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Today we have Nathan Hirsch Co-Founder of FreeeUp which is a marketplace connecting business owners with the top 1% of freelancers in ecommerce, digital marketing, web development, and much more. They have helped companies like Payability, Sharkk and many ecommerce companies with staffing needs. Over the past 15 years, Nathan has built several successful multi-million dollar businesses. In 2006, he founded his first online venture out of a college dorm room, selling and buying student textbooks and he was able to scale his ecommerce business, bootstrapping from a $20 investment to over $30 million of sales on Amazon across a 6 year period while serving over 10,000 customers.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Nathan Hirsch.
  • [2:45] Nathan talks about his time at Firestone and how it impacted him.
  • [5:10] How FreeeUp works to make clients and workers happy.
  • [6:30] What did Nathan learn from watching his mother?
  • [7:50] Nathan talks about his desire to become an entrepreneur.
  • [10:40] How did Nathan get started selling on Amazon?
  • [14:20] Nathan describes how his small business ran into significant challenges.
  • [16:30] Why did Nathan start FreeeUp? How does it work?
  • [19:30] Nathan’s pet peeves and tasks that he delegates.
  • [24:00] Areas where most entrepreneurs should consider outsourcing.
  • [25:30] Common tasks that businesses hire contractors for.
  • [29:00] Value related interview questions. What are some red flags?
  • [33:30] How has Nathan and his team hired such high quality workers?
  • [34:30] Why it’s tough to hire web developers.
  • [36:00] Nathan talks about his working relationship with his business partner.
  • [39:00] How do you build a work culture with remote contractors.
  • [41:30] A low point in the business so far.
  • [44:30] A proud moment in business.
  • [45:40] Who should use FreeeUp?

In this episode…

Where does the desire to deliver top-notch, excellent customer service come from? Why would a business leader zero in on this aspect of business over all others? Is it really that important? Can executing great customer service make that much of a difference to the bottom line? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Nathan Hirsch. In his conversation with Jeremy, Nathan opens up about his time working for Firestone, what led him to start FreeeUp, how he keeps up consistent quality among his contractors, challenges faced along the way, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this informative and engaging episode featuring Nathan!

What aspect of your early professional career impacted you the most? Did the first job you held leave an impact on you that you still carry today? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Nathan Hirsch as he shares how working for Firestone made a mark on his outlook. If it weren’t for his time at Firestone, Nathan most likely wouldn’t have as much of an emphasis on customer service as he has today. Working for Firestone gave Nathan an eye-opening look at how a good company can leave a powerful impression on its customers simply by delivering excellent customer service. To hear more about how this experience shaped Nathan and the lessons you can learn from it, make sure to listen to this episode!

Let’s face it, every business leader who is worth their salt will run into challenges and difficulties at some point in their career. The real question is, how will they respond when adversity comes their way? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Nathan Hirsch shares how he responded to a particularly trying time in his career. While in college, Nathan ran a successful startup that was running so smoothly that he took a well-deserved vacation. By the time he returned, Nathan had several fires that needed to be extinguished right away or he would have to shut down the entire operation. Instead of tucking tail and running away, Nathan rolled up his sleeves and went to work. How would you respond in a similar situation? Hear the details of Nathan’s story and how this moment had far-reaching implications on his leadership style by listing to this episode!

Did you know that you can take deliberate steps early on to make sure you have the right people for your organization? It’s true! While some leaders leave it up to a roll of the dice, you don’t have to! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Nathan Hirsch as he shares some helpful tips on how he hires the right people. For Nathan, it all starts with the interview process, he’s spent a lot of time and energy devising the right questions to ask potential contractors for his business, FreeeUp. To hear about how Nathan uses these questions to build the right team, make sure to listen to this helpful episode!

What do you need to do to take your business to the next level of growth? Do you need to land that next big client? Do you need to spend time strengthening relationships with your current clients? What if you could free up some of your time to focus on the big picture? There is a way for leaders like you to free up your time and energy with the help of virtual assistants. Learn how enlisting the service of a virtual assistant works and how they can help you expand your business in ways you never thought possible! Get all the details from FreeeUp co-founder and CEO, Nathan Hirsch on this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Jon Olafsson, co-founder of Icelandic Water Holdings. He has spent the last 30 years building successful companies from the ground up and transforming them into industry leaders and he has done this in a variety of fields including entertainment, media, construction and many more. Jon started to build a media and broadcasting portfolio when he founded Skifan, Iceland’s largest music recording and distribution company with distributing rights for a variety of music and film companies such as Sony, Universal, Warner Music, Columbia Pictures, Miramax, 20th Century Fox and more. Jon co-founded the Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), before moving into television in 1990, when he took over the Icelandic Television Corporation (ITC). In 1999, Jon merged all of his companies (Skifan and IBC) under one umbrella to form Northern Lights Communications, Inc. (NLC) – Olafsson served as chairman until November 2003 when he sold everything and stepped down to co-found Icelandic Water Holdings with his son in 2004. Jon oversees Icelandic Glacial water which is born and bottled in Ölfus, Iceland. It is the world’s first certified CarbonNeutral® natural spring bottled water for both product and operations. Which means it is an environmental pioneer in the industry, using 100% natural green energy in the form of geothermal and hydroelectric power to fuel production.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jon Olafsson.
  • [3:00] The hardest aspect of the bottled water industry.
  • [6:00] Jon talks about competition and how his brand is faring in the US.
  • [9:30] What was it like to start building a team from the ground up?
  • [13:30] One of the lowest moments in business so far.
  • [15:00] A proud moment in business for Jon.
  • [16:20] Why you should check out Iceland’s premier music festival.

In this episode…

What does it take to challenge the big corporate bottled water brands and create a new offering that connects with people? Can a startup product like Icelandic Glacial water really challenge the big guys and make a difference? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from seasoned business leader and entrepreneur Jon Olafsson. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jon explains how Icelandic Glacial has expanded recently, why they’ve enjoyed so much success, how they deal with competitors, what it’s like building a team from scratch, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging and informative episode featuring Jon!

How does a business leader from Iceland land a substantial arrangement to sell their bottled Icelandic water in partnership with a giant in the beverage industry like Anheuser Busch? According to Jon Olafsson, it all comes down to relationships, timing, and the quality of the product. Jon and his son were fortunate enough to make the right connections and get a meeting with executives at Anheuser Busch at the precise moment when they were exploring partnerships with bottled water brands. The quality of Icelandic Glacial water made such a strong impression on the executives that they ended up canceling all of their other meetings with bottled water brands and decided to go with Jon and his son. Hear more of Jon’s story and the growth of his brand by listening to this fascinating episode of Inspired Insider!

Can you imagine how difficult it would be to build a successful team from scratch? That’s exactly what Jon and his son had to do when they started Icelandic Water Holdings! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Jon as he explains how he built his bottled water brand and competed with some of the heavy hitters in his industry. While it wasn’t always easy, Jon knew that if he wanted to build a brand that would go the distance and make a name for itself, he’d have to find top-tier leaders who could help him get across the finish line. Discover what worked and what didn’t for Jon and his team as they led Icelandic Water Holdings to increased exposure and lucrative partnerships over their 10 plus year run by listening to this episode, you don't’ want to miss it!

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Albert Swantner is an award-winning maker. With a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a software background, he is able to create products bridging these disciplines. Albert has led projects with companies like Adidas, FOX, Charity Miles, Moxxly, Socrative, and his own angel-funded startup Sway Water, among others. His work has earned companies like Charity Miles a Webby and an SXSW Interactive award, and his work has been covered by Wired UK, The Today Show, Forbes and Fast Company.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Albert Swantner.
  • [2:30] Albert talks about working with Adidas and Derrick Rose.
  • [5:50] Working with startups and helping to flesh out creative ideas.
  • [9:00] Albert talks about utilizing AI.
  • [11:00] How the work varies for Albert and his team.
  • [15:30] What led Albert to start Sway Water?
  • [17:30] Some of the first Sway Water flavors and the marketing process.
  • [20:00] Albert talks about getting his product into stores and his logo design.
  • [24:30] Why selling through stores is helpful.
  • [26:30] Balancing work and family life.
  • [28:00] Milestones that Albert has set for Sway Water.
  • [30:00] Albert talks about giving back and his partnership with Big Brother, Big Sister.
  • [33:30] What was it like working in a food pantry?
  • [35:20] Albert talks about how he got involved with “Latinitas,” a non profit magazine.
  • [36:30] The lowest point in business for Albert.
  • [37:40] How did Albert get the entrepreneurial bug? Albert’s proudest business moment.

In this episode…

How have your past experiences influenced your current path in life and business? Did you have a moment that you can trace back and identify as leading you to where you are in your career today? For Albert Swantner, his time working in the tech industry helped foster his innovative and creative tendencies which led to creating Sway Water. While Albert loves his work with Bohemian Innovation, you really get a sense of his passion for experimentation and creativity when you hear him talk about Sway Water and the awesome products they've been able to bring to the marketplace. Hear more about Albert’s fascinating story by listening to this engaging episode!

When was that moment where you realized that you wanted to offer a product or service that would make a difference? How did your idea come to you? Have you acted on it? For Albert Swantner, that moment came when he was enjoying some refreshing cucumber water and started to wonder about the availability of healthy drink options on the marketplace. Before long, he and his wife had their first child and he circled back to this idea of healthy options and what choice his child would have as they got older. This curiosity and common concern led Albert to start Sway Water. What can you learn from Albert’s story? Make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider for more information about Sway Water!

Is there a good solution when it comes to work-life balance? Have you tried a regime in your schedule that works well? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Albert Swantner as he shares his story and how he’s found a way to maintain a healthy embrace of both. Working with his wife as a business partner, Albert discovered the necessity of creating healthy boundaries between work and family life early in his marriage. One solution that works well for Albert and his family is sticking to a strict cutoff time for all work-related issues so he can be fully present with his family at the end of the day. Discover additional insights and lessons from Albert’s story by listing to this episode!

What is it that sets average performers from high capacity and high achieving leaders? While the answer to this question can have a thousand different responses, an important one to consider is a relentless pursuit of excellence. Albert Swantner is dedicated to getting Sway Water to the milestone of one million dollars in revenue that he clearly envisions and is working hard to reach. Too often leaders settle for small goals, achieve them, and never set new ones or ambitious ones at all. Don’t fall into that trap! Learn from Albert’s example and hear more of his story and the journey he’s been on with Sway Water by listing to this exciting episode of Inspired Insider!

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Michael Eldridge is the founder of Safety Glasses USA. His experience as a U.S. Marine veteran, auto mechanic and assembly line technician amplified the importance of vision safety. In 2000, he turned his knowledge into one of the internet's most popular companies for protective eyewear. They have grown to 20+ employees and have supplied protective eyewear and safety equipment to hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers around the world. In 2012, Michael started an online community forum for people interested in EDC (Every Day Carry) called EDC Planet.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Michael Eldridge.
  • [2:00] Michael shares some lessons he learned as a Marine.
  • [9:00] What is EDC?
  • [11:30] A low moment in business for Michael.
  • [13:00] Milestones and proud moments along the way.
  • [14:30] Take care of your customer or someone else will!

In this episode…

Did you know that one of the most important aspects of running a healthy business is providing the best customer service? It’s true! Take a look at some of the top performing businesses on the marketplace today and you’ll see that many if not most of them are known for top-notch customer service. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur Michael Eldridge. In his conversation with Jeremy, Michael opens up about his time serving with the U.S. Marines, what lessons he learned from that experience, high and low points in business so far, why customer service is so important and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Michael!

How have some of the most challenging chapters in your life helped shape the leader you are today? Do you embrace these aspects of your story or do you prefer to keep them in the background? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from former U.S. Marine turned businessman, Michael Eldridge. The biggest take away that Michael came away with from his time in the service is the mantra, “Never give up.” This fierce determination to see everything you do through to the end translated well from his time with the Marines to his time running his own business. To hear more of Michael’s story and to find out which lessons you can apply to your journey, make sure to listen to this episode!

If you aren’t going to serve your customer with the utmost care, someone else will! As you build up your business, you’ve got to have a plan in place to serve and value your customers. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from seasoned professional and entrepreneur Michael Eldridge. Don’t get sucked into the false belief that if you build it, they will come! Just because you provide a service or a product, that doesn’t automatically mean that you will build a following. One of the best ways to grow your reputation in the marketplace is to find innovative ways to serve your customers. To hear more about the importance of providing the best customer service, make sure to learn from Michael on this powerful episode!

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Today we have the co-founder of Easyship, Tommaso Tamburnotti. He started the company with Augustin Ceyrac and Paul Lugagne Delpon. Easyship is a Hong Kong-based ecommerce platform that aims to simplify logistics for small to medium-sized ecommerce sellers to help them become globally competitive. Easyship works with more than 100 couriers and provides visibility on international shipping regulations, taxes and duties from one account. They have a team of 38 people in four offices around the world and are used by over 15,000 businesses.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:35] Jeremy welcomes his guest, Tommaso Tamburnotti.
  • [3:30] What is needed to take your brand global?
  • [5:00] How Easyship helps ecommerce businesses.
  • [10:30] Pain points Tommaso and his team addressed when they started Easyship.
  • [13:30] Tommaso talks about his family and childhood.
  • [15:30] Should ecommerce brands get on Lazada?
  • [19:00] Following the data and incorporating ecommerce platforms along the way.
  • [22:30] Tommaso talks about working with Go Fish Cam.
  • [28:00] How did Tommaso and his team get their early clients?
  • [31:30] What was Tommaso’s mindset that allowed him to persevere?
  • [34:30] Expanding the team and bringing on more developers.
  • [36:30] Which events and conferences does Tommaso like to attend?
  • [38:30] The decision to spend big on a domain name and plans for the future.
  • [41:30] Were some markets harder to get started in than others?
  • [44:00] The lowest moment in business for Tommaso.
  • [47:20] The proudest moment for Tommaso so far.

In this episode…

What will it take to make your ecommerce business globally competitive? Is it wise to move your company in that direction? What steps are necessary to begin the transition? What are the risks? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Tommaso Tamburnotti. In his conversation with Jeremy, Tommaso opens up about his childhood, how Easyship can help your business go global, what it takes to build a company from the ground up, and so much more! You don't’ want to miss this engaging episode featuring Tommaso and Easyship!

With the rate that the global economy is growing and the increasingly interconnected nature of the business sector, how will your company remain competitive? Do you have a strategy to keep ahead of your competitors? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Tommaso Tamburnotti as he shares how his company, Easyship can help your organization go global. While it sounds scary and intimidating, taking your brand to the next level by going global doesn’t have to be. Tommaso and his team at Easyship are experienced professionals who know what it takes to expand into new markets because they've been there themselves. To hear from Tommaso and how Easyship can help businesses like yours, make sure to listen to this helpful episode!

One of the best ways to judge the health of an organization is to look at how they adapt to challenges and changes that they face along the way. What grade would your organization receive when it comes to this important area? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Tommaso Tamburnotti shares how Easyship has adapted to new opportunities and challenges as they've grown over the years. Due to the constantly growing and expanding nature of the ecommerce industry, Tommaso and his team were forced to learn how to adapt to new integrations and changes from the onset. Now, Tommaso and his team are seasoned professionals who can handle just about anything the market or a client brings their way. Learn more about Easyship and the amazing work they are providing by listening to this episode!

When you start a new business, you are hungry for any work that comes your way. What does it take to get clients to take a chance on a new organization? How does a fledgling business grow and expand their customer base? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Tommaso Tamburnotti shares what he and his partners did to grow Easyship from its early days into the thriving business it is today. Tommaso recalls going door to door to ecommerce businesses on the streets of Hong Kong giving them his sales pitch and facing rejection after rejection. Thankfully, Tommaso’s perseverance paid off and enough businesses gave Easyship a chance to prove themselves. What can you learn from Tommaso’s story? Discover more great insights and lessons from Tommaso by listening to this episode!

What is it that your business needs right now to take it to the next level of growth? Do you need to set some serious stretch goals that cause you and your team to do some heavy lifting in ways you haven't’ in a long time? Do you need to bring on new team members to grow your reach and your capacity? For Tommaso Tamburnotti and his team at Easyship the next step became clear when their business really started to take off. In quick order, they needed to build more systems and structures and bring on more developers to keep up. To get the full scoop on what Tommaso and his team had to do to make sure Easyship kept growing, make sure to listen to this exciting episode!

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Today we have CEO and founder of Inflow, Mike Belasco. Inflow is a national provider of cutting-edge ecommerce inbound marketing and search engine optimization services including conversion optimization and paid search marketing. Inflow works hard to provide clients with unique and valuable positioning strategies that drive bottom-line results. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guest, Mike Belasco.
  • [1:20] How Inflow helps ecommerce sellers.
  • [2:30] Common mistakes that ecommerce leaders are making.
  • [4:30] Mike shares a case study that stands out.
  • [8:00] How can Inflow help with SEO optimization?
  • [9:30] Who should use Inflow? What are some success stories?
  • [12:00] Inflow’s popular services and why Mike started Inflow.
  • [14:00] How does Mike keep a healthy team environment at Inflow?
  • [17:00] Core values at Inflow.
  • [18:20] Asking for help and learning from coaches.
  • [20:20] Milestones reached along the way.

In this episode…

What does it take to create a holistic ecommerce marketing strategy? Is it even possible to have a streamlined approach? What does an organization that focuses on ecommerce marketing look like? How do they push innovation in their organization? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Mike Belasco. In his conversation with Jeremy, Mike opens up about why he started Inflow, how they help ecommerce businesses, some of the most popular services that Inflow provides, what they’ve done to cultivate a healthy team environment, milestones they’ve reached along the way, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Mike!

Is your business prepared to engage an increasingly mobile target audience? What have you done to make your brand more compatible with your mobile users? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Mike Belasco as he highlights the need for mobile engagement. Mike says that the lack of a well thought out mobile engagement strategy is a common mistake that many ecommerce businesses are making in the marketplace today. Don’t let that be true for your company! Learn how Mike and his team at Inflow can help businesses like your stay ahead of the competition and incorporate mobile engagement by listening to this helpful episode!

What steps has your organization taken to create a healthy work environment? Can you honestly say that your business is attracting and retaining the best talent in your industry? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Mike Belasco shares how he has developed and nurtured a thriving work environment at Inflow. While it hasn’t always been easy, Mike says that this focus on listening to and learning from his team members through the use of innovative tools has helped him keep key leaders and develop new ones. Find out what you can learn from Mike’s story and the awesome culture they are building at Inflow by listening to this exciting episode!

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Today we have Eddie Levine co-founder of a wholesale ecommerce and brand management company which he started in 2012 with his business partner Greg Gilpin. They have created a multi-million-dollar ecommerce operation in a short period of time and specialize in purchasing products directly from manufacturers, distributors and brand owners and warehouse them all under their own roof and sell on various channels. If he were not busy enough he has an information and consulting arm of his ecommerce business found at WholesaleBreakthrough.com where he teaches others how to tap into the business opportunity. In his limited free time, he also is Director of Operations for the non-profit Laughs for the Troops which helps raise funds to help increase awareness of traumatic brain injuries and PTSD. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Eddie Levine.
  • [3:00] Eddie talks about early struggles in business.
  • [5:30] Challenges for brands that want to get into ecommerce.
  • [9:00] Surprising pain points for sellers.
  • [11:00] Eddie talks about his love for logistics.
  • [13:00] Why hasn’t Eddie hired out more responsibilities?
  • [15:30] Challenges that come up on a daily basis.
  • [17:30] Embracing automation and hiring the right team.
  • [20:00] How did Eddie’s current business start out?
  • [23:00] Why did Eddie and his business partner get into wholesaling?
  • [26:00] Eddie shares his thoughts on the Private Label aspect of Amazon.
  • [29:00] What other platforms does Eddie sell on?
  • [31:30] Difficulties with sourcing products overseas.
  • [33:30] Eddie talks about working with the US government.
  • [37:00] Researching new products to wholesale.
  • [41:00] Categories that Eddie stays away from selling.
  • [43:00] Eddie talks about Wholesale Breakthrough.
  • [48:30] A low moment in business for Eddie.
  • [50:30] What milestone is Eddie the most proud of?

In this episode…

What can you learn from a business leader who had dedicated his career to his love for logistics and bringing wholesale merchandise to the ecommerce marketplace? How can you apply some his insights and lessons to your business? What aspects of his story will resonate with yours? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Eddie Levine. In his conversation with Jeremy, Eddie opens up about his background, how he got started with wholesale distribution, the challenges with sourcing products overseas, categories that are more trouble than they are worth, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode with Eddie!

Is there an aspect of your job do you absolutely love? Is it something that you’ve learned to love over the years or is it the reason why you went into the career field that you pursued? What can you learn from the passion and excitement that other leaders express from their own journey? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Eddie Levine shares his love for logistics and how that plays out in his work with wholesale merchandise. While logistics doesn’t sound like a sexy subject, Eddie lights up when he gets to explain how this subject matter resonates with him. To learn more about Eddie’s story and his passion for logistics, make sure to listen to this informative episode!

How has your organization embraced automation? Are you moving closer to the cutting edge, stuck back in the stone age, or somewhere in the middle? What would it mean if you and your team were able to adopt tools and systems that allowed you to move forward with greater efficiency? According to Eddie Levine, automation is the key to future business growth not only in the ecommerce sector but all across the board. Find out what Eddie and his team are doing to stay on the cutting edge and ahead of their competition by listening to this powerful episode of Inspired Insider, you don’t want to miss it!

Do you understand your industry inside and out? Do you know where the most money and resources go or do you find yourself always playing catch up? How can leaders like you keep your finger on the pulse of what is going on in your sector of the business world? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur, Eddie Levine. Eddie prides himself on keeping up to date with all the changes, big and small in his corner of the ecommerce industry. Discover how Eddie’s lessons and insights can help you and your team perform at the top of your game by listening to this exciting episode!

At what point in your career do you plan on giving back and investing in others who are on their way up? Have you already started? What can you do right now to help empower and encourage the next crop of young leaders? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Eddie Levine. In his conversation with Jeremy, Eddie shares his passion for showing budding leaders how to effectively market wholesale merchandise through his project, Wholesale Breakthrough. Learn more about what Eddie is up to with Wholesale Breakthrough and much more on this fascinating episode!

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Today we have Dylan Whitman co-founder of BV Accel - full name Brand Value Accelerator (BVAccel). They are one of the fastest growing Shopify focused agencies in the world. Acquisition + Conversion + Retention which are the three pillars of their ecommerce philosophy and when you go to their site BVAccel.com that is front and center. They provide disruptive ecommerce strategy and implementation and have served high-growth brands including MVMT Watches, Red Bull, Mizzen and Main, Bark Thins, and many more. BVAccel is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Columbus and Mexico and Melbourne.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:30] Jeremy introduces his guest, Dylan Whitman.
  • [2:50] Dylan talks about his favorite Shopify apps.
  • [9:30] Why did Dylan decide to focus on solving retention difficulties?
  • [18:30] The future of ecommerce is automation!
  • [20:30] Some helpful subscription apps.
  • [24:30] Where is ecommerce tech going?
  • [27:00] Dylan talks about email service platforms.
  • [29:30] Why did Dylan join the Navy?
  • [36:30] Dylan’s post Navy career path.
  • [51:00] Bootstrapping a business vs. growing quick!
  • [53:00] Milestones and challenges faced along the way.
  • [55:30] Cutting through the BS and growing the business.
  • [1:03:00] Staying hungry and pushing forward toward excellence.
  • [1:05:00] What was it like acquiring Rocket Code.
  • [1:12:00] Dylan talks about the impact of his family history.
  • [1:16:00] Acquisition, conversion, and retention.
  • [1:20:00] How can BV Accel help with retention?
  • [1:22:00] What can BV Accel do to help with acquisitions?
  • [1:25:00] Who are the best-fit clients for BV Accel?
  • [1:32:30] The lowest point in business for Dylan.
  • [1:33:30] Landing the first big client.

In this episode…

What does it take to build an ecommerce business from the ground up? How do you, as a leader, stay hungry and pursue growth? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Dylan Whitman. In his conversation with Jeremy, Dylan opens up about his childhood, his favorite Shopify applications, the future of the ecommerce industry, milestones and challenges faced along the way, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging and informative episode featuring Dylan and his company, BV Accel!

Did you know that many ecommerce businesses are leaving too much money on the table each and every day? It’s true! What would it take to solve this common problem in the ecommerce industry? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Dylan Whitman as he explains how BV Accel has provided helpful market solutions to this issue. Dylan and his team have devoted their time and energy to develop solutions that most ecommerce businesses can implement right away that will end up saving them valuable resources down the road. To hear more about BV Accel and their great work in the area of retention, make sure to check out this episode!

While new ecommerce businesses rise and fall on a rapid basis, have you ever stopped to wonder what the future of ecommerce may hold? What will be the next great wave of innovation in this skyrocketing industry? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Dylan Whitman takes the time to provide his insights on this important question. As Dylan sees it, automation is the driving element that will continue to pave the way for innovation in the ecommerce industry. Much of Dylan’s observations come from his work with Shopify but he is seeing automation quickly move to the forefront in other areas of ecommerce. Learn more from Dylan’s valuable perspective by listening to this episode, you don’t want to miss it!

Would you describe your attitude toward personal and professional growth as “Hungary?” Seriously?! Do you continue to work hard and strive not only for personal growth but growth for your business as well? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from a leader who prides himself on staying hungry as his own personal goal for growth and success. Dylan Whitman says that he hates losing more than he loves to win! Think about that for a minute, can you say the same? If you don’t have the drive to push yourself and your business forward like Dylan describes, you may end up on the “Average” performance side of things. Find out more about Dylan’s mindset and how learning from him may help you up your game by listening to this episode!

What is your level of tolerance for BS? Do you have the patience to see things through in a slow and methodical way or do you need to see immediate impact and action? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Dylan Whitman. It’s part of Dylan’s signature style to cut through the BS and push toward growth. How can you learn from Dylan’s unique perspective? At the end of the day, each leader has to find out what works best for them and their team they are responsible for. What’s the best way forward for your team? Should you take it up a notch or do you need to enter into a season of patience? Learn more from Dylan’s depth of experience and expertise by listening to this helpful episode!

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Today we have the co-founder of Easyship, Tommaso Tamburnotti. He started the company with Augustin Ceyrac and Paul Lugagne Delpon. Easyship is a Hong Kong-based ecommerce platform that aims to simplify logistics for small to medium-sized ecommerce sellers to help them become globally competitive. Easyship works with more than 100 couriers and provides visibility on international shipping regulations, taxes, and duties from one account. They have a team of 38 people in four offices around the world and are used by over 15,000 businesses. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:35] Jeremy welcomes his guest, Tommaso Tamburnotti.
  • [3:15] The decision to spend big on a domain name and plans for the future.
  • [5:00] Were some markets harder to get started in than others?
  • [7:30] The lowest moment in business for Tommaso.
  • [10:45] The proudest moment for Tommaso so far.

In this episode…

What does it take to help ecommerce businesses expand into new markets? How does an organization help other businesses expand while they face that same challenging leap themselves? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Tommaso Tamburnotti. In his conversation with Jeremy, Tommaso shares how he and his team decided to make the purchase of their domain name, why some markets are harder to get into than others, high and low points in the history of Easyship, and so much more! You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn from Tommaso’s fascinating insights!

Have you been wondering what it would take to bring your ecommerce business to the next level of growth and expansion? What strategies have worked for you in the past? Do you think they can work for you if you plan on expanding your organization into new markets? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Tommaso Tamburnotti opens up about his company Easyship and the services they provide to help ecommerce businesses streamline their approach and expand their reach. While expanding to a new market isn’t always easy, Tommaso and his team have the expertise and skill set to help leaders like you tackle your goals and move forward on the journey toward success. To hear more about Easyship and the great services they provide, make sure to check out this engaging episode featuring Tommaso!

As your business has grown and developed over the years, what challenges have you had to face? Did you ever run into some early personnel losses that felt like a gut punch? How did you recover? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Tommaso Tamburnotti shares one of the most difficult periods in Easyship’s history that caused him and his leadership team to do some serious soul-searching. Tommaso describes a time when a key team member left Easyship in the early stages of the business. This loss had the potential to cause a ripple effect throughout the young company but Tommaso and his team rallied and decided that they’d do everything they could to press forward in a healthy manner. Learn more from Tommaso’s valuable lessons by listening to this helpful episode, you don’t want to miss it!

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Sponsor for this episode

The Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition – better known as IRCE – is your one-stop-shop for all of your e-retail needs. This conference and trade show offers you everything your business needs to stay ahead of your competition, in one simple location. IRCE is right around the corner in Chicago so go to www.irce.com to find out more.

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Rise25 is where entrepreneurs of 6,7, and 8 figure businesses come together live and in person every few months to solve their biggest business challenges through this high-level Mastermind group. Each member leaves each week with lifelong friendships and actionable steps to take their business to the next level. Check out Rise25.com - a group run by myself and cofounder John Corcoran. Rise 25 is application only.

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Today we have Amit Bivas, Head of Marketing at Optimove. In addition to serving as a key member of Optimove’s management team, Amit is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience planning, developing and executing B2B and B2C marketing strategies from the ground up. Optimove’s mission is to help marketers drive measurable growth by autonomously transforming customer data into actionable insights, which then power thoughtful customer communications, at scale.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:45] Amit Bivas joins the podcast to talk about Optimove.
  • [2:45] How did Optimove get off the ground?
  • [5:00] Who is the ideal client for Optimove?
  • [8:30] Customer success stories.
  • [10:00] Amit talks about partnering with Stitch Fix and onboarding new clients.
  • [12:30] What is it like operating an international business?

In this episode…

Is there a role for relationship marketing in the ecommerce industry? Would you say that your organization engages in relationship marketing? What if there was a way to for marketers to outsource the tech aspect of their job so they can focus on creatively engaging with their clients? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from marketing expert Amit Bivas. In his conversation with Jeremy, Amit explains what solutions to relationship marketing Optimove brings to the table, who are Optimove’s ideal clients, customer success stories, what it’s like operating an international business, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Amit!

One of the most important aspects that are needed for an ecommerce business to grow is to focus on efficiency. You don’t have any chance of profitability or expansion if you have multiple places in your organization where multiple people or processes are doing the same thing. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Amit Bivas as he shares how Optimove is helping their clients embrace automation. The software that Optimove has developed is specifically designed to empower marketers with the tools they need to hone their process and eliminate redundancies. To hear more about Optimove and their amazing services, make sure to check out this fascinating episode!

In an increasingly interconnected marketplace, what can organizations do to leverage their position and get an edge over their competition? Are there advantages for businesses that remain small and nimble? What advantages exist for more international organizations? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Amit Bivas shares how Optimove embraces its international image. While it’s not always easy, Amit and Optimove know that the challenges and difficulties of running an international organization are outweighed by the benefit of operating on a global stage. Learn more about the great work that Amit and his team are providing by listening to this exciting episode!

Resources Mentioned on this episode

Sponsor for this episode

The Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition – better known as IRCE – is your one-stop-shop for all of your e-retail needs. This conference and trade show offers you everything your business needs to stay ahead of your competition, in one simple location. IRCE is right around the corner in Chicago so go to www.irce.com to find out more.

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Rise25 is where entrepreneurs of 6,7, and 8 figure businesses come together live and in person every few months to solve their biggest business challenges through this high-level Mastermind group. Each member leaves each week with lifelong friendships and actionable steps to take their business to the next level. Check out Rise25.com - a group run by myself and cofounder John Corcoran. Rise 25 is application only.

Direct download: Optimove.mp3
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