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Danny Gavin is the Founder and Chief Strategist of Optidge, a Houston-based digital marketing agency. Danny is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business, teaching master-level classes and executive education on social media and search engine marketing.

He is also the Founder of ODEO Academy, where he provides digital marketing education and practical application to help people land a job and get a better grasp of this changing world of digital marketing.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Diamonds, Rabbi, and earning an MBA: Danny Gavin’s come up story 
  • Why Danny left the family business of selling diamonds 
  • How Danny’s agency services have evolved 
  • Scaling and growing your agency through the power of delegation
  • Ways to flex your delegation muscle 
  • How Danny helped a plumbing company double their leads 
  • Landmines to avoid when assisting clients with site migrations
  • Breaking down the disruptive marketing approach 
  • Why Danny created ODEO Academy 
  • Tips to market a course 
  • Using paid LinkedIn ads

In this episode…

Agency owners are specialists in the services they render but also wear many different hats to serve their clients better. One of the toughest challenges they face is taking off some of those hats and letting others come in to help scale the business. It’s a nightmare that keeps them twisting and turning in bed.

Are you facing these same challenges in your business? Today’s guest, Danny Gavin, had a similar experience but moved past it to grow his business. What was his secret recipe? Delegation. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but if Danny could do it, you can too.

Listen to this episode of the Inspired Insider Podcast with Dr. Jeremy Weisz featuring the Founder and Chief Strategist of Optidge, Danny Gavin. They discuss Danny’s journey to becoming an agency owner, how he’s been able to scale and grow, creating and marketing a course, and many things in-between.

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Episode Transcript

Jeremy Weisz 0:19

Dr. Jeremy Weisz here, Founder of where I talk with inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders today is no different if Danny Gavin Optidge. I’m going to formally introduce Danny in a second. Before I do, Dan, I always like to point out other episodes people should check out. And this one may be near and dear to your heart. So we I had the founder of on Jay Steinfeld did that from scratch to over $200 million and sold the Home Depot and talk about how Danny plays into that story. You should check out Dan Grunfeld interview I did. With him a masterpiece of a book, he talks about his family’s journey from Auschwitz to the NBA, and it’s pretty amazing and Mois Navon of Mobileye, again, common thread with Danny Gavin, where Luis was one of the founding engineers at Mobileye, they ended up selling for 15 point, I think, $3 billion to Intel, to fuel the autonomous vehicle. And that’s not the linkage, Danny, but most while he was doing mobile, I actually, um, became a rabbi, you know, and actually studied to be a rabbi while he was doing this. It’s amazing. So check that out amazing episode with moist Navone. And this episode is brought to you by Rise25 at Rise25 we help businesses give to and connect to their dream 100 relationships and partnerships. And how do we do that we help you run your podcast. And you know, for me, the only the number one thing in my life is relationships. I’m always looking at ways to give to my best relationships. And I found no better way over the past decade to have the people and the companies I respected admire and share their story with the world. So if you’ve thought about podcasting, you should single one of the single best things I’ve done in my life, you can go to Learn more, feel free to ask us any questions that you have there. Today, we have Danny Gavin, founder of Optidge, a Houston based digital marketing agency. He’s also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, CT Bauer College of Business, teaching master level classes and executive education on social media search engine marketing, if he wasn’t busy enough, he also launched ODEO Academy to provide digital marketing education and practical application to the public so they can actually land a job and get a better grasp of this changing world of digital marketing that we live in in. Danny, thanks for joining me.

Danny Gavin 2:41

Yeah, my pleasure. What an awesome intro.

Jeremy Weisz 2:43

So many places to start with this. Why? So let’s start with actually your family. Because, you know, I always love the rags to rags story that made something your parents, you know, basically started with nothing and, and moved.

Danny Gavin 3:01

Yeah. So my parents were from South Africa. Originally, my mom’s actually from Zimbabwe, which used to be called Rhodesia. And she had to pretty much run away from there. That’s kind of a refugee when she was like, 1819 20. With her parents. So yeah, when my mom and I got married my mom’s and you know, that was like, the heat of apartheid. And no one really knew what was going on. And my mom’s like, I just, we just need to have a better life for our kids. We don’t know what’s gonna happen to South Africa. So yeah, they emigrated to United States with like, I think they say like, $2,000 in their pocket, but really, like, my mom had one aunt in Houston, Texas, of all places. So that’s where we came. But it was, it’s pretty crazy.