John Danes is a 19-Year-Old Entrepreneur from Nashville, Tennessee. In August of 2018, he decided that he would mix his entrepreneurial spirit and his love of human connection and start a podcast. He didn't know where to go or what to do, so he hopped on YouTube and started learning.
After seeing the success that Casey Adams had with the Rise of The Young Podcast, John made it his goal to model that success. He immediately started uploading podcasts and reaching out to high-level people to interview them, most of which said no. One night, he decided to reach out to the youngest millionaire in Gilbert, Arizona, Internet Entrepreneur Ricky Gutierrez. Ricky agreed and flew John out to his house. John and Ricky did the podcast, it went fantastic, and Ricky blasted it out to all of his audience. After that, John started to see tons of results in what he was doing.
After coming back home to Nashville, John started reaching out to all of Ricky's friends and using the interview with Ricky as leverage. From there, growth became exponential. He leveraged Ricky to reach out to influencers like Casey Adams and Josh Madrid and interview them.
Though leveraging credibility to get to the next person, he hit the number 39th business podcast in the world with only 17 episodes, making him one of the fastest growing podcasts with no influence starting out. He had a very special strategy that he used to get this achievement. John refers to it as the influencer podcast marketing strategy. He brings on a guest with a lot of social followers, then that guest promotes John's podcast to their audience. After that, their audience enjoys the podcast, then becomes a lifelong listener. John has used this simple but effective strategy to quickly scale his podcast and now become an expert in the podcasting space.
Through the podcast, John has impacted thousands of people, when he first started, the goal was to help others. Now, he's been able to start two new businesses, get new mentors and friends, and have interviewed some of the top entrepreneurs in the world. He recently did an interview with someone who he's looked up to since starting his journey, Grant Cardone. John infiltrated Grant's circle and leveraged that credibility to get to Grant.
When asked other keys to success in podcasting, John said, "be persistent with the people you approach, if I stopped trying at the first no I heard, I would have 0 episodes". This is something he stresses heavily, be persistent in what you do and you'll attract great things.
John Danes is a perfect example of someone coming into something with no knowledge or experience and figuring it out. With no experience, research and hard work, John has become one of the fastest growing podcasters in the space. Like his show is titled, John has truly made No Excuses.
The No Excuses Show: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-no-excuses-show/id1434023035