Fantasy Football BOLD PREDICTIONS (Week 10)

Here are our local experts BOLD PREDICTIONS for week 10 of the 2018 NFL Season: Sergio Oliveri of Oliveri Graphics “49ers second year QB shines again in primetime putting up 2 TD’s and a over 200 yards” Kevin Cesario of C&C Property Management “Terrell Pryor puts up over 12 fantasy points” Sam Kabert of ValueBP Marketing Group “James…

Fantasy Football BOLD PREDICTIONS (Week 9)

Our local “experts” are turning in BOLD picks that may just be too bold. Last week, Kevin was the closest with his prediction of Phillip Lindsay reaching the 125 yard mark with his first game owning the backfield due to Freeman being out with an ankle injury. Lindsay fell just shy of this with reaching…

Ultimate Podcast Setup

Most of us who get into podcasting do not have a background in audio equipment or even editing for that matter. Add to that the fact that the understanding of how sound travels is not anything we’ve been taught or have come across in our careers. More often than not, many of us have gotten…

Fantasy Football BOLD PREDICTIONS (Week 8)

Here are our local experts BOLD PREDICTIONS for week 8 of the 2018 NFL Season: Sergio Oliveri of Oliveri Graphics “Cobb returns with a TD” Kevin Cesario of C&C Property Management “Phillip Lindsay goes over 125 yards and a TD” Sam Kabert of ValueBP Marketing Group “49ers pull out a win against their divisional opponents in AZ” Anthony…

Fantasy Football BOLD PREDICTIONS (Week 7)

With 6 weeks in the books, Sergio has taken the clear lead in our local “experts” weekly BOLD PREDICTIONS! Sergio predicted Jameis turning the ball over at least twice in week 6 and what do you know not only did he throw 2 picks but he fumbled twice! The fumbles were recovered luckily for Tampa.…

Fantasy Football BOLD PREDICTIONS (Week 6)

Here are our local experts BOLD PREDICTIONS for week 6 of the 2018 NFL Season: Andrew Palmyra of Scott’s Seafood “Eagles put up 35 points against the Giants as Clement stakes his claim as their featured back, also putting up 30 fantasy points” Sergio Oliveri of Oliveri Graphics “Winston has at least 2 turnovers in his return…

Fantasy Football BOLD PREDICTIONS (Week 5)

In another tough week for our experts, Sergio leads the charge with 2 points. Daoud comes in with a half point – getting the yards part of his pick that CJ Beathard would out throw Jimmy G, but CJ failed to get more TD’s bringing Daoud in at a half point. As for the rest…

Fantasy Football BOLD PREDICTIONS (Week 4)

It’s here, the fourth quarter of the NFL season. A lot of NFL teams look at the season just like a game… quarters. There’s 4 quarters in a game and the NFL season has a total of 16 games. If you divide the 16 games by 4, it’s easy to see that Week 4 means…

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…

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…

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…

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…

#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…

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…

#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…

#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?…

Microdosing | The New Smart Drug?

Recently, while out to dinner with a few Silicon Valley Senior Management types ( Startup / Enterprise ), the question of how one could about achieving the “Limitless Effect” was brought up. Of course referring to the film Limitless, where Bradley Cooper’s character taps into his full potential by using a performance-enhancing smart drug that…

SwagSam’s First Book!

In January of 2017, I wrote down a goal to publish my first book by May 1st, 2018. On May 1st of 2018, Success with Swag(ger) my very first book was published. Honestly, this book I just completed was not the first topic I had in mind. Originally, I wanted to write a guide geared…

SWAG: Corporate Clothing 101

SWAG comes in all forms. Whether it’s in the form of swagger as in your confidence when you stroll down the street with your new branded jacket or if it’s SWAG as in the branded jacket itself. In either case SWAG or swagger keeps us happy. In the first example I think we can all…

Interviewing the CEO of 99designs in Oakland

If you haven’t heard already, I started a new Podcast called Brand Hero. This past week my episode with the CEO of 99designs, Patrick Llewellyn, went live. To hear the whole podcast, click here and you’ll be redirected to iTunes. About the Pod A platform which started from design contests among freelancers, 99Designs is now…

2018 SWAG Guide (Part 1: Public Speaking)

2018 SWAG Guide (Part 1: Public Speaking) I hope your 2018 is off to a great start! Every year, the largest SWAG Show of the year takes place right after CES in Mandalay Bay. I’ll tell you – 6 days in Vegas is too long! However, I’m more fired up for the new year than…

Mojo Mondays #01: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! With the New Year comes resolutions… and if you’re anything like me, well then you have lot’s of them. In the spirit of being transparent – a brief summary of my goals are at the bottom of this post. I like to challenge myself and with that comes stress (good and bad…

WhatUp, NOW DAILY.

People often ask how did the WhatUp Silicon Valley Podcast come about… Well, the truth is Sam is a huge fantasy football fan and after an early exit in the 2016 playoffs Sam substituted his listening of SiriusXM Fantasy Football shows for podcasts. First he saw that friends both in and outside of his SWAG…

SWAG Starter Kit

A good friend of mine recently asked me to write a guest blog post for her business all about SWAG. What an honor! She considers me a thought leader and possibly for good reason… well, I’ll let you be the judge of that 😉 So, let’s talk SWAG. This is my definitive SWAG Starter guide.…

Showing up.

Often times people say half the battle is just showing up. I’d counter that by saying being ready. As I from time to time mention, I’m in the SWAG business. No, I’m not talking about being on the creative team for Old Spice commercials, nor am I talking about modeling my persona after Don Draper…

My Dogs eat at the Dinner Table

Thanksgiving is here and all I can think about is it’s sunny and somewhat warm… I’m beyond grateful to live in the great state of California and to have met so many people in business that I truly consider good friends. You know it’s funny a lot of times in business people try to be…

Taking a leap of faith can pay off BIG TIME.

If you’re not a fan of sports, well … then you probably can’t relate to a lot of what I talk about. We just released a Podcast with the San Francisco 49ers President, Al Guido. Looking back I realized that a large portion of our podcasts and even my blog posts relate back to sports.…

Using your network to grow collectively

Earlier this year I was asked to write a monthly blog post for the promotional products (SWAG) leader in digital marketing services (PromoCorner). I just wrote a post about how to get started working with Virtual Assistants (VA’s) and it got me thinking… Why don’t I share these posts on my social network or with…

GO AFTER IT.

If you’ve been following our podcast or know me pretty well, then you know I spend far too much time on Fantasy Football. Sergio and I just released a Podcast we did with Jeff Ratcliffe from Pro Football Focus. We called this a “BONUS” Podcast because Jeff lives in Philly and really has no connection…

The Power of Positive Thinking

I wake up at 6:30 AM everyday to go to the gym; sometimes earlier. After a night out at a networking event it’s often hard to roll out of bed. However, what keeps me going is this statement… Successful People do the things Unsuccessful People don’t like to do. I’m not sure where I heard…

Embracing Change

It’s been said that the only thing that is constant is change. As much as I can be a creature of habit, I totally love change AND the reason for that is because change to me is synonymous with evolving. Evolving as a human being, as a friend, in a relationship, in a business –…

2 Q’s for the Holiday Gift Giving Season

Despite the weather and dressing in shorts and sandals quite a bit; I’m ready to talk about beanies, gloves, and jackets. Yup, the holidays are right around the corner and what better time to start thinking about holiday gifts?! With the amount of networking I do I often get asked “What do you do for…

SwagSam #5: Public Speaking, Enjoy it or not?

What does it mean to be nervous? Is it a form of excitement? Maybe it’s a bit of anxiety?  Or maybe it’s just a lack of confidence. Public speaking is a top fear that mostly people can relate to. Why is it that we are nervous to speak in front of others? Or even nervous…

Flip the Script – Recently a Guest on a Podcast

I met Alexander Laurin through a Podcasting Mastermind Facebook group.  What, you’re surpised there’s a “mastermind” fb group for podcasters?  C’mon there’s a facebook group for everything!  Anyway, Alexander has a Podcast called “The Podcaster’s Coach” where he interviews other podcasters and helps hopeful podcasters go from idea to launch! Check out the episode here.…

Why hide behind “WE”?! Just OWN IT!

How often do “we” hide behind the word “we”?  Why do “we” do this? Often times for small businesses we tend to use the word “we” because we are scared to admit that we’re a small business.  “Scared” might not be the best word for this, rather it’s that we want to appear to be…

3 Easy Event Planning Tips

As a Recreation Major at Chico State I thought I might “grow up” to be going to work in board shorts and sandals doing something around boats, wakeboarding or something along those lines. Never did I ever think that all the wedding planning presentations I sat through would help me with professional career. Okay, so…

SWAG Done Right (with “BADASS Queen” Pia Silva)

Pia Silva is an Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker and even a contributor for Forbes Magazine. In her book “Badass Your Brand”, Pia teaches small service based businesses how to be more profitable by niching down on ideal clients while charging a premium price. I recently had the pleasure of recording a Podcast with Pia for the SwagSam…

Trade Show Swagger

I often get asks about trade shows.  Specifically, folks are interested in knowing what’s hot or how to go about choosing your SWAG for trade shows.  Well, I figured I might as well make this little resource that includes product ideas, strategic suggestions and more! STRATEGY Having a plan in place when choosing your SWAG…

It’s About Gen Z, not about Millennials

Millennials are a hot topic, but if you’re not preparing for Generation Z; then you’re missing out. I’m a millennial; and I first remember hearing about “marketing to millennials” back around 2006 or so at an Office Supply Conference in Las Vegas.  I remember our rep at the time being so pumped up that the…

Creativity, Accountability and SUCCESS

Writer’s block is real and by the way, why is it that I write best at 3 in the morning?! In last week’s blog I stressed the importance of holding yourself accountable and that I really need to take my own advice. Basically, I know how to avoid burn out so I just need to…

How Do You Overcome Burnout? Take My Advice

I should really take my own advice more often… Well, first let me start by saying I don’t like the word “should”.  I try really hard to not say the word “should” … usually I’ll replace my statements where normally “should” would be appropriate with a word like “could”.  This all started back in 2011……

Branding like Draymond Green.

  If I said “Draymond Green is the stud athlete he is because he has a chip on his shoulder” would you argue the point? Seriously, I want to know… leave a comment. I have a chip on my shoulder.  Why you ask?  Well for several reasons.  Do you think it’s bad to have a…

The CHICO FEET Story (Change the Conversation)

Here’s a quick story of how you can change the conversation to “get noticed” and a few actionable steps to get started. I’ll start with the back story, but the point remains… The CHICO FEET business concept is more compelling than Sam Kabert selling office supplies/promotional products from Value Business Products. Not just a Sandal…