WMTW 014: Llew Jury on hiring great people [podcast]
Treat a digital business like a traditional business with great customer service. Put marketing and business first, and technology second.
Educating the market. Today SEO, SEM and social media is going through the “education” phase just like web design did in the late 90s and early 2000s.
The biggest a-ha moment at Reload has been hiring Craig Somerville. He’s 25 and been with Reload since he was 19. Craig has an MBA from UQ, chairman of the young management advisory board for AIM, heads up the Global Expansion team and now the CFO and Director.
What’s worked well?
Word of mouth and relationships, treating it like a business and building authority in SEO. Testing has always been a big thing for Llew.
What’s not worked well?
Llew’s motto is fail quickly, fail internally and fail cheaply. Websites like MoreHits.com.au haven’t worked out, but he is always testing.
Back in the Alfresco Design days, the mistake was not putting on a management team early enough.
Advice to people starting out
1. Solve a problem people are going to pay you for.
2. Research (research, and more research)
What’s next on the marketing front?
More public speaking and talking to people about the different offerings that fall under the Reload Business Group.
What tactic brings the most joy?
Buy a few coffees for the editor of a well known publication.
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