Beers, Blokes and Business – blokes drinking bee

Beers, Blokes and Business – blokes drinking bee

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Beers, Blokes & Business was borne out of a casual catch up with a few mates who have an entrepreneurial bent that like having a beer and discussing topics around business – marketing, growth, sales, networking, learning and more

Episodes

089: Robert Mond – Behind the scenes of independent movie business  

Robert Mond is about to release his first feature film The Subjects, so Sean caught up with him to find out more about the business of movie making. Here is what we learned from this podcast Why Rob left his IT job (much to the distress of his family) How he got his start in TV Why you can't start with a feature film Short films, the stepping stones for films Networking valuable in any industry Why $50,000 does not go far in film making How to delegate when you have a great team Some insights & links from this podcast Listen to these episode passion vs effort which is similar to Rob's tale. Check out The Subjects at TheSubjectsMovie.com and on Facebook Connect with Rob on Twitter @RobertMond and Instagram @RobertMond or on his IMDB page Watch The Subjects in a cinema near you via Tugg iTunes reviews - 79 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Check out The Subjects trailer https://youtu.be/8xt1pR03x-w Rob's short film - Reception https://youtu.be/fEIN_PO0G5I Watch, Buy & Rent The Subjects from October 8 Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @robertmond from writer/director of The Subjects Thanks for review Great show with loads of insights via Stitcher by AlBryant from USA on March 31, 2015 I love listening to BBB. Every time I listen I take something away and it inspires me to keep moving forward with my personal projects. The guys cover great topics and have had some excellent guests as well. I'll definitely keep listening as long as they keep coming! Al Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Click Here to BBB via email Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

088: Hacking your way to media coverage  

Samma (aka Steve Sammartino) has a great track record of getting mainstream press coverage for himself and his companies. Here is what we learned from this podcast Samma's never fail formula for getting press Importance of having several angles Don't fall in love with your story Start small, home runs come later Know your Gaddie Pitch Keep the momentum up Don't forget to follow up after press coverage Some insights & links from this podcast Listen to these episodes on media and press coverage: Trevor Young - PR Warrior  David Meerman Scott talks about News Jacking Valerie Khoo on power to tell your story David Brim on Tomcar Nathan Huppatz on his eBay background Samma getting some press on ABC's The Business David Brim getting some press when Aussie dollar tanks Nathan Huppatz on The Project iTunes reviews - 79 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz The beer was Spearhead Pale Ale from Cricketer's Arms Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Nice work Huppy, now available in GIF form https://twitter.com/BeersBlokesBiz/status/639652023596552192 https://twitter.com/ScottKilmartin/status/639414981008556032 https://twitter.com/AustralianMade/status/636403979006660608 Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @sammartino known for Startup Blog and The Great Fragmentation book Thanks for review Great Business Podcast; Why? Well read this BBB is a good mix of authenticity, sound business advice, great guests, all combined in a relaxed atmosphere! Those sharing their stories have “been there, done that”, so if you are some kind of an entrepreneur, you would love that! To be completely Oz, BBB should be called BBBBBQ: Beers, Blokes, Business around a BBQ, no? philippemelbourne Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Click Here to BBB via email Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

087: Sports Geek Trip  

Sean was away in the USA in July, was it a junket or was it a marketing plan? Hear more about the trip and get some insights on US professional teams. Here is what we learned from this podcast Why BBB episodes were intermittent in July How SEAT has helped position Sean in the market The importance of making the effort to meet people How important your core values are and how it can apply to you What can you learn from Nike communications? How Sean avoided the disaster of losing his voice last year How Sean's partnership with SEAT has been a mutually beneficial partnership How to drive leads from stage Why it is important to inspire your clients Insight into podcasting scene in USA Some insights & links from this podcast Listen to these episodes of Sports Geek Podcasts recapping the trip: Brian Costello from Portland Timbers - check out Timbers Joey Natalle Brown from Melbourne Storm Rob Squillacioti from FFA & A-League Greg Oakford from Golf Victoria recapping SEAT 2015 Get a free eBook from Sports Geek with digital marketing case studies Other BBB episodes you might be interested in Christine Stoffel on SEAT conference Toby Skovron from Zingy Give Lead Pages a try, Sean used Lead Digits on stage Check out Facebook Building 20 Look at Cast Party a live podcasting event iTunes reviews - 76 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Some highlights from the Sports Geek trip At Seahawks practice facility https://instagram.com/p/5Kj7ESME_D/?taken-by=seancallanan The famous Portland Airport carpet with the @SportsGeekShoes https://instagram.com/p/5PMz7BME4z/?taken-by=seancallanan On Business Rockstars https://youtu.be/b0SD9Sa6Xdw How the LA Galaxy fans celebrate a goal https://instagram.com/p/5R-4nDME5P/?taken-by=seancallanan Getting a photo with the NBA Trophy at SEAT https://instagram.com/p/5Zv_nLME1y/?taken-by=seancallanan https://twitter.com/SEATconference/status/634445710381846528 https://instagram.com/p/6WVmkOME6a/?taken-by=seancallanan This was the most fun, grabbing the microphone at AT&T Park https://twitter.com/seancallanan/status/634254925417963520 The tour of Facebook was amazing https://instagram.com/p/5dJf-FsE_f/?taken-by=seancallanan Plenty of artwork at Facebook Building 20 https://instagram.com/p/5dIaVGK6Lc/?taken-by=fauncrabtree Thankfully I didn't need to do this again, here are Sean's slides from SEAT 2014 when he lost his voice. http://www.slideshare.net/SportsGeek/seat-conference-2014-welcome-address   Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @ScottKilmartin from OnlineStoreGuys.com.au and Short Batch and VintageIceCreamTruck.com and interviewing ecom success stories at Melbourne event OnlineOffline.co. Thanks for review Wrap your ears around this! I love listening to this podcast, it’s always fun, informative and friendly. It’s just like hanging out with your mates talking all things business and startups. Sundies Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Click Here to BBB via email Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

086: Grace – A Crowdfunding Road Trip starring an Ice Cream Truck  

Scott is ready to launch his crowdfunding campaign for Grace.  It was an adventure to get his ice cream truck down to Melbourne  from the GC and not quite the Chef Movie road trip he'd planned. Grab some some popcorn and put your feet up. Here is what we learned from this podcast Scott's motivation for running a crowd funding campaign How Scott plans to attract supporters for the Grace restoration The reasoning behind targeting the wedding market & structuring pledge & rewards levels. How Instagram has been a vital marketing tool Insights behind the scenes of Uber's Ice Cream day How Gumtree and Instagram can help you attract millennial workers How you can pre order some Grace ice cream love at a discount during the campaign. Some insights & links from this podcast Find out more about Grace at VintageIceCreamTruck.com Check out Scott's Pinterest boards for Ice Cream Trucks Mick Russell videographer & rainmaker. Other BBB episodes you might be interested in Rick Chen from Pozible on crowd funding iTunes reviews - 76 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Follow @VintageIceCreamTruck on Instagram https://instagram.com/p/6SBXIxrdu7/ Can't be a road trip without a Big something. https://instagram.com/p/5kyopdLdmX/ https://instagram.com/p/5jqrG0rduN/?taken-by=vintageicecreamtruck https://instagram.com/p/5enmjdLdot/?taken-by=vintageicecreamtruck Testing the instagram waters for interest & action. https://instagram.com/p/4Y3-moLdl_/?taken-by=vintageicecreamtruck Turning fans into a contributing community. https://instagram.com/p/4T3WxALdp0/ The Vogue regram (75K likes) bought 1K followers to @VintageIceCreamTruck overnight. https://instagram.com/p/3Jymnvv6-a/ Wanting blue sky, bikinis & board shorts as a backdrop. End the rainmakers Mick & Scott. https://instagram.com/p/2FpDjqrdtX/ Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @ScottKilmartin from OnlineStoreGuys.com.au and Short Batch and VintageIceCreamTruck.com and interviewing ecom success stories at Melbourne event OnlineOffline.co. Thanks for review Relevant & Informative Opened my mind to new ways of pricing my services and what value based pricing means as opposed to fixed fees for services. Both are fixed as opposed to time based but value requires consideration/ influence of customer perception, fixed just caps services. Context is not just part of pricing but is part of the product/ value. Personally a lot of the concepts/ strategies were intuitive to me rather than ones I knew about so it was good to understand the theory behind my application. I haven't listened to your other shows but I was really engaged. It's not condescending and it is informative.  Chase Legal Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Click Here to BBB via email Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

085: Nicole Matejic on Social Media Rules of Engagement  

Sean, Steve catch up with Nicole Matejic to discuss her unique background and recent book - Social Media Rules of Engagement. Here is what we learned from this podcast How Nicole ended up working in social media How social media is used in the military What businesses can learn from armed forces using social media Importance of having a crisis plan in place BEFORE a crisis hits How to handle trolls and what exactly are trolls How Nicole juggles multiple personas online How SMROE book cam about. Some insights & links from this podcast Check out NicoleMatejic.com for links to all of Nicole's businesses Give Nicole's podcast a listen Grab a copy of Social Media Rules of Engagement Other BBB episodes you might be interested in Behind the Book iTunes reviews - 76 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @SteveVallas from CHUNKY Media Thanks for review Awesome, practical business advice A rock solid podcast - well paced and delivering both inspirational and actionable advice for anyone interested in modern business practices and / or the entrepreneurial life. Bonus points awarded for Sean & Co.’s efforts in keeping the episodes short and punchy.  McConnachie The beer was a Stella Artois Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

084: Internet Trends – Mary Meeker Report  

Sean, Samma and Josh gaze into the future of the Internet with some inspiration from  Mary Meeker's awesome Internet Trends slides. Here is what we learned from this podcast Mary Meeker has been reporting on Internet Trends since 2001 Commerce has moved significantly to online from offline Mobile is the primary way consumers transact and engage online What's the difference between first and second generation online Commerce? What are the relationships between products, services and platforms? Has the barrier to trusting online Commerce changed? Design for mobile first Don't wait for the official report to validate what you already saw happening on the street (ref: One Up on Wall St) upWork is an example where you can hire or be hired as a freelancer Can Australia turn the export of 1's and 0's into a primary industry? Do you record video in horizontal or vertical format? Informalisation of communication through short messaging technology is moving beyond personal conversations to business conversations (e.g. WeChat) Which bloke sold his car and now only uses Uber and Public Transport Australia's number one TV show is not reported by OzTAM's ratings figures Want to watch 45 million gamers play it out?  Get on Twitch Some insights & links from this podcast Mary Meeker's profile Scroll down to see every year from 2001-2015 of Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report. Related episodes 075: Mobilegeddon! We chat SEO with Jim Stewart 039: Time Management with Sean and Samma iTunes reviews - 76 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @sammartino from SteveSammartino.com @joshrowe from realAs.com Thanks for review A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down! Great listening. You swim in the murky waters of start ups hoping for those small wins, so its comforting to know there’s guys willing to teach you that that they’ve been through it too. - Hail The Punisher The beer was a Miller Chill - low carb with a twist of lime. Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

083 – Nathan Huppatz – Pick My Brain  

When we say long awaited, it really was just Nathan's Dad wanting to know when part 2 was uploaded.  Nathan joins Sean and Steve for the pick my brain episode, if Nathan has sent you here please listen before hitting him up for a coffee or a beer. Here is what we learned from Nathan in this podcast What is the most common question Nathan gets asked? What should I sell?  Something I love or not? How to find a category to sell in Why customer support is vital with eBay What website platforms should you look at to sell? What are Huppy's key tactics in Google Analytics? Importance of measuring your business when selling What you need on your home page to sell online? Where to focus your efforts on sales funnel? Importance of good content How local sponsorship can work for you Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some insights & links from this podcast Check out Costumes.com.au for all your costume needs Connect with Nathan on Twitter @Huppy and on LinkedIn Buy Nathan's book on selling online Related episodes Huppy's first appearance on BBB way bak on episode 80 A lot of discussion about PeSA conference Content marketing episode Learn from Darren Rowse Importance of FAQ with Denis Merkas Importance of SEO in eCommerce iTunes reviews - 76 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @SteveVallas from HONEY and soon to launched business.... @Huppy from Costumes.com.au Thanks for review I have been listening to this podcast for over a year now and I can honestly say they are producing some great stuff. The guys are very relatable, easy going and really make you feel like you’re sitting in the room with them having a laugh and yet taking in some quality learnings. They get some great guest in and I seem to find that as a business owner myself the topics that they talk about are exactly what I have been wanting to know more of at that particular point of time, I’m not sure how they actually do that, but it gets me loving the show even more. Keep up the good work guys Regards Ben . - Ben from Geelong Cable Locations   Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

082: Jon Manning – The 2nd Pricing Album  

Jon Manning, our pricing expert IS BACK! He starts off worried about second album syndrome, let us know what you think via Twitter on how he performed. Here is what we learned from Jon Manning in this podcast How pricing is a disruptor How to move away from one price How does a pricing expert price himself Why travel leads the way in pricing Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some insights & links from this podcast Follow Jon on Twitter @sansprix and on Linkedin from PricingProphets.com The beer we drank was Altona Ale and Ascot Ale from Ascot Vale Cellars A great article on different pricing strategies, more importantly our discussion in BBB Army Facebook Group with Jon and here as well Related episodes 26 - Pricing with Jon Manning iTunes reviews - 76 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @sammartino author of The Great Fragmentation Our return guest Jon Manning @sansprix from PricingProphets.com Thanks for review Promotes some great self reflection in iTunes by Patto_2011 Just caught up on all the episodes while driving 4 hrs and found the BBB gang really put forward some great points and take aways that will benefit many. The pod on project management is so true for good team management/ leadership as well View and share this review Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

081: David Meerman Scott  

David Meerman Scott is a best selling marketing author and speaker and thanks to Jim Stewart who helps keep David at the top of Google with StewArt Media he stopped by to chat with The Blokes on a recent visit to Melbourne. Here is what we learned from David Meerman Scott in this podcast How David became a "accidental marketing strategist" Why David's book "The New Rules of Marketing & PR" became his platform What David has learned travelling to over 100 countries Why David's speaking coach has improved his speaking technique How David prepares to deliver keynotes and speeches for a variety of clients Amazing story involving Steve's fridge and tumble dryers in China Why David is always checking Google News Why Taylor Swift gets a mention and which Bloke is a Swiftie? Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some insights & links from this podcast Follow David on Twitter @dmscott and on Linkedin David’s Blog - http://www.webinknow.com/ David’s Books - http://www.davidmeermanscott.com/books/ The New Rules of Marketing & PR The New Rules of Sales & Service Marketing the Moon :The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program Real-Time Marketing & PR Newsjacking Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead David follows these two blogs religiously Seth Godin Bob Lefsetz - The Lefsetz Letter How Beko develops products global consumers are eager to buy Taylor Swift tumblr post on Apple and Bob Lefsetz's take The beer we drank was from Atomic Pale from Gage Brewery Related episodes 40 - Public Speaking 22 - PR with Trevor Young 25 - Content Marketing - Tell Your Story 53 - Behind the Book - The Great Fragmentation 56 - Valerie Khoo - Business Storytelling iTunes reviews - 76 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @SteveVallas from HONEY and soon to launched business.... @jimboot from StewArt Media David Scott (@dmscott) from DavidMeermanScott.com Thanks for review A fantastic Australian podcast in iTunes by GxJ from Australia I went to their launch recently, and I've listened to their archive, these guys are incredible. I gleaned more wisdom from them in one episode than I did from loads of other business podcasts. It's fantastic. Download it. Now. View and share this review Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

080: Nathan Huppatz – Cars, Costumes & eCommerce  

Nathan Huppatz started out as a IT guy working in a corporate world but following a passion for cars opened up an ecommerce career that spans many products and businesses. Here is what we learned from Nathan in this podcast Nathan and Sean did the same course at Swinburne How a passion for cars piqued Nathan's interest Sometimes you leap sometimes you are pushed A common theme with BBB guests - the hard slog of selling your wares or advertising in Nathan's case How new businesses developed via eBay Why products and processes behind the scenes were critical to success with eBay How Nathan got into the costume business Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some insights & links from this podcast Check out Costumes.com.au for all your costume needs Connect with Nathan on Twitter @Huppy and on LinkedIn Huppy started out with AutoSpeed.com Keep an eye on Ready To Ship now processes over 1 million consignments a year for customers, and growing fast. The beer we drank was from Loch Brewery, give them a like on Facebook Sean and Huppy are both Swinburne BIT Alumni  Related episodes More discussion on pricing like ours with Jon Manning A lot of discussion about PeSA conference Importance of SEO in eCommerce iTunes reviews - 76 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @SteveVallas from HONEY and soon to launched business.... @Huppy from Costumes.com.au Thanks for review Great practical advice about starting, managing and growing a business. Added bonus that they are Aussie as there definitely is a different approach to business here compared to other places in the world. - Luke Jones   Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

079: Tobi Skovron from Zingy  

Tobi Skovron by is own admission is an unashamed entrepreneur, his drive has seen him grow a business from Australia to be acquired by Petsafe.  Now he is heading up Zingy an app for on-demand pet services, starting with dog walking. Here is what we learned from Tobi in this podcast Learn about Tobi's humble beginnings How Tobi's mother's love of pets influenced his career Importance of a chance meeting at a pet trade show How having someone believe in him was a big driver Sometimes the exchange rate can be cruel, find out what happens when you convert $300K at wrong time The importance of cereal to Tobi & his wife The hard slog of sales in USA after the GFC What is it like to be acquired Why Zingy will be a success Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some insights & links from this podcast Check out Zingy, available on US iTunes only Connect with Tobi on Linkedin and @TobiSkovron on Twitter Tobi's first product - Pet Loo Tobi on Business Rockstars Profile on Zingy from IDEO Related episodes Thanks to Denis Merkas for the introduction Time Bull from Ivanhoe to Silicon Valley iTunes reviews - 76 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @TobiSkovron from Zingy Thanks for review Do yourself a favour and have a listen. Great podcast featuring some decent blokes with great business, startup and tech knowledge. - SarahCND   Join the BBB Army Are you on Facebook?  Like BBB here and join the BBB Army Facebook group to chat with guests and listeners. Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

078: Emma & Denis Merkas – Couple Hustle  

Emma & Denis Merkas are building a business and doing it as a couple.  Melt: Massage for Couples isn't the first business they have tackled together a recent trip to the USA showed they are on the right track. Here is what we learned from Emma and Denis in this podcast Where Emma & Denis got their start online Why understanding how to make money with your business is super important How Denis pivoted his traditional massage business into an educational company Why they stopped pushing $30 Date Night Why PR can be hit or miss The importance of the USA trip to be closer to customers Developing traction channels for Melt How Emma & Denis operate as a couple in life & business Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some insights & links from this podcast Check out Melt: Massage for couples Connect with Emma (@emmamerkas) and on Linkedin Connect with Denis (@denismerkas) and on Linkedin Getting some press for Melt in SMH Check out Denis & Emma on TV in Utah as discussed on the podcast iTunes reviews - 75 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes (and Emma of course) on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, and Sports Geek Podcast @scottkilmartin from Online Store Guys and Vintage Ice Cream Truck @emmamerkas from Melt Massage @denismerkas from Melt Massage Thanks for review In a nutshell? The blokes are the business mentors I would never in a million years have access to, especially in the very immature start-up phase of business. They speak and explain business in a way that’s relatable, especially to the regular everyday Aussie. Give me the intellectual “bogan geek” any-day, who actually knows what they’re talking about. When the blokes speak, I listen. There’s a bloke for every business personality type. You’ll find yourself saying “I completely agree with what he’s saying!” after yet another snippet of quality business advice comes out of your speakers. After regular listening, a pattern will emerge with who you relate to the most. Trying to catch up on the previous episodes, the blokes go with me everywhere. In my car while driving, in the wee hours of the morning (5am starts anyone?), in my downtime, on flights, at home on client-filled weekends... everywhere. The BBB podcast is the icing on my “live and breathe your business” cake. And I’m learning about beer. Highly recommended. - Lorryn_Inches_DG Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

077: Damien Ross on building a recruitment business  

Damien Ross is CEO of Davidson Technology (incorporating ITCOM) he with his business partner Gary Lorden built up ITCOM to with fast growth (twice being named in BRW's fastest growing list), last year ITCOM was acquired by Davidson Technology. Here is what we learned from Damien Ross in this podcast How Damien got his start in recruitment Why a trip through Europe in his 20s formed one of the most important business partnerships in his life How Damien took over his father's business and pivoted immediately What was important when under going major growth What is it like to be acquired How to balance family and work life Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some insights & links from this podcast Connect with Damien on Linkedin Some of the latest insights on tech recruitment mark from Damien - ‘Uplift’ in demand for overseas tech talent Profile on leadership in BRW especially through a period of growth A look at the Damien's day from Smart Company  Listen to our first podcast on Linkedin back on episode #29 Good listen on building a killer team iTunes reviews - 73 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, Listen to Sean on Sports Geek Podcast Damien Ross from Davidson Technology (incorporating ITCOM) Thanks for review A friend travelling in Australia recommended this to me and I have not stopped listening for 6 months. I quickly ploughed through all the episodes and now re-listen to my favourites as I wait for the next episode. The blokes talk total sense and have opened my eyes up to so many things. I have since landed a new job & started speaking with a small network of likeminded people. I've recommended this podcast to lots of people now, one of which has left a review as well. We love it! This is a friendly, fun, informative & engaging podcast. Give it a go, you'll be amazed about what you can learn of some blokes on the other side of the world. Shut up you blokes! - Brooklar from UK Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

076: Wearables and fitness with Body Wise founder Mike Halligan  

Mike Halligan is a long time listener and founder of the app Bodywise.  He wanted to discuss what he has learned from building Bodywise and where he thinks the wearables trend is headed. Here is what we learned from Mike Do wearables work for fitness? That depends... listen to podcast to find out why What's wrong with fitness apps? What Mike has learned from building Bodywise? What will it take for wearables to make us fitter? How does environment affect your fitness? Will drinking beer while podcasting help you? (OK we didn't address this one but we'd like to think it helps a little) Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some insights & links from this podcast Send Mike a tweet @MrMikeHalligan  Track your health with Bodywise, app available on iPhone An insight into some of the challenges of collecting health data and making an app Overview of BodyWise and the part-time nature of the venture Infographic on Apple/Google health landscape Opinion piece on making wearables useful An opinion piece by Mike on what other health startups are focusing on and why he thinks they’ll fail Listen to our first podcast on Wearables iTunes reviews - 73 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, Listen to Sean on Sports Geek Podcast @scottkilmartin from Online Store Guys @mrmikehalligan from Online Store Guys and MichaelHalligan.com.au Thanks for review I have just started listening to podcasts again on my daily commute in the car each morning, which I find is a great way to consume content. Have been listening to this beauty since it started, and really enjoy the insight, banter, and genuine useful information the ‘blokes’ have been dropping so far. Keep it up fellas!  - James Richardson Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription.   Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

075: Mobilegeddon! We chat SEO with Jim Stewart  

Sometimes it is hard to ask to pick someone's brain.  Not when you have a podcast, Steve & Sean grill Jim Stewart on SEO and Mobilegeddon! Here is what we learned from Jim What are the must do SEO tasks for your business What about Personal SEO Why & when you need experts? How to pick a SEO expert Google tools rundown - Webmaster Tools What about Mobilegeddon Google's latest mobile update? Bust some SEO Myths Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some insights & links from this podcast Watch Jim on YouTube and golf clap for reaching 500 YouTube videos Follow Jim's videos on StewArt Media site for all your SEO needs (is that a good backlink Jim?) Jim's take on Mobile Update & 5 Myths iTunes reviews - 72 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  The beer drunk on this podcast was Hawkers Pale Ale note the domain http://hawkers.beer/ Here is a better beer review than ours, thanks for sending them in @JustBeer_NoBull Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Here is Jim's take on Sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkVfRcmkR0c Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com, Listen to Sean on Sports Geek Podcast @stevevallas who is fired up for a big PESA @jimboot from StewArt Media Thanks for review You don't need to be a high flying CEO or hot shot business owner to get something out of this podcast. I ensure you will Learn something with just one episode Cheers You blokes! @MDance_ - Michael Dance Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription.   Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

074: “I’m Giving My Business Away” Nic Frances Gilley of Fit Inn  

Sean and Scott chat with serial Nic Frances Gilley about why he's giving away a health food business he's spent a year and nearly $400K developing? Nic has one of the more impressive CV's you'll ever read. He grew up in a pub in the UK Became a merchant banker, then quit to become a priest, was youngest person to receive an MBE from Tony Blair after starting a social enterprise in England. Nic moved to Australia and was the CEO of The Brotherhood of St Lawrence, author of The End of Charity, then founded Easy Being Green and eco light bulb company CoolNRG which distributed 40 million light bulbs in Australia, Mexico & Africa and has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Some insights & links from this podcast. Nic appears of sound mind and body & really is Giving Away his business. Why give away a business that is at the peak of the health food trend that's only a year old with so much invested? How he conjured the idea of giving the business away? Is he looking for anything at all from it... must be a catch? Who Nic sees will be a good fit to take on the business and grow it nationally & internationally. The skill set required to drive the next stage of Fit Inn and make it thrive. The mistakes Nic believes he's made with growing the business. How to apply to take on Fit Inn. Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some useful links and listens Check out the Smart Company article on what Nic is doing. Apply at - http://www.givingawaymybusiness.com/ Fit Inn Food. Instagram. Facebook. More about Nic's background here. Nic's book The End of Charity. Episodes related to this Bootstrapping, Career Curve Jumping, iTunes reviews - 70 listeners have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU read them all here  Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com (FB.com/SeanCallananSpeaks), Listen to Sean on Sports Geek Podcast @scottkilmartin of Online Store Guys, Short Batch & Vintage Ice Cream Truck and is launching an ecommerce podcast this week... stay tuned. Thanks for review Just got put onto BBB by a mate. What a great show! Entertaining hosts, interesting subject matter and a healthy dose of beer. Loving it and ripping through the back catalog - Barry Moore Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

073: Shot clock is ticking – Greg Oakford  

Sean and Samma chat with BBB Listener Greg Oakford about a range of topics that Greg is facing as a newly minted MBA and reaching the 30 year old milestone. Some insights & links from this podcast When was the moment or age you started to realise the clock isn’t going to tick forever? Traditional education is a decade or more behind the world we operate in Episodes related to this Running Successful Events and Career Curve Jumping Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some useful links and listens Check out the Richard Green Hole in one on YouTube https://youtu.be/DYYozsE3u6Y Channel 9 news feature “Love Birdies” on the engaged couple winning which includes the hole-in-one Victorian Open gets a mention on Sportscenter and via their Twitter https://www.facebook.com/SportsCenter/posts/1056518451033663 https://twitter.com/sportscenter/status/563200254435397632 Episodes related to this Running Successful Events, Career Curve Jumping, Passion Vs Effort and Wil Anderson iTunes reviews - 69 have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Get BBB delivered to you   Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com (FB.com/SeanCallananSpeaks), Listen to Sean on Sports Geek Podcast @sammartino read The Great Fragmentation now @gregoakford from Golf Victoria, find him on Linkedin Thanks for review This podcast is great. The blokes on this podcast discuss so many topics around running and starting your own business. If you ever have a question, look through the different podcast topics and more often than not they have already covered it! You feel like it's friends giving you advice because they are very relatable. They also like to have tease each other - which is pretty entertaining to listen to.     - Bec Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription.   Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

072: How you can change industries…  

Sean and Samma chat about how you can change industries and reinvent yourself. Some insights & links from this podcast the real truth about Jobs & Formal Qualifications Why is it so hard to change industry or is it? your most powerful asset is your network are you willing to give the 10 Meeting Project a go? Don't forget the http://noexcuselist.com/ Six Degrees of Separation isn't just about Kevin Bacon Episodes related to this Linkedin and Career Curve Jumping Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some useful links and listens iTunes reviews - 65 have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. Get BBB delivered to you   Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com (FB.com/SeanCallananSpeaks), Listen to Sean on Sports Geek Podcast @sammartino read The Great Fragmentation now Thanks for review I was a little sceptical of this podcast because of the beer part (not that I don’t love beer) but it is great way to get chatting with a guest. The blokes have great personal and business insight and have some fascinating guests. Fav’s so far have been Darren Rowse, Jack Delosa and Game of Tools covered some really useful apps and hacks.    - DaveRae Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription.   Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

071: Tim Bull – Melbourne to Silicon Valley  

Sean catches up with good mate and former Melbournian Tim Bull who has made the move to the Silicon Valley. Some insights & links from Tim on this podcast Why Tim left his corporate gig How finding a co-founder is like dating How a near funding deal turned from a low point to a motivator The importance of support of a supportive partner and how your business can affect you kids Why the first idea is not always the best idea, Tim went through a couple How you scrape together funds when you need it including working with Blokes like Sean How Tim & Alex became acquired by Avos (and YouTube Founder's Steve Chen and Chad Hurley) How MixBit is changing up collaborative video How you can star in a Beers, Blokes & Business video Check out MixBit.com and download MixBix on iOS Give MixBit a go with our BBB Listeners Project Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some useful links and listens iTunes reviews - 64 have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. BBB SPONSOR - MIXBIT Check out MixBit.com and download MixBit from iTunes to start collaborating on video with friends to produce videos with no video editing experience. Join our BBB MixBit Project and upload your video shoutout, tell us what you like about BBB and be sure to have a beer when you do. Here is the MixBit video Tim & Sean made around the podcast recording Get BBB delivered to you   Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com (FB.com/SeanCallananSpeaks), follow Sean on #SportsGeekTrip and listen to Sports Geek Podcast Tim Bull (@TimBull) from MixBit, worth reading Tim's series (Reflections of a Startup Life on TimBull.com) Thanks for review Stumbled across this great podcast a few weeks ago and smashed the back catalogue in a couple of weeks. Informative and necessary listening for anyone in any stage of business, told to you by a group of regular guys, with exceptional insight and most importantly, with beers in hands. Jump on, you won’t be disappointed.   - Jadeano Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription.   Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

070: Rick Chen from Pozible & crowdfunding  

Sean and Scott catch up with co-founder of Pozible.com Rick Chen to discuss crowdfunding. Some insights from Rick on this podcast How answering an ad on Gumtree lead Rick on a wild car trip to Noosa and formed the seeds of business partnership. Where crowdfunding has come from and why even bigger businesses are starting to use it. Crowdfunding brings more than coin. It tests product / market fit, creates buzz and anticipation is the most telling of feedback... will someone buy this product. Why crowdfunding is for more varied projects than just indie music, movies, gaming and tech products. What is Rick's 30% rule? Which platforms have the best success rates in different regions. The backstory to the headline grabbing explosive crowd funding projects of late. Flow Honey and the Coolest Cooler. What are the hacks to running a killer crowd funding campaign. What MacGyver and bad doomed crowd funding projects have in common. How great campaigns are funded BEFORE they launch. What is the optimum length of a project. Why a pre-campaing landing page is critical. Kickstarter gets most of the media, but other platforms like Pozible have advantages especially locally. Scott explains why he's chosen Pozible over Kickstarter and IndieGogo for his campaign to bring an old ice cream truck back to life. Resources. A step by step breakdown of a successful campaign Which platform? Pozible workshops & handbook 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Crowdfunding Campaign. We'll be doing another crowdfunding episode featuring Australian success stories and then we'll come back to Scott to see how he's fairing in the run to the finish line of his campaign. Stay tuned and spread the word. Got more feedback, please email  sean AT sportsgeekhq.com or tweet @BeersBlokesBiz or @seancallanan. Some useful links and listens iTunes reviews - 56 have left an iTunes review for the podcast - THANK YOU Got a question? Tweet the Blokes or  @BeersBlokesBiz Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @BeersBlokesBiz or on Facebook with your opinion. BBB SPONSOR - PESA INTERNET CONFERENCE Join the Blokes at PESA Internet Conference on May 27-29 on Gold Coast. Go to InternetConference.com.au to book your registration NOW.   Get BBB delivered to you   Connect with these Blokes The blokes on this podcast were: @seancallanan from Sports Geek and SeanCallanan.com (FB.com/SeanCallananSpeaks) @scottkilmartin from Short Batch, Online Store Guys and VintageIceCream Truck.com Rick Chen (@RickChenn) from Pozible Thanks for review Always great content, and great guys to listen to. Have been enjoying the breadth of topics, and learnt a fair bit along the way. Keep it up guys!  - Huppy Download episode below but we'd prefer you to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or this feed if you don't use iTunes. Don't forget you can get these show notes via email subscription.   Let us know your thoughts in the comments 

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