Lightspan Digital

Lightspan Digital

Digital Marketing for the Bold

2141 W. North Ave., Suite #211, Chicago, Illinois 60647, United States

Lightspan Digital Overview

Number of Employees
Under 49
Minimal Budget
$1,000 - $10,000
Average Hourly Rate
Year Founded
We design digital strategies and plans specifically to meet the needs your audiences look to fulfill online. We engage them in a way that will make your brand a part of their online experience. We know exactly what strategies to apply at different stages in their buying journey. 

Lightspan was born in late 2009. Our founder, Mana Ionescu had been doing pro-bono digital marketing work and started noticing a pattern of social media interaction that led to online sales. A persistent and consistent daily schedule of catchy social media content and conversation was the key to success. Just like a fitness program, an hour each day could build up to significant results over time. The Daily Social Media Workouts became the core methodology and foundation for Lightspan.

Mana decided to take the methodology and start her own company. After a rewarding 7-year digital marketing career with one of the world’s largest banks, Mana set off on her own. Watch the video below to hear more of her story, from her upbringing in Communist Romania to her current Chicago home.

From the beginning, our mission has been to deliver clear and direct digital marketing solutions. We believe in marketing done with purpose, not just for the heck of it.

What does it mean to be “purpose-driven?”

It means that we don’t do digital marketing just for the heck of it. We aren’t big on flooding your head with jargon and buzzwords. We are committed to finding digital strategies that bring measurable results – and profits – to you. And we love to get the work done so we can see the results.

“There are billions of great ideas out there,” says our founder, Mana Ionescu. “We focus on taking them to fruition and profitability.”

Digital marketing is not an afterthought and social media shouldn’t be done on a whim. They are essential to an effective modern marketing strategy.
2141 W. North Ave., Suite #211, Chicago, Illinois 60647, United States

Lightspan Digital Services

  • Market Research
  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Video Marketing
  • Integrated Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Marketing Analytics & Big Data
  • Internet of Things

Lightspan Digital Team Bios

  • President
    Mana Ionescu
    Mana is the founder and president of Chicago digital marketing agency, Lightspan Digital. The outspoken Romanian loves busting digital marketing myths, and teaching how to do social media marketing right. Mana’s philosophy is that an idea is only as great as it’s well executed.
  • Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Lightspan Digital
    Nell Shuttleworth
    Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Lightspan Digital
    At Lightspan, Nell’s motivation is to help her clients win. Period. Nell excels at managing large national association social media programs. She packs a punch when it comes to coordinating teams and showing her clients how to structure their internal social media resources and roles.
  • Digital Marketing Coordinator, Instagram Influencer
    Allie Barke
    Digital Marketing Coordinator, Instagram Influencer
    Allie is a master of Instagram, ambassador and influencer programs, and community building in general. She often teaches Instagram strategies at conferences around the country and has the visual touch of a true social media stylist.
  • Digital Content Manager and Wordsmith
    Amanda Ahrendt
    Digital Content Manager and Wordsmith
    Amanda infuses warmth and humor into the content she creates for clients. She loves finding the perfect voice and tone for each project without sacrificing authenticity.Amanda’s philosophy is that authenticity is key.

Lightspan Digital Clients

  • Fidelitone
  • Wholesome Sweeteners
  • Mondo
  • Fixer
  • Riceworks
  • SurfSweets
  • Calvetti Meats
  • UChicago Masters in Computer Science
  • Motivation Excellence
  • Bella Baby Photography
  • Mighty Vine
  • Coyote Logistics
  • Gold Eagle
  • Kiefer Swim
  • Abbott World Marathon Majors
  • Music Box Films
  • Spartan Tool
  • HSBC
  • The Private Bank
  • YMCA of the USA

Lightspan Digital Awards

  • Outstanding Entrepreneur Award by City of Chicago
  • Chicago Woman Making History Award
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