“I’m blessed. I thank God, my family, friends and everyone for this life. I still have lots to learn and I’m hungry for more growth. My mission in life is to think how I can best love both God and People every single moment of the day. Some days i’m good at it, some days i’m bad at it. But at least I try. There’s a few things I live by: I always try to offer my best in everything I do. I always greet everyone with a smile and I always try to give compliments and encourage others. To me, life is about people. And that’s why I love traveling because I get to see how people live and arrange their lives and get to experience their culture. I get to see random acts of kindness all over the world and it and other people inspire me to be better and do better.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Zach Benson, a TEDx speaker, social-media trainer for international brands like The Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, and ViceRoy, and past participant on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Benson doesn’t just manage his own Instagram network of millions he’s also the founder of Assistagram.us, where he’s guiding other influencers and Fortune 500 companies into social-media success. Assistagram is an Instagram growth and management agency that specializes in instagram campaigns reaching millions.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
The same high school friend that gifted me a break dance DVD and got me into dance, 15 years later, also convinced me to get on Instagram and buy an account.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I think its those that make the most mistakes and actually learn from them that grow the fastest.
One time, I sent out a mass email pitching my services via email and some were interested and some kindly declined and then I accidentally emailed the ones that declined again. The lesson I learned is when people do decline and say they are not interested, be kind and respectful and thank them for their time. Also, I learned to be more careful when sending out emails.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
My company can grow Instagram accounts better and faster than any company in the world. We can 100% guarantee our clients at least 5–8,000 real followers per month. Any niche. Any page. Doesn’t matter we can grow anyone. Also, we add a nice human touch to the mix. Think of Assitagram as your own personal virtual assistant that’s hyper-focused on your Instagram account doing hundreds to thousands of manual actions every single day (7 days a week).
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
A lot of people try to do everything themselves, but in order to thrive you need to hire great team members who will do what they say, when they say they will do it and exactly how they say they will do it. Finding a good team will save you a lot of time and headache.
Also, work on creating the best possible product like making your product and service the best it can be. I see a lot of people just not doing a good job and burning through customers super fast and then trying to sign on new ones. Slow down to go fast. Learn the ins and outs of your business like every single thing about it the good the bad the ugly etc and once you have an awesome product focus on marketing it and sharing it with the world.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I’m grateful for a lot of people. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my friends and mentors.
Special shoutout to Tanner Eades, who helped me map out a 5 year plan and kept me accountable to make sure I was hitting my goals. At that time, when I first met Tanner, I was kind of lost and confused.. I mean I was a successful dancer teaching dance clinics all over the world, but I was also working on a lot of different projects all at one time which pulled me in a lot of different directions. So I was a hustler without focus.
We met online via FB, he randomly stumbled across my profile, we hopped on a call and we instantly connected! He set up dance workshops for me in Virginia. He flew me out from Korea, put me up in his house and introduced me to his family. During that week I was there, he drove me around from studio to studio and it was a success!! I’m just amazed that this guy took a random chance on me and just trusted his gut and invested his time, energy and resources into me to make something happen. Because of this, we are now best friends, business partners and its cool that I can call someone a lifelong friend that I know who will always try and be there for support, encouragement and prayer.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’m blessed. I thank God, my family, friends and everyone for this life. I still have lots to learn and I’m hungry for more growth. My mission in life is to think how I can best love both God and People every single moment of the day. Someday’s im good at it, somedays i’m bad at it. But at least I try. There’s a few things I live by: I always try to offer my best in everything I do. I always greet everyone with a smile and I always try to give compliments and encourage others. To me, life is about people. And that’s why I love traveling because I get to see how people live and arrange their lives and get to experience their culture. I get to see random acts of kindness all over the world and it and other people inspire me to be better and do better.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My life lesson quote is just do it. Don’t think just do. I’d rather burnout than rust out. Like opportunities come and go and if you don’t act fast they are gone forever. So I’ve always lived with this mentality, like try your best and just do your best in everything you do. But if you don’t do or you don’t try nothing will happen and you will live life with regret and what ifs. like what if I did this what would’ve happen, you will never know.
When I told my friends and some people that I wanted to make a living teaching dance around the world.. they told me to find a real job and that it was a waste of time. not possible. Instead of listening to the doubters, I just kept working working and working and eventually made a full time career out of dance. The lesson I learned here is that sometimes its good to listen to peoples concerns doubts and fears, listen with an open ear, make them feel understood but just don’t give up, just go for your dreams and do whatever it takes to make those dreams come true.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
I wish someone told me, that ..
- to read as many business books as you can — like read stories about people who’ve done what you wanna do or are doing what you wanna do. if you aren’t reading then you aren’t growing.
- find an online mentor friend and do a mutually beneficial trade, when you are first starting out money is tight so think how you can add value to someone else in return you get business advice and a nice business plan. mentors can shave time off your learning curve you can pretty much do what they say or suggest and not have to make the same mistakes that they did. this will help you level up faster.
- find a lawyer friend to take a look at your contracts to make sure you are protected. you want to come across as a professional so act like one and be one.
- do free trades — when you are first starting out, offer your services for free in return ask for a testimonial. once you do good for work this person ask for a referral, make a little money and repeat the process. this is how i built my business super fast and big.
- be humble — when you experience success, stay grounded and humble and always try and be there for your friends and family and acquintances people that were in your life before all this business stuff.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
I got injured a couple of years ago dancing in India. Now that I’m healthy again and just starting to workout again and get in healthy dance shape, I’d like to start teaching dance classes in poor neighborhoods and cities in different countries, and if the studio pays me to give back that money to the orphanage or sponsor a kid or use that money to help the community in someway.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?
Since I started my company, I have now gotten over 250 FREE 5 star hotel nights for myself and friends in the past 2 years.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You guys can follow my travel account: @tribeinfluencer or stay in touch with me on facebook — https://www.facebook.com/zach.benson.33
Originally published at medium.com