Why You Need Us

When you work with us, you’re not just working with a digital marketing company.

Sure, our Yext Powerlistings ensure you thrive in local search results.

Yeah, our web developers and local reporters create vivid, interactive platforms to tell your story. In all forms including raw text, video, and images.

And of course, our social media campaigns, retargeting and paid search experts magnify your brand and convert your audience into customers.

At Rise Local, we won’t stop at just the basic services.

What We Can Do

We stand in so you can stand out from the competition and “legally steal” their customers. 

Our web developers, engineers, marketing specialists, social media experts, local search professionals, media directors, graphic designers, photographers, copywriters, and reporters all work together with one common goal: building your brand.

We make it easy and affordable to get started broadcasting your business  and website today.

But what really makes us different from every other “marketing agency”

We can get much further as a Marketing Operations Center by creating custom content tailored for your business.

Along with producing excellent content, our tools allow us to master the logistics of publishing it. 



Overviews, product videos, services, staff bios, testimonial videos, proof of work, on-location production, blog videos, commercials, interviews, and more.



Location photos, A and B-roll photos and panoramic shots  for website and social media, staff photos and headshots, product photos, Google street view, and more.




Graphic design, animation, theme formatting, and correct logo sizing for website and social media. Those $5 logos cost you so much more than our professional logos.




SEO Copywriting

Fresh market copy, SEO blogs, articles, industry news, service pages, and more. Interviews by our reporters and strategists. We build your content media locker


It’s not just about the content. Being technical sound and proficient is also very important. Starts with having the right host provider who is performance focused. 

We’re not just a web hosting service—we’re a digital marketing and media broadcasting operation.


About us

Our History

Mike Stewart began in 2010 when he founded an SEO and link building company to give rise to local businesses. Working closely with PPC and paid search expert Kevin Adams, Mike began noticing problems with providers upselling services and overcharging for utilities he could provide affordably and more efficiently. Thus, Mike partnered up with fellow industry expert John O’Grady and began offering web hosting services via Zonedock in 2014—when Rise Local was born.

Today, Rise Local continues to move clients away from problematic web hosts and towards unrestricted digital marketing success. Working exclusively with business owners and supporting our agency partners, Rise Local focuses on building our building own website hosting architecture standard which garners success for our clients. We have expanded to over 100 clients in 2017, and as of 2019, host over 350 websites—and counting.

Who we are

Our Team

The innovative team at the Rise Local digital marketing operations center is comprised of street-smart marketing industry veterans and subject matter experts, with decades of digital experience and a focused operations support staff. We know how to tell a story. Our experience goes back to the days of printed directional media. 

Each team member—a ground-breaking innovator in their own field—works together in pioneering creative ways to tell your story, blending strategy with expertise. The Rise Local team of leaders each utilize their individual talents and professions to come together and deliver your message to the right people, at the right time.

Rise now.

Rise fast.

Rise Local.

Time to stop searching. Let's Get 'Er Done


Meet us

Who we are

Whether a leader, creative artist, engineer, developer, writer, or marketing expert, each team member at Rise Local comes together and makes magic.

John O’Grady

CEO & Co-Founder

John straddles a thin line between running the business and directing the operations. He is a team leader with a passion for innovation and platform improvements. 

Mike Stewart

CMO & Co-Founder

A true entrepreneur at heart, Mike is a 20-year veteran of local media. You won’t find a marketer more dedicated to your success than Mike. He is a multi-talented sales pro.

Kevin Adams

Director of Paid Media 

Since 2004, Kevin stayed up-to-date on the latest tricks, tools, and trends in digital marketing and especially paid search. He is an expert at making clients more money.

Chandler Hopper

Production Manager

To keep the content publishing drum beating in rhythm, it really pays to have organizational superpowers. Chandler keeps her email inbox close to empty.

Haleh Hajebian

Content Strategist | Copywriter | Reporter

An animated and multilingual wordsmith. Haleh captures the story and brings it to life. She is a skilled researcher and has a warm heart.

Janna Weiss

Content Strategist | SEO Copywriter | Reporter

Veteran freelance writer and proofreading connoisseur. Janna puts in writing the formula for client marketing. Never duplicating local SEO copy.

Chris Moore

Sr Application & Website Developer

When it comes to setting the standard on websites Chris has the attention to detail and the software command skills to scale workflows and website development projects to a level most software grunts can only dream of. 

You can sleep better knowing that Chris and his team are on your issues 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

Max Pecina

 Media Producer | Videographer | Reporter

 Media Producer | Videographer | Reporter

Capturing the moment is more than just being in the right place on time with the right gear. Max has an eye for what looks right and the tenacity to build on your brand’s true efficacy. Max works with our creative production team of editors to help tell your story and demonstrate to new customers what our clients can do to solve their customer’s problems. 

Ben Nuru

Website Designer & Developer

A developer, engineer, creator. Ben builds engaging and interactive platforms from the ground up. He is a WordPress master of content publishing, theme conversion, and content layout + design. 

Sara Brandon

Office Administrative Assistant

Sara is a strong team player who handles much of the administrative functions at Rise Local. Her primary role is focused on customer service and experience. She supports our creative and technical support teams with logistics. When you come to our office be sure to bring your smile and say hi, she enjoys getting to know every client by name.  

Sabrina Bernardo

Local Search Project Manager | Reporter

Presence management is all about the details. Sabrina is responsible for gathering content and building location master profiles. In her role as local campaign manager she tracks down duplicates and manages thousands of profiles using the tools like Data Aggregators, listing feeds like Yext Powerlistings and Google My Business. 

Let's work together

We are the most accessible and easiest digital marketing professionals you have ever worked with. That is what really separates us from the others.

Whether you want to talk over the phone, via email, text message, and/or schedule time in our Dallas office conference - room we got you! 


2727 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway Ste 785
Dallas, TX 75234




(214) 267-9553

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