Changing My Commercial

For SoftballJunk.com

You probably know by now that I create a lot of content for the sport of fastpitch softball.

One thing that I make sure to include in all my video content is a commercial for softball bats. In the commercial I give a discount code for customers to use. By using the discount code they can receive a $30 discount on softball bats.

This has been a very effective marketing tool for me for many years, and I even started adding the commercial on new video sites like Facebook, Twitter etc.

Here is the commercial that I have been using over the last six or seven years.

This is my daughter Amanda in the commercial presenting the sale info in a pretty straight forward manor. This commercial is filmed in a professional style, and while Amanda did a great job presenting the information, it is a little too professional in style, and not really any fun.

Here is the new commercial I just produced to change the presentation style.

First thing you will notice is that I make an appearance in this video. I decided it would be a stronger presentation if I used my so called star power in the video. This alerts people that I am talking about my store, and also helps to increase my personal branding to anyone that may not be familiar with me.

I also tried to make this video a little more fun. The fact that I am having a good time, and I am tossing bats around makes this presentation a little more memorable.

This presentation is more of a comical presentation than the first commercial we used.

What do you think?

Oh yea, don't forget to visit my website at SoftballJunk.com

Home Decorating Podcast Network

I Call The 2017 Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame Inductees

Produced By Joel Sharpton

2017 Academy Of Podcasters HOF Inductees

In this episode of the Podcast Movement Sessions Podcast, you hear my conversations as I contact the new inductees for 2017 Academy Of Podcasters Hall Of Fame to tell them they are being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

There was a lot of excitement in these phone calls.

The Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame is an exclusive group, and in this episode we get to know a bit more about the next five inductees.

This episode was produced by Joel Sharpton and he did a fantastic job with it.

Get all the info on the Hall of Fame, the ceremony and THE conference for Podcasters, Podcast Movement 2017 at www.PodcastMovement.com

Interviewed On The Social Media Strategy Podcast

By Pauline Stockhausen

Social-Media-Strategy-podcast I was interviewed on The Social Media Strategy Podcast by By Pauline Stockhausen.

I have engaged with Pauline several times over the years on different online projects, but had not met her in person until 2017 at Social Media Marketing World in San Diego.

We had a great conversation about podcasting and social media.

You can find more episodes of The Social Media Strategy Podcast at WorldPodcasts.com/socialmediastrategypodcast/

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Kathy And I were Interviewed

By VoyageDallas

VoyageDallas is a local Dallas area online newspaper that interviewed Kathy and I. I thought I would share the article with you.

Meet Kathy and Gary Leland of Leland’s Wallpaper in Arlington

Kathy and Gary Leland

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathy and Gary Leland.

Leland’s was founded in 1981 by Kathy and Gary with an initial investment of twenty-five dollars they began selling custom mini blinds door to door.

Now they have evolved and sell everything from custom blinds, shutters, bedding, draperies, wallpaper, flooring, and fabric, for both residential, and commercial customers.

LelandWallpaper.com is the largest stocking wallpaper store in the state of Texas with a full showroom located in Arlington, TX.

They created one of the first websites dedicated to selling wallpaper in 1996, and now operate a network of websites dedicated to helping people with their decorating needs.

These websites consist of www.LelandsWallpaper.com www.SportsDecorating.com www.BrickWallpaper.com www.MuralWallpaper.com, and www.InteriorDecorate.com.

Gary and Kathy have also entered the world of new media. Gary started creating podcasts in 2004 and is now known as a pioneer in the world of podcasting, in 2016 Gary inducted into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame in Chicago.

The couple also produces podcasts about the hit HGTV Shows Fixer Upper and Hometown. These podcasts can be found at www.DecoratingPodcasts.com along with many of the great video reviews of new wallpaper books that Kathy hosts

Because of Gary’s work in the field of New Media and Podcasting, Arlington’s Mayor Williams proclaimed March the 1st Gary Leland Day in 2017.

Their story is a true success of turning a twenty-five-dollar investment into a yearly seven figure business.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Since we started with a small twenty-five-dollar investment back in 1981, one of the main problems were handling the growth.

During the early years we had to put in our profits as fast as we made them in order to grow the business.

We have never borrowed a penny to grow our business to where it is today.

Please tell us about Lelands Wallpaper.
We have always believed that service is the easy place to stand out.

When customers come in our store, or contact us online they are given the best service we can possibly give.

With a world of websites like Yelp you can build the best advertising network just by having happy customers who will recommend you to the world via the internet.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
We both agreed on this one. Our favorite memories from childhood are the memories of hanging out with our brothers and sisters.

We have made a sincere effort to create those kinds of memories with our daughters Lauren and Amanda.

Contact Info:

Address: 2021 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, Texas 76010
Website: www.LelandsWallpaper.com
Phone: 817-226-7890
Email: LelandsWallpaper@gmail.com
Instagram: Instagram.com/Kathy_Leland
Facebook: Facebook.com/LelandsWallpaper
Twitter: Twitter.com/KathyLeland
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/lelands-interiors-arlington

Lelands-Wallpaper

You can see the full article at http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-kathy-gary-leland-lelandswallpaper-com-arlington/

You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE

The Home Decorating Podcast Network

For our HGTV Podcasts and more

Kathy and I have been producing podcasts as a couple for a good part of 2016, and 2017.

We started out with the Fixer Upper Podcast. This is a podcast about the HGTV Show Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines.

During the season we watched the Fixer Upper TV Show every Tuesday evening, and then on Wednesdays we recorded a podcast about the episode that we watched the night before. We then upload the new episodes at around noon every Thursday.
Fixer Upper Podcast
We actually recorded a podcast for eighteen episodes of the show this year, and finally quit shortly after the season ended. When season five of The Fixer Upper starts this fall we will restart the podcast.

Since the season was over for The Fixer Upper TV Show we decided to take on another podcast for another HGTV Show.

We decided to podcast about the new HGTV Show Home Town which stars Erin and Ben Napier from Laurel, Mississippi.

This show was a perfect fit since it came out on Tuesdays we could keep the same schedule we had created for the Fixer Upper Podcast.

While recording the ten episodes of the Home Town Podcast we really got to know some of the people involved with the show, and people from the town of Laurel.

By the time the last episode of the season was going to shown on TV we had decided to go to Laurel, Mississippi to see the town, and view the last episode from there.

What a great trip, we had a great time, and made so many friends.2017 Trip To Laurel Mississippi

We toured the town, and went to many of the stores that had been featured on the first season of Home Town.

Ben and Erin's store Laurel Mercantile hosted a meet and greet at which Ben and Erin made an appearance. It was nice to meet Ben and Erin.

Also at the event were most of the home owners that were part of the first season. We really enjoyed meeting everyone.

We watched the last episode of the season in the Arabian Theatre with around two hundred people.

The stars of the show Ben and Erin were also there, and it was quite the event.

Now the season is over for the Home Town TV Show, and that means the season is also over for the Home Town Podcast.

I am not sure at this time if we will just wait until Fall arrives to start podcasting again, or if we will pick a third show to podcast about.

Whatever we decide will be posted at DecoratingPodcasts.com which is the website for the Home Decorating Podcast Network.

Home Decorating Podcast Network

Interviewed On Raw & Real

By CJ Ripka

Raw And Real Live Show

I was interviewed on Raw & Real by CJ Ripka

We had a great conversation about my podcasting Journey.

You can find more episodes of the Raw & Real Podcast at RawAndReal.podbean.com

You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE

Fixer Upper Podcast

Interviewed On The Book District

By Jeremy C. Jones

Book District InterviewI was interviewed by Jeremy C. Jones for Book District Podcast.

You can find more episodes of the Book District Podcast at AskJeremyJones.com

You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE

Home Town Podcast

Interviewed On Podcast Junkies

By Harry Duran

Podcast JunkiesI was interviewed by Harry Duran of Podcast Junkies.

This was a very fun, and a very long conversation.

This may actually be the longest interview I have ever given.

We talked about my life going all the way back to when I was around 4 years old.

You can find more episodes of Podcast Junkies at PodcastJunkies.com

You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE

Home Town Podcast

Podcast Monetization Panel 2017 SMMW

Season 3 Ep 13

Gary-Leland-Show-S3-E13-How-to-Monetize-Your-Podcast-A-Panel-DiscussionGary Leland Show Episode 39
Thanks for tuning into the Gary Leland Show! Today I am bringing you the How to Monetize Your Podcast Panel from the Social Media Marketing World 2017 conference in San Diego, CA. Paul Colligan Hosts with John Lee Dumas, Rob Walch and Myself. We discuss podcast monetization and how to make money through your podcast efforts.

Listen to my episode recapping my experience at the conference here: Social Media Marketing World 2017.

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Ranking High For Joanna Gaines Wallpaper

The HGTV star of Fixer Upper

My wallpaper website LelandWallpaper.com has really seen an in sales for the past few months.

We have really seen a growth of sales from the Magnolia Home Wallpaper Book.

I do not know for sure, but I would guess that at this time we are probably selling more wallpaper from the Magnolia Home Wallpaper Book than anyone else in the country.

We are selling so much that I thought I would search on Google, and see how we are ranked under the search term Joanna Gaines Wallpaper.

Of the 618,000 websites Google found in the search results we are ranked number one and number two.

If you look at number three you will notice that is for the Today Show's Website. If you go to that site HERE you will notice that all the orange buy buttons take you to my site LelandsWallpaper.com.

Lelands Wallapper on Google

Then I went to Page two of the Google Results and our site InteriorDecorate.com was number four and number five on page two.

lelands wallpaper page 2 on Google

Well How about video search results you may ask. when I search videos we are the entire first page except for one selection.

Lelands Wallpaper Videos on Google

The same thing applies to images on Google, but I am not going to show that image here. I think you get the idea.

I feel our goal of trying to get the website noticed by Google for Joanna Gaines Wallpaper has been a success, and it is now apparent why we are selling so much more wallpaper.

Woot, Woot For WooCommerce

My presentation for DFW WordPress

My Presentation on WooCommerce from DFW WordPress

Tony Cecala runs the DFW WordPress MeetUp Group in Dallas, Texas. This may be the largest MeetUp group in the country for WordPress, but I am not 100% sure on that.

Last week I spoke about WooCommmerce, and thought I would share the video of my presentation with you.

Since WooCommerce is built to integrate with WordPress it was a subject of interest to man of the people in the group.

This was the first time I have spoken about WooCommerce, but since I run 18 WooCommerce Sites I know the subject.

You can see all my WooCommerce sites at Lelands.org

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Interview With Adam Curry, Podcaster Pro

Season 3 Ep 12

Adam Curry and The Podcaster ProGary Leland Show Episode 38
Thanks for tuning into this weeks episode of the Gary Leland Show! Today I am very excited to speak with one of the original founders of podcasting, and all time great podcasters, Adam Curry. We are discussing his new product the all-in-one PodcasterPro™ built by SmallBatch.Audio.

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Ten years in the making, almost in your hands…
“It has been quite the ride bringing my vision of affordable, portable professional podcasting equipment to market. And I’m happy to inform you that we’re almost there!

UPDATE, MAY 30th – The Indiegogo is live at Adam Curry's Podcaster Pro Indiegogo Page.

Stay Up To Date With Adam's Blog HERE.

Find Adam's interview with Todd Cochran on the “Podcast Legends” show HERE.

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