All posts by Frank Felker

How To Create The Business of Your Dreams

Venessa Moss has created the kind of lifestyle business most of us only dream about.

She runs an online consulting business from her laptop on the kitchen table of her sun-splashed home on the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean.

How Venessa made this dream a reality and moved from her previous life in the U.K. – while facing down some of the biggest life challenges anyone could encounter – is the basis of this interview.

While Venessa’s business targets women and her life’s journey and challenges are uniquely female, her story of entrepreneurship and perseverance resonate with anyone with a heart and a mind.

CONNECT WITH VENESSA

By Email: info@venessamoss.com

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Startup Team Building

Poppir, a tech startup based in the Washington, DC area, is bringing the sharing economy to the commercial real estate industry.

When co-founders Moh Ducis and Derek Nickerson asked me to give a pep talk to their – currently – unpaid team of developers, marketers and biz dev folks as a kick-off to an all-day team building meeting, I wasn’t quite sure what to share.

While I do have experience in startups, it hasn’t been entirely positive. What could I tell these folks that would be entirely honest but which wouldn’t have them running for the exits? The solution I created is heard in this podcast, recorded live in an empty night club in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

What I shared can be categorized under four Cs:

  1. Communication
  2. Capital
  3. Culture
  4. Career

I’m glad that I recorded the presentation because I believe it was well-received by the people present and may well benefit other founders and team members at current and future startups.

LEARN MORE ABOUT POPPIR

Poppir.com

Poppir on Facebook

Follow Poppir on Twitter

Radio Free Enterprise

How to Turn Content Shares Into Leads

Michael Cheng, Founder of Snip.ly, is a serial entrepreneur from Vancouver, British Columbia.

His company’s content sharing app is causing a bit of a sensation in the Content Marketing world because of the way it allows the sharer to benefit from content they did not create while also helping content publishers expose their work to traffic they might otherwise never see.

MORE INFORMATION

Snip.ly Website

Michael’s Explanatory Video

Tod Maffin’s Explanatory Video

Sniply’s YouTube Playlist

Help For Veteran Entrepreneurs from Bunker Labs


Bunker Labs, founded in Chicago but now in six U.S. cities and soon to open in five more, has the following mission:

To catalyze the entrepreneurial potential of military experience to lead the American economy.

Pretty audacious. And damned important.

In this episode of Radio Free Enterprise, Ray Crowell, Director of Bunker Labs DC talks about vetrepreneurship and the role Bunker Labs plays in helping not only veterans but also active-duty military personnel and their spouses, transition from a career in the armed forces to successful business ownership.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BUNKER LABS

BunkerLabs.org

BUNKER LABS DC

TheCapitolPost.com

Email: Mary.Iafelice@BunkerLabs.org

Radio Free Enterprise

Lead Generation with Email Marketing

If you have ever tried (and failed) to connect with a high-profile prospect by sending them a personalized – but unsolicited – “cold” email message, you need to listen to this interview with Alex Berman, Chief Marketing Sumo of InspireBeats.com.

Over the past year alone, Alex’s company has sent more than 1 million cold emails for their prospects, with 2-3% of those messages resulting in the generation of an actual high-value introduction.

Their technique is so effective that it actually caused a jaded old marketing wonk (me) to respond and agree to interview Alex on Radio Free Enterprise.

At the bottom of this page is the exact email (Subject Line and Body Text) that Alex sent me on December 10, 2015 which resulted in him being interviewed eight days later.

If you are in the business-to-business space with an offering that creates a high-level client lifetime value, this service can be a cost-effective way to generate a never-ending stream of qualified prospects.

Connect with InspireBeats

Website: InspireBeats.com

See Their Pricing Packages

Radio Free Enterprise Podcast on iTunes


— ORIGINAL EMAIL ALEX SENT FRANK —

SUBJECT LINE: 

Room for another interview Frank?

BODY TEXT:

Hey Frank,

Just came across your podcast and I love the charismatic way you interact with your listeners.

I’m head of growth for a company called InspireBeats – we do fully managed sales and lead generation for startups and agencies, similar to LeadGenius. Naturally, we’re trying to get the word out 🙂

Since we target a similar group I think it would be quite interesting for your audience to hear some of these insights:

* What we learned sending over 1,000,000 cold emails
* Prospecting: how to find the perfect B2B lead
* What to use instead of a sales script
* Why conferences are a hugely overlooked lead gen spot

And all that good stuff. Does that sound interesting?

Thanks, Alex

P.S. Awesome episode about the power of podcast appearances!

Search Engine for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Every American feels a deep debt of gratitude to the brave men and women in our Armed Services and we’d all like to repay them any way we can.

A wonderful way to do just that is by patronizing businesses founded and run by military veterans. But how can we find them?

In this interview Rick Yost, CEO of VeteransList.us, explains how you can use his search engine to locate veteran-owned businesses in your community and also explains why you can expect a better experience when dealing with vetrepreneurs.

And, if you are a veteran business owner yourself – or a veteran considering starting a business – Rick describes the advantages you hold and special challenges you face.

Rick wraps up by explaining all the benefits veteran business owners receive by registering their companies for free with VeteransList.

LEARN MORE ABOUT VETERANSLIST

Search for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Register Your Veteran-Owned Business with The Site

Contact Rick Yost by Email: ryost@veteranslist.us

Why Create Online Courses

In today’s ever-changing business environment, perhaps no resource is more valuable than access to knowledge.

Which may explain why the online education industry is absolutely exploding, with total 2015 revenue expected to top $50 billion.

But as valuable as immediate access to the world’s top experts is, John Colley would argue that the online learning industry offers business owners an even greater resource: the opportunity to position yourself as one of those world-class experts by creating a library of classes based upon your own knowledge and experience.

In this interview John talks about the benefits that accrue to successful online instructors and presents a road map to creating your first online course.

RESOURCES MENTIONED

Online Learning Club Facebook Group

John’s Free Udemy Offering Analysis Course

How to Succeed at Network Marketing

There are a lot of misconceptions swirling around the idea of building a successful business in the network marketing (aka multi-level marketing) industry.

Some people believe it can’t be done, that network marketing success is some kind of hoax or myth. Others believe that, while it is possible, only people who would do well on a used car lot could possibly succeed as network marketer.

David Delevante is living proof that, not only is business success a reality within network marketing, but that anyone – even a nerdy former naval engineer – can create a fabulous, home-based business in the industry.

In this episode, Dave explains how he originally got involved in network marketing and how he has built a successful business with over 14,000 team members, all while staying true to himself and never being pushy.

CONTACT DAVE DELEVANTE

Email: dave@usana.com

Phone: 703-928-1116

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How to Start a Government Contracting Business

Elvis Oxley is the Founder and President of

GovernmentContracting.net

His company’s office is right on K Street in the heart of downtown Washington, DC.  and his contact list includes buyers of every conceivable product or service for virtually every Federal agency and military branch.

In this episode of Radio Free Enterprise, Elvis explains how he helps his clients generate millions of dollars of revenue by serving the single biggest customer in the world: The United States Government.

Whether or not you think Federal contracting could work for your business, you need to listen to what this expert has to share.

And if you are already selling to Uncle Sam you are bound to pick up a tip or two that will help you grow your business.

Find Out If GovernmentContracting.net Can Help You

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Email Marketing is More Effective than Social Media

Laura B. Poindexter is a Social Media Marketing guru.

She presents educational seminars on various social marketing topics to thousands of business owners and marketing managers every year and has a very successful social media marketing consulting practice.

Nonetheless, on this episode of Radio Free Enterprise, Laura talks about the tremendous advantage email marketing holds over Facebook in that most critical of areas: actual sales generation.

Laura breaks her thesis down into very understandable chunks and cites data from very reputable sources that proves that more people will read your emails than read your Facebook post – and click through to buy or register after that.

Before she leaves Laura also shares a step-by-step process for getting your email and social media marketing plan put together quickly and correctly.

MORE LAURA B. POINDEXTER WONDERFULNESS

Read Laura’s Article That Proves Her Thesis On Email

Free Access To Laura’s Fill-In-The-Blank Email Templates

(You can also get the templates by texting EMAILNOW to 33444)

Watch Laura’s “3 Cs of Social Media” Video

Laura’s Website and Blog

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