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Success Interview: With Social Media Star Nadia Bradley

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Nadia Bradley

Tell me a little bit about your background and how you ended up choosing the social media field?

At a young age, I’ve always loved photography and traveling. At one point I was wanting my career to be a photographer. Once I got more involved in social media and started meeting and connecting with people on these platforms, I realized there was a huge opportunity here. Why not travel and take photos and get paid to do it?

How did you develop an interest in fashion, fitness and travel?

I’ve always been in love with fashion and traveling the world. As far as fitness goes, it wasn’t until the last 5 years of my life when I hit a low and wanted to turn things around for myself. I needed to make some big changes in my life and those changes were crucial to the person that I am today. 

What were you doing before you became a digital influencer, and what inspired you to pursue social media as a career?

Before I jumped into social media as a main income stream, I worked in retail. I spent the last few years working nonstop and working the typical 9-5 job. I wasn’t happy where I was at and was looking for something that allowed me time freedom, the ability to travel, and to do what I loved.

What inspired me the most to pursue social media as main income stream would 100% be my incredible husband. He really took a leap of faith with social media and is one of the most successful social media marketing agency owners involved with the space. Seeing his success story and how he impacts and inspires people all around the world made me want to do the same thing in my own way.

How do you decide which brands to partner with, and how do you ensure that your fans are receptive to sponsored content?

Before I decide to commit to collaborating with brands, I have a few questions I ask myself:

  1. Do I believe in what their brand or business stands for?
  2. Are they using their brand or company to inspire others?
  3. Are they going to fit with my personal brand and audience?

I want to be able to work with brands that I personally use and believe in.

What advice would you give to those interested in building a following or building their own brand online? 

I would say stay consistent. It’s important to set small goals and to focus on what you really are wanting to accomplish. Don’t try and do too many different things. Focus on how you want to present your personal brand and determine how you can deliver maximum value to your audience daily. The more value we give others, the more success tends to flow our way.

How do you personally define success?

Doing what you love to do while being the best version of yourself. 

What is a surprising lesson that you have learned from being a digital influencer?

The amount of time It takes to create content. If you are wanting your pictures and videos to look amazing and for people to truly like what they see it’s so important to take the time to capture good content. 

My husband and I can sometimes spend 30 mins to 6 hours creating content. But we enjoy doing it and really want to be successful in this area. You can’t expect to just never spend any time on this especially if you are looking to be successful in this area. 

What’s next for you? 

Well I just recently landed my biggest partnership so far with Bang Energy. So you are going to see me moving more into videos, fitness and YouTube.

If you are interested in learning more about Nadia, or want to connect with her, you can do so by emailing her team at [email protected] or by visiting her on Instagram at the handle @Nadia.

Ryan is a 7-figure digital entrepreneur, influencer, investor, press contributor, and speaker. Ryan founded the globally recognized social media marketing company Social Revelation which helps business and personal brands increase their digital footprint and brand awareness online. Ryan's company manages the social media strategy for several seven to eight figure earners who are top performers within their industry. He has curated a personal online network around 4,000,000 people from all around the world. Ryan has also been featured on various entrepreneurial and business podcasts such as Entrepreneurs on Fire, Underdog Empowerment, The Daily Grind, The No Excuse Show, The Millionaires’ Hot Seat, and on the live television shows "Good Morning LALA Land" in West Hollywood and the "Mountain Morning Show" in Park City, Utah.

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The 10X Ladies Conference Is Declaring 2020 The Decade For Women

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The next ten years are meant for women to continue growing their potential and succeeding in multiple areas, including business. To help achieve this, the iconic Elena Cardone is launching 10X Ladies.

10X Ladies is a conference designed for women who want it all. It will take place on February 24-25 in Las Vegas, with 10 amazing speakers and more. Some of the invited women are fashion designer Rebeca Minkoff, social media influencer Lisa Morales, and business coach Danelle Delgado.

The idea behind the conference is to expand on the 10X Growth Conference headed by her husband, Grant Cardone, which has been voted the #1 conference for marketing by Forbes, and has taken place every year since 2016.

“I decided to do 10X Ladies because I really wanted women to have the opportunity to be introduced to everything that we do over at Cardone Enterprises, Cardone Capital, Cardone Ventures.” Elena shares.

Grant Cardone runs an empire that includes a sales training University, Grant Cardone TV, a real estate company and more. This is why both Grant and Elena’s vision has always been to build an empire. For years, Grant has been organizing conferences and attended public speaking opportunities to share his ideas and tools with people.

“I feel that some of the ladies might not gravitate towards Grant, but they could come to the ecosystem through me. I didn’t want ladies to be left out of all the information Grant has and now I have as well.” Elena says. 

10X Ladies looks precisely to close the gap that exists between entrepreneurship and business-driven women who want to build an empire, and all the necessary resources to do so.

“Fifteen years ago when I was trying to figure all of this out, there wasn’t a successful couple [in business] that would have the curtains open to show how they do things. Grant and I found that if we hit a certain level, we would keep the doors open so that everyone could see and learn to fastrack their way to success.” Elena says.

It is because of the sense of responsibility that Elena feels now that she is in a position to help others, that she has gone all in into the planning of 10X Ladies, where speakers of the likes of Shay Rowbotton and Maria Conceicao will be sharing their experiences.

“I am very excited. 2020 is self declared the decade of the woman. 10X Ladies comes right on time for that, with amazing speakers and incredible women who can share their stories on how women develop who they are and help women develop their potential.” Elena stresses.

Elena, who first came to prominence as an actress, who starred in Two and a Half Men and Days of Our Lives, married Grant Cardone in 2004. She eventually got involved in business, which had always been Grant’s ballpark, and both began to build their brands in support of each other and their common brand. But her role is mostly to support what Grant does while raising their two kids, which some people see as too traditional.

“I would never tell any couple to do something because it is the woman-way or the man-way. It just happens I married a man who is amazing at business and you would have to be an extreme baller to keep up with him anyway. That was not my forte. I was an actress, I came from a different world. I am a creative person who does things in a visionary way. And what we try to do is divide and conquer and do what we are both good at. He happens to be very good at business, and I support him and give him my visions and ideas.” Elena says.

With 10X Ladies, Elena is creating the perfect platform to share the tools and resources she has had access to, with other women like her who are willing to build and grow their own empire, in whatever industry interests them. 

“The more I have created an empire the more I feel responsible to help women fastrack their way to success.” Elena emphasizes.

There are only 500 spots to attend this fantastic one-of-a-kind conference is Las Vegas, which promises to be the first of many. To find out more about Elena’s work and 10X Ladies, go here.

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Tony Delgado talks about How To Make Money On Amazon In 2020 and various Amazon FBA hacks at Arecibo, Puerto Rico at the UPR College University.

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Primary Founder, James Billson, Shares Insight On How to Build Better Software with Application Modelling

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James Billson has seen it all in the tech world. He started his first pizza delivery business at a time when Wi-Fi didn’t exist and orders had to be delivered by fax.

This business transformed into a software development outfit, and with it, he witnessed the rise and fall of tech in the early 2000s.

He made his grand exit with a sale to international advertising behemoth BBDO. He now runs Primary,  the result of his years of development service experience. In this article, he shares a simple agile technique for building better software.

Agile methodologies are here to stay. They have received widespread acceptance in the sphere of software development. An agile approach helps teams to work together as well as with their stakeholders.

Agile practices help development organizations focus on their individual end-users and the way they interact with products.

Actions speak louder than words, and in software that is part of the problem. In the Agile Manifesto, having  ‘working software’ is prioritized over compiling comprehensive documentation that exhaustively defines the product before development. Coincidentally, this manifesto was written by coders, and the universal belief of a coder is, if there is a problem, code it. If we extend the definition of ‘working software’ to include an application model, opportunities to work faster and more efficiently arise.

Introducing Application Modelling

Much like in manufacturing, product modelling can be used as an alternative route to effective application design. Modelling is the process of creating a simulation that gives insight into how the real product will function at the end of the development process.

There are many merits to this approach. First, it re-creates the full size and expanse of the product, in a holistic full-dimensional way that allows due consideration of all its facets. This way, it helps the team to understand the features of the product better and translate it into a design that the users can also comprehend. Finally, it presents all the necessary information in a light and vivid format rather than the dull and impenetrable nature of typical requirements documentation…

With a well-developed application model, there is direct access to the full scope required for the development process. It removes the likelihood of overlooking future steps and pathways by revealing the features of the future product.

Involving the Whole Team with Modelling

Modelling creates a unique environment for synergy among the UX team, the developers, and the product owners. A product model is an agile system that allows real-time creation and modification. All parties can raise potential concerns and create a matching solution as work progresses. In comparison to a ‘straight-to-code’ process where decisions are usually made during development, application modelling greatly saves time and team resources.

Telling Stories with User Flows

James Billson founded Primary.app to give developers an easy way to conduct product modelling. However, beyond simply using a tool, there must also be a systematic approach.

Developing a product model should be very much like telling a story. A story has a single important ingredient that allows its teller to connect with audiences. This is the narrative. To find this narrative, the development team must create user flows. A user flow is a series of steps that outlines the journey of the product user through the life cycle of the application. The user is the hero, and over each step, we see what they do, how they do it, and why they do it.

The narrative of the flow is the backbone to which you attach the details and conditions that will inform the different aspects of the product work. Once you have that overreaching structure in place, you can manipulate and modify details, creating different user scenarios and comparing end results. All of this can be done without making any grave changes to the main body of the model.

User flow models have another advantage in helping product managers to avoid the pitfall of ‘happy pathways’.These happy paths are easy and fun when you are looking at an engaging prototype that has all the characteristics of your minimum desirable feature set. However, the building process will reveal all the other less exciting processes that are needed to support these main functions, leading to a development lag and a generally uncoordinated process. A user flow-based model will highlight these necessary support functions and help you stay on top of them from the very beginning.

Modelling is The New Documentation

Comprehensive documentation fell out of favour because it became seen as a blocker to creativity. Development teams want the freedom to identify opportunities that arise from seeing the product in operation.  As decisions are made in development, the document becomes increasingly redundant. The long descriptive passages and confusing diagrams did not lend themselves to easy updating. 

Application modelling completely redefines all of this. It is a light system that can be edited and modified in real-time. The entire team can make input based on the progress to date and see those ideas implemented in the following sprints. The result is a clean and compact model that mirrors the reality of the developed application. 

Conclusion

At Primary.app, James and his team have created a system that allows users to build large application models that are easily modifiable and constantly under development. Models can be changed any time, in response to key drivers that affect the app functionality in real life. It is as easy as changing sheets or doing the dishes before heading out.

Application modelling is the future of software development. User flow-based models of your app can be created with minimal resources, and then used to engage product team members for maximum and meaningful output. What you get is a comprehensive system that can be modified and iterated to synchronize with your desired result perfectly.

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