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Wild Business Growth Podcast

Wild Business Growth Podcast

Author: Wild Business Growth Podcast Presented by Hippo Direct - Entrepreneurs and Innovators Unleashing Creativity

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How entrepreneurs and innovators unleash creativity to grow bigger and better businesses. Hear from an exciting new guest every single week who's turning wild ideas into wild growth. Guests include startup founders, product inventors, social media influencers, and much more. Presented by Hippo Direct - Let your business Run Wild! Hosted by digital marketing dude Max Branstetter. Theme Song: Freestyle Percussion Magik - Jungle Tribe - provided by Jamendo
72 Episodes
Kris Ward, the Time Management Expert, joins the show to share her journey from overworked agency owner to Bestselling Author of Win the Hour, Win the Day! Hear how to get better at time management, why you should get rid of your to-do list, how early you should wake up, the best tools for productivity, and the time Kris almost got electrocuted. Connect with Kris at, Facebook, LinkedIn, and her podcast NOW! Your Business
Chris Strub, the Giving Day Guy, joins the show to share his journey from aspiring journalist to the first person to livestream and Snapchat in all 50 states. Hear the best marketing strategies for nonprofits, how to get better at livestreaming, how to prepare for a Giving Day, when it’s okay to yell in public, and the most powerful hug of all time. Connect with Chris on Twitter and Instagram at @ChrisStrub and at
JoAnn Branstetter, the CFO of Hippo Direct, joins the show for a very special family edition during Thanksgiving week to be interviewed by her son and our podcast host, Max Branstetter. Hear her entrepreneurial roots prior to Hippo Direct, how to achieve work-life balance when working from home, how to build your business while raising young kids, how puzzles can increase creativity, and what she would name her band. Connect with JoAnn on Facebook as JoAnn Zucker Branstetter and at
Kate Erickson, the Creator, Engager, and Implementer at Entrepreneurs on Fire, joins the show to share her journey from aspiring college English professor to award-winning podcast entrepreneur with her partner John Lee Dumas (JLD). Hear the best way to save time with your business, the best project management tools, why you should focus on one task at a time, Kate’s favorite part of living in Puerto Rico, and the most beautiful town she’s ever visited. Connect with Kate at
Andrew and Pete, the Co-Founders of Andrew and Pete, join the show to share their journey from just Andrew and just Pete to the award-winning business growth duo behind ATOMIC and ATOMICON. Hear the best way to grow your business, how to decide which income stream to focus on, how to start a membership community, why boredom motivates great marketing, and Andrew’s favorite Avril Lavigne lyrics. Connect with Andrew and Pete at and their YouTube show at AndrewAndPete.TV
Mitch Zlotnik, the President and Founder of Audimute, joins the show from his soundproof office to share his journey from growing up in a well-known Cleveland family business to starting a booming sound absorption company. Hear how he’s grown Audimute, the social aspect and physics of soundproofing, how to create a culture of creativity, the pros and cons of family businesses, and why drumming is like being an entrepreneur. Connect with Mitch at
Teresa Heath-Wareing, the TEDx Speaker, Trainer, and Founder of THW Marketing, joins the show to share her journey building her business while narrowly avoiding eviction with her 3-year-old daughter. Hear how to grow your email list, what makes a good lead magnet, why you need to get your prospects away from social media, why 25-minute naps are a superpower, and her secret talent with her feet. Connect with Teresa on social media and at
Cynthia Johnson, the Author, Keynote Speaker, and Co-Founder of Bell + Ivy, joins the show to share her journey from struggling to find a job during the recession to being named a top personal branding expert by Entrepreneur. Hear how to build your personal brand, why the internet is the evolution of your resume, how to solve complex problems with your clients, the genius of the two-liter bottle, and why she wanted to grow up to be Judge Judy. Connect with Cynthia on Instagram and Twitter at @CynthiaLIVE, at, and
Jon Troutman and Nate Scherotter, the Co-Founders of Empathy Wines, join the show to share their journey from being GaryVee’s right-hand men at VaynerMedia to partnering with him to turn the wine world upside down. Hear how they’re disrupting the wine industry with their direct-to-consumer brand, the impact of partnering with GaryVee, how to stay unromantic in a romantic industry, the power of text message and influencer marketing, and their favorite wine blends. Connect with Jon on social media at @Trouty, Nate on Twitter at @NateS, and Empathy Wines at and @EmpathyWines
Stoney deGeyter, the Founder of Pole Position Marketing and VP of Search and Advertising for The Karcher Group, joins the show to share his journey from founding one of the first digital marketing agencies in 1998 to writing time travel novels. Hear how to sell your business, how to perform keyword research, the parallels between digital marketing and time travel, how critiquing movies improves creativity, and the pros and cons of having a unique name. Connect with Stoney on Twitter at @StoneyD and at
Madalyn Sklar, the Twitter Marketing Expert, Digital Marketing Entrepreneur, and Host of the #TwitterSmarter chat and podcast joins the show to share her journey from creating an online music community in 1996 to creating a Twitter chat that generates billions of impressions. Hear how to grow your business through Twitter, how to start a Twitter chat, how to use Twitter lists, her favorite smartphone tricks, and her favorite song to play on guitar. Connect with Madalyn at and on Twitter at @MadalynSklar
Jim Harold, the Host of The Paranormal Podcast and Jim Harold’s Campfire, joins the show to share his spooky journey creating a paranormal podcasting empire that’s resulted in over 40 million downloads and a full-time business. Hear how Jim discovered podcasting back in 2005, why he decided to become The Paranormal Podcast Guy, how to turn your podcast into a business, his favorite spooky stories of all time, and the scariest place on Earth. Connect with Jim at and listen to his podcasts on your favorite podcast-listening destination
Nicole Holland, the Media Coach, Strategist, and Host of The Nicole Holland Show and Fascinating Founders, joins the show to share her powerful journey from Correctional Officer to top expert in podcast guesting and other forms of digital marketing. Hear how her days as Correctional Officer influenced her business career, how to approach podcast hosts when seeking to get on their show, how to foster business relationships, how Nicole structures her life based on happiness, and her incredible visual talent. Connect with Nicole at, on Instagram at @TheNicoleHolland, and her podcast The Nicole Holland Show
Shep Hyken, the Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, and Chief Amazement Officer of Shepard Presentations, joins the show to share his journey from performing magic as a teenager at the Playboy Club to becoming the award-winning Customer Service and Experience Expert. Hear how magic influenced Shep’s career, the difference between amazing and average customer service, how to reduce friction and be more convenient, creativity lessons Shep learned from Steve Martin and Carlos Santana, and his race to tackle the Rubik’s Cube. Connect with Shep at and on social media at @ShepHyken and @Hyken
Lindsay Pedersen, the Founder of Ironclad Brand Strategy and Bestselling Author of Forging an Ironclad Brand, joins the show to share her journey from studying Psychology to advising top brands such as Starbucks, IMDb, and T-Mobile. Hear how Lindsay started working with such iconic brands, what makes an ironclad brand, how to find your uncommon denominator, why she doesn’t have social media on her phone, and her secret talent when it comes to music. Connect with Lindsay at and her book on Amazon and more
Robert Rose, the Founder and Chief Troublemaker of The Content Advisory and Chief Strategy Advisor of Content Marketing Institute, joins the show to share his journey from aspiring rockstar to marketing rockstar. Hear how to be a troublemaker to improve marketing performance, the most exciting trends in content marketing, the worst forms of marketing, why you should be bored more often, and the creativity lessons Robert learned from John Cleese. Connect with Robert at and
Lisa Ascolese, The Inventress, joins the show to share her journey inventing and helping to invent several hundred products, beginning when she was a child. Hear what makes a good invention, where to come up with the best ideas, how to turn your idea into a business, how to increase your chances of getting on Shark Tank and QVC, and how Lisa built her client list to include Steve Harvey, Dionne Warwick, and Tyrese Gibson, plus connections with the Sharks from Shark Tank. Connect with Lisa at and
Shooki Grasiani, the Co-Founder of South Beach Bubbles, joins the show to share his journey from growing up in Israel to getting families to play outside the old-fashioned way. Hear the aha moment that inspired Shooki to invent South Beach Bubbles, what makes them so different from other bubble companies, why eSports and technology can be viewed as an enemy, how to turn product reviews into product improvements, and the largest bubble he’s ever seen. Connect with Shooki on LinkedIn and South Beach Bubbles at and on social media
Emily Hochman, the Founder and CEO of Wellory, joins the show to share her journey changing the health and wellness industry by setting you up with Certified Health Coaches and personalized nutrition plans. Hear how Emily came up with the idea for Wellory, how it works, what to look for in health coaches, how to handle being alone as an entrepreneur, and how her Art History major inspired her career. Connect with Emily at,, and
Ryan Berman, the Founder of Courageous, Sock Problems, i.d.e.a., and Fishtank joins the show to share his journey from Chief Creative Officer to Bestselling Author of Return on Courage. Hear why courage is so important for business, how to be more courageous, how to become fluent in metaphor, Ryan’s campaigns for the MLB and U.S. Ski and Snowboard, and lessons from the 3 years he spent shadowing astronauts, Navy SEALs, business executives, and more. Connect with Ryan at,, and his book on Amazon and Audible
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