What Does Success Mean to You? Your business needs to be just that – yours. Even if no textbook or ultra super star “coach” proclaims it a winner. The only winner is the business design that has been tailored to you. Share Tweet Pin Email What Does Success Mean...
There Are Many Pathways To Success In this world we’re in, being an outlier is an advantage. In fact, status quo is a death knell. Hyper differentiation has taken over and we are all trying to be unique. Share Tweet Pin Email There Are Many Pathways To Success There...
The Marriage of Dream and Doable Before you go off running naked through the alpine meadow in pursuit of your “dream business,” let’s take stock of all the realities and find that version of your dream that makes sense.⠀ Share Tweet Pin Email The marriage of dream and...
The #1 Tool to Give You Back Hours on Your Schedule This little tool has such deep capabilities and is now integrated with many, many of the software systems out there that you would commonly use. It’s worth its weight in gold, and can end up clearing hours out...
Plan to Plan, All Year ‘Round The more frequently you visit your plan, the more likely that you will achieve it. Staying focused on those objectives is critical to achieving them. Share Tweet Pin Email Plan to Plan, All Year ‘Round⠀ I saw a big rush of...
The Top Three Reasons You Should Throw Out Your Business Plan What a business plan is meant to do is to get you thinking about your business from all angles, but you can do that using much more nimble and organic tools. Share Tweet Pin Email The Top Three Reasons You...
Tired of hearing amazing stories that are inspirational but feel out of reach? Craving some real talk with people who are just like you? In Real People, Real Business, Business Strategist Stephanie Hayes interviews business owners that are building their businesses and making progress through grit, determination and action. They are working through the everyday challenges and celebrating incremental wins on their journey to their dream. Every one has a story, and each of these entrepreneurs are telling theirs in funny, vulnerable and heartwarming ways that will make you say “Yes! That’s me!” and leave you with creative ideas for breaking through that next roadblock that might just have you stuck. Celebrating all businesses and all business owners, and creating a community of real people.
Chris Troka – Elevating Business Through AI and Collaborative Innovation
Chris Troka is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Focused-Biz, an innovative marketing company that leverages AI to help businesses create better customer experiences, increase conversion rates, and reduce time spent on administrative tasks using automation.
In this episode, you’ll hear how Chris identified a gap between technology and marketing and developed an AI-based solution to fill it, the collaborative approach he uses to develop his business tool, and the opportunities and considerations for using AI in your business.
Chris tells us about the incredible success of his first business as a wedding DJ and falling in love with marketing, the drive behind launching a marketing agency, using AI and automation for business enhancement, and his quest to improve customer experience and administrative efficiency.
Chris describes the gap he saw between marketing and technology, Focused-Biz’s Comprehensive 14-in-1 business tool, the collaborative approach he’s taken to developing and improving the tool, and how businesses can use the tool to enhance their processes.
Chris gets candid about the challenges of becoming a business owner, why he says you need to “choose your hard” as an entrepreneur, how the shift in work culture and worker motivation impacts business strategy and the two channels that have been most successful in generating leads.
Lastly, Chris shares why most businesses can benefit from using AI, the big opportunities he sees in AI, ethical considerations to be aware of in your marketing and communications, why he believes in collaboration over competition in business, and the work he’s doing to create industry-specific AI solutions.
Skip to Topic: 3:20 – Starting an AI-based marketing agency 4:59 – Taking action and avoiding analysis paralysis 6:01 – How Focused-Biz’s 14-in-one AI business tool works 7:06 – Two ways businesses can leverage Focused-Biz’s AI tool 8:40 – Using open-source development and improving upon what’s already out there 10:58 – Creating a solution to fill the gap between technology and marketing 13:08 – The challenges of becoming a business owner 15:26 – Why you need to understand worker motivation as a business owner 19:12 – Why most businesses can benefit from AI 21:35 – The emergence of new skill sets and uses for AI technology 23:49 – Ethical considerations in marketing and communication 26:02 – Opportunities in AI and marketing to enhance your business 28:55 – Two lead generation strategies that Focused-Biz uses to attract customers 30:37 – Using a collaborative approach to development and business 32:46 – The truth about competition in business 34:50 – Creating industry-specific AI technology solutions 37:11 – The value of niching by industry
It’s time to move from hustle and overwork to building a life around your business. Being a business owner doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your well-being. Instead, we’re advocating for slowing down, accepting and leaning into a more realistic and comfortable way to build your own wealth. This show is a collection of thoughts, discussions and opinions on how to build a successful business that integrates well with you and your life, whatever that may look like.
Even at the best of times, making decisions around where to spend or invest your money is challenging for most business owners. When things get a little rocky or uncertain, those decisions get exponentially more difficult. In this episode, we are exploring Stephanie’s 3-Part Spending Confidence Strategy, and how to identify who you are as a buyer, and how to approach buying decisions based on your own Spender Profile.
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