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Creating An Independent Digital Marketing Agency That Provides High End Results with Andrey Seas

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What’s your backstory? 

Andrey Seas has always been a problem solver and strategist. He began his career as a tax consultant helping taxpayers and businesses through tax prep and tax planning. Later, he transitioned into tax resolution. He represented indebted taxpayers and even IRS agents themselves in front of the IRS. His strategies and effective advocacy resulted in millions saved for his clients collectively. At the same time, he was going to law school in the evening to eventually become a tax attorney.

He received honored recognition in Constitutional Law, Torts, Community Property, and Pretrial Practice for getting the top examination scores in his competitive class. He received his undergraduate degree at California State University, Northridge. Everything was going decently well until he got a call at his 9-5 job one day and found out his mother had just suffered a stroke. This led to Andrey quitting his job to take care of his mother and started his first business.

Since he was completely naive about what it took to run a successful business, this path eventually led him to experience depression and anxiety issues that put him in a dark place where he needed to re-evaluate his life and his path. Thanks to his faith and persistence, he eventually realized that he loved marketing and coaching and he abandoned his previous desire to become an attorney, even though he had already graduated from law school.

This led to an obsession to absorb as much information as possible and identify the most important factors that lead to real, sustainable, business growth, while also taking clients of a lot of industries and focusing on getting them big results. At the same time, he worked as a contractor for Clickfunnels, where he was able to help thousands of people with their online funnels.

Today, Andrey has built an independent digital marketing agency called Seas Media that focuses on strategy over tactics. Through paid advertising, sales funnels, email marketing, and consulting, he is able to create significant results for clients that have been burned by all the hype of other marketers who just focus on shiny objects and not timeless, fundamental marketing principles. He is a contributor to magazines such as Funnel Magazine and Chatbot Magazine and was named Emerging Leader of the Year by Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce for his commitment to his community and his expertise.

When Andrey is not obsessively focused on his client’s results, he is consulting internationally for 5 Star Hotels and other businesses. He has also shared his inspiring story on a TEDx talk and continues to grow and pursue the highest form of mastery in the marketing industry.

 

What made you decide to choose this career path?

One of my favorite business quotes is “Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.” -Bob Burg

Marketing services is a great business model because the entire reason for the exchange is to deliver more value than the client gives in payment (ROI). So as long as you can deliver that and also provide extremely valuable consulting that save them years and years of time, the more obvious your true worth as a business owner becomes.  Other business models are more vague in what is considered “value.”

I also love the perfect mix of science and art that is marketing. It challenges both my creativity and my logical, analytical mind so there’s never a dull moment and I am constantly growing. 

 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

The funniest mistake I made when I started my first business was put up a landing page for tax prep services and expect everyone to want to provide their personal info on the landing page without me sending any real traffic to it. I created a very complicated system when what I should have just done was, to create sales call opportunities and just close them over the phone. But I was in love with automation and the time and creating a business where I could live the ‘laptop lifestyle.’ 

I learned the importance of sales and danger of automating things too soon without a strategy in place to take a cold prospect that’s never heard of you to a raving fan of your brand.

 

What do you think makes your company/personal brand stand out?

The focus on strategy over tactics

 

What’s a quote that you live by?

“People do business with those they know, like, and trust.” -Bob Burg

Nathan Ray Ortega is the founder of influencer podcasts. Nathan helps those share their great story, by helping entrepreneurs, authors, influencers, millionaires and many more get on podcasts and tv shows around the world, his passion is to help share the stories of the few to impact the lives of the many. Nathan had to overcome many obstacles during his journey, from having 16 different jobs at age 20 to being homeless and sleeping in a car with his pregnant girlfriend, and even changing in public bathrooms for 2 months, but during that time Nathan stayed motivated and listened to many powerful stories that changed his life for the better. Nathan thanks the power of podcasting for motivating him to push further with every episode of entrepreneurship. ''Life is never a straight road, we have to face unknown obstacles, many emotional experiences, and life-changing habits, to get to where we need to be.'' - Nathan Ray Ortega

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My Tutor Source: Multi-Million Dollar Edtech Company that is Disrupting the Global Education Industry

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My Tutor Source (MTS), an online educational organization that started its operations about 30 months ago, has become one of the fastest-growing Edtech companies in the world. With its innovative take on academics and ceaseless tech upgrades, MTS has achieved a significant position in the education sector. The fact that it has thousands of students across the globe speaks for the efficiency and value of this company.

Succeeding in this new dimension has become easy due to growing public inclination towards online learning. It is different and more engaging than conventional home tutoring. A survey reveals that nine in ten parents (92%) and educators (88%) agree that students enjoy interacting with technology. These numbers are proof that education endeavors of the future are about to change for good.

As of now, MTS is serving a massive number of students in the Gulf, the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore.  Even though they provide home tutoring in these regions, but their main focus is on expanding and improving online tutoring capabilities. Also, MTS has a broad network of professional instructors. Most of them have over seven years of experience in their fields. The diversity of experts allows them to fulfill the requirements of students with varying needs.

MTS caters to different education systems. They have curriculum experts for IGCSEs, GCSEs, IB, and SABIS systems. Hence, it is apt to state that their scope doesn’t stay limited, but they have the extensive capacity to teach according to the British and American education systems.

The Company visualizes, expanding its reach as time progresses. Their current mission is to tap into the European market, Canada, America, and Australia. In a recent interview, Aamir Azam, the CEO of MTS, sheds light on some vital developments in the field of Edtech and his vision for the venture, in particular. He states:

“Integration of advanced technology like VR, AI, and IoT is evident that a revolution in education is underway. The flexibility of the public is remarkable. This, combined with cutthroat competition in the industry, compels us to stay on the edge of innovation. We plan on delivering unique projects and enhance our approach to education by making the most out of advanced tech.”

The reflection of this statement is seen in the fact that MTS is leveraging from the latest tech tools. For instance, they conduct live sessions with their students. In fact, soon, they plan to launch their customized calling system to upgrade their communication with students. 

Their use of smart and advanced mechanisms in learning tends to leave a lasting impression upon the students, enabling them to grasp the concepts easily.

To cut short, the environment in this industry is quite optimistic. In 2017, the Edtech market raked in investments of $9.5 billion. And according to a forecast, this number will reach $129 billion by 2020. Therefore the market is fairly favorable to penetrate, and MTS knows that well. It seems like their brilliant ideas, and creative tactics will allow them to reach unprecedented levels of success in the future.

Essentially, the central website of this education platform is mytutorsource.com. In case you want to know details about their functions in each country, you can log onto the region-specific websites for UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore, etc. 

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Meet Lanfranco Pescante: The Entrepreneur That’s Taking Over Florida’s Restaurant and Nightlife Scene

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Lanfranco Pescante is one of the two owners and managing partners of the Nocturnal Hospitality Group. At only thirty-three years old, Mr. Pescante has a vast Nightclub and restaurant hospitality background, stemming back to his childhood in Italy where he moved from at age seventeen, alone, to follow the American dream. 

Mr. Pescante began his journey as a dishwasher and worked his way up the ladder. He worked every single position in a restaurant and bar, moving up faster than anyone else in the industry. Along with his long time best friend David Anderson, he created the company that revolutionized events in central Florida and has produced countless events with artists ranging from Nelly to Avicii, in accordance with upholding profitable day to day venue operations. 

His fairy tale success story began with 1000+ guest house parties, dating back to the early 2000’s. They became so popular and organized with bartenders, valet, security that they had more people than clubs.

“Eventually, the club owners in town noticed and hired us. We rapidly progressed into bar and club promotions and further grew to large scale concert production and developing & managing bar-centric hospitality concepts. We brought numerous entertainers and celebrities to central Florida, huge renowned artists ranging from Avicii to Nelly. Then eventually we wanted to open our own concept and that is where the dream of Franklin Manor began,” he recalls. 

From the very start, Mr. Pescante has always loved the industry, and knew that he wanted to form a part of it.

“From the early days night clubs were my getaway. I LOVE PEOPLE, I love the night life, I love the thrill of it, I love everything about it. I love seeing guests happy enjoying their time at my venues, or when I used to throw concerts seeing 5000 people all cheering for their favorite artist and forgetting, for a short period of time, their troubles, sadness, and daily life problems,” he shares.

What sets Mr. Pescante apart are his people skills and ability to manage. He excels in the financial and operations side of the business, and is an ideal figure head of the company. People love him because he is genuine and humble and never forgets where he came from. He also is a strong leader for his team, willing to jump in for any position, if needed. He leads by example and rolls up his sleeves when the time is needed. But what sets him apart the most, is that no matter what, he doesn’t give up.

“I just don’t know how to give up, no matter if it is a huge business deal or a small chore I don’t know how to give up or lose, never have never will. I am relentless in accomplishing goals whether personal or business wise,” he says. 

When it comes to the question of what he wants his legacy to be

Mr. Pescante has the following to say, “Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be the best at everything I did. I always had visions of grandeur, like I mentioned many times throughout this interview, I truly love to see others happy, its my biggest trait so I’d like people to remember me for always being the guy that brought a bunch of cool places to their town, who always threw the most insane best events/parties in town, and the guy that never gave up when everyone thought he couldn’t do it. But honestly, it would be great to be known as a huge heart and someone that helped Tampa bay grow to a big city”.

He currently has two more top-notch projects opening in early 2020.

 “An Asian fusion restaurant called Shibui opening in downtown Tampa & La Pergola an Italian high end restaurant opening in downtown St. Pete. I am also opening the first ever celebrity chef driven event and wedding venue in USA. Lately, my thrill has switched to creating new concepts for people to enjoy, the best part about it is transforming a dream on paper to the opening day when it actually opens,” he says.

Mr. Pescante is the definition of a leader. He has led himself and those around him to success through the widely successful Nocturnal Hospitality Group. He fought relentlessly for his American dream, and without ever giving up, made it happen.

To follow this entrepreneur’s journey, please click here.

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From Subtle Beginnings to Multimillion-Dollar Guests, Here’s The Story Of Podcaster, Rom Raviv

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Rom Raviv is a nineteen-year-old entrepreneur from Long Island, New York. Ever since Rom was little, he’s felt indifferent about the current educational system.

Rom knew that he wouldn’t fit into the traditional 9-5 class, and he was eager to do something about this. 

As Rom grew, he set his sights on passive income and entrepreneurship; most kids his age were focused on high school popularity.

Today, Rom is the founder of the Spreading Success Podcast and a podcast editing agency called Podblade. 

Subtle beginnings

Some time ago, Rom attended a business and networking event named Breakthru. At the event, Rom met a lot of like-minded individuals. And one of these individuals was veteran Podcaster Casey Adams.

Casey introduced Rom to the idea of Podcasting, and on that same day, Rom ordered a microphone to start up his podcast. 

Once the mic was delivered, Rom reached out to individuals on Instagram who ran podcasts and asked them a lot of questions. 

This helped him amass information on podcasting. Enough for him to properly start his podcast. 

For newbies, Rom recommends that after you buy all your gear, you should anchor and set up all of the criteria on the site. This will significantly reduce the stress you might experience long-term.

Reaching out 

For most podcast hosts, reaching out to potential podcast guests is a problem. If you’re experiencing this difficulty, Rom suggests you try Instagram Direct Message. 

He also explains that you should try to be as unique and genuine as possible. You could send a voice note or perhaps a video message, anything to grab the guest’s attention and land him on your show.

It is also essential to leverage the guests you’ve had on your show to land more guests. Use your list of guests as some social proof.

Having Mentors 

Casey Adams was the number one catalyst for Rom. That little discussion they had at the Event helped him realize the endless opportunities podcasting provides, for example, monetization and leveraging of your guest’s audience.

Apart from Casey, renowned entrepreneurs Gary Vaynerchuk and Andy Frisella have also influenced Rom’s live positively. He makes sure he listens to their podcast consistently.

Overcoming setbacks

We’ve all faced problems before, and most of us have found ways to solve them, some ways better than the others. 

The only problem Rom faced was the fear of speaking with the guest. Sometimes he would have to reschedule because he was scared. 

Rom got over this by being consistent and realizing that if something went wrong during a session, he could always re-record or re-schedule; Guests won’t react as harshly as you imagine.

Spreading Success

If you’re hearing about the Spreading Success podcast for the first time, here’s what you should expect; 

On the show, Rom talks about entrepreneurship, personal branding, podcasting, and a host of other insightful topics too. He also interviews guests who speak on different business models.

Recently, Rom made some changes to his podcast’s structure. Before, he released an episode a week, but now he releases two a week. 

One for typical Interview style session and the other for solo episodes that shed light on his personal life and experiences as a podcaster.

The Spreading Success Podcast is guaranteed to be one heck of a show. If you would like Success to spread out through every aspect of your life, tune in to Rom’s podcast right here

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