Interview with Neil Patel – Internet Marketing Guru

Best known for his marketing advice on Pronet Advertising, Neil Patel continues to work on an array of projects, including Crazy Egg, ACS, Kissmetrics. His niche is Internet Marketing. And he’s still going to college at Stanford University. With the amount of knowledge he already has, he shows he still wants more.

In one of his recent posts on his personal blog, Quick Sprout, he says, “One thing I get asked frequently is how did you become successful. Usually when people ask this they are looking for 1 answer, but the truth is there are a lot of factors that caused my success.” His keys to success are no secret because he’s willing to share them with you.

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The Interview

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Name: Neil Patel
Occupation: Marketing, Entrepreneur

What items do you always carry with you?::

I like to keep my pockets light, so I try not to carry much with me. I usually just carry a small card holder which fits 4 credit cards, a Blackberry cell phone, and chap stick. And if I am traveling I also carry a money clip.

What challenges do you face in your line of work, and have you ever felt like giving up?::

The main challenges I face is to keep clients happy. In my line of work everything is results driven and that is what clients expect. And even if results are provided some clients want more (which is natural). Due to this it is difficult to set costumer expectations from the start because even if a client says they understand everything, they usually do not. As for giving up, I never feel that way.

What does your work environment look like?::

My work environment is simple. I work in a small office with a handful of people. I have a macbook laptop, a small desk, and a small chair.

What do you consider greatest failure and why?::

As for the greatest failure in the world, I am not sure. But my greatest failure is when I first started out, I lost hundreds and thousands of dollars. I was young and had little knowledge in what I was doing. The bright side of it is that it taught me many lessons and because of that I am some what successful.

What do you consider your greatest achievement and why?::

My greatest achievement is helping non-profit organizations succeed. Such as the liver society which help kids get free liver transplants. There is nothing better I enjoy doing in this world, than to help others in need.

Who (and or what) inspires, motivates you?::

A lot of people inspire me. My parents always push me to do better and make more money. Other than that, my business partners always motivate me.

What have you learned in your life so far?::

I have learned a lot of important things in life and probably too many to list out. But a few of the things are:

  1. Don’t always listen to others. Sometimes you just have to do what you want to do.
  2. You should always take on risk. If you don’t you probably will not succeed in life.
  3. Sometimes you just need to give up. Not all businesses are worth fighting for.
  4. Always be willing to listen to others. Even if you think the advice is crap, one day they may tell you something useful.
  5. You are never to big to help out others for free. The little guys are the most important people out there.

Do you have any favorite quotes, pictures, internet links that you would like to share?::

“Be careful of the toes you step on today, for they might be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow.” – Christopher Rees

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Si1very on Flickr – “Neil Patel on Flickr” [Online Image]

labnol on Flickr – “Neil Patel on Flickr” [Online Image]

Quick Sprout – “8 Reasons Why I am Successful And You Are Not” [Online Article]

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