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Ben Parry

CEO of Hubinto Owner of Barr Financial Co-founder of Barr Media 📩 ben@barr -fs.com Check out my latest videos:

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Bit philosophical this one so early apologies, but important nonetheless 😉 - One of my very good friends Hari from @thethoughtgym sent me over this old picture of us having a good time! - It brought back so many good memories when life had less responsibilities and was easier in many respects. But it is poignant and came at a time when I’m flat out with business and life in general. - Importantly it helped to remind me of the importance of friendships along this journey of life. - Like me you might be busy doing your thing and it’s very easy to get stuck in that daily grind and you forget to look up, breath and take it all in! - The trouble is before you know it 10 years has just flown by and if your not careful those acquaintances and friends have moved on. - So never forget the importance of friendships and don’t take them for granted no matter what stage in life you are at and no matter how busy you think you are, always try and make time for those important people in your life. - - - #founder #ceo #ceolife #startupfounder #startup #startups #startuplife #startupbusiness #startuptips #startupnation #startupstory #startupworld #startupgrind #startupcompany #startupschool #startupstories #startupadvice #startupcommunity #startupsuccess #startupfunding #businessstartup #techstartup #startupbusinesses #leanstartup #startupfounder #startupsupport #startupmarketing #startupbusinessess #startupnews #ukstartups #ukstartup
I watched the Winston Churchill film last night and thought this quote was very poignant today as we remember armistice and those who fought in all wars. - In business we face our challenges but it puts all of these into perspective and insignificance when we consider what others have done for us. - So to all of those who have given so much...thank you 🙏 - - - #startupfounder #startup #startups #startupbusiness #startupstory #startupgrind #startupcompany #businessstartup #techstartup #startupbusinesses #leanstartup #startupfounder #startupsupport #startupmarketing #startupbusinessess #startupnews #ukstartups #ukstartup #ukbusiness #armistice100 #poppyday #armisticeday #armistice #exeterbusiness #plymouthbusiness #bristolbusiness #londonbusiness #surreybusiness #hampshirebusiness #oxfordbusiness
This was a marketing campaign I ran for @barrfinancial which had a great response. - But the key was offering a huge amount of value to the audience with a compelling offer and cross promoting with another brand to make it a bit more exciting with the added benefit of cross promoting brands. - Whether it’s a campaign, promotion, offer, blog, questionnaire or whatever...you have to really think about your audience and not yourself. Why should they enter, fill in a form or whatever...if there is no value or benefit...then unsurprisingly people don’t. They’ve got better things to do with their time. - I recently renewed my car insurance and left @car_insuranceuk_ (that’s Admiral) to another provider. A few hours later I received a text asking why I hadn’t signed up with the new quote. - I could have answered the text and said it was because their quote was expensive...but I didn’t! There was nothing in it for me, and i wasn’t about to waste 1min of my precious time! - So for me it’s fascinating to see so many businesses not thinking about their audience. I would love to know what their percentage success rate of this questionnaire is, but I suspect it’s poor and yet it could be so much better by simply giving people a reason to offer their feedback. - So whatever marketing campaign or interaction you are having in your sales world, make sure you think about the other person more than yourself. If you do you’ll win 👊🏻🙌 - - - - #founder #ceo #ceolife #startupfounder #startup #startups #startuplife #startupbusiness #startuptips #startupnation #startupstory #startupworld #startupgrind #startupcompany #startupschool #startupstories #startupadvice #startupcommunity #startupsuccess #startupfunding #businessstartup #techstartup #startupbusinesses #leanstartup #startupfounder #startupsupport #startupmarketing #startupbusinessess #startupnews #ukstartups #ukstartup
I’ve discovers a new trick...what have you discovered this week? - Okay so I’m working on an email marketing strategy for @barrfinancial at the moment and running a little pilot. - So far it’s gone really well and I’m planning to evolve and scale it. But to do so I need create a database and a few other techie things. - What’s really interesting is I’m coming up against a potential hurdle however I think I might have figured out a little hack to get round it.... - It’s great learning new things for the first time and goes to show you never stop learning! - #founder #ceo #ceolife #startupfounder #startup #startups #startuplife #startupbusiness #startuptips #startupnation #startupstory #startupworld #startupgrind #startupcompany #startupschool #startupstories #startupadvice #startupcommunity #startupsuccess #startupfunding #businessstartup #techstartup #startupbusinesses #leanstartup #startupfounder #startupsupport #startupmarketing #startupbusinessess #startupnews #ukstartups #ukstartup
Being in business should be fun, exhilarating, rewarding and all those things. - I love getting stuck in at all levels and I think no matter how big your business grows, you should always enjoy getting down and dirty (so to speak)! - I’ve built @BarrFinancial to a level which now runs itself and of course I’m still very active. - But building @barr.media and @hubinto is great fun, challenging, but ultimately i really enjoy getting in the dirt and building things... - For me both these projects ultimately helps me deploy resources I need; Barr Media enables me to build a machine which can not only really help clients, but also gives me a marketing machine to push my projects and hubinto enables me to build tech solutions and expertise. - Both tech and marketing have never been more important for all businesses of all sizes and this will only become exponentially more and more vital to get right. - I’ve said it before...all businesses need to think of themselves as a marketing company first and foremost. - So if you’ve built or in the process of building a business from the ground up...never forget what got you there! Enjoy the dirt my friend 😉 - - - #founder #ceo #ceolife #startupfounder #startup #startups #startuplife #startupbusiness #startuptips #startupnation #startupstory #startupworld #startupgrind #startupcompany #startupschool #startupstories #startupadvice #startupcommunity #startupsuccess #startupfunding #businessstartup #techstartup #startupbusinesses #leanstartup #startupfounder #startupsupport #startupmarketing #startupbusinessess #startupnews #ukstartups #ukstartup
So it’s a tricky balancing act at the moment with the tech business Hubinto... - Good news; we have the prototype and speaking to potential investors. - The bad news; I need a new techie. - And of course being a tech business I need techies 👩‍💻 👨‍💻 so it leaves me in a vulnerable position. - Any small business is always vulnerable to loss of personnel but sometimes these scenarios force you to think, reevaluate and move forward. What’s the alternative anyway? Give up and roll over? Or fight, find a solution and drag the project along! - So you might guess what I’m doing and amazingly when you want something badly enough, things happen...because you make it happen. - So last weekend I bumped into a friend I haven’t spoke to in a while who is a tech guy who could be interested in helping, I was introduced to another tech guy last night and weirdly that same night someone reached out to me as he has been following and is interested in the project...How amazing! - So still early days, but I really wanted to share with you that things can happen if you really want to make it happen. - Big love x - - - - #founder #ceo #ceolife #startupfounder #startup #startups #startuplife #startupbusiness #startuptips #startupnation #startupstory #startupworld #startupgrind #startupcompany #startupschool #startupstories #startupadvice #startupcommunity #startupsuccess #startupfunding #businessstartup #techstartup #startupbusinesses #leanstartup #startupfounder #startupsupport #startupmarketing #startupbusinessess #startupnews #ukstartups #ukstartup
So here is Will and me having a beer and chatting business...actually we had a cup of tea first as we were so cold! Anyway it got me thinking 🤔 - From someone who has built a business on their own and who is now building a media agency with a great team of cofounders, I can tell you it’s a very different experience. - There is never going to be a definitive one is best, but building something with others who have skin in the game, who you can bounce off and who are aligned with your goals is a refreshing change. - Don’t forget being a boss who doesn’t have a cofounder is a lonely and thankless task, but that’s what you sign up for. It takes very good interpersonal skills and a strong team ethic to make it work. This is one of my traits, but even I don’t get it right all the time. - Also don’t forget you won’t have all the answers or the skills. Yes you can employ someone who does, but the challenges of recruiting good people is a tricky task. And the wrong decision can cost you way more than you may think! - A cofounder or several founders who have different skill sets, can offer a different angle but who are also aligned as one, is a powerful start to any business or organisation. - So before you start a business or maybe even a long standing business which is plateauing, maybe think about bringing in a cofounder...it could be the best decision you ever make. - - - #yourself #cofounder #business #startup #startuplife #startupbusiness #startups #startups #startupnation #startupstory #startupgrind #startupcompany #mediaagency #socialmediaagency #socialmediamarketingagency #digitalmediaagency #socialmediamarketing #business #ukbusiness #entrepreneur #ukentrepreneur #ukentrepreneurs #techstartups #ceo #cofounders #cofounderlife #exeterbusiness #plymouthbusiness #bristolbusiness #londonbusiness
One thing this tech project has taught me is I’m the one that has to drive it...no one else. - It’s on me and has to be on me. - People let you down, lose faith, lose energy, and ultimately aren’t prepared to walk the hard yards that you have to. - Unless someone has skin in the game, to be fare why should they care as much as you. - Whatever your project, just remember when it’s always exciting day you often only see the good bits. But that’s the easy and good part. - Often a difficult and challenging project will push you to your limits and make you sometimes question your own motivation. - So remember it’s ALWAYS ON YOU...no one else. You’ve got to be prepared to drag a project along, do the hard yards and be prepared to go to war. That is if you want to realise your dreams. - So if you are a startup founder, or thinking about doing something for yourself. Enjoy the journey and enjoy the ride and I wish you all the best... - It’s a journey and an experience not many people will ever go through. But for those that do whether it is successful or not, you will learn a huge amount about yourself and about business. So good luck my friend 😉👍 - - - - #founder #ceo #ceolife #startupfounder #startup #startups #startuplife #startupbusiness #startuptips #startupnation #startupstory #startupworld #startupgrind #startupcompany #startupschool #startupstories #startupadvice #startupcommunity #startupsuccess #startupfunding #businessstartup #techstartup #startupbusinesses #leanstartup #startupfounder #startupsupport #startupmarketing #startupbusinessess #startupnews #ukstartups #ukstartup
This is a gift and a little thank you to any UK athlete competing at the Invictus games. - I’m a huge supporter of the military and as an ex-athlete myself, I have a sense what all these amazing men and women are doing right now. - Of course I can’t imagine the journey they have had to face to get to this point but one thing is for sure, they all deserve our biggest gratitude. Thank you...you are amazing ✨✨✨ - Please share this so it hopefully reaches at least one of these amazing people 💫🙏 - - - #invictus #invictusgames #invictusgames2018 #invictusathlete #invictusweightlifting #invictustrained #military #exmilitary #armyathlete #militaryathlete #militaryathletes #patriots #ukathlete #sport #invictusgamessydney2018 #sydney #sydneyaustralia #disabledathlete #disabledathletes #invictussport #invictussports #helpforheroes
So @adam_tobin_ a local lad kindly popped down to Bideford rugby club and not only showed us his bronze medal at the recent youth Olympics but also helped with our warm up...it was amusing seeing us Vets try and stretch like Adam 🤣 - It goes to show achievement and success in any walk of life can be achieved in every corner of the country. And it’s amazing to have met Adam and I’m sure he will go onto even bigger and better things. 💪 - The only limiting factor for all of us in sport, business and life, is how much effort, how much work and how much sacrifice we are willing to make. - Life is a competition and the only question you have to ask yourself is whether you are prepared to do the hard yards and go the extra mile to achieve your dreams ✨ - - - - - #youtholympics #youtholympicgames #youtholympicgames2018 #success #bronzemedal #bronzemedalist #uk #uksport #uksports #sportuk #gymnasticsuk #ukgymnastics #devon #bideford #northdevon #barnstaple #exeter #plymouth #ukbusiness #businessuk #entrepreneur #ukentrepreneur #entrepreneuruk #startupstory #techstartup #startupgrind #exeterbusiness #devonbusiness #socialmediamarketing #uksocialmedia
So I had an awesome day with my little guy Max...he is 6 by the way. We got outside washed the car, sprayed each other with the hosepipe, made dens in the woods, rolled big logs down a field and generally just mucked about. - It was a brilliant... - I didn’t have my phone to distract me and we had some real quality time. - It definitely helped me to realign and I’m so pleased I grabbed that opportunity. - That’s it...just wanted to help you remember to appreciate those little moments. Because maybe like me you sometimes get wrapped up in the moment and forget to enjoy those simple things. - - #devonlife #ukbusiness #businessuk #business #entrepeneur #ukentrepreneur #entrepreneuruk #entrepreneurlife #startup #startuplife #startupuk #startups #startupgrind #ukstartups #ukstartup #mortgagebroker #mortgagebrokers #mortgagebrokeruk #ukmortgagebroker #mortgage #ukmortgages #devonbusiness #exeterbusiness #bristolbusiness #londonbusiness #socialmediamarketing #socialmedialife #estateagents #estateagentlife #hatherleigh
This is going to sound strange! - Okay so I was going to the toilet and one of the joys of being a parent with little boys is you find toys and all sorts of weird and wonderful things where you least expect! - So there I am doing my thing, with my thing and I see the reverse of a game...it says “Be Amazing”.... - It’s a Spider-Man game (the amazing Spider-Man) and it immediately struck me how children are encourage to be amazing....and rightly so. - Yet when we become adults some of us feel constrained to be AMAZING! - That dream and imagination should not be lost just because we grow up. - Dream big my friend 😉 - #amazing #motivation #ukmotivation #inspiration #ukentrepreneur #entrepreneuruk #entrepreneur #entrepreneurmind #business #ukbusiness #mortgagebroker #techstartup #startupbusiness #ukstartup #ukstartups #mortgage #mortgagebroker #mortgagebrokers #ukstartup #startup #techstartups #startupgrind #exeterbusiness #plymouthbusiness #bristolbusiness
The mind is an incredible machine, but it can also dictate your path. - You choose to be positive or negative, you choose to sulk or be in a mood. You choose, no one else. - Of course I’m not saying bad things don’t happen, or mental health, but generally you choose how you deal with it and whether it negatively has a wider impact. - If you are in sales, trying to win a new client, trying to develop a new idea or whatever, you will get knock backs. Accept it...don’t let it affect you and keep moving forward... - I’ve had a great day today but also experienced a doubter!...let me explain: - We signed up a couple of new clients for Barr Media today a top hair salon @saltbraunton and an influencer in the health and well being sector. - I met with an investor and chatted about Hubinto...it was great he completely got the concept, was fascinated about the idea and under stood the challenges that I face. - Of course we’ve got to run through some more granular details another day. - So great day. - Now where I don’t let knock backs stop me and why you shouldn’t either... - So I’m planning an email marketing campaign for @barrfinancial and focused on bringing a huge amount of value to estate agents with data and insights at the forefront of local markets. I’m trying out with a small user group to effectively test it and then maybe roll it out to a much bigger audience. - Anyway I had a typical ‘nah not for me’...which is fine.... - I understand no matter how good an idea i think it is, any individual might not like it...and that’s okay... - For me the market not an individual will be the deciding factor. And I’m happy for the market to kick me in the nuts...it gives me an opportunity to get that feedback. - I just don’t let doubters mentally stop me and you shouldn’t either. - - #pushing #boundaries #doubters #motivation #ukmotivation #inspiration #ukentrepreneur #entrepreneuruk #entrepreneur #entrepreneurmind #business #ukbusiness #mortgagebroker #ukmortgagebroker #mortgage #estateagent #ukestateagents #estateagents #estateagency #estateagentlife #techstartup #techstartups #salesman #salesmanship #techstartuplife #startup #startuplife #startupbusiness #ukstartup
I don’t care what you do, or what you want to do. Just do something you enjoy and find something you are passionate about. - Just don’t complain about your current situation if your not happy, if you don’t like it, change it...it’s that simple. - You could be a gardener, a bin man, work in a shop, an entrepreneur or whatever...if you love what you do and have a passion, you will be happy....and probably great at it too. - And happiness my friend is the most important thing. You’ve only got one shot at this. - Find your happiness because the rest is irrelevant. - - #passion #love #pushing #boundaries #bigwavesurfing #bigwaves #uksurfing #motivation #ukmotivation #inspiration #ukentrepreneur #entrepreneuruk #entrepreneur #entrepreneurmind #business #ukbusiness #businessuk #techstartups #mortgagebroker #techstartup #startupbusiness #ukstartup #ukstartups #mortgagebroker #entrepreneurspirit #entrepreneurmind #entrepreneurcoach #entrepreneurmotivation #entrepreneurtip #entrepreneurtips
Dont stop having dreams and ambitions. - Don’t settle for mediocre... - Don’t let fear stop you. Focus on your strengths...and double down. - If you are fearful, what are you fearful of? Your friends laughing at you for having crazy ambitions, your family for doubting you? Or maybe just your own head trash? - Fear is the one thing that will stop you living your dreams...one life remember! - Remove this doubt, believe in yourself and don’t give a f#ck about what others think...that is the way to remove fear and unshakable those mental chains. - Double down on what you are good at and push yourself 😉👊🏻👊🏻 - - #selfaware #selfawareness #compassion #mortgagebroker #entrepreneurspirit #entrepreneurmotivation #business #ukbusiness #businessman #businessjourney #startuplife #entrepreneur #ukentrepreneur #entrepreneurmind #techstartup #mortgagebroker #marketing #ukmarketing #digitalmarketing #socialmediamarketing #ukdigitalmarketers #socialmediastrategy #dailygrind #startupbusiness #entrepreneurlife #motivation #ukmotivation #ukstartup #mentorship #entrepreneuruk
If you could pick 1 Super Power what would it be? - I would love to be able to fly and be invisible...don’t ask 🤣 - But the one thing I would really, REALLY like to control is TIME! I would love to be able to pause time and then crack in with all of those jobs! - Genuinely there isn’t enough of it! Not that I’m complaining or not making the most of the time I’ve got. I’ve just got lots to do. - I think it’s just really important to remember that what you choose to do with your time is precious. That might be spending it with your family, doing a hobby you enjoy or focusing on your business. - Of course the challenge we all face at varying degrees is balancing everything. - Im not going to suggest what anyone should do or how they should live their lives. - I just think we should be all mindful of the choices we make. its a precious commodity...make the most of it. Whatever IT is 😉 - - #pushing #boundaries #uksurfers #braunton #devon #brauntonsurf #devonsurf #ukextremesports #extremesports #motivation #ukmotivation #inspiration #ukentrepreneur #entrepreneuruk #entrepreneur #entrepreneurmind #business #ukbusiness #mortgagebroker #techstartup #startupbusiness #ukstartup #ukstartups #braunton #ukmortgages #ukmortgagebroker #mortgagebrokeruk #devonbusiness #bristolbusiness #londonbusiness
Life is exciting, inspiring, frustrating and painful. It’s everything that makes us human. - There are things that are out of our control. Shit happens! - But have no doubt you can control what you do. - You choose what goes in your mouth, or how much effort you put in, or how hard you push yourself, or what time you get up. - You choose...no one else! - Pick wisely, there is no rerun. - #onelife #selfaware #selfawareness #compassion #compassionate #entrepreneurspirit #entrepreneurmotivation #business #ukbusiness #businessman #businessjourney #startuplife #entrepreneur #ukentrepreneur #entrepreneurmind #techstartup #mortgagebroker #marketing #ukmarketing #digitalmarketing #socialmediamarketing #ukdigitalmarketers #socialmediastrategy #dailygrind #givewithoutexpecting #entrepreneurlife #motivation #ukmotivation #mentoring #mentorship
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