How Wealthy People Put On a Conference

Steve Olsher

In Episode #720, Nathan interviews Steve Olsher. He’s the chairman and founder of He’s a New York Times best-selling author of What Is Your WHAT?: Discover The One Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do. He’s also hosted the number 1 radio show, Reinvention Radio, and is a national keynote speaker and creator of the New Media Summit.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – The $100 Startup
  • What CEO do you follow? – Giovanni Marsico
  • Favorite online tool? —
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 7-8
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “I wished I would have trusted myself more”

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:10 – Nathan introduces to the show
  • 01:35 – Steve was in Episode 342
  • 02:02 – Steve is still in the process of selling
  • 02:14 – is on ad revenue but is moving into the monetization strategy in Q3 and Q4
  • 02:20 – Monthly impression is currently $3M
  • 02:32 – There’s nothing in the bottom line revenue because it just goes back to the business
  • 02:45 – Gross margin varies
  • 03:51 – The company’s valuation
  • 04:07 – Average open rate
    • 04:14 – Depending on the promotion, the click rate varies
    • 04:41 – People are more interested in contests than new products
  • 05:26 – Steve has been doing events
  • 06:24 – was like a family business
  • 07:04 – New Media Summit does live events for different types of viewers
    • 08:00 – The idea is to connect with people who have high-visibility platforms
  • 08:34 – New Media Summit is bringing in icons and influencers to events
    • 09:06 – Most people are podcasters
    • 09:25 – The people in New Media Summit are focused on understanding the value of teaching and sharing their knowledge
    • 09:47 – New Media Summit takes care of the podcasters hotel accommodation and meals
    • 09:57 – The event will accommodate only 150 people
    • 10:17 – There will be an influencer and mastermind on the last day of the summit
    • 10:49 – Attendees can pay in full which is $4997—the early bird price
    • 11:10 – The marketing just started and they have sold 2 tickets for the early bird
    • 11:17 – There are some who invested in Steve’s products and services and paid a seat deposit to attend the summit
    • 11:30 – Minimum price to attend is $1300 plus the seat deposit
  • 12:28 – Part of Steve’s revenue comes from buying stage time
  • 12:44 – Steve can easily pay $10K for a highly-curated event with 100 people
  • 13:19 – An event should have a revenue model or plan of action in order to recoup
  • 14:44 – There are some events that people don’t want to go back to because they are just pitch fests
  • 14:49 – Steve doesn’t speak at events where 1-10 people are selling
  • 15:22 – Steve’s call-to action during his speaking is to sign-up on an order form which has a lot of bonuses
  • 16:34 – An event venue is quite expensive which can average to about $150K for a whole day event
  • 17:00 – Steve is also making money from the events
    • 17:28 – They’ve got everything covered before the event starts
    • 17:38 – There will be services and products offered during the event
    • 18:03 – Steve will also pitch to future speakers
  • 19:35 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  1. An event should be well-planned and have a revenue model where they can recoup expenses.
  2. The main challenges in having an event are ensuring people to attend and to have speakers who will NOT just sell during the event.
  3. Ad open rates always vary depending on the promotion.

Resources Mentioned:

  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • GetLatka – Database of all B2B SaaS companies who have been on my show including their revenue, CAC, churn, ARPU and more
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Hotjar – Nathan uses Hotjar to track what you’re doing on this site. He gets a video of each user visit like where they clicked and scrolled to make the site a better experience
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books
  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives