THE THOUGHTFUL ENTREPRENEUR PODCAST

1870 – Manufacturers’ secrets with Kristiyan Uzunchev of YOUNGCAESAR

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with the Co-Founder of YoungCaesar, Kristiyan Uzunchev.

Kristiyan's entrepreneurial spirit shone through as he recounted his early foray into the world of digital marketing. Hailing from Bulgaria, he quickly realized the potential of his business endeavors, leading him to boldly drop out of college and fully commit to his company, Young Caesar Digital. His focus? To usher industrial manufacturers into the digital age, helping them expand their reach and acquire new customers through modernized sales approaches.

Kristiyan highlighted a significant opportunity for manufacturers: the shift to digital marketing. With high-value products and relatively low competition in the digital space, manufacturers who embrace this change can reap substantial rewards. However, the transition isn't without its challenges. Christian stressed the importance of delivering tangible results to these companies, many of which have long relied on traditional sales methods.

The manufacturing industry has been somewhat set in its ways, with trade shows and referrals being the norm for sales and marketing. Kristiyan pointed out the limitations of these methods and introduced the concept of outbound marketing as a more effective alternative. He shared his success with cold calling and targeted campaigns, which have proven advantageous in generating qualified leads and reaching a broader audience.

YoungCaesar Digital's advertising strategies are tailored to the manufacturing sector, focusing on Google Ads and LinkedIn. Christian discussed the nuances of advertising on these platforms, emphasizing the power of retargeting strategies and the need to target the right audience. He also touched on the unique challenges and opportunities of advertising on LinkedIn.

Key Points from the Episode:

  • Challenges and opportunities in working with manufacturing companies
  • Unique approach to acquiring customers through outbound marketing
  • Trends in manufacturing sales and marketing
  • Typical sales and marketing practices in the manufacturing industry
  • Effectiveness of cold calling and outbound marketing in the manufacturing industry
  • Advertising strategies employed by Young Caesar Digital, including Google Ads and LinkedIn

About Kristiyan Uzunchev:

Kristiyan Uzunchev, better known by his moniker Youngceaser, is a professional in the field of Internet Marketing, with a focus on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Social Media Marketing (SMM), and Content Marketing. His expertise is leveraging various digital marketing strategies to enhance online visibility and engagement for businesses and brands. 

Beyond his professional endeavors, Kristiyan portrays himself as a serene individual who enjoys spending his downtime at tranquil and appealing locations. This contrast between his dynamic professional life and peaceful personal pursuits highlights a balanced approach to his career and leisure activities. 

Kristiyan’s ability to navigate the fast-paced digital marketing scene while maintaining a calm and collected persona outside of work reflects his multifaceted character and professional dedication.

About YoungCaesar:

Young Ceasar is a digital growth agency specializing in transforming qualified leads into paying customers, enabling businesses to focus more on innovation rather than sales. This approach facilitates the development of superior products and fosters a strong connection with a dedicated fan base, leading to sustainable long-term growth. 

By partnering with companies, Young Ceasar plays a crucial role in crafting a seamless journey for potential customers, from initial interest to final purchase, thus ensuring businesses can concentrate on enhancing their offerings and driving innovation. This strategic focus on customer conversion and product improvement positions Young Ceasar as a key player in effectively supporting businesses to achieve their growth objectives.

Tweetable Moments:

09:25 – “For me, the most important thing is to make sure that our clients are happy and that we bring them tremendous results.”

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Want to learn more? Check out YoungCaesar website at

https://youngcaesar.digital/

Check out YoungCaesar on LinkedIn at

https://www.linkedin.com/company/youngcaesar/

Check out YoungCaesar on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/youngcaesar123

Check out YoungCaesar on Instagram at

https://www.instagram.com/youngcaesar123/

Check out Kristiyan Uzunchev on LinkedIn at

https://www.linkedin.com/in/youngcaesar/

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Transcript

Josh (00:00:04) - Hey there, thoughtful listener. Would you like consistent and predictable sales activity with no spam and no ads? I'll teach you step by step how to do this, particularly if you're an agency owner, consultant, coach, or B2B service provider. What I teach has worked for me for more than 15 years and has helped me create more than $10 million in revenue. Just head to up my influence. Com and watch my free class on how to create endless high ticket sales appointments. You can even chat with me live and I'll see and reply to your messages. Also, don't forget the thoughtful entrepreneur is always looking for guests. Go to up my influence. Com and click on podcast. We'd love to have you. With us right now. Kristiyan. Kristiyan, you are the founder of Young Caesar. You're found on the web at Young Caesar Digital Kristiyan, thank you so much for joining us.

Kristiyan (00:01:10) - Thank you. Thank you for having me Josh I excellent.

Josh (00:01:13) - All right. So I think this is a first I don't get too many folks that work in manufacturing or work in the manufacturing to serve the manufacturing world.

Josh (00:01:22) - But tell us a bit about who you are and what you do.

Kristiyan (00:01:25) - Yeah, sure. So my name is Kristiyan, in short, Kris from Bulgaria. That's in Europe for people who don't know. I started my business journey when I was 15. I was still at high school. I started with digital marketing. Things went up pretty fast and pretty well. By the time I was 16, I was able to drop out of college because,, business was going pretty well and basically school was just holding me back from like working and taking too much from my time. The fact that I dropped out of high school didn't mean I had bad grades. Quite the opposite. I just told that,, I have to take the leap and,, just go outside the traditional, like, journey. So the rest is history. I mean, we've been building this business for a long time. We work with hundreds of thousands of customers through all over the world. Our journey started on Fiverr, where we used to be,, number one in the online marketing category with more than 80,000,, happy five star reviews from happy customers.

Kristiyan (00:02:28) - Then at a certain point, we quit Fiverr and we started working specifically with industrial manufacturers. Think about,, companies doing from $10 million per year to billion dollar corporations. And,, yeah, our focus is just to like, help them digitalize, because most of these companies are still living in the old times, where they only rely on trade shows and referrals and all the old school approaches. So we help them digitalize and,, get a lot of new customers every month. Predictably, that's pretty much in it. In short.

Josh (00:03:04) - Why do you enjoy working in manufacturing? Kind of more of the industrial kind of B2B, you know, behind the scene?

Kristiyan (00:03:11) - Yeah, sure. So it was more like a strategic approach., throughout my career, we've worked with probably every niche that is out there. But in the manufacturing I saw huge opportunity because, you know, their machines are very expensive. Some projects go up to 1 million, and it's much more impactful to a company to sell them 1 or 2 machines for a million each, then help e-commerce businesses sell 1000,, let's say perfumes or something like this.

Kristiyan (00:03:41) - Another point is that there is not so much competition in this field. You know, that's a big reason we're able to get results much faster. Another thing is also that these companies, they have big budgets. So if you work with small businesses, usually they work with you for a month or two and then they just disappear. And especially in our case where we do mostly SEO, which takes time to show results, probably like 3 to 6 months, most small businesses don't have the budget, and the time to wait for those 3 to 6 months to see results. So with industry manufacturers, it's much easier to work. They're professionals, they know what they're looking for, and we're able to bring them the results that they're after.

Josh (00:04:25) - So Kristiyan, tell me about what the typical sales and marketing world is like in manufacturing. Or how do they normally do business, acquire new sales, that sort of thing?

Kristiyan (00:04:38) - Okay. So normally they still rely on tradeshows, these big gatherings that probably everybody is aware of and referrals, which are like big networks of existing customers and, who are just referring them to new customers.

Kristiyan (00:04:52) - Of course, there are some manufacturers who are trying new approaches like SEO,, paid ads and so on. But from my experience, in most cases, they don't really get good results. And that's because they work with agencies. They don't really know the industry and cannot bring them like decent results. We had many cases when we met a prospect and when we evaluated what they were doing, they didn't have any results. They were just paying but weren't getting any results. And we step in, we fix everything and they start getting the results that they should be getting.

Josh (00:05:31) - Yeah. So it sounds like again, typically in manufacturing there's an advantage to move beyond just the trade shows. So you know, another thing with the trade shows I'm thinking of the the sales team. You know, it's like they've got their lead pool or whatever that they're working on I would imagine. Other than that, I mean they could cold call. Yeah. I'm sure there's plenty of that going on., how effective do you see that?

Kristiyan (00:05:56) - It's kind of effective.

Kristiyan (00:05:57) - Not everybody is doing it, but in most cases they don't get, like very decent results. At least the people I speak to, let's say they get like 2 to 3 decent, qualified leads per month out of doing the cold calling. And with our approaches, the results are usually like 20 x, because we're able to reach out to a lot more people with the outbound and with the inbound we acquire. Also a lot of people who are already searching for the solution. If that makes sense.

Josh (00:06:26) - Yeah for sure. So typically then what young Caesar does is you're running ads and you're targeting those ads to those buyers. What is it like advertising in that world? Because that's a pretty narrowly defined audience. You don't want to be advertising to people that are just irrelevant. How are you able to target in that regard?

Kristiyan (00:06:51) - Sure. So, for example, Facebook and Instagram ads don't really work because there you can hardly target the right people. We mostly rely on Google ads because by knowing the keyword, you can identify the search intent of the person who is searching.

Kristiyan (00:07:08) - So if somebody is searching for, let's say, waterjet machine, then most definitely they're doing their research and searching for a provider of that type of machine. So like I said, we rely mostly on Google Ads and also LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a good source for finding the right people, the right B2B audience, and Facebook and Instagram we use only for retargeting. So whenever a targeted visitor visits our website, we show them ads on Facebook and Instagram just to remind them about us so they can get back to the website.

Josh (00:07:41) - Yeah. How was the advertising world on LinkedIn lately? I haven't been paying attention much to that.

Kristiyan (00:07:47) - , it's pretty hard. I mean, it's very expensive. It is. And it doesn't bring, like, very good results. But,, once you get a certain settings in place and you start seeing our why, it's pretty good, but it's hard to get it up and running. If I can say it that way.

Josh (00:08:05) - Yeah, I can, I can see that., so tell me about young Caesar as a company and how you acquire customers.

Kristiyan (00:08:12) - Sure. So we mostly rely on outbound. So for example, the approach that I use is. I make a list with all the companies that I want to work with in terms of industry, for example, laser makers, what CNC waterjet manufacturers since the plasma cutting machine manufacturers since the two vendor manufacturers and the list goes on and on. And then for every category we go online, we go to Google, we find all the manufacturers of those specific types of machines. Then we use different tools to find the LinkedIn profiles of the decision makers, also their emails. And from there we start running customized email and social media campaigns. Also sometimes really cold calling. And that's pretty much it. I mean, with this approach, I've been able to acquire billion dollar companies and smaller companies as well. It works in every vertical.

Josh (00:09:10) - . And then, so in terms of your direction then, so where do you aim to go over the next 3 to 5 years.

Kristiyan (00:09:19) - Well, I want to get this company to a certain stage where, I mean, our main focus is the quality.

Kristiyan (00:09:25) - For me, the most important thing is to make sure that our clients are happy and that we bring them tremendous results. If they give us if they spend 10,000 per month with us, I want to bring them like 50 times return. And usually that's possible because their machines are very expensive and where we want to go. We really aim to offer a boutique service. It's not like I want to work with 1000 companies or 500 companies or something like this. I just want to make sure that all the operations internally are running very smooth, and that we have a way to basically to acquire a customer in every industry that we are targeting. And from there, I would like to focus on creating a software, some kind of software for the manufacturers, because I think this will be very beneficial and also work on a personal brand. Again, in the industrial manufacturing industry.

Josh (00:10:19) - Yeah. Do you see like looking in your crystal ball? Do you see any trends in manufacturing, particularly on the sales and marketing side of things?, like if you were to look ahead a couple of years or a few years for someone who's in manufacturing, sales and marketing, what would you say you're going to want to pay attention to this or this is absolutely trending right now.

Kristiyan (00:10:40) - Trending. I wouldn't say there's something trending, but I see that outbound is doing very well for B2B and especially for manufacturers. And when I talk about outbound, I mean, basically the process of manually creating a list with your ideal prospects and reaching out to them with custom specific emails that talk about specific problems that they might have and how you can solve them and provide a solution, if that makes sense.

Josh (00:11:14) - Sure. So, Kristiyan, someone that may be listening to us, let's say that there's someone who's manufacturing, sales and marketing. They're looking to drive sales. They're doing some research. They've come across this podcast now. They've heard our conversation. Where do they go from here? And and what are those initial steps typically look like? I see that you offer free audits. What's in an audit?

Kristiyan (00:11:34) - Well, basically, if they go to our website, everything that we've done for our customers, everything that we use to bring them results, I packed it in an e-book and a physical book and also some video courses that they can use absolutely for free to replicate the exact same strategies that we're using for our customers so they can do them in-house.

Josh (00:11:56) - Great. Okay, cool. So your website, Young Caesar dot digital again to our friend that's listening. We've got the link in the show notes. Just kind of click around. You can find that Kristiyan Youssef again. You're the co-founder again on your website Young Caesar Dot Digital Kristiyan, thank you so much for joining us.

Kristiyan (00:12:12) - Thank you so much for your time, Josh. I hope that people will find this valuable.

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