072: How BuzzSumo Became A $5M SaaS Donkey w/Steve Rayson
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Learn how BuzzSumo used data-backed influencer marketing and content to become a $5mil SaaS company, with less than 10 employees. And why Steve believes the future of content marketing is more content. And yes – BuzzSumo has also been our sponsor for a few episodes – but this episode is about BuzzSumo the company and focuses on […]

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Leveling Up with Eric Siu
Leveling Up with Eric Siu
Eric Siu
This Company Does 60% Profit Sharing With Over $25M In Annual Recurring Revenue
A big part of contemporary online business is connected to email marketing and one of the most powerful and exciting names in the game right now is undoubtedly ConvertKit. The company's Co-Founder and CEO, Nathan Barry, returns to the Leveling Up podcast today to talk about their last year or so of business, their choice to embrace profit-sharing, and his thoughts on the evolving remote-work landscape! Although ConvertKit can basically be described as email marketing software for creators, they actually offer so much more than that, and Nathan comments on their growth and how they go about adding new features to their service. One of the defining characteristics of the company is their lack of outside funding, and we get to talk about this choice and how they have managed to be so successful while opting out of venture capital. Nathan shares his thoughts on the time it takes to build something meaningful, the meaning of company culture, building in public and so much more! A big takeaway for listeners is the idea of intentionality and holding both the long-term vision and short-term goals in mind at the same time. So for all this from a leader of a leading company, be sure to listen in! TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: * [00:21] Before we jump into today’s interview, please rate, review, and subscribe to the Leveling Up Podcast! * [01:12] Nathan's perspective on what is hot right now for email conversion. * [03:38] The power of Twitter threads when used correctly. * [04:55] Growth at ConvertKit and the biggest steps they have made recently. * [06:14] Considering adding new features and how to do this smartly. * [07:52] Prioritizing certain features and how these decisions are made. * [10:12] Nathan's array of skills as a creator and the emphasis he puts on mindset. * [12:53] Thoughts on niching down and how this relates to expansion. * [14:52] The growth in the blogging and online influencer industry. * [15:58] Nathan's failed efforts at raising capital and how this ended up serving the company. * [18:13] The pros and cons of building in public — Nathan weighs in. * [20:13] The threat of competitors and bigger companies. * [22:45] Incentives and profit-sharing at ConvertKit — the evolution of Nathan's philosophy. * [26:18] Keeping a long-term vision in mind for short term strategies. * [28:55] Nathan's thoughts on recruiting talent in the current climate. * [33:32] Important parts of ConvertKit's remote culture and the emphasis they place on trust. * [34:58] Company retreats and the amazing practice of 'unsolicited feedback'. Resources From The Interview: * Nathan Barry * ConvertKit * Baremetrics * Pat Flynn * Tim Ferriss * Neil Patel * Gretchen Rubin * Leveling Up Episode 352 with Nathan Barry * Marketing School Podcast * Zen Habits * FreshBooks * Ahrefs * SEMrush * Hacker News * Oculus Leave Some Feedback: * What should I talk about next? Who should I interview? Please let me know on Twitter or in the comments below. * Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review here * Subscribe to Leveling Up on iTunes * Get the non-iTunes RSS Feed Connect with Eric Siu: * Growth Everywhere * Single Grain * Eric Siu on Twitter
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Growth Experts with Dennis Brown
Growth Experts with Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown
3 Insider Secrets to Getting More Clients with Podcasts w/ Jeremy Slates
Jeremy Slate is a podcast and public relations master, as well as the CEO of Command Your Brand, a PR agency that books guests on podcasts to help them grow their brands and helps people in the podcast space utilize their content effectively. Jeremy is back on the show for the second time to divulge three insider secrets to getting more clients through podcasts. Tune in to learn how to maximize your ROI and get more clients with proven tactics (plus a few bonus PR hacks) he’s used with his own business and his own clients. During this interview, we discuss: 1:30 – Jeremy’s background + About Command Your Brand 4:36 – How to deliver an effective call to action with a dedicated landing page 9:14 – Utilizing email sequences 11:23 – Facebook Pixel code on your landing page 12:25 – How to leverage retargeted ads for your podcast 15:50 – Who do these strategies work for? 16:44 – Being effective with your appearances in the media 17:17 – How to connect with and work with Jeremy Plus, a whole lot more! Resources: Command Your Brand Create Your Own Life Podcast GetEmails Facebook Pixel The 7 Reasons You’re Not Getting Featured In Your Favorite Podcast ————————- If you enjoyed this episode, please RATE / REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE to ensure you never miss an episode. Connect with Dennis Brown AskDennisBrown.com LinkedIn Twitter Instagram [Free Giveaways]
19 min
Smart Agency Masterclass with Jason Swenk: Podcast for Digital Marketing Agencies
Smart Agency Masterclass with Jason Swenk: Podcast for Digital Marketing Agencies
Jason Swenk
Why Embracing Change Leads to Longterm Agency Success
Has your agency recently experienced major changes? Is it time to transition away from how you used to do things? Is it time to promote key employees or buyout a partner? Being able to adapt to the market and the needs of your individual agency is one of the best ways to find long term agency success. In today's episode, we'll cover: * Why your agency should always be open to change. * Should you promote a key employee to an agency partner? * Does your agency have a succession plan? Today I sat down for a talk with Cherie Hebert, owner and CEO of BBR Creative out of Lafayette, Louisiana. Cherie has owned her agency for over 23 years now and has naturally seen her agency experience a lot of change. She's here to talk about how she's found longevity and why it's important to be open to changes as they come. Why Your Agency Should Always Be Open to Change We've always heard that one person say, "But this is how I've always done it." This, for me, is always the kiss of death. If you want to be successful, whether you're running an agency, or just in life in general, you have to be open to change. Cherie says she started her agency as a creative. For the most part, they offered design creative and eventually PR. But as things do, the agency realm began to change. When BBR lost a major client and gained another who focused more on digital outreach, they knew they needed to make a change and evolve with the times. Cherie hired a digital strategist who was able to train the team on the basics of SEO. SEM, and paid search. This new person was also instrumental in helping the agency launch into the digital arena. He was also the right person to hire more digital marketing talent and be the catalyst for the change the agency needed. Should You Promote a Key Employee to Agency Partner? The answer is, maybe -- it all depends on timing. Cherie says she has never lost an employee to another local agency. Where she loses team members is to other markets and bigger agencies that offer more opportunities. That is why Cherie regrets not offering her digital strategist a partnership role in the agency before he left. Here are 2 reasons why you might want to offer a key player a partnership role: * You can't always compete with the bigger fish: BBR is located in a relatively small market. While they don't have much local competition, they have lost a number of employees to out of state agencies. If someone holds an instrumental role in your agency, sometimes giving them ownership can promote loyalty and investment in the agency. * Adding on a partner is an investment: BBR's digital strategist played a big role in vetting and training new employees. He helped the firm transition to a broader scope and work with new clients. When you bring on someone that adds this type of value, it's an investment into your agency's future. Does Your Agency Have a Succession Plan? In the beginning, we have a tendency to focus on the short game. Thinking about who will take over the agency or how your legacy will live on isn't something that typically comes at the early stages. But at 56-years-old, figuring out a succession plan is something at the top of Cherie's mind. Cherie has bought out one partner, with another soon to follow. She's soon to be the sole owner of the agency. What comes next? That's something Cherie is trying to figure out. As an agency owner, it's something you should always keep in the back of your mind. For starters, Cherie has decided to offer her VP's a partial stake in the agency. I usually suggest a Key Employee Program -- which protects your key employees with some profit-sharing yet prevents you from giving away ownership. (There's more detail about this in the Agency Playbook.) Whether you have been in the business for 5 years or 25 years, one of the best ways to find success is to be willing to adapt and make changes when necessary. Don't be afraid to try new things, but be true to yourself. If you do this, you're more likely to be satisfied with how everything turns out in the end. Looking for a Payroll and HR Solution for your Agency? Payroll and benefits are hard. Especially when you're a small business. Gusto is making payroll, benefits, and HR easy for small businesses. You no longer have to be a big company to get great technology, great benefits, and great service to take care of your team. For a limited time, Gusto is offering a deal to Smart Agency Master Class listeners. Check out Gusto.com/agency for 3-months FREE once you run your first payroll with them. Building Your Agency I have advice for challenges you will face building your agency including recognizing common agency mistakes, how to keep great agency employees in your team as well as fostering the connections made with clients. If it’s challenging growing your business, I have agency growth hacks, the best ways to improve management of your business as well as why building a remote team can be beneficial in the long run. Learn more about my experience, as well as tips, tricks, and insights by checking out my blogs that cover a wide variety of topics. You can learn more from my experience from my Ask Swenk series and my videos on my Youtube channel. Check out the advice and learn even more from other successful agency experts featured on Smart Agency podcast twice every week.
24 min
The Hustle And Flowchart Podcast
The Hustle And Flowchart Podcast
Matt Wolfe & Joe Fier
Salome Schillack - Huge Audience Engagement Using Facebook Ads
Salome Schillack from ShineAndSucceed.com joins us today and today we are chatting all about using Facebook ads to not only grow an audience but to grow podcasts. We like her approach because it doesn’t take a huge budget to make it happen, and she gives some great targets and metrics to look out for with your campaign. Salome also talks about the concept of getting engagement and why you don’t need to run ads with a call to action every single time. Even with your existing audience, you probably don’t need to be running ads to constantly telling them to do something and screaming for their attention. We also talk about the top of funnel and we’ve never used ads in the flow that she talks about, but she broke down some cool things that we plan on testing. She also talks about the distinction between landing view pages and clicks. That’s why we love her approach which is to just give them something to love and/or laugh at. We also talk about front-loading your ad accounts in Facebook’s eye which ultimately leads to a better algorithm and lower ad costs in the end. When you are done, be sure to check out our chats with Ryan Levesque where he goes into depth about using quiz funnels for your Facebook ads and as well as our show with Curt Maly for more strategies on how to grow your brand without breaking the bank. “The first clue as to what is good engagement content is to look at what has done well on your social feeds, look at what people have already connected with, what’s gotten people to comment, share and what is already triggering an emotion for people.” - Salome Schillack Some Topics We Discussed Include: * Who knew that Joey from Friends had a social media strategy? * Facebook ad account secrets? Shhhhh * What to do if you have no audience yet and want to run your first Facebook ad * How to revive an older Facebook or Instagram account whose engagement has dropped * How to use quizzes in your funnels * Growing your podcast audience with Facebook ads * The sweet spot for ad costs * Examples of ad content to use for multiple purposes * Facebook quizzes that are tanking? Are you running one of these? * Getting the basics done first before you get into the fancy tactics Resources From Salome Schillack: * ShineAndSucceed.com * The Shine Show Podcast References and Links Mentioned: * Interact * Active Campaign * Help Scout * Rev.com * WordPress * Kajabi * Searchie.io * Riverside.FM * Are you ready to be EPIC with us?! Then grab our EGP Letter here! * Did you know we have an awesome YouTube Channel? * Join the Facebook Community - be sure to hop in our Facebook group to chat with us, our other amazing guests that we’ve had on the show, and fellow entrepreneurs! * This episode is sponsored by Easy Webinar - be sure to check out these special deals for our listeners. * How To Force Facebook To Give You Cheap Opt-ins - Curt Maly * 10x Your List Growth Using Quiz Funnels - Ryan Levesque
1 hr 24 min
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