How Gary Vaynerchuk Turned a Video Series Into a Popular Book : Social Media Examiner

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The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

In this episode I interview Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia, host of the #AskGaryVee Show and author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. His brand-new book is called #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness.

Gary will explore how he created a video show that became an audio podcast and a book.

You’ll discover Gary’s thoughts on what’s hot in social.

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How Gary Vaynerchuk Turned a Video Series Into a Popular Book

Gary’s big dreams

Gary recalls that from a business and entrepreneurial standpoint, he’s always dreamed big. At 14 years old, he started working for his dad bagging ice for $2 an hour and by his third day on the job was plotting how to open 4,000 wine stores.

Although a lot of people think Wine Library TV grew his business, Gary clarifies that he’d been in business for over a decade and built a $50 million+ operation before he started Wine Library TV and talking about marketing.

Gary launched Wine Library TV on February 1, 2006, which was less than a year after YouTube had been created. He says that while the show didn’t really pop until the summer of 2007, he felt there were enough comments to make it worthwhile. He notes that Ze Frank and Rocketboom were also making some noise around the same time.

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Wine Library TV was Gary’s first foray into video.

Gary’s patience paid off and when he ended up on the Conan O’Brien Show, Lifehacker, TechCrunch, and Diggnation, everything exploded.

Listen to the show to discover how and when Gary discovered he was good at being a personality.

The start of #AskGaryVee

During the summer of 2014, D Rock (David Rock) emailed Gary, asking to make a film about him. Gary agreed and before the film even aired, Gary asked David to work for him full time doing video content.

Then on a random day a year and a half ago, Gary invited David and Steve Unwin from his editorial team into his office to shoot the first episode of #AskGaryVee, in which Gary answered random questions people asked him on Twitter.

When asked how the format for the show came about, Gary shares that he felt his keynotes were stagnating because he was telling the same story over and over. To get out of that rut, he started pushing event organizers to let him add a Q&A component to his presentations. For example, during a 45-minute keynote, he would do 30 minutes of speech and 15 minutes of Q&A.

Gary believes his ability to answer any question about business, social media, technology, or branding off the cuff is what separates him from other speakers.

Gary realized he didn’t need to travel to answer questions and he could use the video show to deliver something he was really good at. Then, he made the decision to use it to get to the point where his keynote speeches were solely Q&A sessions.

Gary explains that the format for #AskGaryVee is simple. They go into an all-glass conference room at VaynerMedia, Gary sits down in front of the camera, and India asks him five questions that come from social media (Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook), which Gary answers in one take. Any edited spots, which are rare, go to black and white so they’re clearly recognizable.

In addition to #AskGaryVee, Gary recently started #DailyVee, which is a day-in-the-life vlog that gets edited into episodes to help entrepreneurs who learn by watching people, instead of by listening to answers.

Gary says he aims to publish two #DailyVee episodes and two #AskGaryVee episodes each week.

Listen to the show to learn how Gary repurposes the #AskGaryVee video show for Facebook and his audio podcast.

The #AskGaryVee book

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#AskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuk.

Gary clarifies that #AskGaryVee is not a straight transcription of the answers he’s given on the show. In the book, he says, he’s expounded on his original answers, added content, and included 150 questions.

As someone who puts out micro-content all day long, Gary is excited at the depth of this book and feels that it’s (secretly) Crush It! 2.0. For the first time, he’s gone 360° on operations, work-life balance, and leadership. Gary adds that his ambition is for the book to be the modern entrepreneur’s blueprint.

Gary explains why he chose to title the book #AskGaryVee instead of The Modern Entrepreneur’s Blueprint, and says, “It’s a complete culmination of a seed of intuition and reaction to people’s response to something that ends up becoming a platform.”

When asked how marketing this book differs from his previous releases, Gary notes that because he’s been doing a lot of personal branding through both his shows and on Snapchat, his fans are more engaged with him than they were with the releases of The Thank You Economy and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.

He believes he’s jabbed his community so well for the last 18 months with free content and access, that there are going to be a lot of right hooks landed come March 8 when #AskGaryVee comes out.

Listen to the show to hear how Gary feels about serendipity and why people should try new ideas.

Gary’s thoughts on Snapchat and other exciting social networks

Gary remembers talking about Snapchat on the Social Media Marketing podcast with Shonduras a year ago. He says Snapchat is going through its big crossover moment, where it’s going completely mainstream. He believes it’s going to be right up there with Instagram because normal, everyday people like his brother-in-law spend four hours a day on the platform consuming content.

Gary says that while Snapchat is confusing up front, when you figure it out, it has a YouTube–like environment. People can’t help but follow 17 different things (4 media companies, 11 personalities, 2 schools, 1 radio station), and they just love it.

Gary explains that if you follow GaryVee on Snapchat, you’ll see he’s doing day-in-the-life-of-an-entrepreneur content, but is adding value with Snapchat secrets, in which he provides tidbits and ideas that will help others succeed. Gary says he does about 5 to 11 spontaneous snaps throughout each day.

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Gary shares a day in his life through his Snapchat snaps.

Mike and Gary discuss the future hierarchy of social networks and the rank of Snapchat in particular. Gary thinks Instagram is a top network to watch, but predicts Snapchat will be rolling off the tongues of entrepreneurs, social media experts, pundits, and others at a surprising level.

Gary shares that he’s also excited about, a platform like Vine or Instagram, where there’s music overlay and you can dub or act within the content, and AfterSchool, a high-school only social network with a blueprint similar to what we saw with Facebook.

Listen to the show to discover Mike’s prediction on the future of Snapchat.

Live-streaming video

Gary believes the excitement around live video is real and shares that although he’s an investor in Meerkat, he does most of his live broadcasts on Facebook Live and Periscope because that’s what’s best for his audience.

While a lot of people can do Snapchat, Gary says, he doesn’t believe that to be true for live broadcasting. He explains that it’s very hard to keep an audience captivated in a live environment for a long period of time, and thinks most people are going to struggle with it.

Listen to the show to hear why Gary loves doing live video and Q&As.

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Listen to the show to learn more and let us know how Adobe Post works for you.

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Here’s a peek at what three other experts are presenting: Levi Bethune, the live-action director at Epipheo, will lead a workshop on video composition. He’ll cover lighting, lenses, aspect ratios, white balance, audio, codex, framing, hardware, software, and more. Jessica Howell, CEO of SocialStudioShop and a photographer with 10 years of experience, will share how to create amazing photos using just your smartphone. Joel Comm will be talking about how to create your own live video show with

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