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Fantasy Football BOLD PREDICTIONS (Week 3)

Week 2 was a rough start for our inaugural weekly BOLD PREDICTIONS with our local “experts”. We had some bold calls like Ted Ginn outscoring Michael Thomas, a local homer pick for the 49ers that didn’t work out, and even a sarcastic obvious pick that cost one “expert” a negative point in the rankings. The…

#86: Sharks Foundation’s commitment to giving back to the Bay Area!

Learn more about the San Jose Sharks Foundation: https://www.nhl.com/sharks/sharksfoundation Get your tickets for the Tank Tailgate on 9/23: https://www.nhl.com/sharks/sharksfoundation/tank-tailgate In 1994, the San Jose Sharks established the official charity arm of the team the Sharks Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of underserved youth and families in the…

#35: Jeff Ratcliffe from Pro Football Focus! (Special Fantasy Football Episode)

Jeff Ratcliffe is one of the most well-known and respected names in the fantasy football industry, Jeff Ratcliffe got his start in football back in 2010 when he started writing for Pro Football Focus. He sharpened his skills and became part of the team at NBC/Rotoworld, where he wrote news blurbs and contributed articles, rankings, and…

Fantasy Football BOLD PREDICTIONS (Week 2)

The guys at WhatUp Silicon Valley are (fantasy) football addicts. In fact we’ve been known to credit the birth of the WhatUp Silicon Valley Podcast Network to fantasy football. The concept of our initial podcast (now known as the “Sam & Serg Show“) came about after the 2016 NFL season had finished. Sam, a daily…

#85: Stuck in an Elevator w/ May Sam Liccardo of San Jose!

Follow Mayor Sam Liccardo The Great408! About this Episode Features backstory – growing up in south bay, local high school (bellarmine) Highlights include challenges with trump on climate change Future vision for san jose Recent re-election and what he would like to be remembered for Favorite things to do in and around san jose Relationships…

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#32: Helping Executives become Influencers w/ Josh Steimle

Connect w/ Josh on LinkedIn Check out Josh’s website Get a FREE Ike’s Sandwich! Get a FREE 30 day trial to Audible to listen to free books (click here) JOSH’S STORY Josh coaches C-suite executives to become thought leaders and leverage their personal brands and influence to attract top talent, lead their teams effectively, and…

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Swag Starter Kit for Podcasters

It’s important to look the part; and oftentimes our branding – especially when it comes to printed goods like Swag is just an afterthought. Think of it this way tho… How much time did you spend creating your logo? What about the dollar spend? How many people did you ask for feedback on the name…

#84: College Football Playoff National Championship 2019!

Learn more about the College Football National Championship (Game on 1/7/2019) Upcoming Events & Watch Parties leading up to the Championship Game Get your tickets for the game on 1/7/19 Check out the Volunteer Opportunities Suite & Sponsorships Get a FREE Ike’s Sandwich! Get a FREE 30 day trial to Audible to listen to free…

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Swag is Everywhere – How To Get Your Brand Out There

In this series of how to use Swag (promotional products) to inspire action with your clients we have covered all the basics. Everything from planning with the end in mind, budgeting, packaging and of course… getting samples. What we haven’t really talked about is the products themselves… Swag is literally everywhere. Wherever you are right…

Why Is Sampling Beneficial For Your Next Swag Order?

Quality is very crucial when it comes to creating your branded Swag. One of the most overlooked part of ordering Swag is requesting samples. I intentionally use the word ordering vs. creating because there is a completely different mindset. Let’s examine this before we continue. ORDERING Ordering is very transactional based. This is something we…

The Emotional Connection of Swag

I love LinkedIn, in fact I’d say it’s my favorite social network. It’s so underrated and utilized by most professionals! However, this post in our series of how to start your first Swag campaign is not about LinkedIn! The reason why I wanted to touch on LinkedIn is because I like to scroll through my…

#29: Artificial Intelligence & Social Media w/ Eric Meyerson

Get a FREE Ike’s Sandwich! Get a FREE 30 day trial to Audible to listen to free books (click here) Eric Meyerson is head of marketing for Sensai, a new startup that gives businesses, creators, and artists the power to transform their online influence with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Eric is a respected…

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#27: Thoughtful Human w/ Ali O’Grady

Get a FREE Ike’s Sandwich! Get a FREE 30 day trial to Audible to listen to free books (click here) Thoughtful Human® exists to help people find honest ways to communicate in dynamic relationships and challenging circumstances like these. it’s our shared struggle to love, fight, grieve, forgive, overcome, and celebrate — even in some…

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#79: Hustle Con – Recap live from Paramount Theatre in Oakland

Get a FREE 30 day trial to Audible to listen to free books (click here) Get a FREE Ike’s Sandwich! Review any of the WhatUp Podcasts and tag us on social (@WhatUpSV) to be entered! Entrepreneurs mentioned… – The Hustle – The Up and Comers – Playground Studios – Emerge Marketing – Thoughtful Human –…

#25: Culture your Culture w/ Karen Jaw-Madson

Connect with Karen on LinkedIn! Check out the Book here! Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work Organizational culture isn’t just a hot topic-it’s an untapped asset and potential liability for all businesses. And yet, for all its potential to make or break, few know how to manage cultures with proficiency. Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work provides…

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S01 / Ep 28: Burning Desire.

REMEMBER this is the podcast to fire you up for the work week because there’s No case of the Monday’s here! Get a FREE 30 day trial to Audible to listen to free books (click here) Get a FREE Ike’s Sandwich! Review any of the WhatUp Podcasts and tag us on social (@WhatUpSV) to be…

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#78: San Jose Sharks President, Jonathan Becher!

About Jonathan Becher In Jan 2018, John Tortora and I were named co-presidents of Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE). My primary focus is fan engagement, sales, marketing and revenue. Tortora oversees the company’s finance and venue operations.  Announcement • Highly-collaborative senior executive with multiple demonstrated successes as CEO, delivering growth agendas with measurable financial and…

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#4 Brand-Storming… Success with Swag(ger)

We’ve covered the basics in the first 3 posts about how to start a Swag project. In the last post I outlined my 3 tier approach when it comes to trade show Swag (or really just organizing your swag products in general). In this post we’re talking about the conversations that need to happen to…

#23: LinkedIn Riches w/ John Nemo

Connect with John Nemo here Nemo’s website and book Rate & Review the Brand Hero podcast John Nemo is an Online Course Creator (“LinkedIn Riches” +  “Webinars that Work”), Bestselling Author and a LinkedIn trainer. Preview of John Nemo’s LinkedIn Profile… WHAT I DO: I help Business Coaches, Consultants, Small Business Owners, Sales Executives and…

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Time.

Time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, yet for some reason some of us are able to achieve more than others in just a single day. Why is that? Why do we (as humans) default to “I don’t have the time”? Why do we think right off the bat so negatively…

Inspirational Interlude: SwagWorx (an identity story)

SwagSam here… I’ve been working on this new “Success with Swag(ger)” blog series that is all about how to have success when using promotional products. Taking a quick, as I call it, “inspirational interlude”… Would love your feedback. Take a look at the below concept for re-branding my Swag company, ValueBP Marketing Group… what do…

#21: Content Marketing – Just Start! (w/ Britney Godsey)

Britney is the VP of Sales to one of the largest supplier in the Swag industry, today we are going to learn how and why she and her team took Gold Bond to the next level. Britney never have thought of selling pencil for a living yet she made an extraordinary promotional products which includes…

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#2: How to Start with the END in Mind: Success with Swag(ger)

In the last post we went over the importance of starting with the END in mind (read: we went over the WHY). Now, we’re going to go over the HOW. As you may know by now; I like to start backwards. Reverse engineering is the best the way to create a plan because you know…

S01 / Ep 24: Your Why.

discovering your purpose, knowing your why

REMEMBER this is the podcast to fire you up for the work week because there’s No case of the Monday’s here! Topic of the day: Your Why Start off with a quote: Do what you do with love and success is a natural symptom. – James Altucher (author of choose yourself book) Inspiration, Motivation, Purpose and…

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#1: Start with the END in Mind: Success with Swag(ger)

This is a brand new blog series called “Success with “Swag(ger)”… it’s all about promotional products. Rather Swag as I affectionately refer to these advertising products that bring so much joy to people. Before we begin, I’d like to start with a challenge: What other form of advertising brings as much happiness as Swag does?…

#74: Anjelah Johnson – Comedian, Actress & former Raiderette Cheerleader!

World Famous comedian, Anjelah Johnson, sat down with Sam & Serg to give Silicon Valley locals a behind-the-scenes look into what keeps her motivated… and we mean “behind-the-scenes” – this pod was recorded backstage at the San Jose Improv right before Anjelah stepped on stage to perform. Time Stamps – Nail Salon Story @ 11:30…

#20: Grow your subscribers with email. Sam Parr (CEO of The Hustle)

At only two years old, “The Hustle” is famous for its distribution of a daily email. A collection of the current business and news – everything needed to start the day.   Grown in a short period of time to now having nearly 1 million young professional subscribers, the CEO and co-founder Sam Parr contributes some…

#19: Capitalizing on Unique Lifestyle Products for Men w/ Touch of Modern’s CEO Jerry Hum!

As a men-focused niche founded in 2012, Touch of Modern is an e-commerce website and app that caters to the modern lifestyle. Considered as one of the fastest growing company, it is a curated, online shopping destination for men to elevate their lifestyle. It provides redefining online shopping experience for every product curated from furniture…