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mar a sky ribbon cuttingMar A Sky Media Owner Raquel Marasky cuts the ribbon on her new business earlier this week at the Rock Island Depot with the Liberal Chamber of Commerce. Marasky said she is excited to be in Liberal and building her business. L&T photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

Businesses are always on the lookout for ways to increase their digital presence and attract customers, and recently, a new business to help with just that cut its ribbon. 

Tuesday, Mar A Sky Media Owner Raquel Marasky cut the ribbon for her venture at the Rock Island Depot with the Liberal Chamber of Commerce. As Marasky tells it, her interest in digital media was sparked at a rather young age. 

“When I was really young, probably 7 or 8 or so, I loved music videos and loved how they were shot and the skill that went into that process. The first video I fully remember seeing was for 'Electric Barbarella' by Duran Duran, it's a very fun and funky video,” Marasky said. “I've also always been an artsy person, and it's just spilled over into everything else, but I would definitely say that early love of music videos is what sparked my interest in all of this.” 

That spark ultimately led her down her current career path. 

“I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, public relations and media from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, but way before that, I'd been playing with photography, video cameras and different similar skills for a long time,” Marasky said. “It's been a particular passion of mine, and even in college I took a darkrooms class to learn about that process. Then, when I moved to Liberal, I figured it was the right place and time to launch my brand and my business and help businesses focus on their digital footprint. Moving to Liberal made me realize it's not just a small town in Southwest Kansas, there's something really special here, and I want to be part of sharing that with the world.”

Marasky also talked about the various services offered by Mar A Sky Media. 

“I offer commercial videography, commercial photography and digital content for events, products, sales and things like that. I also do work for Web sites, social media and things like that,” Marasky said. “After talking with the economic development people in town, I also decided to launch a simple, low-cost Web creation service – right now, I've got a promotion where it's $100 for a simple, clean Web site that's easy to update for people. It's about providing access to these services that really help out with selling and overall business operation.”

Especially in more modern times, Marasky said it is extremely important for businesses to keep their online imprint in mind. 

“When it comes to thinking about a business's digital audience, it's a giant question mark because you don't know who's searching for you and your business, so it's really important to have that first impression ready to go because if you don't have a Web site, how are people supposed to know who you are and what your business does?” Marasky  said.  “How will they be able to find you in order to shop in your store? Overall, a better digital presence can make a huge difference because it helps get your name out there and gets people talking about you. Everyone's more than welcome to visit my Web site, marasky.media or give me a call/text at (620) 259-9511, and I'll be more than happy to work with you!”

Marasky said she was very happy with the turnout for the ribbon-cutting earlier this week.

“I felt great about the ribbon-cutting, I'm so blessed to feel the support of the Chamber of Commerce and other area business owners as I'm getting started here. I'm really blessed to have that support and be accepted in the community to start a business like this,” Marasky said. “As far as location, I'm currently working out of a mobile studio, but with the Seward County Economic Development Corporation having the flex space opening up, I'll probably soon start looking at having a landing pad there. I've definitely got some ideas with all of that. I'm really looking forward to getting out of my house's second bedroom and really turning this into something big that will really help benefit Liberal.”

Overall, Marasky said, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to the future. People interested in Mar A Sky Media can visit marasky.media and also connect with the site on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. 

“It might sound kind of crazy, but I'm excited about getting other people involved in what I do,” Marasky said. “There was a time several weeks ago when I was having lunch and I overheard these college students talking about how all they thought about was filmmaking and how badly they wanted to be in that field because of all these ideas they were having and all of that, and that's something I want to help with and maybe provide some advice and mentorship and encouragement for other creative people like me. My mission is to provide affordable, high-quality content and services so everyone can have access and help make their digital footprint bigger for their business.”