Oct 28, 2014
Welcome to episode 23 of the
SuccessLab Podcast. In this episode I’m in the lab with
Sean Tierney, founder of Grid
7 and co-founder of Artilage. We talk about about shifting
gears when something isn’t quite fitting, and marketing automation,
which Sean is a genius with.
- Can you tell us a bit about your journey (this will be
more your entrepreneurial endeavors)?
- The first entrepreneurial endeavor goes back to 8th grade. I
took my parents video camera to a play and recorded it. Then snuck
a flyer into the program and started selling VHS tapes of the play
to the parents who were in attendance. I got 100 orders. I made
$1000 on that first play. That’s a big chunk of money for an 8th
grader. The whole experience was incredible. That really turned me
on to entrepreneurship. Since then, I’ve done several things. I
took a 40-foot city bus, gutted it, and put night club style floors
and seats, and fiber optic lights. We drove that around for a while
doing pub crawls and such.
- JumpBox is
probably the business I’m most known for. Basically I created a
class of software called virtual appliances and became the largest
provide for Amazon DM ware and parallels. Just have done a lot of
- Also covered in the podcast: how Sean discovered marketing and
business process automation through real estate.
- Recently you sort of took a hiatus from some of this to
get back to your core, can you tell us about that and what you’ve
- Basically one of my companies, JumpBox, kind of burned me out.
So I was still working and consulting, but it was a hiatus from the
products company. So I went to the Dominican Republic, read a bunch
of books, learned kite surfing, and tried to unplug for a
- I arrived at a point, where I’m really happy where I’m at
- Shifting gears, I know you are passionate about helping
startups. In working with them, what are some common missteps or
mistakes you see them make?
- With startups the most common mistake I see is being attached
to your idea. It’s your perception of what you think the solution
is rather than going in and seeing what your customer wants.
- In the show, Sean talks about customer development and
Four Steps to the Epiphany.
- You work with a lot of businesses on automation, being
everywhere, and getting more leads in the funnel more efficiently.
What are some of the primary things you recommend businesses
- One of the most important concepts is lifecycle marketing. It’s
the idea that in business there’s a lifecycle. It’s the continuum
of increasing engagement with you (or your business) that you can
systematically move people through, and marketing automation is how
you do that.
- It depends on what they need and where they’re at, but
basically you want to shoot for the things that are going to create
more revenue - typically that’s client acquisition. So that’s where
- In the show we also talk about how to “be everywhere.”
- What tools do you recommend for automation?
- Check out grid7.com for a list of tools Sean uses to generate
Campaign, even Boomerang for Gmail, If This Then That,
Zapier, there’s a bunch of tools.
- How do you recommend entrepreneurs go about systemizing
- When you start out do everything manually. Flinstone it.
- You talk about being everywhere, obviously a challenge
for busy entrepreneurs, how can they do this efficiently?
- It can be a mix of automation and delegation, but it’s on a
case by case basis. See what’s going to move the needle then start
in on that. The 80/20 rule.
- Do you have a tip, tool or even a book you can share?
Something you’re loving right now?
- Check out Sean’s blog for reviews of his latest reads (there
will be 20 of them).
Connect with Sean:
This week’s Biz
Hack: Where to distribute your awesome press
Somewhat related to the Biz Hack, this week’s action item continues
with the media outreach theme...
Quote of the week:
Another great quote on decision making: “Make a decision. It
doesn’t have to be a wise decision or a perfect one. Just make
one.” ~ Seth Godin
Next week we’re in The Lab with Hugh
Stephens, he is the founder of Dialogue Consulting in Australia. I
first learned of Hugh when I came across a tool he developed called
Schedugram, which allows you to schedule Instagtram posts. I
started researching him a bit, and he is one impressive guy. We
talk about what it’s like to operate multiple businesses and how he
has handled growth. Be sure to tune! Hugh gives a lot of really
great nuggets for entrepreneurs.