I dedicate this year to the people around me and teams I have had the privilege of working with.
Team: Colin Mathews, Alex & Paul, Robert Senoff, Jerad Maplethrope, Matthew & Daniel from Quuu, Kumar, Scott, Mark Lindquist, Cat Dix, Sophie, Nick, Tam and the list goes on..
Awesome People: Hana Abaza, Ty, David Nihil, Max Alt, Peep Laja, Neil Patel, Benji, William Harris, Rob, Sol (Aka Cookie Monster), Dan Martell, Oli Gardner, Johnathan Dane, Arjun Arora, Trent G, Morgan Brown, Noah Kagan, Hiten Shah and the list goes on
Each person contributed to my personal growth and influenced my decision or direction.
Clarity. This year everything I was doing over the last few year started to click and make sense. I saw a clear path to achieve what was once broad & lofty goal.
Fun: Even though I worked harder than ever I had the most fun I’ve ever had
Fuzzy mission statement from 2014 and from my childhood became solidified
Replaced my skydiving hobby with buying & growing businesses (somehow I got bored of skydiving and I found the challenge of growing companies and all the hard work that goes into it to be fun)
Acquired 3 companies: Pick.co, Linktexting.com and Confidential (Shopify app)
Started a new agency: Web Profits
In negotiation for book deal (2018 publish date)
Created 56 videos. My last video shoot I created 7 videos in 58 minutes (record breaking)
I spent over 100 days on the road.
Absorbed some of the Aussie culture
Gave a talk at Stanford and convinced 1 student pursue his dreams.
His startup raised 3.5 million dollars
Broke bread with hundreds of smart people
Learned to say NO! I say No to most things these days.
392 Consulting Leads – Web Profits/SP Consulting
8219 SaaS Trials
2900 backlinks to Sujanpatel.com and all my sites
I personally get 100 mentions a month (3.2x increase)
My content generated 8.7 million pageviews
29 Speaking engagements:
2 speaking tours:
11 Workshops in Sydney & Melbourne
6 talks in 5 weeks (SF, LA, Sydney, Ottawa, SF)
ContentMarketer.io pivoted to Mailshake.com
Bought my dad a Telsa Model S instead of being douchy and buying myself a Ferrari.
100 Days of Growth Book passed 40,000 copies sold
I pushed myself beyond my limits. It was emotionally taxing.
Narrow.io had a major outage that took 3 months to fix.
Because of the issue we lost 30% over night.
Jerad released a fix and we regained 80% of them in the last 10 days
FOMO. Because I say No to a lot of opportunities
Gained 23 lbs since 12/31/14
Current: 153lbs (double chin status)
Got sued for a patent infringement from a failed mobile app in 2014 🙁
Spent more on legal fees than on having fun
Spent way too much time in airports & on planes
Health: Diet & Exercise
I refuse to gain anymore weight
Recently bought a Porsche 911 GT3 and signed up for 6 track days at Circuit of the Americas in Austin
Have a 4 day snowboard trip planned in January
I’m learning how to add humor to my public speaking
Help more people. Advisor, webinars, podcasts and increasing my transparency
1 on growth marketing in 2017
I’m currently working with a publisher for 2018 release. Early title is called: UnderdogS
Growth SaaS businesses by 3x (it’s simple, doable but freaking hard)
What’s your highlights & lowlights of 2016 and plans for 2017?
Brainstorming has been in use since the 50s, when Alex Osborn decided that the best way to generate ideas and find solutions to problems was to collaborate with your team. The general idea entailed a group of people sitting in a room together, sharing their ideas, and using one another as “springboards” for better ideas.
Osborn truly believed in his method, saying that “Brainstorming should enhance creative performance by almost 50% versus individuals working on their own.”
Unfortunately that figure’s unfounded, and there is actually very little proof that “traditional” brainstorming helps produce any more or any better ideas than the same people would produce if left to “brainstorm” alone.
It’s no secret that increasing numbers of internet searches are being performed on mobile, not desktop. In fact, last year mobile internet consumption overtook desktop as consumers’ device of choice for accessing the world wide web – a trend that shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.
There are lots of reasons you might want to find trending content, including:
Getting inspiration for your own content production
Finding interesting, relevant content to share with your audience (i.e. on social media)
Keeping up to speed on what sort of topics are (or are not) currently popular within your industry
Staying on top of trending content gives you an edge. People are more likely to follow you and listen to what you have to say if you’re consistently sharing or producing quality content that your audience cares about. Bonus points for being among the first to share or comment on this content – you may be seen as a trend-setter or thought leader.
These two artists are my top favorite musicians, if not my favorites. I love the music they produce for how it makes me feel, but I also know the work they put into their tracks and videos. I’m a fan of hard work and innovation, and I love that both Jay Z and Taylor Swift have developed such an influential presence from their own labors.
Content marketing is hard work as well, but I know that many of us can admit to letting things slide and resting on our laurels. You fall into a pattern of content creation that mimics a production line and you wind up churning out mediocre content that does OK.
But do you think either of these artists got where they are by just falling into a cycle of mediocre work? There’s a lot to be learned from what they’ve accomplished that can help you punch up your content marketing efforts.
Content marketing has grown into a vastly competitive landscape with more marketers and organizations creating content than ever before – and those numbers continue to rise. With more than 68% of content marketers pushing for original content over licensed content, having the right tools at your disposal can have a big impact on the visibility of your content and the number of leads it generates.
Athletes from around the world are heading to Rio for the Olympics, and I can’t even begin to imagine the number of people making the trip to watch the events in person. If you haven’t already booked travel for it, then you’re probably going to follow the events through social media, like I am.
I’ll be tuned in to the official Olympics Twitter profile, ESPN, and a host of other social channels to get my fix. But I’ll also check out the social feeds of some of the Olympic contenders.
Not all of them, mind you: the U.S. alone (Team USA!) sends hundreds of athletes to compete for the gold. But I’ll be paying close attention to some of them for their clever use of social media. I’m also excited to see how competitors from other countries use the newest platforms and updated features to keep in touch with their audiences.
A lot of them are building an impressive following.