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Episode 208 | Posted on

Best Practices in Messenger Marketing with Larry Kim

Is email the fax machine of our era? Are we living through a tectonic shift in how people communicate online? Can a chatbot really get you conversions? There are many commentators who have proclaimed chat and chatbots as the future of marketing.  But today I'm talking to someone who is actually creating that future. Larry Kim is the founder of Mobile Monkey, a Facebook Messenger marketing platform. And he's the founder of WordStream, a PPC marketing software company employing over 300 people and managing over $1B dollars in ad spend for tens of thousands of customers. Larry has been working at the coalface of AI innovation and natural language processing and has gleaned many important insights about the benefits and limits of automation and its role in marketing, along with some startling stats on the effectiveness of email marketing versus chat marketing.  If you're interested in cutting through the hype and hearing from someone who has grappled with the real-world implications also implementing these technologies, then this episode number 208, is a must-listen. Similarly, if you've been on the fence about chat and chatbots, you won't want to miss what Larry has to say.

Episode 207 | Posted on

Wisdom That Transcends Marketing with the Legendary Jay Abraham

Jay Abraham is a marketing legend and for good reason. This is a man who's literally made billions of dollars for his clients. If you're serious about marketing and I know you are, I would suggest you read any and all of his dozen books or better yet sign up for one of his live events to see him in action. But Jay's genius isn't limited to marketing. He is someone who is constantly monitoring trends in business, culture, and society at large. And you better believe he has some fascinating takes on the bigger picture, the problems that face us and ultimately where the human race is headed. I first heard of Jay way back in the mid-90s. Back then, he was a towering figure and I never dreamed I would ever be able to have the privilege of calling him a friend, yet now I do.  Our conversations have really enriched my life in so many ways, and I'm grateful to be able to share this one with you. Now, this is the third time Jay's been on Marketing Speak. Those first two are must-listen episodes too. In this episode number 207, I'm confident you'll find unique out of all of Jay's many interviews over the years. Jay opens up about his personal journey and beliefs, what's really shaped him into the person he is today. We also dig into how to live a full and rich life where your business is just one piece of a puzzle that includes health, vitality, spirituality, and dedication to serving others.  This is a raw and real discussion about drawing true fulfillment from your life's work and infusing into your business's purpose and meaning. I hope you enjoy listening as much as Jay and I enjoyed creating it. Jay loved this interview so much he aired it on his Ultimate Entrepreneur Podcast. I also published this episode over on my other show, Get Yourself Optimized so it's possible you may have already heard it. Even if you have, listen again. I promise it'll be worth your time. The insights you glean will undoubtedly bring tremendous value to your business and to your life. And now, on with the show.

Episode 206 | Posted on

The Inside Scoop on Google Ads with ex-Googler Frederick Vallaeys

In last week's episode, I interviewed an ex-Googler from the organic side of business. This week, I interviewed another ex-Googler, but from the advertising side of Google. You, my friend, are getting the inside scoop for two weeks in a row. If you have anything to do with the PPC or pay-per-click account for your business or for your clients' businesses, you know that it can be tedious and time-consuming work. Keyword research, optimizing bids, writing ad copy, doing A/B testing, or logging onto your account, may feel like falling into a black hole where time disappears. Kind of like going on to YouTube, but not nearly as fun. If you've struggled with PPC in the past, you may have asked yourself how a PPC expert would manage their account. An even better question might be how would the person who developed the system of AdWords run their account?  Today, you're extremely lucky as you're going to get the answer to that very question. My guest for this episode number 206 is Frederick Vallaeys. Frederick was one of the first 500 employees at Google and he spent 10 years building Google AdWords, now known as Google Ads, and teaching business owners how to use it as an AdWords evangelist. To say that Frederick is an expert in Google Ads is an understatement. In fact, the company he co-founded, Optmyzr, is all about helping business owners increase the efficiency of their Google Ads accounts through automation, enhanced reporting and a lot more. If the idea of automating your PPC sounds enticing, then you want to stick around for some highly valuable insights. Frederick and I will be talking all about things like remarketing, attribution, even Amazon ads, and a host of other advanced tactics and techniques that will make PPC management a breeze.

Episode 205 | Posted on

An Ex-Google Engineer’s Primer to Google Penalties with Kaspar Szymanski

A Google penalty can be devastating for any business. Imagine waking up one morning to find your rankings wiped out and your traffic in a nosedive. Worse, it may not be immediately clear why you've even been hit by a penalty. The road to recovery can take months, sometimes even years for those who are inexperienced in SEO. My guest for this episode number 205 is an SEO expert who has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to Google penalties and the best strategies for site recovery.  Kaspar Szymanski is a co-founder of Search Brothers and an ex-Googler who spearheaded global web spam initiatives as part of Google's search quality team. If you're a regular listener to the show, you may have heard me talk about how important it is for webmasters to understand Google penalties. If you run an online business and you're not taking Google's quality guidelines seriously, you are accepting a major risk to your profits. Thankfully, Kaspar and I will be revealing how you can mitigate that risk by following a few basic principles. We'll also be talking about what to do if you've already been hit by a penalty and the importance of E-A-T, which stands for expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness. This episode is packed with valuable information for any business. So without any further ado, let's get into it.

Episode 204 | Posted on

Marketers, Unlock Your Creative Genius with Bill Donius

Would you like to learn how to truly unlock the power of your right brain, or to be more technically accurate, the right hemisphere of your brain? If you're a knowledge worker like me, you spent a lot of time in your left hemisphere. But with simple techniques at your disposal, which you're about to learn, you will be able to engage your right hemisphere in problem-solving ideation, developing marketing campaigns, creating your daily to-do list and so much more. By now, you probably know I have another podcast called Get Yourself Optimized. It's all about optimizing your life, career business, intimate relationship, peer group, health, mindset, even your soul. The problem is, statistically speaking, you're probably not listening to it. And you, my friend, are missing out. In fact, I'm about to prove it to you because I'm about to share with you one of my early episodes from that show for this week's Marketing Speak.  My guest for this episode number 204 of Marketing Speak is Bill Donius. Bill is an expert on creativity and unlocking the power of the right side of the brain. In fact, he's a New York Times bestselling author of the book, Thought Revolution, where he interviewed 200 CEOs, managers, and regular people, and it's all about how to think differently. Bill is a former public company CEO and his clients have included Fortune 500 companies such as Walt Disney Studios, Nestle, Wells Fargo, and Kawasaki. Bill also has a TEDx talk, which is a must-watch. And now and now without any further ado, on with the show.