In today’s episode we get to speak to the amazing John Boat, someone who’s had an inspirational journey someone I was recently introduced to, and I was blown away. He’s had a phenomenal journey, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you today. So let’s find out what he did and why am I so excited to speak to him. Let’s find out.

John is a seasoned sales professional and Internet marketer with an exceptional track record helping companies grow their clientele and profits. Through 15 years of experience working with CEOs, business owners, and marketing leaders at some of Canada’s most successful corporations, John developed a deep understanding of local marketing dynamics and consumer behaviour. John’s entrepreneurial spirit and experience working with more than 5,000 local business owners inspired him to start his own company, Local SEO Search, in 2013.

His parents were among the last of the “boat people” refugees who immigrated from South Vietnam in 1980, and John was born a few months later. Like many newcomers, his family persevered through difficult times, and relied upon help from various community organizations (including the Salvation Army and Canada Employment Centre). Early on, John embraced the value of hard work. Throughout adolescence and early adulthood, he held a number of jobs and studied the many challenges faced by business owners. John set a goal to one day own a business and give back to the local community.

Armed with a strong knowledge of digital marketing changes — as well as the importance of search engines like Google and Yahoo — John became the sole owner of Local SEO Search five years ago. John invests time getting to know each client, taking a personal approach and making customers feel valued and appreciated. He educates them about how the “LSS” team draws more targeted clientele to their websites and storefronts, and why design, optimization, and authoritative content expands their bottom line, with a high return on investment. John’s team is transparent and honest, offering outstanding customer service and the peace of mind that client websites are continuously monitored and improved.

As a full- service digital agency, LSS is a one-stop shop for small and medium-sized businesses. The company provides analytics, design, regular audits, keyword research, and social media marketing. Local SEO Search has been recognized as a top SEO agency in Canada by a leading B2B market research firm. The LSS website posts many testimonials and case studies attesting to an ability to get businesses more clicks, calls, and customers.

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, John earned his Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies (ACS) in 2003. His career began at Yellow Pages Group, where he was among the top 2% of sales representatives across Canada.

Now a proud father, John enjoys coaching and mentoring new entrepreneurs, and runs an annual school supply campaign to help deserving young people in elementary and primary grades. Local SEO Search also provides free education to small business owners through live events and their podcast, Local SEO today.

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