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How to Create a Million-Dollar Business in 5 Easy Steps

Over the weekend, Tim Ferriss posted an extremely useful article by Noah Kagan, an entrepreneur who built two multi-million dollar online businesses before turning 28. Noah was employee #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint, he helped create Gambit, and most recently co-founded  AppSumo. He's really smart, and the article is spreading like wildfire across the internet.


Noah's article is a step-by-step guide on how to create a million dollar online store. It's equipped with practical advice, screenshots, and a contest that's open to all Shopify Build-A-Business competitors. Read it here.

The Prize

  • $1,000 credit from AppSumo.com
  • Roundtrip flight to Austin, Texas, to have "the most delicious tacos in the world" with Noah Kagan

Here's how to win: Whoever starts a new online business and generates the most profit (not just revenue) by October 8th, 2011 will win. If you're competing in our Build-A-Business Contest, it will be your increase in profit over the next 2 weeks vs. the prior 2 weeks. If you want to share some taco's with Noah, you'll have to prove your profit or profit increase, so please read all the contest details at the bottom of Kagan's post. 

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How Gary Vaynerchuk Built His Empire


Nowadays, most people think of Gary Vaynerchuk as a social media guru or wine expert. Before all that, Gary grew his family's New Jersey liquor store from a small retail operation into a national juggernaut. In this interview, we talk about growing that business, bringing it online and what's getting Gary excited now.

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Gary Vee Announces Power Session Winner


We'd like to extend a big 'thumbs up' to the 5 finalists in our second Gary Vaynerchuk Power Session Contest. We asked Shopify store owners to post a video about themselves and their business for the opportunity for a 1-on-1 mentoring session with ecommerce and marketing expert, Gary Vee.

We're very excited to announce the winner, but you'll have to watch the video above to find out who it is! The winner will be recording their call with Gary in the coming weeks and we'll post an edited version right here on the blog. To show our appreciation to the runners up, we'll be sending out some swanky Shopify gift boxes. 

The finalist's sites are from a range of industries:

You can also take a look at their video submissions to learn more about them.

And, thanks again to Gary, whose enthusiasm for entrepreneurship is so infectious. We will be giving away one more Power Session to a lucky Shopify store owner, so stay tuned!

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Gary Vaynerchuk Contest Finalists




If you didn't already know, we are giving away another 1-on-1 Power Session with Gary Vaynerchuk. We asked Shopify store owners to post a video showing us a little about them and why they wanted to talk with Gary. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to make a video and enter the contest! 

Gary Vaynerchuk is author of The Thank You Economy and Crush It. Gary isn't just some self-made guru, he's grown his family's retail liquor store into an online empire. He's one of the most passionate business people you will meet.

Our first Power Session was won by Deckster, a watch band that turns an iPod Nano into a fashion accessory. The owners of Deckster got some great advice, encouragement and even contacts from their call with Gary

Gary Vaynerchuk will be picking our winner personally. We'll post a video announcing the winner early next week. 


Adam Baumgartner - JackBacks


You may remember Adam and JackBacks from my interview with him for our Build A Business series of interviews. JackBacks are real wood replacements for the back bezel of iPhone 4's.


Natasha Wozniak - Natasha Wozniak Jewelry


Natasha is an amazing jeweler that crafts everything by hand. This video provides an interesting glimpse behind the scenes as Natasha shows us her workshop.


David Hachez - Raz*War


Razors and shaving accessories has long been dominated by large multinational brands. Raz*War is aiming to change that with their line of wet shaving products that are available individually or as part of a subscription.


Give Dap - Give Dap



Give Dap aims to be the go to place for getting gifts for men. Their video had the largest wig budget of all those submitted.


Eileen Chow - Play Lashes


Play Lashes launched just recently, offering cruelty free mink hair lashes. They are already off to a great start, but are hoping to get some advice from Gary.


Good luck to all our entrants! 

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Gary Vaynerchuk Talks Thank You Economy


I had the pleasure to interview Gary Vaynerchuk recently about his book, The Thank You Economy

The Thank You Economy is all about treating customers like real people, having real conversations with them and listening to what they have to say. It's nothing new, as Gary points out, word-of-mouth has always been important. With the advent of the Internet and social media, companies can now engage with customers where and when they are talking about the brand.

In this interview, Gary talks about how he uses social media both personally and for brand building. In true Gary style, he throws out some of the best metaphors in the business world. 

And Gary knows what he's talking about, he grew his father's retail liquor store into a multi-million dollar retail + ecommerce power house using both traditional and new media. His enthusiasm for growing his businesses is contagious.

Would you like to talk to Gary? We're giving one Shopify store owner the opportunity to have a 1-on-1 Skype call with Gary. Our last winner, Deckster, received some amazing advice and contacts. Check out the blog post to hear from Deckster and find out the details for this contest.

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Get Featured on the Shopify Facebook Page

 


We are excited to announce that we will be featuring Shopify stores daily on our Facebook Page

The "film strip" along the top of our Facebook profile displays the 5 most recently uploaded pictures. We thought this would be a great place to display the diversity and creativity of Shopify stores. We've picked a few of our favorite shops to get things started and here's how it looks:




Starting next Monday, we will select a new screenshot each day and add it to the "film strip." This a great opportunity for Shopify stores to reach all those in our news feed, plus the folks who visit our Facebook Page

Want to be featured?

All you need to do is upload a screenshot of your site and tag Shopify in it. If you're not sure how to do this, here's some instructions:

1. Take a screenshot of your Shopify website. If you're not sure how to do this, here is a Windows tutorial and a Mac tutorial. You will want to crop out everything except for the website itself. Save your screenshot to your computer.

2. Upload your photo to your Facebook account (either your personal account or your business Page, it's up to you). In your description include: the store name, the URL of your store, a description of your store and/or product(s), and if you have one, include links to your Facebook Page and Twitter feed and then save the changes. Here's an example of what it should look like:




Be sure to include the "http://" in front of any URL's, this way Facebook will know to make them clickable.

3. After saving, you should be returned to the Album page. Click on the screenshot you just uploaded and it will open. 

4. Click on the "Tag This Photo" link on the left side and then click anywhere on the screenshot. Type in Shopify, as you do, auto-complete options will appear and you should see the Shopify Page appear as an option. Click on Shopify and you should see Shopify listed in the "In this photo:" section under the picture. 






5. That's it, you're all done.

If you have any questions or problems with uploading or tagging, feel free to post a comment and we'll try and help out.

Want More Exposure? There's another way to get posted to our Facebook Page. If you have a Facebook Page for your store, "Like" the Shopify Page from your store account and we will "Like" you back. That way, your Facebook Page will randomly show up in our Likes list on the left side of the page. Please note that  Facebook doesn't allow us to Like personal profiles, but we do like you, really, we do!


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Friday Funday: The Gang from "I Wear Your Shirt" Make Some Fun Shopify Videos!

We like to have a little fun on Friday's and you should too. I Wear Your Shirt is an innovative advertising company that's shaking up traditional advertising methods. The concept is pretty cool. Essentially, you buy a day and mail them your company t-shirts (or whatever). Then, a team from across the USA will wear your shirts all day, take pictures, make videos, Facebook them, Twitter them, and all sorts of fun stuff. 

The founder, Jason Sadler, conceived the idea in 2005 as "a way to make some extra money without actually working," and began living his dream at the beginning of 2010. As of a few months ago, Jason has built his team to 5 people from across the United States and sells each advertising day on the calendar through his awesome Shopify store. 

To celebrate a beautiful Friday, Jason and his gang wore Shopify t-shirts all day and here are some amusing video's that came of it....

         



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Win a Private 45 Minute Skype Chat With Gary Vaynerchuk


Calling all Shopify store owners! We're giving away a free 45 minute Skype Power Session with the one and only Gary Vaynerchuk! If you haven't heard of Gary Vee (not likely), he's widely regarded as the king of social media. He's also a certified wine expert, best selling author, public speaker, and business genius. Don't believe me? Ask one of his 875,925 Twitter followers. 

45 minutes with Gary can change your life. Ask him whatever you want. Anything goes. It's free to enter, simply follow this link and tell us (in the comment section) the most important lesson you learned while building your online store. Comment now, because the deadline is Wednesday, May 11th.

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