138: The Power of Community & Free Challenges with Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner of Simple Green Smoothies
The inspiring story behind Simple Green Smoothies started on a playground, with two mothers watching their kids play together.
At the time, Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner were both first-time mothers, and they shared a desire to get back into the workforce. But they decided they were going to do it on their own terms and by following their passions.
In 2007, they officially made the jump from being playdate partners to professional collaborators when they began working together on a parenting blog. Not long after they were working on more projects together, with Simple Green Smoothies being one of them.
What initially started off as a side-hustle turned into a full-fledged business, getting some serious traction after they discovered Instagram in 2012. Through a mixture of follower challenges, influencer marketing, and a whole ton of heart, they started building a multimillion-dollar business.
Their key tactic? Focusing on community, first and foremost.
“We listen to our community, we poll them all the time asking, ‘What do you want from us?’ ‘What do you need?’ ‘What’s your biggest struggle right now?’,” Hansard says.
“Find ways to really nurture that tribe and get to know them, just like you would in a real romantic relationship, so that you can serve them to the best of your ability,” Sellner says.
From being stay-at-home mothers working multiple jobs in order to keep their families afloat, to being the co-founders of a multimillion-dollar business with thousands of customers, the story of Simple Green Smoothies is a must-listen for any entrepreneur.
In this week’s episode you will learn:
- Why it’s all about building a community first
- How to reach out to influencers to help promote your product
- What social media platform you should use and how to figure out what works for you
- How to generate new leads by providing a free experience
- Why you need to focus on one core message when you’re just starting out
- & so much more!
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