Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk

Businessman, family man, and CEO of VaynerMedia

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON March 16, 2016

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Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk@garyvee · CEO
Hi I'm Gary - I've been building business all my life. Starting in my 20's I grew the family business, a liquor store, from $3million to $45 million in 5 years by launching WineLibrary.com, one of America's first wine e-commerce businesses. Then in 2009 I co-founded VaynerMedia, a social first digital library helping brands market in the year we live in. Currently I'm an Angel investor and Advisor to some of the most successful tech startups and have invested in more than 50 including Twitter, Tumblr, Medium and Uber. Last year I decided to launch a $25 million seed fund, VaynerRSE, to continue investing. Ask me anything!
Justin Kwong
Justin Kwong@justinckwong · Founder @ ISM (ism-sf.com)
What is your take on the next generation of social media?
Brendan Hufford
Brendan Hufford@brendan_hufford
What is your FAVORITE section of the #AskGaryVee book? It's, hands down, the best content you've ever made. THANK YOU for making it and shutting up the haters (including me!). ^_^
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@garyvee hey Gary! In the #AskGaryVee audiobook you mention a few times how much you value the teen mindshare, and one of the apps teens have formed quite a movement around is @Shots. What do you think of it and why aren't more people in tech talking about it? -- For context: Shots launched an update a few weeks ago positioned around fun content from the web, the "Shots Comedy App" -- and you can share links now (which is really well done). I've been using on the Product Hunt account and we're seeing hundreds of likes per post on average, with more than a handful reaching 3,000 to 4,000 likes. It's also super fun to use. And the Shots community recently broke our Product Hunt LIVE record for number of comments in a LIVE Chat in John's AMA (and Rudy's wasn't far behind...). Very strong community, all framed around positivity.
Tom Frink
Tom Frink@tfcuse
What is the most effective social media platform for B2B businesses that are NOT in the tech sector?
Jack Dweck
Jack Dweck@jackdweck · Product Manager at Unroll.Me
Hey Gary! You have a history of jumping on social platforms well before they become mainstream. What's the best indicator that a platform is going to blow up?
Suzie Godwin Kane
Suzie Godwin Kane@suziekane · Owner, Marketing Slices
My client is in the wedding industry, and SnapChat stories from clients would be a great addition to their marketing strategy. When you have a physical product, how do you protect a brand's image on SnapChat when the video controls are in the user's hands?
Ash Rajput
Ash Rajput@ar_trex · BI Consultant ( A Gym Rat)
Why Social Media? You probably could've gone some where else. What is the story behind you starting your career as Social Media expert. Btw Finished your Audio Book. Was a bomb. Spoiler Alert !!!Thanks for adding some humor with Tennis and Wines and Self Awareness.
Brendan Hufford
Brendan Hufford@brendan_hufford
Looking back, VM started as social community management and added creative later on. In retrospect, would you still have done the same thing?
Will Chou
Will Chou@willc · Personal Development: willyoulaugh.com
If I want to be one of the best skilled with social media 5 years from now (I don't care about if other people think I'm the best or not or fame.. I just actually want to be the best).. how would I go about doing that starting with basic/intermediate knowledge?
Patrick Sanderson
Patrick Sanderson@pjsanderson
Gary. You're a 30 year old arable farmer who has just taken over the family farm after your father suddenly passed away. You've got things running well and you are doing 'okay', but living with the volatility of the commodity markets isn't easy. You probably realise you need to expand yourself beyond the farm, which can be feast or famine. What do you do?
jack rometty
jack rometty@rometty_ · student
Gary! Thanks for putting so much awesome free content online! What are you excited about today? What are you looking forward to? :)
Patrick M. Hodgdon
Patrick M. Hodgdon@patrickh · Storytelling & Go-To Market Strategy 💡🚀📈
@garyvee thanks for doing this GV! What are 3 of your favorite under the radar apps (invested or not) that you are excited about and why? A few years back you tipped me off to Checkout51 right as they were launching in the US and it helped me grow some of my client's businesses as a result of being some of the earliest brands on the platform. Thanks again for all you do to share your content with us!
Patrick M. Hodgdon
Patrick M. Hodgdon@patrickh · Storytelling & Go-To Market Strategy 💡🚀📈
Which brands do you see doing it right on Snapchat? I've been enjoying what @ProductHunt and @WeareBrave has been putting out but would love to know more!
Brendan Hufford
Brendan Hufford@brendan_hufford
@patrickh @producthunt @wearebrave i know you didn't ask me, but @thehundreds KILLS it on snapchat. They are a streetwear brand that's always ahead of the game. Bobby Hundreds is on Gary Vee's level.
Patrick M. Hodgdon
Patrick M. Hodgdon@patrickh · Storytelling & Go-To Market Strategy 💡🚀📈
@GaryVee, In Chapter 1 of the #AskGaryVee Book, you give great advice on a major 🔑 being to push on the two edges of "clouds and dirt" in terms of highest level business philosophy and as a practitioner of your craft. Can you share some of the ways you've been pushing those two edges lately in your work? Any recent evolution in your philosophy or new tactical practioner skills you've added?
Aaron Vidas
Aaron Vidas@aaronvidas · Founder of StrategyBox
How do you track the effectiveness of Snapchat campaigns for your clients?
Christopher Velez
Christopher Velez@chr1stopher_sam · CEO / D•G•R
@aaronvidas I would think based off of view count and screenshots. Great Question, would love to hear Gary's answer on this.
Harry Stebbings
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@garyvee Mr Vaynerchuck, pleasure to be speaking to you, massive fan of yours and I believe we will be speaking on @twentyminutevc in April arranging with your colleagues now. Also had @mazzeo on the show and heard about how your late night jam sesh was where he and @sacca first met, nice work! As for my question, I would love to hear what the single biggest turning point in your life has been and the consequent effect of that? Very excited to have you on the show in person!
Martin Skakala
Martin Skakala@mskakala · Founder & CEO WakesApp.com
Hey Gary, congratulations on your new book! Love the 100+ 5* reviews in under a week + I saw it was in top 50 amazon books last week. Amazing!! Question: When you guys started VaynerMedia what you guys specifically do in terms of sales & marketing in the first 12 months, right from the get go? Thanks for the AMA Gary
John Leonard De Guzman
John Leonard De Guzman@jldeguzman · Problem Solver, iOS Ninja
hey @garyvee, first off I'd like to thank you for 1. Writing the #AskGaryVee book and 2. Retweeting + tweeting + recommending my medium post today. The #garyveeeffect was in full swing in my inboxes and notifications and even getting my medium post into a publication! Thank you for that and thank you for always engaging with your community! My question is this: I'm trying to build a platform that involves conversational UI + grocery delivery. Any thoughts on the future of Conversational UI ( bots + AI + agents ) and how important it is to connect with your customers especially in the most personal retail business such as grocery shopping? Is that something you'd invest on?
Sean Do
Sean Do@everywheresean · Web Developer - Photographer
Do you have any distractions in life? Best advice getting rid of them?
Ai Zhang
Ai Zhang@aiaddysonzhang
Gary, you mentioned in one of your episodes that you do NOT expect your coworkers to work as hard as you do. I am a teacher in higher ed. Should I expect my students to work as hard as I do and care about their education/career as much as I do? Thank you!
Remy Bonke
Remy Bonke@remy_bonke
Hey Gary, awesome that you are doing this! I have only been following you for about a month but I am totally hooked. In the beginning of #AskGaryVee show you recommended using Medium for blogging. Yesterday Apple announced that it will open up it's News app for independent organizations and bloggers. Do you think this platform would be beneficial for an independent blogger? And if so; would you use it? I am curious to what your take is on this; because all the big news agencies are already on there. Thank you so much for answering my question. Keep it up & I love the new book.
Everlasting Wardrobe
Everlasting Wardrobe@everwardrobe · Co-Founder Everlasting Wardrobe
You mention in the boooooook and shoooooooow that you don't use your own clients' content as examples of tactics Vaynermedia has implemented....Is that because they don't want you to, or you don't want it to look like your trying to sell for them? I believe that those examples would be the most beneficial from a tactics perspective, as we could go from inception/execution/result on an individual campaign or piece. Also can you go into the types of metrics you use to prove ROI to clients, not that most of the existing ones are skewed?
Christopher Velez
Christopher Velez@chr1stopher_sam · CEO / D•G•R
Hey Gary! Thanks for your time! One of the biggest questions I get asked is, "You spend so much time working in and out of the city, how do you find balance between your work life and your personal life" My response has always been that my work life is somewhat of my personal life. I own a company and am a partner in another, I have made both these companies personal to me because I am in absolute love with that I do. Am I wrong for doing so? Should I be splitting my work and personal life? How do you handle this, what is your key to mastering this? Thanks Gary! You are the F**K**G BEST MAN! Amazing content! Background @Chr1stopher_sam on Snapchat, Intagram, Twitter 26 yrs old No wife or kids Company 1 (partner) Sarkar Tactical --> Manufacturer of Body Armor Company 2 (owner) DGR --> Informative public interviews with current owners, Ceo's, founders, for educational purposes. 2x World Champ of reading #AskGaryVee book lol!
Ling So
Ling So@ling_so · CEO, Eat2healthyweight.com
What is the top 3 things u recommend us to do to become a profitable entrepreneur & making our world a little better?
Ling So
Ling So@ling_so · CEO, Eat2healthyweight.com
What diet are you on now? Paleo, vegan, raw? Do you have a nutritional coach? Mike is your exercise coach. You need me to assist you to attain optimal health & vitality with stress management, yummy nutrient-dense foods & drinks. Real whole foods! No processed foods. So you can help more people to be their best! I’m grateful for your sharing of inspirations & wisdom! Thank YOU!!
Sam Marley
Sam Marley@sam_marley · Co-founder of Blurr (yourblurr.com)
Snapchat is growing and starting to be utilised in a variety of different ways by super users and businesses, much like many social media platforms have/did. Where do you see Snapchat going next in this 'social media life cycle'?
angielim
angielim@angielim · Co-founder, Bento Cam
How do you go about finding and choosing startups to fund for VaynerRSE and what types of startups are you looking to invest in? And if you have time for an extra question, I'd love to know how many photos you have on your camera roll? :)
Nicholas Night
Nicholas Night@nicholasnight1 · CEO/Co-Founder, Revizzit.com
You've mentioned a few times that the #AskGaryVee book content had already changed by the time you did the Audible recording. If there was a way (there is) to make live connected products that you can change at will, and give huge value to customers, would you be interested?
Petpalooza
Petpalooza@petpalooza · #1 idiot savant, minus the savant part
I'm a 52 year old child who has been an entrepreneur since the 2nd grade. My first biz was tracing the outline of the helmet from my NY Jets notebook .. yes, that's right Gary.. the NY Jets!! .. and then drawing in the logos of other kids favorite teams. Me?.. HUGE Vikings Fan! I charged a nickel to Bob Cole for a Cowboys Star, then made him my very first commissioned sales person. Made $4.10 @ .5 a pop, back in 1972. ... Drumroll ... my question: What can I do to get a 30 minute meeting with you? I would be willing to up the ante of the rock, paper, scissors challenge from your past, and say, "If I don't blow you away with my presentation, I'll cut off my pinky, we'll the tip of it at least. I'll even let you be the one to chop it off. Sick?? Maybe ... but I don't intend on losing anything; other than the inability to meet you. Thanks for your consideration!!
Jordan Gonen
Jordan Gonen@jrdngonen · trying my best.
Hey Gary! Thanks for coming on. I am a student getting involved with tech startups and VCs! Two questions for you (trying to make you think): What is the biggest mountain you have to climb this year? Best way to level up networking? (talk to "more important and wiser" people)
Blue Deer Design
Blue Deer Design@bluedeer_design · Blue Deer
How important is a good logo to a business?
Remy Bonke
Remy Bonke@remy_bonke
Hey Gary, back in 2014 you recommended using Medium to share blog posts to reach an audience. Yesterday Apple announced that it would open up it's News app to everyone. This means that individual bloggers now can create & publish media rich content directly to the Apple News app. Would you advice individual bloggers to use it? And would you use it yourself ? Thank you for answering, love the new book, keep it up.
Lyle Foxman
Lyle Foxman@reallylefoxman · Netlabnyc
You discussed in the James Altucher interview some great ideas on selling on Amazon. What 3 products would you niche down and focus on selling? Why? Also, what do you think of their affiliate program? Worth it or not?
Thomas Kimura
Thomas Kimura@_tomki · Freelance Web Designer
@garyvee yo Gary! Just picked up your new book and love it. Anyways here's a bit different of a question. Do you get much physical fan mail like other internet influencers? Either way, I'm probably going to send you a little gift.
Patrick
Patrick@patrick_simpson · Sales/Entrepreneur
Have an opinion on Startup Weekend events?
Ethan Ellis
Ethan Ellis@designerethan · Web Designer
How can I get you to see the work I have done creating askgaryveeshow.com (searchable database of every question from the shooow) & hiremegaryvee.com ?
Joao Carvalho
Joao Carvalho@johntheoak · UX Designer at Maersk Digital
Hi Gary. Imagine a person who built a startup in the past (and sold/closed it). What would be his/her top skills when it's applying for a job, since that same person had various roles while managing the company?
Enrico Nahler
Enrico Nahler@enriconahler · Paperless Coach @paperlespioneer
Hello Gary, I could not find an answer to my question in your #AskGaryVee book. So maybe you can take a minute to cover this: 🔮🔮🔮💪🏻 We sell paper and digital journals as well as educational material to teachers. The problem is we are a telemarketing agency and the teachers are in school all day which leaves us a window of 4 hours between 4pm and 8pm ... to reach them. Many of those customers do not embrace social media and the time frame to call is mostly not ideal. How would you try and reach this group of customers. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼❤️ Thank you for answering the question!
Ai Zhang
Ai Zhang@aiaddysonzhang
@enriconahler As i am in higher ed, maybe i can share my experience with you. We got so many emails a day from publishers recommending this and that book, on top of all the other emails that we receive from students and administrators. Many schools also offer evening classes. And i personally think talking on the phone takes lots of work. And i haven't used my phone for talking purposes for a LONG time. i bet lots of people can relate to this. So, i don't think phone is the best channel to reach out to them. Although not many educators are on social media, there are quite a few active ones who use social media platforms daily for research and teaching, such as myself. Try to build a connection with them and get to know what they teach and their interest before the promotion part kicks in. hope this helps.
Dave Oh
Dave Oh@chicagodents · Dent Repair Specialist.
I'm part of a service business that repairs dent and hail damage on vehicles on location, like Safelight for Windows on cars. I'm wondering what is the best way to reach the B2C community. I'm already gaining traction on Instagram, and Facebook. Also currently listening to the audio book as I type this.
Jason Meeks
Jason Meeks@jasonkristofor · Making vision a reality @ISMConnect
Hey Gary! To me, you are the definition of hustle. I'm curious, do you have anyone that you personally look to as motivation to push yourself? Thanks, and hustle on my friend!
Ling So
Ling So@ling_so · CEO, Eat2healthyweight.com
I LIKE YOU, GARY!!! Yes, I like being liked too. :)
Blue Deer Design
Blue Deer Design@bluedeer_design · Blue Deer
Please, explain why you think the current education system is outdated?
Ling So
Ling So@ling_so · CEO, Eat2healthyweight.com
You cannot make everyone in the world to like you. Nobody could! :) Only those who care about you will LIKE & love you!!! :)
Will Chou
Will Chou@willc · Personal Development: willyoulaugh.com
What do you need help with the most right now?
Sean Do
Sean Do@everywheresean · Web Developer - Photographer
Social media app focused toward dislikes and posts updates every 24 hours?
Hannah O'Brien
Hannah O'Brien@hannah_o_brien
Hi Gary. I'm in the process of starting a business, but am predominantly bed bound, despite that I still want to pursue my dream. Due to this it will be an online business, do you have any tips of ways to create the most effect startup? Thanks for all that you do and the knowledge you share with the world.
Mave
Mave@marvinspyrka
Hey @garyvee, I totally agree with you on Geo Filters regarding Snapchat. Even I'm not that active there yet. Do you think, there will be marketplaces very soon with the point on Snapchat Filters? Maybe even the dynamic ones. What do you think about marketplaces for Snapchat Filters?