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Interview with Desmond Beaulah

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We had the pleasure of interviewing Desmond Beaulah, Owner and creator of H.U.S.T.L.E Clothing brand.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us the story behind H.U.S.T.L.E and its creation?

Well, the story behind me and my hustle that led me to create this brand a lot of people don’t really know. It started in 2002 when my house burnt down on Christmas Eve and my family lost everything we ever owned thats when I truly learned the definition of hustle. I watched my mom cry so many nights trying to provide for her three kids over the years to come after that and you know, I never wanted her to have to really worry about me and making sure I was good. So from the age of about 14 on she never did and she will tell you that til this day. Fast forward 2016 I was doing pretty good for myself but I made some stupid decisions financially and did a few things that literally cost me everything I had made over the years. At this point in my life my bank account had been over drafted like 4 times I was in the red, no savings, debt to the roof, car starting to fail me, and not to mention a four year old child and also paying child support. At this point I’m in my mid twenties and was just living my best life and literally in the blink of an eye I was at rock bottom. But remember, I had seen what it was like to have nothing growing up and watched my mom make something out of nothing. True enough I was stressed the hell out and at a point of thinking I couldn’t bounce back but I just knew I just had to, especially for my daughter. It took me about a year or so but I made it up out that hole and it was mostly through entrepreneurship/hustling, no job. I made well over five figures in my first eight months. At this point while still working on myself I also started mentoring others and helping other people get through their struggle when they think its impossible. When I first had the idea of creating this brand Hustle Clothing I thought to myself this is what I am, this is truly what I do. I really just wanted to reach more people who look like me and come from similar backgrounds and situations, even if they don’t, I wanted to show people that no matter what happens you won’t be down forever as long as you have a little hustle, thats really all it takes. Notice I have every letter in the word hustle separated by periods thats because every letter of that word holds weight and means something to me, without it man theres no telling where I would be right now.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

The most interesting things that have happened to me since I started my company honestly is just being able to reach people and help them make it through their situations. It makes me feel amazing when I get a phone call or a message from someone saying that because of me they made it through or I motivated/helped them make enough money to leave a job they hated. I get messages daily from all over the world from Georgia to Cali to Africa, and that is whats most interesting to me.

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?

Haha, I don’t think its necessarily funny but definitely a lesson I can laugh about because I know it’s apart of the game. There was one time I got three boxes of merchandise produced that I didn’t like anymore once they arrived. The lesson I learned from that was not to act so fast and get samples made first. My whole thing is quality over quantity and if I wouldn’t wear it I’m not putting it out to the public. But thats growing pains that come with the business.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

I don’t really have a story but I do have testimony from customers and people I mentor and talk to on a daily that let me know I’m not like the rest. What I think makes my company stand out is that I am what I am period. I am my company I am the brand, Hustle. Its real, genuine and relatable and its a quality brand. Thats what separates me from a lot of other people just putting stuff out for a quick dollar, I truly care about my customers and reaching them at the end of the day. The whole point of the company is to help/motivate others to hustle no matter what it is. Sports, work, business, school, stripping,  whatever you do hustle for everything you want and never let anything stop it or hold you down no matter how dark it gets!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

To anybody else getting into this industry or any other business venture for that matter, I suggest you have a “WHY” so you don’t get burned out easily. By “WHY” I mean why are you doing what you are doing? My why at this point is my daughter, if I ever give up on what I start that’ll be like me sitting down in front of her telling her I give up on her. Always have a “WHY” I promise it’ll keep you going.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I teamed up with an organization thats helps provide meals for the homeless and every single purchase that is made a percentage goes to feeding the less fortunate, I know what it’s like to not know if you’re goin to eat a meal later or the next day so there is no better feeling in the world than to be able to bring a little peace of mind to someone less fortunate and little positivity to it, especially in today’s time.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

My favorite life lesson quote that is most relevant to my life is “it gotta be in you not on you” … Like I said earlier the hustle is me, in order to make it through my situations it had to be in me, if it wasn’t engraved in me the way it was I never would of made it out the deep end, straight up. But now I wear it on me too and thats my brand.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement  that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people it would be to bring everybody who’s in so much competition with everyone else together to do something much greater than themselves and do something that brings a light to their community as a whole and not just themselves. Like I always say if you hustling for just yourself then you hustling wrong. Help the people around you and we can all win together.

How can we get in touch with you on social media?

I can be reached on social media via my personal Instagram @desmond_beaulah and everybody make sure to follow HUSTLE clothing on facebook and instagram @hstlclothing1 make sure to follow to keep up with new releases and stay motivated and inspired as well. Im also always open to private messages from anyone who needs a little pick me up and some words of advice.

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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How Michelangelo Azzariti Grew to Become Italy’s Most Inspiring Artist

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A lot of people wonder how great people come into being. More often than not, these people come from normal or even disadvantaged backgrounds but have an X factor and inner motivation that uplifts them to success. This is the case with Michelangelo Azzariti, one of the most sought-after photographers in Italy.

 

Michelangelo Azzariti was just a normal guy whose life after graduating from college began by wiping tables and serving drinks in a couple of bars and hotels back home in Alta Badia, Italy. During this period, he also worked as a communication assistant and social management personnel.

 

He Decided To Pursue His Passion

 

Michelangelo loved to travel and also had a dream that he will be able to travel the world and make lots of money while at it. While on his numerous trips on various parts of the globe, he took the opportunity to capture great moments, places and people with his camera. This is when he discovered that he was a good photographer. Sooner than later, his love for traveling and photography intersected. This is how his formidable career as a travel influencer kick-started.

 

Created His First Instagram Account

 

Michelangelo Azzariti created his first Instagram account in 2013 in an attempt to market his photography services. He started publishing the photos he had snapped on some of his travel expeditions during a time when Instagram had not gained much traction as a marketing platform. These photos include landscapes, hotels, and cities among other interesting things and places. He improved his skills over time and also acquired new and superior equipment that helped him grow his careers in photography, and also a travel influencer.

 

His big break

 

As his Instagram account grew thanks to his exceptional work, the lucrative Italian tourism and fashion industry began taking notice of him. His fortunes changed when Giulia Gaudino the famous Italian fashion blogger showed her interest in his work. He took photos of Giulia and her boyfriend Frank Gallucci or their trip to the UNESCO world heritage site which garnered over 30,000 likes on her Instagram account.

 

Michelangelo Azzariti Current Success

 

5 years down the line, his travel photography business is thriving more than ever. Currently, Michelangelo Azzariti is one of the most sought-after photographers in Italy by established fashion bloggers, hotels, travel companies and businesses alike. He boasts an active following of more than over 58,000 followers on Instagram, which is the major platform that he uses for travel blogging.

 

More recently, he has franchised to YouTube where he runs a thriving YouTube channel and is also set to start contributing to popular established websites on the topics of online marketing and travel marketing. His success online has enabled him to collaborate with scores of luxury hotels and travel websites. Most of his clients are often more than ready to fully cater for his travel and accommodation expenses making his dream to travel the world while making money come true.

 

His Success Didn’t Come Easy Though

 

In an interview, Michelangelo admits that one of the questions he’s commonly asked by people is how did he manage to grow such as a huge following. Others ask, how he does get to be hosted on a hotel for free or even get paid to travel. Another popular question is, how does he manage to get those huge advertisement deals.

 

He responds to these questions by saying that, it was not easy to achieve this. His success has been as a result of hard work, perseverance, and dedication to his dream and career. He spent hours on end behind his PC carrying out research on the travel niche. Not forgetting time taken to hone his skills as a photographer, learning photo editing skills and also ways to market his craft.

 

What Makes His Photography Stand Out

 

What makes his photography stand out is the fact that he adds an empathic component to it. When this is coupled up with the strong aesthetic sense that is characterized by shots taken in unique places and from suggestive corners, he is able to treat his audience with a different perspective of the world. What more has contributed to his success besides his top-notch photography skills is a mix of luck and the fact that he took time to learn marketing strategies and skills that have enabled him to secure well-paying clients.

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Building an Engaged Following with Joey Ruben

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As massive portions (sometimes even 100%) of today’s businesses’ revenue comes from social media, learning how to please the Instagram algorithm is one of the most important things you can do as an entrepreneur. I was able to interview Joey Ruben, a social media entrepreneur who has been able to master rapidly building audiences on Instagram, on what kind of strategies he’s learned in his experience growing dozens of accounts (some over 1 million followers).

 

What are those trying to grow an audience doing wrong?

Joey: “Posting isn’t everything. Although posting good content is important, it isn’t enough to grow. You need to foster and nurture an engaged follower base in order for Instagram to organically promote your account through recommendations and explore page. I focus on 5 things when trying to build a highly-engaged following:

 

1. Direct Messages

I try to respond to nearly every direct message I get. Along with showing people you care, Instagram will rank your posts higher in the feed of those accounts who direct messaged you. You’ll also gain additional insight on what you can be doing better with your page through the suggestions people make and questions they ask.

 

2. Stories

Half a billion Instagram users watch stories daily, so if you aren’t publishing content on your story you are missing out on a large viewership. I’ve found that by posting your followers will tend to engage better with your feed content as well.

 

3. Responding to Comments

Show your followers you care by responding to comments! They took some time out of their day to leave a comment on your page, it’s only right that you spend some time to reply.

 

4. Going Live

Instagram lives are ranked higher than stories, so it is easy to get additional engagement from your followers by occasionally going live. Instagram live is also a powerful tool for garnering page feedback from your followers or redirecting them to engage with a post.

 

5. Engaging with Followers

Follow your followers! You can create superfans by engaging with your followers’ content. Scratch their back and they’ll scratch yours.”

 

How can I quickly boost engagement?

Joey: “If you’re looking to authentically increase your account’s engagement overnight, you should pay attention to what kind of content top pages are posting. Repost high-engaging, proven content to your page and you will notice a difference. You can also boost feed engagement by adding niche-related hashtags to your posts. Another tactic to get more engagement on your posts is by adding posts to your stories. You can also gain extra organic impressions on your account by posting content that is shareable, this is usually content that is funny or provokes some sort of strong emotional response in the viewer that they may want a friend to experience. There are lots of quick cheat codes to getting better engagement on your posts. They are constantly evolving so the best thing I can recommend is for you to model after what top-performing pages in your niche are doing.”

 

What kind of tools do you use to run your pages?

Joey: “There are a few different tools I use to free up time when managing my pages. Before publishing video content, I often use the app Vont to add text or edit the video. When I make commentary-based based photo posts, I’ll add a comment to the photo with Twitter, then screenshot and crop it to a square. This is what you see most large Instagram theme pages do. I use IGBlade to track my growth over time. I also use the in-app analytics tool to monitor my pages’ performance as well as to gather insight into what kind of people follow me. There are a number of tools out there to streamline various tasks like content creation, scheduled publishing, analytics and more. I recommend anyone who runs multiple pages to look into using some of these tools.”

 

How can readers connect with you?

Joey: “Instagram: @jo.ey”

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Why Socialblerr Should Be Your First Choice When Trying to Grow an Instagram

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Branded The number one Instagram Agency On The Planet, Socialblerr specializes in helping people grow their personal as well as business brands by leveraging the power of network and influence. The type of businesses that Socialblerr help to grow is small to medium-sized. People who come to Socialblerr for their services enjoy the privilege of having customers brought directly to them. In addition, Socialblerr is the go-to agency for models, musicians, celebrities and fortune 500 companies that need not only to grow their brand but also increase their audience size.

 

It Takes Two Flints to Make a Fire

 

Socialblerr’s success can be attributed to two main groups of people – the clients, and the management team that works behind the scenes. Together, these two groups of people have contributed to the immense growth and trustworthiness that Socialblerr is proudly known for. The management team is professionally trained and motivated to work with genuine marketing strategies as well as other models such as artificial intelligence social media development. By doing this, the client is assured that their Instagram gets the needed exposure to create empires and maintain a long-lasting legacy.

 

Austin Godsey talks about his team-mates at Socialblerr as a group of experienced, dedicated, and passionate professionals always ready to come to their clients’ rescue. By personally managing their clients’ accounts, they are able to give almost 100% human influence to the work while leaving the rest to the advanced artificial intelligence systems. The job description of these systems is to lay the groundwork for bringing in organic traffic and ensuring that their full attention is gained.

 

Target Specific Services

 

Real Connections: At Socialblerr, Austin Godsey and team makes brand new connections every single day. Clients receive new followers and influencers on a regular basis to grow their business or personal brands.

Market Research: The Socialblerr team conducts detailed research on behalf of the client. The research is target specific and relays results that are geared towards driving business and new leads on a daily basis.

 

Engagement: When the market research is done, the Socialblerr team begins to engage with the market they just found. Engagement consists of likes and comments on your content. Unlike other agencies, at Socialblerr, you reserve the right to choose the comments that will be used, and to which type of audience they will be directed to.

Measure Our Results: Austin Godsey says that they are constantly measuring their own results and performance while conducting tests on the strategies adopted by the agency. They do this to enable clients to achieve the very best of results consistently.

 

What to Expect on Socialblerr

 

In a bid to cater for clients across all budget levels, Socialblerr offers four different sized packages. These vary from $47 a month up to $1,997 a month. The packages are labeled bronze, gold, and platinum as they progress upwards. The services within each package are tailored to suit what clients are looking for when they want to grow their Instagram.

 

Once you sign up for the platinum package, you gain access to Socialblerr Academy which opens an opportunity into advanced Instagram marketing and giveaway campaigns for massive follower growth. You also benefit from round the clock support that translates to more organic video and story views. Socialblerr experts know that you need specific targeting of marketing strategies, that is why they have sowed in gender-specific and high influencer targeting in the same package. Apart from that, there is an exclusive opportunity to consult with the CEO and CMO. If you are just starting out on Instagram and need a little help with how to go ahead, the platinum package comes with access to over 20 training videos and Instagram growth hacks. There is actually no better way to get more organic views and followers on your Instagram than by signing up for the Socialblerr Platinum Package.

 

Conclusively, What better way is there to grow your Instagram? There surely isn’t. To sum it all up, Austin Godsey says that they save their clients countless hours by that they would have otherwise spent trying to gain followers. Through Socialblerr millions of Instagrammers like you have had leads delivered directly to their DMs and increasing their overall page traffic.

 

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