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Journey to 7 Figures is a show about entrepreneurs and the stories behind how they grew their businesses to 7 figures and beyond. We cover the good, the bad, the ugly and the lessons they learned along the way.

Journey to 7 Figures Jeremy Ellens: Co-founder LeadQuizzes

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Journey to 7 Figures is a show about entrepreneurs and the stories behind how they grew their businesses to 7 figures and beyond. We cover the good, the bad, the ugly and the lessons they learned along the way.

    What Poker Taught Brian Tate to Grow Oats Overnight to $5M

    What Poker Taught Brian Tate to Grow Oats Overnight to $5M

    Brian Tate, founder and CEO of Oats Overnight, talks about the challenges of running a breakfast business and how his 12 years experience as a professional poker player helped him to grow Oats Overnight to $5M in revenue.

    Visit https://www.leadquizzes.com/podcast for the complete show notes of every podcast episode.
     
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    [02:00] How Brian went from poker into the breakfast business and seeing the market opportunity for overnight oats [03:45] The learning it took to manufacture their product and the struggles they had in the process [05:00] What going to market was like [07:28] Their strategies to get more customers [08:12] Deciding to work with Facebook in marketing their product [12:32] Adding Amazon as another channel [13:50] Figuring out the right audience to go after [18:04] Launching in Amazon and driving sales [21:38] The reasons behind their success and what inspires their flavors [23:40] Hiring poker players and the first roles that Brian brought into the team [26:08] The issue with space as the company grows [28:04] What contributed to their growth in 2019 [29:19] The time when Brian thought the business would fail [29:46] The one thing Brian did that had the biggest impact on the company’s growth [30:14] Where Brian personally had to evolve to grow the business [30:57] Learning leadership and management skills  
    Key Takeaways:
    The biggest difference between Oats Overnight and the homemade overnight oats recipes that you can find online and make for yourself is the protein content and the different ingredients. The problem that Brian was solving for was mostly the convenience side without sacrificing nutrition or taste. The category of overnight oats has a small number of offerings relative to how much traffic there is, so it’s an interesting place to be. According to Brian, the mindset of poker players really fits with an entrepreneurial-type vision. They are very rational. They know that money isn’t made 9 to 5 but that it’s really an around-the-clock thing and that competition is always there so you’ve got to do better. There are a lot of variables that contribute to success in business, and it’s important to be able to approach those individually and understand what contributes to those wins or losses.  
    Action Steps:
    Have everyone in the company start in customer service. You can learn a lot about the company by answering emails. Be mindful of what you’re signing when it comes to commercial leases. Make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew and that you’re not paying extra money for off-site storage and extra shipping costs when you can’t take deliveries in certain timelines because you’re out of space. Listen to your customers. Learn leadership and management skills from mentors and other people who have done it. When starting a business or running a company, it’s definitely important to get advice and talk things through. When you hire somebody, make sure you do it because you trust them, you trust their thought process, and you trust their ability to make decisions, and give them the freedom to feel comfortable and operate in the way they see fit. Be confident in yourself and know that if you’re making the right decision, it’s going to work out.  
    Brian said:
    “There’s a lot of variables that contribute to success in business. Some things happen that are in your control like product development, customer service... and some things happen that are out of your control like recession or change in customer preferences…”
    “For good and bad, people pin wins to things that were sheer luck and they dwell on losses that were totally out of their control. It’s just really important to understand that as you operate.”
     
    More from Brian Tate and Oats Overnight:
    Oats Overnight Oats.com Brian’s LinkedIn Brian’s Facebook  
    Sponsor link
    14-day Free Trial to LeadQuizzes
     
    Thank you for listening! If you enjo

    • 34 min
    How Its Partner Program Helped Databox Grow to $1.5M

    How Its Partner Program Helped Databox Grow to $1.5M

    Pete Caputa, CEO of Databox, talks about their strategy of creating an ecosystem for agencies to learn about Databox, and how building out a partner program helped Databox grow to $1.5M in annual revenue.
    Visit https://www.leadquizzes.com/podcast for the complete show notes of every podcast episode.
     
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    [01:48] Pete’s experience at HubSpot [05:07] How Pete got involved with Databox [07:45] How Databox started [10:32] Building out the partner program at Databox [12:41] Pricing for Databox [13:16] What they do to attract more agencies to Databox [15:25] How they define top partners [16:02] How they went about finding agencies [17:37] Their strategy of creating an ecosystem for agencies to learn about Databox through article contributions [21:21] Creating surveys and getting input from different agencies [22:00] Why they outsource the writing of articles [24:36] The Databox free program and why they decided to keep it [28:28] How they got more users to use their software [30:00] How they come up with ideas to help improve adoption [32:27] When Pete felt that Databox was going to fail [34:42] The one thing they did that had the biggest impact on their growth [35:38] The area that Pete was personally involved in growing at Databox  
    Key Takeaways:
    Agencies are being bombarded by software companies right now, and so the product really needs to work for them. The first thing that software companies get wrong is they start a partner program and they don’t even think about how the agencies are going to do their work. Most agencies hesitate to spend even a few bucks a month and so it’s good to set up the price so that it’s a very minimal amount of money per client, and it’s very easily justified by any time savings they would get from automating. The nice thing about agencies is they kind of pay attention to each other and they learn from each other, so once you get a few partners on board, it becomes a lot easier to be more credible with the rest. Action Steps:
    Invite agencies to contribute to articles that you’re writing as a way for you to get in front of them without being promotional about what you do. Consider offering a freemium product by looking at its benefits to sales and marketing.  
    Pete said:
    “I realized there was a real pain point for agencies, specifically, in that they were manually producing their reports at the end of the month for every client by logging in to multiple tools… and realized that we could automate a lot of that process for them.”
    “I look at marketing combined with a freemium product and to me, it just feels like a cash register because, especially with organic content marketing, once you figure something out, it produces returns for you for a long time with very little care and feeding.”
     
    More from Pete Caputa:
    Pete’s LinkedIn
    Pete’s Twitter (@pc4media)
     
    Tools and resources mentioned in this episode:
    Databox  
    Sponsor link
    14-day Free Trial to LeadQuizzes
     
    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to this podcast! And don’t forget to leave me a rating and a review on iTunes!

    • 39 min
    How Farmgirl Flowers Got to $23.4B in Revenue

    How Farmgirl Flowers Got to $23.4B in Revenue

    Christina Stembel entered the $3B online flower industry with no experience and very little money. With a dream to innovate on how business was done, she came up with a unique model that eventually led to Farmgirl Flowers’ $23.4M in revenue last year.
    Visit https://www.leadquizzes.com/podcast for the complete show notes of every podcast episode.
     
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    [01:48] What gave Christina the idea of going into the flower business [03:37] Some of the things that Christina saw with the major players in the online flower market that made her think she could come in and stand out [05:56] How Christina came up with Farmgirl Flowers’ unique business model [06:49] How they tackled the problem of “waste” in the flower industry [09:27] What they did to make their bouquet pieces different from the competition [10:47] How Christina started Farmgirl Flowers with her personal savings and how she got it launched off the ground [12:49] What their first year in business looked like [14:24] How they started marketing in their first year [16:25] How they built their customer base by utilizing customer feedback [19:42] The different ways they get customer feedback [20:57] How they started doing advertising in years three and four and their strategy of pushing it through Yelp [23:30] Christina’s first hire and what she brought them in to do [26:47] Farmgirl Flowers’ supply chain, how they decided to get their sourcing, and how it evolved over time [30:39] The challenge of supporting American growers and why they eventually decided to get international sourcing [35:06] How much people cared about the idea of supporting American growers [36:38] The one thing that Christina did that had the biggest impact on Farmgirl Flowers’ growth [38:24] How Christina made sure she hired the right person. [39:05] The area that Christina personally had to grow in as a business owner to get to where she is today  
    Key Takeaways:
    In previous generations, people would hide behind the fact that it’s the thought that counts, but it’s not the thought that counts with younger people. If they’re going to spend $80 to $100 of their hard-earned money on a bouquet of flowers, it better be worth that much. Flowers have a very rough perishability time period, even more so than food. If you’re in the flower business, you can’t make a mistake. You have about three days to use those flowers before you have to dump them. 79% of the people that buy flowers are women buying for women. It’s the actual marketing spend that’s going to drive your growth. If you are spending on people managing that spend, that’s money you could be actually spending on the spend. You need as much money to get in front of people as you can. Parenting books are wonderful for managing people.  
    Action Steps:
    Get customer feedback and use it to make the necessary changes to create the best product offering that would allow you to meet your business goals. Find the platform that everybody else is using for advertising and put your money there. Become a good leader and manage your people well. Put a lot of emphasis on team culture early into your business.  
    Christina said:
    “The industry is very old school. It’s ancient. Most of the American farmers are second or third generation and they’ve been doing things in certain ways. And getting them to break that, the system that they’ve been set up for and doing things for multiple generations is not easy.”
    “Every dollar that I can spend, putting it back into marketing, is what’s going to help keep fueling our growth.”
     
    More from Christina Stembel:
    Farmgirl Flowers’ Website
    Farmgirl Flowers’ Facebook
    Farmgirl Flowers’ Instagram (@farmgirlflowers)
    Christina’s LinkedIn
     
    Tools and resources mentioned in this episode:
    The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle Books written by Brene Brown How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of t

    • 43 min
    How WebPT Grew Into a Leading PT Software With Over $80M ARR

    How WebPT Grew Into a Leading PT Software With Over $80M ARR

    Heidi Jannenga, President and Co-Founder of WebPT, talks about how their cloud-based idea grew into the leading physical therapy software on the market. WebPT did over $80M in revenue last year with a 99% customer retention rate.
    Visit https://www.leadquizzes.com/podcast for the complete show notes of every podcast episode.
     
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    [01:38] How Heidi first came up with the idea for WebPT [06:03] How they saved a tremendous amount of money in building their platform by finding a technical co-founder [07:03] Launching their product, deciding on pricing, and getting customers [09:59] How much money they were saving versus how much money they were spending for transcription [10:41] WebPT’s secret sauce and how they started getting leads [13:13] Building WebPT’s marketing strategy [14:49] How much traffic they’re getting from their content and SEO [16:06] Creating brand awareness among university students [17:08] Doing trade shows and building their reputation [18:10] Going after the SMB space and engaging with their customers to improve their platform [20:53] WebPT’s retention rate in the past and now [21:52] The challenge of getting customers on board [23:54] WebPT’s workflow [25:42] WebPT’s Idea Portal and other ways of getting customer feedback [28:51] Bringing on a CEO and scaling the company [32:19] What made them decide to raise funds and how they did it successfully [38:17] Taking risks to grow the business [40:32] Growing through acquisitions [41:21] Why Heidi thought the business would fail and what she did about it [42:41] What had the biggest impact on WebPT’s growth [43:17] The area that Heidi had to personally grow in to grow the business  
    Key Takeaways:
    Having a technical co-founder and a subject matter expert is a very good fusion to launching a successful product. What’s tremendously important during the early stage of a business is staying niche. The number one reason acquisitions fail is because there’s not a culture fit between the two companies. It’s okay to be vulnerable even as a leader. You don’t have to have all the answers, and it’s okay to say you don’t know. That vulnerability component in a leader can lead to loyalty.  
    Action Steps:
    Know the impact that your business is having on customers. Bring people that are smarter than you into your business but still own that you’re the leader they’re looking up to.  
    Heidi said:
    “You can’t discount the actual product. The product has to work… If it’s a s****y product, you’re going to have a problem with people leaving.”
    “As a leader, it’s okay to be vulnerable. I think too often we have our work selves and we have our out-of-work selves, and the authenticity is what people really migrate to.”
     
    More from Heidi Jannenga:
    WebPT’s Website Heidi’s LinkedIn Heidi’s Twitter (@HeidiJannenga) Sponsor link
    14-day Free Trial to LeadQuizzes
     
    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to this podcast! And don’t forget to leave me a rating and a review on iTunes!

    • 48 min
    How 1-800-GOT-JUNK Grew Into a $309M Franchise Business

    How 1-800-GOT-JUNK Grew Into a $309M Franchise Business

    Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? tells the importance of figuring out your values and setting a painted picture for your business. Now, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has grown to over $309M in revenue with over 250 franchise owners around the world.
    Visit https://www.leadquizzes.com/podcast for the complete show notes of every podcast episode.
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    [01:45] How Brian started his business [03:23] How he got his first customers and leveraged the power of free press [04:50] What it was like to fire all his people and rebuild the business from scratch [06:17] Brian’s lesson learned on partnership and mentorship [07:43] The process of defining the business culture and values, and figuring out the right people to hire [09:39] What they do to make sure that they’re incentivizing those core values [12:02] The value of mentorship and what it was like to join the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (now Entrepreneurs’ Organization) [16:06] Why Brian decided to go down the franchise route versus expanding the business himself [17:28] How Brian attracted people who had that ownership mentality [18:51] Hiring a COO and building the executive team [24:28] The Painted Picture and the impact that had on the business [24:28] Some of the marketing channels they used to grow the business [29:01] Setting up a PR department and building the business by getting their story out there [30:23] Getting a major acquisition offer and turning it down [32:55] Having to change some of their talents when the business hit different sizes [37:17] What Brian did when he thought 1-800-GOT-JUNK? would fail [38:21] What Brian did that had the biggest impact on their growth
      Key Takeaways:
    How do you know who the right people are to hire? You need to figure out your values and find the right people based on those values. For a company to grow in scale, you need to have values that everyone in the company aligns by. And it’s more important that you’ve got values and that they’re yours and you own them versus what those values are. Storytelling is important to make sure your teams are alive with the values that are important to you. Everyone has the responsibility to make the world a better place, whether it’s with us or taking and learning from us and doing it on the outside. Entrepreneurs break rules. Sometimes it’s better to beg for forgiveness versus ask for permission. You don’t want anyone to get hurt, you don’t want to do anything dangerous, but you get out there sometimes and you push boundaries. We’re in the storytelling age more than ever. It’s about finding new and different ways to tell stories and tell the world about the interesting and unique things that you as a leader or an entrepreneur are doing.  
    Action Steps:
    Figure out the values that you stand on. What words describe who you already are? Not who you want to be or try to be but who you are today. Give your people feedback immediately. If some of them are not living the company values, tell them why, tell them which value they’re not living, and give them some feedback. If they’re living the values and demonstrating them, you also want to give them feedback and give them the kudos as to how they’re doing such a great job, and celebrate those values. As a leader, you must live and demonstrate the values of your company. Be careful when you set a “painted picture”. Just think big. Don’t let anything else get in your way. Then recruit the right people to help you make that picture a reality. Build your business out ready to scale by having the right systems in place to recruit the right people, train the right people, and so on.  
    Brian said:
    “It’s important to take a team and, even if they’re not experienced, to trust the team, to work with them to create values. You decide, what words are important? Does it resonate? And then stick to those.”
    “Failure is temporary. But also, let’s not forget, suc

    • 41 min
    How ProfitWell Grew to Over $10M by Solving Pricing Problems

    How ProfitWell Grew to Over $10M by Solving Pricing Problems

    Patrick Campbell, Co-founder and CEO of ProfitWell, talks about how they grew to over $10M in revenue by taking on the role of pricing experts for their clients and revolutionizing how businesses price their products and services through their technology.
    Visit https://www.leadquizzes.com/podcast for the complete show notes of every podcast episode.
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    [01:40] How they got the idea for Price Intelligently and what it does [02:46] The pricing problem and how they went about trying to solve it [07:14] How they took their idea to their first customers [09:12] How they got potential customers interested in their content [11:26] What it looks like for someone who wants to improve their pricing [13:25] Tactical things that you can do to improve your pricing [14:39] How they work with their customers [15:45] How they handled things in the early days of Price Intelligently [17:58] The strategies they used to grow their business [19:44] Outsourcing their sales and finding the right person that could do it [21:03] Having systems in place with following up with the inbound and creating outbound leads [21:58] How they did their inbound content strategy [25:08] How they got to over $10M [28:18] Developing the tool ProfitWell and what it does [32:10] How long it took them to build ProfitWell and how much it cost [36:45] How they found the best people to work on ProfitWell [38:49] How they’re able to gain their customers’ trust [40:56] What they did that had the biggest impact on their growth  
    Key Takeaways:
    The biggest problem is getting people to realize that your price is the exchange rate on the value that you’re providing. And that value is crucial to measure for the customer that you’re trying to sell to. If you get your value metric correct, what ends up happening is you basically align yourself to your customer and how they want to see and pay for your product. As you grow, you have to be comfortable with failing. Getting to $10M takes work but it’s not difficult if you are willing to give up some constraints.  
    Action Steps:
    Get some data to help you with your pricing decisions. Don’t be afraid to talk to people about your price and about your value. Ask people traditional, non-leading questions like: At what price is this way too expensive that you’d never consider purchasing it? At what price is this a really good deal that you would purchase it right away? Get your value metric correct.  
    Patrick said:
    “It doesn’t really matter what business you’re in... the thing that’s amazing about the world of technology and the world of online is that a lot of us will produce something of value... and then all of a sudden, when it comes time to price that product, we just lose our minds.”
    “A lot of people, they’re very scared to go talk to people about their price, they’re scared to go talk to people about their value. But you have to realize that everyone understands that things cost money… You have to talk to them about value.”
     
    More from Patrick Campbell and ProfitWell:
    ProfitWell’s Website
    Patrick’s LinkedIn
    Patrick’s Twitter (@patticus)
    Patrick’s Email
     
    Tools and resources mentioned in this episode:
    High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove  
    Sponsor link
    14-day Free Trial to LeadQuizzes
     
    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to this podcast! And don’t forget to leave me a rating and a review on iTunes!

    • 44 min

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Real information getting the nitty gritty

Jeremy,
I have been listening to you on my runs and the questions you ask are exactly what I would ask...how, what did you do? What do you mean? You get them to give you real answers to our burning questions. Keep on being real with your podcast guests and getting that information out of them and to us! I would like to see more podcasts though...where are they?
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Awesome show, highly recommend!

Jeremy and his guests provide some incredibly actionable and compelling content, spotlighting the absolute best tactics on how to effectively grow your business, without draining your bank account (and well-being).

Highly recommend listening and subscribing to Journey to 7 Figures if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to take your business to the next level (and reach your overall goals as a result)!

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Such a great concept for a podcast and I was glad to find it. I have been a serial entreprenuer for the last two decades and wish I would discovered a resource like this YEARS ago! Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

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