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Lauren Hong

Lauren Hong

Founder & President at Out & About Communications

Industry: Marketing

Summary: Hello! I’m Lauren, president of Out & About, a full-service marketing firm that I founded in 2013.

After several years of education, traveling, and international work, I landed in San Diego, where I decided to put my design and marketing skills into play. Before I knew it, I had a portfolio, a growing client base, and an insatiable desire to help businesses grow by amplifying their presence.

Today, Out & About is a 15+ person team with a suite of marketing services and a talented team of specialists devoted to transforming our clients’ marketing. I have the pleasure, day-in and day-out, of leading the creative and strategic direction of O&A.

My past experience is shaped by a degree in graphic design and advertising from Drake University and a Masters in International Studies in South Korea, where I first arrived as a Fulbright grantee. During that time, I worked in international relations and marketing roles at the US Embassy in Seoul. I’ve also worked with Oxfam Hong Kong and Humanitas Global Development in Washington, DC.

For me, one thing remained the same throughout each and every industry, mission, and campaign: a singular focus of amplifying the message and reach of my clients.

For you, that means an open mind and a vast wealth of knowledge to make your marketing work for your business.

I’m passionate about small- and mid-size business growth because I’ve been there. I know how difficult it is to launch, to grow, and to develop both visual and verbal messaging that reflects your brand and connects with your target market.

You deserve to spend time doing what you love in your business while your messaging and marketing do the work to engage with your community and grow your presence.

At Out & About, I lead the team with the skills to allow you to do just that. Questions? Don’t hesitate to connect with me here or shoot me a message on Twitter (@outaboutcomm)!

Board Memberships: Drake University National Alumni Committee (Board Member), Fulbright South Korea Alumni Pacific West (Chapter Leader), University Club Odeon Society (Chair), Drake University San Diego (Chapter Leader)

Who is your target customer?Professional services firms with ~5 to ~50 employees wanting to grow their digital marketing and cut through the clutter.

Who is your primary target contact? CEO, COO, Marketing Managers, business development/ sales leaders

What sets you apart from the competition?
 We have a team of 15+ that has experience working with Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. Each proposal is tailored to match your goals and priorities. We take pride in really listening to our clients, thinking through each step, and thoughtfully polishing every deliverable.

When you are not working, what do you like to do? Relaxing at the beach with my husband and puppy, or indulging in new tastes at local farmers markets and restaurants.

Contact Me:
(619) 564-8584