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Presenting Blowing Up (Tad Hargrave)

  • Episode #86

Tad Hargrave is a self-described hippie with a knack for marketing. He helps other hippies get more clients in ways that feel good to all involved, and he calls his decision to do pay-what-you-can the best thing he ever did for his business. 

Hosts Linda Claire Puig and Ari Iny talk with Tad about what can sound like a radical thing to do: allowing people to decide what they will pay you for your work. Tad shares real-world examples from his own business of what works well with this strategy…and what to avoid.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Tad’s story of a workshop “gone wrong”—and the surprising offer strategy that emerged, earning him thousands in unexpected revenue without any selling at all
  • Why you do NOT have to choose between marketing that works and marketing that feels good
  • How to tweak and test your offer so that people actually want to pay more for it
  • The most common misunderstanding and misapplication of pay-what-you-can (so you don’t dig yourself a financial grave).  
  • And much more!
“Because they feel respected and not pushed, this natural generosity comes out and people just want to give and want to contribute.”

Tad Hargrave

Tad Hargrave is a hippie who developed a knack for marketing (and then learned to be a hippie again). He is a practitioner and proponent of “ethical marketing for uncertain times” and helps hippies get more clients in ways that feel good to all involved.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
6-Figure Newsletters
Tad’s website
Tad’s free gift

Guest: Tad Hargrave
Hosts: Linda Claire Puig & Ari Iny
Producer: Linda Claire Puig
Managing Producer: Cynthia Lamb 
Executive producer: Danny Iny
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music and SFX credits: 
Track Title: Sunny Side Up
Artist Name(s): Neon Beach
Writer Name: Aaron Sprinkle

Track Title: Presence
Artist Name(s): Mikey Geiger
Writer Name: Michael Thomas Geiger

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton


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