Vladimer Botsvadze is a world-renowned, multi-award-winning, digital transformation and social media influencer, Fortune 500 consultant, thought leader, futurist, professor, keynote speaker, startup advisor, C-suite mentor, and media personality, who has always been at the forefront of fast-paced industries. He has more than 15 years of international experience in marketing and innovation with a proven track record of guiding executives and top brands worldwide to initiate change, drive growth, and position brands as market leaders in their industries. He has enjoyed an outstanding career at the top the technology and is recognized as one of the brightest minds in digital transformation. With such a world-class career, he continues to play a pivotal role in maximizing top brands’ success. Hitting the ground running, Vladimer has become an Advisory Board Member of RETHINK Retail in Orlando, Florida. He has been elected as a jury member of the Digital Revolution Awards in the UK and the Stevie Awards in NYC. He is currently a member of the Marketing Judging Committee of the American Business Awards.
Vladimer has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Irish Tech News, World Biz Magazine, Insights Success Magazine, Authority Magazine, and other media outlets. The work he has done to advance marketing has been recognized globally winning countless awards. He’s currently ranked as the No. 1 Global Marketing Thought Leader by Thinkers360. He has been recognized among the Top 10 Inspiring Business Leaders Making a Difference in 2022 by Insights Success Magazine. He is ranked among the Top 100 Global Retail Influencers by RETHINK Retail. In addition, he has been recognized as a thought leader by Onalytica, Retail Insight Network, Engati, The Awards Magazine, Kred, Whizlabs, and GlobalData. Through his consulting, speaking, teaching, startup advising, and mentoring services, companies have grown from groundbreaking ideas into the fastest growing companies. With a CV, full of roles from a global keynote speaker to an advisory board member, Vladimer possesses game-changing experience that transforms brands and builds businesses.
Vladimer has been committed to inspiring business executives with his impressive career success who utilized his natural entrepreneurialism to become a self-made influencer. Established globally as a marketing thought leader, Vladimer has changed the face of global marketing with his presence and contribution. He is a highly in-demand keynote speaker, inspiring audiences with the latest trends in technology. A motivational figure who went from 0 followers to 130,000 followers in 6 years by consistently working 16 hours a day. His dedication to building Twitter has put Vladimer at the forefront of innovation as to how social media plays a key role in building businesses worldwide.
Vladimer helps high performers to achieve business goals. He is one of the world’s most requested and featured marketing speakers. From Los Angeles to Sydney, he is a global audience favorite. He advises boards and executive teams of the world’s most powerful brands. Vladimer helps brands, executives, and entrepreneurs see the future differently. He inspires audiences to think outside the box and sets new standards for maximizing their online success.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
I’m one of the most prominent entrepreneurs of our time. I’m a true practitioner of business and marketing. I create change through game-changing growth transformations. I shape strategic vision and priorities that help global clients run customer-centric transformations. From my first-hand experience, I offer insights to help brands realize their full marketing potential.
A winning marketing strategy requires a balance of practicality and storytelling. I bring agility to the way brands operate and a solid combination of creativity and social media understanding to organizations’ marketing efforts. I help events, brands, think tanks, and associations achieve unprecedented levels of success. Digital marketing strategies are constantly evolving. My clients are motivated to understand that digital marketing is a 24/7/365 commitment. Whether they need to build an entirely new marketing strategy from scratch or executives are driven to build their personal brands, I fast track their marketing efforts for the best possible results.
I’m a world-renowned thought leader in the marketing and technology spaces. I’m currently ranked as the No. 1 Global Marketing Influencer by Thinkers360. I’m fortunate to have been in the right places at the right time with the right professionals. Equipped with game-changing strategies, brands can focus on building successful plans for the future. I’m consistently rated as one of the top keynote speakers worldwide. I have reached 40 million people in 1,145 cities and 150 countries.
As a speaker, I bring thought-provoking and future-proof strategies to events to make an impact on individuals and businesses. As an advisory board member, I help boards and management teams to capitalize on digital transformation. Showing such passion and impact, I have started working as a marketing mentor for Hype Sports Innovation. I’ve done my best for my personal brand to become a reality. I’m able to make unique changes to businesses of any size with my world-class first-hand experience and unexpected over-delivery. Having worked with Fortune 500 brands and speaking at the world’s leading marketing summits such as the Asia Retail Summit, I’ve established myself as an inspirational speaker. Addressing audiences internationally, encouraging actionable change, and motivating people to become more confident, I’m guaranteed to leave a lasting impact on all audiences.
Having been recognized as ‘’a social media expert’’ by Forbes, I absolutely take pride in my work and I’ve had a tremendous impact on the business and technology world. I’m widely recognized for my visionary leadership and trailblazing innovation. When I work on great projects, it’s always a race against time. When I go into overdrive, my career is in the fast lane. I consider my No. 1 global marketing ranking the jewel in the crown. Passion is the cornerstone of success. Social media has put me on the global map because of my practicality, dedication, communication, storytelling, and empathy. I’ve absolutely come a long way for my success.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I wake up early, exercise before it falls off a to-do list, spend time with my family, regularly network over coffee, work on top-priority business projects, also work on a personal passion project and put out 100 pieces of content across 8-10 social networks.
I spend time working on creating new opportunities and constantly focus on improving yesterday’s results. I create a strategic roadmap with my executive team, build accountability, and transparency around the plans and expected results. It’s also essential to spend time reading, giving myself a break and time to relax and recover.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I believe success depends on backbone, not on wishbone. I make choices and decisions that align with my values. I know my priorities and take care of these first. I stand up for myself, take care of my needs and make time for physical self-care. In order to succeed, I keep things simple. In addition, I create supportive habits that lead me to success. I believe in exceeding expectations.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Social commerce is a huge trend nowadays. Social media becomes a platform where users seek information, advice, and inquire about the products. eMarketer predicts that social commerce will be an $80 billion industry by 2025. Increased social media consumption and stay at home mandates shoppers to buy directly on social media. 73% of marketers believe that social media is effective for their businesses. There are 4.6 billion social media users. 55% of people bought products through social media. 57% have been shopping more often since the pandemic. More social media channels will be implementing e-commerce.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Self-discipline can help anyone in every aspect of their life. Have a purpose and let it be the driving force. Self-discipline empowers your mind to achieve your goals. Surround yourself with self-disciplined people and you will be like them sooner or later. I’m an enthusiastic go-getter and supremely confident. Moreover, I’m always forward-thinking and adventurous who always gets things done. Equipped with an aptitude for solving problems, I combine new and innovative ideas with the motivation needed to lead people forward.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I’d advise my younger self to be present across all major social networks. Strike while the iron is hot, leave no stone unturned, and never stop exploring.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I believe you should build your path rather than follow the crowd. Set long-term goals to create a clear vision of what you set your sights on. Embrace daily self-education to grow your skills and add new achievements to your CV. Build your professional network to get inspired by other people and set yourself apart by working 16 hours a day to accelerate your success.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Be patient and trust the journey.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
I have an impact on my immediate surrounding. I like pushing boundaries, discovering and capitalizing on new ideas. My ideas are actionable and practicality is what allowed me to hit the ground running and move mountains. I combine practicality and storytelling to experiment with new ideas and solutions. I know when I need to change a horse in the midstream. To put it in a nutshell, I know when I need to change things.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
There are lots of trials and tribulations when you embark on an entrepreneurial journey. I’ve worked incredibly hard on my proven success formula, which entailed an immense amount of self-education. When I understood my market and target audience, I came up with an amazing site. I made sure my website was simple and worked perfectly on mobile devices. Since I started getting in the spotlight by the media, I’ve taken advantage of my long-term plan to drive results.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
D2C startups are in rage as they are selling directly to customers without intermediaries resulting in lower costs and providing greater ROI. Millennial shoppers spend $600 billion in the US each year, 81% of customers will buy from a D2C brand in 5 years and 84% of companies relate to D2C channels to their customers.
Choose a product, research your target audience, think wisely about who will buy your products, build your brand, connect with your social media audience and spread the word about your products, collaborate with influencers to skyrocket awareness, and interact with customers on social media channels and stay focused.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I’ve recently upgraded my Thinkers360 plans to add my achievements to the platform that ranked me as the No. 1 Global Marketing and Social Media Thought Leader. It’s always a step in the right direction to care about my global rankings.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Thinkers360 is the world’s largest and premier marketplace for B2B thought leaders and influencers. Brands use this tool to work with world-leading experts. It allows thought leaders to participate in the global leaderboards, showcase their portfolio and find opportunities to accelerate their impact and transform their brands.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is one of my favorite books, which inspires readers to be in love with their entrepreneurial journeys.
What is your favorite quote?
‘’Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make a fortune.’’ – Jim Rohn
A true entrepreneur knows that nothing just comes to you; you have to go out into the world and earn it yourself. Self-education allows you to maintain momentum and keep progressing. The most successful businesses are formed over long periods of sustained hard work.
- Actions speak louder than words. What you do is more important than what you say you will do.
- Tall oaks grow from little acorns. Great things come from small beginnings.
- There is no time like the present to strike while the iron is hot. Don’t postpone until later something you can do now.
- Move with the times and be in the driver’s seat. Be in charge of business and be your own boss.
- Diligence is the mother of good luck. Hard work brings rewards.
Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.