My Newest T-Shirt Design

For the Home Town Podcast

There is no place like home town

The new Home Town t-shirt.

Kathy and I have been producing the Home Town Podcast for a few weeks now.

Next Thursday will actually be our fourth episode of the podcast, and we are having a blast.

We have been watching the HGTV show Home Town with Ben, and Erin Napier, and then we record our thoughts as a podcast.

I have to tell you that it has been a quite an accomplishment getting Kathy to record a podcast. Yes, I have been podcasting since 2004, but never with Kathy.

Creating the podcast has given us another thing to look forward to doing every week. This may sound crazy, but it is kind of like a date night. Except we are sitting at home talking on a microphone about a TV show. I know that does not sound like much of a date, but we are having fun.

I have always been on the creative side, and come up with quotes, slogans, and such all the time. You can see many of my quotes at GaryLeland.com/quotes.

The other day I came up with what I thought was a cute idea for a new t-shirt design, so I had my uniform department make a couple of samples.

What do you think of the new design?

Theres No Place Like Home Town Podcast T-Shirt

Theres No Place Like Home Town Podcast T-Shirt

I thought it was a cute take off of the term “There Is No Place Like Home”. Except instead of the ruby red slippers, I used red work boots. I even included the magic wand. You to can show your love for Home Town, with your very own custom t-shirt!

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I sent Erin and Ben a sample too. I am curious to see what they think about the design.

I sure hope they like it. Let me know what you think?

If you have not listened to the Home Town Podcast yet, please visit the website at HomeTownPod.com, or subscribe with iTunes.

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Where Is My “Thank You”?

I don't need to hear "Have a nice day"

Thank YouPlease and Thank You are the Magic Words

Like everyone else in the world I go buy stuff in stores, and spend money everyday.

I go to the small shops, and big stores. There are many other places where I spend money all the time. I may go to a Seven Eleven, or a store in the mall. I may go to the post office, or to a restaurant. Yes, like you, I go to lots of places where I spend my money all year long.

I have noticed something that seems very common among young people that work in these locations. Something that seems to bothers me a lot. I am not sure why it bothers me so much, but it really does bother me.

What is it that bothers me so much? It is the fact that I rarely hear the words “thank you” when I buy something.

Yes, it really bothers me to not hear the words thank you when I spend money. I don't mean to be one of these old guys who say “when I was a kid” but I have to say it. When I was a kid I was taught to say “thank you”, and in return I would receive a “your welcome”.

On the some TV shows like Captain Kangaroo they would teach you the “Magic Words”, which were please and thank you.

What happened? Why did young people quit using these magic words?

The term I do hear 90% of the time by the person working the cash register is “have a nice day”, or something to that effect. Then I find myself saying “thank you”. Wait a minute, why am I the one saying “thank you”?

I have found that if I want to hear “thank you”, I need to say “Have a nice day”. Then the clerk behind the counter will immediately say “Thank You”. That drives me crazy too.

In my two brick and motor stores I have to teach new employees to say those words. It is a term my new employees are not really use to saying. It actually takes some new employees a while to get in the habit of saying thank you to people when they buy something in my store.

It probably drives me even more crazy because I own my own business. If you are running a business, and are not enforcing a “Thank You Policy” you are just missing out. You are missing out on some of the cheapest marketing that you can find anywhere. A marketing method that does not you cost one penny It is a method of letting your best customers know that you appreciate their business, and hope they return in the future. It is a policy that helps your customers leave with a smile.

If you listen to your employees as they close an order you may be surprised. Yes, surprised by how many times they say “Have A Nice Day” instead of “Thank You”.

I know it is a little thing, but it is the little things that can make a big difference. If a little thing like a thank you can make a big difference, well that is just plain old GREAT marketing!

Please don't forget to make an example for your employees by using the words thank you in your conversion too.

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Interviewed On Stave The Doubts

By Jared Easley

starve the doubts I was Interviewed By Jared Easley on Starve The Doubts

We talk about Podfest, my induction into the Academy of Podcasters Hall Of Fame, and More.

You can find more episodes of Stave The Doubts at StarveTheDoubts.com

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

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My First Fixer Upper Podcast Video

An Interview With Dustin Anderson

Our first video version of The Fixer Upper Podcast

This is a video presentation of an interview I conducted with Dustin Anderson. Dustin is Joanna Gaines' go to guy for anything glass on the Fixer Upper TV show. The Fixer Upper Podcast is an audio podcast that started with season four of the HGTV Show Fixer Upper.

My wife Kathy, and I started The Fixer Upper Podcast earlier this year. We are big fans of the show, and thought it would be fun to share our thoughts on each episode.

Every Tuesday we watch the TV show which stars Joanna and Chip Gaines. Then on Wednesday night we record our thoughts on the TV episode as a podcast. We then release the podcast on Thursdays around noon.

You can find all the episodes of the podcast on our site FixerUpperPodcast.com, or subscribe with your iPhone on iTunes.

I have been podcasting since 2004, and started a video podcast back in 2006. In this amount of time I have created over 1000 episodes and interviewed hundred of people. I was even inducted into the Academy Of Podcasters Hall Of Fame last year in Chicago. I would say I am pretty knowledgeable in the field of podcasting.

The main thin that is so different about the Fixer Upper Podcast for me is the fact that I have a co-host. The Co-host being my wife Kathy, and this is her first podcast, but she is as good as any seasoned pro.

We have had a great time producing the podcast, and are looking forward to bring you many more episodes.

Since season four is over we are going to fill the off season with interviews, and other special presentations.

We both hope you take a look or listen at FixerUpperPodcast.com, and that you enjoy our show.

One more thing, please tell your friends about the Fixer Upper Podcast.

You can find my bio at GaryLeland.com/About if you are interested in reading about my personal podcast history.

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Social Media Marketing World & More

From The Gary Leland Show

Gary Leland Show S3 E10 Social Media Marketing World 2017 On this episode of the Gary Leland Show I talk about my first time at Social Media Marketing World.

I also talk about the Social Media Arlington Meet Up Group, and the new Home Town Podcast that my wife and I have started.

I also explain my plans to throw out the first pitch at a major league baseball game.

All this and much more on this episode of the podcast.

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Social Media Marketing World 2017

Season 3 Ep 10

Gary Leland Show S3 E10 Social Media Marketing World 2017Gary Leland Show Episode 36
Thanks for tuning into another episode of the Gary Leland Show! Today I am excited to discuss the 2017 Social Media Marketing World conference in California hosted by Michael Stelzner. You can find the article I wrote about my first trip to this event here: GaryLeland.com/smmw17

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Another cool thing that happened to me was that I was featured at my very first book signing. The Barnes & Noble booth at the conference set up a time for me to do signings for my podcast book “100 Great Podcasting Tips: From 100 Great Podcasters.” You can read the details of this article here: GaryLeland.com/first-book-signing

Switching gears, I discuss my latest event with the Arlington Social Media Marketing group. We had a great turn out and this was also our first meeting at a new location here in Arlington. At last month's meetup, I was talking about needing to find a new location and a local business owner offered to hold the meetup at his offices. We had over 70 people attend for our very special guest, Dennis Yu Facebook Advertising and Digital Marketing expert.

A Great Time for Networking and Teaching in Arlington, TX

Don't miss our next event with Steve Kuntz, “Feeding The Beast, How To Establish, Grow And Dominate Your Amazon Business”. Sign up and RSVP today at Meetup.com/Arlington-Social-Media-Marketing-Group

I wrap up this episode with a look into the new podcast I am doing with my wife Kathy, the Home Town Podcast. This is our second unofficial podcast following an HGTV TV Series and I am really looking forward to the results that I think will come from this new show. I give you some very interesting stats regarding our current show the Fixer Upper Podcast. The Home Town Podcast follows a new and unknown show compared to the size and popularity of Fixer Upper, I believe will actually do better for us. Listen till the end as I share the secret to why I see this smaller name podcast doing so well for us.


Please join my new Facebook Group, where you can ask questions and meet other people eager to help you with your business and marketing!

“There are no stupid questions. It's only stupid NOT to ask your question.”

My First Book Signing

was a blast

At The Book Signing

At The Book Signing

I thought it was really cool that I was asked to do a book signing for my book 100 Podcast Tips while at Social Media Marketing World.

This was my first time to the event, and it was also my first time to be involved in a book signing of any kind.

I have around 18 published books if you count my ebooks, and paperback books. I am the first to admit that none of them are great works of literature.

Most of my books are about the sport of fastpitch softball, and can be seen HERE.

I also have a few about marketing, and podcasting. I guess that is a lucky thing for me. If not for my paperback version of the 100 Podcast Tips Book I would not of had a book to sign at the book signing.

My book at Barnes and Nobles

My book at Barnes and Nobles


When I first arrived at the vendors area of the conference I went over to the book area to see if my book was there. I had been contacted previously, and told it would be there for me to sign. Until you see it in person though you can't be sure.

To my surprise not only was my book there, but there was a guy in the check out line with a copy in his hand. I do have to say that brought a smile to my face.

I do not think they had a large quantity of my books in the Barnes and Nobles area, but I think they had around 35 copies or so.

After my speakers session I was scheduled to go back to the vendors area and sign copies of the books. Everything was all set up for me when I arrived. My books, and pens were all out on the table waiting for me to sit down and start signing.

I had not been sitting there for more than a minute when a line started forming. People were asking me to sign, and personalize my book to them.

It was a blast meeting people who were actually interested in buying the book, and learning more about podcasting.

The full name of this book is 100 Great Podcasting Tips From 100 Great Podcasters I should thank everyone who sent in their tips for the book.

Since without their tips there would not of been a book to sign.

Thanks everyone. You helped me have a blast at my first book signing.

The book sold out so that was also very exciting.

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Social Media Marketing World 2017

My thoughts as a first timer

Social Media Marketing World Swag

Social Media Marketing World Swag

I am not sure if Social Media Marketing World is the largest social media conference in the world. With over three thousand people attending it may or may not be the largest. The one thing I am sure of is that it is the best conference I have ever attended.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of this great event. It has been held in San Diego every year since it was conceived.

The conference was created by Michael Stelzner of The Social Media Examiner. The Social Media Examiner is the go to website for staying informed on what is new, and going on in the world of social media.

I have known about this great event since it's creation, but had never attended until this year.

My good friend Paul Colligan of The Podcast Report put together a great panel about monetizing your podcast. Paul moderated the panel which included Rob Walch of Today in IOS, John Lee Dumas of Entrapeneur On Fire, and myself.

Podcast Monetization Panel

The Podcast Monetization Panel


I personally thought the panel was very well attended, and Paul did a fantastic job as a moderator. The audience asked so many great questions that we were able to answer for them.

The invitation to speak on the panel is what made me decide to finally get off my butt and attend The Social Media Marketing World Conference. Now I am asking myself why did I wait so long to attend?

I feel the key word for this event is the word SOCIAL. Of course it is social because it included a large amount of great speakers, and great sessions on Social Media.

In this case though when I say social I am referring to the fantastic networking opportunities that were available in so many great social settings.

It was hard to believe how many great social opportunities Michael set up for the attendees to network. These networking opportunities really made the event great.

Speakers Social Event

The Speakers Social Event


Starting with a speakers party for the session speakers and keynote speakers. This event included a who's who from the world of social media. The top one percenters from the worlds of Facebook, YouTube, Podcasting, and many other areas of expertise.

This networking event with the top leaders in the industry was a once in a lifetime time opportunity to meet, and network with industry leaders in a smaller environment. I met so many people at this event that I recognized, but had never met. I really enjoyed this opportunity to network with them, and what a great way to start things off.

The speakers Networking Party was such a great networking event that I am excited to say that we are going to incorporate a networking event like this at Podcast Movement this year in Anaheim, California.

Then we were taken by bus to an aircraft carrier for another networking event. That's right they actually rented the USS Midway to host a networking party for over two thousand of the attendees.

Who rents an aircraft carrier for a party? Michael Stelzner that's who.

On the ship they handed out bingo cards. These bingo cards required people to track down speakers, and other people to get the squares on their bingo card marked out. Of course there were prizes for the winners of the bingo event. This forced attendees to meet new people, and network with them. What a great idea. As a speaker I met so many people that were excited to get their bingo card marked, and chat for a while.

I also loved the daily power walks. Every morning at six a.m. I joined a group in the hotel lobby, and we walked about a mile at a fair pace. I am not sure I would really call it a power walk at that pace. I would call it another great networking opportunity, which enabled me to make more new contacts.

I enjoyed the power walk so much that I plan on personally heading up a power walk at all future Podcast Movements.

Table Talk With Tim Street

Table Talk With Tim Street


Another thing I loved were the table sessions that were held during lunch. I hosted a table session about podcasting. This allowed people to join the groups and discuss podcasting while eating their lunch.

There were dozens of tables discussing on all kinds of topics. I really enjoyed this opportunity to talk podcasting with new, and seasoned podcasters. This was another great networking opportunity.

Of course during the three day event there were many other networking opportunities. There was the Networking Plaza, and another great networking party called Under The Sea on Thursday night.

I could write about all the great speakers, and all the great conference sessions. I am sure plenty of other people will write about how great those were, and they really were great for sure. There is no doubt that the line up of speakers were as good as you could hope for.

Since one of the quotes I am known for saying is “Sometimes you can make more money networking in the hallways, than you can make in a session” it just seemed appropriate for me to talk about the networking opportunities instead.

As I have tried to state in this post that the social aspect, and networking opportunities at this event were great. They would make this event worth attending all by themselves. When you add all the great conference sessions this is a must attend conference for anyone trying to learn or grow in the world of social media.

Thanks Michael for putting on such a great event, and allowing me to attend. I hope to see you again next year.

To find out more about this great event go to SocialMediaExaminer.com/smmworld.

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Interviewed In The Dallas Observer

By Karen Burgess Gavis

This is an interview I had with the Dallas Observer. I thought Karen Gavis did a great job on the article. She emailed me when the story first came out, and told me her editor wrote the title.

I was a little confused on the title. I even had to look up the word Luddite since I was not familiar with the term.

I do not see where the term applies, but as P.T. Barnum said, “Say what you want about me, just spell my name correct.” In todays terms that should be “Say what you want about me, just spell my domain correct.” Since they spelt my name, and domain correctly I am happy with the article.

Gary Leland Interview Dallas Observer

When Gary Leland walked into a store in 1983 to buy his first computer, a salesman asked if he knew DOS. “I’ve never met her,” Leland said, to which the salesman replied that DOS was a computer language and then showed him a new point-and-click model.

“That sounds like what I need,” Leland said. Today, the former door-to-door salesman is a self-taught social media marketing guru who creates free information hubs for North Texas techies. Last year, he was inducted into the Academy of Podcaster’s Hall of Fame.

“I was probably one of the first 100 podcasters on the planet,” he says. Leland co-founded Podcast Dallas, along with Mitch Todd, and has found the medium to be a great way to promote his other businesses, like his softball equipment company, which he supports with popular podcasts and e-books about fast pitch softball.

Leland moved from South Carolina to Arlington nearly 40 years ago. He says he had a car with some gas in it at the time and maybe $10 in his pocket. He landed a job selling storm doors and windows before marrying his wife, Kathy, and opening up a wallpaper store.

While raising their two daughters, Leland volunteered to coach the girls’ softball team, DaBomb. When he had a tough time finding softball equipment, he decided to open his own store, softballjunk.com.

The brick-and-mortar store is located just behind the wallpaper store. Inside, girls and boys can be seen sizing up bats near rows of softballs and batter’s gloves, but Leland says most of the store’s sales are online.

“Half of my business is from softball, which I never expected,” he says, noting that his “aha moment” came when he saw someone wearing a SoftballJunk.com ball cap shortly after he opened for business. That’s when he got into podcasting.

When Leland found he was having to travel to Dallas to meet other people who shared his interests, he decided to start the Arlington Social Media Marketing Meetup group.

“I kind of got tired of going to Dallas every time for a meetup,” he says. “So, I started trying to get some tech stuff here.”

Leland, 62, brings in people like famed Facebook marketer Dennis Yu, Topo Chico brand master Giovanni Gallucci and Amazon super seller Chris Green to share their tricks of the trade. Several businesses are even offering the group free meeting space, pizza and drinks.

“I have 25 people coming from Dallas [for Yu’s session],” Leland says. “This is the complete opposite of normal.”

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams was so impressed by Leland that during a recent City Council meeting he proclaimed March 1, 2017, as Gary Leland Day.

“Thank you for making Arlington your home and for making a difference in so many ways,” Williams said.
Leland makes a difference by sharing his expertise with others at no cost. Because he has been successful, he says, he wants to help other startups do the same.

“I attended the first meetup and learned so much about using WordPress to promote my business on social media,” Travis Littig writes on the group’s meetup page. “Gary Leland has really created something special here.”

Leland’s newest podcast is one he and Kathy do together about the show Fixer Upper, which helps them sell their wallpaper. “Kathy and I watch [Fixer Upper],” he says. “And then we record out thoughts. Two or three thousand people listen to that a week.”

To learn more about Leland, visit GaryLeland.com or SocialMediaArlington.com. The next free meetup is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at 1527 S. Cooper St.

You can see the original article Here.

– By, Karen Gavis

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People may be interested in the subject of your podcast, but they listen because they are interested in your thoughts on the subject.

You make the difference.

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Interviewed on My Worst Interview Ever

By Tim Sinclair

My Worst Interview Ever I was interviewed on My Worst Interview Ever by Tim Sinclair

I talk about an interview I had with the BBC back in 2006.

You can find more episodes of Worst Interview Ever at WorstInterviews.ringr.com

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

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Because Of My Podcast

Season 3 Ep 9

Gary Leland ShowGary Leland Show Episode 35
This episode of the Gary Leland Show I sit down to record a little homage to my long time friend and podcaster Dave Jackson. This episode I have a segment titled “Because Of My Podcast” where I share some exciting things that have happened over the years to me because of podcasting.

Find more info about the School Of Podcasting and Dave Jackson at SchoolOfPodcasting.com!

Find out more information about LelandsWallpaper.com and FixerUpperPodcast.com and see what we have created!

Because Of My Podcast, A Nod To Dave Jackson

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A New Look At Old Friends

My thoughts as I look through an old photo album

My Photo Album

My Photo Album

The other day I decided to look at an old photo album from around the mid 70's. This album has been hanging out in the back of my closet for year, and years. I am not sure why I pulled it off the shelf, but I did enjoy look through it.

While looking at the photos I started realizing that I hardly knew who any of the people in the photos were. I did know the basics of them. I could place most of the faces, and tell you how I was associated with them. I could point our old girlfriends, and the girls I dated. I knew which ones were co-workers, and which ones were childhood friends.

The thing I could not do is name many of them.

Here is how the album photos broke down:

There were a total of 171 photos.

A total of 69 different people in the photos.

Of the 69 people 7 were old girlfriends, or girls I dated.

Now for people that I knew the names of:

I knew the names of 16 people, and in case you are interested I did not know the name of any of the 7 girls I dated.

That is less than 25% of the people in the album.

When I took these photos I must of felt the people in the photos were important to me.

Not only did I take, and develop the photos. I then decided these people were important enough to put in a photo album.

Of the 16 people I knew the names of 14 of them were people I knew for more than 15 years.

I do not know what any of these numbers mean, but I found it interesting how little most of these people meant to me.

When we are passing through life it is really hard to know who will be important in your life. Some of the people that you think will be important turn out to be very unimportant long term.

As I said these numbers probably mean nothing. They were just interesting to me.

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A New Podcast For The Home Town TV Show

is our second podcast in the HGTV genre

The Home Town Podcast

Yes, Kathy and I are producing another podcast following an HGTV show!

Approximately three months ago we started producing a podcast for the HGTV hit show Fixer Upper. The TV Show features Joanna and Chip Gaines.

After three months of producing the podcast I can say that the show is already a hit. At least ways it is a hit in the world of podcasting. As of March 2017 the Fixer Upper Podcast is averaging over 2,000 listens per episode. Producing a new podcast with 2000 listens per episode is enough to get me excited for sure.

If you take into consideration that the average podcast on iTunes gets in the area of 200 listens per episode you may understand why I am getting excited.

With our average listeners per episode being over 2,000, the Fixer Upper Podcast is ranked in the top 10% of all podcasts on iTunes.

With the amazing results we have had on the Fixer Upper Show it only makes sense to grow our podcasts in the decorating genre.

Now lets get into the Hometown TV Show. The stars of the TV show are Erin and Ben Napier. Erin is an artist, and Ben is a do it all construction type guy. Together they renovate older homes in their quaint little small town. They actually were born and raised in the small town Laurel, Mississippi.

After watching the previews, and following them on Twitter I knew this was the perfect TV show to produce our second podcast around.

The first episode of Hometown debuts on HGTV March 21st, but we already have everything in place.

You can find the website for the new podcast at HometownPod.com.

If you have an iPhone or iPod you can subscribe, and automatically receive every episode by going to Garyleland.com/HT

I truly think that Hometown will be a great TV Show on HGTV, and if I am correct the Podcast should be a hit too.

I guess we will find out in the very near future for sure.

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