Casual Fridays Podcast

Are you looking for new and relevant ways to grow your business?

Sometimes the best way to learn is to talk to those who’ve done it before. Kyle Rack now has a SaaS business, was the CEO of an agency, and published a brand new book called Free Trials and Tribulations, which is about how to grow and scale your business while getting punched in the mouth. Now let’s talk business.

Direct download: 232_Kyle_Racki.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:37pm PDT

Are you effectively using LinkedIn to discover leads and market your business?

Have you tried LinkedIn Ads?

Odds are you haven't because you’re not sure where to start. Don't worry; you're not alone. Many businesses do not know how to create LinkedIn ads.

If you're looking for new ways to target relevant audiences, grow leads and expand your digital sales presence, then you'll want to check out this week's podcast as we dive into all things LinkedIn Ads.

This week I'm joined by AJ Wilcox, the founder of B2Linked, and we talk about how to get started using LinkedIn ads, what you can expect to spend, what mistakes to avoid, and “ad hacks” along the way.

Direct download: 231_AJ_Wilcox.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:13pm PDT

Would you like to learn how to write copy that stands out? I'm talking about the kind of copy that has your audience hanging on to your every word and ultimately inspires them to take action? 

Copywriting is an integral part of what we do as social marketers, so it is essential to find ways to make your copy stand out and grab the attention of your audience.

On this week's podcast, Ken Moscowitz of dives into the craft of creative copywriting including why and how to write copy that stands out in the noise of the newsfeed.

Direct download: 230_Ken_Moskowitz.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:48pm PDT

Let's be honest, most businesses would love a turnkey process when it comes to vetting customers and collecting key information, right?

Maybe you're searching for new ways to create conversations and remarket to highly relevant, prospective customers?

Here is the reality, chances are your audience is already on Facebook. Now the question is, how do we meet them where they are and take them to where we want them to be? This week on the podcast, I sit down with Agency Advisor and author, Jason Swenk, and we discuss why businesses of any size should be leveraging Messenger Marketing (aka Chatbots) plus tips for quickly and conveniently collecting key information and vetting prospective customers through Chatbots.

Direct download: 229_Jason_Swenk.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

What is it about storytelling that captures the attention and emotions of your audience?

Would you like to know how to create compelling stories that build trust in your marketing campaigns?

Storytelling is a word we can’t escape from as marketers in social media. The concept of storytelling has not changed, but the mediums in which we tell them have. This week on the podcast, I'm joined by Founder and CEO of Guide Social, Matt Johnson, and we discuss how the power of storytelling for brands is more important than ever and how to create compelling stories that build trust with your target audience.

Direct download: 228_Matt_Johnson_-_Storytelling.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:35am PDT

Do you know what it means to have courage in your business?

Are you interested in learning more about steps you can take to become a more courageous brand?

Our guest, Ryan Berman, has made the simple concept of “courage” his life’s work. Through interviewing a variety of successful businesses, he stumbled upon this idea that became the ultimate guiding passion in his career.

In this podcast episode, Berman reveals his definition of courage, discusses examples of “courage brands” and mistakes businesses may be making, and much more. If you’re interested in learning more about how the concept of courage can take your brand to the next level, then this episode is for you.


Direct download: 227_Ryan_Berman.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:30am PDT

Do you find yourself in a content creation grind?

Are you scrambling each week to create tons of content all because you feel like you must to be successful on social media?

What if I told you that you could reduce your content creation by 70%, yet still get significant results? Sounds pretty awesome, I know.

On today’s podcast, Tina Starkey, the National Director and Social Media Manager for American Cancer Society, shares how they reduced their content creation by 70%, yet are yielding stellar results by optimizing their creative to feed the algorithms, amplifying their content to the people who matter, and investing wisely when every dollar counts.

Direct download: 226_Tina_Starkey.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:30am PDT

Are you a brand looking to reach a broader audience on Facebook?

Are you interested in learning how to leverage Facebook Live for your brand or organization?

Maybe you’re wondering what it means to "go live" on Facebook, what type of content you should be producing, or how the live platform can benefit your brand. Whether you’ve never tested the feature or you’re dabbling with incorporating it into your social media strategy, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips and tricks when using Facebook Live.

Join me with today’s guest, Tiffany Rivers, Social Media Manager for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as she shares her best practices for Facebook Live and how to leverage this content to build your brand.

Direct download: 225_Tiffany_Rivers.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:30am PDT

Are you an active member of any Facebook Groups?

Would you like to know about Facebook groups for business and how they could be a potential marketing tool for your brand?

Our guest today, the illustrious Bella Vasta, shares some tips and tricks on utilizing Facebook groups for business. Bella is a Facebook groups expert who has been generating revenue from them since 2012.

Bella and I discuss topics such as how Facebook groups can help grow your business, what types of business can excel with groups, how to create a community within your group, best practices for starting and running a group, and much more.

Direct download: 224_Bella_Vasta.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:41am PDT

Are you addicted to shows like The Bachelor and Survivor?

Would you like to learn how these popular series are using a strategy called episodic content marketing to reel you in?

Our guest today, the multi-talented Michael Stelzner, dives into episodic content marketing as a storytelling strategy for your brand. His YouTube show The Journey is a prime example of how showing the struggle and the behind-the-scenes, helps you gain trust and retention within your audience.

Mike and I discuss everything from documentation to production to the promotion of your series, and how to use this medium in the most effective way for digital marketers.

Direct download: 223_Mike_Stelzner._-_Episodic_Content_Marketing.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:30am PDT

Are you a hotel or resort looking to maximize your social media impact in 2019?

Are you seeking out the key social media trends this year for your hotel?

Perhaps you want to learn more about which platforms to spend your time and resources on, identify your biggest social media opportunities this year, or learn more about influencer marketing. It’s no secret that, from Instagram to email marketing, today’s guest knows his stuff when it comes to top social media trends for hotels in 2019.

Today, on the podcast, I’m joined by Frederic Gonzalo, a speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in digital marketing best practices for travel brands with over 20 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Frederic and I discuss how hotels and resorts can get in front of consumers, publish relevant content for their audience, distinguish themselves amongst their competitors and much more.

Direct download: 222_Frederic_Gonzalo.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:30am PDT

Have you ever heard the term LinkedIn video marketing?

Are you interested in reaching and connecting with more millennials?

If you're like most businesses, you probably assume that Millennials are nowhere on LinkedIn. You feel this generation is spending all their time on Instagram and Snapchat, right? What if I told you that LinkedIn has finally caught up with platforms like Facebook and Instagram with some of their features (yes, they've even started to support the vertical video format), and for businesses that get in early with LinkedIn video marketing, there is a massive opportunity at their fingertips.

Today on the podcast, I'm joined by a millennial LinkedIn trainer, Michaela Alexis, and we dive into all things LinkedIn video marketing. Michaela and I dig into why LinkedIn has made significant changes over the past year to focus on video, what brands should know when it comes to creating videos for LinkedIn, how brands can be fun on LinkedIn, and much more.

Let's do this.

Direct download: 221_Michaela_Alexis.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:05am PDT