Archive | January 2017

Ross Brand: Host of Livestream Universe

By Cheval John

Ross Brand made a guest appearance on What’s The Word? to chat about how he started Livestream Universe.

He is also the co-founder of HR Avante and has made appearances on other livestreaming shows.

In this episode, you will hear:

How working in the radio industry has helped him to become a livestreamer

The failed prediction of the New York Giants playing in Super Bowl 51

How livestreaming can help a small business owner to become more profitable

Video Preview of What’s The Word?

Full Podcast Interview of What’s The Word?

Website: www.livestreamuniverse.com/

Twitter: @iRossBrand

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Three Restaurants To Visit During Super Bowl 51

By Cheval John

In the Houston area, they are thousands of restaurants and coffee shops that serve the residents that call this city home.

The interesting thing is it will take a lifetime to visit all of the restaurants in the fourth largest city in the United States of America.

The reason is that most coffee shops and restaurants don’t last for more than five years.

Every year there is a new restaurant opening within the Houston area.

And with the Super Bowl set to take place in less than a week, the city of Houston are prepared to showcase what they have to offer.

According to Visit Houston.com, an estimated two million people will descend here for the biggest event of the year.

The city has changed dramatically since hosting the Super Bowl in 2004 with the expansion of the train system and the addition of discovery green park.

Plus, the convention district has renovated in the last couple of years with the addition of new restaurants, the new marriot marquis houston hotel and the partnership tower.

With that being said, people will want to know where are the best places to eat during the super bowl festivities.

Here are some of the best restaurants and coffee shops that you will enjoy while you are here during the Super Bowl.

These restaurants and coffee shops make this list because they are houston based and some have a strong social media presence.

ToutSuite

ToutSuite opened in 2011 with the intention of changing the east side of downtown houston.

They are located at 2001 Commerce St. near Minute Maid Park.

The company was founded by Sandy Tran and Thuy-My Luong.

ToutSuite has one of the best selections for coffee and food items.

What is truly cool about them is that they are consistently busy because most of their customers are college students who are doing their homework or studying.

Another aspect that makes them very unique is the way how they engage their audience on social media.

Their social media team consist of Roshan Bhatt, marketing coordinator and the company’s co-owner.

When I tell you that their social media is excellent, I mean it.

Each of their content on Instagram averages 400 likes and people always leave a comment.

The key driver as to why they are always getting engagement from their fans is because they consistently posts their content everyday.

Take a look at this post:

And this post here:

Though the co-owners had no intention of expanding their business, they opened a second location at 303 Memorial City because of a need to bring a coffee shop there.

And they are planning to add a co-working space to their company because they see a need for small business owners to collaborate on work related projects.

If you have the opportunity, you should visit ToutSuite.

806 Main Kitchen

This restaurant is located inside the J.W. Marriot Downtown, which opened in 2014.

The hotel occupies the historic “Carter Building,” Houston’s first skyscraper which was built in 1910.

806 Main Kitchen has a variety of food items that represents the city of Houston.

The interesting thing is that most of their customers are business professionals who work in downtown houston.

The chefs get the orders finished in a timely manner that makes it easy for the workers to enjoy their lunch hour and recharge before they go back to work.

So when you walk inside during the busy lunch hour, you will see a lot of business professionals enjoying their break time from the daily stress of working for oil and gas companies.

The only thing I would advise is to find out from the staff if the Main Kitchen will be open to anyone due to the Super Bowl festivities.

Zabak’s Mediterranean Cafe

Zabak’s Cafe has been in business since 2006.

They are located at 5901 Westheimer Road near the Galleria Mall.

The company has one of the best mediterranean foods in Houston.

What I love about this restaurant is that the ownership take care of their employees and they treasure their customers.

And their story is unique as well.

The owner’s parents immigrated to the Houston area from the Middle East and opened a restaurant that catered to other immigrants.

They have been featured in the Houston Chronicle and made Travel and Leisure’s Best Sandwiches List.

When you walk inside Zabak’s restaurant, you will sense a welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel more relaxed.

And they have no intention of expanding because they believe that they are in the right location to be extremely successful with their business.

It takes about an hour to get to their location via the Houston Metropolitan Bus 82 Route.

However, the travel will be worth it because you will enjoy their mediterranean food.

If you are staying in the Galleria area, you should stop by Zabak’s Mediterranean Cafe.

And if you need to know where else to go around downtown during the Super Bowl, you should check out,
downtownhoustonlive.com, a video guide created by Annette McBride and Laura Lea Waldusky to give visitors a video tour of what to do while they are here for the super bowl.

Did I miss any restaurants and coffee shops in this article?

What are your favorite places to eat and drink while you are in Houston?

You can leave your comment below

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Tamara Thompson: Founder of Serious Take Productions

By Cheval John

Downtown Houston, Courtesy of Vallano Media, LLC


Tamara Thompson is the founder of Serious Take Productions, a company that helps entrepreneurs how to share about their business through storytelling.

Normally when a person wants to be an entrepreneur, most family members and close friends will talk them out of it.

They would tell the person, “be realistic, find a 9-5 work that will give you a stable pay check.

Tamara’s family told her the opposite and let her know that she could make a career as a film maker.

Tamara thought that she could not make a career in film making and went into the traditional working world.

However, she understood that she could make a living as a filmmaker and her company is now making 6-figure income.

In this episode, you will hear:

What led Tamara to focus on her true calling as a film maker

The lesson she learned after her major client went in a different direction that caused Tamara to lose a major source of income in the early stages of her company

How she did not allow obstacles stop her from completing her first major documentary that led to the growth of her business

Website:www.serioustakeproductions.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/serioustakeproductions

Who would you like to be a guest on What’s The Word?

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Don’t Write Off Social Media

By Cheval John

The most successful entrepreneurs are the ones who are willing to learn new skills that will help them to expand their business.

The above statement is true for the business professionals, professors and anyone else who are making a living for the better.

The ones who believes that they know everything are doomed to fail.

The reason is that the “know it alls” are blind to the ever changing world of technology and the changes that are happening in their respective industries.

Take the example of a statement from many professionals who “believed” that “social media is just a fad and it will go away.”

They are now losing out on quality business because they fail to see the importance of social media.

They also fail to realize that the millennial generation will not purchase a product or service if they don’t trust a particular brand.

For example, the Sacramento Kings are dominating the NBA due to their willingness to engage with their fans.

D.J. Ramirez shared her experience about taking over Sacramento’s snapchat account

Dr. Karen Freberg and Dr. Ai Zhang are leading their universities students by example by building their own audience on social media.

Dr. Zhang in particular has built her Twitter audience to over 3,000 due to her hard work and willingness to interact with their audience.

So if you still believe that social is still a fad, then I wish you luck because you will one day end up like Nokia, who end up getting acquired by Microsoft due to their failure to adapt to the changing world of technology.

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Danielle Watson: Host of “The Danielle Daily”

By Cheval John

The first time I interviewed Danielle Watson on What’s The Word?, she had created a business called “The Purse Process” which launched her into “fame” and gave her the opportunity to become a TEDx Speaker

She had made appearances on podcasts like Entrepreneur On Fire.

Since then, she reinvented herself as the host of “The Danielle Daily” and became a new author.

She returned to chat about her new book, “Dear Self, I Love You! Keep Going!: 365 Inspiring Notes from My Bittersweet Year of Heartbreak and Healing.”

In this episode, you will hear:

How Danielle came up with the idea for the book

How Facebook Live led her to start “The Danielle Daily” show

How businesses can use livestreaming to build a loyal customer base

Her answer to the question, “If she had an opportunity to spend one day with someone she admires past or present”

Links:

Website: www.danielle-watson.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thedanielledaily

Who would you like to be a guest on What’s The Word?

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Upcoming Livestreaming Recording That Will Be Simulcast on Facebook Live:

January 17th: Annett Bone 3 p.m. central time

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