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How to Communicate With Your Tribe to Make Millions and Change the World

| December 30, 2010 | 12 Comments

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At Under30CEO we have a clear mission: to help you grow your business with less money and fewer mistakes.  Our story is one of multiple failures, clueless decision making and shot after shot with our eyes closed in the dark.  Like any great entrepreneurial story, we failed, picked ourselves up by the bootstraps and failed again, until we eventually figured out the model that worked for us.  But at no point in time did we ever waiver from our mission, one that was deeply engrained in carving out our little part of history and changing the world.  Quite simply, we want to help every young entrepreneur on the planet.  We want to leave our mark on our generation to help grow a more entrepreneurial society, help people lead happier more fulfilling lives, while helping spawn economic growth and job creation.  It’s what we are truly passionate about.

Be the leader of leaders.

Yes, our blog since inception in July 2009 has seen over a million page views and is now syndicated to Reuters, Huffington Post, and Business Insider.  Yes, our keynotes have made college students rethink the “go to school, send out a hundreds resumes and bunker down in the cubicle” mentality.  And yes, we can proudly say that countless leaders have spawned from the Under30CEO community to do something they love.

But it’s not enough.

Changing the world is about being unreasonable.  It’s about having a dream that is larger than life and figuring out a plan of action to get there.  The greatest leaders in the world had vision that nobody else thought was achievable.  (Columbus crossing the pond, Mandella and apartheid, Wooden’s 7 consecutive championships and Earhart crossing the Atlantic).  These people had great vision but even grander execution.  They pushed themselves and the people around them to limits previously deemed unachievable.

Whatever you’re thinking think BIGGER.

Very few of us realize how good our generation has it.  Not only are we not being shipped off to war like our parents and grandparents, but we have amazing technology at our fingertips that is breaking down the societal norms.  We have the tools to communicate with anyone in the world, access any information we ever needed, create a movement, and grow a million-if-not-billion dollar business regardless of our geographic location, education, social class or any other pre-existing circumstances.

The 21st Century Gold Rush is here.

Communication is our number one resource in the new millennium.  All of the sudden everyday people are becoming succesful media makers, artists, musicians, entertainers, authors, journalists and high tech entrepreneurs all because they have the ability to cultivate their tribe of fans online.  If you have something that others want, you can be in business in less than an hour.  If you don’t believe us, check out our e-course on How to Grow Your Business for Less Money and Fewer Mistakes.

What Does Your Market Want?

This is where the fun comes in.  You should be absolutely obsessed with what goes on inside your customer’s brains and how you can create the best possible product and service for them.  It doesn’t matter how well you think you know your market, you need to get to know them better.  Too many entrepreneurs are in the business of creating what they want or what they would buy and not what their market/customer base wants/needs.  Yes, all great businesses are born out of necessity, but remember, it’s about what your customer wants!

If they aren’t buying, it’s not good enough.

Too many times we get asked by young entrepreneurs why their product isn’t selling.  We hate to spoil their dreams, but your product simply may not be good enough.  In online media content is king–she with the best content easily attracts the following.  The same goes with products and services.  If you create the best possible solution to a problem, you’ll most likely win.

How to communicate with your market

  • Create a culture where even customers have a vested interest in your success.  If I’m passionate about skis, I want my favorite brands to listen to me so I can help create and buy a better ski.
  • Have in person conversations with your customers.  There is a reason Richard Branson flies Virgin Air and hangs out with his passengers.
  • Focus groups.  Come on kids, this can mean your drinking buddies–lock them in a room with some Bud Lattes and get them talking!
  • Create a contest.  Everyone likes to crowdsource ideas these days.  Ask your customers to help create your products for you like Threadless.  Or reward those who drop the best comments on blog posts like these.
  • Create surveys.  Survey Monkey is paid, but Google spreadsheets helps you talley up the results for free.
  • Take advantage of your social media channels.  Nobody likes when you just push your own ideas on Twitter and Facebook all day.  Reward your followers, ask questions that create discussion/community and truly try to help people.

Help us so we can help you.

At Under30CEO we are in business for you, the reader, the entrepreneur, the person who wants to get to the next level.  We hustle hard to help the budding entrepreneur the best we can.  But we can do better.  Our vision is to create the most dynamic organization that gives young people the tools and resources to achieve success, but we need your help.

Under30CEO wants to go beyond our content site and consultancy.

We’ve launched Under30CEO meetups where anyone can schedule and organize their own Under30CEO tribe in their local community.  So far we have every continent covered except South America and Antarctica.  We know doing it alone as an entrepreneur can be brutal, and our community wants to connect with other young people going through the same challenges.

In 2011 we are going to be rolling out an amazing lineup of insider Q+A sessions with top business experts around the globe.  We want to get get you access to people who’s time isn’t for sale or who you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.  We understand that there is only so much you can learn in a blog post and once we get you pointed in the direction we need to bring in the experts who can help you in an intensive session and answer your questions live.

Lastly, we know what it’s like to be so broke you can’t afford happy hour, so we are lining up a membership platform that will give you access to a exclusive deals and discounts from huge brand names to help you save money on your business.  Everyone wants the stuff they’d normally pay for to be cheaper.  This will include electronics, travel, accounting, web services, business attire, events and more.

But what else?  Please leave a comment under this post explaining:

If I were running Under30CEO I would help young people grow their businesses and make a great living by…

Top 5 Ideas will be sent a best selling business book from our list of 10 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read From 2010. Let us help you and good luck!

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Article written by co-founder of Under30CEO Matt Wilson.

About the Author: Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is co-founder of Under30CEO. After two years traveling and working from his laptop, Matt's official title became Adventurer in Residence, heading up Under30Media's travel company Under30Experiences. If Matt is around he will be easy to spot as his long luxurious hair is generally flowing freely in the breeze.

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  • http://twitter.com/ExecutivePlan Adam Hoeksema

    Lots of Under 30 CEOs are creating web applications that can help other entrepreneurs. What do you think about partnering with various organizations to feature some of the most valuable free (and not free) web applications out there.

    There are web based accounting tools, invoicing tools, CRM apps, and many more.

    Currently I am developing a simple web application for entrepreneurs who are working to raise capital. The user will answer a series of 20 questions related to their business plan executive summary, and then receive a pdf report with suggestions for improvement and access to other free executive summary tools and resources. It is simple and free, but it will keep entrepreneurs from making the most common and deadly mistakes in the capital raising process.

    Hope to launch in 2 weeks at http://www.businessplanexecutivesummary.com.

    Do you think other web apps would be of value to your audience?

  • Rachel Denis

    It would be wonderful if you had bloggers who are in the middle of actually building their businesses to post, so the rest of don’t feel like we’re the only ones. Also, live conferences in actual cities would be wonderful, with speakers. This would be beyond “meetups” and would be dedicated to helping the CEO under 30! Los Angeles please :)

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  • A Fresh Start!

    I appreciate the advice that Under30CEO provides for young entrepreneurs like myself. I am in the beginning stages of starting a commercial cleaning business called Fresh Start! in Texas. One challenge that I experienced were the actual start-up phases including writing contracts, finding the best insurance provider, finding the best wholesale places to purchase my products, free/low cost advertising alternatives and things of that nature. What if Under30 provided potential resources to find the start-up things that every business needs, in each country? I’m sure this would take extensive research, but as a community of young entrepreneurs, we must help each other out right? Therefore, the research delimma can be some-what simplified by asking each subscriber to participate by suggesting the resources that THEY use in their perspective location, and then sorting them by country, city etc, for readers to view. Maybe even having a section for business form templates. As entrepreneurs, one of our main concerns is defraying costs, I’m sure everyone can agree! How can we do this? What websites, advertising options, financial assistance, free business products, are out there? That’s what we need to know!

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  • http://www.giftasmile.com Giftasmile

    If I were running Under30CEO I would help young people grow their businesses and make a great living by…few more inspirational stories..a forum.. for everyone to tell about their business and ask fellow entrepreneurs a few questions on topics of concern.. a discussion board for the hottest topic of the month..link up with few more magazines or websites in different countries to have one of the best topics of the month posted without infringing on copyrights and other issues…Under30CEO will be a phenomena that every college or budding entrepreneur will connect to

    You guys are doing a great job.. I have been following this website religiously for whole through 2010… will do so in 2011 also.. Meet up is a great initiative.. keep it going.. you guys rock.. keep it going.. Happy New Year.. I wish Under30CEO all success.. Spread Smiles :) :)

  • http://www.giftasmile.com Giftasmile

    If I were running Under30CEO I would help young people grow their businesses and make a great living by…few more inspirational stories..a forum.. for everyone to tell about their business and ask fellow entrepreneurs a few questions on topics of concern.. a discussion board for the hottest topic of the month..link up with few more magazines or websites in different countries to have one of the best topics of the month posted without infringing on copyrights and other issues…Under30CEO will be a phenomena that every college or budding entrepreneur will connect to

    You guys are doing a great job.. I have been following this website religiously for whole through 2010… will do so in 2011 also.. Meet up is a great initiative.. keep it going.. you guys rock.. keep it going.. Happy New Year.. I wish Under30CEO all success.. Spread Smiles :) :)

  • http://twitter.com/MontelongoMB Morgan Barnhart

    “Whatever you’re thinking think BIGGER.”

    I simply just love this title!

    So many of us put limitations on ourselves and I always ask WHY?

    This is some great advice about how to communicate, make millions, change the world and be AWESOME. :)

  • http://twitter.com/MontelongoMB Morgan Barnhart

    Forum is a great idea!

  • Benjamin Loh

    If I were running Under30CEO I would help young people grow their businesses and make a great living by creating more platforms for sharing and support. Sharing could take place from online web conferences for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be to plug into live interview sessions and have moderated Q&A. Support systems in terms of how the Under30CEO membership can extend to reach to different cities and exists like chapters to create an ideal environment of people who live the dream and dare to defy conventions, question the norms and change the world.

  • Benjamin Loh

    If I were running Under30CEO I would help young people grow their businesses and make a great living by creating more platforms for sharing and support. Sharing could take place from online web conferences for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be to plug into live interview sessions and have moderated Q&A. Support systems in terms of how the Under30CEO membership can extend to reach to different cities and exists like chapters to create an ideal environment of people who live the dream and dare to defy conventions, question the norms and change the world.

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