Keynote Speaker, Ryan Holtz Speaks At Ecole Leduc Junior High School & Beaumont High School For Their Mental Health Day

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Mental health, bullying, leadership, entrepreneurship were all super important topics that I got to chat about as Keynote speaker for both Leduc Junior High School and Beaumont High School on their mental health days. I am super happy to see schools, organizations, universities and people in general start to talk about this and shine light on topics that are crucial to humanity. This subject resonated with me deeply as my childhood growing up was full of many obstacles and hardships. I truly came from humble beginnings and it enforced work ethic, resiliency and appreciation for the small things in life. In 2017, looking at our future community leaders, health professionals, politicians, emergency responders, entrepreneurs, innovators, pioneers and everything above, I truly get chills and excitement.

IMG_5103 Having coaches, goals and playing football was truly my saving grace after my mother passed when I was 13 years old and therefore totally understand what kind of impact this has on our young people who are trying to build their character at crucial moments in their life. I was and have been asked many times by schools, universities, organizations and companies to come in and give my talk on resiliency, leadership and entrepreneurship as I think it is a sobering experience of just what can happen when one person shares their story to many.

IMG_2197There are so many youth out there who have stories that literally cannot be comprehended by many that are extremely talented, but simply need to find their talent or “thing” that just makes them shine. Life moves at the speed of light and in many cases there are just simply not enough moments or people to help those along the way. Life is about being resilient! If you would like to inquire about having me speak at your event, school or company, please do so here.

Nobody Loves an Advertisement, They Love A Story #MarketingTips

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Nobody Loves an Advertisement, They Love A Story

I know, right?! People still seem to get taken back by this statement when I say it. I stand firmly behind it, the days of getting sold are coming to a very abrupt end. Inbound is making up a ton of the leads that are transpiring into the almighty sale. Think of it logically…..do you really wake up in the morning and confess your love for that first advertisement that appears in your Facebook news feed or that little mobile banner ad on your local weather app while you are on the toilet?! Hell NO! I know you do not. We are slowly trained to condition our brains to avoid the advertisements UNLESS we are choosing to make the decision to pursue the product on our own accord. Funny how that works, EH?

Now, let’s wake up again and start over, when you see that furry little kitty or puppy post on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed, you tend to smile and even share that onto your almighty timeline…why, I wonder?! That is because it evoked some sort of emotion to make you feel compelled to relate with the piece of content or post. That little kitty or puppy automatically reminds you of your own pet, or a pet that you recently lost or a friend’s pet, it helps your mind automatically correlate to a certain feeling, time and emotion. This is what we call storytelling, the ability to articulate a thought, idea or opinion and convey the message through the proper context. Since we were young, all we did was read stories, so our minds are trained right off the hop to love and appreciate a great story that does not start with a pitch!

How does this relate to your business, whether that be an auto dealership, real estate brokerage or just your local cookie company? It relates because you have a product or service and simply want people to be interested enough to come in and try it out. The “sell” is really the story as to why they should come in and spend their hard cold cash on your product or service.

Things to consider when crafting your story as to why people should come in and check out your product:

1. Who would my product or service benefit? (No, not everybody, be more specific)
2. What need or desire does my product fulfill?
3. Who is a large segment of my buyers? (age, location, interest, etc.hbb)
4. Which platforms am I going to use to share my content? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc.)
5. What is the proper context to syndicate my content? (If your customer is on Facebook, but you are pushing out on Instagram, then clearly, not good)

In 2017, contextual marketing is more and more relevant as the days of “spray and pray” marketing to the masses are coming to a close, it is all about personalization and even though it creates a crap load more work up front, the results on the back end will be very pleasing.

Let me know your thoughts! Do you love an ad?

Workshop: A Healthy Dose Of Automotive Contextual Digital Marketing, “SEO” & Data For Calgary & Edmonton Auto Dealers

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A Healthy Dose Of Automotive Contextual Digital Marketing, “SEO” & Data

“Contextual marketing refers to online and mobile marketing that provides targeted advertising based upon user information, such as the search terms they’re using or recent web-browsing activity.”

We will:

1. Learn the strategy behind contextual marketing
2. Understand how to track and monitor what car buyers are doing during their “discovery” stage
3. Learn how to setup heavily targeted ads that get served to a customer at the appropriate time
4. Understand how to syndicate our social media targeting with our display advertising
5. Learn how to attain rich data sets to better understand exactly what our customer is doing prior to saying hello
6. Understand why and how contextual marketing enables marketers to deliver more relevant, meaningful content that helps win new conversions and engender their long-time loyalty.
7. LIVE demo of a contextually delivered ad with a distinct conversion goal

This workshop is suited for intermediate to advanced staff including Dealer Principals, Sales Managers & Marketing Personnel. Personnel from the dealership attending this workshop should understand what their current dealership’s marketing strategy is and what the dealership’s online marketing goals are. As always, bring an award winning attitude, clear mind and a sense of humour!

Click here to register.

Ep 07: Protein Shake For Your Mind, 2017 Automotive Predictions & Unilever CMO Keith Weed

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In this episode of The Ryan Holtz Show I talk about protein shakes for your mind, 2017 automotive marketing predictions and Unilever CMO Keith Weed. Since 2016 has left us, and 2017 is here. I smell an odour like no other, that is the odour of the Future. This is the time of year when many people make their new years resolutions with fitness being one of them. But what about your mind? What about your soul? If your mind and soul are healthy I am sure your body will follow. As many know, a niche market I have managed to carve out for my business is automotive and I strongly feel that in 2017 it is going to be fierce, competitive and scrappy as car buyers are getting more and more educated which forces the dealers and manufacturers to simply keep up. I am excited!

Have fun listening and what is your protein shake for your mind?

[VIDEO] Being Great or Acting Great? If you are in business, then you must be bold. People will treat you as you act. Life of an Entrepreneur. Refer to “Chris Eubanks London Real” interview on YouTube

Being great or acting great? Is there a difference and more importantly, does it matter? If we truly believe that perception is reality, then being and acting great could very well lead us to the same result. I recently watched an interview on London Real with Chris Eubanks who is an amazing boxer in Britain and a true class act. Chris’s mild manners and bespoke attitude are a huge contrast from volatility and ferociousness in the ring. In a way, it kind of makes sense. The interview in this interview kept reading articles and statements about how people thought he was “great”. You could tell that Chris was almost uncomfortable with this notion and repeatedly said that he was not great, but simply acted great. He said that is he acted great, then people would think he was great and if that happened then he actually was great.

As entrepreneurs, creative, marketers and business owners, it can often be isolating as you do not get the “water cooler” talk that often comes with the situation of being employed for someone else or simply an employee. As a result, we have to pull inspiration from different resources and outlets often leaving us in a state of be wilderness and maybe a tad of humor and weirdness. After all, as business owners, we really are weird and that is okay. It is why we are entrepreneurs, in most cases, we make terrible employees and that is a statement all to itself.

You might be asking, what or how does watching an interview on a professional great boxer help with running a business or succeed in capturing your online customer’s attention in the digital marketing world? I am happy that you asked. Truth is as a business owner, you are running into several situations which are dark and completely foreign. If you are a business owner that is striving for innovation in their particular industry, whether it be automotive or real estate, then you literally might be cutting and forming new territory and that is a challenge all to itself. When moments seem tough and uncontrollable, we all must ask our self and remind our self why wen entered into this particular genre of life, entrepreneurship. Anyone who has ventured out knows that there is much sacrifice that comes with this sort of lifestyle. An example is I am sitting on an airplane right this minute to complete a digital marketing campaign for the Toronto Fall RV Show while my wife is 16 days from giving birth to our first child. The ying and the yang is in true effect. I get many privileges and flexibilities with being my own boss, but I also have to sacrifice to stay in the game and strive. Are you great? Or do you act great? In regards to myself, I do not have an answer, but I do know that I want to act great and bea leader in all categories of my life. Business is great, family is everything though.

Drop me a comment and tell me what video or article that you pull inspiration from to keep aspiring to your goals.

2017 Automotive Digital Marketing Bootcamp! New Year, New Digital Automotive Marketing Opportunities! | Calgary & Edmonton Auto Dealers

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2017 Automotive Digital Marketing Bootcamp!

January 12 – Edmonton
January 13 – Calgary

Register here.

New Year, New Digital Automotive Marketing Opportunities!

In this full day workshop we will go over:

1. Latest in social media platforms that auto buyers are using in their discovery path allowing auto dealers to convert
2. Different changes in algorithms such as Facebook and Instagram
3. Pay per click diversification, search is so much bigger to the 2017 car buyer
4. Dealership digital marketing audit forecast. Does your dealership have the necessary digital marketing plan in order to be successful in the 2017 digital ecosystem?
5. Why your dealership needs to invest in LIVE video on all social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook & Twitter (Periscope)
6. Micro-content creation with an emphasis on video
7. Round table Q & A

As always, attendee participation is a must and therefore will be encouraged. Please note that this workshop will be best suited for the intermediate to advanced dealer who has a decent handle on their current digital marketing initiatives. Bring a laptop, phone, questions and a fun attitude!

New Google Ad Function Allows Gen Y Car Buyers A Direct Path To The Car Sale Using Text Messaging | Canadian Auto Dealer Marketing

screenshot-2016-11-19-16-24-00 Purchasing a vehicle just got intense, but wasn’t it already? Gen Y’s expectation of the dealer and manufacturer just got heightened. No more tacky “on hold” phone music while you wait for the secretary to scramble and find a sales person to take your “UP”. Text messaging is a function that has truly changed how we communicate as a culture and world. It allows us to multi-task and talk to many people at one time without being bogged down by the old school phone call and voice to voice. I did a workshop on this very sales technique through The Motor Dealers Association of Alberta last year where we talked about CRM systems lack of ability to follow conversations between car buyers and sales people that were within the text messaging environment.

In an article written by Vince Bond from the Automotive News, he interviewed Kia’s Head of Digital Marketing David Schoonover and asked why he thought text messaging was so intricate in landing the sale. Read the article here. In the article Kia talks about how they understand that Gen Y simply does not want to wait on the phone for 5 minutes and the expectation has changed.

In the automotive marketing workshops and seminars that we do, we always stress the importance of understanding what the car buyer needs and the preferred context they want to communicate in. So important in 2016!

If your dealerships has questions or would like training on how to use texting and text ads to land more deals, reach out to us here.

Also a huge shout out to Platinum Mitsubishi for allowing us to use a screenshot from their recent Google Text Ads.

Ep 06: Interview with Beverley Theresa on Vanity Metrics, Social Media Marketing & SHADE

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In this episode of The Ryan Holtz Show, I interview Beverley Theresa. Beverley is a sassy and unconventional social media strategist who literally is everywhere online and truly loves marketing and based here in Edmonton. I wanted to interview Beverley because she brings RAW to marketing and I love it. We chatted about vanity metrics and and traditional vs digital media. SHADE as Beverley made me aware in the podcast by pointing out that I must be old if I do not understand what this terms is, lol.

Here is a summary of what we chatted about:

Vanity metrics on social media

- buying followers or focusing too much on followers
- social media marketers hash-tagging every single word that doesn’t even convert or have anything to do with the post so they can try and get more likes
- social media and advertising examples courtesy of Realtors

Social media cliques

- someone who said Edmonton is like a clique and it’s hard to break in, which i kind of agree on, but it’s like that in every city
- getting mad if someone doesn’t respond to you on social media
- in the end just talk to people, because, they’re people

Follow Beverley!

twitter @hellobeverley
instagram @hellobeverley
snapchat @hellobeverley
linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/hellobeverley
pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/hellobeverley

Ep 04: Are You “Networking” Or “Not Working” for Business?

img_3717 In this episode of The Ryan Holtz Show, I talk about networking or not working for business. This subject is of very much debate. New business owners and business owners looking to expand their contacts or reach will often attend networking events. Usually the feedback after doing so is mixed.

Some points I discuss in this episode are:

1. Time management
2. Value of the networking group and associated sponsors
3. B2B instead of B2C
4. Your goals and what you are trying to get out of the group

If you are part of a networking group that you get tons of value, please message me here so I can add the group to the list and also give a shout out.

Are you “networking” or “not working”?

I would love to know!

Uh oh! Beginning of The Trust Cycle: Using Social Media & Digital Marketing to Engage Your Customers

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Uh Oh! Platforms, wires, people huddled together trying to get those extra few bars of battery life at the airport. This truly is the digital connection economy. Hopping on an airplane witnessing passenger reactions when flight attendants tell them no monitors are available to view shows. Their only option is to download the app and view on their laptop, iPad or smart phone device is sobering to say the least. For the “millennial” this is just normal life, but as a fellow entrepreneur and marketer, I wonder how they feel or how I would feel if I was in their position. Needless to say, this is our new reality, so let’s make the most of it.

When talking sales or execution of a marketing strategy, the funnel is always brought up. What people tend to forget is the way someone comes into the funnel has completely changed. They are entering the funnel wayyyyyy before they meet you, they are entering digitally on their own terms, in their own time. This is HUGE! Does social media sell and what the hell is the ROI? Well, those are great questions, but it is accurate to say that social media, search and display are the beginning stages of the trust cycle, so if you want to say hello to your customer, I suggest you get social and start building trust. By doing this, I do not mean come outta the gate swinging and asking them to buy your sh*t, but rather to establish some value and authority in your chosen space.

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube are known as social media networks, but make no mistake, they are platforms where people spend a ridiculous amount of time and breath on. We call these platforms, and there are three main stages to platforms: traction, maintaining and expansion. Out of these three, traction is the hardest. Think about trying to lose weight, hardest part is literally getting started. This is part of human nature, if we do not see immediate results or get the desired reactions from our pees, we often dismiss our initial reasons for starting out on the venture. Traction is social media or plat forming is no different as it takes time, dedication and constant thumb exercise. Hah did you get that joke? Are you thumbs hurting? I know mine are!

When tackling you’re your social media strategy for your real estate company or automotive dealership, think of it as a going on a date for the first time. The initial first 5 minutes of the interaction will often likely determine the outcome of what that encounter will look like as it goes on. Ask yourself how you can provide value and gain trust with your customer when making posts or curating your content. Remember, this is not a game, it is all about interacting with people! People are not dumb, they know when someone is trying to sell them, stop it! Seth Godin say’s it best, we are in a permission economy!

Get out there and build some trust!

Come say hi to me.