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Member Spotlight – Marc Meyer

Venture X Member Spotlight - Marc Meyer

Venture X’s premium coworking spaces offer the flexibility that many startups, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses as well as many freelancers need in terms of their workspace. Marc Meyer, a Digital Marketer/Strategist/Consultant for Digital Response Marketing Group is a member at Venture X Naples in Naples, FL.  We took some time to get to know Marc and his role at Digital Response Marketing Group.

What does Digital Response Marketing Group do?

Digital Response Marketing Group is a marketing and communications agency that strives to design, build, and deploy agile marketing programs with their client’s goals in mind.

We asked Marc some Q & As to get to know him a little better and learn about the journey he’s been on, career-wise. Here’s what Marc had to say:

  • What made you want to get involved in this line of work?

    It’s been an evolution of about 16 years. I had always been curious about marketing on the Internet but my initial jumping off point was in web design. From there, I got involved in Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing and was extremely successful through trial and error. That success caused me to look around at the types of vehicles that lend themselves to online marketing. One of those was social media. In 2007, I became one of the early adopters and I embraced it with both arms. That experience propelled me into the management consulting world where I have essentially written and collaborated on the digital and social media strategies for some of the largest companies in the world. Some of my clients/relationships include Accenture, IBM, JLL, Ernst & Young, Wipro, Tata, Dow Chemical, Diageo, Oracle, and SAP.

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

    This might not seem like that big of a deal, but to do what I do in Naples is huge. Normally, I would have to be in a large metro area but I got lucky. Given the global nature of what I do, the ability to not only be home but also to attend my kids’ games, events, and other milestones, has been nothing short of a blessing. I’m lucky.

  • What’s the biggest challenge that you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

    Without getting into the details, eleven years ago, I had to essentially start from scratch. I was let go from a company that I made a lot of money for. It was during the 2008 financial meltdown. I felt it was coming, but still didn’t expect it. I thought I might be safe, but just like that, I had to make things happen quick. I started my own company. I focused on what I knew which was digital marketing and I made calls, I sent emails, and took whatever work I could get no matter how outside of my comfort zone it was. One of the keys back then was social media. I used it and leveraged it to create my brand. I was visible and I was active and slowly but surely, I clawed my way out. I essentially used every conduit there was to prospect and land business. Things were tight and tense but we survived. It is and was incredibly humbling and I use that experience to motivate me every day.

  • What business tips would you like to share with others?

    A couple of things. First and foremost, it’s all about the funnel. You have to keep it full and you can’t put all your marbles with one client. It will always be about the next project, client, and or engagement. Also, this may sound odd but getting paid on time even by large companies can sometimes be daunting. So, you have to stay on top of it. Next, the relationships you have, you need to cultivate them and nurture them. They can turn into more work Lastly, it’s important to maintain relevancy and value. In this world, there is constant pressure to deliver and there is constant heat from competitors and believe it or not, from people that you work with. Everyone has an agenda, you just don’t know what it is. Proving your value, especially in a world that’s becoming more automated by the day, might be the biggest obstacle that you can never quite overcome. You can stay ahead of it, but you can’t conquer it. Keep your eyes and ears open and when you can, improve your skillsets.

  • What has been your favorite part about working at Venture X?

    I love the environment. It’s so conducive to work and getting work done. Amanda and Bri bring an infectious attitude of community and support to a pretty diverse group which can sometimes be tough and yet, their attitudes never waver. They are the face of Venture X Naples and they bring it every day. I think I’ve been here for 3 or 4 years at this point.

A Personal Look at Marc Meyer

Marc shared his inspiration and motivation with us, “I have three people and a really ornery dog that solely rely on me.” In his spare time, he is busy working on a screenplay, he’s a fledgling artist, and “of course, I binge watch.” When he’s away from the office, Marc is a basketball and baseball coach at Seacrest High School and Naples High School. Marc, a man of many talents, co-founded a non-profit geared towards parents, teachers, and children to help them all navigate the perils of digital, mobile, and social media. The goal is to create more responsible digital citizens. He added, “We now have over 500 instructors in all 50 states delivering the curriculum. The whole thing born out of a social media panel I sat on back in 2014 with the Collier County Public Schools.”

Looking for that perfect office space that is flexible enough to suit your business’s changing needs? Venture X is the place to be. Perks and amenities abound at every Venture X location and each has been designed to foster community and growth. It’s a worry-free workspace – when you arrive, the coffee is ready, the offices are clean, the copiers and printers are stocked with paper, and you can get down to business. Sharing ideas, networking, and getting the job done is easy when you are surrounded by like-minded professionals across countless industries. Venture X locations are making a statement across the country; book a tour and you’ll see what all the buzz is about.

How Coworking Can Help Grow your Business

How Coworking Can Help Grow your Business

As exhilarating and freeing as working from home and launching your own business seems at first, after a while, you want to get out of those sweats and go somewhere else to work. The distractions of your home office may be taking their toll on your productivity or, you’re starting to feel isolated and cut off from the rest of the business world because your home office is your business environment. You know you need an office space that’s not connected to your home but renting office spaces can lock you into long-term leases that you can’t really afford, not to mention the maintenance and labor overhead that comes with operating out of your own office. Then there’s the whole ordeal of office design and outfitting, with even more expenses for furniture, equipment, technology, coffee, water and whatever other amenities you might want in your office setting. Out of your comfort zone?  Overwhelmed at the thought of how setting up an office will pull you in a gazillion different directions and cost a fortune?

Well . . . lucky for you, many other entrepreneurs and growing business owners with the same hurdles to jump over have discovered a happy medium between working from your home or local coffee shop and opening your own office. If by some chance you aren’t already considering this option, coworking spaces offer flexible, affordable alternatives to biting the bullet and setting up a private office. Coworking spaces are rapidly replacing traditional office settings as the preferred way to help grow your business. Connecting with other like-minded professionals with success on their agendas motivates you to get down to the business of expanding your business. This is just one of the ways coworking can help do just that. Besides the healthy, competitive camaraderie that propels members to show up every day, coworking spaces offer many other ways to help grow your business. These include:

  • Move-in ready offices

    Opening your own office requires the resources and time commitment that most businesses poised to expand just can’t afford. Coworking spaces allow you to skip that monumental obstacle by offering a variety of different office spaces with flexible monthly leases. This lets you go right on with your growth plans without skipping a beat.

  • Supplies and amenities included

    While amenities can be looked at as unnecessary by some people, when you or your associates don’t have to take the time and the expense of stocking water and coffee supplies, they can concentrate on working out ways to grow your brand. Additionally, you don’t have to hire a cleaning company or a maintenance crew to keep your office up to your standards. Many coworking spaces feature catering and/or dining options in-house and most coworking spaces are located near other businesses in metro areas. You can take clients to lunch, take the team out for a celebration, or just take a break to refresh and rejuvenate during your workday.

  • Technology, printers and meeting rooms

    Not needing to invest a huge chunk of your profits in technology, printers, scanners, and other office equipment also makes sense for businesses on the brink of expansion. Growing businesses can often need a variety of spaces to work things out. You may need a private office, along with some semi-private desks for a month or so, while you may be in need of a presentation space to launch new ideas, products, and services. Coworking spaces offer conference rooms with full audio and visual capabilities and the printing services you may need for a presentation. Other semi-private virtual office spaces can be the perfect unfettered setup for Skype meetings and training sessions.

  • Resources at your fingertips

    As the trademark of coworking spaces, networking opportunities are built in by design. Along with the potential to meet other business owners in your community, who can increase your exposure, many of the services you may need as you expand are within arm’s reach. Save time and money by hiring a freelance writer, photographer, or web designer in your network. Other independent companies and services that can be easy to source at your coworking space include marketing and legal help, as well.

  • Other networking opportunities

    In addition to meeting other business professionals that can help you stay on your path to further success by providing marketing services or designing your website, you can interact with other business owners who have walked in your shoes and can advise you on how to navigate a certain obstacle. A fresh set of eyes on a project might be just the adjustment you need to fill in a blank to move your business forward. You, in turn, may be able to help someone else with an obstacle they’re struggling with in their business.

  • Collaborative spirit can lead to new business ideas

    Working alongside enterprising professionals, as well as getting to know other members of your coworking community, inspires the creative process. Brainstorming with other members could lead to forming new businesses or working with other business owners who need your expertise in developing new projects.

  • Connecting with other members increases exposure

    Unlike attending social networking events where business cards are exchanged but little else, connecting with your coworking community at social or educational events sponsored by your coworking space, you increase your exposure in the community at large. Referrals from other members help grow your brand footprint when they send business your way via friends, families, and other connections in your community.

Coworking spaces also offer their members a business address, along with mailing services that further streamline your business plan. At Venture X, our well-appointed facilities offer you a variety of office space options, in contemporary, high-design spaces. Meeting with clients in our community area or office spaces that impress will help grow your client base and increase your bottom line. With all the services and amenities you need, but without the labor or maintenance involved in opening your own office, you can focus on expanding your business and moving into your next successful phase. Contact us to schedule a tour of your local Venture X location.

Member Spotlight – Trinh Tran

VentureX Member Spotlight - Trinh Tran

If you’re looking for flexibility with your business’s workspace, Venture X’s coworking spaces offer a great opportunity for startups and businesses in the growing phase that are not ready to commit to a long-term lease. Coworking spaces at Venture X are a budget-friendly option while you figure things out and grow your business. Trinh Tran is a member at Venture X Las Colinas in Irving, TX. Tran is the Principal Consultant for Top Page Experts; we spent some time getting to know him and his role at Top Page Experts.

What does Top Page Experts do?

Top Page Experts specializes in Search Engine Optimization. Our clients get new customers through front page placement with Google and the major search engines.

We asked Tran some quick Q & As to get to know him and learn about his career journey. Here’s what he had to say:

  • What made you want to get involved in this line of work?

    After 20 years in corporate America in the software and services industry, I wanted to apply my love of technology to business owners looking for a larger Internet presence.

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

    Seeing my clients get new customers who had no idea they existed before they found them using a Google search.

  • What’s the biggest challenge that you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

    The biggest challenge I have faced in business is listening to my clients. The way I have overcome that challenge is by understanding their business goals and how they can use SEO to help them achieve those results.

  • What business tips would you like to share with others?

    Always listen to what the client is saying.

  • What has been your favorite part about working at Venture X?

    I love the technology available as well as the high-end furniture.

A Personal Look at Trinh Tran

While getting to know Trinh Tran, we learned that his greatest inspirations are his wife and his children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Pokémon Go and interestingly, he was once on a reality TV show called “Home Made Simple”.

Need somewhere convenient to spend your working hours each week without making a long-term commitment? At Venture X, you’ll find perks and amenities that encourage a fun work environment that makes it easy to network and share ideas with other professionals from countless industries from marketing and photography to real estate and finance. Venture X has several new locations opening across the US each month. Join us at Venture X as you give flight to your business ideas; our affordable and flexible membership plans are reason enough to love working here.

Contact Venture X today and schedule a tour!

Let Creativity Run Wild – How and Why

Let Creativity Run Wild - How and Why

Except for marketing and advertising agencies and, well… creative agencies, creative thinking and creative problem solving, for the most part, took a backseat in traditional office settings in the not too distant past. More often than not, activities of the creative sort were dismissed as frivolous and distracting to the drudgery of the cubicle. In today’s more flexible coworking office environments, encouraging creativity can improve productivity, generate innovation, and possibly help save money in the long run.

Improving energy levels

When employees are encouraged to think creatively, they are allowed to take risks. Taking chances by introducing a new way of managing an issue or an operation can give your staff license to explore ways to improve on other programs and practices, in addition to helping keep the workday interesting. When your staff feels engaged in their day-to-day, that freedom opens up many avenues to discovering favorable, more efficient business outcomes.

Managers can promote creative initiatives

Encouraging creative thinking and creative problem solving can look like many different things. Managers can foster creative thinking by mixing up the day-to-day with exercises that stimulate the right brain. Some ideas include:

  • Collaboration

    Brainstorming sessions that use constructive creativity games can help your employees see different solutions other than the expected ones. In a group setting, ask your team to think about a topic or theme and then take turns as the leader discussing different aspects of that topic. Encourage team members to look at issues in different ways. More structured activities might include exercises that stimulate the right brain such as starting a narrative around a certain issue and each team member taking turns adding to that narrative. You may come up with a lot of nonsense but the collaborative effort will build trust in team members, allowing them to step outside of their comfort zones into the land of other perspectives that you may not even see yourself. Sometimes, someone else’s take on something triggers the ideas that unlock solutions.

  • Celebration

    Acknowledging natural creative thinkers and encouraging more outside of the box thinking from them can rub off on your other employees, as well. When other more reticent employees feel comfortable stepping out of their comfort zones, new ideas, even silly, outrageous and way over the top ideas can take the shape of innovative solutions. In order for businesses to grow and expand, most companies need to develop new ideas on a regular basis.

    Developing a fun, working atmosphere encourages team members to risk failure and as most creative thinkers will tell you, failing is the next step on the road to success. Creative thinking relies on failure as a process of eliminating less effective solutions. Creative thinking and problem-solving can be thought of as a process. Sometimes, the rejected ideas will come back into play as the project takes a different direction. While some ideas just can’t possibly work and some you count on every time, in between the good ideas and the questionable ones, lies the process of sorting out new solutions to many different situations. Brains like challenges.

  • Change your scenery

    As individuals, or as a group, do something different that may, in turn, stimulate your brain to think about other things, rather than the issue at hand. Going to a museum, taking a walk, or just going shopping at a different store can help get the creative forces to jump into gear.

  • Stimulate your brain

    Reading can introduce you to ideas that inspire creative thinking. While some people will grouse about reading, saying they don’t have time, they read too slow, blah, blah, blah, avid readers tend to find inspiration in things they’ve read about. Read fiction, blog posts or anything that stirs your interest. Writing is an exercise in creative problem-solving in itself, so if nothing else, reading connects you to how authors come up with ideas that keep your attention. While reading, you may be reminded of something in your past experience that helps formulate creative solutions to a current stumbling block.

  • Wordplay and humor

    Taking a look at those marketing, advertising, and creative agencies, here’s the thing: Most of the creative environments are upbeat, high energy businesses that invite their employees’ imaginations to go a little off the beaten path, or way off, if need be.  Since humor in advertising and marketing go a long way towards audience recognition and buyer response, clever wordplay, a generous sense of humor, and a drive to create new and innovative client messages are often the order of the day. Working in an environment where wordplay and humor are incorporated into the landscape can keep workers engaged with projects and thinking creatively about solutions. A little laughter and a modicum of fun allow your staff to interact with each other. Bouncing ideas off each could lead to ideas that stick.

At Venture X, you can fine-tune your creative thinking and problem-solving scenarios with a variety of different office spaces that work for brainstorming sessions, team meetings, and many other configurations that help summon the creative forces for your next innovative idea. With great spaces to take breaks and common areas to chat on a leisurely level, Venture X coworking spaces are conveniently located near popular dining, entertainment and shopping venues to keep the creative groove going until that ah-ha moment shines on the situation at hand. Get creativity to work for you at Venture X. Contact us to schedule a tour.

Join us at Venture X where creativity is your friend!

Venture X Featured on SuperbCrew

Venture X Featured On SuperbCrew

Jason Anderson, President of Venture X, was recently interviewed by SuperbCrew, a business news website that shares news and information about innovative companies in the tech and business world.  The conversation included a discussion about what sets Venture X apart, the need for coworking spaces, why networking is so important, and Venture X’s aggressive plans for the future of the brand. Want to learn more about Venture X straight our President? Read the whole article here.