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January 24, 2020
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January 26, 2020

How the @HitsBlunt Instagram Empire Became Reality with Founders, Tom Colangelo and Len Giancola

Can you share with us the story about what brought you to this specific career path?
An opportunity presented itself where we were able to build an Instagram page and online asset that already had a very potent audience and consistent engagement. Our talented internal marketing team was able to efficiently institute our proprietary growth programs to scale the @HitsBlunt Instagram page to over 3.5 million followers, while being issued multiple trademarks for the HitsBlunt brand, website and social media assets.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
Well, what we learned quickly is that there are a lot of pretenders and thieves in the management of social media pages. We had so many people apply for working with our brand and had to weed out (pun intended) the fake from the legit. We have successfully achieved that and the asset is performing better than we had even envisioned.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? 
This is somewhat embarrassing, but neither of us even had an Instagram account of our own when we took on this venture. We simply researched its’ potential and the market trends and jumped in with both feet to create another cash flowing brand asset for our overall portfolio.
Are you working on any exciting projects now?
Yes, we have launched several unique online platforms such as CultureClubUSA.com, which is a wonderful destination where Members receive exclusive discounts on brands, products and services, while our Brand Partners simultaneously receive added exposure to our audience that they may not be able to achieve on their own. Our 420 Trivia gaming app has also caught on quite quickly as many of our followers on social media love playing the game and winning prizes.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
We have both been happy to have wonderful families and team members that supported us as we jumped into what many consider to be a taboo industry with some of our Cannabis friendly platforms.
Can you share an item that most excites you about the Cannabis industry and one that most concerns you?
The most concerning item is the lack of flexibility for legitimate and legal brands/companies to utilize traditional banking methods. These companies are playing by their local rules and laws yet hit a roadblock when it comes to collecting and paying their partners, employees and customers.
The most exciting item is the incredible passion that the Cannabis community shows with regard to the industry becoming more and more mainstream by the day. Whether its through purchasing their favorite brands or following a pure entertainment social media page like @HitsBlunt, the community is beyond loyal.
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?
Follow @HitsBlunt on Instagram for the funniest and most entertaining content on social media!