ActiveGrowth Podcast - Digital Marketing for Self Made Entrepreneurs
By Shane Melaugh, Hanne Vervaeck: Online Marketers, Product Creators, Digital Nomads
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The ActiveGrowth Podcast is different: discover our in-depth content series that tackle important problems every entrepreneur faces. Instead of the typical "expert of the week" interviews, we listen to your feedback and create episodes full of practical advice. This podcast gives you the tools and mindset to create and grow your own product or service based business and become a highly effective entrepreneur.
||CleanFree Traffic: The Refer A Friend Method||Did you know that most of our purchase decisions are made based on recommendations we get from happy customers? Think of the last book you read, the movie you watched or the hotel you stayed in. You can promote your business as much as you want, but...||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFree Traffic: The Hero Outreach Method||You know that it's important to get featured on many pages. But how can you convince people to feature you? How do you get the real superheroes in your market to feature you on their websites, channels and feed to get you the backlink and free traffic..||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFree Traffic: The Bootstrapper's Guide to SEO||You might hear that only the big players make it to the first page in Google in 2018. You might hear that you need to do shady things if you want to rank anyway. We interviewed Tim Soulo, CMO at Ahrefs, who gave us his best SEO advice on how to...||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Get Free Traffic to Your Website – The Big List||If you're a bootstrapping entrepreneur, budget matters more than anything. Your business is up and now it's time to drive more traffic, but how can you do that without spending a fortune on advertising? In this episode, we're starting a new...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy You Shouldn't Be An Entrepreneur||Recently, having a job is frowned upon - you need to be an entrepreneur to be worthy. Well, we disagree. Being your own boss is definitely not for everyone, and even if you have the skills to do it, it might be way worse than having a job you love,...||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy You Shouldn't Be A Startup - It's not what you think!||Who do you try to model when you're building your business? Are you looking for inspiration and advice for rapidly growing startups like Google and Uber? You couldn't be making a bigger mistake... In this episode, we'll discuss why modeling an expert...||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre You Creating Value or Just Advertising Space?||These days, if you have enough followers, you can just live off of sponsorship deals. Or can you? What are the pros and cons of this model and what is a better solution? In this episode we're digging deep into the topic of advertising spaces, look at...||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Your Journey Worth Having?||Is success worth pursuing in a world where so many successful people just can't handle the challenges it comes with? The solution is not to stop wanting to be successful. Listen in for our advice.||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStill Not Making Videos?||Today we have three special guests who have been recording videos for their work for a long time - but have struggled terribly to get started. Listen to their experience with the fight-or-flight reaction their body made when hitting record, the...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Entrepreneurs Need to Learn Many New Skills Rapidly (and How to Do It)||Do you ever feel like you have to be good at multiple things to excel as an entrepreneur - even things you never thought you'd have to do well? In this episode, you'll learn a specific method to get good at new skills the fastest possible way. Works...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy You Need to Record Yourself on Video||You learn many new things as an entrepreneur - but are you good at implementing them? Or you know you should do it, but something is holding you back? In this episode, we're helping you recognize and tackle resistance from publishing - especially when..||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Be Imprecise”: Make Better Decisions Using this Unconventional Method||If Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful hedge fund managers, told you about his most undervalued skill, would you pay attention? We're going against all you learned in school today and tell you why the exact answer is not the right answer for..||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCollide Your Ideas With Reality||We're about to destroy your enthusiasm. We know you have a dream, a higher purpose. But we don't think you'll get there unless you get a little more pessimistic. In this podcast episode, we'll teach you how to see where your business idea might go...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Solopreneur Episode: What to Stop, Change and Start Doing to Make Progress||It's hard to copy big, successful business models when you don't have a team behind you to distribute the work to. The common solopreneur mistake is trying to do all the work ourselves - but it never works out! In this episode, we'll tell you what you..||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Get Your Message Across Faster, Better, Clearer||Can you communicate effectively with your audience, your coworkers, partners or even your family? How do you get your point across, avoid misunderstandings while keeping people's attention? Listen to this episode for the best tips on crystal clear...||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Grab Your Audience's Undivided Attention in 2018||Undivided attention. Is it too much to ask for in 2018 for an online entrepreneur? It might be, if your clients' phone are buzzing every second with notifications from various apps they don't even need. How can you win this game and still get some...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBento Box Thinking: Learn How to Say What You Mean||How often do you feel like people misinterpret you or vice versa - even though you speak the same language? Most of us experience this a lot. In this podcast episode, you'll learn a new way of thinking and communicating both in speaking and writing...||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre We Living in the Patreon Era?||Ads on Facebook, Google, and other platforms don't convert as well as they used to. It's getting harder to get your people to pay attention to your ads. Is this the end of the online advertising era? In this episode, we're analyzing Patreon and other...||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to See Untapped Business Opportunities Everywhere You Look||Stuck coming up with a great business idea? Learn how to develop the skill of seeing opportunities everywhere, find ideas that match your skills and passion, get into the habit of generating new ideas every day and find the business idea that would...||2/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hidden Productivity Benefits of Connecting With Your Wild Side||Let me guess: you spend a huge portion of your day sitting in a chair, staring at a screen. "Sitting in a chair, staring at a screen" is increasingly what everyone's job description looks like. And especially entrepreneurs feel obliged to put in...||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmergency Intervention: How to Fix Your Crappy Copywriting||You need to fix your copywriting. If you can't write words that convince, trying to grow your business will be like moving through molasses. Poor copy will handicap you every step of the way. Because there's such an important need for this, I...||1/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Does Your Business Stand For? A Guide to Creating a Manifesto||People do business for all kinds of reasons and not all of those reasons are pragmatic. We don't always choose the most optimal product for our needs at the lowest available price. In fact, we rarely do. Purchase decisions are driven by...||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 Highly Effective People Reveal Their Favorite Productivity Hacks||We all want freedom. Freedom in location, in time... but once you have it, it's hard to stay productive and focused. In this episode, we brought our remote marketing team together, so that each of us can share our best tips with you on staying...||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIrresistible Offers 4: 9 Examples of Irresistible Offers (and How They Could Have Gone Wrong)||In this final episode of our Irresistible Offers, we want to make it as practical as possible and analyze 9 amazing offers. You'll learn what makes these offers so great, what sets them apart from their competitors and how these offers could've gone...||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIrresistible Offers 3: How to Write Amazing Copy (Even if You Hate Copywriting)||In the previous episodes, you learned how you can find the best offers for your product. In the final episode of the "Irresistible Offer" series, we'll uncover how to find the magic words for your copy that will make people buy. ...||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIrresistible Offers 2: How to Create a "Hell Yeah!" Offer||Once you have a great product idea, you need to figure out how to sell it. And it might be harder than creating the product itself... In this podcast episode, you'll learn how to create different offers for the same product or service and what you can..||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIrresistible Offers 1: The Riches Really Are in the Niches||Are you making the mistake of trying to appeal to everybody with your offer? You're expecting to sell more, but what really happens is that your sales drop. In this episode, we'll cover why this happens and how you can boost your sales by offering to...||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 2 Key Skills for Gaining Traction With Your Business||As an entrepreneur, you often find yourself doing jobs that at least 5 different people should be doing. There are a lot of new skills to learn - if you fail to do that, your business might fail too. In this episode, we're sharing the two key factors...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Paradox that is Slowing Down Your Progress (More Than You Think!)||The Internet is full of new information, exciting headlines, attractive posts. Then why do we at ActiveGrowth choose to discuss the same topic over and over again for multiple weeks? We truly believe that by slowing down, we help you progress faster....||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteal Like an Artist? How Copying the Wrong Way Will Doom Your Business||Looking at other businesses for inspiration is a good thing. Blindly copying whatever they do... not so much. Avoid coming across as unethical, inauthentic and fake, and learn how to collect inspiration the right way. Find the shownotes of...||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitYour Job is to Ship 5: How to Set Your Own Deadlines & Stick to Them||When do you start working on a project if you know that you have a whole month to ship it? Chances are, not today. And even if you are, you won't be as productive as the days before the due date. Why do we depend so much on deadlines, and what happens..||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Job is to Ship 4: Why "Just Do It" Just Doesn't Work (& the Real Secrets to Being Super Productive)||Why is it so hard to focus on the tasks we work on? Some days go well, other days... not so much. We face a new task and our response is to turn on Facebook instead or go grab a coffee first. So much so that it becomes a habit. What can you do about...||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Job is to Ship 3: Procrastination by Perfectionism is Killing Your Business||Entrepreneurs tend to procrastinate on shipping because of their fear of failure and worry that their service or product is not good enough yet to go live. This feeling is very common but often unjustified. In this podcast episode, we...||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Job is to Ship 2: Are You Goal Setting Your Way to Failure?||Everything you've been told about how to set goals and achieve them is wrong. Well, almost everything. And definitely everything that involves "visualization" of any kind. Despite the popular belief, visualizing how great it will feel to...||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Job is to Ship 1: Are You Chasing Bright Shiny Objects?||Coming up with a great product idea and building it is not the hardest part in your business. The hardest thing you'll face is actually shipping it. In this first episode of our "Your Job Is To Ship" podcast series, we'll give you six actionable...||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMixup: Do You Truly Own Your Business?||One of three pillars of ActiveGrowth is: own your platform. What does that mean? It means that your business is truly your own and you aren't dependent on (or enslaved by) 3rd parties. An easier way to say it: don't be a YouTuber. Or Instagrammer. Or...||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForget Traffic 4: Escape the Hamster Wheel||This episode was made in response to the first live ActiveGrowth Podcast webinar we held. From the questions and comments we got there, we figured out the two main things we could do to help you make the most of the "Forget Traffic!" philosophy....||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMixup Episode: 5 Ways Ego is Bad for Business||On the ActiveGrowth Podcast, we do in-depth content series and we do mixup episodes. A mixup episode is any episode that isn't part of a series. This is our first mixup episode and in it, you'll discover the 5 (sometimes subversive) ways in which your..||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForget Traffic 3: How to Build a Digital Product Empire, 'Customer First' Style||In the previous episodes, you discovered how quickly you can get your first few customers, using the right strategy. Getting these first customers is an example of doing something that doesn't scale. Yes, you can use this strategy to create a full...||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForget Traffic 2: Step by Step Plan to Get Your First Customer (Without Needing Traffic)||We've covered the theory of the "customer first" approach in the last episode and showed how it can shortcut past a lot of time wasting work and lead to building a better business, faster. But what exactly does such a customer first strategy look...||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForget Traffic 1: The Useless Obsession With Traffic Generation||Most online businesses make traffic generation a priority. After all, the more traffic you get, the better it is for your business, right? As it turns out: wrong. Especially for new businesses, focusing on traffic generation is a distraction and waste..||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing the ActiveGrowth Podcast||In this "episode 0" introduction, you'll learn why we started the ActiveGrowth podcast (hint: it's not for a lack of podcasts in the online marketing space) and how we intend to be different.||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Actionable Advice, Not Fluffy BS
I have my own podcast, Inshore Interviews. I alsolisten to a lot of podcasts, mostly for marketing/entrepreneurial type content.
Some I have grown weary of because there is no actionable advice. It's just a bunch of cheer-leading and "you can do it" fluff.
I already know I can do it. I just need to know *how* to do it.
That is what Shane and Hanne do in this podcast. It's apparent they both have a ton of experience and don't hold back when it comes to telling you what works and what is garbage.
The advice Shane and Hanne have to give are real knowledge bombs! The podcast is new, with only six episodes (at this time) but they are all excellent!
Their "Customer First vs Audience First" discussion is an eye opener, especially for anyone spinning their wheels with social media platforms.
Just subscribe already and focus on what they're saying. You won't regret it!
I'm a Superfan
I am a longtime fan and customer of ThriveThemes. I star their emails, move them to my 'Important' tab in Gmail and open them the instant they arrive. Everything Shane and team put out is always value-packed actionable advice. I already love this podcast and have been sharing it with everyone I know who wants to create a profitable business.
Getting to the meaty goodness
This podcast is refreshing in the sense that it's not like every other "get tons of traffic!!" Marketing podcast. It's very actionable, well thought out, usable info.
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