This round of Social Brands and Influencers features Joel Comm, an Internet entrepreneur pioneer who has been online for over 20 years.
In 1995, Joel launched WorldVillage.com. Joel is the co-creator of ClassicGames.com, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 1997, and now goes by the name Yahoo! Games. Since then, Joel’s company, InfoMedia, Inc., has launched dozens of web sites which offer online shopping, free stuff, website reviews and fart apps.
Joel is the author of many popular books, including the NY Times bestseller, The AdSense Code. His book, Twitter Power, has helped thousands become more effective with social media. His latest book is So What Do YOU Do: Discovering the Genius Next Door with One Simple Question. Joel was the Host and Executive Producer of the first internet based reality series, The Next Internet Millionaire, he is a keynote speaker and a serial entrepreneur.
He is also the host of “The Joel Comm Show” podcast, available on iTunes. So to recap, Joel is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, astronaut, brain surgeon, nuclear physicist, and we ask him a ton of great questions.
Here is a sample of the questions we asked Joel; be sure to listen to the podcast to hear his answers.
- What was that Ah-Hah! Moment when you knew you have to start some businesses on the interwebs?
- Talk a little about ClassicGames, that was acquired by Yahoo! It’s now Yahoo Games… The avatar built from your likeness is still around right?
- In 1997, you launched InfoMedia, which has spawned dozens of web properties… You’ve hit quite a few homeruns. How do you vet ideas and pick the right ones to run with? Do you have a process?
- You went on a 2.5 year sabbatical from the interwebs. What made you decide that and what did you learn from it?
- Back in the early days of the wild wild web when the Googles launched Adsense, you were all over it. You had a best selling book on it… then Google changed the payouts… what did you do next?
- You got into the mobile app game fairly early – topping the Apple charts for three weeks with iFart. What inspired that app development?
- If businesses are interested in building a mobile app, where or how do you recommend they start?
- You’ve recently updated your book Twitter Power 2.0… What’s the most important thing for people to know, today, using Twitter?
- What is some key advice that you’d give someone just getting started with Twitter. Why should they even bother?
- How do you gain influence via Twitter? Any key tips or tricks that you’ve learned along the way?
- Klout. Does it really matter? How do you use it?
- What are some ways to get amplification on your messaging on Twitter?
- So what is the most important thing that business owners need to know about Twitter?
- Should the C-Suite Tweet? How do you convince them to tweet?
- How do you keep the amount of people that you follow on Twitter to fewer than 1K?
- Paid, owned, earned media is simple way for interactive marketers to categorize and ultimately prioritize all of the media options they have today. Where does new media fall into the mix?
- What brands are great examples for “active relationship marketing”?
- If you could go to only a couple of conferences in the course of a year, what are the 2-3 MUSTS that you’d go to?
- How much time and effort does he spend weekly on developing and creating content?
- With all the ‘experts’ out there, who/what do you follow, how to you manage/absorb all the social content out there and filter it for good use?
- You read a lot of books, what are some of your favorite business books that you’d recommend to our audience?
- What are three tools or resources that you couldn’t live without?
- You’ve always been a guy who sees what’s happening next very clearly… What are some social media trends have you noticed and where are we going?
- what’s up with the flying monkeys…. so bizarre?
- What tips would you have for up & coming entrepreneurs?
- So what’s next for Joel Comm’s Excellent Entrepreneurial Adventure?