We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Oakes Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I am a planner, so I think that creating timelines, lists and reminders has really helped me organize everything that I need to get done. When you own your own business everything is relying on you getting the work done, so not having a system in place from the beginning could really be detrimental to your business.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the founder of AOS Marketing, a boutique marketing, public relations, and social media agency in Phoenix, Arizona. After working with local, national, and Internationally known brands on the agency side and in-house as a Director, I decided that my passion was with small, local brands that didn’t have a marketing team inside the company. Being able to offer my services as an extension of their business is what I enjoy most. Creating campaigns that not only create a buzz, but drive people into a business and generate revenue are always the goal for my clients. Starting your own business can be scary, but if what you have to offer and the work that you do for clients is stellar, then your business will thrive. I’m so thankful to the businesses that have partnered with me and are excited to grow their brands.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To stay: whenever someone asks me where they should stay when coming in town, I have a few favorites. The Phoenician is a beautiful property. You could literally stay there and never leave during your trip. If you want to be in the Scottsdale scene, I love Andaz and The Valley Ho. For Downtown Phoenix, Palomar is a great spot with a fun pool, views, and restaurants. To eat: If you want a full experience, you have to check out The Farm at South Mountain. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a boutique, and a garden. For dinner I love to sit on the patios at Cibo or Ocotillo. Heading towards Scottsdale is The Collins. They have a great happy hour and selection on the menu. To drink: I’m a sucker for classic drinks, so Casey Moore’s & Hanny’s are my go-to for this. If you’re looking for something unique, I like to head to Bitter & Twisted or Valley Bar. For beer, check out Cider Corps. It also has a great pizza spot inside. To Do: Desert Botanical Garden is a spot for those who are not from Arizona. They always have a great art installation that is a must see. Hiking is a must while in Arizona. My favorite spot is South Mountain. If you’ll be making your way up North, make a stop at Arcosanti.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a lot of people along the way that have helped me become the professional that I am today. It all started back in college when an agency in town took a chance on me to be an intern with their company. David Eichler of Decibel Blue really mentored me through my creative writing and ideas, understanding of what public relations really was, and how customer service really can go a long way. For most of my career, I worked at one of Arizona’s top full service marketing agencies, Zion & Zion. I want to give a shoutout to Aric & DuGue Zion for not only teaching me about dynamic marketing skills, but also how to successfully run a growing business.
Another shout out goes to Stephanie Slezak of Aribella Photography. She has really helped me get creative work done with my clients that need visual stories! I also want to give a shoutout to Pat Christofolo, owner of The Farm at South Mountain (and several other businesses) and Greg Brownell, the Director of Sustainability at The Farm. I worked for them and learned so much about the local food scene and how businesses can help make an impact on the community.
Aribella Photography for all.