Imagine, if in the space of 3 years, you had a thriving business with a major retail presence, a major online presence, the #1 selling book in your industry, were about to launch a second book, had a major joint venture with your city’s biggest public space and were absolutely in love with what you did. Life would be pretty good, huh?
Well, that’s the story of this episode’s guest, Fabian Capamolla, one of the founders (Matt Pember is the other) of the Little Veggie Patch Co.
In this interview Fab shares exactly how they went about achieving so much, so fast. Enjoy!
Geoff Harris is one of the original founders (and still current owners) of Flight Centre … one of the world’s largest travel agents. Certainly Australia’s largest by a long shot. I shared a small part of this interview about 6-months ago. It was part of another series of interviews I intended doing with creators of iconic Australian brands. Alas, time wont allow me to indulge in that idea, so I’m releasing these interviews on the Small Business Big Marketing show. Others (already released include chats with Rip Curl founder, Bryan Singer and Beechworth Bakery Founder, Tom O’Toole.
It’s between you and your major competitor. You’re both submitting on a big tender that, if you win it, will set your business up for a good 12-months. You’re both comparable on price and service delivery, so there’s not much in it and the client is having a hard time deciding who to award the deal to. Then the client remembers the book you’d written (that you’d personally signed and given them instead of a business card) and BOOM you win!
A glorified business card is a great way to view having a book that helps market your business and win business.
Listen in as Andrew Griffiths, Australia’s #1 small business author explains why you should and how you can have a book to market your and grow your business.
This is a story of how and why it’s so damn important to build a brand and have the guts to stick to it through thick and thin.
In 2006, Andre Eikmeier started an online forum called Qwoff, a place where the average Joe could discuss wine without all the fancy talk. Three years later, and not a cent richer, he (and his business partner) launched VinoMofo, an online, in-your-face wine retailer that (in their own words) “…offers a small selection of hand-picked wines and wine-like things … at very mofo prices.”
Hear how Andre took VinoMofo from zero to hero using the power of branding, and was subsequently bought by Catch Of The Day, Australia’s biggest group buying site last year.
If the idea of taking your business from bland to brand appeals then listen up … Andre shares some absolute marketing gold.
Dr. David Urpani (a doctor of Artificial Intelligence) co-founded iSelect – Australia’s largest and most successful online insurance comparison portal … turning it in to a multi-million dollar powerhouse. He
Bryan Singer co-founded Rip Curl in the 1960s and today it’s one of the worlds most iconic surf brands. In this revealing interview Bryan takes us deep inside the Rip Curl tent where he shares how he started the business, where the name came from, how they managed extreme growth, and how at one point, they were looking down the barrel of Rip Curl existing no more.
Oh, and the quote of the interview? When asked how Rip Curl began, Bryan responds …
“We were just looking for a quid to fund our next surfing holiday.”
Tom O’Toole is the larger than life founder of the famous Beechworth Bakery chain. Not only is he the creator of some of the finest sweet and savory treats going around, he is also an incredibly inspiring small business owner who tells it like it is. He also happens to be one of Australia’s most motivational speakers. Not bad for a bloke who grew up in extreme poverty.
Andrew Griffiths is Australia’s #1 small business author, with 11 books published in over 50 countries. Yes, he’s prolific! His ability to create relevant, easy to understand and implement content laser-targeted at growing any small business is unmatched. He’s also an all round good guy.
My initial intention for interviewing Andrew was to discuss how a small business owner should and could go about writing a book as part of their overall marketing strategy. However, very early on in our chat, it became bleedingly obvious that quality time should be spent discussing the overall importance of creating useful, engaging content in all its forms – not just a book. So that’s what this interview is all about.
This is right up there with one of my favourite interviews. I hope you agree.
In this week’s episode I have a fireside chat with Adrian Swift, the Nine Network’s Executive Producer of The Voice – one of the most successful TV shows Australia has ever seen. At the time of the interview they were getting 2.5 million viewers per episode – by the end of the series, this had skyrocketed to 3,000,000 viewers … just slightly more than Australia’s #1 small business marketing podcast ;0)
Now, you may well be wondering what can us small business owners learn from the marketing of a hit TV show like The Voice. The answer is PLENTY!
Three years ago BlackMilk Clothing didn’t exist. Then one day in 2009, James Lillis sold a pair of leggings for $10 that he’d stitched together around his kitchen table. The dream was launched.
Two and half years later BlackMilk Clothing is a multi-million dollar, 100% Australian-owned business employing 130 people and selling out of everything they make … bought by an unbelievably loyal following of raving fans – 160,000+ of them on Facebook, alone!
Not to mention the tens of meet-up groups that connect globally, all manned by volunteers who live for BlackMilk’s next product.
Oh, and did I mention they’ve done this on a modest marketing budget of ZERO DOLLARS! Yep, nudda. Zip!