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Busy agency owners can have a hard time balancing delivering exceptional work with finding ideal new clients - all the while, ensuring the smooth running of their agency. Every 2nd Thursday, join Rob Da Costa, agency owner and coach, as he explores the key topics that affect you and your agency. I share tools and ideas to aid your profitable growth as well as interview industry expert guests, who share their experiences of working in or with agencies just like yours. Whether you are just sta ...
 
The podcast for all things JavaScript, OpenHive.JS presents conversations with key contributors and open source leaders around new developments, challenges and perspectives in JS technology. Hosted by James Snell and Matteo Collina, OpenHive.JS publishes new episodes monthly and is produced and distributed by NearForm.
 
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In this week's episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I am joined by Kevin Urrutia. Kevin started out as a software developer and moved into eCommerce, starting Chester Travels (selling suitcases), growing to $1.5 million in 18 months. He also started a home cleaning business which he grew to $3 million in 18 months. He now runs a digital agenc…
 
What is the anatomy of a high-converting email? If you are a regular listener to this podcast, then you know I am a massive fan of using a mailing list as a central part of your business development strategy. A lot of people buy into the concept of building a list and regularly emailing that list but then they get stuck because they don't know what…
 
How agencies use outbound marketing and business development to accelerate their growth. That’s what we’re talking about in this week’s episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast. I'm really excited to have Christian Banach to join me today on this episode because he has a different view from mine about lead generation and business development. One …
 
Why is it so important to focus on building your email list? In this week’s episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, we explore the important topic of list building and strategies to grow your email subscribers. As you know, when I interview guests, I always ask them if they go back in time and give their younger selves one piece of business advi…
 
Two months after Ida the ramifications are still being felt across Southeast Louisiana. One bright spot from the storm was the post-Katrina levees "held". But did the levees really hold or was this just not the storm to test the system. Sandy and H.J. discuss the current state of our flood protection and what can be done to protect against an even …
 
In today’s episode of the Agency Accelerator Podcast we are discussing whitelabelling: either white labelling your services or buying in services from another agency. This is an important topic since many agencies/freelancers want to sell their services on a white-label basis to other agencies or want to partner with other agencies to provide white…
 
Let's face it, we all suffer from imposter syndrome at some point or another. The key message here is that you are not alone, and your best bet to manage your imposter syndrome is to change the relationship you have with your inner critic. Today we're going to talk about imposter syndrome, a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their…
 
How effective and efficient is your business development? Do you have a process in place that generates a consistent flow of ideal clients? If not, then listen to today’s podcast interview with my guest, Katie Street, the Founder and Managing Director of Street Agency. As you will hear, successful business development starts by getting your agency’…
 
The Gulf of Mexico can be a complicated body of water. We know the water is hot but there are various currents and eddies that are sometimes cold. All of these can have big impacts on hurricanes both good and bad. Dr. Nan Walker is a James P. Morgan Distinguished Professor of Coastal Studies in the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences at L…
 
How niche is too niche? And, how niche are you? I know that's a lot of niches in one sentence! But it’s such an important topic that it deserves that many ‘niches’! Any of you who listen to my podcast regularly or read my content will know that I am a massive fan of niching. But it strikes me that a lot of people think they have a clear niche, but …
 
Veteran FOX 8 reporters John Snell and Rob Krieger give their perspective on the Ida recovery. Rob recounts riding out the storm at the coast and compares it to his experience with Laura. John gives his perspective on the environmental damage to the Louisiana coastline. In addition, what is the status of temporary housing for the most devastated ar…
 
How can building online communities help your agency’s marketing strategy? In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I am joined by Anthony Burke, the Owner of “Brits in Dubai”, as he shares his journey building and monetising online communities as well as his story of living in Dubai and what inspired him to start his community. Brits in …
 
Windell Curole has been General Manager for the South Lafourche Levee District for 41 years. He has been through every storm this levee district south of the New Orleans area has seen since its inception in the 1970s. It just faced one of its biggest challenges ever with Hurricane Ida. How did the levees hold up? How many people does it protect? If…
 
Let me ask you a question: What is your website for? Is it just ‘brochureware’ (a place to learn more about your business) or are you aiming for it to be something more, such as a way of generating a consistent pipeline of new leads? The answer is that it should be the latter. So in this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I share my thought…
 
What happens when you win a big client that makes up a significant proportion of your monthly revenue, and consequently demands a disproportionate amount of your time? Well, excitement can quickly turn to long hours, and that, in turn, can detract your attention away from your other paying clients. In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast,…
 
Let's face it, many of us started our own business because we're control freaks - we want to be in control! We may have worked for a business before where we didn't like the way they ran things or thought we could do it better. And that's often the catalyst to start our own business. But what happens when control comes at the expense of the flexibi…
 
How long does it take for a new lead that comes into your agency to be converted into a client? This is such an important number to know (yet few do) so in this episode, I'm going to explain why understanding this time to conversion is so important and what you should do once you know this number. I think that you're going to be really surprised at…
 
How powerful are customer video testimonials in helping win new clients? In today's episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I'm joined by Adam O'Leary from TrustScout. We talked about both his entrepreneurial journey and also the value of getting video testimonials from existing customers to help you win new customers. Adam shares some of his ex…
 
Does it seem like extreme rain events are happening more often? The statistics show this is the case and it has major implications for where and how we live. Urban areas are particularly impacted as we have seen in recent years in Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Dr. Trepanier discusses extreme weather and its impact on current a…
 
I was sitting with a client last month and we were discussing business development. They are in the fortunate position to be generating between 20 and 30 new inquiries each month because they've really worked on making their website generate new leads. However, whilst some of these inquiries looked promising at the start, they seem to follow a simi…
 
Is it possible to predict blizzards, tornado outbreaks and hurricane landfalls as much as 300 days in advance? It is an idea first advanced almost 80 years ago by a weather bureau meteorologist named Jerome Namais and it was called the cycling pattern hypothesis. Fast forward to the 1980s and Gary Lezak noticed the same type of repeating patterns. …
 
Why do so many agency owners struggle to increase their prices? Every January, I get a letter in the post from my utility companies telling me that their prices are increasing. We are used to receiving this kind of increase. In fact, we expect it, so we don't question it and we just move on. What can agencies learn from this? In this latest episode…
 
Any of you who listen to my podcast regularly will know that when I have a guest, I ask them what advice they would give their younger selves just starting out in business if they could go back in time. Now some of you have asked me, “well Rob what would you say to your younger self?” So, the piece of advice I would give my younger self is to start…
 
Bryan Norcross was literally the voice of the storm during Hurricane Andrew as its 200 mph winds were tearing people's homes apart in 1992. His broadcast career has spanned more than 50 years beginning with his first weather advisory he read over the radio for Hurricane Camille in 1969. Since then, he has covered every major storm on the local and …
 
In this episode of OpenHive.JS, we talk to Gil Tayar, whose fascination with software development has not dimmed over 30 years. Passionate about distributed systems and scaling development to big teams, Gil has worked at companies including Wix and Applitools and is currently a software architect at Roundforest. Today, he talks about ECMAScript mod…
 
OpenHive.JS welcomes Charlie Robbins, a Senior Director of Engineering at GoDaddy where he leads teams including GoDaddy's Design System, Engineering Rigor, and Open Source Programs Office. Founder and former CEO of Nodejitsu, Charlie is an open source enthusiast, community builder and author of many popular Node.js libraries. This episode is full …
 
Does your agency have a robust SEO and backlink strategy in place? If not you should, and in this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I am joined by one of my clients and one of The Self-Running Agency Group members, Richard Kennedy, who explains why SEO and a backlink strategy is a must. Richard runs an e-commerce SEO agency, Arken Marketin…
 
Why do so many agency owners aspire to build an agency that is less dependent on them (i.e a self-running agency) but completely fail? They end up building a business that they work for (instead of working for them) with the worst boss in the world! So in this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I explore how to ensure you build an agency on…
 
Have you ever dreamt about earning passive income, (i.e. earning money that isn't directly connected to selling your time)? Have you ever thought about taking what you deliver for your clients and turning it into an online programme, a course, or a membership site? A number of my clients have so I thought it would be a great topic for a podcast. In…
 
This episode of OpenHive.JS features Yoni Goldberg, an independent software architect who specialises in crafting advanced web applications using Node.js. A consultant, conference speaker and open source contributor, Yoni loves to blog and is the author of Node.js Best Practices and similar guides. He is passionate about architecture and testing — …
 
One of the things that all agency owners, freelancers, and indeed any kind of business owner is short of is time. But how do we separate being a busy fool from using our time productively? In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I want to share with you five (5) ideas and strategies that will help you become more productive. Now, these a…
 
Recruitment is such a hot topic at the moment. I know everyone is finding it tough, so today we’ll be talking about the biggest challenges in recruitment. In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, we are joined by Ugis Balmaks, who runs his own recruitment company, Recruiter Mill that helps agencies hire great staff. He shares some interes…
 
Claudette wasn't a named storm until after it crossed the Louisiana Coastline. Does a named storm impact flood insurance deductibles just like wind and hail? That question is answered along with an assessment of flood risk and why everyone should carry flood insurance. Zack Fradella also joins David to further discuss the unique storm that was Clau…
 
Life’s been a bit crazy for me in the last few months. I’ve been juggling so many things that led me to feeling burned out. I realised I need to work smarter and start doing less whilst remaining as effective as I was before. In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I share what I have been doing to simplify my life and get renewed focus …
 
David discusses the formation of Tropical Storm Claudette and its impacts across Southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast with Hurricane Specialist Eric Blake. In addition, what atmospheric changes are occurring in the Atlantic as we head into July that could portend another hyperactive season? What about the recent hypothesis discounting the Atlanti…
 
In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I am excited to be joined by Michelle and Christian Ewen, owners of Write on Time Ltd, a Public Relations (PR) agency. They have a vision of helping business owners to grow and thrive through positive media coverage and industry awards recognition. This episode is all about PR and how it fits in yo…
 
David discusses the potential for Gulf tropical development this week with Dr. Klotzbach from Colorado State and what the rest of the season has in store. Dr. Klotzbach explains the methodology behind their pioneering long range hurricane season forecasts that have been issued since the 1980s originally by the late Dr. William Gray. In addition the…
 
OpenHive.JS welcomes Rob Palmer, the JavaScript Infrastructure and Tooling Lead at Bloomberg. As a co-chair of TC39 Rob is dedicated to the evolution of JavaScript. Through his work on the Bloomberg Terminal he has unique perspectives on transitioning to TypeScript and Server Side JavaScript. This episode is chock full of interesting perspectives a…
 
Today, I want to talk to you all about partnerships. Partnerships are a really smart way for small businesses to win new businesses. They give you reach far beyond your own audience, and managing one relationship can deliver several clients and new leads into your agency. So in this episode, I want to share with you the two types of partnerships yo…
 
In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I am excited to be joined by Marcel Petitpas and we are discussing everything to do with your agency’s profits, pricing and margins. Another action-packed episode so grab a pen and paper and be sure to take notes! Time Stamp [1:02] Let’s start by welcoming Marcel Petitpas, our guest for today’s epi…
 
Hurricane scientist and Weather Underground founder and famous blogger Dr. Jeff Masters discusses the science behind the rapid intensification of hurricanes, the threat of storm surges on the Mississippi River, and his past experience as a hurricane hunter scientist where he nearly lost his life in Hurricane Hugo in 1989.…
 
In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I want to talk about how to avoid feast or famine in your agency. I’ve been through it twice myself and was determined there not be a 3rd time! So I developed a series of strategies that I now share with my coaching clients and am sharing some of them with you today. So in today’s episode, I share …
 
In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I am joined by the founder of RIU Media, Romans Ivanovs. Romans shares with us how he has been able to build, recruit, and manage his agency by hiring freelancers rather than in-house employees. Here’s a glance at this episode… [03:09] Building an agency using freelancers Starting as a freelancer, …
 
The city of New Orleans has faced a multitude of disasters over the past two years. These have included the Hard Rock Café building collapse in the Central Business District, a cyber attack on city infrastructure, Hurricane Zeta, Hurricane Laura evacuees and of course the pandemic.By David Bernard
 
In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I revisit the topic of pricing. So often agencies focus early sales conversations on time to complete a task or the output of a project (e.g., a website or some copy) rather than the outcome the client is looking for (e.g., improved online presence) This episode was inspired by a recent story a cli…
 
Danielle is the Node.js Language Owner at Heroku, leading the Node platform for JavaScript and TypeScript developers. She is also a graduate student at New York University focusing on cybersecurity, a network director for Women Who Code in NYC, and an international public speaker. She is passionate about JavaScript and the well-being of the interne…
 
In this episode of The Agency Accelerator Podcast, I am joined by Piccia Neri, a UX expert focusing on human-centred design. Piccia's goal is to help agencies and developers find success on their website by putting their users at the centre of design. [00:15] Background on Piccia Neri [02:55] Mistakes agencies make in design and concept The first t…
 
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