By Liz Ellis, Reporter
The masterminds behind the marketing of Eight Points Development, UBoon2 have formally set up shop in Poplar Bluff.
“We’ve developed a love affair with the city and enjoy the people we meet there—they are some of the best people I’ve worked with,” said Jim Gradl, UBoon2 co-founder. “We hope to make this a successful endeavor for many years.”
This marketing and advertising company does everything that other companies do—TV, radio and print ads, billboards, social media, website design and business strategies—but their approach to marketing is slightly more unusual.
“We help companies transcend just selling things and we help them communicate what they believe,” said Chad Bookidis, UBoon2 creative director and the other founder. “A lot of marketing companies can go out there and sell stuff… In their ads, you don’t see them communicate what the [company] believes and what they’re into. We help clients communicate that, because it creates a kind of vibe… and that’s what we’re going for.”
That vibe, Bookidis continued, helps consumers trust the business and forms long-term relationships with clients.
UBoon2 has had a presence in Poplar Bluff for the last few years and has worked on various projects around town including collaborating with Poplar Bluff Schools, Three Rivers College, the city of Poplar Bluff, Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and Eight Points.
“They are very personable, professional and excellent at what they do,” said Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. “I am excited to see Jim and Chad open an office in Poplar Bluff and continue to show their support for our community.”
Prior to opening the local office, UBoon2 worked out of the 1st Community Bank. They currently are headquartered in St. Louis with offices in Chesterfield and New Orleans. Despite their expansive operation, UBoon2 is a small business with four full-time employees and two part-time workers.
Bookidis and Gradl agreed the recent expansion to Poplar Bluff was exciting for their business.
“We want to build a relationship with the community and our hope is to help grow the economy in Poplar Bluff and create jobs to stimulate the economy,” Gradl said. “We hope to grow with and in the city. We’re committed to it… we’ll stay here as long as they’ll have us.”
For more information about UBoon2, visit www.uboon2.com/.
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