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  • Building an Insanely Profitable One Man Business

    Apr 19 2019

    Bryce Adams is the founder of Metorik, a company that is best described as the Swiss Army Knife of WooCommerce. Not only does Bryce know a ton about WooCommerce, but he also bootstrapped an extremely profitable business with himself as the only employee—and managed to do so in a way that didn’t sacrifice customer service or the quality of the product. I brought him on the show today to ask him how he did it, what helped him decide where to put his time and money to make his company such a succes...more

  • The Final Job Boards Update (A Launch Case Study)

    Apr 16 2019

    Today I’m bringing you a bit of a shorter episode between full-length shows to give you an update on the eCommerceFuel Job Boards. It’s time to come full-circle on the series I began last summer when I started this project and keep my commitment to giving you a transparent, non-polished look at what it’s like launching a new venture. In this episode, you’ll hear the final update as I share the messy, slightly embarrassing story behind what’s going on with our job boards. You can find show notes ...more

  • Shopify Deep Dive: Recent Changes and What's Ahead

    Apr 12 2019

    Carson McComas of FuelMade.com knows Shopify better than just about anyone, and he joins me on the show today to do a deep dive into what’s going on with this platform. We cover the recent features they’ve rolled out, how they're using augmented reality on their website, how things are going with their virtual employee, Kit, and more. Listen in to hear updates on Shopify today and what's coming in the future. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2D3MFkJ 

  • News Cart for April 10th

    Apr 10 2019

    Amazon Quietly Scales Back Promos for Private Brands, Before Shopify Breakup, Mailchimp Quietly ‘Acqui-Hired’ LemonStand, Klaviyo Raises $150M in Funding, Online Sales Beat Brick-and-Mortar for First Time, Adobe Launches Commerce Cloud, Built on Magento Acquisition, and more. You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/april-10-2019/ The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the w...more

  • How Beardbrand Left Amazon and Grew 58%

    Apr 05 2019

    Beardbrand had an amazing 2018. They’re up over 50% and their founder, Eric Bandholz, won the ECF 5 award for the most upvoted thread of 2018. Today I’ve got Eric on the show to share what made last year such a great one for his company. He talks about what made them decide to leave Amazon, how they’ve changed up their strategy, and more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2OHbIPe 

  • The Skill of Delegating Well

    Mar 29 2019

    Welcome to the second episode of our two-part series with Nate Lipton from Growers House. In last week’s show, we went live on the mic as I got a full, behind-the-scenes tour of the warehouse, and this time, we’re headed into town to grab some pizza and drinks to talk even more about how he does things. We cover the online community he has created and its impact on his business, how he gets his employees excited to do good work, his approach to delegating, and more. You can find show notes and m...more

  • News Cart for March 27th

    Mar 27 2019

    Mailchimp Pulls Shopify Integration App, Instagram Launches Shopping Checkout, Charging Sellers a Fee, PayPal Now Lets U.S. Users Instantly Transfer Funds to Bank Accounts, Apple Rolls Out TV Plus and Other Subscription Services, and more. You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/march-27-2019/ The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.  

  • Behind-the-Scenes at Growers House

    Mar 22 2019

    Today’s episode is going to be a bit different from the usual format. I recently headed over to the Growers House warehouse with the company’s co-founder Nate Lipton to get a behind-the-scenes look at how they run things on the backend, and you’ll get to hear us live on the mic as I get the tour. Listen in to hear Nate break down how things are running in his business and what he's doing to keep it all going smoothly. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2...more

  • Amazon's Growing, Changing PPC Business in 2019

    Mar 15 2019

    Today I’d thought we’d talk about something that’s been in the news recently: Amazon’s growing PPC business. Their PPC division has nearly doubled over the last year, and I’ve got Marshall Hayes of Amplio Digital here to talk about what’s been going on. Marshall knows the Amazon PPC world really well, and he explains what’s changing, what this means for sellers, and what we can expect in the future. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2H9mmNG 

  • News Cart for March 13th

    Mar 13 2019

    Amazon Cracks Down on Counterfeit Products and sues the operators of five businesses allegedly selling fake reviews, Criticized as Anti-Competitive as they lift restrictions on sellers, Target's curated third-party marketplace, Negotiating rules on global e-Commerce, and more. You can see the full show notes for this episode at  https://www.ecommercefuel.com/march-13-2019/ The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the...more

  • Losing $500K+ Amid a Counterfeiting Nightmare

    Mar 08 2019

    For the last year, Kevin Williams of Brush Hero has been dealing with the nightmarish implications of having his product ripped off. Not only have the knockoffs cost him more than half a million dollars in lost sales and out-of-pocket fees, but the whole ordeal has also halted his company’s growth as they try to fight back. In this episode, Kevin gives us a candid look at what happened, what he’s doing to fight for his company, and what business owners should be doing to protect themselves from ...more

  • Profit First: How to Keep More of What You Make

    Mar 01 2019

    When it comes to finances, a lot of eCommerce store owners tend to struggle. So today, I’ve got Cyndi Thomason of Bookskeep.com on the show to shed light on how to make your business profitable using the Profit First methodology. Cyndi is an eCommerce accountant and bookkeeper specifically focused on this methodology, and she shares how to set it up in your own business, advice for allocating funds, and lots more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2IGxO...more

  • Takeaways from eCommerceFuel Live 2019

    Feb 22 2019

    In this episode, my good friend Bill D'Alessandro and I are diving in to talk about last month’s event, eCommerceFuel Live 2019. It was the most ambitious event we’ve put on yet, and we both learned a bunch and had a ton of fun. Listen in to hear how it all went, our big takeaways, and thoughts on how we’ll do things next year. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2NiWuiG 

  • Even the Gurus Struggle: Ezra Firestone on Building Zipify Apps

    Feb 15 2019

    It’s easy to forget that people in positions of influence and thought leadership face challenges just like the rest of us—especially because it’s rare for them to open up about hardships they face. But today, Ezra Firestone of SmartMarketer.com joins the show to give us all a look at the struggles he has had while getting his software business, Zipify Apps, off the ground. Listen in to hear him paint a more accurate picture of the problems entrepreneurs face and what it really takes to get a bus...more

  • A Peek Inside Bill D'Alessandro's Acquisition Machine

    Feb 08 2019

    Today I’ve got my good friend Bill D’Alessandro on the show to share how his business has been going over the last year. He has been working on his vision of buying up a lot of different brands in the consumer goods space to bring them under one roof and build a bunch of small consumer brands, so I wanted to talk with him to see how that’s going. He shares a lot of great stuff about challenges he’s faced, what’s gone well, the technology tools he’s using to keep everything straight, and more. Yo...more

  • When a Hurricane Hits Your Business

    Feb 01 2019

    This year Hurricane Florence hit Dana Jaunzemis' business headquartered in North Carolina. She lost power for more than a week and wasn't able to ship for close to two weeks. Business came to a screeching halt. In this episode, I chat with her about the experience, what they learned and how to minimize the impact of a natural disaster if/when something similar happens to your business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2RRtoMy  

  • Owning 100+ FBA Businesses

    Jan 25 2019

    Richard Jalichandra (or RJ as he’s commonly known) is the founder of 101 Commerce, a company with the goal of acquiring 101 FBA businesses. We chat about if the risks of being so dependent on Amazon terrify him, how he plans to manage such a massive portfolio, the rise of single-person 8-figure businesses, and more.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2CFuTDa  

  • Selling $600,000+ Annually on Etsy: How to Succeed on the Bohemian Marketplace

    Jan 18 2019

    Mark Hanratty launched SwankyBadger.com exclusively on Etsy and used the momentum to build his business. Today, Swanky Badger is a 7-figure business, and they sell more than half a million dollars each year on the bohemian marketplace. I sat down with Mark to understand how to succeed on the platform and what's changed in the years since he started, especially since Etsy has become a public company. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2FoNIhM 

  • Approaching 8 Figures with a Single Employee

    Jan 11 2019

    Ben Arneberg has done some impressive things. He's jumped out of airplanes for the Air Force, met Jeff Bezos and even done work for the Department of Defense and CIA. But what's perhaps most impressive is how he's built a near 8-figure business with only one employee. In this episode we discuss the tactics he's used to grow so significantly with nearly no overhead. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2Ry6edi  

  • The Insane Benefits of Selling True One-of-a-Kind Products

    Jan 04 2019

    Alex Cranmer is a really interesting guy. When he's not acting in movies or TV shows, he runs International Military Antiques, the largest supplier of military antiques in the U.S. In this wide-ranging podcast we discuss the benefits of selling one-of-a-kind items, how to write an email newsletter that gets 20% CTRs, and more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2EW3M9N 

  • Revisiting the 15 Critical Habits to Master for Building Business Relationships

    Dec 28 2018

    Wrapping up the holiday season here and coming to the end of 2018, I’m bringing back another of my favorite episodes from this past year. As anyone who’s had any meaningful success knows, relationships are crucial in business, so today I’m revisiting a show I did back in July that covers 15 critical habits to master in order to build better business relationships. Listen in to learn what it takes to create genuine, long-lasting, and meaningful connections with people. You can find show notes and...more

  • Revisiting My Conversation with Tadpull Co-founder Jake Cook on Hiring Marketing Talent Out of College

    Dec 21 2018

    As we’re getting to the end of the year and reaching that point of reflection, I wanted to revisit a couple of episodes that I had a lot of fun with in 2018. The one I’m bringing back today is a show I did back in April with Tadpull co-founder Jake Cook that covers hiring fresh—if a little green—marketing talent right out of college. Listen in to hear him share the tactics he uses to find, hire, and keep great talent. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2...more

  • 10 eCommerce Predictions for 2019

    Dec 14 2018

    This week Bill D'Alessandro and I revisit our predictions for 2018 to see how many we nailed and (more likely) how many just seem silly in retrospect. We also serve up a fresh batch of predictions for 2019 on topics ranging from Amazon delivery to trending marketing tactics to likely acquisitions in the coming year. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2QF3g6u 

  • The 80/20 of eCommerce Copywriting

    Dec 07 2018

    Arman Assadi has worked on copywriting projects for well-known entrepreneurs such as Neil Patel, Timothy Sykes, and others. He also has experience running a 7-figure eCommerce store, so I asked him to come on to talk about the 80/20 of eCommerce copywriting. We also discuss how to work more productively by understanding your brain type, as well as differences among crowdfunding platforms. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2DVsw1i 

  • Attacked on Amazon with 5-Star Reviews

    Nov 30 2018

    With Amazon cracking down on illegitimate reviews, unscrupulous players have a new weapon in their toolkit: attacking a listing by posting loads of fake, positive reviews. The worst part is it can be effective, as Zac Plansky unfortunately discovered. In this episode, I talk with Zac about the attack and how he was finally able to get his account reinstated after a stressful suspension. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2FH65iV 

  • A Candid Update on the Job Board: Traffic, Full Stats & More

    Nov 23 2018

    Today’s episode is a follow-up to one I did back in June about the eCommerceFuel Job Boards. It’s been a while since I launched that project, and I wanted to share some updates to document the journey so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to launching something from scratch. Listen in to hear what went well, what didn’t go so well, how things are going with the budget, and some key stats of the business so far. You can find show notes and more i...more

  • Fighting Onerous Sales Tax with the Online Merchant's Guild

    Nov 16 2018

    If you’re involved in the ecommerce space, you’ve surely noticed that it’s becoming harder and harder to stay 100% compliant when it comes to sales tax. Between the recent Supreme Court case and Amazon tax issues, quite honestly, it’s getting to be a real pain. So today I have Michael Jackness of EcomCrew.com here to share how a new organization he helped launch called the Online Merchants Guild is fighting against these sales tax hurdles. Listen in to learn what they’re doing, as well as how yo...more

  • How to Succeed at the Subscription Revenue Model

    Nov 09 2018

    Today I’ve got LemonStand’s Ross Paul on the show to talk about subscriptions—namely in the e-commerce space. LemonStand is a shopping cart company based in Vancouver, Canada, and as the company’s VP of Growth, Ross knows his stuff when it comes to building a successful subscription model. We dive right in to talk about which businesses can benefit from this model, billing issues people run into, and how to make sure you retain as many customers as possible. Tune in to hear it all now! You can f...more

  • Hard Lessons from Designing My First Product

    Nov 02 2018

    In this episode, I’m going to share my experience designing a product from scratch. I’ve touched on this topic in passing on the show before, but today you’ll get a real, behind-the-scenes look at everything, from designing and manufacturing to unit economics and selling on Amazon. And most importantly, I’ll share all the mistakes I made along the way. Listen in to hear how everything went, and what I’d do differently if I had it to do all over again. You can find show notes and more information...more

  • Cultivating Better Mental Health as Entrepreneurs

    Oct 26 2018

    Today’s episode is all about an important topic that rarely gets discussed among entrepreneurs: mental health. Being an entrepreneur can be really hard at times; you’ve got super high highs and really low lows, and that can take a major toll. So I’ve got Sherry Walling of ZenFounder.com on the show to talk about how to take care of ourselves while running our businesses. In addition to being an entrepreneur herself—and being married to one—Sherry has a long background in clinical psychology. Lis...more

  • Radical Financial Honesty: Sharing the P&L with Your Team

    Oct 19 2018

    Today we’re going to talk about transparency and open companies, specifically the idea of sharing financials with employees. We recently discussed this in our private forum, and the overwhelming response was that it’s a bad idea, but my guests today disagree. Lee and Jake Cook—cofounders of Tadpull—and Hannah Jerome—a Tadpull leadership team member—strongly believe that sharing the key financial results of their business with their team has helped the business. Listen in to hear why they say tha...more

  • Streamlining FBA Prep & Kitting with Custom Software

    Oct 12 2018

    Today I’m joined by a longtime member of our eCommerceFuel Private Forum, a top contributor, and an all-around stand-up guy, Patrick Barnhill. Patrick is the founder of SpecialistID.com, and on a recent Mastermind call with him, I heard his presentation on how he’s using custom software to streamline his processes, reduce errors, and handle more inventory and order flow. He also shared what he was doing with his business in terms of hacking and prepping his products—especially products that he k...more

  • Talking Amazon with Scott Voelker

    Oct 05 2018

    Today on the show, I’ve got a guest who’s long overdue: Scott Voelker of TheAmazingSeller.com. Scott is a well-known guy in the Amazon space, he knows a tremendous amount about the platform, and he has sold tons and tons of products, so today we’re doing a deep dive with someone who knows Amazon inside and out. We cover where there’s still opportunity left within the platform, common mistakes sellers make, the state of reviews in the second half of 2018, some of his favorite tools, and a bunch o...more

  • Getting 20x ROAS with Facebook Retargeting Ads

    Sep 28 2018

    Today’s show is all about retargeting. I’m joined by the co-founder of Shoelace, Reza Khadjavi, who is here to share what makes a great retargeting ad, advice for managing your budget, and much more. Since his company specializes in retargeting—especially for Shopify stores—we cover a lot of ground today. Listen in to learn how to optimize your campaigns if you’re already running them, and if you’re not, you’ll hear lots of great tips for getting started the right way. You can find show notes an...more

  • Manufacturing Lessons from a Nike Veteran

    Sep 21 2018

    Today I’m joined by Kristina Kurcink, a friend of mine who has spent over a decade working at Nike in roles ranging from design all the way to manufacturing. Being responsible for a lot of the production in Asia, Kristina has seen the whole process leading up to the famous footwear coming off the line. In this episode, she shares key lessons she learned during her ten years working for Nike, particularly some of the manufacturing lessons she learned from being on the ground in Asia. So if you’re...more

  • A Summer eCommerce Roadtrip with Steve Chou

    Sep 14 2018

    Today’s episode is going to be slightly different than usual. I recently lost a bet and had to take Steve Chou of MyWifeQuitHerJob.com on a three-day road trip around Montana, and during that trip, we recorded a few episodes that we wanted to share. (You can find the other two on his podcast.) While we were on the road, we talked about tons of stuff, so this is kind of a free-ranging episode that covers email deliverability hacks, raising kids as entrepreneurs, and more. Listen in to hear it all...more

  • Misunderstanding China

    Sep 07 2018

    When it comes to collaborating with overseas factories, there are certain things any ecommerce store owner should know. So today I’ve got Nathan Resnick from Sourcify—a company that helps store owners pick the right factories for their design products and streamline their sourcing, design, and development—on the show to discuss how things work in China. Nathan has had tons of experience over there learning the language and culture, and he travels there six or more times per year, so he has a gre...more

  • 5 Facebook Ad Mistakes to Avoid

    Aug 31 2018

    Facebook is one of the biggest traffic channels out there right now, and I’m sure plenty of you listening are running ads on that platform, or at least thinking about it. Admittedly, I’ve only gotten into Facebook ads in the last few months, and it turns out I made some pretty big mistakes along the way. Thankfully, I had Michael Jackness of Terran.com and Miracle Wanzo of HipUndies.com take a peek at what I was doing and give me some pointers, which I'm going to share with you today. If you’re ...more

  • Selling Digital Products in the B2B Space

    Aug 24 2018

    So often, when we think about ecommerce, we think about putting a physical item into a box and shipping it somewhere, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You can run an ecommerce store or a business without any inventory at all. Just ask today's guest, Niall O’Malley of eTrainToday.com. Niall started his digital products business back in 2011, and he’s here to share how it all works, some of the downsides of selling digital products (because of course, like anything, there are some downsides),...more

  • News Cart for August 21st

    Aug 21 2018

    Shopify bans the sales of guns and accessories, even those legal in the U.S., Kroger Gets Into Online Grocery with “Kroger Ship”, Amazon rumored to be in the running to acquire Landmark Theatres, and more. You can see the full show notes for this episode at  https://www.ecommercefuel.com/august-21-2018/. The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.  

  • Confidently Manage Large, Multi-Month Projects

    Aug 17 2018

    Over the last decade or so, I’ve managed a bunch of big, stressful projects with a ton of moving pieces, so I know how tricky it can be to keep things running smoothly. That’s why today’s episode is all about how to manage major projects without all the headaches. I’m going to share what I’ve learned from my experience, the strategy I employ, and more to help save you some agony and anguish in your next major project. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2...more

  • Learning from Target's Ability to Create Rabid Fans and Emotional Connections

    Aug 10 2018

    What comes to mind when you think of Wal-Mart? What about Target? It’s amazing how the two massive retailers can be perceived so differently. Perhaps even more amazing is that Target is the more profitable of the two, despite the fact that Wal-Mart is about six times as big. How is Target able to do that with less scale? What are they doing right? Here to answer those questions are Carrie McAleer of D.a. Davidson & Company and eCommercefuel’s own copywriter extraordinaire, Laura Serino. Listen i...more

  • Private Equity & Catching Up with Drew Sanocki

    Aug 03 2018

    Drew Sanocki is back on the show to share some very interesting things he’s been up to lately. Not only has he had exciting adventures traveling the world with his family, but he's also had some cool adventures in the private equity space. Today he dives into the details about different deals he’s involved with, compensation, and more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2LncK3C 

  • Surefire Ways to Kill Your Professional Business Network

    Jul 27 2018

    Today we’re continuing our series on building relationships, but instead of advice for creating stronger connections, this episode is all about what not to do. After all, if we’re working hard to expand our professional networks, we can’t let these simple mistakes negate our efforts. So listen in to hear the 14 faux pas that are sure to sabotage your connections before you have a chance to make them. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2NKX48D 

  • News Cart for July 24th

    Jul 24 2018

    Amazon's Prime Day is once again the biggest Sales Day in its History, Shopify will roll out augmented reality this fall, Apple introces new Macbook Pro features, and more. You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/july-24-2018/. The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.  

  • Building Business Relationships: 15 Critical Habits to Master

    Jul 20 2018

    Today I want to talk about something that I think is one of the most important elements of long-term business success: building relationships. How you connect—or fail to connect—with other people has a tremendous impact on your business, so being mindful of the impression you're making is crucial. In this episode, I share 15 habits you should master in order to improve your networking and build better professional relationships. Listen in to hear them all now. You can find show notes and more in...more

  • Is Voice The Future of Search?

    Jul 13 2018

    With voice search becoming more and more prevalent these days, is it only a matter of time before it bleeds over into ecommerce and becomes the way people shop in the future? Joining me today to discuss this possibility are Miracle Wanzo of HipUndies.com and Bill D'Alessandro of ElementsBrands.com. We each share our predictions for how voice search will impact the future of ecommerce, as well as possibilities for how this technology could evolve moving forward. You can find show notes and more i...more

  • News Cart for July 10th

    Jul 10 2018

    Amazon Jumps into the pharmacy business with $1 Billion Pillpack acquisition, Shopify acquires Return Magic, Paypal Checkout introduces a new feature, and more. You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/july-10-2018/. The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.  

  • Selling Physical Products with a 100% Remote Team

    Jul 06 2018

    Today's topic is one that's near and dear to my heart: remote work. I’m a little bit of a vagabond, and I love not being tied down, so the idea of being able to build a remote team is something that I think is really important. It gets a little tricky when you get into physical products, but today I have Fred Perrotta from Tortuga.com to share how the company he co-founded handles this challenge. Fred shares the potential issues that can arise from working with an entirely remote team, as well a...more

  • Having Difficult Conversations with Employees

    Jun 29 2018

    To celebrate the eCommerceFuel Job Board going live, I thought it’d be fun to have a couple episodes about employees, management, and all things workplace. So joining me today is Alison Green, the writer behind workplace advice blog AskAManager.org. She’s also the author of multiple books on managing people, as well as an advice column for New York magazine. Alison joins me today to discuss everything from having hard conversations with employees to appropriate interview questions to crazy and h...more

  • News Cart for June 26, 2018

    Jun 26 2018

    The Supreme Court clears the way for states to charge sales tax, President Trump introduces a new, lean type of health care plan and more.   You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/june-26-2018. The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and interesting content around the web from the previous two weeks.  

  • Our New eCommerce Job Board + Case Study

    Jun 22 2018

    Today I’m flying solo on the mic to share something that we’ve been working on for a while now (and just launched this month): the eCommerceFuel Job Board. In addition to explaining what it is, I thought it’d be fun to give you an inside look at what's going on behind the scenes. People tend to reflect after the fact when something works, but rarely do you get to see a play-by-play of what’s happening, the strategies people are using, how much time and money they put into things, etc. In this ep...more

  • Prioritizing Happiness Over Growth + Other Marketing Talk

    Jun 15 2018

    Today is part two of my interview with Adam Saraceno, the Chief Marketing Officer of Peak Design. We’re picking up the conversation we started last week on leveraging Kickstarter, but we shift gears to talk about how Adam's company has cultivated and maintained such an awesome culture (while still managing to create super high-quality products), which marketing tactics are giving them the best ROI, and more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2x90Bcw  

  • News Cart for June 12, 2018

    Jun 12 2018

    The News Cart features industry news, community discussions, compelling job opportunities and thoughts on life from Andrew Youderian.    This week in the news:  Amazon's new Echo Look, how your Android phone will soon make phone calls on your behalf and potential GDPR fines on the horizon.   You can see the full show notes for this episode at https://www.ecommercefuel.com/june-12-2018.  

  • How Peak Design Raised Over $14 Million on Kickstarter

    Jun 08 2018

    Today is part one of a deep dive I’m excited to do with Adam Saraceno, the Chief Marketing Officer of a company that has done a phenomenal job leveraging Kickstarter to grow their brand and their business. I think it’s safe to say Peak Design is the most successful crowdfunded company today that’s still active and thriving in 2018. How did they do it? Adam shares that and more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2rXdwIX 

  • Accounting for Amazon Sellers

    Jun 01 2018

    Ashley Schroder of A2XAccounting.com joins the show today to talk about a very important (and often neglected) topic: accounting. Now, before your eyes glaze over, there’s a good chance that what you’ll learn in this episode can save you a lot of money, especially if you know you’re not doing all you should to keep up with your accounting on Amazon. So listen in and get Ashley’s expert take on a subject that too many merchants don’t take seriously enough. You can find show notes and more informa...more

  • Firing People, MAP Pricing, Cybersquatting & More

    May 25 2018

    Internet, Data Privacy, and Intellectual Property Lawyer John DiGiacomo of RevisionLegal.com is back for the third and final part of our series on legal issues. So far, we’ve covered trademarks and patents, and today we’re wrapping up with a grab bag of legal questions to round out our series. Listen in to hear John’s insight and advice on a whole random host of legal issues that affect ecommerce entrepreneurs. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2JNV2St ...more

  • What Does GDPR Mean for U.S. Companies?

    May 22 2018

    Today we’re going to talk about something you’ve probably heard about by now—and quite possibly are sick of hearing about—but it’s going to change the way we market in many ecommerce businesses. That’s right, I’m talking about the GDPR. I’ve brought John DiGiacomo of RevisionLegal.com back on the show to discuss what the law covers, what your liability is, and what could potentially happen if you don’t comply. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2rLKoEi 

  • Understanding and Defending Trademarks

    May 18 2018

    Today we are continuing our legal series with Internet, Data Privacy, and Intellectual Property Lawyer John DiGiacomo of RevisionLegal.com. John specializes in both IP and businesses on the web—both subjects that a lot of lawyers don’t know much about—so it’s great to have him back on the show. Last week we talked about all things patents, and today we’re going to do the same with trademarks. This is an interesting and relevant topic, especially given that Amazon Brand Registry 2.0 requires you ...more

  • Understanding and Defending Patents

    May 11 2018

    Today we’re going to kick off a three-part legal series with Internet, Data Privacy, and Intellectual Property Lawyer John DiGiacomo of RevisionLegal.com. John has been a phenomenal member of the eCommerceFuel Private Community, offering loads of expertise on everything to patents to trademarks to copyright infringement, and I knew I had to get him on the show to share his knowledge with podcast listeners, as well. In this first episode of the series, we’ll be focusing on patents. There’s so muc...more

  • How to Hire a Director of eCommerce

    May 04 2018

    In the last couple of years, I’ve really been noticing more and more that people are feeling the pinch of wanting to hire a Director of eCommerce/COO for their businesses. And it makes sense, given the relief that can come from handing off the small details and logistics of running an ecommerce business so you can focus on high-level tasks. So today I have my good friend Michael Jackness of EcomCrew.com back for another episode to share the details of his recent experience hiring a Director/COO ...more

  • How to Build an Audience from Scratch

    Apr 27 2018

    Building an audience can be tough, especially when you’re starting from scratch. So today, I thought it’d be fun to share the mic with Michael Jackness of EcomCrew so we can both give our perspectives on the subject, including what worked for us and what mistakes we made along the way. Michael has done such an incredible job building up EcomCrew.com over the last couple years, and today you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into exactly how he did it. You can find show notes and more information b...more

  • Growing Through Fanatical Customer Engagement

    Apr 20 2018

    The CEO of The Goulet Pen Company shares how engaging with his customers took his company to the next level. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2IuDwTc 

  • Hiring Top-Notch Marketing Talent Out of College

    Apr 13 2018

    Jake Cook is a professor, founder of Tadpull and a fellow Bozeman resident. Today we get together over a glass of bourbon to talk about how Jake finds top talent right from his classroom. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2tGeH3A 

  • How to Appeal an Amazon Suspension & Win

    Apr 06 2018

    As store owner, we can lose sleep over lots of little things, from ornery employees to inventory issues. But there's one fear that can really upset a good night's sleep: a suspension email from Amazon. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2Hd41LJ 

  • The 2018 State of the Merchant

    Apr 03 2018

    Today I’m going to share the major takeaways from a report I just released called The State of the Merchant Report. It has become an annual tradition for me to survey a bunch of store owners to figure out what’s going on in the ecommerce world, and this report covers everything from revenue growth, conversion rates, happiness levels, how much profit (and pain) Amazon is causing, and more. Listen in to hear the results—some of them may surprise you! You can find show notes and more information by...more

  • Our Biggest Investing Mistakes

    Mar 30 2018

    Normally I turn to Steve Chou and Bill D'Alessandro for advice on what to do in business. Not today. Instead, we're chatting about the biggest mistakes we've made investing in the markets and real estate. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2F9sa9q

  • Paying for Traffic on Google and Amazon

    Mar 23 2018

    When it comes to online advertising, I know it can be a challenge to keep up with the various options on different, ever-changing platforms. So today, I've brought Brett Curry from OMGCommerce.com on to discuss traffic with Google and Amazon in 2018. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2Hr5nU1 

  • How to Get Reviews on Amazon in 2018

    Mar 16 2018

    As you know, Amazon has been cracking down on reviews. It used to be that you could get incentived reviews, but that's no longer the case. What's a seller to do then? You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2szABor

  • Catching-Up with the New Owner of Right Channel Radios

    Mar 09 2018

    A few years back I caught up with Clayton Chrismas who purchased TrollingMotors.net from me. I learned how much better the business was doing once it was freed from the shackles and constraints of it's incompetent previous owner (much better, it turned out). You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2CpINY9

  • Hitting $350K on Kickstarter Without Paid Traffic

    Mar 02 2018

    Learn how Kris Cody generated $300K+ on Kickstarter without any paid traffic. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2DMaxaT

  • Bigcommerce, Americommerce, Volusion & More

    Feb 23 2018

    This is the last episode of shopping cart month, where we talk about some other contenders, even if they're not the biggest ones on the scene. We cover Bigcommerce, Volusion, and Americommerce and compare and contrast their various strengths and weaknesses. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2mTNDap

  • WooCommerce: An Increasingly Viable Option in 2018

    Feb 16 2018

    What I've noticed is that WooCommerce has been like an underdog, but it seems like it's about to change. This week, we're talking with Brian from PostStatus.com and Zach Stepek from MindSize.me to chat about the potential and pitfalls of WooCommerce. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2F9aYfH

  • eCommerceFuel Live 2018 Takeaways

    Feb 13 2018

    Listen to Bill D'Alessandro from Rebel CEO and I doing a recap on my favorite event of the year, the eCommerceFuel Live conference. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2FDGz9w  

  • Magento Review: Has Complexity Killed It's Appeal?

    Feb 09 2018

    This week, we're talking with Alan Merrick who is a Magento expert in our community and Kalen Jordan from the podcast Mage Talk about Magento and who it's best suited for. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2CXuQVB

  • Shopify in 2018: No Longer a Startup

    Feb 02 2018

    If you like to nerd out on shopping cart software as much as I do, then stay tuned. This week, we're going to dive in talking about Shopify with Carson McComas from Fuel Made. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2CdLJrn

  • Strategies for Building a World­-Class Network

    Jan 26 2018

    Learn from Jayson Gaignard on how to meaningfully connect with someone busy and well­-known like Seth Godin. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2or4KEl

  • Building a YouTube Channel to 100K Subscribers & Beyond

    Jan 19 2018

      Learn from Raphael Schneider, YouTube Wizard who has built a channel with more than 125,000 subscribers. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2AFgy7J

  • Identifying Leverage Points in Your Business (FollowUp)

    Jan 12 2018

    This is a followup conversation with Dave McGeady to see the results of a marketing experiment is going and what the results were. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2o4J8uT

  • Direct Mail Marketing Tips to Generate 40%+ of Revenue from a Catalog

    Jan 05 2018

    Learn highly effective direct mail marketing tips and print catalog ideas to make your store. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2jsBs2l

  • 9 Predictions for 2018

    Dec 29 2017

    Today I sit down with Bill D'Alessandro to make some bold ecommerce predictions for 2018. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2B7ccJF

  • Building a Blog Audience

    Dec 22 2017

    Anastasia leveraged the readership of her popular blog to jump­start the business. So she knows a thing or two about building and connecting with an audience via the written word. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2B9ZLdz  

  • How to Grow a Blog That Drives 60%+ of Your Revenue

    Dec 15 2017

    Andy Hayes from PlumDeluxe.com talks about how to grow a blog and how they've used the platform to generate close to two-thirds of their sales. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2zCIrzw 

  • Talking Cryptocurrency with Clay Collins

    Dec 08 2017

    The founder of the popular Leadpages software is getting into cryptocurrency. Let's geek out together talking cryptocurrency with Clay Collins. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2nuPs0U

  • Building a Buffet Style eCommerce Portfolio

    Dec 01 2017

    Learn how to build a highly profitable portfolio of eCommerce businesses. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2iUN11X

  • Hiring a Business Manager

    Nov 24 2017

    Hiring a business manager can free up your time if done correctly. Learn the strategies to find, hire and incentivize the right person. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2y4IP6d

  • Stories From the Road During ECF Week

    Nov 17 2017

    This Fall we hosted "ECF Week", where community members in 20+ cities across the globe got together to connect. I couldn't make all the events but I did my best and joined 8 meetups in 9 days. It was a roadtrip and the likes of which I've never attempted before.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2zBZimU 

  • Using Customer Lifetime Value (LTV) to Grow Your Business

    Nov 10 2017

    Learn how to calculate your customer lifetime value and how to use it to grow and improve your business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2lx8t1E

  • eCommerce Insurance: Protecting Your Business and Wealth

    Nov 03 2017

    Andrew Egenes and Phillip Naples from Unbrokerage.com join me to talk what types of eCommerce insurance store owners need to protect themselves. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2lAnzDI  

  • 7 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Business

    Oct 27 2017

    Earlier this year I came close to buying a mid 7-figure business with a team of 15 people. At first, it looked like a diamond in the rough.  A business I could purchase relatively cheaply, spend a short time improving and systemizing and then step back to enjoy significantly improved profitability.  But after doing my diligence and talking with others I realized it ultimately wasn't the right opportunity for me.    How could I have initially been so excited about something that clearly wasn't th...more

  • Camping with an eCommerce Venture Capitalist

    Oct 20 2017

    Our discussion recorded while camping covers his time working with Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, travel, and (of course) lessons learned from making numerous investments in the eCommerce space. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:  http://bit.ly/2hLQAHt

  • Selling on Amazon FBA Europe

    Oct 13 2017

    John Cavendish joins me today to share his experience growing an FBA Amazon Europe business and discuss the ins-and-outs of what you need to consider if you want to be successful. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2hA9gtI

  • Building a Big Business

    Oct 06 2017

    We dive deep about the ins-and-outs of raising money, building company culture and how to screen for pro-active employees when hiring.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2y3Byql

  • The Podcast Returns

    Sep 29 2017

    Over the last nine months I've been a total slacker. The previously weekly podcast got cut back to one flimsy episode a month while I took a sabbatical to take a little time off and figure out what I wanted to do next. Well I'm thrilled to announce that the podcast is returning to its weekly schedule and I've finally figured out what I want to do with my life.   (Spoiler: Decided against the full-time mime gig.  Turns out it wasn't as lucrative as I thought.) Today on the show I'm excited to bri...more

  • Using Internal Linking to Get More Traffic

    Sep 22 2017

    In the second episode of our SEO series, SEO expert and founder of 180Marketing Jeff Oxford explains how to optimize your internal links to generate more traffic. While internal linking is not the most important SEO factor, solid internal structure will make it easier for Google’s crawlers to index your pages. Jeff explains whether old SEO strategies like PageRank, sitemaps, and domain authority are still relevant in 2017. Separating fact from myth is the most important lesson from this episode ...more

  • On-Page SEO Factors: How to Boost Your Rankings without Links

    Sep 15 2017

    You can boost your on-page SEO with some simple fixes that together create big results, and our eCommerce Fuel Forum expert Jeff Oxford can tell you how. Jeff talks about recent improvements to search engine algorithms that have changed the SEO factors you should be focusing on. We talk about branding, how to handle meta tags, headings, and paragraphs, and why content is still king. Jeff also ranks each on-page SEO factor out of ten, so you know just which elements to polish up to boost your cli...more

  • Facebook, Amazon, Investing & More with Andy Bedell

    Aug 17 2017

    Andy Bedell joins us to share some inside knowledge and tips for using Facebook, Amazon, and other resellers to sell and market products effectively. He also shares his own captivating copywriting process and some investment ideas and inspiration. We also talk about CRAP products, Amazon leakage, how Facebook ads work, how to properly vet a reseller, and plenty more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2sMarv5

  • Unmasking the Borg: 5 Key Takeaways from Amazon's Boost Event

    Jul 21 2017

    Amazon’s BOOST Event was the first annual FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) conference for sellers on the platform. Long overdue guest Bill D'Alessandro joins us to give us his five biggest takeaways from BOOST, including new developments in international selling, protecting your brand on Amazon, multichannel fulfillment, and much more. Bill learned that Amazon is focusing on international expansion and making Amazon even more attractive to sell with. Seller-Fulfilled Prime is also growing rapidly, and ...more

  • Importing Products from China in 2017

    Jul 14 2017

    With several Hong Kong exhibitions coming up, it's important to make the most out of the opportunity to meet with factories and directly source products. Cameron Walker is the President of Gifts, Home, and Hardware Group at Global Sources and explains how to get what you want out of these massive events.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2sffbL1 

  • Dave Munson from Saddleback Leather

    Jun 22 2017

    It can be tricky to write copy that's both funny and effective. I thought I'd ask Dave Munson of Saddleback Leather, who's a pro at striking this particular balance, for his tips. Dave also talks about how he harnesses video in his business, and what he's learned from running an eCommerce business.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2rtgaVV 

  • Working in an Amazon Warehouse

    May 26 2017

    On the show today, our resident Importing and China expert Dave Bryant shares what he learned from his experience working in an Amazon warehouse.  Dave kicks off the episode by talking about the recent sale of his business, which opened up the chance for him to do a temporary stint at an Amazon warehouse for oversize products. We talk about what it looks like on the floor, how they track productivity, and potential problems Amazon may have with staffing as they continue to grow. Dave also talks ...more

  • Identifying Leverage Points in Your Business

    Apr 14 2017

    We're trying something a little different on this episode of eCommerce Fuel: instead of our normal interview, I've invited Noah Kagan and Dave McGeady to talk about Dave's business Wyldsson.  Dave, Noah and I talk about the inexpensive, quick, and impactful changes that Wyldsson could make in the next thirty days to boost its sales and improve its conversion rate. We also discuss why Dave should start collecting emails from his customers, how to encourage them to become subscribers, and the smal...more

  • The Battle to Protect Intellectual Property

    Mar 17 2017

    Entrepreneurs that make money off of intellectual property - like artists and eCommerce storeowners Meredith Keller and Matt Snow - know that protecting your IP is an uphill battle. Meredith and Matt join us to talk about how they've dealt with counterfeiters stealing their ideas, and ways we could improve IP and international shipping policy to better support small businesses in the US. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2nfvHJs 

  • How to 100x Your Business in 3 Years

    Feb 17 2017

    100xing your business in three years might sound impossible, but one of our best new eCommerce Fuel contributors - Daniel Parker - is here to share the story of how his company did just that. After being recruited to MyChoiceSoftware in 2013, Daniel and his partner used clever marketing and stellar customer service to drive their business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2kejPDg 

  • When Major Press Blows Up Your Business

    Jan 20 2017

    Welcome to the first episode of 2017! Today I'm chatting with Brad Bernhart, a fellow Montana business owner and the craftsman behind the awesome tools over at Earlywood Designs.   Brad talks about his recent experience handling an unexpected rush of orders, thanks to a press release over the holiday season that depleted his inventory and left him shorthanded in the workshop. An unanticipated shortage of product is not an uncommon problem for eCommerce business owners to confront, so I thought i...more

  • Looking Ahead to 2017

    Dec 30 2016

    If you've been listening for the past few weeks, you already know I'm stepping away from the podcast in 2017 to focus on some new projects. Today I'm filling you in on those plans, which include getting back to writing fresh blog content for you all. The last three years of podcasting have been an awesome experience, and I'll still be recording new episodes every month or so. And, the eCommerceFuel community will still be just as active as ever and now is an excellent time to join us.  You can f...more

  • How to Ensure Killer Email Deliverability

    Dec 23 2016

    X and I dig into some specifics about email deliverability best practices, including what makes up your email reputation. We talk about how to come back from being put on a blacklist and if it's possible to make it past Google's "Updates" tab into your customer's main inbox. X also shares several tools for managing email lists and avoiding spam traps that can immobilize your business email. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2hCiwPG 

  • The Goldilocks Method of Discounting

    Dec 16 2016

    Drew Sanocki of Nerd Marketing shares an episode of his podcast with us, all about how to utilize discount ladders in your business. Drew then answers some of my questions, including how to know a customer's average time to purchase and how to develop an even more nuanced approach to discounts. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2hqIxBT 

  • The Art of Reaching Your Full Potential

    Dec 09 2016

    In this episode, Taylor Pearson and I talk about knowing where to invest your time, and how to choose the right area of expertise for your skillset. Taylor also shares his thoughts on the popular publishing platform Medium, as well as his top 3 must-read books for entrepreneurs.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2fwOpYj 

  • How Cotopaxi is Building a Socially Conscious Brand

    Dec 02 2016

    Stephan Jacob is the co-founder of Cotopaxi, a high-end outdoor apparel manufacturer. Backed by ventured capital, he's creating a larger operation that genuinely incorporates social initiatives into all aspects of their business operation. Stephan shares the challenges he's faced managing a company that has experienced rapid growth. We also discuss how to cultivate fierce brand loyalty, locate and hire top talent, and foster a company culture that empowers team members and supports sustainable g...more

  • Accounting Deep Dive: Amazon Sales Tax, Lessons from Profitable Stores & More

    Nov 25 2016

    We've got a quick but extensive accounting lesson for you today from Catching Clouds co-founder Scott Scharf.  As an eCommerce accounting expert, Scott gets to see the inner workings of dozens of eCommerce businesses -- and he's here to tell us what separates the good from the great. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2fLg7BN 

  • Nurturing an Early Stage Proprietary Product

    Nov 18 2016

    Building a brand through a proprietary product may very well be the future of eCommerce for small businesses. Dave Bayless, of Human Scale Business, knows firsthand what it takes to grow and scale early-stage companies or inventions. He has a wealth of experience both on the private equity side and as a consultant helping entrepreneurs build their brands. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2frg8HL

  • eCommerceFuel Live 2016 Takeaways

    Nov 11 2016

    On this episode, Bill and I talk about the keynote speakers, panel discussions, and overall takeaways from this year's excellent eCommerceFuel Live in Savannah, GA. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2einpg6 

  • Selling Controversial Products Online

    Nov 04 2016

    In this episode, Chad talks about how he got into selling gun parts, as well as some of the things he's learned about business and marketing over the years as an entrepreneurial jack-of-all-trades. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2fbomYs 

  • Amazon, UPS and FedEx: How Does the Story End?

    Oct 28 2016

    In this final episode from our beach mastermind group, Andrew moderates a discussion between Bill D'Alessandro and Zack Kanter about how Amazon will change in the coming years. Will they consider buying out either UPS or FedEx? Will they simply drive them out of business? We attempt to answer these questions, but we also talk drone-delivery and discuss the future of eCommerce as a whole. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2enQ6cy 

  • A Non-Preachy Discussion About Routines

    Oct 21 2016

    It seems like every über-successful entrepreneur has a special daily routine that sets them up to dominate the day. In this episode, we talk frankly about our own positive and negative habits and how they impact our work and personal lives. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2e9XtUJ 

  • The Power of Intimate Entrepreneur Retreats

    Oct 14 2016

    Mastermind groups are a familiar topic in the eCommerce community. In the kickoff episode of this three-part series, we take a peek inside the recent entrepreneurs' retreat I attended, hosted by our frequent guest and good friend Bill D'Alessandro. Together with Will Nathan of Homepolish, Zack Kanter of Proforged, and Marshall Hayes and Alex Herndon of Amplio Digital, we discuss many benefits of spending time with like-minded and highly motivated fellow entrepreneurs. You can find show notes and...more

  • Growing Beardbrand and the New UrbanBeardsman.com

    Oct 07 2016

    Eric Bandholz  returns to eCommerceFuel to take about the benefits and challenges of scaling your team in a way that leads to productivity, why he decided against selling on Amazon, and how launching another company, UrbanBeardsman.com, is taking his business in a new direction. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2dvhVKc

  • What Virtual Reality Means for eCommerce

    Sep 30 2016

    Virtual reality is the talk of the town right now, and not just in tech circles. Today we're chatting with Daniel Beauchamp, head of VR at Shopify, to understand how virtual reality might change the face of eCommerce in the not-so-distant future. We start with a basic overview of VR and headsets. We then dive into the fascinating potential of virtual reality as it could benefit eCommerce merchants and customers, and what it will take to generate a virtual store with 3D depictions of your product...more

  • Managing Cash Flow for a Growing Business

    Sep 23 2016

    There's a lot to keep track of when you have a growing small business, and managing cash flow can be tricky. Bill and Andrew have had their own encounters with cash flow issues in the past, so today they share those lessons. They talk about why you might be strapped for cash even if your revenue is booming, legitimate reasons for having cash flow issues, and the best ways for small businesses to raise more funds. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2bZF0GR 

  • Messaging Commerce: The Next Big Thing or a 2016 Fad?

    Sep 16 2016

    You've probably heard that 2016 is the year messaging apps and bots really take off. We're joined this week by Paul Gray of Kik, who enlightens us about the popularity of messaging apps, the possibilities of bots, and how he would respond to naysayers of these up and coming technologies. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2ceJo6j 

  • How to Get the Most Out of a Conference

    Sep 09 2016

    Recently, we did a roundup of the eCommerce conferences you should have on your radar. This week, we're talking about getting the most out of whichever conferences you do attend. We discuss why networking should be your primary objective, and how to absorb as much as possible from each conference. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2ccyIpY 

  • 1 Employee, 100 Orders per Day: An Update on Pawstruck's Warehousing Goal

    Sep 02 2016

    Earlier this year, we kicked off a series with Kyle Goguen of PawStruck.com and began by looking at his goals. We wanted to follow Kyle throughout the year to see how things went – what were some of his successes and challenges on his eCommerce journey. On this episode, we have an update on Kyle's story, specifically, in the area of warehousing and how he’s managing that aspect of his business from over a 1,000 miles away. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2bmHwUi

  • Creating a Strong Company Culture

    Aug 26 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Running a brick and mortar store has its challenges. Today's guest has figured out how to create both an open and warm store environment with an innovative and successful online presence. For this episode, Andrew heads down the street from his office to sit down with Paul Decker of Musicvilla who's at the helm of a musical institution here in Bozeman, MT. He shares how he navigates the challenges of keeping a brick and mortar business running, his approach t...more

  • Expanding into a Brick & Click Business

    Aug 19 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Could there be benefits to going old school and connecting with people out of a physical store? Tony Rodono of City Prints Map Art and, more recently, MapShop.com did just that. Tony transitioned to working out of a brick-and-mortar shop, and shares his ups and downs of the shift, including interacting face to face with customers and managing a brand new team. Subscribe:  iTunes | Stitcher (With your host Andrew Youderian of eCommerceFuel.com and Tony Rodono...more

  • The World Shifting Changes Headed Your Way – Part 2

    Aug 12 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Bill and Andrew resume last week's conversation to finish looking at how current trends in technology will have an impact on the future of our economy. Although these shifts may be a few years away, understanding the how these change can impact your business will help you prepare and not be caught off guard. This week, we speculate on what will disappear and just how these shifts impact the economy and thus your livelihood. The predictions we propose have th...more

  • The World Shifting Changes Headed Your Way – Part 1

    Aug 05 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Bill and Andrew pull out their crystal balls to peer into the future and predict how technology will usher in massive shifts in the economy. These shifts may be 5 - 20 or more years away, but they can potentially have a huge impact on your business. From self-driving cars to negative interest rates, large pools of employment sectors could face the chopping block as our society embraces the next generation of technological advances. Tune in to join the conver...more

  • Successful Amazon Market Research in 2016

    Jul 29 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Continuing with our series on Amazon, this week we're talking about research tools available to help those selling in niche markets. Greg Mercer, the founder of Jungle Scout, a popular Amazon market research tool for sellers, discusses how sellers can weed out saturated segments to find profits.  Jungle Scout uses Amazon's Best Sellers rankings to help you make educated decisions on what to buy and sell on Amazon. Greg dives in about the pros and cons of dev...more

  • How to Get Reviews on Amazon

    Jul 22 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: One of the most crucial factors to having a successful product on Amazon is the quality of your customer reviews. This week, Jeffrey Cohen, Director of Business Development at SellerLabs, joins us to explain how to garner better reviews for your products and the strategies to create incentivized reviews. Jeff also shares up-to-date tools that bring organic reviews to your product listings and can boost the number of reviews your products get.  Subscribe:  iT...more

  • The Top Amazon Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

    Jul 15 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Fahim Naim is a former Senior Category Manager at Amazon and founder of eShopportunity. Over the course of his time at Amazon, Fahim did P&L management for a multi-hundred million dollar category, managed relationships with vendors, and negotiated terms and costs with vendors and his team. We take a deep dive into the ways to make your Amazon listings fully optimized, as well as the common mistakes sellers make using Amazon's platform. If you are an Amazon s...more

  • Dangers of the Amazon and FBA Business Model

    Jul 08 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Amazon and the eCommerce merchant. It's a Shakespearean tale where love and hate is often a blurred line. There's no doubt that for many merchants, Amazon is a huge source of revenue for their product. But there's also plenty of pitfalls when you decide to sell on Amazon. To kick off our month-long series about all things Amazon, we've got a reality check about the potential problems with selling on Amazon. While it presents many opportunities for increasing...more

  • Selling Right Channel Radios

    Jul 01 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: It's been eight years since Right Channel Radios first opened its eCommerce doors. After a cart migration, major website overhaul and lots of lessons learned over the years, the business has officially been sold. Today we're talking about the biggest takeaways Drew and Andrew walked away with after selling eCommerce businesses. It takes more planning, strategizing and moments of doubt than one might think. Subscribe:  iTunes | Stitcher (With your host Andrew...more

  • Managing a Large Virtual Team with Ezra Firestone

    Jun 24 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: A team of 40 virtual employees across multiple brands. Sounds like a dream team, but a lot goes into managing a large virtual team. Ezra Firestone of Smart Marketer shows us how he currently manages his businesses and builds his teams virtually, including how he determines who he needs to hire and how he keeps his employees productive and organized. Ezra weighs in with the current tools and strategies he uses to keep his team efficient and highly-successful....more

  • From Dried Worms to Diapers: Stories of Crazy eCommerce Niches

    Jun 17 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: You can buy anything online, but that doesn't mean every niche is a profitable one. Today we spoke to three different pioneering niche merchants from our community to talk about their seemingly impossible niches and how they've managed to turn them into full-time enterprises. Subscribe:  iTunes | Stitcher (With your hosts Andrew Youderian and Laura Serino of eCommerceFuel.com, Chris Bosdal of TastyWorms.com, Josh Manley of IronFenceShop.com, and Will Samuels...more

  • Selling a Business, How to Invest & Building Community — A Discussion with Ian Schoen

    Jun 10 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Wondering what it's like to sell your business? Or how much you can actually make through passive investments? Both are more complex than you might think, and it pays to hear from someone who knows both. Ian Schoen of TropicalMBA.com and the Dynamite Circle answers questions about recently selling his own small business, the idea that passive investments can build substantial wealth, and building entrepreneurship communities. Subscribe:  iTunes | Stitcher (W...more

  • Reader Questions on Product Development, Buying Sites & More

    Jun 03 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: The dynamic duo returns to help answer listener questions. Today we tackle a wide range of topics from how to structure your business joint ventures to what the best sources are for buying and selling eCommerce sites. If you've got questions, Andrew and Drew have the answers. Subscribe:  iTunes | Stitcher (With your host Andrew Youderian of eCommerceFuel.com and Drew Sanocki of Nerdmarketing.com) Andrew: Welcome to the eCommerceFuel podcast, the show dedicat...more

  • Mastering User Experience with Jason Broughton from Zappos

    May 27 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: User experience. This phrase has been tossed around a lot in the last few years, but few have actually mastered applying it in all aspects of their business. Most businesses focus on the wire-framing and usability testing, but there are some even easier ways to reel in customers and keep them coming back. Jason Broughton, head of UX for Zappos, weighs in on how to make your website useful, usable, and an experience that will ensure customers will keep coming...more

  • How to Pitch the Press and Get Life-Changing Coverage

    May 20 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Trying to drum up some press for your brand or business can be a full-time job. And with all the effort that goes into trying to get media coverage, how worth it does it end up being for your brand? Today, we're looking at three success stories of landing major press and how each business was affected differently. Join us as we dive into how you can get press for your business and your eCommerce store and what you need to do in order to woo reporters. Even m...more

  • 80/20 Marketing & AdWords Changes with Perry Marshall

    May 13 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: The art of sorting out your customers, weeding out the qualified from the non-qualified, is one of the most important skills you can develop in business. There are hundreds of tools out there that claim to help you to weed out these customers, but none as effective as the 80/20 rule. This week AdWords guru Perry Marshall is here to discuss the 80/20 rule of marketing strategies. We discuss everything you need to know about predicting what your market will be...more

  • The Bare Minimum You Need to Know About Accounting

    May 06 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Knowing how to read a financial statement and a few other basics of accounting is vital in an eCommerce business. Without basic knowledge of accounting, you may think you're raking in the cash when you're actually in the red. We're covering everything from the basics of reading an income statement to the ins and outs of your store revenue. Subscribe:  iTunes | Stitcher (Wth your host Andrew Youderian of eCommerceFuel.com and Bill D'Alessandro of RebelCEO.com...more

  • eCommerce Conference Round-Up

    Apr 29 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: There are tons of conferences being offered in the world of eCommerce and marketing today, so it can be difficult to choose which one is the best fit for your individual situation. We're a bit biased when it comes to talking up our favorite conference (eCommerceFuelLive of course), but there are a lot of other great options out there as well. Whether you are a big store or looking into selling on Amazon, we break down the biggest and best conferences to help...more

  • How to Craft a Kickstarter Marketing Plan That Gets You Funded in 8 Hours

    Apr 22 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Crowdfunding is a popular topic and it's one that continues to pick up steam as bigger companies and cooler products get launched on platforms like Kickstarter. And we've finally discovered the secret sauce of crafting a killer Kickstarter marketing plan from start to finish. Jason Feinberg, founder of FCTRY, is here to talk about the Kickstarter Holy Grail: getting funded in under a day. Subscribe:  iTunes | Stitcher (Wth your host Andrew Youderian of eComm...more

  • A California Roadtrip: Tips for Working While Traveling

    Apr 15 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: Today's episode comes to you from the road. As eCommerce entrepreneurs, flexibility is one of the biggest perks of the job. But how easy is it to pack up the family into an RV and head south while trying to stay on top of your business? Hop into the passenger seat as we dive into what it takes to hit the road, spend time with family and turn an RV into a mobile office. Today, I share my personal experience on the road, away from Montana, while trying to get ...more

  • Honey, What’s Paid Traffic? What Your Parents Really Know About Your Business

    Apr 08 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: eCommerce entrepreneurs can be a misunderstood bunch. Sometimes it's the people that know us better than anyone else who can't figure us out – our parents. Today on the show, we talk to a few eCommerce entrepreneurs and their mothers to really dig into how well their parents really know their kid's business. What they say might surprise you! Subscribe:  iTunes | Stitcher With your hosts Andrew Youderian and Laura Serino of eCommerceFuel.com, Freddy Lanksy of...more

  • Origin Stories: Two Paths to Starting our eCommerce Businesses

    Apr 01 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: After almost 150 episodes of the eCommerceFuel podcast, our topics have run the gamut. But one very obvious topic we've yet to tackle? The story behind why Andrew Youderian and frequent co-host Bill D'Alessandro got into eCommerce in the first place. The path to success in eCommerce can be a long and bumpy one. Sadly, many people give up before they bring their visions of starting an eCommerce business to reality. Hopefully, this episode will inspire any of ...more

  • A Year with Pawstruck: Setting Business Goals with Kyle Goguen

    Mar 25 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: We were inspired by one of our favorite podcasts, Start-Up, to kick off a new series this week. Over the course of the next year, we'll be following Kyle Goguen, founder of Pawstruck, to see what it's like for a successful business to try and take their company to the next level. We'll be checking in with Kyle every few months to see if he's ticking all the boxes off his 2016 "to do" list. Today Kyle lays out his key goals for 2016 along with his worries abo...more

  • Using Instagram to Generate Seven Figures in Sales

    Mar 18 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: It's everyone's new favorite social media platform and for some business owners, it's a gold mine. Lily Jade is a multi-million dollar diaper bag business and they've generated seven figures alone through Instagram. eCommerceFuel community members and founders of Lily Jade, Landon and Meggan Wood, along  with their Instagram manager, Ashley McGleary, share the secrets behind using influencers and creating engagement to create buzz (and lots of sales) using I...more

  • How to Nail Your First Shipment to Amazon FBA

    Mar 11 2016

    New post from The eCommerceFuel Blog: If you can't beat them, join them. Amazon FBA is a natural next step to help you grow your business. But sending out your first shipment can be ripe with potential problems. On today's episode, we've got a novice and a pro weighing in on the intricacies behind FBA, including the differences between a UPC, FNSKU, and an ASIN, along with expert tips for optimizing your FBA experience and nailing it right from the get go. Subscribe:  iTunes | Stitcher (With you...more

  • Five Years In: How the Affordable Care Act is Helping Small Business Owners with Health Insurance

    Mar 04 2016

    The Affordable Care Act has been in effect for five years now. We decided to check in with small business owners to see how well it's worked for their families and employees. Today we're hoping to answer this question: is it possible to find affordable heath insurance for your small business under ObamaCare? Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1LIzKjr

  • Meet Lars Hundley: Entrepreneur and Community Contributor Extraordinaire

    Feb 26 2016

    In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about Kickstarter, Amazon, creating proprietary products, as well as a plethora of other eCommerce-related topics. We wrap up the show with some trivia to see how well Lars can remember some of the things that he may or may not have shed light on in terms of funny stories and comments in the forum. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1QdUNLL

  • The Future of eCommerce: Predictions on Mobile, Amazon & More

    Feb 19 2016

    Jason brings a unique perspective to our tribe of independent 6 and 7-figure merchants and shares some takeaways that we can glean from some of those bigger organizations. He shares a lot of great insights on the future of eCommerce and talks about some of the innovative things that retailers are doing today. Jason also shares some predictions about what may happen with mobile, messaging commerce, and Amazon. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1SxkugX

  • Brand Storytelling Pointers from a Hollywood Screenwriter

    Feb 12 2016

    This episode is a prime run of all things storytelling for your business from a guy who has the background and authority to speak on the topic. Michael and I chat about how you can use storytelling to grow your business, build your brand, and connect with customers. Don’t miss Michael’s gems about what goes into building a good story and the exact formula for writing compelling stories to help you promote your brand and your products. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly...more

  • The Ugmonk Story: Starting More than Just a T-Shirt Company

    Feb 05 2016

    Jeff is here today to talk about how he created Ugmonk and infused it with his personality and style. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1KwEKqG

  • How to Be a Good Mentor in Business

    Jan 29 2016

    Today, we take a slightly opposite approach to an often-discussed topic - instead of talking about how to find a mentor we dig into the ins and outs of being a good mentor in business. Tune in to check out our reflection on our experiences with mentorship as well as our best tips for being a great mentor. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1SWJxbW

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (But Better)

    Jan 22 2016

    The author of the New York Times bestselling book, Essentialism (one of my top book picks for 2015), Gregory McKeown, joins me on this episode to help answer those questions. Greg shares some key concepts outlined in his book and imparts some game-changing advice that you can start applying today to become more productive and efficient in your life and business. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1OjdlKv

  • How to Skyrocket Your eCommerce Conversion Rate - with Peep Laja

    Jan 15 2016

    If you’re in the eCommerce field, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Peep Laja from ConversionXL.com, one of the most respected conversion blogs online. I invited Peep to join us on the eCommerce Fuel podcast to discuss some of the best practices for increasing your eCommerce conversion. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1RheCGh

  • TrollingMotors.net Follow-up: Two Years into Buying an eCommerce Business

    Jan 08 2016

    On this follow-up, Clayton and I chat about how things panned out – did everything go well, did things fall apart and so on. We dive into what it’s like to buy your first eCommerce business, as well as how TrollingMotors.net is doing now, what has changed since Clay’s purchase of the store and the biggest “a-ha” moments of the process. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1QSOJh8

  • Andy Dunn of Bonobos.com (From the Archives)

    Jan 01 2016

    Apart from being a great eCommerce writer on Medium.com, Andy is the founder of Bonobos.com, a menswear clothing online store that he’s grown into a highly-respected company over the past few years. We chat about how Andy got started and his experience in men’s clothing space. And, he also shares some stories from his own experience. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1mtA4MV

  • Michael Dubin of Dollar Shave Club (From the Archives)

    Dec 25 2015

    If you haven’t heard this interview with Michael before, or even if you have, then you are in for a real treat. While I first aired this interview over two years ago, the incredible knowledge and lessons that Michael shared with me is still something I know all of us can learn from and use in our businesses today. Enjoy! You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1Z9c3Zu

  • Our Favorite Books of 2015

    Dec 18 2015

    Joining me to talk about our top 10 favorite (or perhaps only) books from 2015 is the man behind NerdMarketing.com, Drew Sanocki. This year we have a good mix of business, personal development, diet and fiction books that you might want to check out if you’re looking for a next good read. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1OmlLjJ

  • Making Cyber Monday the Best Sales Day of Your Year

    Dec 11 2015

    The man who’s currently recovering from frostbite after standing in line all night looking for Pokémon deals on Black Friday, Bill D’Allesandro of RebelCEO.com, is here today to help answer those questions. Here are some tips for optimizing your eCommerce business for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and, ultimately, making them the best sales days of the year. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1Nc8ryd

  • Answering Reader & Listener Questions

    Dec 04 2015

    Joining me on this Q & A episode is none other than the Oracle of Time Square, the man with all of the answers, Drew Sanocki of NerdMarketing.com. We dive into a wide range of topics from why certain markets aren't great for eCommerce and what the best Shopify apps for analytics are, to whether Drew's dreamy salt-and-peppered look is natural. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1MDiXSi

  • How to Hunt (and Catch) "Whales" with Customer Segmentation Analysis

    Nov 27 2015

    This episode features Mr. Drew Sanocki’s talk from the recent eCommerce Fuel Live event. He talks about the best practices for finding and attracting those customers that can drive a huge part of your business and really growing by focusing on and delivering value to those folks. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1X57dPg

  • UPS vs. USPS vs. Fedex: Battle of the Shipping Carriers

    Nov 20 2015

    Bill joins me today to discuss which shipping carriers will save your business the most money. We look at the strengths and weaknesses of each carrier and what you need to do to negotiate the best possible deals. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1LZ5fYo

  • The Right Way to Pay Yourself a Salary

    Nov 13 2015

    Finding the answers to those questions can be considerably overwhelming for entrepreneurs, so today, joining me to tackle the salary topic is Bill D'Alessandro from Rebel CEO. We cover everything you need to know about the topic from paying yourself a salary without starving your business to separating your business and personal financials, as well as the rule of thumb for reinvesting your profits. Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1kf0Rf3

  • Anatomy of The Perfect Business

    Nov 06 2015

    Today, we are diving into the anatomy of a perfect business... The business you would create in an ideal world where you were you able to wave a magic wand and anything you wished would come true. What would it look like? What would be the different components of your business that would maximize profitability, minimize the headaches and create a continuous stream of customers. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1Q244KK

  • Creating Proprietary Products: The Design & Manufacturing Process

    Oct 30 2015

    In today’s day and age, the previous option of being able to thrive in ecommerce based solely on reselling items is quickly coming to an end. As eCommerce is becoming more and more competitive, the need for new and unique products is becoming an absolute necessity. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1MSTDUC

  • eCommerceFuel Live 2015 Takeaways

    Oct 23 2015

    This week, as we are just recovering from ECF Live, Bill and I recap our favorite moments from the event. If you didn’t get the chance to go, or even if you did, this episode covers some of the highlights that made the event an incredible success. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1ZOVsv9

  • eCommerce Fraud Prevention: How to Keep Deadbeats from Ripping You Off

    Oct 16 2015

    Fraud prevention can be a tricky road to travel. So how do determine which order is a possible fraudulent order? Listen in as we talk fraud prevention techniques. And while they are never 100% foolproof, they can surely help you make decisions that could save you thousands You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1L5ppke

  • How to Scale Your eCommerce Marketing Plan without Spending a Fortune

    Oct 09 2015

    Growing the marketing plan of your eCommerce business can be a difficult task, especially if you are a first-time entrepreneur. Knowing the right steps to take can be daunting even for an experienced business owner, but, with help, you can navigate the tricky steps to marketing success. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1FyJcIg

  • Why Outsourcing Is Hurting Your eCommerce Business

    Oct 02 2015

    Growing your business alone can be a daunting task; one thing that entrepreneurs can do to alleviate the stress of the workload is outsource different aspects of their operation. From hiring freelancers to hiring a warehouse to store and ship your products, outsourcing can become a huge part of your business.  While I outsource a large amount of my business, I have learned, as most entrepreneurs will over time, that some things just have to be kept in-house. You can find show notes and more inf...more

  • Supercharging Growth with a Fine-Tuned B2B Sales Process

    Sep 25 2015

    Ben Camerota joins me today to share his experiences with the B2B sales world, both in the traditional, corporate world and in his own businesses. We take a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of B2B sales and get an inside look at how to set up your business and your team for business-to-business sales. In today’s episode, Ben shares his methods of harnessing the potential that B2B brings to ramp up your order size, overall volume and profits. You can find show notes and more information by clic...more

  • How To Buy & Run a Store Using Other People's Money

    Sep 18 2015

    Debt. As an eCommerce business, that word can either be singularly the most terrifying word or a powerful business tool. Depending on your beliefs and willingness to take on extra debt, you can learn to harness it to grow your business faster than ever before. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1LbAxrM

  • The 7 Must-Follow Rules for Hiring a Marketing or Design Agency

    Sep 11 2015

    Drew Sanocki joins me to talk about how to pick a service agency to help you run and expand your business. We have both had the good, the bad and the downright ugly experiences in the past and have learned some hard lessons. We share our methods of finding, evaluate and hiring an agency that will become one of the greatest investments you have ever made in your eCommerce business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1JsBP3z

  • Life as an eCommerce Vagabond with David Couillard

    Sep 04 2015

    I knew that I had to talk with David after hearing his story in the forum, not only as a vagabond but as a formidable eCommerce entrepreneur. He was able to create a huge Facebook following, along with several successful eCommerce stores. David shares his tips for creating a strong, engaged audience and talks about how he runs his businesses while seeing the world has to offer. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1PssRot

  • The Secret to Making More Money with Free Shipping

    Aug 28 2015

    In the world of Amazon Prime, free shipping has become an expected standard for most online shoppers. For most of the bigger retailers, this does not pose any significant threat to their bottom line. But how can the smaller eCommerce owners compete in that environment? Shipping has been a topic that we've discussed briefly in the past, but today, we are talking about how you can offer free shipping as a merchant, without absolutely murdering your profitability. You can find show notes and more ...more

  • Sourcing Products, Foreign Bank Accounts & More in China

    Aug 21 2015

    China... Just the mention of China can bring up varied reactions from most people. A lot of people may think of China as over-populated where most of their products comes from and culturally, as a bit of an enigma. But to those of us in the eCommerce world, China is incredibly relevant, with boundless opportunities for growth in your business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1W34LFY

  • A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Private Forum with Laura Serino

    Aug 14 2015

    If you are a part of our private forum or have been thinking about joining up, then you may have wondered just how we review and accept new members. Also, if you are a fan of our community and blog and have been wondering just how to emulate our copy, then this episode is for you. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1Jxawqt

  • How to Make Gut Level, Intuition-Based Decisions

    Aug 07 2015

    Drew Sanocki joins me to talk about our experiences with making decisions based on our intuition, as well as both of the instances where we got it right and wrong. Find out why you need to pay attention to the little things, get outside perspective and take your time before jumping into any significant decisions. With our help, you can learn to use your intuition to make judgement calls that will help you reach your long and short-term goals with ease.   You can find show notes and more inform...more

  • Making the Leap to Full-Time Entrepreneurship

    Jul 31 2015

    Every entrepreneur, at one time or another, has thought about transitioning to working full-time on their business. Coming up with the right strategy for this transition, for you and your business, can be a daunting task. Do you quit your job to work on your business, or do you work on your business as a side project while still working full-time? And, if you take the latter route, when do you finally make the leap, if ever? Bill D'Alessandro, and I answer these and other related questions as we...more

  • Facing the Business Doldrums: 6 Questions to Ask When Your Business Stalls

    Jul 24 2015

    Regardless if you are new to eCommerce or have been running a successful online business for a few years, most entrepreneurs worry about how to continue growing their business once they plateau. For many companies, this happens once they hit the high six to low seven figures. If your business has plateaued and you can't seem to move the needle and experience growth, there are six questions you need to ask yourself to determine your next step. You can find show notes and more information by clic...more

  • Paid Traffic in 2015 - Facebook, Pinterest, Google & More

    Jul 17 2015

    eCommerceFuel veteran Ezra Firestone, of SmartMarketer.com, returns to talk about social media and paid traffic. Ezra has become a paid traffic guru, focusing on the multitude of ways to drive traffic to your website using different channels available today. Ezra explains the best method to determine your strategy specific to your business and budget. With our help, you will be armed with the information you need to finish 2015 with a plan that will drive traffic to your site through the roof. ...more

  • Offering Coupons without Killing Your Profitability

    Jul 10 2015

    Today, Drew Sanocki and I share our experiences with coupons, our successes, and our horror stories. Find out the best ways of offering coupons to entice your customers to come back time and time again, without losing money in the process.   You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1fipSDa

  • Takeaways from the 2015 IRCE Conference | eCommerceFuel

    Jul 03 2015

    Hopefully, you were able to make it to the IRCE (Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition) this past month in Chicago with us. But if you weren’t able to attend, then you are in luck! Bill D’Alessandro joins me today to discuss the events of the conference. We talk about our biggest takeaways, the challenges and some surprising insights we gained from the world’s largest eCommerce conference and exhibition. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1NrCovF

  • Creating "The Roost" Laptop Stand with James Olander

    Jun 26 2015

    If you are like me and many other entrepreneurs, one of the biggest perks of owning your own business is being able to be completely mobile. You may have an office that you work out of, but if you need to, you can unplug and work on your laptop from anywhere in the world with ease. But did you know, that that convenience can come at a price to your health? You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1IbO1qy

  • Starting and Running an Impactful Mastermind Group

    Jun 19 2015

    Joining me to explain the differences in mastermind experiences, is Taylor Pearson. Taylor shares his expertise and talks about why so many masterminds fail the entrepreneurs within the group. From the structure to member selection, we dive into how to create an efficient and impactful mastermind that will revolutionize your business. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1KO4piv

  • The Story Behind Woot! & Meh.com with Matt Rutledge

    Jun 12 2015

    Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine” at least once in your life. But did you also know that laughter can also help your business grow and prosper? In the world where a majority of entrepreneurs are constantly fearful of offending their customers (or potential customers), there is one man who is successfully blazing the trail of using comedy to sell. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1RmyWVf...more

  • Buying and Monetizing Exact Match Domains with Michael Jackness

    Jun 05 2015

    Finding the right domain for your business can be a long process and one that you should create a strategy for. Should you find an exact match domain? If that domain is already claimed, should you try and buy it? What is the best method to search for and purchase a domain? Is there a difference between spammy domain names and exact match domain names? You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1EZ7nsz

  • 6 Tips for Preventing Entrepreneurial Burnout

    May 29 2015

    As an entrepreneur, it is very easy to get caught in the trap of saying yes too often in an effort to chase down opportunities and the desire to help everyone who asks for it. However, if you are honest with yourself, you know that by adding another task or responsibility to your plate, you are postponing more important tasks and burning yourself out.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1KHG9Lk

  • Big City vs. Rural: Where Should You Run Your Business?

    May 22 2015

    Most entrepreneurs, at one time or another, have faced ups and downs that come with living in their area. From networking opportunities and potential investors to income tax rates, entrepreneurs should be thinking about what their business needs to optimize their success. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1JRHh26

  • Building a Fashion Brand with Miracle Wanzo

    May 15 2015

    eCommerceFuel Forum alumni, Miracle Wanzo, joins me today to discuss the process of building a fashion brand. We talk everything fashion from how she created her own line of lingerie, to how she has been able to combine her own line with brand name fashions. Miracle also discusses the methods she found to harness Facebook ads to increase traffic to her site without spending tons of money. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1DD4Nrm

  • Mobilegeddon & Underrated SEO Techniques with Rand Fishkin of Moz

    May 08 2015

    Traditionally, most eCommerce owners have thought that creating original content is what is needed to improve their search engine optimization (SEO) and increase their Google rankings. But what if that is not entirely correct? In this data-driven world, innovative content alone is not enough to ensure the success of your brand. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1Ou9teO  

  • How to Run Efficient, Highly Automated Warehouses

    May 01 2015

    So you decided to make the jump and own your own warehouse. You found the ideal location, built it out according to your specifications, finished stocking it, and your first order just came in. Uh oh, now what do you do? How do you accurately keep track of your stock, your employees, and know what the status of ALL of your orders is at any given time? You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1HsDKok

  • A Beginner's Guide to Setting Up a Warehouse

    Apr 24 2015

    Warehouse guru Aaron Rubin joins me in a two-part series about warehouses. From how to determine the right time for acquiring your own warehouse, to the necessary addition to your lease contract, we cover everything you need to know to set up and run a successful, efficient warehouse. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1G9Gsk6

  • How to Pay Less in Taxes Without Going to Prison

    Apr 17 2015

    Taxes. The one word that most entrepreneurs dread even thinking about, let alone going through the process of filing. If unprepared, a business owner can feel like taxes are this huge, monstrous cloud looming over them. However, there are multiple, completely legal ways that entrepreneurs have found to not only reduce the amount of taxes they need to pay, but also the time spent organizing and preparing them You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1JNxGXo

  • How to Start Selling on Amazon with Matt Clark

    Apr 10 2015

    Often, eCommerce business owners get caught in the trap of considering Amazon to be one of their biggest competitors; they spend too much time and money fighting against the tide of loyal and secure Amazon customers. However, what many business owners don’t realize is what an incredible resource Amazon can be to get your brand and products known. So, instead of fighting the powerhouse that Amazon is, entrepreneurs everywhere are learning to harness the name and reputation of the billion dollar c...more

  • When to Sell a Business: 10 Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Sell Your Business with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Apr 03 2015

    On this episode of The eCommerceFuel Podcast, Drew Sanocki joins me on the show to talk exits. After selling a business he built from the ground up, Drew now helps others to buy and sell businesses. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1yqOFIi

  • Top 8 eCommerce Metrics: 8 eCommerce Metrics You Should be Tracking with Bill D'Alessandro of Elements Brands

    Mar 27 2015

    This time, on the eCommercefuel podcast, eCommerce guru Bill D’Alessandro is back to discuss different metrics that you, as a business owner, should be tracking. These metrics can be anything from how much traffic you actually get from mobile vs browser, how many people who visit your site come back, and how much each one of those clicks are worth. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1FKMTJG  

  • Business & Kids: Making the Transition Running a Business with Young Kids with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Mar 20 2015

    Today, we are talking about how to run your business and still be a good parent and spouse. One of the biggest hurdles for entrepreneurs when they have kids, is transitioning from the 24/7 entrepreneur, working whenever you would like, to a parent AND an entrepreneur. So Drew and I are here to help! We discuss the big hacks we have found for good fathers and keeping our businesses running, along with several reality changes we have come to understand as fathers. If you have small children, or ha...more

  • The Four Horseman: Interpreting The Predictions of The Four Horseman Video by Scott Galloway with Bill D’Alessandro of OrderCircle.com

    Mar 13 2015

    Listen in as Bill and I analyze the big predictions that Scott made in his video and in turn share our own predictions. We tackle everything from Amazon and Apple, to Facebook and Uber, talking about the changes that have happened and what we see on the horizon. You do not want to miss this informative and insightful look at the future of eCommerce! You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1EBaMTA     

  • Results from a $50,000 Redesign: The Results from My $50,000 eCommerce Site Redesign

    Mar 06 2015

    On this episode, I am talking about why I decided to do our site redesign, the huge changes you will find (one of which you will have to order something to receive), and the results we are already experiencing after these changes. Listen in to learn about the possible results that you can expect from a site redesign, as well as any hiccups and issues I experienced along the way. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1aMbelr

  • Biggest eCommerce Wins: Our Biggest Business Wins as eCommerce Business Owners with Bill D’Alessandro of OrderCircle.com

    Feb 27 2015

    Listen in as Bill and I share not only what we feel was our biggest successes are, but how we were able to achieve them and how you too can achieve similar wins in your business. From finally utilizing email marketing, to raising prices and getting your products on Amazon Prime, you do not want to miss this episode’s tips and tricks that can help you double your profits (in some cases, within days).  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1Fr0Zfo

  • Running an eCommerce Store in China: Discussing the Pros and Cons of Running an eCommerce Business in China with Paul Lepa of PearlsOnly.com

    Feb 20 2015

    Here, on The eCommerceFuel podcast, we have often discussed exporting goods from other parts of the world and even running our businesses from anywhere with an internet connection. From episode 57 with Andrew Henderson of NomadCapitalist.com to episode 47 with Austin Brawner of eCommerceInfluence.com, this is a topic we have explored thoroughly. My guest today, however, is one that has acted upon these ideas and made them a reality.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here...more

  • Feb News Update: February News Stories From The eCommerce World with Bill D’Alessandro of OrderCircle.com

    Feb 13 2015

    Bill D’Alessandro is joining me this week to review the biggest stories of the past month in the eCommerce world. Bill and I also spend some times discussing how OrderCircle is progressing and Bill’s latest eCommerce acquisition.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1uH9en7

  • eCommerce vs. Other Online Models with Steve Chou of MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

    Feb 06 2015

    Returning to the eCommerce Fuel Podcast for the first time since Episode 4 (way back in August of 2013 - wow!), is Steve Chou. Steve is one of those rare entrepreneurs who, through a ton of hard work from both him and his wife, was able to replace her salary of $100K within one year, making it possible for her to quit her job to stay home and raise their kids. Since then, Steve has branched into just about everything, from a course to a podcast and affiliate marketing, all while running his eCom...more

  • Biggest eCommerce Regrets: Learning From My Biggest Regrets in eCommerce

    Jan 30 2015

    Once again, flying solo, I am talking about what I have learned since starting my first eCommerce business and my biggest regrets along the way. Anytime a new venture is started, there are bound to be mistakes and regrets, but moving forward and learning from past mistakes is how great companies are created. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/15RyZX0

  • Favorite Books of 2014: My Must Read List of Favorite Books of 2014

    Jan 23 2015

    Listen in as I talk about 10 of the best books I have read in 2014, what I have learned from each one, and why you should read them as well. Also, I dive into how I am able to go through so many books (Audible is definitely something you should check out!) and one of my New Year’s resolutions that I hope to use to help me to drive home the incredible lessons I learn from each book I read. Before we get started though, please comment below or Tweet me your favorite fiction reads that I can check ...more

  • Running Multiple Businesses: If and How You Should Have More Than One Venture with Bill D’Alessandro of RebelCEO.com

    Jan 16 2015

      Are you a business owner who is working hard to get your business off the ground, but keep thinking about starting new one? Is your plan to split your days between two businesses and have your staff do the same? Well listen up, because this episode is all about when it is the right time is to start a second or even third business and still experience incredible success. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1swrdeV

  • Email Marketing for 2015: Tips for Success with Email Marketing with Xiaohui “X” Wang of EssenceofEmail.com

    Jan 09 2015

    Xiaohui Wang or X, as he is more commonly known as, is an email marketing genius. He burst on to the eCommerceFuel forum not too long ago and through his informative and actionable content, quickly earned a reputation for being the expert, the go-to email guy. Listen in to learn how X makes email work for you, regardless of the size of your business and your budget. With tips on platforms and the simple changes you can make that can drastically improve your revenue, this episode is one you can’t...more

  • How to Manage People: 5 Problems That Come Up When Managing People - And What to Do About Them with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Jan 02 2015

    Drew Sanocki joins me today to talk about one of the hardest parts of owning a business - managing people. We discuss the 5 big problems that we have encountered and how we strive every day to walk the tightrope of management to ensure both our and our employees' success. If you have employees, or are thinking about hiring, you need to listen up!   You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1AbCYro

  • Solo Productivity Tips: How to Be Productive While Working Alone with Bill D’Alessandro of RebelCEO.com

    Dec 26 2014

    Bill D’Alessandro of Rebel CEO is back on the show to delve into just how to increase your productivity and decrease the distractions that seem to constantly pop up. Bill and I share our tips and tricks that we have developed over the past few years from working mostly solo, and we learn some new ones from each other! If you use these, or have found other tactics that work for you, please comment and share them below!  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly...more

  • Redesigning Our Site: How to Prepare for a Site Redesign Part I

    Dec 19 2014

    This week, I am flying solo, for the first time in a while, to continue our discussion about site redesigns and adding my own spin on it. Currently, with my Right Channel Radio site, we are undergoing a massive overhaul to completely redesign the website. Drawing on some of the information in my past episodes, I break down all of the steps I have taken to prepare for this time (and money) consuming project. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1wJ42wK 

  • December News Update: December’s Stories From The eCommerce World with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Dec 12 2014

    Drew and I discuss three of the most interesting threads from the eCommerceFuel forum as well as share some of your opinions and our take on each of the topics. Listen in to learn how you can take advantage of our breakdowns of what has happened and what we foresee happening in the next month.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1ID6HOQ    

  • Redesign Case Study: Website Redesign Case Study with Justin Cook of EmpireFlippers.com

    Dec 05 2014

    Justin Cook is the co-founder and owner of EmpireFlippers, a safe and fast way to buy and sell profitable businesses of any size. Together with his business partner Jon, Justin relaunched their website in August of 2014 after a five figure, multi-month site update achieving incredible success! Listen in as Justin shares valuable insight that will help you plan, design and execute a website redesign that will help you streamline the process and get it right the first time. You do not want to miss...more

  • Favorite eComm Tools: Tools For The Busy eCommerce Entrepreneur with Bill D’Alessandro of OrderCircle.com

    Nov 28 2014

    On this episode of the eCommerceFuel podcast, Bill D’Alessandro and I discuss all of our favorite tools that we use to make our lives as eCommerce entrepreneurs easier. We share the apps, websites and tools that we have found to help increase our productivity and reduce the time spent on daily tasks. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/15aAtLk

  • Corporate Job Lessons: Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned from Corporate Life with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Nov 21 2014

    I invited Drew Sanocki back to the show to talk about how the lessons we have learned from our collective experiences in the corporate and military world. We talk about how what we have learned has shaped who we are as entrepreneurs and how you too can take those lessons and apply them to your business. You do not want to miss this episode's easy-to-follow steps for setting your business up for success. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1uCE9iu

  • Selling Wholesale: How Do I Start Selling My Product Wholesale with Bill D’Alessandro of OrderCircle.com

    Nov 14 2014

    Today, Bill D’Alessandro and I dive into how we have sold our products wholesale in the past, drawing upon Bill’s expansive experience in setting up those types of deals. We share our hacks on how to find potential retailers, set up profitable deals and give your product and business greater exposure than ever before!   You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1tRxCyG

  • Overcoming Insecurities: Dealing with Insecurities in Business with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Nov 07 2014

    Drew Sanocki is back on the eCommerceFuel podcast today to talk about the insecurities that most business owners experience. We talk about each of our own personal insecurities and how we strive every day to overcome them. Listen in as Drew and I share our tricks and tactics we have found to work for us and countless other business owners for overcoming these insecurities and experiencing incredible success.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1y6D4yb

  • Healthy Competitor Focus: When/If/How Much Should You Focus on Competitors with Bill D’Alessandro of OrderCircle.com

    Oct 31 2014

    This week on the eCommerce Fuel podcast Bill and I talk about how we deal with competition, from starting a new business to buying an existing one. We dive into many different constructive and destructive ways that competition can affect you and your online venture. You do not want to miss this episode's time and money-saving advice that will give you a good understanding of how to harness competition to your benefit.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly...more

  • Travel Hacking & eComm: How to Never Pay for Travel Again with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Oct 24 2014

    This week, Drew and I examine the multiple options available to you that can help you ensure that you, like us, never pay for personal travel again. We explain each of our unique approaches to using credit cards to rack up miles and how we calculate just how much our miles are worth. Listen in, as Drew and I give our tips, tricks and hacks that have helped us not only not pay for flights but much more. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1wjnsYz

  • Inside Alibaba: The Alibaba Crash Course with Bill D’Alessandro of OrderCircle.com

    Oct 17 2014

    Alibaba has currently been making history as becoming the largest IPO in history. Together, Bill and I talk about everything from Alibaba's history, their mission statement, and how they are positioning themselves to taking over the world of eCommerce. We also delve into Bill’s exciting new SASS app that will revolutionize and simplify the business-to-business wholesale orders process. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1udVrOx

  • October News Roundup: October’s Stories From the eCommerce World with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Oct 10 2014

    This week, I welcome back Drew Sanocki to the eCommerceFuel podcast as my co-host for the October News Roundup to look at the new and notable stories in the eCommerce world. This week, we are exploring Apple Pay, Facebook’s advertising changes, and the world of Alibaba, what we believe their potential is here in the states and how they differ from their biggest competitor, Amazon. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1sjUGqz

  • Working with Designers: Working with Designers on Redesigns & Large Projects With Carson McComas of ShopifyCustom.com

    Oct 03 2014

    Carson McComas is a top-ranked Shopify expert and the founder and designer at ShopifyCustom.com. He has been developing, launching and marketing eCommerce sites since 1998 and currently works with a small number of clients a year to ensure personal attention for each of his clients. Listen in as Carson shares his knowledge and expertise to help you find the right designer on your first try, before spending thousands. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1...more

  • Hosted vs. Self-Hosted Carts: The Pros and Cons of Hosted and Self-Hosted Carts with Bill D’Alessandro of NurtureMyBody.com

    Sep 26 2014

    This week, Bill D’Alessandro is back on the show to demonstrate his eCommerce prowess, by diving into the pros and cons of hosted and self-hosted carts. We discuss topics like carts we have used in the past, the perks and downsides to each one and the questions we believe every eCommerce owner needs to ask before choosing. We also give examples of our own past successes and failures with each cart. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1u1ye5Z

  • Are Coding Skills Crucial? Five Reasons Why You Should Learn - Or at a Minimum - Understand the Basics Behind Programming with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Sep 19 2014

    Drew Sanocki returns to the show again this week, and this time, we are discussing the importance of coding skills in online solo entrepreneurship. As more resources like oDesk are popping up, it is creating a situation where it is incredibly inexpensive to outsource programming to great coders. While the urgency to learn in order to be successful seems to be fading, we argue that this knowledge will be absolutely vital to your success.  You can find show notes and more information by clicking ...more

  • Handling Phone Calls: The Pros, Cons and Phone Support Options for Merchants with Bill D’Alessandro of NurtureMyBody.com

    Sep 12 2014

    The eCommerce guru, Bill D’Alessandro, is back on the show this week to discuss the best methods of handling customer support and phone calls. We have an open discussion about everything from what software and services we have tried, what we liked and disliked about each one and where we have completely fallen short on customer service. We also discuss several options for getting started with manufacturers and suppliers when starting a new drop shipping business. You can find show notes and mor...more

  • Sept. News Roundup: September’s Stories From the eCommerce World with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Sep 05 2014

    Drew Sanocki is back again on the eCommerceFuel podcast to delve into the top news stories in the eCommerce world from the past month. This week, we dive into the changes that Google has made and is expected to make, and introduce Drew’s exciting new eCommerce venture. You do not want to miss our breakdown down of the important changes and our advice that can save you valuable time and money. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1oFWVhv

  • ECFLive Highlights: 7 Steps To Take Your Business From Start-Up To 7 Figures and Beyond with Brandon Eley of 2BigFeet.com

    Aug 29 2014

    This week’s episode is a special treat for anyone who was not able to make it to last weekends’ eCommerceFuel Live Event. Welcome Brandon Eley, founder and owner of 2BigFeet.com. Brandon is a 15-year eCommerce veteran, speaker, blogger and author of Online Marketing Inside Out. Brandon shares his incredible entrepreneurial journey, from blowing all of his start-up money, to being near bankruptcy, and turning it all around to making over 7 figures. You do not want to miss this informative and ins...more

  • Ep# 59: 5 Questions to Ask When Considering a Site Re-Design with Ezra Firestone

    Aug 22 2014

    This week, I welcome back Ezra Firestone to discuss the 5 questions all eCommerce owners need to consider before starting a site redesign. We debate the reasons behind why an eCommerce store owner would start a site redesign and where to begin. We also get into the different tools that you can use to determine what needs to be changed on your site vs what should stay the same. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1pP1rPv

  • Ep #58: Give Me a Supportive Spouse Over a Rich VC Any Day with Drew Sanocki of DrewSanocki.com

    Aug 15 2014

    Drew Sanocki is back again on the show, and this week we dive into one of the most vital, but often overlooked aspects of entrepreneurship -supportive spouses. Regardless of your financial situation, having a supportive life partner is detrimental to the success of your business, and the health of your relationship. This week, we discuss several ways to earn and keep your significant others support and trust. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1l4ttXw

  • Ep #57: Exploring eCommerce Options World-Wide with Andrew Henderson of NomadCapitalist.com

    Aug 08 2014

    My guest, Andrew Henderson, is the founder of NomadCapitalist.com and The Nomad Society. Andrew is an international entrepreneur and perpetual traveler, searching the globe for the best places to live, invest, and start a business. With his private online club, The Nomad Society, his members receive access to valuable training and contacts that can help them internationalize their lives and their businesses You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1mnHNoK

  • Ep #56: July Roundup: Stories From the eCommerce World with Drew Sanocki of DesignPublic.com

    Aug 01 2014

    Drew Sanocki is back on the show this week to dive into what has been going on in the world of eCommerce during the month of July. We are hoping to make this a regular occurrence on the show, where we discuss the many fast-paced changes that happen each month. This week, we tackle everything from Google’s authorship photo changes to a possible addition to the Internet Sales Tax Bill. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here:http://bit.ly/1zxUB3S

  • Ep #55: How to Deliver Consistently Great Service (Or How NOT to Take Your Customers for Granted) with Ezra Firestone of SmartMarketer.com

    Jul 25 2014

    This week, Ezra Firestone is back to discuss how to provide excellent customer service with an eCommerce store. We discuss how the key to success, and one of the cheapest marketing tools available, is consistent, great customer service. On this episode, Ezra and I use our experiences with our eCommerce stores, along with valuable advice to help turn anyone into a repeat buyer. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1sVzmse

  • Ep #54: Building the World’s First Self-Learning eCommerce Platform with Josh Caba of CortexCommerce.com

    Jul 18 2014

    Josh Caba, the founder and developer of CortexCommerce.com, has came up with a solution to the one-site-fits-all eCommerce store. A majority of eCommerce owners have been led to believe that self-learning platforms are only available to those whose revenue is in the millions. While it is true that self-learning platforms are generally more expensive than typical platforms, they more than make up for their cost by dramatically increasing sales.  You can find show notes and more information by cl...more

  • Ep #53: Lessons Learned the Hard Way, Tips for Hiring in an eCommerce Start-up with Bill D’Alessandro of RebelCEO.com

    Jul 11 2014

    eCommerce guru, Bill D’Alessandro is back on the show this week to join me in a review of hiring our first employees. We discuss everything from what we did right, where we were able to mix it up, and what we completely missed the mark on.  You don’t want to miss this episode’s beneficial tips that will save you countless wasted hours and reduce your risk of hiring the wrong person. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1mEqWBg

  • EP #52: Tips for A/B Testing in the Real World with Ezra Firestone of SmartMarketer.com

    Jul 04 2014

    Ezra Firestone is back for another round this week with 5 tips for A/B testing eCommerce stores. We discuss everything from why you should perform testing on your site to what you should be looking for when setting up a test. You won’t want to miss this episodes valuable advice that can save you months of work!  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1lVdxFl

  • Ep #51: Building Customer Awareness with Sam Mallikarjunan of HubSpot

    Jun 27 2014

    Sam Mallikarjunan, head of eCommerce & Marketing at HubSpot and author of How to Sell Better Than Amazon, is an expert getting your brand and store in front of potential customers. As ecommerce is quickly becoming the shopping method of choice for consumers, there is more competition than ever for driving traffic. The cost of being able to target consumers who are ready to buy is creeping higher and higher. Listen in, as Sam shares some valuable tips, success stories and his path to converting y...more

  • Ep #50: Where Should You Be Investing Your Money?

    Jun 20 2014

    On my landmark 50th episode, I am flying solo. I am discussing where you should be looking to invest your money as an eCommerce entrepreneur. I show you how I allocate my financial resources across my businesses, personal investments, and other outside opportunities. If you are thinking about investing, or looking to diversify, you do not want to miss this show!   You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1uEzHfk  

  • EP #49: Bold eCommerce Predictions with Drew Sanocki

    Jun 13 2014

    Drew Sanocki, a 3-time show regular, is back to have an open discussion about where we believe the world of eCommerce is headed. Drew has been involved in eCommerce since 2003 when he created his company, DesignPublic.com. Since then, he has created and ran several companies including Mineral.io and Empire Growth Group.This week, based on our prior experience, Drew and I will make educated predictions about the future of eCommerce. We will cover topics ranging from taxes and drop shipping to the...more

  • EP #48: Driving Traffic Using Pinterest with Nate Ginsberg of BoardsforBusiness.com

    Jun 05 2014

    Nate Ginsberg of Boards for Business has figured out the secrets to using Pinterest to drive that traffic to his and his clients’ sites. Through much trial and error, Nate has developed an incredible new system to teach his clients how to leverage Pinterest’s over 70 million users to benefit their business. Nate shares some amazing statistics, success stories and his tips to getting started with Pinterest. Don’t miss this episode!  You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: ...more

  • EP #47: Exploring The Largest Trade Show in Asia - The Canton Fair with Austin Brawner of eCommerceInfluence.com

    May 30 2014

    This incredible marathon trade show lasts almost an entire month and spans over 3.7 million square feet (that’s 5.5 times the size of the Superdome!). Today, Austin shares his tips on why every eCommerce owner should make this trip, and how to make it an undeniably (and affordable!) success. You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/SSCXYM

  • EP #46: Structuring Your Business, Team and Outsourcing with Ezra Firestone of SmartMarketer.com

    May 23 2014

    Ezra Firestone is back on the show this week with a behind-the-scenes look at his life and business. We discuss all about the differences in how he staffs versus outsources with his companies Boom by Cindy Joseph and SmartMarketer.com.

  • EP #45: Launching an eCommerce Business in 30 Days with Morgen Newman of MixedMade.com

    May 16 2014

    On this week’s episode, Morgen Newman shares the strategy his company, MixedMade, used when developing and launching in such a short time frame. With the goal of demystifying the start-up process, transparency is very important to Morgen. He also dives into the company's current growth, as well as ideas he hopes to execute in the near future.

  • EP #44: The Minaal Bag - Travel More Efficiently with Jimmy Hayes of Minaal.com

    May 09 2014

    Packed into this episode, you'll hear how Jimmy and Doug designed, manufactured, and launched a campaign with the goal of raising $30,000, but ended up with $340,000 in support of their vision. 

  • EP #43: Manufacturing Authenticity with Ben Jenkins from Warstic.com – Part 2

    May 02 2014

    In this second half of the interview, Ben dives into the manufacturing and the strength of the Warstic’s community. Warstic, a wood bat manufacturing company, was launched in 2011. In 3 years, Warstic has been featured in big name magazines like GQ, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. The jaw-dropping fact of it all: Ben didn’t spend a dime on marketing!       

  • EP#42: The Branding Experience with Designer Ben Jenkins from One Fast Buffalo

    Apr 25 2014

    In this week’s episode, you will learn 3 essential things to emphasize on in order to awaken your brand or product. 


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  • Ep #13: Going Viral with Michael Dubin of Dollar Shave Club

    Oct 04 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Michael Dubin has built a business to over 200,000 customers utilizing, among other things, a viral video on YouTube. Now, after generating ten million dollars in funding, Dollar Shave Club has continued to grow and expand. Michael is on the show to discuss how he was able to come up with the idea behind the […]

  • Ep #12: Scaling Up Using The Long Tail with Rob Walling

    Sep 27 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Rob Walling may not be an eCommerce entrepreneur, but he has built massively successful businesses using techniques that would apply to just about any business. He posts valuable content on his blog at Software By Rob, and has grown a very successful podcast at Startups For The Rest Of Us. On this episode, he’s here […]

  • Ep #11: Effective Outsourcing Strategies with Katrina McKinnon

    Sep 20 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Katrina McKinnon is a true eCommerce mogul. She’s an Australia based entrepreneur who has focused her strategy on building multiple stores leveraging the power of remote teams. On this episode, Katrina shares some of her favorite strategies for finding, hiring, and firing remote team members. It’s one of the most in depth episodes on outsourcing […]

  • Ep #10: Powerful Customer Experience Improvements with Greg Ciotti

    Sep 13 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Greg Ciotti is the head of marketing at Help Scout, an incredibly personalized help desk company. One of his chief responsibilities there is to ensure that every customer, whether they start out satisfied or not, ends up with a happy face and a positive feeling regarding their experience. Greg is on the show this week […]

  • Ep #9: An Insiders Look at eCommerce with Pat Haggerty

    Sep 06 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Pat Haggerty is a part of the team at Right Channel Radios and Trolling Motors. In fact, he runs much of the behind the scenes business in his role as Sales Manager. On this episode, Pat talks with us about what he’s learned about eCommerce in his three years on the team, as well as […]

  • Ep #8: Running An eCommerce Store Like An Investment Banker with Bill D’Alessandro

    Aug 30 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Bill D’Alessandro is a former investment banker (sound familiar?) who has made the full time transition into eCommerce. He found his niche almost by accident and now generates almost seven figures in revenue per year. On this episode, he gets into his experience buying and selling eCommerce sites and the best way to work this […]

  • Ep #7: Blending A Message And A Product with Ezra Firestone

    Aug 23 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Ezra Firestone is a man of many businesses, and one who is incredibly passionate about eCommerce. He runs Boom By Cindy Joseph, SmartMarketer.com, and cohosts Think Act Get with James Schramko. On this episode, Ezra brings a ton of value regarding building a strong community surrounding your brand. He discusses everything from the power of […]

  • Ep #6: Manufacturing, Partnerships, and Debt with Dan Andrews

    Aug 16 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Dan Andrews is a man of many machines. He runs two eCommerce stores – Modern Cat Designs and The Portable Bar Company – and runs several other successful businesses. He has put together one of the most highly touted business shows in iTunes called The Tropical MBA Podcast, which is a staple in Andrew’s weekly […]

  • Ep #5: The Power Of Uncertainty In Business with Billy Murphy

    Aug 09 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Billy Murphy is an eCommerce professional, amongst many other things. He has had success in business with Blue Fire Poker, his blog, Forever Jobless, and now he shares his knowledge on his training site called eComLab. Billy’s on the show today to talk about all things eCommerce, from how to get great deals buying sites […]

  • Ep #4: Increase Your Speed, Conversion, and Income with Steve Chou

    Aug 02 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Steve Chou eats, sleeps, and breathes eCommerce. His store, Bumblebee Linens, earns six figures per year and he blogs about his pursuits of eCommerce success at MyWifeQuitHerJob.com… and earns six figures per year there too. Today, Steve is here to share with us a number of insights from increasing your website’s speed to closing more […]

  • Ep #3: Running An eCommerce Business Like An Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur with Gary Vaynerchuk

    Jul 31 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Gary Vaynerchuk is this week’s guest, and as usual, he delivers. Gary is the founder of WineLibrary.tv, writer of Crush It!, The Thank You Economy, and the upcoming Jab Jab Jab Right Hook, and a social media expert who got started turning his family’s wine store into an ecommerce powerhouse. He’s got some incredible recommendations […]

  • Ep #2 Picking the Optimal Shopping Cart With Andrew Bleakley

    Jul 30 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel: Andrew Bleakley comes on the show today to discuss shopping carts and getting your ecommerce store set up for success.  Mr. Bleakly is a developer who specializes in ecommerce and shopping carts with over 1,000 websites under his belt, and he talks to Andrew about the best options in shopping cart software today. Whether you […]

  • Ep #1: High Value Niche Selection From Years of Experience With Dave Huckabay

    Jul 26 2013

    New post from eCommerceFuel:Dave Huckabay joins Andrew in today’s episode to bring you some real-life advice he’s learned from being in the ecommerce game for nearly 10 years.  His online stores in various industrial and consumer markets bring in a hefty $750,000 to $1,000,000 sales per year. Tune in to hear his personal experience in getting his own […]