I, Laura Oldham, started Starburst Media in 2010 in an effort to use the array of skills I gained through working in various web and design firms in Chicago. Now I live in Columbus with my husband Doug, my pup Eleanor and my daughter Violet, and over the past six years Starburst Media has helped more than 200 clients.
Starburst Media’s goal is to help clients take advantage of customers they can gain simply by having a solid website and strong social media presence. Our websites are primarily built in WordPress so that our clients can make changes and updates without depending upon outside help, but we’re happy to offer ongoing updates and changes for our clients who need it. We offer social media strategy creation as well as ongoing social media maintenance so that our clients don’t need to worry about daily Facebook, Twitter and Instagram updates. We also write regular blog posts for clients who need frequently updated websites to help drive more traffic via social media and search engines.
Shoot us an email if you’d like to chat.
Meet Laura Oldham – Owner
I got my journalism degree at Ohio University in 2004, just as I realized that I probably wasn’t cut out for a (sadly) shrinking field, so I moved to Chicago with the hopes of picking up some new skills that could eventually turn into a career. I worked as a copywriter and social media strategist for a small ad agency, in sales for a tech company, and in marketing for a tech startup while bartending in Irish pubs and comedy clubs at night. I took writing classes at Second City for a few years, started a satirical website, wrote and performed sketch comedy throughout the city, and volunteered as a tour guide at the Chicago History Museum. After a few years of dabbling in just about everything, I decided it was time to cut back from four jobs to one and head out on my own.
During my time at the ad agency, social media was just beginning, so I was tasked with trying to figure out how it could make my employers money. It seemed natural that I would start a social media consulting firm at a time when everyone began branding themselves as “gurus.” (I still shudder at the term.) But what I found immediately was that every small business I talked to also needed help with a website. Both of my parents are small business owners, and I saw that developers tended to talk down to small business owners and take weeks or even months to make small changes for them. So I decided to teach myself HTML, CSS and WordPress to try to help people like my parents.
Now I focus mainly on building websites in WordPress and giving my clients the tools to make their own changes so they don’t necessarily need to depend upon Starburst Media (or another firm) to keep their websites up to date. I also help clients with social media strategy and implementation as well as regular blog posts. I’m fortunate to get to use the skills that I’ve gained over the last decade of working in words and the internet.
Outside of work, I’m a proud mom to a spunky toddler, Violet. Eleanor Roosevelt Oldham, our Beagle/Dachshund mix, and Violet spend their days hugging, kissing and wrestling while I try to keep our world together. My husband Doug and my friend Jamie and I started the Columbus Craft Beer Alliance, a non-profit to promote and support the growth of local craft beer. I’m also the President of the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership, and I’m proud to help connect local business owners by leading the board.
I’m very fortunate to love what I do, and I love to work with people who are just as passionate about their businesses. Shoot me an email if you want to talk about how we might be able to work together.
Meet Isaac Noland – Social Media Strategist
Like all good things, my relationship with Starburst Media started after a long drinking session at The Ohio Taproom.
I was new to the Grandview Heights area, having recently finished up a Master’s degree at Ohio University and my second year as Marketing Director for Ohio Brew Week in Athens. A job in Ohio beer-related digital marketing seemed to be the next logical step, and the Ohio Taproom looked like it could offer some leads. A few pints and conversations later, taproom owner John Evans told me to check out Starburst Media, and put me in touch with Laura Oldham.
After looking into Starburst, I saw that I had experience in each core service the company offers, from WordPress and copywriting to social media strategy and management.
Laura and I met for coffee, neither of us knowing exactly what the meeting would bring. It was definitely not a job interview. I tried to sell myself well and cautiously offered “any help if you ever need it, since I’m in the area.”
Turns out that the timing was perfect for both of us. By the end of the day, I was working for Starburst.
While I bring years of experience with WordPress and a range of writing skills to the table, my main strength is social media strategy. In the spring of 2016 I completed a Master’s Degree in Journalism at Ohio University, opting for a professional track where I created a thesis-equivalent social media campaign strategy for Ohio Brew Week. I was fortunate enough to implement my plan the summer after completing it, instantly gaining real-world professional experience to complement the research skills I had developed during my time at OU.
And since Laura founded and helps run the Columbus Craft Beer Alliance, the brew background is all too appropriate.
At Starburst, I am excited to work with a wide-range of clients. I help improve social media literacy and develop relevant strategies for businesses, non-profits and even city government. From helping a small side-business implement Instagram, to developing large-scale multi-channel social advertising campaigns, I enjoy thorough research and creating well-developed content.
On a personal note, my work at Starburst has helped me integrate into my new neighborhood while meeting tons of awesome individuals. Which is really the best part.
I hope to work with you soon!