If you love sweets, which do you think would be a better option: practicing and developing willpower by keeping a bag of candies in the house but only allowing yourself to eat one a day, or not bringing candy into the house at all to avoid expending your willpower reserves? While this podcast is about marketing rather than dieting, this is a perfect analogy for social media in terms of having apps on our phones and constant easy access. In today’s episode, Gavin McGarry and I take differing stances on this question as part of a conversation that covers social media, various types of groups, the differences between generations, the future of augmented reality, and much more.
Having a hundred thousand engaged followers on Twitter is far more than just an internet status symbol. It can open innumerable doors, both professionally and personally. Investing time, effort, and energy into creating such a following is in fact an investment in your own success. It can lead to career opportunities, fundraising success, and even the chance to go on all-expenses-paid trips! The question, though, is how you develop a large and engaged following. Ben Landis and Michael Tetro (who just goes by Tetro) are the founders of Fanbase, a social media technology platform that helps brands and celebrities to massively expand their reach. I’ve used the tool myself and have seen a dramatic increase in my followers, as I’ll explain on the show! Fanbase came about after Ben grew his personal Twitter from 150 followers all the way up to 1.5 million over the course of two years. Together, they’ve helped more than 600 clients gain more than 40 million real followers, and they’re here today to share their advice and strategies with you.
It’s more and more important every day to have a strong mobile presence, and while building native apps for Android and iOS may sound like the standard choice, it’s not necessarily the way to go. If it comes as a surprise to you that there are other options, or you knew that there are but want to learn more about them from a true expert, this is the perfect episode for you. My guest today, Cindy Krum, is the author of Mobile Marketing: Finding Your Customers No Matter Where They Are. She’s also the CEO and founder of the mobile marketing consultancy MobileMoxie. Her depth of knowledge and passion about the subjects related to mobile marketing shine through in this conversation, and her expertise is made clear by the fact that, for once, I get to be the “nerd interpreter”!
Today’s remarkable guest is immediately recognizable by his creative title alone: he’s the “Chief Disruptasaurus.” In case you’re not familiar with the title, the man in question is Mike Koenigs. As you’ll hear in our conversation today, Mike is an expert marketer. He offers an incredible amount of insight into topics such as using text messages and videos to capture attention and convert leads. In addition, Mike is a stage 3A colorectal survivor. This experience has deeply reshaped his perspectives on value and time, and he offers an inspirational message that I hope will help you, as a listener, to value your own time more highly.
Today's conversation is with Mel Ethan Cutler, a Meetup expert and serial entrepreneur. Mel has created seven companies across four different markets since he discovered his entrepreneurial streak at 19 years old. He’s mastered the strategy of using Meetup to build a list and create a dedicated local following of people who want a specific product or service. Now, he shares his wisdom and insight with businesses—and, in this great conversation, with you.