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

IMG_2195

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.

Ontario Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association in Partnership with Ryan Holtz Marketing Consulting & Training Breaks All-Time Sales Record at The Toronto Fall RV Show by Introducing Social Media & Digital Marketing to Gain Online RV Shoppers

ORVDA Official Press Release

ORVDA Official Press Release

Ontario Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association in Partnership with Ryan Holtz Marketing Consulting & Training Breaks All-Time Sales Record at The Toronto Fall RV Show!

What an amazing digital marketing campaign and an even better partnership! The Toronto Fall RV Show was an absolute hit! The ORVDA commisioned us to execute their first ever digital marketing campaign. Natalie and her team at ORVDA including the board have been a pleasure to work with as they want to be innovative and a head of the curve. With the 2017 RV buyer so sophisticated in their online research, it is imperative that our marketing efforts meet them where they are prior to the show. We executed social media, ppc, video pre-roll and LIVE video as a few of our digital marketing efforts.

As a result of this great result and partnership, we are pleased to announce we will be doing the digital and social media marketing Hamilton, Ottawa and the two Toronto RV shows. We will also be rolling out online marketing webinars for through our partnership with The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada in the next coming months. Stay tuned!

Please contact us here to find out how we can help market your event or trade show successfully using social media and digital marketing strategies.

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

RH-MDA-Workshop

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!

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

uh-oh

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.

What We Learned From Executing City Of Edmonton Councillor Moe Banga’s Social Media/Digital Marketing Campaign.

Photo credit: Ed Kaiser

Photo credit: Ed Kaiser

I delayed writing this post until a certain amount of time had past after the election as I felt it would be more appropriate. In the City of Edmonton’s most recent ward 12 by-election, my company had the pleasure of assisting on the Moe Banga digital marketing campaign where we were extremely successful. When getting the call from Moe’s daughter to come and give a presentation on how we could amplify his current digital efforts, I thought to myself “this could be really fun and interesting!”. The minute I shook hands with Moe, I seen his passion for wanting to win and serve the people of Edmonton as he had been doing for 20 plus years as a Edmonton Police detective. The first thought that came to mind is “how can I get the social media voter to relate to a middle aged, police detective?” The answer was simple, let’s create a campaign that is all about the people by curating small pieces of content that make the voter feel like Moe is literally a gate way for them to better their own city. I guess, I just wanted the people of ward 12 to take responsibility and accountability for their own community and look at Moe as a tool they can use to do that.

In marketing, we are always looking for strategic ways to be able to figure out what a consumer wants, how they prefer to communicate and most of all the message we need to show them, without annoying them. Most of our marketing clients have products or professional services which we can pull data from and wrap our digital and social media campaigns around to ultimately increase the bottom line.

What we learned from assisting Moe Banga’s digital marketing campaign is that grass roots initiatives are so powerful as they literally are led by the “people” for the “people”. Moe put together an amazing team, starting with his campaign manager and spreading to the rest of the amazing group! This political grass roots campaign was fun, amazing and highly competitive as there was 30 plus other candidates running for the same seat. This was an amazing challenge and an absolute pleasure to be apart of!

Read the full Edmonton Sun article by Trevor Robb here.

I kindly thank City of Edmonton councillor Moe Banga for his video testimonial.

Please note that this post or video testimonial from Moe Banga is NOT in anyway endorsed by or affiliated with the City of Edmonton or any of it’s officials. This testimonial is solely for the purpose of the work Ryan Holtz Marketing Consulting & Training did on Moe Banga’s ward 12 by-election campaign.

3 Reasons To Snapchat While Traveling | Amalfi Coast (Positano), Italy

Using Snapchat while traveling is a must! Recently, I was in the Amalfi Coast, Italy and had several people message me telling me certain places to visit and see. It really gave me a custom experience in my travels throughout Europe!

3 Snapchat tips:

1. Snapchat first thing in the morning telling people what your day looks like.
2. Ask your snapchat following a question like: “Where have you traveled?”
3. Try to add Geo-filters to the snapchat because it really authenticates where you have been!
4. Bonus tip: just follow me @RyanHoltz1

Overall, the beauty of snapchat is you can really get a different experience overall rather than just going somewhere. I had over 5,000 messages and snaps of people telling me where and what to experience. What ultimately was great, was local business in Europe that were locked into snapchat beefed up the experience tremendously!

Intro To Snapchat & Facebook For Calgary & Edmonton Automotive Dealers! | Ryan Holtz

Screenshot 2016-03-21 14.27.15

Intro To Snapchat & Facebook For Auto Dealers!

Edmonton: April 4, 2016

Calgary: April 5, 2016

With almost a quarter of car sales coming from millennials, dealers NEED to incorporate Snapchat into their digital strategy!

We will learn:

1. How to use snapchat daily lenses

2. How to incorporate snapchat into the delivery process

3. How to incorporate snapchat into everyday service aspects of the business

4. How to use snapchat face swap

5. How to use snapchat story replies

6. How to build your snapchat following to get past, present and future customers to view your snaps

7. How to use snapchat to SELL cars

8. Overview of Facebook

9. Overview of Facebook and all the new recent features and business profile page changes

10. Brief overview of different types of Facebook ads

11. Overview of how to incorporate Facebook into sales and service aspects of the car business

12. Overview of how Facebook can generate leads and be just as effective as Google pay per click

General manager’s, sales managers, sales staff and marketing personnel would benefit from this. Due to the new faces in our Alberta dealerships, we have had tons of request for more “basic” workshops. However, to try and accommodate all dealership skill levels, this workshop would be suitable for all automotive professionals as we have tailored beginner information with advanced. As alway’s, these are round table workshops and we encourage participation and open dialogue when attending.

Register here.

VIDEO: Entrepreneur OR Job? | 5 Tips For Starting A Business

Many people are looking to take the plunge into starting a business. In 2016, literally anyone with an internet connection and smart phone has the opportunity to launch their own empire, literally from their house. In this video, I talk about why I started a business and the opportunities it has given me.

Below are 5 tips for starting a business:

1. Find your passion and fill a need
2. Be you and be authentic
3. Save 6 – 12 months worth of money so that if your business takes time to grow, you do not feel pressure from bills etc.
4. Talk to your partner about it as they are key in your success
5. Provide VALUE as nobody cares about you and your business, but more so how they benefit

Let me know if you have a job or your own business. if you found value, please like, comment and share!

Finding Your Following: Social Media Strategies That Work | Edmonton Journal Capital Ideas Feature Article

EJ-event-page-March-3-2016

In the world of clicks, tweets, snaps, facebook posts and just about every other digital and social media platform, stands the business owner wondering which goliath they should tackle first? I was invited to be a speaker on a panel by The Edmonton Journal Capital Ideas team a few weeks back and it was awesome! A room full of small business owners in Edmonton combine to ask some of the best questions regarding effective use of social media.

Here are a few of my favourite questions from the session:

1. How do you cope when your business grows too fast?
2. How do you juggle social media and family/life balance?
3. Should you be scheduling posts and what social media platforms should you use?
4. When dealing within the insurance health fields, how do you form a social media strategy that is still fun amidst all the red tape and governance?
5. How often should you post?
6. Should you be on all platforms?

With social media, I will say it time and time again. It is all about people! Scheduling posts and trying to use social media management tools to distribute content into the world through the various different platforms is a slippery slope because you are dealing with REAL people. I suggest learning and using each platform for the same reasons it’s user base does. Your job as a business owner is to create or curate content that wraps around the platform and speaks to the user.

Here are 7 tips for being successful in social media playing the LONG game:

1. Decide whether you are a DJ or Producer, meaning great dj’s will remix already made music and producer will create something from scratch. Do you create or curate?
2. Create a chart that summarizes each platform so you can repurpose your content based on each social network’s requirement.
3. Create a game plan if you have scheduled content in the event of a disaster
4. Pick two social platforms and make love to them in every way possible so you can get the full advantage of why they are unique and tailor your content to them
5. Figure out what your “why” is and what your “story” is?
6. HAVE FUN
7. Have self awareness

To read the full article in The Edmonton Journal, visit here. I would love to know your thoughts! Send me a message on Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter @RyanHoltz1 :)

Snapchat Social Media Marketing For Your Business or Auto Dealership Is A Must! 6 Tips For Business Snapchat Success! 

  
Ok! So admittedly I definitely was not a huge fan of snapchat. It really seemed to be a platform that I found confusing and really not friendly. At a first glance I found the platform confusing to use and all the swipes just overwhelmed me.

The deciding moment for me was it seemed people were just there and we all know that if you are in marketing or marketing for a company, you need to go where the people are and most of all, engage with them! Over the last few weeks I have been leveraging my Instagram account to build my snapchat following. I can honestly say that snapchat has took over as of late. The number one reason: ENGAGEMENT!

In any social media platform whether it is used for an automotive dealership or a dental office, engagement is everything as it allows you to connect with your previous, current and new clients! I predict snapchat will be a game changer and therefore is a must for any digital marketing strategy aimed at engaging with clients and customers!

A few observations and tips for snapchat:

  1. Syndicate your snapchat code on ALL your other social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, instagram and YouTube
  2. Don’t be shy and simply snap moments from your every day life
  3. Make a point to comment and chat with other snapchat users daily snaps
  4. Bring your company’s personality to the forefront by snapping behind the scenes and normal everyday things
  5. Be patient and check out some “how to” snapchat tutorial videos
  6. Have fun!

As always’s if you have any questions or are a business looking to step up your digital marketing strategy or social media, contact me here.

Add me on snapchat here!