Donny “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Gamble
In a quest to dominate the blogging world – here is the first post of my next series: Brothas in Marketing. Definitely no disrespect intended, on the contrary. These individuals have achieved a level of success that can serve as a model for other venturing in this industry and can utilize these learnings as a blueprint for success (not to be confused with the AVG Blueprint).
To kickoff this series, I have decided to interview Donny Gamble. We have had the chance to meet up at a few of the conferences and have managed to keep in touch ever since. Donny Gamble is a 26-year-old author, marketer, blogger, and serial entrepreneur who is the founder of Partners & Profits, LLC and author of DonnyGamble.com.
Donny is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelors Degree in Education and graduate of Full Sail University with a Masters of Science in Internet Marketing.
1) Tell us briefly about yourself and how you got started in this industry.
If you have been on the Internet for a while, then you probably seen tons of opportunities on the Internet that say you can make a ton of money over night. I have been in the Internet marketing industry for over 5 years and I will tell you that it is not easy and takes hard work and a lot of failure. I have always been an entrepreneur and I got started an online marketing my freshman year in college working for several Internet startup companies. This is were I learned the basic components of online business and started developing my passion for online marketing.
2) Do you think being an Afro-American in this industry has hindered or helped you achieve the level of success you currently have or anticipated?
Being an African American in this industry seems to be few and far between. I think it depends mostly on your passion, persistence, and consistency to succeed. You will fail tons of times, but it is up to you to learn from your mistakes and keep focused with the task at hand.
3) What are the top 3 factors that you feel contribute to your success?
My top 3 are:
Focus – Need to concentrate on just one project at a time and not geared steered away from all the other opportunities that exist
Drive – You have to have the drive and desire to achieve all of your goals
Helping Others – It is not all about you. You have to have the mindset of helping others instead of making money.
4) How important is it to you to communicate with your readers? Is there a particular message you are wanting to convey?
Communicating with your users is key because you need to understand what their needs, problems, and their wants are in order for you to establish a two way conversation with your audience. The message that I try to teach when writing a blog post is how someone else will be able to benefit from what I write. I try to put myself in my audience’s position and try to put the message in the way for them to understand and comprehend the teaching points.
5) Talk to us specifically about your experience and frustrations in dealing with people in the industry.
I feel most people in the industry are not authentic. They try to copy or model themselves after others instead of being themselves. That is why there continues to be only a few people that stand out amongst everyone else because they incorporate their own personality and ideas.
6) You are well known in the industry, who has been your motivation or inspiration, in other words, who is your driving force?
I don’t feel that I am that well known in the industry, few people know who I am right now. I get my motivation from being able to help as many people as possible and seeing the people that I help succeed. I always go into something thinking, the more millionaires that I can create, then the wealthier I can eventually become. Bill Gates is a perfect example of this.
7) What do you think is the impact of the “new” media on today’s generation? Are they leveraging it effectively and more importantly – are they leveraging it for the betterment of our industry?
New media is everything. If you don’t understand it or don’t know how to leverage it, then you will be left behind and left in the dust from your competition. Mobile, videos, social buying, and augmented reality are here to stay. Most companies have not learned how to leverage new media properly yet because they don’t have enough data to leverage it the right way nor do they understand how people respond to different messages.
8) Being a minority myself, there are constant stereotypes that I have to overcome, have you ever experienced this?
There are tons of stereotypes, not only for minorities, but in our industry as well. I don’t really pay attention to any of these because it is not what people say, it is what you do to create a solution for peoples problems that effect these stereotypes.
9) What are some effective tools and products that help you keep your life organized?
I consistently use all Google products on a daily basis like: gmail, google docs, google alerts, google calender, google analytics, and google adwords. I also use Basecamp, skype, and Raven Tools a lot.
10) If you had a money tree in your back yard and could purchase anything for your business tomorrow, what would it be?
I would purchase quality people that understand my business and knew how to work towards a common goal in helping people.
11) Any words of wisdom for my readers looking to get into this space?
Being patient, test and track, focus, and scale once you find something that works instead of starting something else.
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