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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

How To Use Snapchat in 2016

Snapchat has been valued at $16 billion. Should I continue?

Teenagers and 20 something’s (I think they call them ‘Millennials’) however Snapchat’s user interface isn’t the easiest to understand or embrace.

So what is the all the rage w/ Snapchat?!

My good friends Carlos Gil and Tyler Anderson teamed up on Tyler’s podcast a few weeks back to chat about Carlos’ SlideShare deck (see deck below) “The Beginners Guide To Using Snapchat” LISTEN HERE: http://bit.ly/1OvSWW7

Here’s Carlos Gil’s recent post and slide deck on “The Beginners Guide to Using Snapchat

How To Use Social Media Marketing in 2015

Have you ever heard yourself say that? You probably have, and more than once. Social Media althought 10 years old (almost 11) is still very, well, NEW!

But it’s no mystery that…

It’s 2015 and as my friend Gary Vaynerchuk says, “Social Media is overthrowing goverments in the Middle East, do you REALLY think it’s not affecting YOUR business?!”

I think that about sums up my argument, but I insist on continuning the conversation via this blog post.

In 2013 I decided that I would no longer entertain conversations with skeptics and those not yet believers that social media is in fact here to stay, and I’m glad that I did and conttinue to, because the digital train hasn’t slowed down a bit.

Why spend time on skeptics when there are believers that “get it” or at least want to get it. That is the demographic I choose to gravitate towards as my “ideal client”

Whether you’re reading this and you’re still a skeptic or a believer in Social Media, these tips should help you better understand what you don’t know that you don’t know.

Social Media Marketing in 3 Easy Steps:

1) ESTABLISH YOUR STORY – Sit down a map out the story of your brand. How have you always told the story of your brand? How have you and do you continue to get the word out?

Create a content strategy around that with photos, videos, blog posts and 3rd party content that pertains to your brand or it at least compliments it.

Make it your own. Afterall all your brand’s story is YOURS!

2) FIND A HOME – Decide which platform is going to resonate best with your audience. Remember, you can’t be everything to everyone. If your community engages the most with you Facebook, then create a strategy around how you can best engage with that audience, while continuing to grow the network.

If you’re focused on Facebook, then make sure you’re spending money on Facebook Ads to promote your posts. You don’t have to spend a lot, sometimes $10 can give you some solid exposure, but make sure you’re spending SOMETHING, as Facebook for Business pages is now a “pay to play” game.

Quick #BUZZTip: For video, use YouTube AND Facebook (they’re competing against each other and you want to be in that mix)

3) PULL, don’t PUSH! (No one wants to be sold)

It’s called “SOCIAL Media’ not “SELFISH Media’

There is SOOOO much NOISE happening via Social Media these days.

I think most would agree that in 2015, NO ONE wants to be sold. People thrive on peer reccomendations to make a buying decisions in addition to chosing to do business with those that they know, like and trust.

The most effective way for your brand to get their message our to to TELL YOUR STORY! Do that by using short videos (that can be shot on your smartphone these days)

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Do you need help with YOUR Social Media strategy? I’d love to help! Hit me up on my Contact Us page to schedule a time to speak!

Social Media Event Marketing : Here’s What You Need To Do

Have you ever hosted a party and promoted it to all of your Facebook friends? If you answered ‘yes,’ that’s social media event marketing, but it’s not just inviting your friends and hoping they’ll ‘Join’. Social media is a VITAL part of how attendees experience your event, and if you’re a marketer, that could mean lots of new opportunities to maximize your marketing strategy.

Hootsuite wrong an AWESOME post recently that gives you a detailed blueprint on how to leverage social media marketing at your next event:

Read the entire post here: http://bit.ly/1rdej5k