Our Mission

Our Mission

 

Our Mission is to guide dedicated business owners to reach maximum potential in marketing their products and services online through training and education by industry Grand Masters!

 

Meet the Founders

Timothy Robertson

Timothy RobertsonI grew up in a split household. Most people consider a split household to be when the parents separate. Well, not only were my parents separated, but they were polar opposites. You see, my dad is gay, and my stepdad is a U.S. Marine. As you can imagine, this created some interesting family dynamics. But it did teach me a great life lesson: it is invaluable to be able to see a situation from multiple perspectives.

I have two sisters and one brother, but when I was young, I wanted nothing more than to build Legos in my room, by myself. I was all wrapped up in my own affairs, and I sat in my room each day, building all sorts of crazy things: gumball machines, jets, robots. You name it, I built it. I did this day after day, completely unaware of the world around me. But that all changed when my step-dad was deployed. He was sent to be aboard an aircraft carrier going to the Middle-East for several months.

At this point, my mother invited a friend of hers to stay with us while he was gone. This friend was trouble. She would yell and scream for hours on end over trivial things. On several occasions, we would be stuck at the store with her for 3+ hours while she screamed at the cashier over little things like expired coupons, or the cashier's tone of voice.

With this influence in our home, I had little choice but to become the protector of my brother and sisters. And I have to admit, she scared me senseless, but it was either protect my brother and sisters, or let them be emotionally battered by our extended houseguest. And so I stepped up to take care of them. I not only stood up for myself, but I also became the voice of my brother and sisters.

After our guest left the house, I turned away from being the family protector for a few years, thinking to myself “they can take care of themselves.” Then I met the kindly woman who lived across the street. Her grandson had been put in the middle of his parents' bitter divorce. She was the protector of her grandson, and she never faltered in that duty. That dedication to keeping others safe made a massive impression on me as a child.

When I got a little older, I discovered that my younger brother has Tourette Syndrome. This result in a slight and uncontrollable twitch, and the neighborhood teenagers made fun of him mercilessly. Drawing upon the experience I had being protective and the influence of the kind woman from across the street, I decided that no matter what comes, I will step into my role as the protector of my family. I took it upon myself to end the harassment. I gave each person one warning, and when they continued, I took the rashest course of action possible: I started a fight. And while no one harassed my brother after that point, I still regretted that I had taken such drastic measures to accomplish this.

I expanded the people I protected to include family, friends, and eventually, complete strangers. Along the way, I made enemies out of many a playground bully, but I also made some lifelong friendships with those I protected.

Years later, my dad began a web design and online marketing business. It was his dream. He spent long, hard hours each day, hunched over his desk, working on his clients online marketing strategies. I saw this every day, as I witnessed the dark lines form under his often bloodshot eyes, heard his breath become ragged with fatigue, and being young, I felt partly responsible for this. So, embracing my role as the protector, I helped any way I could.

It was an incredible challenge, but I learned the marketing trade, and soon he began to call me and ask for my help. After struggling with his business for a few difficult years, he decided despite his dream that, to take care of the family, he would rejoin the workforce, where he remains to this day.

Then came my high school, and there, I was very good at avoiding my assignments. You see, the way my high school was set up, I was my own teacher, so when I didn't want to do an assignment, it didn't get done. This held me back though, because I made myself busy instead of productive. I was focused on instant gratification, playing video games mostly, and that clearly reflects the results, or lack thereof, that I got. One day, I finally realized that my lack of dedication was only going to hurt me, and I could feel the icy fear of an unknown future creep into my being.

So I resolved to finish my high school right. I faced that icy feeling, stared it down, and created a more certain future. Every day from dark in the morning until dark the next morning, I would study. I did this for three months. Finally, I finished my high school, having done half my sophomore year, as well as my entire senior years’ worth of work in three months. I had focused harder on my school work than any of my peers, and as a result, I got better and faster results, graduating at sixteen years old.

My dad's struggles in the business world stuck with me. Being a dedicated student of success and the protector of my family, I began on an endeavor to ensure no other business owners have to feel the stress of the long days, working weekends, and sheer overwhelm that my dad faced each day.

My fiancee at the time (now my wife), Jennifer, and I puzzled over this for a time, and then we made a great discovery: We found out how to save business owners like my dad precious time, money, and sleep. We have condensed and refined this into a series of tools that begin with IntraSocial.

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There are a lot of things I love to do for fun, but one of my favorites is hiking. In this picture, Jennifer and I are hiking in the hills near Julian, CA.

I also love music. I play several instruments including guitar, piano, and drums, and I love to play music after business hours. Lastly, I love to spend time with my friends and family and simply have a good time. Sometimes we just sit and talk, other times we're on the Wii, and yet other times we're working on household projects and crafts.

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I love to give back to the community by educating entrepreneurs and business owners on the subject of marketing and branding, so they can make their lives, their family's lives, and their client's lives as rich and fulfilling as possible. I do this by teaching in programs like IntraSocial and holding monthly Meetups where I teach the public about marketing and branding.

One of my life goals is to create businesses that will take care of my financials so Jennifer and I can travel the world donating our resources and time to aid people living in third world contries in their ongoing quest for stability and safety.

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Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson

For me, starting out as the homeschooled daughter of a zoo director, I never knew what it was like to be a "normal" d. s always the "Dastardly Daughter of the Director." When I was good all day, I got to carry the frozen rat to the eagle exhibit. Yes, that was a reward, not a punishment!

Being homeschooled and raised in a zoo, this led me to being around A LOT of adults growing up. I did hang around a couple kids, but I found that I wanted to be more like the grown-ups than the kids. So I hung out with the adults. I listened to their stories and I asked them questions. I saw and heard some things that a kid should not see or hear, let me tell you! Don't ask me about rhinos or mandrills, because you will not be able to unhear it! I became a mini-adult at a very young age. One lady once said to me, “Oh, you're so sweet to put up with us old people...” and I looked at her, “You're not old, you’re experienced.” Imagine a 10 year old saying that to you! Gosh!

This gave me a HUGE head start on learning how to interact with real people, but it also came with its disadvantages. I became intolerant of people my age and often found myself isolating myself from them so that I wouldn't have to deal with them. I thought they were stupid and that I was better because I knew what was coming ahead of me (because the adults had been there already). I felt angry and ignored and left out. Kids around me wanted to talk about boys or cell phones or who did what to whom, and I just didn't fit in. I wanted to talk about politics, jobs, money, and history. Nope, the problem was them, not me. Or so I thought.

While I was really little, I found that I had a knack for making things. I could make just about anything out of paper or yarn, and it would be my best work up to that point. Anything I did, whether it was crafting, singing, dancing, cooking... anything... I did my best and I would exceed all expectations. Something was pulling me to do my best and to always provide quality to whomever I was around.

Then, when I was in my early teen years, everything fell apart. My dad's employees ganged up and got him transferred to a job he hated, my grandmother, who had severe Alzheimer's, was getting worse and worse, and I was tasked frequently with having to bath her, my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer and I lost all belief that things were possible. That was the year I stopped believing in Santa Claus. Color was plain, sound was dull throbbing, and emotions were suffocating.

A few years a later, I met my first mentor - Kumu ("teacher" in Hawaiian). This led to me being invited to Hawai'i to train and perform in groups. I came to Japan to perform in a huge group... where I was the only mainlander... the only one to learn 10 dances by video... the only one to learn the songs and translations by heart, because I had to in order to embody the dances and their meaning. It was a struggle, and I felt like giving up because it was too hard. But that is where I realized that I needed to trust myself and do what I knew was right. We performed, the crowd cheered, and we left for yet another performance - a smaller, yet much more impactful performance. We were to perform for a monk and his guests at a 1,000 year old temple in Kyoto. This performance was magical and all the girls were one body that harmonized and displayed Hawaiian past. Afterward, we ate dinner with the monk... where he got drunk... yes, I have video proof!

When I started my business, I had no idea it would lead to where we are now. I never really saw myself working for anyone else and the thought of being told what to do made my skin crawl. But the thought I loved the most was that I could help business owners. People who felt they didn't have the resources to do what they need to do... I could help them feed their families.

So I looked where every budding web designer goes to find clients... CraigsList! And guess what... the very first person I emailed hired me for the project. But being the goody-two-shoes I am, I immediately went down to City Hall, walked into the brick building and purchased my business license. The moment I walked out the door, I called my first client and said, "I am ready, let's do this." I jumped in head first, not really knowing what I was going to do with contracts and all that not-so-shiny stuff. I had a great sense of responsibility and knew I needed to get the project done. And so I did.

Then, he referred another person to me, who had very high standards for work and personal integrity. It was around Halloween time, and he told a story about his daughter picking up a dollar bill at a pumpkin patch. He told her, "that's not our dollar bill, that is someone else's. So we need to go give it to the pumpkin patch owner so he can find who dropped it." Living up to that level of integrity was daunting.

We were in the middle of the project, and he called me up and said, "you know, I think in this project, it is the blind leading the blind. You're new and this is a field I am just getting into, so I am going to pay you for what you've done and switch to another service for my website." My heart sank, but my goal was to make sure he got the service he needed. So I asked if there was anything I could do to make his experience better and get his project done." He paid me, and went to the new service.

The next two weeks left a pit in my stomach... a sense of failure overwhelmed me. So I busied myself with housecleaning and things like that. So one night, I was cleaning the toilet, and my phone rang... I answered... my client who left, had called me up, and said, "hey, how are you doing? Are you busy?" I could tell by the tone of voice that he had good news... "well, I am cleaning a toilet, but I can take a break from that for a few minutes!" He told me, "you know, I like you more now, since you let me go, than I did when we started the project. I have another project for you to start on right away." That was one of the most validating days in my business and he is still a loyal client and mentor of ours. Since that point, he has complimented us on being one of the most efficient companies he works with.

From that point, the business went through ups and downs, with many clients coming all at once and then none at all... wash, rinse, repeat. The work was hard and I spent long hours each day to give the quality they wanted and deserved. I was doing everything myself and I prided myself on the fact that I was a "one-man-show". It drained me, though and eventually, the business came to a standstill.

I needed help, so I took one last leap of faith and I trusted a new plan and a new set of eyes. My fiancé at the time, and now my husband, Tim, came into the business with a plan to grow a team. So, we built a team to handle the tasks that I had previously been doing all on my own. There were challenges and there were trials, but we finally found a way to help business owners with an all-star team.

Together, Tim and I built our lives and our business around a strong relationship that always thinks of promise for quality before anything else. We puzzled over how to help people going through struggles and people who didn't have the experience in marketing that we did to move their business forward. So we developed a system that would take weight off of the overloaded business owner. Their marketing would never be the same and I firmly believe that it will save businesses and save families. I would like to introduce you to IntraSocial.

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As you can see from the picture of me eating fire - yes, I actualy did that - I love finding new experiences to enjoy. From hiking in the mountains with my husband, Tim, to eating fire, I love to exploring and enjoying new things.

I also love to relax in between adventures by crocheting and spending quality time with the people I love most!

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One of my favorite ways to give back to the community is by teaching business owners to make their business flourish through the wide variety of resources available to them on the Internet.

I also hold monthly public events that show people how to do marketing effectively so they can spend more time with their families, and so enrich their lives and the lives of their families.

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