The Page 1 Podcast is a weekly show that features a variety of guests and thought leaders on topics ranging from channel strategies, to tariffs, influencer marketing, best in class product launches, and all the details about how to accelerate your eCommerce sales with the big box retailers, or what we call rCommerce.
Supply Chain Shipping Madness & Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Update – Mark Adkison EP99
The Underdog Philosophy for Business Excellence-Atul Vir Ep98
How did your business navigate the Covid crisis? Did you learn new innovative ways that grew the business, or did you stagnate in the same old models? To navigate a huge crisis and still grow as a business calls for adopting new models or products that fit in that particular time and moment.
In this episode of the Page 1 Podcast, Luke Peters speaks with Atul Vir on how his business navigated the 2020 pandemic through innovation after 30 years of operation. Atul Vir is a hands-on CEO, seasoned entrepreneur, inventor, and author. He started his business Equator Advanced Appliances in 1991 which he operates on the principles of strong ethics and superior customer service.
Listen in to learn how Atul and his team were able to reimagine and reengineer his company to a favorable and growth position during the pandemic. You will also learn the importance of staying prepared and flexible as a business in any phase of the economy.
How to focus your business specialization on what the customer needs and wants. The importance of having the product inventory in advance to keep growing a business during a crisis. Why businesses should stay prepared and flexible even after the pandemic. How to use empathy to anticipate customer needs when developing products. Episode Timeline:
[2:49] Atul describes the innovative products they sell at Equator Appliances and their focus. [5:00] How they reimagined and reengineered the company during the 2020 pandemic to make it their best year in 30 years. [8:20] The steps and risks they took to overcome the Covid challenges and stay in business. [11:51] How the pandemic taught them to plan for product inventory in advance to avoid delays. [14:48] How they navigated cost increases by introducing newer models that fit in a new selling price. [17:53] Why it’s uncertain whether the cost of production will continue being high or not after the pandemic. [21:02] The innovative outdoor refrigerator and air conditioner Atul came up with, in 2020. [23:11] How Atul has learned to understand the customer needs and wants to innovate products. [25:16] The different markets Equator Appliances has been able to support during the pandemic. [30:22] How some businesses failed during Covid plus how the appliances market will proceed post-pandemic. [33:54] The engagement and support Atul and his team are offering to Covid victims in India. Quotes:
“Empathy starts by showing concern for not yourself but your customers.”- Atul [24:41]
Launching A Technology Product with Community Building - Helen Thomas Ep97
How to Properly Launch A Product into The Market with Massive Success
Do you have a dream or the goal of successfully launching your product into the market? Have you set up the right strategy to ensure everything works even better than planned? Listen, many elements need to fall into place to ensure that you have a unique product, a ready market for it, and a launching plan set in advice.
That’s why, in this episode of the Page One Podcast, we have Helen Thomas, she has just helped DMAI successfully launch an artificial intelligence product. Helen is the CEO of DMAI, which is a global general artificial intelligence company. She has for many years grown businesses in the technology, digital media, and now artificial intelligence industries.
Listen in to learn the importance of building a community even before the product launch to ensure there is a ready market for it. You will also learn the importance of preparing for the launch in advance, plus simple ways to get you good product reviews.
How to build a community as part of the marketing campaign during your product’s pre-launch stage. Utilizing consistent earned media to support your paid media to keep your Facebook campaign fresh and results-yielding. How to prepare for your product launch in advance to ensure its success. The importance of adding a human touch to your customer service to ensure good reviews. Episode Timeline:
[1:26] Get to know Helen and what they do at DMAI. [2:52] She describes the Virtual Preschool System, Animal Island Learning Adventure they launched. [5:21] DMAI’s scope of operation, the size of their team, and how they were affected by the pandemic. [7:03] The journey of formulating a strategy to create AILA, which became the starting point. [9:31] How they invested heavily to produce their software and hardware original content. [12:37] She explains how they approached the marketing of the product before launching to build its root in the market. [15:56] How to approach Facebook paid and earned media with consistency to see results. [19:10] The type of audience they target for AILA online, especially during the pandemic. [22:08] Why they only direct their traffic to one place which is their website. [25:08] Factors to look into to compliment your business website to be as good in sales as Amazon. [29:39] Helen on how she successfully led the preparation for the product launch. [32:17] The features that make AILA unique, better, and to perform excellently in the market. [35:11] The three simple and guaranteed ways to get you good reviews. [38:02] The importance of creating content based on what you care about to attract and build a community. Quotes:
“Dream big and execute day by day, you will get there.”- Helen [41:11]
How to Triple Your Amazon Sales - Brian Beck Ep96
How to Approach Selling on Amazon in 2021
How are you approaching your selling on Amazon strategy? Have you diversified your channels or are you solely relying on Amazon? Diversifying your channels as a business is very important instead of solely depending on Amazon. It is also important to first focus on differentiating the product before diversifying the channels.
In this episode of the Page One Podcast, Luke Peters interviews Brian Beck, eCommerce expert advisor and author of the Billion Dollar B2B Ecommerce book. He has 20+ years of experience in eCommerce and specializes in creating eCommerce strategies worth hundreds of millions to clients.
Listen in to learn the importance of directing outside traffic to your Amazon site rather than your website at the beginning of your marketing campaign. You will also learn why you need to first differentiate your product rather than selling channels.
How to succeed by expanding your business to multiple channels and not just rely on Amazon. How to increase your visibility on your Amazon site by directing traffic from outside Amazon. How Amazon is working to get rid of fake reviews’ sites that negatively affect businesses. Episode Timeline:
[1:14] Brian’s background in the eCommerce sector for the last 22 years. [2:40] How they help businesses grow with Amazon at Enceiba. [4:31] How they help well-established brands navigate Amazon fit into their overall picture. [7:26] Why most businesses are shifting to 3P selling on Amazon over 1P. [10:42] The importance of expanding your retail and distribution channels without solely relying on Amazon. [17:47] How to build your positive reviews using Amazon tools and work to remove the bad ones. [24:20] The advantages of directing traffic to your Amazon site to kickstart your marketing campaign. [29:15] The different software tools that Enceiba has built to help clients navigate Amazon. [34:12] Brian narrates how they helped a certain company transform their Amazon image for the better. Quotes:
“At the end of the day, a manufacturer needs to differentiate on product, not on channel.”- Brian [12:47]
Making a 3 year Business Growth Strategy Plan – 3HAG - Shannon Susko Ep95
3 HAG WAY: How to Develop a Plan and Build a Confident Team to Succeed in Business
Imagine having a business strategy that’s a well-thought-out plan and a culturally strong team to help you succeed. Having a prescriptive framework like the 3 HAG WAY to help you take the guesswork out of your business strategy and to lead your team with confidence.
in this episode of the Page One Podcast, we have Shannon Susko talk about the 3 HAG WAY methodology and how it helped businesses grow during the pandemic. Shannon has more than twenty years of experience building and leading high-growth technology companies in the financial services industry. She currently serves as a corporate director and a leadership coach helping CEOs and top executives in a variety of industries keep their companies on the path to growth and predictable profit.
Listen in to learn how to stop making assumption mistakes and instead adopt the habit of doing market research for facts. You will also learn the vitality of growing a confident team to help you be a confident leader and take your business to the next level.
The importance of having the patience to build the execution plan and the team. How to collect information and do market research regularly to always have facts, not assumptions. How to have a thought-out plan to reach business success by utilizing a crisis like the pandemic. Episode Timeline:
[2:53] How to execute the 3 HAG WAY methodology in business during the pandemic. [5:29] How to wrap all the systems around the strategy by executing the plan and growing the team. [10:49] How the 3 HAG WAY aligns the team with the business’s plan and makes things more objective. [13:27] The mistake of assumptions that many businesses make instead of focusing on the facts. [18:00] The benefits of having thorough and regular market research to have facts in your business. [20:25] How companies using the 3 HAG WAY became proactive in projecting and managing the expectations of stakeholders during the pandemic. [27:08] Shannon talks about her involvement with the Milo's Tea Company and how she helped turn it around during the pandemic. [35:28] The importance of planning and committing to growing your team to achieve your business goals. Quotes:
“Assumptions come from not doing the research in the market that we need to.”- Shannon [18:03]
Selling your Amazon Product Business - Sarah Dajani Ep94
How to Increase the Chances of your Amazon Business Getting Acquired
Have you been thinking of exiting your eCommerce business but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you don’t know whether your business is in the right position to attract good buyers? How about positioning your eCommerce business rightly and taking it to the next level, especially now during the eCommerce high?
In this episode of the Page One Podcast, Luke Peters interviews Sarah Dajani, the Vice President of Operations at Boosted Commerce. She’s a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Princeton University and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University. She explains the lessons of being a good student and the value of staying connected that she learned from Princeton and Stanford.
Listen in to learn the importance of trusting the entrepreneurial process and learning as you grow, to succeed. You will also learn how companies like Boosted Commercial are changing the eCommerce business dynamic.
How to achieve your set goals and excel by putting in the work and trying more than once. The impact of the pandemic on eCommerce, especially on Amazon. The power of having access to knowledge, people, and institution to understand the economy and find success. Episode Timeline:
[3:27] Sarah explains how to trust the entrepreneurial process and learn as you grow. [6:16] How she put in the work to get into Princeton and Stanford plus get a job with Bain. [8:15] The lessons of being a good student and the importance of staying connected she learned from Princeton and Stanford. [11:34] How Boosted Commerce buys and grows eCommerce businesses. [15:39] How she works with brand managers at Boosted to grow and maintain those brands. [17:56] The relationship that Boosted aims to build with eCommerce business owners during and after purchasing their businesses. [20:31] The importance of positioning your eCommerce business to the next level to prepare for exit. [22:44] Why the valuation of eCommerce businesses has changed over time. [26:44] Understanding what Amazon will and will not become over the long term. [31:27] She explains why companies like Boosted are here to grow businesses on Amazon and not chase them away. [35:21] The different ways to have access to knowledge, the right education, and the right network. Quotes:
“What Amazon’s system rewards companies for is bringing additional traffic to the platform.”- Sarah [31:56]
A must listen in the Housewares and hardware industries
I have been binge listening to episodes and the information is highly relevant and helpful for anyone engaged in the Housewares and Hardware industries. Being a company owner and an insightful, curious individual, Luke Peters asks knowledgeable questions and provide the guests a safe and comfortable platform to generously share their experience and wisdom. I learn something in every episode.
Very engaging, even for non business professionals. The host always has insightful questions and thoughtful responses. Always looking out for my #1 podcast every Friday!
Straight to the point and informative, I like the variety of guests and topics. Great listen for entrepreneurs and business owners!