Sharing Marketing Insights on Full Circle Music Show

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the Full Circle Music Show by Seth Mosley and X O'Connor is one of my favorite podcasts.

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I was recently invited to be a guest on the podcast. It was a lot of fun getting a tour of their studio and then sitting down with them to talk about my journey of starting worship resources and self-learning marketing and owning a company. We also went live on Instagram, impromptu, during the interview and I got to answer questions about marketing from the live viewers. 

Take a listen to the interview here:

(view the show notes on the Full Circle website)

If you have comments/feedback, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

How to Make a YouTube Custom Thumbnail

On this blog, I've mainly been sharing my thoughts related to life in general, but going forward I'll be sharing some marketing and podcasting tips as well. I hope you find them helpful! Here's one for those of you who have a YouTube channel:

If you're just starting out with YouTube, this is a great video that shows you how to easily create a nice thumbnail for your video. I cannot emphasize enough how important your thumbnail is. You need to make sure it's eye-catching.

If you have any other suggestions or hacks, feel free to share in the comments below this blog post!

Be A Lifelong Learner

Always be a learner, even if your job doesn’t require it or encourage it. Learn new skills. Learn new concepts and perspectives. It will keep you relevant and valued in your market.

Two of the main ways I continue to learn are podcasts and audiobooks. For some of my favorite podcasts check out this post and this post.

Here are two audiobooks that I'm currently listening to in an effort to grow as a leader and a marketer: (click on the title to preview on Amazon)

Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen by David Novak

The Conversion Code: Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales by Chris Smith


Disclosure: I'm a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Turn Off Your Smartphone Notifications

4:05am - notification for new mail for work
6:31am - notification for new comment on Facebook
8:27am - notification for new like on Instagram

Sound familiar?

I’ve found over the recent years that notifications on my iPhone are one of the biggest distractions in my life. If I had notifications turned on for every app on my phone, I would literally be distracted by new notifications multiple times per minute.

So, a while back I decided to turn off notifications for most things…because my life cannot revolve around notifications for new emails, new comments, new videos, etc. 


There are only a handful of apps I have notifications turned on for: 
-phone calls (obviously)
-text messages (obviously)
-FaceTime (obviously)
-Reminders (because I ask Siri to remind me of stuff)
-Google Calendar (so I don’t miss meetings/events)
-Verizon (in case our data is running low, I’d like to be notified)

The first three are the only apps that I have sound alerts enabled.

There are numerous studies out there about the negative effects of notifications and social media. Here are just two of them I found. You can find many more just by Googling “how phone notifications affect our brain”.

-Why We're All Addicted to Texts, Twitter and Google
-How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. And why that's dangerous.

One other crazy thing I did the other day is delete both Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone. If you know me well and you’re reading this, you’re probably shocked.

More and more, I’m realizing how much of a distraction social media can be (as well as any other app on your phone).

As I enter 2018, I want to be focused, not distracted. Purposeful, not aimless. I want to pursue the things of God more than ever before. I want to make each day count. 

Friends With Wisdom: 005 From Loss Prevention to Music Production - Sean Hill

Meet Sean Hill...Sean is a songwriter, producer, and worship leader in Atlanta, GA. Sean talks about how he planned on loss prevention being his career, but God was leading him on a different be a songwriter and producer full-time. And, the step of faith and hard work that it required. He also shares about he and his wife being told by doctors that they cannot have any children to now expecting their third child!