Why Gary Vaynerchuk Is The Most Humble Guy In The Game

Now that I’ve got your attention, allow me let me elaborate.

Last week while tuning into one of Gary Vaynerchuk’s Facebook LIVE streams, someone posed the question, “Gary, are you ever humble about anything?” to which I replied, “Gary is the most humble dude I know.” Gary thanked me as candidly said “Sebastian you may want to shed some light on that as I’m not sure everyone would agree.

So that is exactly what I’m going to do…

I’ve known Gary for 6 years. Every time I see him I get the same thing: a vibrant smile that can light up any room and a genuine feeling as though he really gives a shit about what I’m discussing with him. That’s probably because he does.

Let me set the stage and take you back 6 years, to where the story began…

It was 2010. Just 2 years before, I lost everything as a result of the 2008 recession (like most). I had an acquaintance call me one day, out of the blue, and DEMAND that I Google a guy named “Gary Vaynerchuk” and read his book ‘Crush It‘ immediately. He felt that Gary and I had similar personalities. Not sure why. (insert sarcasm here)

That was very thoughtful of him; I told him didn’t have a dollar to my name, and he replied, “here’s my Amazon Kindle log-in info, download the audiobook, it’s way better because Gary reads it and goes off script at times.”

In that very moment something inside lit up and I said  “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS (LISTEN TO THIS) right away!”, That’s just what I did.

Every morning I’d wake up, go out for a run (that always turned into a walk) and listen to Gary V spit business, branding and social media game in my ear with the very enthusiasm we share.

Within a few days of reading (listening) to the book, the business antennas went up on my head and SocialBuzzTV.com was born.

I quickly reached out to Gary via email and Twitter to introduce myself and get on his radar. I consider him a “Remote Mentor” in life. He ALWAYS responds to my emails, which says a lot for the schedule he manages.

Fast forward a year and a half and Gary was working on his second book, “The Thank You Economy”. I caught wind he’d be making a book tour stop in Miami. Naturally, I reached out to his team to set up an interview. They responded a few days later, that Gary would, in fact, be available for an interview.

But wait! It gets better! Having been in business for a little over a year, we had limited resources, video peeps included. The phone rang the day after I confirmed the interview; it was my now=good friend and videographer extraordinaire, Jude Charles. He said “hey we just shot Russell Simmons’ book signing. We’ve seen your stuff and we’d love to collaborate with you”, I immediately thought to myself, “No flippin’ way is this happening!” I quickly asked if they were busy the following Tuesday (they were not) and agreed to shoot the interview with Gary.

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You can see the whole interview here: (this was pre-bow tie days)

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to share the stage, once again, with Gary at DigitalMarketer.com‘s Traffic & Conversions Summit in San Diego! As always, Gary was 100% Gary, always willing to chat it up, ask how I was, he was down to shoot a piece and take a few pics.

When I see people like this, it reminds me they have not forgotten where they came from, and it humbles me and reminds me to constantly do the same, no matter how famous I become. (YOU HEAR ME UNIVERSE?!)

This was an impromptu piece that we shot in the greenroom at T&C 2016 in San Diego before Gary took the stage. Of course, it’s always a good time when Ryan Deiss shows up…

By now you’re probably wondering where I’m in the world I’m headed with this post.

Here it is: The very fact that a guy of Gary’s caliber gave 3 fucks about a guy just starting out, shows a ALOT about his character and the person he is. I quickly learned that Gary is a people person, he talks about it all the time and that is because it’s true, authentic and real.

If you don’t know Gary (and you’ve only ever seen his keynote talks or Social Media videos,) then yes, you probably have an initial feeling of “this guy is an arrogant dick and needs some manners.”

But that’s far from reality.

Gary knows when to turn it on and when to turn it off. When it comes to business, he’s relentless and always willing to tell you the truth (whether you want to hear it or not). But when you get to know Gary and spend a few minutes with him, you see and feel the transparency and authenticity in which he conducts himself.

He’s a guy you want to be around, he’s the guy you want at your event, he’s someone you want in your tribe and I couldn’t be more privileged to know that he’s in mine.

Keep doing what you do Gary, people are watching, lives are being changed and your message is making a difference!

(If I haven’t told you lately Gary, THANK YOU!)

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Be sure to follow Gary! http://GaryVaynerchuk.com

(@GaryVee just about everywhere)

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Gary’s 4th book, #AskGaryVee will be out next month, but you can secure your copy today at: https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/books/

Photo cred: DigitalMarketer.com

Social Media Facts You Should Know in 2015

Just in case you didn’t get the memo, Social Media isn’t slowing down, in fact, in my humble opinion, we are just getting started. The growth in which digital platorms have evolved over the past 10 years are absolutely staggering.

Jeff Bullas recently wrote a post about the 33 Social Media Facts and Statistics You Should Know in 2015, I HIGHLY reccomend scrolling through that article and making sure you are in the know.

You can read that post here: http://bit.ly/1JkUmhr

WTF is Meerkat App?! : How to use the hottest livestreaming video app

Talk about capturing the moment, add ‘real-time’ to that phrase now. According to the Wall Street Journal, Meerkat App registered 15,000 users in the first week of their launch

Roughly 17 days ago, Meerkat took the digital space by storm, one live video stream at a time. If you think back over the past 25 years, there have been several momumental moments in history that were caught by reporters, journalists, and photographers alike.

Today history is still happening on a daily basis, but the only difference is that we now have the opportunity to capture it has it happens or in real-time thanks to technology like live streaming video.

Livestreaming is nothing new, Meerkat, is an extremely simply iPhone app, that makes streaming live video even easier.

Meerkat links with Twitter accounts, allowing one person on one side of the phone, stream a live video feed of whatever they choose, or a video selfie of course.

How do you use? It’s quite simple:

  1. Download the Meerkat App.
  2. Sign up by logging in with your Twitter account.
  3. You can either “Stream” right away or ‘Schedule’ a stream for a later time.
  4. Aaaaaand you’re LIVE!

Once you’re live, you’ll see how many people are joining your stream because their profile pic will show at the top of your screen as well as a running count of viewers. Viewers can ‘like’, ReTweet and comment on your stream. All comments posted to the stream are sent as tweets as well. After your livestream is over, Meerkat App gives you the option to save the video archive. This can be used for future content, event recaps, etc.

Like any social platform, there are rules! Here are The Rules of Meerkat:

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“[Meerkat has] been very effective for me,” says Gary Vaynerchuk, an Internet personality and entrepreneur whose use of social media and viral video has netted him more than 1.3 million Twitter followers. Vaynerchuk has used Meerkat to broadcast behind-the-scenes peeks of his YouTube programThe #AskGaryVee Show. When you use Meerkat to share video, it automatically tweets a message that says you’re broadcasting live, with a link people can click to watch.

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(photo cred: http://bit.ly/1xaVDpV)

On recent quote via Time.com, my buddy Gary Vaynerchuk has this to say about the relevant use and rapid growth of Meerkat App – “Within a few minutes, 500 to 800 people are watching me live, at any given time,” says Vaynerchuck. “That is insanity, if you think about it . . . and don’t forget, I am a 39-year-old male who talks about business, so my demo isn’t the most native to this.”

[REPLAY] Sebastian Rusk’s #SocialMediaSUCKS LIVE Book Signing at Books & Books

Check out the [REPLAY] of the LIVE stream that was cast last night thanks to our friends at Books & Books! BIG thanks to my friends at Yelp Miami for being a sponsor!

[RECAP] Traffic & Conversions Summit 2015