May 14, 2017 — Growing your business is about building trust and whats more trusting then your voice? Where writing a blog post may not come easy to people, speaking is very natural, and intimate. Podcasting is growing (once again) and it’s not that hard to do! In this session I’ll show the workflow, best practices and ways to monetize.
April 15, 2017 — Adam left college with a degree in Advertising Design and went straight to work on the factory floor making office furniture. It wasn’t the life he’d imagined but having been raised in a blue-collar family, he was taught that a strong work ethic would make you invaluable to “the company” and “they” would provide the financial security and stability needed to raise a family and enjoy life. In other words, this meant working in the same stark metal building for thirty years with twenty-minute lunch breaks and 2 weeks vacation in the summer.
In this session Adam will detail how he discovered WordPress and the open source community, the many businesses he’s experimented with, and how he’s utilized those experiences to continually fuel his entrepreneurial spirit and create his own path to a work/life balance and how you can too.
No matter what your passion, WordPress can be an integral tool to helping you achieve your dreams and success in your own business.
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
― Babe Ruth
April 3, 2017 — In this session, Adam discusses the use of Easy Digital Downloads, a free plugin for creating a digital download eCommerce store in WordPress. Session attendees learn the basics of setting up an eCommerce store and Adam addresses how the phrase “digital downloads” doesn’t just refer to plugins, themes and other software.
Adam also reviews a list of free and paid Add-Ons for EDD that enhance the end user experience, marketing process, and ultimately website revenue. He also talks about several third party tools and services that make managing and growing a digital download business easier and more rewarding.
Whether audience members are bloggers, designers, teachers or hardcore developers, they will walk out of this session knowing they can offer digital content that others want and need.
March 31, 2017 — Are you charging enough for your services? Chances are you’re not. The goal is not to get as much money as you can get but to be paid for the value you are bringing to the table.
When I first started out with web and graphic design I was charging pennies because I felt I was not good enough. For my first website I charged $500 and the second website I charged $0 and was later paid $1,000. After comparing my work to others on the internet I soon found others were charging $5,000 to $10,000 for a website and were not giving as much value as I was.
In this session I share my pricing journey as well as tips on how freelancers can double what they are earning by creating a process and upgrading their professionalism to earn higher value clients.
March 16, 2017 — You know the expression “in the right place at the right time?” Well, Congrats, that’s where you are … right now. The demand for Digital services, from web development to design, UX, SEO, PPC, etc. continues to grow at impressive levels. Add to that the prevalence of WordPress as the world’s most popular web platform – we couldn’t be in a better industry, at a better time. It’s time to challenge yourself:
Are you doing everything you can do maximize the opportunity around you?
Are you too busy working on your business when your business could actually be working for you?
What and where are the most viable opportunities to seriously impact your life? (not just financially but lifestyle as well)
What’s next? Where is the industry headed and how you can be on the forefront of the evolution?
This talk is aimed at all freelancers and business owners in the WordPress community who are motivated to maximize their potential and benefit from the enormous demand for their talent and skills. Whether you remain an independent freelancer or you wish to grow your business into a full-fledged agency, the time is now to create (or evaluate) your roadmap for success.
March 16, 2017 — Since I began my WordPress design and development business eight years ago I have always had a waiting list of clients. At times I’ve had folks wait up to six months to work with me. Is it because I’m the best designer around? Nope. Is it because I’m an awesome developer with coding skills like a ninja. Hardly! There are any number of people that could deliver the same product as me. But I don’t think there’s as many that could deliver the same experience of working with me. I will teach you how to attract the clients that YOU want to work with.
We’ll go through the entire process from initial email inquiry to proposal, site design, development, launch, and beyond. Great client relationships don’t end when the site goes live. We’ll discuss strategies for developing amazing ongoing client relationships and why that is the key to long-term success. ‘Clients from Hell’ might make for funny stories, but it doesn’t have to be your story!
March 16, 2017 — During my presentation I plan to touch on examples of customers going from a churn risk to a promoter. My intention is to educate business owners and entrepreneurs that learning from their customers will open the door to revenue streams that no amount of advertising or marketing campaigns can bring in. You’re only a great company if your customers agree.
It’s no secret, businesses need customers to be successful– so why not give them a channel to be heard? The cost of acquiring a new customer outweighs the cost of keeping and maintaining a relationship with a long-time patron– and long-time patrons become Promoters. Continuously learning what your business and team can do to be better in your customers eyes SHOULD be your #1 priority.
February 7, 2017 — The entrepreneurial journey is always uncertain and when we must pivot quickly, we hope only hope that we went in the right direction.
Join Rachel Magario as she shares from an interesting perspective regarding how to “listen” to your business when you can not see through your blind spots in order to make better decisions before pivoting, to create a better customer experience and to gain that edge you need in your market.
January 3, 2017 — Beginning of this year I honestly wouldn’t be able to explain to anyone what WordPress is. I had never used WordPress until pressure mounted on me as an internship student , the company wanted the website up and running within a week. As a student who had told them “I know how to create a website”, I couldn’t give an excuse and there was no way out. Later on that day I researched on the easiest way to make an e-commerce website within a day and I learnt about WordPress. Now I can advertise website design and earn a little extra income and my boss is impressed and still talks about efforts put to meet the website deadline. My boss even offered we come back after school and make systems and another website for their subsidiary company.
December 21, 2016 — How to grow from a one-man-band into an agency. Taking the leap and loving it.
Building a team, how, who and what to look out for
Attracting and retaining great clients
Selling professionally and effectively
Avoiding bad clients
Managing Projects effectively
Developing a culture
Celebrate the wins
Learn from the mistakes