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Danny and his brother Rob Kole have been in the importing and wholesale business for over 30 years. They built Kole Imports literally from the ground up. They started out selling items at swap meets and quickly realized there was a new trend emerging - dollar stores. They immediately took a trip to China and began selling Wholesale dollar store merchandise - becoming one of the lead suppliers in the Dollar Store Supply industry. Kole Imports is now a booming company with a constantly changing product line - on average 7,000 items are sold under the Kole Imports name. 

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guest, Danny Kole.
  • [1:20] Popular items at swap meets 20 years ago.
  • [2:00] Milestones along the way and lessons learned.
  • [3:00] Private labeling on Amazon.
  • [4:00] Success stories from sellers who partner with Kole Imports.
  • [5:30] Pride in the ability to change with the times.
  • [6:30] What Amazon sellers need to know about Kole Imports.

In this episode…

How does a wholesale supply business that started over 30 years ago stay relevant and competitive in a modern marketplace? What changes, innovations, and trends have they had to embrace over the years to make sure they were moving along with the landscape? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Danny Kole. Danny shares how he and his brother started Kole Imports, milestones they’ve achieved over the years, how they help Amazon sellers, and so much more! You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to get an inside look at how a successful business has grown and expanded over the years!

Don’t you love to hear stories of success and innovation? There is so much to learn from business leaders and other role models who have risen from relative obscurity to lead great organizations that have a huge impact on their industry. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll get a brief glimpse at humble beginnings of Kole Imports, operating out of the bathroom of a sandwich shop owned by Danny’s parents. Now, Kole Imports is a leading supplier, serving Amazon sellers and shipping to over 100 countries worldwide. Make sure to listen to this episode to hear more about Danny’s inspirational story!

What have you learned in your years in business? How have you implemented what you’ve learned and observed to help your organization stay competitive in a constantly changing environment? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Danny Kole. Danny says that he takes great pride in his company’s ability to embrace change and innovation over the 30 years that they’ve been in business. It would have been so much easier to continue to apply the same tactics and strategies that worked in the 80’s and 90’s but Kole Imports took the hard road and fought to stay relevant and market their services to budding sectors of the economy. Danny also talks about how Kole Imports serves private label Amazon sellers as they try to build their own ecommerce businesses. Hear more about Kole Imports and all they have to offer on this engaging episode!

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This is part of the Prosper Show Ecommerce Mastery Series where top Sellers and Experts teach you what really works to boost your ecommerce business. They have an amazing conference with some of the top Amazon sellers and industry leaders.

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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 Jim Edwards who is a top direct response marketer and entrepreneur. Jim started back in 1997 writing ebooks and today has a very popular software product that helps shortcut the process of writing copy for ecommerce, webinars, and much more. Jim helps people discover how to turn ideas into income with books, ebooks, video, sales copy, and blogging. Jim's successes are compelling because he went through a lot of challenges. After having success in real estate and mortgage banking, Jim left the industry to launch his own business. In just a few short years, he lost all he acquired, and he struggled. Jim developed a heart condition and landed in the hospital staring death in the face. Thereafter, he declared bankruptcy. After 2-3 years he made it all back and kept going.

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jim Edwards.
  • [3:00] Jim talks about his early career and experiencing low points.
  • [9:00] How did Marlon Sanders influence Jim?
  • [13:00] Finding an audience that is desperate for your help.
  • [14:30] Jim talks about some early sales copy software he’s developed.
  • [17:30] What are people using Funnel Scripts for? What’s the most popular?
  • [22:00] Using Funnel Scripts for ecommerce businesses.
  • [26:30] Why does Jim use the webinar method to promote Funnel Scripts.
  • [33:30] Trends in sales copy.
  • [39:00] Jim talks about creating a script for case studies.
  • [41:00] Jim opens up about a health scare.
  • [46:00] Using resources to help others.

In this episode…

How can lessons learned from a career of writing effective sales copy teach you and your organization how to take your business to the next level? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and sales copy expert Jim Edwards. Jim opens up about his career, how he helps businesses connect with their audience, why it’s vital to solve real and pressing issues that customers face, trends he sees in sales copy, and so much more! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn some valuable insights and lessons from Jim on this informative episode!

Have you ever thought about how your life experiences have shaped and molded your journey to cause you to end up right where you were meant to be? What episodes from early on in your life prepared you for where you are today? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Jim Edwards. Jim is kind enough to share some of the early difficulties, failures, and successes that set him on his path to working as a top direct response marketer and sales copy expert. You can tell that Jim has learned a lot on his journey and he’s eager to help leaders like you gather as many insights and lessons from his story so you can have similar success without the bumps along the way. Learn more about Jim’s story on this episode!

If you want to grow your business and really connect with your customer base, you’ve got to identify an issue or problem that they are desperate to solve. What steps has your business taken to address this important factor? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jim Edwards explains why it’s vital for businesses to tap into the critical needs, not just the inconveniences of their target audience. Jim says that if organizations can embrace this approach, they will see their business grow exponentially. Discover what additional insights and lessons you can learn from Jim’s unique perspective on this engaging episode!

Imagine what it would look like if you could take an aspect of your industry and automate it in a way that makes you money and leaves your customers highly satisfied. What level of impact would that type of innovation have on your organization? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Jim Edwards. In his conversation with Jeremy, Jim shares how he came up with the idea to automate and build a software that helps business leaders like you create an effective sales copy. Whether you are interested in an efficient sales copy service or if you want to learn from Jim’s experience of embracing automation, you’ve got to check out this fascinating episode!

How can your organization stand out in your industry? What will it take for your message to succeed and help you stay ahead of the competition? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from sales copy expert and business leader Jim Edwards. Jim is here to help leaders like you hone your message and communicate effectively to your audience. One way to stay ahead of the competition is to make sure your message is relevant and crafted for today’s social media audience. The days of long-form sales copy and messaging are gone! You and your organization need to learn how to send out tweets and other messages that are clear and concise. Hear more from Jim about communicating in the age of social media and more on this episode!

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Today we have someone who people whisper about behind closed doors in high-level entrepreneur groups because they want his advice. Roland Frasier founded, scaled or sold almost two dozen different businesses ranging from consumer products to industrial machine manufacturing companies with adjusted sales ranging from $3 million to $337 million. He has completed infomercial deals with Guthy-Renker and K-Tel Direct, publishing deals with Simon & Schuster and Random House, negotiated shows with major hotels on the Las Vegas strip, he's been involved in over 100 private and public offerings, and much more. Roland currently is a principal in Idea Incubator which owns both DigitalMarketer.com and NativeCommerce.com and works in marketing businesses with Ryan Deiss, Perry Belcher, Frank Kern and many other digital marketing thought leaders.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Roland Frasier.
  • [2:30] Roland talks about Founder’s Board.
  • [6:00] Where did the 1892 Society web domain come from?
  • [7:30] Who should connect with Founder’s Board?
  • [9:30] What do Roland’s kids want to do?
  • [14:00] Will Roland write a book?
  • [18:30] One of Roland’s favorite stories that he shares with friends and family.

In this episode…

What does it take to help businesses grow? In order for a business to grow, a leader has to grow and learn from the best mentors available. Are you and your business growing? What have you done to take proactive steps toward growth? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Roland Frasier. Roland opens up about one of his passion projects, Founder’s Board and how it can help put leaders like you in the right position with the right mentors to succeed. Roland also shares about the book he is working on and a fascinating story of when he visited Africa. You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode featuring Roland!

When was the last time that you intentionally connected with mentors or a mastermind that would help you grow both personally and professionally? What kind of impact did the experience have on you? On this episode of Inspired Insider, innovator and leader Roland Frasier shares why he started Founder’s Board and how it helps leaders get connected to the best advice and input they need to take their business to the next level. You really get a sense of Roland’s passion and excitement for this project as he shares what it can do and why it’s so important. Learn more about Founder’s Board including the story behind its web domain name on this episode!

Have you ever considered what legacy you will leave behind for your family, friends, and community? What part of your legacy will you be the proudest of? How does your business factor into your thoughts about your legacy? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Roland Frasier goes over the thoughts and stories that he has collected over the years and hopes to include in a new book. Roland sees this book as a way to share with his family, friends, and the rest of the world what he’s learned and observed as a business leader. Make sure to listen to this episode as Roland shares additional insights and lessons he’s learned over the years!

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Today we have Justin Jacobs founder of Refunds Manager.com. He is software developer turned Amazon refunds hero. When I heard about what Justin offers I thought it was a no-brainer to use their company but they obviously only work with sellers who have a certain volume of sales and there is an objection he gets that I did not expect. The reason it is a no-brainer is they charge you nothing upfront and only get paid when they collect funds from Amazon's mistakes.

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

  • [0:50] Jeremy introduces his guest, Justin Jacobs.
  • [2:00] Common errors that Amazon makes.
  • [5:30] Justin talks about how he came up with the idea for Refunds Manager.
  • [8:30] How did Justin get the business started?
  • [14:30] Why Justin and his team tackle older orders first.
  • [16:00] Justin shares some horror stories from some of his clients.
  • [20:00] Building a team and delivering quality customer service.
  • [22:30] Getting the word out and increasing brand awareness.
  • [24:30] What gets people’s attention at conferences?
  • [26:30] How did Justin come up with the cost for his services?
  • [28:00] Justin talks about his love for books.
  • [30:00] Challenges Justin has faced along the way.
  • [32:30] Responding to setbacks caused by Amazon’s policy changes.
  • [36:30] Proud moments on the journey for Justin and his plans for the future.
  • [39:30] Who should connect with Justin’s services?

In this episode…

Wouldn’t you love to have someone who would go to bat for you and your business? Imagine if there was a service that would comb through your records in order to save you money? Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur Justin Jacobs. Justin and his team at Refund Manager have positioned themselves to service Amazon FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) sellers by getting them more reimbursements for common but hard-to-detect FBA issues. Listen as Justin shares how he got the idea for Refund Manager, what it took to get the business started, horror stories from their clients, how they get the word out about their services, and much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this engaging episode!

What was it that led you to start your business or take on that risky idea? Did you do it because you had a hunch or was there someone who encouraged you to step out and try something new? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear how entrepreneur and innovator Justin Jacobs came across the idea to that eventually became his company, Refund Manager. Justin says that it occurred to him rather innocently, as he was helping a client with a separate project he was working on. He and his client were going over inventory numbers and saw that what they had in stock didn’t match what Amazon was reporting, this led to the birth of Refund Manager. To hear more about Justin's story, make sure to listen to this episode!

How do you get business owners and sellers on Amazon to hand over access to critical data about their company to an outside organization? You have to build credibility, show that the risk is worth it, and prove that you aren’t a threat. These were exactly the steps that business leader Justin Jacobs had to take as he created a new way to save Amazon FBA sellers more money. The common objection he faced as he would pitch his services to sellers is why should they hand over their data to someone who could be their competition? In light of this objection, Justin had to assure his clients and potential clients that neither he or his family would sell on Amazon. Listen to this episode of Inspired Insider as Justin expands on the unique challenges he faced and what he was able to do to overcome them!

What is one way that your business can stand out from the rest of the competition in the marketplace today? As much as consumers enjoy premium products and good value, one way to really make a mark and stand out is by providing quality customer service. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Justin Jacobs as he shares why providing great customer service is so important. For Justin, it all comes down to creating an experience that he would want to have as a customer. By providing live customer service, Justin and his team have created a customer experience that they can be proud of. Make sure to listen to this episode to hear more from Justin!

They say that you can tell a lot about a person and even an organization by the way they handle adversity. What would people say about you or your organization? Have you faced a difficult or trying time in the past? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Justin Jacobs shares how his company responded when Amazon made a sudden change that impacted their business dramatically. From this experience, Justin and his team had to learn how to respond quickly to save their business. They were successful and they were able to retain most of their clients through this jarring change. To hear more details about the situation and how Justin responded, listen to this fascinating episode!

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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 Christopher Lochhead who started his first company at 18 and retired 30 years later. He is a three-time public company CMO, best selling author, and host of Legends and Losers Podcast. He was a co-founder of Play Bigger Advisors, served as Chief Marketing Officer of Mercury Interactive, a $1B software company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2006 for $4.5B. He is coauthor with Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson and Kevin Maney of Play Bigger: How pirates, dreamers, and innovators create and dominate markets.

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

  • [1:30] Jeremy introduces his guest, Christopher Lochhead.
  • [2:30] Christopher talks about his work with One Life.
  • [6:00] How to connect with Christopher.
  • [7:00] What inspires Christopher?
  • [8:00] Christopher describes all the items he has in his office.

In this episode…

One of the greatest investments that a successful person can make is to help others find financial success. It’s not about a handout, it’s about equipping and helping others learn the best practices that will lead to personal and professional wellbeing. Have you thought about how you can help others in this regard? Business leader and entrepreneur, Christopher Lochhead is doing his part by partnering with One Life. One Life is an organization that exists to empower people of all ages to create their best life possible through an inclusive approach that provides holistic support in the areas of life planning and purpose, personal health, relationships, wealth building and investments, entrepreneurship, and mindfulness and spirituality. Learn more about Christopher’s story and his passion for the work of One Life on this episode of Inspired Insider!

Did you know that your environment has a profound impact on how you perform? It’s true! Think about it, would you be more successful in a cold, harsh, and unforgiving climate or would you be more likely to succeed in a warm, sunny, and pleasant environment? It doesn’t just come down to the weather, it comes down to people in your community and more importantly, the people you allow to have access to your life. Take this opportunity to really consider how your surroundings, starting small and then working your outward in concentric circles, can impact your productivity and potential for success. Hear more about the power of your environment from business leader and podcaster, Christopher Lochhead on this episode of Inspired Insider!

What inspires you to continue to pursue your dreams? Is it family, friends, being part of a bigger mission in life? Do you find enjoyment and inspiration in little things that connect you to a larger picture or represent something that you value? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Christopher Lochhead. Christopher was kind enough to open up his office to Jeremy and share the various items that bring him personal and professional motivation. These objects connect Christopher to people, places, and eras that inspire him and help fuel his passion for the people he connects with on a daily basis. Make sure to listen to this episode to hear more about Christopher and his fascinating story!

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Today we have Paul Johnson co-founder of Seller Labs with Brandon Checketts. They make valuable tools for Ecommerce Sellers including Feedback Genius, Snagshout, Scope, and Quantify. In the past four years, Seller Labs has grown to more than forty staff and they develop applications for modern Ecommerce businesses. Last year Seller Labs helped their customers transact over seven billion dollars on Amazon. 

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

  • [1:00] Jeremy introduces his guest, Paul Johnson.
  • [2:00] Paul talks about the ecommerce tool, Scope.
  • [10:30] What problems does Scope solve?
  • [14:00] Common mistakes that ecommerce businesses make.
  • [18:00] Best practices for following up with ecommerce customers.
  • [20:30] Paul talks about launching Feedback Genius.
  • [29:00] Is it best to start a private label business or resell products on Amazon?
  • [31:00] Paul talks about his initial success as a liquidator and where he went from there.
  • [41:30] More common mistakes made by ecommerce businesses.
  • [46:30] Paul talks about SnagShout and changes that came down from Amazon.
  • [55:00] How did the pricing model and direction for SnagShout change?
  • [1:02:00] What are super URLS?
  • [1:05:30] Paul talks about his musical abilities.
  • [1:09:30] Ecommerce tools that Paul recommends.
  • [1:20:00] One trend that Paul sees unaddressed in the marketplace.

In this episode…

What does it look like to build a company with the goal to help ecommerce brands succeed? Where does that motivation come from? What products and tools will come from such a focused and determined approach? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Paul Johnson. Paul goes over how Seller Labs got started, what tools they’ve developed to help ecommerce brands succeed, hurdles they’ve faced along the way, and much more! Make sure to grab pen and paper, you don’t want to miss a minute of this great opportunity to learn from an industry leader like Paul on this episode!

If you want to succeed as a business leader you’ve got be able to communicate effectively what problem your product or service solves for the consumer. Has your organization focused in on the right messaging to put your brand in position for success? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator Paul Johnson as he goes over how his company, Seller Labs has honed in on messaging that speaks to their customers. Part of the reason why the messaging works so well as Seller Labs is due to the fact that Paul and his business partner have been in the shoes of most ecommerce leader having started out running an ecommerce business. To hear more about Paul’s story, make sure to listen to this episode!

The last thing your customers and clients want is a spammy and over the top pitch to use your product or service. What can you do to make sure that you aren’t turning away potential clients unnecessarily? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Paul Johnson shares some of the common mistakes he sees ecommerce sellers make and how leaders like you can avoid them. According to Paul, it all comes down to following the simple rule, “Market toward others as you would have them market to you.” Join Paul on this episode of Inspired Insider as he reveals additional tips and insights that will help leaders like you stay competitive!

As the ecommerce industry grows and expands, which path is the best to follow, starting a private label business or reselling products online? Which approach will provide the most success and profit? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from ecommerce industry expert and business leader Paul Johnson. Paul opens up about his perspective and why each approach will differ depending on the individual and their goals. He goes over the benefits of starting a private label business and also presents why it can be cost-effective to go the reselling route. To hear more about this fascinating topic, make sure to catch this episode featuring Paul!

What was it that caused you to go into business in the first place? Was it a desire to become the captain of your own destiny? Or was it to become successful and make a name for yourself? Paul Johnson got his start as a liquidator and grew a small scale ecommerce business into the dream that eventually became Seller Labs. That dream became a reality because Paul had the desire to help ecommerce leaders succeed and follow their dream of growing a business using platforms like Amazon. As Paul tells it, he could have kept the business small and nimble to continue generating a sizeable profit margin but it was his desire to innovate and help others succeed that led to more tools and the growth Seller Labs, in part. To hear more about Paul’s story, make sure to listen to this episode!

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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 co-founder John Corcoran. Rise 25 is application only.

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Today I have a force of nature, Adrienne Richardson. First of all, you don't mess with a hockey mom from New Jersey. I like to brag about her that she is one of the top marketing experts around. I don't like to pigeonhole her even though it is on her site that she is a Facebook Ad expert because she is so sharp when it comes to messaging, copywriting, funnels and direct response marketing and there is so much more that goes into the campaigns that she runs for people. What I want Adrienne's tagline to be is "Hi, I am Adrienne and I drive cold traffic (people who don't know you) into an automated webinar and have it spit out millions of dollars on the other side." Of course, Adrienne work with top people who have systems in place to do this and she has spent tens of millions of dollars on Facebook so she knows what works and what doesn't. Adrienne has a laundry list of amazing clients like Russ Ruffino, University of California, and many more.

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

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Adrienne Richardson.
  • [3:00] Adrienne talks about the use of pictures in ads on social media.
  • [8:00] What makes for compelling sales copy?
  • [11:30] Do’s and don’ts of targeting an audience.
  • [14:30] Adrienne talks about how she helps her son have a healthy mindset.

In this episode…

Have you ever struggled with reaching your target group for your company’s products or services? What steps have you taken to hone in on and accurately market to your target customer group? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from marketing and ad expert Adrienne Richardson. Adrienne opens up about the use of images in ads on Facebook, how to craft compelling sales copy, the do’s and don’ts of targeting an audience, the importance of mindset, and much more! Make sure you have pen and paper ready, you don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Adrienne!

How can leaders like you make sure your business is connecting with the right target group? Does it come down to having the right sales copy? Do you need to run ads in the right places digitally speaking? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Adrienne Richardson as she breakdown how business leaders like you can reach the right target group. Adrienne says the best way to reach your target audience is by targeting the problem, not the person. It may sound counter-intuitive, but the last thing you want to do is make an inaccurate assumption about your prospective customer. Learn more about how to connect with the right target group from Adrienne on this fascinating episode!

What will it take for business leaders and other driven individuals to succeed in the new year? Does it all come down to luck or are there certain practices and habits that will put you in the best position to succeed? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur, Adrienne Richardson. Adrienne goes over the power and importance of cultivating a healthy mindset. If you can take steps and incorporate certain practices each day that will grow and strengthen a healthy mindset, you’ll be in the best possible position for success. Learn from Adrienne’s insights and how she helped her son grow and make huge strides with the right mindset. Make sure to listen to this helpful episode!

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Robin Smith is the co-founder of Virtual Logistics with Scott Beaver. The company was founded in 1994 and helps businesses take the software they use and allows them to communicate with one another so the company never has to move data manually which prevents errors and ultimately saves money. Virtual Logistics allows Ecommerce business owners to not only focus on running and growing their businesses but to accelerate growth.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Robin Smith.
  • [3:00] Robin talks about integration.
  • [8:00] Product strategy, the use of shopping carts, and the customer experience.
  • [12:00] Common integrations that Robin and his team handle.
  • [14:30] Mapping the customer experience.
  • [19:30] Who should connect with Robin and his team’s services?
  • [26:00] Big mistakes ecommerce businesses make.
  • [28:30] Streamlining processes and helping companies become more efficient.
  • [31:30] Are Robin’s services a one time cost or a monthly cost?
  • [34:00] Robin talks about mapping the experience of his employees over the holidays.
  • [39:00] Working with Golda’s Kitchen.
  • [43:00] Robin shares some interesting businesses he’s worked with.
  • [45:00] Common software and tools that ecommerce businesses use.
  • [48:00] What was it like when Robin first started Virtual Logistics?
  • [53:00] Where is the ecommerce industry headed?
  • [1:00:00] What should ecommerce business leaders start doing to succeed?
  • [1:03:00] Robin talks about getting shot at.

In this episode…

What does it take to develop an effective customer experience strategy? Can you imagine how a well thought out strategy would impact your business? Where do you even start? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Robin Smith. Robin wants to help leaders like you take your business to the next level of growth by helping you streamline your processes, succeed with integration, and really think through the customer experience. Find out more about Robin’s story and the great services he and his team at Virtual Logistics have to offer on this exciting episode!

As simple and easy to use the “App” revolution has made our day to day lives, for many systems based businesses, it has caused more frustration. Apps seem like they would help simplify complex processes in the business world and in some areas they do. But according to Robin Smith, apps actually tend to create a false notion that everything can fit in a nice simple package when in reality solutions can be more complex than many would have you believe. Robin isn’t on a mission to make things more complicated, just the opposite! Find out about his dedication to helping business leaders like you succeed on this powerful episode of Inspired Insider!

How can businesses like yours, start mapping the customer experience and begin shaping it to better serve the customer and your business interests? What does it take to make such a seemingly complex process, streamlined? According to Robin Smith, it comes down to what your brand represents and how you want your customer to feel about you as a brand. If you listen to how Robin Smith tackles this topic and the unique solutions he and his team at Virtual Logistics have created, you’ll walk away with a good idea of what your business can do to improve in this area. To hear more from Robin, make sure to catch this episode of Inspired Insider!

One of the best ways to succeed in business is to learn from the mistakes that others have made. If you could find out what some of the top businesses in your industry are doing wrong, wouldn’t that help put you and your team at a strategic advantage? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Robin Smith. Robin says that one of the biggest mistakes he sees ecommerce businesses make is relying too much on copy and paste in their spreadsheets. He says that this can impact inventory levels and the way platforms like Amazon will treat their vendors who make these type of mistakes. To hear more about mistakes ecommerce leaders can avoid, make sure to listen to this episode!

Did you know that getting an outside perspective on your business could end up saving you a large amount of money down the line? Seriously! If you can get someone like Robin Smith to come into your business and look at your processes and question or challenge the way you’ve always done things, you are very likely to find a more efficient way to do business. Don’t let history, tradition, or stubbornness get in the way of progress and profit! Learn more about Robin’s approach and how he and his team at Virtual Logistics can help leaders like you save money on this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Jeff Moore President of International Pacific Seafoods, which is a Specialty Importer of Premium Quality, Chef Ready Frozen Seafood to the foodservice and retail segments. Jeff has led the company expansion from $11MM to over $30MM in the past few decades. They have customers such as Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s Restaurants, House of Blues, and many others.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jeff Moore.
  • [2:00] Jeff shares wisdom that he learned from the founder of Claim Jumpers.
  • [5:30] Why context is so important.
  • [8:00] Jeff talks about how influential his mother was on his writing.
  • [10:00] Taking away the jargon and writing with the reader in mind.
  • [13:30] Jeff talks about his passion for philanthropy.

In this episode…

How can you leverage your skills of leadership and influence to further your objectives and increase your reach? Imagine what it would mean for your business and your personal brand to grow those skills and put them on display! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur, Jeff Moore. Jeff opens up about crucial advice he received from a successful business owner, how he uses his leadership and influence in his writing, the role his mother played in developing his writing, his passion for philanthropy, and so much more! You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode with Jeff!

Have you ever stopped and taken the time to consider who has made the most impact on your life? Was it a family member or a mentor? Why did that person cause such a memorable impact on your life? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jeff Moore talks about the person who made an early impact on him and his writing in particular. For Jeff, that person was his mother, as he would write reports and things of that nature, his mother would type them out for him. Jeff describes it as a helpful if not tumultuous partnership as his mother would challenge him to stop and think about the words he was writing. To hear more of Jeff’s story and how his mother influenced his writing, make sure to check out this episode!

What does it take for a message to truly connect with the reader? Does the message need to have the most compelling topic? Does it have to be the best argument? Or is there something deeper that people connect with? On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader and entrepreneur Jeff Moore describes his approach to writing and how he connects with his audience. Jeff focuses on three primary tools that allow him to connect with his audience; first, he tries his best to contextualize his message so the reader knows where he is coming from. Second, Jeff works hard to remove any jargon and insider language that would distract or hinder his message. Third, Jeff always works to keep his prospective reader in mind, he wants to write in a way that really connects with who they are on a deep level. To hear more about Jeff’s approach, listen to this compelling episode!

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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 co-founder John Corcoran. Rise 25 is application only.

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Ioan Mitrea is the founder of SellerEngine. He started selling on Amazon on Thanksgiving Day 2001 from the attic of an old Victorian house in California. Ioan founded SellerEngine Software just a year later in 2002 and released the first Amazon repricing and inventory management software. For over 15 years they have helped thousands of Amazon sellers. The SellerEngine Team represents nine nationalities, speaking thirteen languages and working in three countries.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Ioan Mitrea.
  • [2:00] Ioan shares his story, the cliff notes version.
  • [7:00] What went through Ioan’s mind as he began to sell books on Amazon?
  • [9:00] Ioan talks about expanding his business.
  • [13:00] What’s the mindset around entrepreneurship in Romania?
  • [18:00] Ioan talks about his business partnership and his move to Portland.
  • [20:00] What skills has Ioan brought into his business from his time in college?
  • [25:00] How did Ioan get his first customer?
  • [28:30] Ioan talks about his pricing model.
  • [31:00] What changes and trends are happening for Private Label Sellers?
  • [35:00] Ioan talks about successes and failures on Amazon’s platform.
  • [38:30] What do people use Seller Engine for? Who are the best users?
  • [45:00] Advantages to selling a product for a loss.
  • [47:30] Ioan shares some horror stories from working in the ecommerce space.
  • [53:00] What made Ioan decide to purchase Profit Bandit?
  • [1:00:30] Tools for ecommerce sellers.
  • [1:03:30] Parting thoughts from Ioan.

In this episode…

What does it take for Amazon sellers and other ecommerce businesses find success in such a rapidly growing market? What lessons can leaders like you learn from an entrepreneur who found a niche and grew a company servicing these type of sellers? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from innovator and business leader Ioan Mitrea. Ioan opens up about his journey from selling books on Amazon to building one of the fastest growing repricing and inventory management software companies in the marketplace. Find out what you can learn from Ioan’s story and so much more on this fascinating episode!

What led you down the road on your journey toward success? Did you have opportunities handed to you or did you have to make them happen? Can you remember that first moment where you knew that you wanted to build something bigger than yourself? Ioan Mitrea had that moment as he found success selling books on Amazon. After he got a taste of working for himself and building a system that generated money, he was hooked. Shortly thereafter, Ioan went on to work on software that would allow his company to grow and provide some important solutions in the ecommerce industry. To hear more about Ioan’s journey, listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

Do you ever consider what type of impact or legacy you are leaving on those around you? Consider how you are influencing not only for your children or family members but the larger community you are a part of. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Ioan Mitrea as he shares what the mindset was in his country of origin, Romania. As Ioan tells it, he grew up under a communist government that didn’t encourage people to open businesses or to aspire to that occupation. Imagine growing up with that mindset and what it would take to break through that and end up starting your own business! Discover more insights and lessons from Ioan on this episode!

One of the worst things that can happen to a small business owner is setting a price for their product below what buyers would pay. Do you have your product or service priced competitively? If not, what is your strategy for having a lower price than what the customer would pay? On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader and entrepreneur Ioan Mitrea shares about his struggles with finding the right pricing model for the service his company provides. At first, they were charging far below what their service was worth in the marketplace, they’ve since learned from that lesson and adopted a new pricing model. Listen to this episode as Ioan expands on this topic and much more!

The ecommerce marketplace can be quite the volatile industry. Sometimes your business might be doing really well and in the swing of things, then, for various reasons you could find your account suspended or out of stock. What if there were a team of ecommerce experts who would monitor your account and help make sure you avoided common mistakes and optimized your listings for success? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Ioan Mitrea as he goes over the services and solutions his company, SellerEngine provides. Ioan has built an awesome company and has some important lessons leaders like you can come away with. Don’t miss a minute of it!

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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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