Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Tim Burd. I am known as the “Godfather of Facebook Ads” and have been helping people make money online now for 15 years. I speak at conventions around the world, hold seminars, retreats and more. As a community builder, I also run the largest online community of internet advertisers in the world.
What has been one insight or lesson that has been most helpful in your career?
One thing I have always tried to live by is to just do right by people and treat them how I want to be treated plain and simple. It has helped build and maintain a great reputation which has helped me immensely.
What has been your favorite mistake? A mistake that in retrospect led to a great lesson and progress.
It was definitely about 10 years ago now when my internet business at the time was so niche that when Visa changed cross sell regulations my margin plummeted and I ended up having to close that business down. Now I stay diversified and years ahead of any regulations.
Project forward ten years. How will your industry or field be fundamentally different then? What opportunities do you see?
There will be a lot more automation and a greater focus on producing great videos and creatives which is tough for computers to do by themselves. I also see people wanting to connect more and more as society grows more disconnected and being a community builder, this is going to be something I can help with and bring people together.
What are some bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Almost daily I see someone that says something like, “Alright just landed my first client for $10k, now what do I do?”. This drives me crazy and comes from people telling others to take clients money THEN learn how to do internet advertising.
It’s just sad.
In the last two years, what have you become better at saying no to?
Great question! I have been better and better at saying no to phone calls, meetings etc that I know are not likely to materialize into something beneficial.
What is the one book you recommend most often and why?
For those that want to be an expert in their field, “Expert Secrets” by Russell Brunson is a book I really like.
What advice would you give a smart and ambitious recent college graduate? What advice should they ignore?
I would recommend that they start a company doing something they love but to properly vet their idea with actual business owners. What advice should they ignore? Basically anything their “teachers” tell them. I went to college for a semester and it was a joke. I think there are some professions that you really should go to college but for most professions I think college is a big waste of time and money.
What is your favorite quote, one you aim to live by?
“You are the sum of the 5 people closest to you.”
If a recent graduate wanted to reach out, what would be the best way to connect with you?
Go to my website, timburd.com and click “Contact Me.”