As promised, today we’re publishing Part 2 of our Reddit AMA list. In Part 1, we published a list of 7 must-read Reddit AMAs that included everything from as inside look at pitching for the popular TV show Shark Tank to a few techniques that’ll help you out-negotiate a used car salesman.
Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at the medical marijuana industry, Mad Men-referencing advertising Q&As, and the answer to the burning question: why is the Egg McMuffin available only during breakfast?
This AMA spills some behind-the-scenes beans on one of the biggest marketing firms in the world. Aside from the sneak peek behind the veil, though, it also has a few comments focused on the ingredients of a successful marketing campaign – online or otherwise.
#2. IamA Gary Vaynerchuk. Serial Entrepreneur, NYT Bestselling Author, former host of Wine Library TV and Die-Hard Jets Fan. AMA!
Gary Vaynerchuk explains in the intro to this AMA that prior to becoming known for the web-based online show Wine Library TV, he helped turn his family’s wine store into a $60M business. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author and has his own social media agency. As such, his AMA covers a wide range of topics, from wine to handling social media hecklers to the NY Jets defensive line.
Best Ask: How do you avoid burnout?
#3. I am James Altucher, founder of 20 companies (17 of which failed), author of 11 books, and writer. I’ve made millions, lost it all, made it back, and written about everything I’ve learned along the way. AMA
James Altucher has founded 20 companies, 17 of which crashed and burned. That might sound like an abysmal track record, but his experience and compelling writing style have turned his blog into a must-read not just for entrepreneurs but for writers and bloggers as well.
This AMA mirrors his blog — chock full of useful and sometimes controversial advice that’ll make you think, if not follow. Read it for the lowdown on Altucher’s failures, his successes, and why he thinks renting a house is better than owning one.
Best Ask: Does money get you girls?
#4. IamA CEO & Partner of one of the world’s first legal marijuana stores (license # 37) in Denver, CO AMA!
The legalization of marijuana remains a hot-button topic, and this AMA gives invaluable insight into how legal marijuana stores work. We’re not telling you to go out and open your own medical marijuana shop (feel free to go ahead, though, as long as you have the legal bases covered), but this AMA shows how legislation and state laws can affect a relatively young industry. Good reading for anyone interested in those topics.
Best Ask: What are the startup costs involved?
Flipping burgers at a McDonald’s doesn’t sound like a great way to make a living, but what about owning not one but two McDonald’s franchises? Now that sounds much, much better. Of course, as this AMA reveals, you have to be ready to shell out a lot of money and do a lot of work if you ever want to get into the franchising business. Here you can read everything from how much the initial investment can set you back to why they just don’t make the Egg McMuffin available all day.
Best Ask: Why is the Egg McMuffin breakfast-only?
#6. By Request: I Am an Account Director at an Advertising Agency in Chicago (and yes, I watch MadMen)
Another AMA with a lot of useful ideas and advice for anybody who wants to get into the marketing business, digital or otherwise. There’s a particularly interesting Q&A thread here about business models for small ad agencies as well as one about online advertising channels. As you’d expect from an AMA about advertising, Mad Men references abound.
In Part 1 of this list, we included an AMA with someone who got to pitch an idea to Shark Tank. In this AMA, a judge on Shark Tank lends some insight into what happens to pitches after the show. Of course, since this is Mark Cuban we’re talking about here, the AMA also moves all over the place — from small business tips and investment talk to his thoughts on the NBA and if rich people really do “make it rain”.
Now here’s something that anyone with an interest in SEO, social media, and content marketing will likely find fascinating. In this AMA, the WordStream founder and SEO expert dispenses some free advice on making the most out of old “fossil” content, when image ads are better than text-only ads, and why Wikipedia is a good case study for SEO beginners.