Ryan Malone

Ryan Malone

Industry Fellow
Assistant Specialist

Center for Digital Transformation  


MBA, UC Irvine Merage School of Business, 1998
BA, Political Science, University of Maryland at College Park, 1995

Research Interest

Digital marketing

Inbound marketing

Marketing automation

Social media

Content marketing

Buyer psychology

Public relations


Remote workforces

Ryan Malone is the Founder and CEO of SmartBug Media, an award-winning digital marketing agency and one of HubSpot’s top partners. After starting his career leading marketing teams for publicly traded and early-stage technology companies, Ryan founded SmartBug Media to help organizations build more impactful sales and marketing teams. Ryan specializes in marketing strategy, the impact of digital on the creation of high-growth sales and marketing systems, and entrepreneurial topics surrounding how to build a vibrant agency culture and remote workforces. Ryan has a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an MBA from UC Irvine.