I guess you’re enjoying the Beal Deal series of interviews with marketing industry rock stars! Well that’s good, cos this week I get to interview one of my very best industry friends, Avalaunch’s Matt Siltala.
If Matt were a world champion fighter, his tagline would be, “Looks like a viking, hugs like a puppy!” He is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and also capable of taking everything in his stride. Oh, and he’s a brilliant marketer!
So, let’s get to Matt’s six questions, shall we?
Q1. Let’s dive right in with the meaty questions. “Mat” or “Matt” and why is it that even you can’t seem to make up your mind how to spell it?
My legal name is spelled with one T, but everyone and their dog spells it with two.
Q2. You recently rebranded your company to Avalaunch Media. Rebranding is always a risky move, so why did you feel it necessary and what benefits did it bring?
We re-branded last summer of 2012 from Dream Systems Media to Avalaunch Media. Our purpose in re-branding was to let people know what we do and why we do it. We wanted people to know that we help businesses launch into the digital marketing world and create an avalanche of results. To inject our company culture into the brand we also adopted a company mascot (see if you can find our Yeti lurking throughout our website!).
We’re not your typical digital marketing shop. We don’t take a lot of the shortcuts that “SEOs” are known for. We don’t outsource poorly written articles to the Phillipines or hire dozens of part time college students to manage a business’s website, social media profiles, blog, etc. Instead we produce smart and sharable content that gets noticed.
We wanted people to know that our agency is different and so are our results. So our own brand couldn’t be dull.
For a fairly small company the response to our rebrand was pretty amazing. We got hundreds of social shares through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and a lot of press from tech and marketing publications. It was like people who glossed over us before, suddenly noticed us — and understood what we could offer their company. We also received dozens of job applications. Our peers wanted to come work with a company who had a vision and communicated it well. When we attend tradeshows and business conferences, people come to our booth just to discuss our name. They want to know what an Avalaunch is all about.
Since our rebrand we’ve had a record breaking six months….and like any successful rebrand should, it led to a mountain of new leads, customers, business opportunities and goodwill.
Q3. You also own an interest in Rocky Mountain Mattress. How has owning a retail business helped you to be a better marketer for your clients?
If you have never done it before yourself, it really is hard for you to set proper expectations for clients.
I think the biggest lesson I have learned over the years with it that directly helps clients is in regards to expectations. If you have never done it before yourself, it really is hard for you to set proper expectations for clients. I have a pretty good idea of what to expect and how to lay it out there in a way that our client’s understand.
Q4. Behind every great man is a great woman. What role does your wonderful wife Holly play in your day to day business life?
If you are a married man in Internet marketing, then you need to be paying attention to your wife when she browses
Q5. You lived in Fiji for two years…and we all hate you for that! What business lessons did the Fijians teach you that apply to the internet marketing space?
I dont know how much it applies to the Internet Marketing space, but they are the most giving people in the world. Most Fijians I knew had very little, yet they would gladly give you the shirt off their back. I guess that has taught me to be grateful for what I do have. This industry is amazing and I live a good life because of it. I hope I never take that for granted.
Q6. You and the Yeti are in an MMA cage. What’s your best move and who wins?
This one is easy, hands down I win … you know I carry a .40 right? hahaha … honestly our Yeti (Eddie) looks rather friendly so I might be able to take him in a cage match. Since I have never watched MMA (I know, I know, you can’t believe that … oh the humanity) I have no idea what the moves are called, but I’d do my best to knock him out before he tried eating me!
The Viking Puppy versus the Yeti? I’d pay to see that! Thanks for your time Mat(t).