Admit It! Your Website Sucks. | Guest: Chris Arndt | Ep. 83

top 5 ways your website sucks

What’s In This Episode:

Ever visit a website that made no sense? Do you try to find the one thing that you’re there to do but you can’t locate the button or icon? Ever go to most sites and think, “Wow, this is a terrible website.” Jill and Brad talk about how infuriated they are by most business websites — even their own. If you think your site is fine, this episode is a must-listen. For serious. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways Your Website Sucks (And How To Fix It) in this episode and they welcome marketing consultant Michelle Koclanis to the show. Listen in! »

Chris_ArndtGuest:

  • Chris Arndt is the founder of Red Granite where he advises family offices and high net worth individuals in areas of wealth management to create a lasting legacy for their families as well as society as a whole. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Sponsor:

  • Moo.com - They believe in great design and believe it can work wonders for every business. That’s why they make it simple to create beautiful, expertly crafted business stationery and promotional materials that’ll help you start conversations, open doors and strengthen relationships.

iTunes Reviewer of the Week:

  • KCintheOP – YOU ROCK! Everyone else: Go be like this person and leave us a review on iTunes, will ya?  Because see? We’ll read it on the air.

Team Pete:

  • He’s back. He’s taking on the persona of a high school boy and what it means to fail fast. Dig it.

top 5 ways your website sucks

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Don’t quit! Keep going! | Guest: Brent Williams | Ep. 82

how to keep going

What’s In This Episode:

Do you ever want to give up? Hopelessly behind on your annual goals or can’t figure out how to make things juuuuust right? There’s hope. (Although if Jill and Brad inspire that in you, take a second look at yourself. It’s doctor recommended.) They talk about how they energize and reenergize themselves and also talk about the Top 5 Reasons To Keep Going in this episode. They welcome Startup Institute’s Brent Williams in this episode and they hear from past guest Erika Kerekes to see where she is with her business. Listen in! »

Brent williamsGuest:

  • Brent Williams is the head of RampUp in Chicago for the Startup Institute where he helps to channel the experience of Chicago’s instructors into transformative in-classroom sessions. Find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Sponsor:

  • BDYB Survey — We need your help! Would you take TWO minutes and fill out a survey for us? We would love you like, for forever. And ever. Do it here. »

Flashback:

  • Erika Kerekes, founder of Not Ketchupchecks in to let us know how she’s doing with her business since being on the show. You’ve gotta hear what she has to say — it’s awesome!

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We All Make Mistakes | Guest: Stacia Pierce | Ep. 81

mistakes you didn't know you were making

What’s In This Episode:

Ready to take St. Patrick’s Day by storm? (Or is it the other way around? Be honest.) Speaking of which, what’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had in business to date? Jill and Brad have so many embarrassments that they flip the tables and want you to call in and tell them about yours. They also talk about the Top 5 Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making in this episode and they welcome the inspiring Stacia Pierce to the show. Listen in! »

Stacia-pierceGuest:

Sponsor:

  • BDYB Survey — We need your help! Would you take TWO minutes and fill out a survey for us? We would love you like, for forever. And ever. Do it here. »

Tool:

  • AirPNP :: It’s an app that helps you find a clean, comfortable bathroom no matter where you are and gives you access to tons of bathrooms around the world. Their Twitter handle? @LeakEasy! Enough said.

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Make ‘Em Pay | Guest: Mike Bacile | Ep. 80

What’s In This Episode:

Has cash flow always been smooth sailing for you? Ever go through a period of time in your business where cash flow is actually a problem? It affects us all. Jill and Brad talk about the chess game that is cash flow, how they’re obsessed with numbers after years of running a small business, and why dealing with this draining thing is pretty important and helps you grow as a business person. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Get Deadbeats To Pay Up in this episode and they welcome Daily Java’s Mike Bacille to the show. Listen in! »

Mike BacileGuest:

Sponsor:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. On April 2 at noon, they’ll be hosting a special webinar with Dave Delaney on LinkedIn — how to use it, increase newsletter subscribers, why you should be using groups for qualified leads and traffic. Go to the homepage at EnMast.com and sign up for it! Do it now!!

Team Pete:

  • He’s back. We have no words. Just laughter. Tune in to hear his shenanigans.

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Don’t Shoot! No Wait, DO IT!! | Guest: Katy Blevins | Ep. 79

Reasons to shoot a video

What’s In This Episode:

What do you think when you see yourself in a video? Do you cringe? Do you love watching yourself? Jill and Brad can’t stand it but talk about why it’s so important for you. (Spoiler alert: They actually agree on the fact that having a video editor makes it a lot easier to swallow.) They also talk about the Top 5 Reasons To Shoot A Video in this episode and they welcome Modern Femme’s Katy Blevins to the show. Listen in! »

Katy BlevinsGuest:

Sponsor:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. On April 2 at noon, they’ll be hosting a special webinar with Dave Delaney on LinkedIn — how to use it, increase newsletter subscribers, why you should be using groups for qualified leads and traffic. Go to the homepage at EnMast.com and sign up for it! Do it now!!

Flashback:

  • Best Mom Products’ Rachel Olsen is back to tell us what’s happened with her business since she talked to Jill and Brad. Wait for it…No no, listen for it!

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Know How To Fire People? | Guest: Derek Hearne | Ep. 78

firing tips

What’s In This Episode:

How many times have you been fired? If there’s any indication that this episode is a hoot and a half, just know that Brad has been fired from the same company twice and Jill has fired her own self before when performing poorly at her job. Don’t miss out on this hilarity. Jill and Brad also talk about the Top 5 Lessons for Firing People in this episode and they welcome Orange Theory Fitness’s Derek Hearne to the show — along with a very helpful tool. Listen in! »

Derek HearneGuest:

  • Derek Hearne runs Orange Theory Fitness in Oak Park, IL, that offers 60-minute workout sessions split into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training with heart rate monitors to track intensity and maximize metabolic burn. That’s the Orange Effect. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Survey:

  • BDYB Survey — We need your help! Would you take TWO minutes and fill out a survey for us? We would love you like, for forever. And ever. Do it here. »

Tool:

  • Workflowy is a powerful digital notebook that accelerates creativity and productivity. Brad hearts this tool very much.

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Email People! DO IT!! | Guest: Ita Ekpoudom | Ep. 77

What’s In This Episode:

Are there newsletters that you actually look forward to getting? If it suddenly stopped hitting your inbox, would you go looking for it or try to resubscribe? From Trendwatching to Product Hunt to Verne Harnish, Jill and Brad discuss the curators of great email newsletters. They also read Steve Daar’s amazing iTunes review (you can leave one too! You can leave one too!). They also talk about the Top 5 Reasons You Need To Do Email Marketing in this episode and they welcome Tigress Ventures Ita Ekpoudoum to the show. Oh, and TeamPete is back!! YEAH! Listen in! »

Ita Ekpoudom HeadshotGuest:

  • Ita Ekpoudom is the founder of Tigress Ventures where she provides female entrepreneur, professional and investor clients with an efficient offline and virtual network through which to connect, collaborate and develop a pipeline of the next generation of successful leaders and businesses. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Team Pete:

  • He’s back. And any information about what he’s talking about in this episode would be a massive spoiler alert. Just tune in already, will you?

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Wanna Get Better At Branding? | Guest: Mike Fraser | Ep. 76

improve your branding

What’s In This Episode:

Is there a brand or person whose brand lights you on fire? Jill and Brad talk about Mazda, Katy Perry, and whether you like either brand or not, you’ll be surprised to hear that your co-hosts have opinions about both of them. Lots of opinions. There’s a brilliant iTunes review by Lisa Lehman read in a brilliantly bad accent by Jill and a recap by the glorious Andy Crestodina. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Branding in this episode and they welcome skeeball master Mike Fraser to the show. Listen in! »

mike fraserGuest:

Flashback:

  • Andy Crestodina of Orbit Media Studios (remember his episode?) was bored with his biz when Brad and Jill first spoke to him. Find out what’s improved (or not) since then!

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Does voicemail annoy you? | Guest: Matt Baron | Ep. 75

reasons to not leave voicemails

What’s In This Episode:

Do you remember your first cell phone? How large and unwieldy was it, and more importantly: Do you miss it? What about answering machines: Did you have one?  Brad and Jill walk down memory lane rehashing what life was like with very public voicemails and whether they appreciate the privacy of leaving someone a voice message now as opposed to yesteryear. They also talk about the Top 5 Reasons To Never Leave A Voicemail Again in this episode and they welcome Inside Edge PR’s Matt Baron to the show.  Listen in! »

Matt BaronGuest:

  • Matt Baron is the founder of Inside Edge PR, a public relations and media services firm where, in a media-saturated and very noisy world, they help you to get your message heard above all that racket. He also works with 72Point that helps increase brand and campaign exposure for their clients. Find him on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Sponsor:

  • BDYB Survey — We need your help! Would you take TWO minutes and fill out a survey for us? We would love you like, for forever. And ever. Do it here. »

Tool:

  • Plowz & Mowz - on-demand snow-plowing and on-demand lawn mowing. Pay through the app, get yourself plowed and mowed.


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Get it? Got it? Good. | Guest: Tracy Sloga | Ep. 74

ways to learn from others

What’s In This Episode:

What do you do — away from work — to get your creative juices flowing? How do you dig yourself out of that ditch of monotony? Jill showers. Brad communes with leaves. They talk about their creative juices and juicing their creativity and hope that you call in to share what you do to relieve that work stress and potentially do better at work overall. They also talk about the Top 5 People To Learn From in this episode and they welcome Boot Rescue’s Tracy Sloga to the show. Listen in! »

Tracey SlogaGuest:

  • Tracy Sloga is the inventor of the Boot Rescue, all-natural wipes that have a formula to whisk away those dreaded salt stains and other grime from any type of footwear, instantly. Find her on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Sponsor:

  • Hootsuite — It’s a social media management tool, and the best one at that! It gives you the opportunity to create a better social media experience for your business. With over 10 million users, Brad and Jill could not be wrong in suggesting you use it. (Mostly because they are never wrong.)

Tool:

  • Startup Digest – It’s a personalized insider newsletter for all things startup in your area. Tailored reading lists keep you connected to topics of your choice. You can even submit an event!


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