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Introducing "Mastering Growth" - A New Podcast from Visify

This post originally appeared on my agency blog (Visify), here.


My business partner, Lucas, and I just finished recording the first few episodes of our new business and marketing podcast, "Mastering Growth" - and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you!

The official blurb goes like this: “Get your weekly dose of actionable marketing advice and training from the team behind some of the world's most successful online experts and thought leaders. Your hosts, Lucas Garvin and Jim Hohl, will cover in-demand topics like Growth Optimization, Digital Advertising (Facebook, Google, Youtube and more), Conversion Optimization, Sales, and Entrepreneurship.

What that means to you is more of... this. More content, more often and on more channels, so you can consume it however you like, by video, audio or text. (Video coming soon…)

And we will have occasional special guests! We have invited some amazing individuals we have come to know and love through our...

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Will You Lead or Will You Follow?

This post originally appeared on my agency blog (Visify), here.


Amazon.  

I am going to take a guess that when you saw that word, you instantly thought of the behemoth founded by Jeff Bezos rather than the jungle or the largest river in the world.  

It is a true testament to how expansive and successful Amazon has become. With the recent purchase of Whole Foods, Amazon continues to grow and innovate itself in brand new ways.  

If you jump in the time machine back to 1995, though, you would find a whole different Amazon (and way too many people wearing stonewashed jeans). It’s almost hard to remember that Amazon, when it launched, only sold books.

Books. On paper.

Fast forward and Amazon now is the “everything and anything” store and that is because of the vision - and risk-taking - of Jeff Bezos.  

Even in 1997 - when they were selling $400,000 worth of books per day! - Bezos wasn’t content with the initial success of Amazon because he...

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Client Number One

This post originally appeared on my agency blog (Visify), here.


Do you remember the thrill of getting your first client?

If you are an entrepreneur, small business owner or otherwise sell to clients, I know you do.

You remember it in as much detail as you remember other big transformational moments in your life, maybe even more.

Because that first client transforms your hobby or your passion into a business.

That first client validates all the hard work, the patience, the budgeting, the training.

That first client makes everything real.

I signed my very first client as an entrepreneur in 1996. A huge company in the oil industry data analysis business (yeah, that’s a thing) hired this eager 20-something with no experience to build their very first website.

They paid me $1,500 down, which I used to buy my first computer (yep, until then I was working on a computer borrowed from a friend) … and I got to work hand-coding HTML and creating images in Photoshop.

Oh man, was...

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What Is (Really) Stopping You?

This post originally appeared on my agency blog (Visify), here.


When they are about to make a big investment in their business, most people think:

“I’m a smart person… What if I hold off and try to do it myself first instead?”

I hear this all the time in sales conversations.

What they often conveniently forget is that even when trying it themselves “worked” before (which it rarely did), it took them way longer than it should have. (While other opportunities in their business and life were sidelined.)

Most times, instead of “trying”, what they really did was sit on that great idea for a bit longer… and end up not doing anything.

Looking back at those missed opportunities, most people will realize that it came down to a lack of trust.

Not a lack of trust in the one offering the opportunity, but lack of trust in themselves.

Put another way… There are two kinds of people…

The kind of person who takes advantage...

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