Simplify Everything & Guy Meets a Girl

I often see people who are trying to make something seem more complex than it needs to be.

Listen here fellow earthling.. complex doesn’t make it more cleverer (irony intended).. if you have a goal and want to achieve it, try simplifying it to the absolute basics.

Here is a weird, but perfect example:

VIDEO: Make 2013 your best year ever

Want to make 2013 your best year ever?

Below is a video with tips and tricks to help you out.

NOTE: Under the video are timestamps incase you want to skip to the parts of the video most relevant to you.

Total video time: 40:33

0:00 – video intro and overview

1:26 – How to get unstuck?

04:08 – Your ideas are worthless!

05:35 – How to achieve more this year.

08:16 – How to know when something isn’t working for you.

12:08 – WordPress vs HTML for Google love?

15:21 – How to get media attention for your business.

18:54 – Time management hacks?

23:12 – How to raise capital for my business?

25:18 – How to hire the right people?

28:14 – How to get new customers/clients?

29:36 – How do I reach local prospects?

33:00 – Thoughts on Facebook/Groupon “nearby”?

34:38 – How to get started & how to avoid procrastination?

37:51 – What is the next big thing?

39:14 – Speak with Dean (everyone check this out)

The Best Marketing Events

What are the best marketing events in the industry?

dean hunt marketing event

I can only base this decision on the events that I have attended, and there are three that really stand out to me… this post, for the first time, will share those.

Disclaimer: If your event isn’t in this list, that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it… I only have room for a top 3 here, and these are solely based on my opinion.

Ok, so before we dive into the top 3 best marketing events, I want to stress one secret I have noticed: It is the person(s) behind the event that are the single biggest factor to a great or terrible event.

With that in mind… in no particular order, let’s dive into number THREE.

Ryan Deiss and Perry Belcher’s Traffic and Conversion Summit

I am yet to hear a bad word about this event. It is more advanced than most marketing events, but if you want to take things to the next level and hear about exactly what is working in Ryan & Perry’s business, then this is the place to be.

I once saw a guy who went through 4 notepads of notes just from one day at this event.

NOTE: This event is next on in early 2013, I will be there, want to come and hang? Here is a link to check it out: Traffic and Conversion Summit Details

If you want to be sold opportunities or shiny objects, this is not the place for you… if you are just getting started, this is not the place for you… but for everyone else, this WILL transform your business.

James Schramko’s Fast Web Formula

I could write an entire series of blog posts just about this event.

James’ specialty is drilling down into the details and mapping them out so that others can replicate it.

He is one of a few promoters that puts a heavy emphasis on delivering a LOT of information with little to no pitching.

It isn’t easy to travel all the way to Australia, but I did it twice and it was worth every cent.

Heck, it even turned me from a 70 year old man into a 20-something guy…

Blush.

And last but certainly not least…

Anything by Ryan Lee

This year I have only been to a few events, and the vast majority of them have been Ryan Lee events.

I spoke at the SAM event he did with Chris Farrell and Andrew Lock in April (my short and bizarre presentation is below):

I then spoke at his Dot Com Xpo later in the year, and it was equally incredible.

Here are a few reasons I love Ryan Lee events:

1) The dude is a funny son of a bitch.

Seriously, sitting through days of content isn’t always easy, especially for someone with my attention span. But Ryan’s wit and humor keep it fresh, edgy and entertaining.

2) He puts principles before profits.

The same applies to all people in this blog post, but Ryan is really pioneering the zero-pitch movement right now.

3) He chooses speakers based on quality, respect and friendship as opposed to how much money they can suck from the room.

Many of the early events I attended were the opposite of this, I saw event organizers who were scared of some of the crazy speakers they invited to pray on their audience.

So there we go… three of the best marketing events I have ever been to.

A special mention should go to Yanik Silver and his Underground events… they are incredible. I would have included them in the main list, but I haven’t been able to go for a few years.

Remember, you can change your business from just one event… heck, just one connection at one event… I have done it often… so come hang with me personally at Ryan Deiss and Perry Belcher’s Traffic and Conversion Summit with this link…. and the drinks are on me.

Dean

Success is where the FEAR is

I don’t usually do motivational presentations or advice, but this short presentation from Salt Lake City’s SAM event was the first time I have revealed a lot of deep and personal stories and examples.

It also contains Spongebob Squarepants.

Enjoy and share:

Leave your thoughts in the comments. Thanks

Dot Com Xpo – Slides, Vids and more…

I recently spoke at the DotComXpo in Stamford,CT…

It rocked my tiny little face off.

I promised the attendees that I would share my slides, some vids etc with them when I returned… so this is that post. I have also included a couple of cool pics and stories from the event… oh, and a video lesson on how to get the most out of events BEFORE you even go to the event.

Enjoy.

—-> Here is a PDF of my presentation

There were a lot of jokes, videos and improvisations in the presentation… below are some of the videos from the slides.

Ryan Lee vs Dean Hunt

We made this video to playfully engage Ryan to help my client and I brainstorm. :)

SuperHero Powers

We made this as a birthday gift for Ryan.

ListAnimal – Animated Demo Video

My agency made this video for ListAnimal (coming soon)… we did it on an insanely tight deadline, but it came out well. If you would like one of these types of videos for your business, let me know.

Give Your Business a CUTTING edge

This video got a round of applause… we wanted to introduce our new agency with a bang, this had people on the edge of their seats. If you would like an attention grabbing promo video like this one for your business, let me know.

SkullNinja – weird attention grabber

This got us in the door with a potential client.

Cheers – from a hairy guy

Combining flattery and weirdness, this video was made for a shot glass app company.. they liked it so much that they posted it on their fanpage… we are now in talks to be their video team for future projects. If you would like to attract high value clients and partners with these kinds of methods, my team and I can do it for you.

How to get the most out of an event, and save money on hotels etc…

For those of you who made it to the event, it was great connecting with you.

Dean

Below is what some nice people said about my ramblings: