[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.

Keynote Speaker: Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Saskatchewan & Ontario | Digital Marketing

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Back to school for the kids and back to busy for the adults! September brings us into fall and our beloved holiday season full of activities and events! I am delighted to be a keynote speak for The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Saskatchewan and Ontario in September. Working with the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada has been amazing and a ton of fun. It has introduced my company into the RV industry. Working with some of the RV dealers has been thought provoking and igniting as they to have customers that are shifting to digital at high numbers during their discovery portion of their RV search. I always like to say in my presentations that marketing to a buyer when they are about to make the purchase is simply to late. We must market to them prior.

I recently just got back from making my keynote presentation in Regina for the RVDA of Saskatchewan and it was an amazing group to speak too. Many of the RV dealers agreed that digital is where they need to go, but some simply felt overwhelmed and unsure of how they should go about it. It all really starts with getting educated and learning first steps of transferring your advertising budget into digital.

I will be speaking to RV Dealers in and around Toronto and Ottawa about how they can use social media and digital marketing to increase their online foot print and sales.

Anyhow, message me here if you have any questions.

Periscope: Change in Digital Marketing Communication and Mobile User Preference Especially In The Automotive Sector | Pros & Cons

Yes, Periscope is fairly new with about a 100 million users and slightly over one year old. This live streaming video service is a complete game changer. Just when we thought that mobile usage was already crazy, studies have shown that people seem to be living in their screens more then their own life and Periscope just takes it one step further. I would be foolish to not mention other live video streaming services such as Meerkat and Blab.

Literally being able to see people’s lives through their eyes, or should I say mobile phones is what Periscope offers. Not only is this amazing, but it is absolutely a huge marketing tool to connect and get in front of the right customer. Whether you are a tour guide and want to build a following using Periscope to give your virtual customer a tour of some of the most sought after places in the world or you are an auto dealership that is taking your “new owner nights” to epic proportions by sending out a friendly email to your customer data base through CRM that invites them to tune in as you will be showing them some basic car maintenance pointers, Periscope offers you endless options and in real-time.

Here are some basic pros and cons of live streaming with Periscope:

Pros:

1. LIVE and immediate interaction with your audience
2. Fun and highly addictive
3. Offers ability for you to have your own live virtual tv channel
4. Provides a platform for you to repurpose all of your content and use Periscope to put the little sprinkle on top
5. Immediate gratification

Cons:

1. USES a ton of data and battery power if not connected to Wifi
2. Not as popular in certain geographic areas. (Again, as an early adopter, this app is growing and becoming more and more prominent as live video streaming is here to stay.)
3. Certain functionalities of the app need improving like stopping the broadcast and switching the screen around
4. May cause a little anxiousness for people who are camera-shy but also kind of a good thing as it is good practice for you to dominate the stage!

As you can see, this app is worth checking out and giving it a whirl! I can tell you that doing a few scopes here and there has provided a increase to my blog subscribers and my overall digital footprint. Please check out the app and see what it can do for you and your business!

Any questions or comments, say hello to me here :)

GUEST SPEAKER: Jim Ziegler Invited Me To Be A Guest Speaker at His Auto Sales Super Conference in Dallas, Texas May, 2014

Wow! I was super excited to be invited as a guest speaker at Jim Ziegler’s super sales conference in Dallas, Texas in May,2014. This conference was jam packed with awesome speakers and had a huge focus around CRM (Customer Retention Management) for Automotive Dealers. The subject that I was speaking on was “How To Make Digital Marketing Sexy for Auto Dealers.” This conference was unique in the fact that it was not a “pitch fest” meaning the speakers were not doing any bate and switch garbage. They were providing useful and impactful knowledge for car dealers that could immediately be taken back to the dealership and executed on.

I am going to share a few nuggets from the conference, but not everything, if you did not attend then you missed out BIG TIME!

  • “You can grow or die but cannot stay where you are”.-Jim Ziegler
  • Profit centres are staff, inventory, facility, CRM, advertising and internet
  • Automotive internet is celebrating 20 years in the business, “up” bus is dead.
  • 85% of all online content will be video
  • First responsive radio is country and second is urban
  • 26% of incoming dealership calls are for service department
  • Now I have to admit, this was my first United States speaking event so I wanted to put on a good show and provide some value. It seems I did just that! Take a peek as industry and sales expert Mark Tewart tells you what he thought:

    Also, General Manager from Roswell Honda in New Mexico was nice enough to say a few words, here is what he had to say:

    I also snapped a few pictures from the conference so check them out below. If you have any that you would like to post, let me know and I would love to add them!

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