stranger to building successful marketing companies in Cleveland. “Having had the opportunity to build my own digital marketing agency here, as well as serve in a leadership capacity for other outstanding Cleveland-based marketing and technology organizations, I am well aware of the amazing assets we have access to here in Cleveland,” said Elliott. “Cleveland’s world-class marketing and technology talent and their amazing work ethic is a competitive advantage when building and scaling a business. Our Cleveland expansion will help further strengthen our social advertising offering, which is already the dominant solution for multi-location marketers.”

The company considered other locations throughout the Midwest, but a team comprising the city of Cleveland, Project Management Consultants, JobsOhio and Team NEO collaborated to ensure Tiger Pistol would choose Cleveland for its expansion. The project is still subject to approval of state and local incentives.

“The City of Cleveland welcomes Tiger Pistol’s decision to invest and grow in Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “This investment reflects the continued growth of Cleveland’s technology sector and we look forward to working with them on their expansion.”

Citing a quality workforce and Ohio’s business climate as benefits to operating in Northeast Ohio, Bill Koehler, CEO of Team NEO, added, “Northeast Ohio is home to great companies looking to deepen their digital marketing and technology capabilities in order to grow. Tiger Pistol’s decision to invest here is a strong statement about the depth and breadth of the digital technology capabilities in this market. We expect their success to offer further encouragement to other digital technology companies exploring a significant investment in Northeast Ohio.”

About Tiger Pistol

Tiger Pistol is the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local. For nearly a decade, the company has been obsessively focused on building the world’s most effective social advertising platform for global brands, resellers, and agencies who realize the power of local activation at scale. As a preferred Facebook Marketing Partner and the largest third-party publisher of social advertising for local, Tiger Pistol creates, deploys, manages, and optimizes high-performance Facebook and Instagram ads at unprecedented scale, with over 800k Facebook and Instagram campaigns published to date. Tiger Pistol’s first of its kind technology delivers meaningful and measurable business impact for brands, resellers, and agencies alike, helping to unlock value and efficiency through innovation-led social advertising automation. Tiger Pistol has been recognized by Digiday as the Best Social Media Marketing Platform, by Street Fight for Best Social Media Campaign and by Localogy as Best Localized Marketing Campaign, and by AdExchanger for Best Social Media Campaign. Tiger Pistol Ranks in the Top 100 on the Inc. 5000 List of Texas’s Fastest Growing Private Companies and in the top 5 among advertising and marketing companies.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in Northeast Ohio’s 18-county region; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market Northeast Ohio as a region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. For more information, visit teamneo.org.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Tiger Pistol Hires SVP of Talent and Enablement

Kierston Vaughn Tapped to Develop and Manage Scalable Structure for Corporate Culture and Talent Enablement

Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at a global scale, recently formalized the hiring of Kierston Vaughn as SVP of Talent and Enablement. Vaughn began working with Tiger Pistol in April of 2019 as a talent consultant.

“Kierston has been extremely dedicated to creating an environment that is based on the principles of a growth mindset, exciting and empowering team members to achieve new heights, breaking new boundaries with our clients, one another, and ourselves,” said Paul Elliott, CEO, Tiger Pistol. “Kierston encourages team members to develop and lead new initiatives and use their natural talents to contribute to company culture, content, product innovation, and client success. She brings a wealth of experience in high growth companies, both small and large, making her a perfect fit to lead our innovative company culture.”

A dynamic talent executive with a background in the consulting and digital marketing industries, Vaughn holds more than 20 years experience in helping companies build thriving cultures through growth and process change. Having previously worked for companies like Accenture, Rosetta, Razorfish Global, Kalibrate, and Robots & Pencils, her approach to talent is founded in a deep understanding of service industry business models in a global context. She excels at building cultures that enable teams and individuals to deliver their best for client satisfaction. Vaughn will continue to enhance Tiger Pistol’s recruitment and engagement efforts to ensure an architecture that aligns talent and experience with the company’s aggressive growth.

“I’m so proud and excited to become an official part of the incredible team and culture at Tiger Pistol,” said Vaughn. “I’m humbled by this team and their passion for their work. I can’t wait to see all the great things our team can accomplish, and I am committed to providing each member with the tools and structure to develop and grow.”

Kierston earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University and is an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management. She has been a certified Professional in HR [PHR] since 2003.

About Tiger Pistol 

Tiger Pistol is the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local. For nearly a decade, the company has been obsessively focused on building the world’s most effective social advertising platform for global brands, resellers, and agencies who realize the power of local activation at scale. As a preferred Facebook Marketing Partner and the largest third-party publisher of social advertising for local, Tiger Pistol creates, deploys, manages, and optimizes high-performance Facebook and Instagram ads at unprecedented scale, with over 800k Facebook and Instagram campaigns published to date. Tiger Pistol’s first of its kind technology delivers meaningful and measurable business impact for brands, resellers, and agencies alike, helping to unlock value and efficiency through innovation-led social advertising automation. Tiger Pistol has been recognized by Digiday as the Best Social Media Marketing Platform, by Street Fight for Best Social Media Campaign and by Localogy as Best Localized Marketing Campaign. Tiger Pistol Ranks in the Top 100 on the Inc. 5000 List of Texas’s Fastest Growing Private Companies and in the top 5 among advertising and marketing companies. To learn more, call (888) 400-8845, visit TigerPistol.com, or follow on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Tiger Pistol Ranks in Top 100 on the Inc. 5000 List of Texas’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

Inc. Magazine recently revealed that Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, is No. 59 on its inaugural Inc. 5000 Series: Texas list, and top 5 among advertising and marketing companies. The list encompasses the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing Texas-based private companies.

Companies named to the list exhibit stunning rates of growth across all industries in Texas. The list’s 250 private companies had an average growth rate of 294 percent. Companies based in the largest metro areas—Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio—brought in the highest revenue overall.

“Tiger Pistol’s innovations have sparked explosive growth and ongoing client loyalty, and recognition on this list validates our category leadership.” said Paul Elliott, Tiger Pistol CEO. “Our unwavering focus on social advertising automation has yielded a unique, innovative, trusted, and results-oriented partnership with some of the largest global brands and resellers that realize the power of local activation at scale.”

Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Texas economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

“The companies on this list demonstrate just how much the small-business sector impacts Texas’s economy,” says Inc. Editor in Chief Scott Omelianuk. “Across every single industry, these businesses have posted revenue and growth rates that are beyond impressive, further proving the tenacity of their founders and CEOs.”

“Tiger Pistol has developed the future of social advertising at scale across the Facebook family of apps,” said Elliott. “While many others have tried to enter the market Tiger Pistol established, the company’s continued focus on agile technology innovation, speed to market, social advertising expertise, deep partnerships with Facebook and our clients, and use of data to drive smarter automation and superior results, truly sets it apart.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Series: Texas, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at inc.com/inc5000-series-texas-2020.

To learn more about Tiger Pistol’s social advertising tools and how Tiger Pistol, the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local, unlocks local activation at global scale for brands, resellers, and agencies contact us today. 

About Tiger Pistol 

Tiger Pistol is the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local. For nearly a decade, the company has been obsessively focused on building the world’s most effective social advertising platform for global brands, resellers, and agencies who realize the power of local activation at scale. As a preferred Facebook Marketing Partner and the largest third-party publisher of social advertising for local, Tiger Pistol creates, deploys, manages, and optimizes high-performance Facebook and Instagram ads at unprecedented scale, with over 800k Facebook and Instagram campaigns published to date. Tiger Pistol’s first of its kind technology delivers meaningful and measurable business impact for brands, resellers, and agencies alike, helping to unlock value and efficiency through innovation-led social advertising automation. Tiger Pistol has been recognized by Digiday as the Best Social Media Marketing Platform, and by Street Fight for Best Social Media Campaign. To learn more, call (888) 400-8845, visit TigerPistol.com, or follow on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

About Inc. Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

Tiger Pistol Hires New Director of Client Success

Ashley Clark Tapped to Lead and Enhance Services and Support Team

Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, recently added Ashley Clark to its executive leadership team as Director of Client Success. 

Ashley Clark, Director Client Success
Ashley Clark, Director Client Success

“Ashley’s hiring is part of Tiger Pistol’s continued investment in providing world-class customer service and support to our clients,” said Paul Elliott, CEO, Tiger Pistol. “As we continue our rapid  growth, Ashley will help ensure that we continually elevate and evolve the standards by which we communicate with and nurture the partnerships with our clients and their nearly 500,000 end-advertisers.” 

Clark joined the Tiger Pistol team from her previous role as Director of Customer Happiness at Volusion, where it was her mission to perfect the customer lifecycle and build mutually beneficial relationships, driving results for the company’s highest value customers and accounting for over $10M in annual recurring revenue. Ashley has also held leadership positions at Social Sentinel, where she handled the company’s most trusted partnerships to further advance the new frontier of safety in higher education. She holds an MPA from the University of Vermont.

“I am delighted to join the Tiger Pistol team and am looking forward to accelerating company growth with continual focus on advancing the knowledge and support of our Client Success Team,” said Clark. “The future of social advertising is bright with Tiger Pistol leading the way. Our team has already demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the success of our  clients’ businesses, and in combination with our innovative tech solution, our customers will not only thrive, but surpass their advertising goals. I’m greatly looking forward to working with some of the best and brightest in the industry to see what we can achieve together.”

Tiger Pistol’s dedicated Client Success  team provides go-to-market support, training, and onboarding, including a 24×7 multilingual help desk. Under Clark’s leadership, the team will build on Tiger Pistol’s industry-leading foundation – identifying and innovating ahead of our clients’ and end-advertisers’ social advertising needs. 

To learn more about Tiger Pistol’s social advertising tools and how Tiger Pistol, the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local, unlocks local activation at global scale for brands, resellers, and agencies visit www.tigerpistol.com

About Tiger Pistol 

Tiger Pistol is the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local. For nearly a decade, the company has been obsessively focused on building the world’s most effective social advertising platform for global brands, resellers, and agencies who realize the power of local activation at scale. As a preferred Facebook Marketing Partner and the largest third-party publisher of social advertising for local, Tiger Pistol creates, deploys, manages, and optimizes high-performance Facebook and Instagram ads at unprecedented scale, with over 800k Facebook and Instagram campaigns published to date. Tiger Pistol’s first of its kind technology delivers meaningful and measurable business impact for brands, resellers, and agencies alike, helping to unlock value and efficiency through innovation-led social advertising automation. Tiger Pistol has been recognized by Digiday as the Best Social Media Marketing Platform, and by Street Fight for Best Social Media Campaign. To learn more, call (888) 400-8845, visit TigerPistol.com, or follow on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Raising Funds for Australia’s Heroes

Tiger Pistol is raising funds for The Country Fire Authority, whose amazing volunteers are putting their lives on the line to fight the bushfires in Australia.

Why is Tiger Pistol raising funds?
Our company was founded in Melbourne, Victoria in 2011, and we still have strong ties to Australia. With every day that goes past, our hearts break seeing the devastation across the country. We wanted to do something to show our support.

With skies turning red and giant clouds of smoke sparking widespread thunderstorms, no area of the country is escaping the effects of the blaze. Put simply, Australia needs our help, and the best way to do that is to help those controlling the fires.

How to Donate
Please consider a donation to our GoFundMe. All donations, no matter how big or small, will help the CFA to continue providing they services and support Australia so desperately needs.

Tiger Pistol’s fundraiser is organized by Talia Wachtel, VP, Client Management, who has been with the company for almost 8 years and is from Melbourne, Australia. The team at Tiger Pistol and Talia are raising funds that will be directly donated to the CFA (Country Fire Authority). Funds will be withdrawn on January 31st and will be donated immediately via https://www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal

Tiger Pistol Cares: Fall Community Volunteering at the Food Bank

Recently, we took part in volunteer days at the Central Texas Food Bank and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. These two food banks combined provide nearly 100 million nutritious meals to those in need.  

Our team worked together packing school lunches, sorting vegetables, and sorting and stacking milk into crates. We learned about the food banks’ reach, gaining a greater understanding of how hunger affects the communities where we live and work.  

“It was great to make a real hands-on impact on our local community,” said Bob Govia, Director, Product. “We took the time to learn more about the issue of hunger and the impact on communities and education, and then we had the privilege of packing lunches for kids in need in Cleveland.” 

“Being able to give back as an organization is one of the reasons I love working at Tiger Pistol,” said Ashley Gutierrez, Talent & Operations Manager. “We not only care about our people internally but our surrounding communities.”

Learning about the extensive community partnerships the food banks require to achieve their mission gave us humbling insight into the fight against hunger. The day of volunteering also gave us time to learn more about each other and our personal values.

Alex Serrano, Marketing Services Specialist, said, “It was extremely rewarding to see Tiger Pistol come together as a team to lend a helping hand at the Central Texas Food Bank. It really is incredible that just a few hours of volunteering helped create over 9K meals for our neighbors in need!”

“Volunteering at the food bank was a great opportunity to interact and collaborate with my colleagues in a non-work-related setting while also giving back to the community,” said Matt Liszewski, Senior Data Engineer. “It was awesome to be able to put our teamwork skills to use while also contributing to a worthy cause.”

Coming from a family that understands and values community service and the impact it can have, I found our experience at the Central Texas Food Bank immensely gratifying. I know I speak for our whole Tiger Pistol team when I say how proud I am to be part of a team that cares.

If you’re feeling inspired to volunteer at your local food bank, click here to find a location near you.

Tiger Pistol Announces Executive Leadership Additions, Digital Innovator Paul Elliott Named CEO

Talent additions and organizational restructure support Tiger Pistol’s rapid growth and reflect significant investments in product development, client service, and business operations.

Tiger Pistol, Inc., the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, recently announced a series of strategic leadership moves that align the talent and experience required to guide the next phases of aggressive growth and innovation.

Paul Elliott joins Tiger Pistol as Chief Executive Officer, following the strategic investment by Next Sparc, a Cleveland, Ohio-based private investment firm. Elliott replaces Tiger Pistol co-founder Steve Hibberd, who will continue on the board of advisors in an active role supporting Elliott and the leadership team.

Previously, as President of BrandMuscle, a national-to-local software and services company, Elliott was responsible for innovating, enhancing, and delivering the future of BrandMuscle’s integrated marketing platform. He has also held senior leadership positions in several large digital agencies, and successfully built and sold his search engine marketing agency, which ultimately became part of Razorfish. Prior to starting his agency, Elliott served as the Director of Digital Marketing for the specialty retailer, Things Remembered, and began his career as a business process consultant with IBM.

“Before joining Tiger Pistol, I had the phenomenal opportunity to experience the business through the lens of a customer,” said Elliott. “In my prior role, we engaged Tiger Pistol to help us solve a real challenge that was impacting our ability to profitably grow and scale our social advertising offering. Through our partnership with Tiger Pistol, we completely eliminated the obstacles that were inhibiting our growth in this channel. As I learned and experienced more from Tiger Pistol, I saw an innovative, entrepreneurial, smart, and scrappy team and culture that I realized I had to be part of. With additional support and investment, I knew this company could be an even more valuable partner to Facebook and our clients, unlocking the value and efficiency of social advertising at scale for global brands, resellers, and agencies.”

“Paul is one of the brightest minds in digital advertising, and I’m fortunate to have worked with him in different capacities for nearly 20 years.” said Leonard Pagon, Chairman and CEO, Next Sparc, Inc. “I was actively looking for the chance to work together again, and the Tiger Pistol opportunity, product offering, and situation is the perfect fit for Paul’s unique experience and entrepreneurial leadership.”

In addition, Reid Sheppard joins Tiger Pistol as Senior Vice President, Engineering. Sheppard has nearly two decades of experience leading teams in developing and implementing complex technology solutions and systems. Prior to Tiger Pistol, Sheppard served as Vice President, Technology at Robots and Pencils, a global digital innovation firm; Senior Technology Manager at OverDrive, Inc, where he was responsible for the delivery and support of mobile applications for virtual libraries; and Senior Application Development Manager at Progressive Insurance, where he was responsible for large-scale project delivery, complex system architecture, and internal capability advancement. Reid’s skills include agile methodologies, test automation, Android development, and the software development life cycle.

Since acquiring the business in Q1 2019, investment in talent has been a key theme. To complement its outstanding existing team members, Tiger Pistol has added nearly twenty-five key resources to the business, including additional depth in engineering, quality assurance, client management and support, data and analytics, product management, finance, marketing, and talent management.

To further optimize the business, and enhance overall client delivery excellence and ongoing support, veteran Tiger Pistol team members Talia Wachtel and Casey Zaffin have been promoted to VP, Client Management – Brands and VP, Client Management – Resellers, respectively. Wachtel, who holds extensive experience working with national and global brands to generate meaningful business results from social advertising, will oversee the company’s client management and marketing services teams for Tiger Pistol’s enterprise brand clients. Zaffin, who holds more than a decade of experience in digital marketing automation, will oversee the company’s client management and marketing services teams for SMB reseller and agency clients.

To learn more about how Tiger Pistol, the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local, unlocks local activation at global scale for brands, resellers, and agencies request a demo today.