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Today we have Eric Bandholz coFounder of Beardbrand. They sell products for the bearded lifestyle such as beard oils, beard wash, beard softener, beard combs. They have built the company to over $120K per month in revenue and were featured on the hit TV series Shark Tank and even had Lori touch his beard.

 

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

  • [0:40] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Eric Bandholz.
  • [3:00] Eric talks about going to a beard competition.
  • [8:00] What is Urban Beardsman all about?
  • [10:30] Eric talks about growing a YouTube presence.
  • [14:00] Sharing personal struggles in public.
  • [18:00] Eric talks about participating in Shark Tank.
  • [25:30] What are the best selling products? What does Eric use personally?
  • [29:30] From content creation to product creation.
  • [34:00] Expanding growth and creating new products.
  • [38:00] Connecting with suppliers and vendors.
  • [41:00] Responding to customer feedback.
  • [43:00] Eric talks about “Black Marble.”
  • [47:00] What has worked best to increase sales?
  • [52:30] The best YouTube video from Eric and Beardband.
  • [54:00] Mistakes to avoid along the way. Lessons learned from failure.
  • [58:00] Fighting through self-doubt.
  • [59:00] Software that Eric and his team uses.

In this episode…

If you pay attention to popular culture you may have noticed the resurgence of the beard. From musicians to actors, and right down to the average guy, beards are making a HUGE comeback. On the cutting edge of beard care is Eric Bandholz and his team at Beardbrand. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear Eric share Beardbrand’s story and how they came to be known as the leader in providing high quality products in the beard care industry. It all started with building a culture of beard care and celebration that lead to a dream to present a high quality product that stands out and makes a difference in men’s lives. To hear more, make sure to catch this episode!

Do you ever splurge and treat yourself with a special meal or gadget? Maybe for it’s that high scale dinner you treat yourself to once a year or maybe it’s indulging in buying that high quality product. The truth is most people treat themselves from time to time. Eric Bandholz and his team at Beardbrand have created a high quality product called “Black Marble.” It’s the company's most exclusive and premium offering and has the potential to make a guy feel like a million bucks. If you’d like to hear more about Black Marble and how Eric and his team rolled out a high quality product, don’t miss this episode!

What does it take to grow a YouTube presence for your brand? Is it as simple as putting together a potentially viral video or does it take more effort? Image how solidifying a presence on a social media platform like YouTube could impact your brand and position you for success and increased growth. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Eric Bandholz as he shares how he was able to slowly but successfully grow his company, Beardbrand’s presence on YouTube. Eric gives his key tips and suggestions for leaders like you who are looking to make an impact on social media platforms. To find out more, don’t miss this episode!

Do you ever wonder what it is like to have your brand featured on the hit TV show, Shark Tank? How would you pitch your product, how would you present yourself and your team? Is the process really as impactful for brands and it seems to be? On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader and entrepreneur Eric Bandholz discusses his experience pitching his company, Beardbrand to the Shark Tank investors. According to Eric, it was a positive experience but there are a few misconceptions that many viewers hold and he gives a little bit of insight on that subject. If you’d like to hear more about Eric’s experience on Shark Tank and how it impacted his product sales, make sure to catch this episode!

How does your company respond to customer feedback? Do you actively seek it out and adjust your products accordingly or do take a more passive approach? Many companies are paying attention to how they respond to customer feedback both positive and negative, especially in the age of social media engagement. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Eric Bandholz as he describes his company’s approach to engaging with customer feedback. As you can image, with any company creating products that the public uses that contacts with their skin there will be a lot of feedback. If you’d like to hear how Eric and his team handle feedback, don’t miss this episode!

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Ray Nolan is one of Irelands most successful internet entrepreneurs. He founded Raven Computing (later known as Coretime Ltd) in 1989. Coretime Ltd was sold to Sage in 2004. In 1999, he founded the hugely successful online room reservation group Hostelworld.com. It was a leading worldwide brand with distribution contracts in 170 countries and more than 12MM visitors a month. He sold it in November 2009, returning more than $500MM on just $150K total investment.

Ray is also the former chairman of Skyscanner. He founded and is acting CEO for XSellco Software, they provide market-leading eCommerce SaaS tools.

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

  • [0:50] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Ray Nolan.
  • [2:00] Stories from Ray’s days in the travel industry.
  • [5:00] Adjusting from customer feedback.
  • [11:00] Kissing Frogs to find the Prince.
  • [15:00] The advantage of being a Irish Entrenpuner.
  • [19:00] Why does Ray only have 9 toes?

In this episode…

There are few things more frustrating than being ignored. But in today’s business industry many companies still don’t fully understand how to respond or adjust to client feedback. Does your company have a process in place to address client feedback and change your policies accordingly? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Ray Nolan as he walks through how his company, Xsellco responds to client feedback. They have a streamlined process in place that will help give you an idea of how you could respond to feedback from your clients. This is a helpful episode that you don’t want to miss!

One of the qualities that sets entrepreneurs apart is their constant drive to innovate and disrupt the status quo. This means that many entrepreneurs will “Kiss a lot of frogs before they find their prince.” Does that describe you? Do you push through failure to find success? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and disruptor Ray Nolan. He has built a career around innovating and pushing the limits to find what works best in the marketplace. There are some fascinating lessons to learn from Ray as he shares insights from his years as business leader. Make sure you bring your pen and paper to catch all the helpful tips from Ray and so much more on this episode!

With an ever changing and evolving marketplace, what role does location play in your ability to interact and influence key industry leaders? With the new global economy facilitated by the interconnectedness of the internet, does location really matter anymore? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear why Ray Nolan believes his location in Ireland positions him in a huge advantage on the global stage. He also shares how his cultural upbringing as an Irishmen helps him connect with other leaders in a unique way. After hearing from Ray, you’ll have a new appreciation for the role that location still plays in today’s marketplace. Find out more about Ray and his company, Xsellco on this fascinating episode!

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Colt Cobana, once a professional WWE wrestler, has the longest running wrestler to wrestler podcast in existence. He has been doing The Art of Wrestling podcast weekly since 2010 and has interviewed people like CM Punk, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and many more. He has been entertaining crowds around the world as a professional wrestler for over 17 years, in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and all over the US. He even wrestles in cult underground places like Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos. He has been featured on Marc Maron’s podcast and a cartoon version of Scott is even on a billboard off the highway here in Chicago.

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

  • [0:40] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Colt Cabana.
  • [8:30] How did Colt get involved with the Insane Clown Posse?
  • [10:30] Colt talks about the challenges and risks he endures physically.
  • [12:30] A visit to India gives perspective.
  • [16:00] The most hostile environment Colt has wrestled in.
  • [19:30] At what point did Colt start his path to become a professional wrestler?
  • [24:30] The psychology of professional wrestling.
  • [28:00] Colt’s favorite wrestlers.
  • [30:00] The influence Colt’s family had on how he does business.
  • [33:30] Some of Colt’s best selling merchandise.
  • [37:30] The Wrestling Road Diaries.
  • [41:00] Colt talks about starting his podcast.
  • [51:00] How Colt taught himself the technical aspects of running his podcast.
  • [1:13:00] Colts upcoming projects.
  • [1:19:00] How Colt takes care of himself.
  • [1:22:00] Colt talks about his relationship with CM Punk.
  • [1:24:00] Mishaps and lessons from podcasting.
  • [1:36:00] The lowest moment in Colt’s career.
  • [1:40:30] The proudest moments in Colt’s career.

In this episode…

Talk about putting it all on the line, Pro Wrestlers like Colt Cabana but their bodies through unbelievable amounts of stress and risk. How does someone sustain that kind of a lifestyle? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Colt as he shares how he adjusted his style of wrestling so he could stay in the industry longer. He also talks about how he has been able to build a thriving business that includes his career as a successful podcast host. Make sure you listen to this episode to catch all of Colt’s fascinating stories, insights, and advice to new podcast hosts just starting out!

How does someone get started in the professional wrestling world? What sets them apart from fans and superfans that makes them want to go into wrestling as a career? It’s not like there is a clear and often discussed career path for becoming a wrestler, right? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Pro Wrestler Colt Cabana as he talks about how he got his start in the wrestling world. This is a guy who has built a successful career and a loyal fan base and has transitioned from life as WWE star to continue his wrestling career and put out content as a podcast host. You don’t want to miss his amazing story on this episode!

They say you can tell a lot about someone from looking at their family background. You can trace certain patterns and habits that show up from the lives of parents into the lives of their children later on. What habits and values are you passing on to your children? What was passed down to you? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Pro Wrestler turned podcast host Colt Cabana talks about the influence his father had on how he conducted business early on in his wrestling career. Colt’s story is a fascinating one filled with great stories, interesting lessons, and so much more - don’t miss it!

Most people don’t think of a career as a Pro Wrestler as that of a small business owner. In order to succeed and have a thriving career, many professional wrestlers have to adopt that posture. What does that look like? How do someone who is so tuned into entertainment and physical prowess have the time to also wear the hat of a business person? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Colt Cabana reveals how he has successfully navigated a career as a professional wrestler while adopting this business-minded approach. Colt is humorous and wise with the insights and stories he tells, you don’t want to miss a minute of this episode!

What does it take to build a robust and growing podcast following? How do you find your niche? What style and aesthetic will resonate with a broad audience? What are the best practices and tools needed to get it off the ground and sound like something a professional put together? On this episode of Inspired Insider, podcast host and professional wrestler Colt Cabana shares how he got his podcast off the ground and built a huge following. Colt also shares the strategies and tools he uses along with how he builds relationships with sponsors and much more! If you have ever wanted a peek into what makes a podcast tick, make sure you catch this episode!

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Today we have Elliot Moskow co-founder of Pricefalls, LLC where he currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Pricefalls employs a subscription-based model for online retailers and has been growing rapidly. They have raised over $4million in venture funding and has received coverage by FOX Business, Forbes, The Chicago Sun Times, and TechCrunch.

Elliot graduated in May 2010 from Bates College majoring in Economics and in June 2013 from Lee Business School with his MBA. He is currently enrolled in the Evening Program at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guest, Elliot Moskow.
  • [1:15] How Price Falls started.
  • [2:40] Elliot talks about how his father influenced him.
  • [3:40] Common mistakes among ecommerce leaders.
  • [4:30] How to boost sales.
  • [4:50] Price Falls’ biggest success so far.
  • [5:10] The importance of valuing your customer base.
  • [5:40] Building brand recognition.
  • [6:10] Proudest moment for Elliot so far.

In this episode…

Wouldn’t it be great to get some inside information on how to boost sales and better position your business for success? Look no further! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Elliot Moskow as he shares one key lesson that will help you boost sales and increase your business growth. From Elliot’s perspective, it’s all about dynamic pricing. He encourages business leaders to really take a look at their pricing model and consider how they can optimize their price for maximum profitability. If you’d like to hear Elliot expand on this topic and explain how his company helps leaders explore viable solutions, make sure to listen to this episode!

What does it look like to take on industry giants like Amazon and Ebay? Is it even feasible to launch such an ambitious endeavor? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and disruptor, Elliot Moskow. Elliot and his team at Price Falls are presenting an alternative take on ecommerce and challenging household names like Ebay and Amazon. If you’d like to hear how Price Falls started and the awesome efforts they are engaged with that have the potential to change the ecommerce industry, make sure to catch this episode!

When it comes to small business startups, every bit of early support is vital. For business leader Elliot Moskow, that early supporter was his father, a serial entrepreneur himself. Elliot points to his father as a great example he had growing up who instilled a solid work ethic and championed his early efforts with Price Falls. One of the biggest lessons he learned from his father early on is the importance of building upon small advantages and taking deliberate steps toward an end goal that makes sense. If you’d like to hear more of Elliot’s story and how early support from people like his father helped propel Price Falls to success, don’t miss this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Ray Nolan is one of Irelands most successful internet entrepreneurs. He founded Raven Computing (later known as Coretime Ltd) in 1989. Coretime Ltd was sold to Sage in 2004. In 1999, he founded the hugely successful online room reservation group Hostelworld.com. It was a leading worldwide brand with distribution contracts in 170 countries and more than 12MM visitors a month. He sold it in November 2009, returning more than $500MM on just $150K total investment.

Ray is also the former chairman of Skyscanner. He founded and is acting CEO for XSellco Software, they provide market-leading eCommerce SaaS tools. 

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

  • [0:50] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Ray Nolan.
  • [2:00] What is going on with Xsellco?
  • [3:50] Trends that Ray sees in the ecommerce industry.
  • [7:00] How did Xsellco get started?
  • [12:30] How does Ray manage his time?
  • [15:30] Ray talks about rolling out successful products.
  • [19:00] Bootstrapping vs. Raising Money when starting a business.
  • [23:00] Ray talks about building his team for Xsellco.
  • [25:30] Ray’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • [30:00] Valuing employees.
  • [32:00] High points and low points for Ray and Xsellco.
  • [35:00] Ray talks about acquiring smaller companies.
  • [37:00] Ray talks about acquiring Hostels.com
  • [42:00] Difficulty in the travel industry after terrorist attacks.
  • [45:00] Responding to feedback from customers.
  • [51:00] Kissing Frogs.
  • [54:30] The advantage of being an Irish entrepreneur.
  • [59:00] Why does Ray only have 9 toes?

In this episode…

What is the best startup strategy? Is it bootstrapping or raising money? Which method is best for you and your product to get maximum exposure and investment? There are a lot of people out there that will point to this example or that one but what about someone who has been there and experienced the actual effect of each methodology? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear entrepreneur and business leader Ray Nolan discuss his approach to starting and growing a small e-commerce business back in the late 90’s and how his approach has changed as he builds products and businesses in the e-commerce space today. You don’t want to miss Ray’s valuable insights that can help you understand the marketplace and how to best proceed on your journey toward success!

A clear mark of a successful and wise leader is one who knows their strengths and weaknesses. Do you know not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but how to build a team that adapts to them? Don’t neglect this essential step in cultivating a healthy team and thriving work environment! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear how business leader Ray Nolan has identified his weaknesses and built a team that helps him in those areas so his strengths and shine unhindered. Find out how you and leverage your own strengths and weaknesses to better position your business for success on this episode!

In a fast paced and ever growing marketplace, you’ve got to be prepared to respond to opportunities to acquire businesses that would expand your company’s reach and influence. Alternatively, you’ve got to be prepared for the likelihood that if you succeed as a small business, you might be on the radar of your competitor as a company to acquire. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Ray Nolan explains his perspective on business acquisitions and how he has taken advantage of this business practice in the e-commerce industry. Don’t miss this fascinating episode!

One of the biggest mistakes that many e-commerce businesses make is failing to adapt to customer feedback. In what ways could your business create an avenue for and begin to implement changes that would instill loyalty and appreciation from your customer base? On this episode, you’ll hear from business leader Ray Nolan as he shares how his company has adjusted their practices based on customer feedback. This implementation has served their customer base better and allowed them to stand out among other competitors in the marketplace. To hear Ray go deeper with this topic, make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

Sometimes you have to kiss a bunch of frogs before you get a prince. The idea behind this truth is that you have to try and risk before you find the idea or product that will bring you success. Rarely will you get to experience a trouble free or frog free path along your journey. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from business leader and entrepreneur Ray Nolan. Ray walks through how he’s pushed through difficulty and failure to eventually get his shot at success. This is an encouraging episode that you don’t want to miss!

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Today we have Chad Rubin, disruptor, CEO of Think Crucial and Skubana. He's an investor, author, and dropper of gold nuggets helping sellers tune out the noise.

Skubana solves the most serious problems of order processing and inventory management that cause millions of dollars in losses for e-commerce sellers every year.

The result is an e-commerce acceleration platform that has invented a categorically new breed of product: an enterprise-grade, all-in-one cloud portal scalable enough to accommodate small, medium AND enterprise e-commerce companies, all for a fraction of the cost.

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

  • [0:35] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Chad Rubin.
  • [1:00] Biggest tip from Chad to increase sales.
  • [1:30] What issues does Skubana solve?
  • [2:00] The biggest mistake ecommerce entrepreneur make.

In this episode…

Most business leaders are always on the lookout for tips to increase sales. Depending on the leader you ask, you’ll get a wide range of responses. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Skubana co-Founder Chad Rubin. Chad encourages e-commerce leaders to sell across multiple channels. Don’t get SO focused on channels like Shopify or Big Commerce that you neglect connecting with retailers like Amazon, WalMart, Sears, and others. Chad is convinced that selling across multiple channels is the way to win in the e-commerce marketplace. To hear more from Chad, make sure to listen to this episode!

The unique solution that Chad’s company, Skubana brings to the table is to provide sellers something they’ve never had or experienced before, a centralized platform. They want to empower sellers to sell across multiple channels. Their services seamlessly sync your inventory so when you sell a product on one channel, it updates your inventory availability across all your other sales channels. If you’d like to hear more about the services that Skubana provides and how they can help leaders like you, make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

One of the biggest mistakes that Chad has observed e-commerce leaders make over the last couple of years is an aversion to Amazon. Because it’s so massive and intimidating, many leaders resist any opportunities to partner with Amazon which ends up hurting the smaller businesses in the long run. Chad encourages e-commerce leaders to quit turning down opportunities to work with Amazon and embrace the possibilities for growth and expansion that are possible in a collaborative relationship with Amazon. If you’d like to hear more insights from Chad, don’t miss this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Ed O’Keefe, Father of seven, grew up in a household of 13 children. He is the author of the book, “Time Collapsing! The New Art of Speed, Money, Power, and Meaning!” He has used his time collapsing methods to leap to the top of industries. He has started multiple companies from scratch to multiple seven and even eight figures.

In dentistry, Ed sold over $50,000,000 in marketing systems and seminars. He started Marine Essentials and has sold over $60,000,000 in health supplements. On top of having seven kids and running the businesses mentioned, Ed was a Kokoro 40 Graduate! A 51-hour mini-hell week created by commander Mark Divine.

Ed also runs a podcast, the "Ed O'Keefe Show" and invests in KNOWfoods.com a health food company that is disrupting the food industry.

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

  • [0:55] Jeremy introduces today’s guest, Ed O’Keefe.
  • [2:30] What is Know Foods?
  • [4:30] Hell on the Hill.
  • [10:30] Pushing through pain.
  • [13:00] What is Kokoro Camp?
  • [25:00] Tapping into inner strength.
  • [30:00] How Know Foods got started.
  • [36:00] The power of serving and helping others.
  • [38:30] The Freedom Question.
  • [43:30] What Ed learned by studying certain celebrity figures like Will Smith.
  • [54:00] Loosing the friction.
  • [1:03:00] Permission to be yourself and when your soul awakens.
  • [1:07:00] Ed talks about B2B in Dentistry.
  • [1:12:00] Ed’s success with writing sales copy.
  • [1:18:00] Ed’s shift to Marine Essentials.
  • [1:27:00] Lessons learned from direct marketing.

In this episode…

The heart of our desire in life is to get permission to be ourselves. Do you have that permission? Are you still looking for someone to speak into your life and tell you that you don’t have to perform, that you can be yourself? On this episode of Inspired Insider, business expert Ed O’Keefe walks through what it has meant for him as discovered the key to living in the freedom of permission. What would it be like for you to walk in that same freedom that Ed experiences? Don’t sit around wondering - find out on this episode!

Do you ever feel like you are stuck? Do you feel like you are bogged down with the junk and baggage in your life? What if you could declutter from all that and lose the friction that holds you back? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Ed O’Keefe share the wisdom and insights he has learned from observation and sometimes from hard life experiences to help leaders like you succeed! Find out what steps you can take today to start down the road of getting rid of those obstacles and difficulties that are keeping you from your true potential. To hear Ed expand on this topic, make sure to listen to this episode!

What if there was one simple question that could unlock massive potential for leaders and companies to see exponential growth? This simple question is hiding in plain sight and most people miss it every day! On this episode of Inspired Insider, entrepreneur and business leader Ed O’Keefe shares how he came to understand “The Freedom Question” and how it’s unlocked his understanding of potential both personally and professionally. Ed has seen the power of this question at work and he wants to share it with leaders like you. Find out how you can learn from Ed’s key insights and leverage them for success on this episode!

Think about leaders and individuals that you are drawn to, what qualities do they exude? Are they individuals who are self-centered, egotistical, proud, and boastful? More likely than not, they exhibit the opposite of those qualities, right? Most people want to spend time with leaders and others who are selfless and put other people’s needs above their own. Ed O’Keefe shares how he has witnessed the power of serving and helping others exemplified by key leaders in business. He is convinced that this quality can make all the difference in growing and expanding your influence as a leader. If you’d like to hear more of Ed’s observations, make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

What do you do when you are faced with a difficult task? How do you tap into the strength you need physically, emotionally, or mentally to overcome obstacles that you face? What if you had a way to truly tap into an inner reserve of strength and inspiration to get through even the most challenging experiences? On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader Ed O’Keefe shares the lessons he has learned from strength and fitness coaches, influential leaders, and much more to help him develop an inner strength that he’s never experienced before. Learn more from Ed on this episode!

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Today we have Tom Sanders, founder of Our Pampered Home. They were ranked among the Top 100 sellers overall on Amazon and have had over 212,756 reviews.

Our Pampered Home has experienced year over year growth of over 40% for the past 12 years and has grown into one of the top online retailers.

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

  • [0:42] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Tom Sanders.
  • [1:40] Tom talks about the best selling products and trends he’s seen.
  • [5:00] Tips to increase eCommerce sales and business success.
  • [9:20] The proudest moment for Tom in business.
  • [13:30] The impact that Tom’s wife has had on the business.

In this episode…

You’ve heard the old adage, “Work hard, play hard.” It may sound kind of funny but many successful professionals know that in order to keep the momentum going in business you have to know what your personal reward will be. What are you working toward? What will you treat yourself to once you’ve hit your goal? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Tom Sanders. Tom is convinced that one of his best practices in business is this habit of allowing himself to enjoy a nice reward when he hits certain goals and milestones. If you’d like to hear more of Tom’s story, make sure to listen to this episode!

When you set out to build a career, it’s helpful to keep a large view of what really matters. Success can come and go in waves or cycles so it’s important to determine before you get too far down one path if this course is really one you want to be committed to. Entrepreneur Tom Sanders decided early on when he started his company Our Pampered Home that the e-commerce industry was a place where he wanted to pour his time and energy into. Because he and his wife had decided this at the beginning, it made their difficult moments in business easier to handle. Tom wants every business leader to sit down and have that moment for themselves and really decided if what they are doing is really worth through all the ups and downs life will throw their way. To hear Tom speak on this topic in further detail, make sure to catch this episode of Inspired Insider!

What is it that allows certain business leaders to succeed? What are some inside tips and insights that YOU can take away and apply to your professional career today? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Tom Sanders share one key insight that he believes fuels the success of his company, Our Pampered Home. Tom points to the practice of staying organized as being one of the best practices he and his team implement to achieve their goals of success. Tom believes that staying organized allows his team the freedom to think big because they aren’t bogged down with clutter, both literally and figuratively. If you’d like to hear more about Our Pampered Home and Tom’s story - don’t miss this episode!

Some of the best leaders and companies in the marketplace today exist because someone told them they would never succeed. There’s something about hearing that voice of doubt and suspicion that IGNITES something powerful in certain leaders like Tom Sanders. If you want to see people like Tom succeed, the best thing to do is to tell them they NEVER will - then they will do everything in their power to prove you wrong. It can be incredibly encouraging to hear from leaders like Tom who push through those voices of doubt to grab a hold of success. Get fired up by listening to Tom’s story today on this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Brandon Checketts co-founder of seller labs with Paul Johnson. They make awesome tools for E-commerce Sellers including Feedback Genius, Snagshout, and Scope.

Brandon also founded BookScouter.com that is responsible for tens of millions of dollars of book buyback sales annually.

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

  • [0:40] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Brandon Checketts.
  • [1:30] Brandon talks about the success and growth of Bookscouter.
  • [11:20] How Brandon and Paul connected and starting working together.
  • [14:00] Brandon talks about how he started to branch out in the e-commerce space.
  • [16:00] The first software developed; Feedback Genius.
  • [22:30] Common mistakes sellers make when communicating with their customers.
  • [27:00] Brandon talks about how they started to develop SnagShout.
  • [35:00] The Death of Super URLS.
  • [38:00] What is Scope?
  • [43:45] Common e-commerce mistakes.
  • [49:00] Challenges that Brandon and his company ran into developing software.
  • [51:30] Brandon talks about how he runs his team.
  • [58:00] Helpful software for business leaders.

In this episode…

Wouldn’t it be helpful if you had a suite of tools and e-commerce applications to help grow and develop your business? Imagine how much time, money and energy you’d save with streamlined applications that do the hard work of data collection and analysis for you. Well, look no further! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from e-commerce expert Brandon Checketts. Brandon is the co-founder of Seller Labs and he wants business leaders like you to take advantage of the high-quality applications and tools he and his team have developed. In addition to the great work he’s done at Seller Labs, Brandon has years of experience as an entrepreneur that will provide you with key insights into market trends and team development strategies. You don’t want to miss this informative episode!

If you’ve considered starting your own E-commerce business, you’d be wise to take the time and listen to Brandon Checketts, an e-commerce expert. Brandon has spent many years as an e-commerce business owner and developing tools for e-commerce business leaders. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Brandon shares some of the common mistakes he has noticed new e-commerce leaders make that have delayed or derailed their opportunities for success. This is a chance to learn key insights from one of the leading experts in the industry. Make sure you grab a pen and some paper catch all the lessons on this helpful episode!

There is a fine line between serving your customers well and overwhelming them with contact. What is the best strategy when following up with your customers, especially in the e-commerce space? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Brandon Checketts. Brandon discusses some best practices when navigating this complex issue. One suggestion that Brandon touches on is making sure you don’t drive the customer away with too much contact after the sale. He gives the example of a buyer purchasing a cell phone case - they don't’ need multiple follow up emails regarding that purchase. Brandon then explains the proper use of email follow up for more expensive and complicated items that buyers purchase. To hear Brandon go into further depth on this topic, make sure to listen to this episode!

Some of the best products and services come out of a place of frustration. When leaders and visionaries notice a lack of service for a particular need in the marketplace the conditions for innovation are born! That’s what happened with Brandon Checketts when he went looking for easy to use applications for new e-commerce business leaders like himself. There were no good options on the marketplace at the time so he went to work developing a solution to that problem. Out of that experience, Seller Labs was born. If you’d like to hear more about Brandon’s story and how he and Paul started Seller Labs, don’t miss this episode of Inspired Insider!

The American economic landscape is changing, it has been shifting and evolving for a while now. E-Commerce is the future, more and more jobs are being created and revenue is being generated by tech and e-commerce giants every day. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from e-commerce business leader Brandon Checketts as the explains his observations of the industry and how leaders like you can take advantage of this growing and thriving business sector. Brandon’s story is fascinating and the lessons he shares from his years of business leadership are extremely valuable, don't’ miss this episode!

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Scott Margolius is the founder of feedbackrepair.com where he helps protect Amazon and eBay sellers from bad reviews and works to get them removed. He has helped clean up nightmare situations for sellers accounts and has dealt with products getting banned.

Scott spent 15 years as COO at FIMCO, a marketing and customer service company. He is a top rated eBay power seller and has been among the top 25 percent of sellers on Amazon for the holiday season.

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

  • [0:37] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Scott Margolius.
  • [3:40] How Scott was able to help a client expand his operation.
  • [5:40] Creating the time to help others.
  • [8:00] Take your personal advantage and leverage it for successful results.

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Everyone has a unique advantage they have to offer. Can you articulate the unique advantage that you have to offer? For some individuals, it takes a long time to discover how to leverage their unique advantage in a professional setting. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Scott Margolius and the insight he has learned from discovering his own skillset and abilities. Find out how you can make an impact in your business and leverage your unique advantage on this episode!

Getting help and advice can be a difficult process. Does one size fit all when it comes to getting insight and advice from professionals? In some business sectors, you might get very different answers to this question. Scott Margolius is cautious in giving any broad ranging or general advice, rather he enjoys helping individuals in their unique situations discover the solution to their problems. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear Scott expand on the reasons why he enjoys taking the time to specifically address unique issues with specialized solutions. You don’t want to miss this valuable episode!

There are certain individuals who LOVE to help others. Have you been fortunate to run across people like that in your professional career? Business leaders like Scott Margolius are a joy to learn from because you can tell that they truly love to help others. Scott started his business, Feedback Repair to help other business leaders navigate their way out of difficult situations. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear Scott talk about his passion for helping others and how that has even caused him to put his own businesses growth on the back burner. Don’t miss out on Scott’s fascinating story!

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This is part of the Skubana Ecommerce Mastery Series</a> where top Sellers and Experts teach you what really works to boost your ecommerce business. Skubana is a platform to manage your entire ecommerce operation.


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