The Thoughtful Entrepreneur

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By: Josh Elledge of UpMyInfluence.com

You’re gonna love this DAILY, commercial-free entrepreneur spotlight show. We feature CEOs and founders of 6-9 figure B2B companies. Agencies, coaches, consultants, and other leaders share not only their success stories - but their advice for business leaders focused on business growth. You’re going to hear real stories from real people all in 15-25 minutes time - perfect for your commute. On this podcast, your host, Josh Elledge encourages entrepreneurs to share not only their expertise but their stories and their hearts. We believe that every person has a unique message which can positively impact the world. Even...

1046 - Consistency and Giving First with Claire Bahn
Yesterday at 5:00 PM

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks to personal brand strategist and the CEO and founder of the https://clairebahn.com/ (Claire Bahn Group), Claire Bahn.  Claire works with both concierge clients and she also coaches individually and in groups. She typically works with angel investors, entrepreneurs in the high 6 to 7 figure range, and executives.  Claire and Josh explore what brands should be doing right now in her space. For one thing, she believes in an omnichannel approach when it comes to social media. She also advises that you take a hard look...


1045 - Taking Care of You to Take Care of Your Business with Isaac Ho
Last Monday at 5:00 PM

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with https://www.isaachocoaching.com/ (Isaac Ho).  Isaac’s areas of expertise are helping entrepreneurs increase cash flow and helping them outsource work they want to delegate so they can improve their quality of life. He shares there's only two ways to make more money in business – raise your prices or sell more. To dig in and improve that process, you also have to improve your own quality of life. Issac shares that in the beginning, he strived for success due to his own feelings of inadequacies. He e...


1044 - The Future of Customer Engagement with Engagency's Jason Perry
Last Sunday at 5:00 PM

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to the founder, President, and CEO of https://www.engagency.com/ (Engagency), Jason Perry.  Engagency is a company that creates a personalized marketing experience that actually works for large corporations. Josh and Jason explore what works well in customer engagement today. Jason shares that what works well is creating a user experience that is the ‘path of least resistance’ for all of your market. Now matter what field you’re competing in, your end goal is keeping your customers engaged for the lifetime of your relationship with them...


1043 - A Virtual Wallet for Gift Cards with GiftPocket's Brooke Yokam
Last Saturday at 5:00 PM

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks to the founder and CEO of https://www.giftpocket.com/ (GiftPocket), Brooke Yokam.  GiftPocket is the app that manages all of your gift cards for you. Brooke started GiftPocket when she was just 12 years old! GiftPocket solves the everyday (and ever pervasive) problem regarding losing your gift cards. Brooke shares that 10% of all gift cards purchased are never used – this is simply money lost. Keeping track of your gift cards has now been made easier than ever through the GiftPocket app. Gift cards are the number one re...


1042 - Helping Veteran-Owned Businesses Grow with Bunker Labs' Blake Hogan
Last Friday at 5:00 PM

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to the CEO of https://bunkerlabs.org/ (Bunker Labs), Blake Hogan.  Bunker Labs is a national nonprofit organization that works with veterans and their families to help them start their own businesses and pursue their dreams. They run three small cohort based programs for their veteran entrepreneurs.  Blake shares thoughts on how you need a mission-focused mindset to succeed in business and entrepreneurship can be just the calling for veterans and military families. Blake shares some entrepreneurial wisdom and says to have grit and be resilient...


1041 - Improve Your E-Commerce Conversion Rate with Wunderkind's Andres Moran
Last Thursday at 5:00 PM

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks to Andres Moran, the General Manager and VP of https://www.wunderkind.co/ (Wunderkind).  Wunderkind is a software/SaaS that helps their clients convert website visitors into customers. Their team creates one-to-one messaging to pull leads further into the conversion funnel.  Once you take the action and show you’re invested in the consumers’ interests and send them these messages, you're much more likely to create a sale. This can be done through triggered emails or text messages. Wunderkind also uses unique ad formats that are beha...


1040 - Investing in Marketing that Differentiates You with The E5 Method's Todd Brown
01/12/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to the author of The E5 Method, https://toddbrown.me/ (Todd Brown).  Todd also does work in the marketing world, helping entrepreneurs that are looking to grow from 1 to 10 - 12 million in revenue and are also looking to do it on the back of effective direct response marketing.  The E5 Method is a process for engineering the front-end customer or client acquisition marketing campaign that almost any entrepreneur can use to predictably source buyers from paid media. Todd breaks this down further.  There are five...


1039 - Social Media Marketing World 2022 with Social Media Examiner's Phil Mershon
01/11/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with the Director of Events at the https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ (Social Media Examiner), Phil Mershon.  Social Media Marketing World is an annual event in San Diego, California. This conference is an industry event led by the Social Media Examiner. They teach advanced skills and industry insights at this conference and they welcome cutting edge experts to speak at the event. This is a place where marketers can learn and connect. People come from all over the globe to attend this conference. Social Media Marketing World started...


1038 - The Pioneers of Tech Stack Management with McGaw.io's Dan McGaw
01/10/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks to the CEO and founder of https://mcgaw.io/ (McGaw.io), Dan McGaw.  McGaw.io helps companies build their marketing technology stack and revenue infrastructure. They help their clients choose and build their marketing and sales technologies and help them to leverage their stack to grow their business. Dan has worked with Maserati, Club Med, King’s Hawaiian, and more well known brands.  The biggest issue Dan sees with the companies he works with is either an issue with customer journey visibility or an issue with cu...


1037 - Starting Your Own Passive Ecom Store with Ecom Automation Gurus' Kirk Cooper
01/09/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks to the founder and CEO of https://ecomautomationgurus.com/ (Ecom Automation Gurus), Kirk Cooper.  Ecom Automation Gurus was founded to give people the opportunity to run a business passively. This allows you to work your 9 to 5 job or run your other business, yet be the owner of your own passive ecommerce business.  Kirk shares that he learned about ecommerce when he needed to find a way to generate revenue each day, passively. He did his research, began operating, and took the right steps to increase his...


1036 - Proximity and Relationship Building with Steve Sims
01/08/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with speaker, coach, author, and creative disruptor, https://www.stevedsims.com/ (Steve Sims).  Steve Sims came from humble beginnings as a brick layer – and ended up creating the world’s first experiential concierge firm for billionaires. Steve would create the most WOW experiences for the richest people across the planet. The truth? Steve wanted to know why these billionaires had their wealth. This is what he focused on more than anything as his business grew. He interviewed the wealthiest people on earth and wrote a book – https://www.st...


1035 - How to Achieve Accessible Scaling with Scalewerks' Mark Jacobs
01/07/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks to the founding partner of https://www.scalewerks.co/ (Scalewerks), Mark Jacobs.  Scalewerks strives to help companies achieve accessible scaling. Scalewerks is an accelerator for mid-life companies (these companies make about 50 million dollars in revenue annually). The types of companies that fit with Scalewerks are the ones that offer unique value to their audiences, but need to utilize or identify these offerings and get them out into the world.   Josh and Mark talk about how to get to 7-figures. There are many levels to developing...


1034 - Re-Humanizing Digital Communication with BombBomb's Darin Dawson
01/06/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with the co-founder of https://bombbomb.com/ (BombBomb), Darin Dawson.  BombBomb scales face-to-face communication with your clients, potential customers, and anyone else you want to contact through your business. Darin and his associates founded BombBomb because they found that many entrepreneurs and business owners wanted more face-to-face interaction, but didn’t have the time or bandwidth for it. BombBomb now has over 100,000 users in over 40 countries. This company re-humanizes the planet through video communication.  Darin and Josh talk about the decline in communication as everything went re...


1033 - Health-Powdered Producivity Rader Co.'s Marcey Rader
01/05/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks to the founder of https://www.helloraderco.com/ (Rader Co.), Marcey Rader.  Rader Co. is a health-powdered productivity company. They work with people on their emails, tasks, time boundaries, and more – but not at the expense of their health. At Rader Co., health and wellness come first. They help their clients make their work time more effective so later, their time for wellness is maximized.  Josh and Marcey discuss information input and how most people are always engaged in processing information. Everyone needs no or low se...


1032 - Marketing Tips for 2022 with Attention Grabbing Media's Manuel Suarez
01/04/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with https://agmagency.com/ (Attention Grabbing Media)’s Manuel Suarez. Manuel believes that an incredible first impression starts with having an amazing studio. This grants you a level of authority even just starting out, because you were willing to spend the time and money to present yourself fantastically. You come off as professional, successful, and intentional. Investing in yourself – and how others perceive you – grants you an excellent advantage in any vertical.  Josh and Manuel also talk about how to stand out better in your space on social...


1031 - Tell a Story with Your Brand with Pierre Branding Group's Lydia Pierre
01/03/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with Lydia Pierre, the senior director of brand management at https://pierrebrandinggroup.com/pbg (Pierre Branding Group).  Pierre Branding Group helps their clients discover who they are in terms of their brand identity. PBG helps create stories that resonate with audiences to forge unforgettable, unique brand experiences. These stories ultimately become infused with all aspects of their clients’ branding.  Having your skillset is important, according to Lydia, but you have to couple that with top notch branding that sets you apart from your competitors. Lydia assures th...


1030 - Proactively Protect Your Business with Business Legal Lifecycle's Jeremy Streten
01/02/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks with CEO and managing director of Business Legal Lifecycle and author and business coach, https://jeremystreten.com/ (Jeremy Streten).  Jeremy and Josh discuss common starting mistakes that new entrepreneurs make, and both agree that you have to have the right growth plan and foundation. Don’t tell yourself you’ll “fix that later” – start strong and on the right foot. Business adulting is an important part of starting any business.  Jeremy admits that law is not something that most business owners find exciting, but it’s vital that y...


1029 - Uncover Your Unique Purpose with Made for Purpose's Lathan Craft
01/01/2022

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to Lathan Craft, the owner of http://www.madeforpurpose.us/ (Made for Purpose).  At Made for Purpose, Lathan believes everyone is born uniquely. The fog of corporate America often strips people of their humanity. Lathan says people are being born uniquely and are dying generally. Corporate America has consumed our lives so much that the deepest, most unique parts of ourselves have been overshadowed by our jobs.  Lathan shares his experiences and how he came to the realizations he’s reached. He helps people find their lo...


1028 - Business Solutions for Creative Professionals with Business of Design's Kimberley Seldon
12/31/2021

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to Kimberley Seldon, the Advocate in Chief of https://businessofdesign.com/ (Business of Design). She’s also a TV personality in Toronto, Canada.  Business of Design helps professional creative designers build businesses that thrive. Kimberley explains that there’s a massive gap in what creative professionals are taught about business in school. Business of Design seeks to fill that gap with project management and business profit solutions.  Kimberley explains the origin of Business of Design and about how it grew organically over time and has now beco...


1027 - Digital Wine and Spirits Sampling with Shared Spirit Marketing's Sherman Mohr
12/30/2021

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks to Sherman Mohr, the co-founder of Shared Spirits Marketing.  Shared Spirits Marketing digitizes sampling across the wine and spirits space. Their technology allows people to maintain digital credits online across various bars and spirits manufacturers.  This technology offers a new, innovative way for these manufacturers to take ownership of their relationships with their customers – and create new loyal ones in the process. This is all about networking and credit distribution. Their marketing strategy creates a network of restaurants and bars that will promote and distribute these co...


1026 - eCommerce and Marketing with Intentionality with eCommerce Badassery's Jessica Totilla Coster
12/29/2021

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks with the founder and CEO of https://ecommercebadassery.com/ (eCommerce Badassery), Jessica Totilla Coster.  Josh and Jessica explore the importance of holistic and authentic branding. Jessica shares that you should always brand with intentionality and don’t be afraid to be yourself with your audience. The people you’re meant to work with will find you – if you’re authentic. Jessica also acknowledges that this takes time, trials, and iterations. Just be yourself and dedicate yourself to always improving incrementally over time.  They also discuss how so much...


1025 - Emotional Intelligence with Ei4Change's Robin Hills
12/28/2021

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to Robin Hills, the founder and CEO of https://ei4change.com/ (Ei4Change). For 16 years, Robin has been advocating and raising the awareness of emotional intelligence. He explains that emotional intelligence is a fundamental principle of life. Josh asks Robin what emotional intelligence is, and Robin explains that it is utilizing our emotions to make good decisions. However, emotions are constant and they fluctuate, which affects the way we think, communicate, and engage with others. Ei4change works with anyone interested in learning more about themselves. They...


1024 - Become Truly Limitless with Limitless MD's Dr. Vikram Raya
12/27/2021

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to https://vikramraya.com/ (Dr. Vikram Raya). Dr. Raya is a cardiologist and also the founder and CEO of Limitless MD and the CEO and founding partner of https://vikingcapllc.com/ (Viking Capital). Dr. Raya says he’s most passionate about health, wealth, and mindset. Dr. Raya went into cardiology after he saw his family suffer from cardiac issues. He admits, though, that when he went into the medical field, he lost his connection to his patients because of how transactional the industry is. Dr. Raya opened a fu...


1023 - Digital Marketing for Service-Based Businesses with Leah Gervais
12/26/2021

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to business coach and mentor, https://leahgervais.com/ (Leah Gervais).  Leah has a mentorship business, a coaching platform, and she and her team help budding entrepreneurs get their start and scale to their goals. They work with service-based entrepreneurs throughout various verticals. Leah and her team specialize in entrepreneurial mindset and marketing.  Leah explains how social media marketing isn’t necessarily controlled by platforms like Facebook. Her principle to address this is that you should ensure your marketing isn’t reliant on other algorithms or platforms. You...


1022 - Data Management with Unstructured Data with Unstruk Data's Kirk Marple
12/25/2021

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to the founder and CEO of https://www.unstruk.com/ (Unstruk Data), Kirk Marple.  Unstruk Data unlocks the power of unstructured data by storing it in a data warehouse. Unstructured data can be anything from audio or visual data, and Kirk details that analytics can be run on geospatial and temporal unstructured data. This data can be analyzed using machine learning and artificial intelligence to show trends in a generated knowledge graph.  Kirk explains how unstructured data is a core piece of what we as consumers...


1021 - Systems and Processes in the Fitness Industry with MELD Fitness + Wellness's Micah Logan
12/24/2021

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to coach, speaker, entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of https://www.meldfranchise.com/ (MELD Fitness + Wellness), Micah Logan.  Micah got started in entrepreneurship and fitness by accident. Micah has worked in a variety of gyms and studios in leadership roles, and studio ownership came later for him as he educated himself and capitalized along the way.  MELD Fitness + Wellness is also a franchise, so anyone can start their own boutique fitness micro-studios. Micah shares how he created a system that’s easy to follow and di...


1020 - Customer Data Analysis with Machine Learning with Involve.ai's Gaurav Bhattacharya
12/23/2021

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to the founder and CEO of https://www.involve.ai/ (Involve.ai), Gaurav Bhattacharya.  Involve.ai is a customer intelligence platform that helps you power your company's growth through artificial intelligence and data analysis. Customer data is collected in order to help customer support teams be more proactive and data driven. You can also prevent churn, grow revenue, and deliver amazing customer outcomes, all through machine learning. Machine learning is a crucial aspect of A.I. software and analysis.  Data warehouses often just require API plugins...


1019 - Efficiency and Scalability in Digital Marketing with Boomtime's JP Clement
12/22/2021

In this episode of The Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to the CEO ofhttps://www.boomtime.com/ ( Boomtime), JP Clement. Boomtime is a next-generation digital marketing agency with a twist. Boomtime stands out and apart from other agencies because they productize their marketing services and sort them into packages that focus on different pain points. No matter where you struggle with your digital marketing, they have a specific package that will meet your needs. They also offer à la carte services to make digital marketing more efficient and scalable. These packages are composed of various digital marketing subcategories and B...


1018 - Manage Your First Income Property with Riley Oickle Real Estate Investor's Riley Oickle
12/21/2021

1018 - Manage Your First Income Property with Riley Oickle Real Estate Investor's Riley Oickle


1017 - A Virtual Outsourced Marketing Department with Mavens & Moguls' Paige Arnof-Fenn
12/20/2021

1017 - A Virtual Outsourced Marketing Department with Mavens & Moguls' Paige Arnof-Fenn


1016 - Be the Voice in Front of Your Business with Vocal Impact Productions' Laura Sicola
12/19/2021

1016 - Be the Voice in Front of Your Business with Vocal Impact Productions' Laura Sicola


1015 - Elevate Your Marketing Strategy with Convert ROI's David Schloss
12/18/2021

1015 - Elevate Your Marketing Strategy with Convert ROI's David Schloss


1014 - Get More Community Members with The Membership Mastery's Ryan Carruthers
12/17/2021

Extend Your Customer Lifetime ValueOn the show today is Ryan Carruthers, Founder, and CEO of http://themembershipmastery.com/ (The Membership Mastery). Ryan helps business owners build a membership site of their dreams. The Membership Mastery program helps you figure out the best ways to not only simplify your membership offer but monetize it. In this episode, Ryan shows us his secrets of starting and growing a successful membership website, how to get into the mind of your customers, growing your community, and more! If you’re wondering how to build your membership program the right way, Ryan is here to he...


1013 - Investing in Self Storage with AJ Osborne
12/16/2021

1013 - Investing in Self Storage with AJ Osborne


1012 - E-Commerce for Simulated Diamond Jewelry with Starlette Galleria's Olivia Starling
12/15/2021

1012 - E-Commerce for Simulated Diamond Jewelry with Starlette Galleria's Olivia Starling


1011 - Growing A Marketing Business with Umbrella's Itamar Shafir
12/14/2021

1011 - Growing A Marketing Business with Umbrella's Itamar Shafir


1010 - The Beacons of Leadership with Chris Voss
12/13/2021

1010 - The Beacons of Leadership with Chris Voss


1009 - A Charitable Search Engine with Trueheart's Amy and Scott Malin
12/12/2021

1009 - A Charitable Search Engine with Trueheart's Amy and Scott Malin


1008 - Ask for Permission with Sales Maven's Nikki Raush
12/11/2021

1008 - Ask for Permission with Sales Maven's Nikki Raush


1007 - B2B Video Ad Marketing with Umault's Guy Bauer
12/10/2021

1007 - B2B Video Ad Marketing with Umault's Guy Bauer