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Gary Vaynerchuk's speaking fee falls within range: Over $75,000 (Speakers' virtual presentation fees are generally around 60-80% of the in-person fee range noted here.)
A passionate oenophile (wine lover to you and me!), Gary Vaynerchuk has entrepreneurship in his blood. At the age of eight, he had an empire of seven lemonade stands across his Edison, New Jersey, neighborhood. Four years later he was selling baseball cards in the local mall and whilst at high school he joined the family business, Shoppers Discount Liquors. It was in this last named that he became the possessed with building a fine wine collection.
With the advent of e-commerce, Gary launched WineLibrary.com, growing the site from $3 million to $45 million in short order. Wanting not just to sell wine but to share his passion, Gary started Wine Library TV and now has 100,000 people watching his videos everyday.
With his brother AJ Gary has launched VaynerMedia, an agency to help established Fortune 500 companies break into social media and build their digital brands. With clients like General Electric, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Coffey, the New York Jets and the Brooklyn Mets, the organization has grown from 6 members of staff to 250 in 4 years.
Gary’s latest project is VaynerRSE, an angel investment company with $25 million capital to help launch the next generation of game changing technologies (Gary has a proven track record as an angel investor in Twitter, Tumblr, Uber and Birch Box). His book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook tells of Gary’s strategies for selling in a crowded market.
I have been an entrepreneur for as long as anyone close to me can remember. While most eight year olds were learning how to properly squeeze a lemon, I was managing seven lemonade stands across my neighborhood in Edison NJ. When I turned twelve, I set my sights on my local mall, where I became something of a legend selling baseball cards on weekends. In high school I joined the family business, a liquor store called Shoppers Discount Liquors that my dad started. It wasn’t long before I became obsessed with collecting wine.
In 1997, I began to recognize the importance of e-commerce; shortly thereafter, WineLibrary.com was born. I used the site to grow the store from a $3 million business to a $45 million business, and it was just the beginning. Armed with a Flipcam and a NY Jets bucket, I started Wine Library TV in 2006 to share my knowledge and passion for wine with a community that desperately needed a fresh voice. It wasn’t long before 100,000 people were watching my videos every day (shout-out to my Vayniacs — love you guys).
In the spring of 2009, my brother AJ and I launched VaynerMedia, a new breed of agency that would help Fortune 500 companies like GE, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Coffee, the NY Jets, and the Brooklyn Nets find their social voices and build their digital brands through micro content and other story telling actions. The idea took hold — what started as a 6-person project 4 years ago has swelled to a 250-strong team spread across the country.
After years of angel investing in companies like Twitter, Tumblr, Uber and Birch Box, I just launched VaynerRSE, a $25 million seed fund that will help invest in and launch the next generation of world-changing technology companies.
When I’m not spending time with my family, who mean everything in the world to me, I speak and share my experiences in business with people around the world. I have also found a passion for storytelling, so definitely check out my latest book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. I’m so excited you have taken a few minutes out of your day to drop by. Don’t forget to say hey.
Gary Vaynerchuk explains to his audience where his focus lies. He tells them, “For me, the only thing that interests me is what binds us all together. No matter what you do in this room, no matter what your profession is, an entrepreneur, work for an agency, designer, developer, no matter what you do, always and forever our job is to tell our story, and that is never going to change. The way you make real money, the way you make real impact, the way things get changed is by great storytelling."
Explaining how to learn the techniques of storytelling, he tells the audience, “We really need to reverse engineer what's happening, and that's what I spend my time doing. Not knowing how many of you know me, my whole career is predicated on reverse engineering what I think is going to happen in the next 24 months, because that is still practical. Yes I know we're all going to be robots eventually, but that's 40 or 60 or 80 years out, I'm worried about 24 months out."
Looking at some of the difficulties he experiences in business, Gary explains, “My biggest problem right now is that I feel that in general the majority of people, businesses, media organizations, all across the board, are storytelling like it's 2007 in a 2015 world, and that's all I ever think about. All I think about is how to tell stories in micro-moments, we live in the greatest ADD culture of our time."
Gary offers speeches on many aspects of social media marketing: describing in great detail why it is so important and why no company can afford to ignore it. Giving his advice on personal branding, video blogging and how to use one’s passion as the foundation for a business, he uses his personal experience to stunning effect.
In addition to social media and entrepreneurship, Gary’s other passion is wine, and he can offer a wonderfully entertaining and highly informative presentation as to what wines one should choose, how they should be cared for and how they can be savored.
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“I just wanted to let you know that Gary was amazing at our Symposium last week. It was the best guest speaker we have ever had at an event. People are still talking about it. He was so sincere and engaging with every person who approached him.”
“It was amazing. I have had much of the audience tell me Gary was the best outside speaker over the two days. He ‘crushed it!’”
VP North America Merchandising, Nike
“Gary was great. He provides a fresh counterpoint to the majority of speakers out there.”
“He was awesome, awesome, awesome. Best speaker ever. I am so grateful that he did this for us and that you made it happen. Thank you!”
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Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works.
When managers and marketers outline their social media strategies, they plan for the “right hook”—their next sale or campaign that’s going to knock out the competition. Even companies committed to jabbing—patiently engaging with customers to build the relationships crucial to successful social media campaigns—want to land the punch that will take down their opponent or their customer’s resistance in one blow. Right hooks convert traffic to sales and easily show results. Except when they don’t.
Thanks to massive change and proliferation in social media platforms, the winning combination of jabs and right hooks is different now. Vaynerchuk shows that while communication is still key, context matters more than ever. It’s not just about developing high-quality content, but developing high-quality content perfectly adapted to specific social media platforms and mobile devices—content tailor-made for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love.
In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true.
Gary Vaynerchuk’s 101 Wines
Millions have logged onto Gary Vaynerchuk’s Wine Library TV—watching him boldly and unconventionally rate hundreds of wines. Viewers are attracted to his youthful energy, unique voice, and often outrageous descriptions. Now, in Gary Vaynerchuk’s 101 Wines, Vaynerchuk reveals his first ranked list of the most exciting and tantalizing spirits he has sampled while traveling the globe.
Deeming himself “the wine guy for the average Joe,” Vaynerchuk avoids the pomposity of traditional educators. Unlike wine guides that lack animation and lecture rather than inspire, 101 Wines shows you how to develop the necessary go-drink-wine attitude. Vaynerchuk encourages you to trust your own palate—stressing that your love of a certain wine makes it good regardless of what the experts or the price on the bottle say.
Vaynerchuk’s recommendations span a wide range of prices, nations, grapes, and styles—allowing everyone from novices to connoisseurs to expand their wine horizons. Unlock the secret to why Vaynerchuk labels wines “From Ruins to Riches,” “Red with Fish,” and “Not Your Father’s Spumante.” Discover wines that taste like ones 10 times their price. Read as Vaynerchuk illuminates his top choices with vivid terminology such as “Bring the Thunder” and “Riding the Rainbow.” Demystify conventions that once limited your wine-tasting desires. Journey through wine styles and break down barriers with his technical notes and stories behind the vintage. Smile as you realize you too can become a wine aficionado.
With your newfound knowledge, you will out-entertain and enlighten your friends, host extraordinary parties and treat your taste buds to an exhilarating ride. So if you are ready to become a “Vayniac”—one devoted to selecting wines based on Vaynerchuk’s innovative principles—grab that corkscrew because a wine sampling adventure like no other awaits.
The Thank You Economy
It’s easy to think of business sales as one-sided transactions: good productions pumped into the hands of production-hungry consumers. But according to 34-year-old entrepreneur/author (Crush It), those one-way exchanges no longer tell the true story of what’s really on in the American marketplace. Using example after cogent example, he explains how our new Thank You Economy is superseding old models with its combination of constant communication, honesty, responsiveness, quality, and value. Relevant and readable.
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