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The Digital Hospitality podcast helps business owners develop a mobile-first Internet strategy by sharing stories of innovative brands and personalities who are outranking the competition in search results. No one said running a business was easy. Let Digital Hospitality be your guide.

The Digital Hospitality podcast helps business owners develop a mobile-first Internet strategy by sharing stories of innovative brands and personalities who are outranking the competition in search results. No one said running a business was easy. Let Digital Hospitality be your guide.


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The Digital Hospitality podcast helps business owners develop a mobile-first Internet strategy by sharing stories of innovative brands and personalities who are outranking the competition in search results. No one said running a business was easy. Let Digital Hospitality be your guide.




A Maestro of Meat and Marketing | Jason Ganahl (GQue BBQ) | DH079

Jason Ganahl is a Maestro of Meat and Marketing. The GQue BBQ founder's love for barbecue, people, and sports has allowed him to flourish. To do so, he’s had to network not only to thrive but also to survive. Being outside of the major traditional barbecue markets has made Jason Ganahl hustle hard not just in his food service area but also online. Jason Ganahl is our guest on the Digital Hospitality podcast, where he talked about running a successful BBQ and catering, business in Colorado,...


In-House Delivery vs Third-Party Delivery | Roger Avats and Josh Kopel (Inhouse Delivery Company) | DH078

2021 is here, but the pandemic and the pivots pioneered because of it are still very much at hand. While the restaurant industry has been forced to suffer, adapt and evolve in 2020 more than most, the shift to takeout and delivery has allowed many doors (like at Cali BBQ) to stay open. Still, it hasn’t been easy. Though savvy restaurant owners and operators have been able to master the marketplaces that allow them to get their food to the customers that can’t dine in, it still proves...


2020 Stories and Lessons from Cali BBQ Media – Part 5 | Sam the Cooking Guy and Cali BBQ Sauce | DH077

2020 was full of Lessons and Stories we will always remember. One is the story of how Sam the Cooking Guy pushed us to start selling BBQ sauce online after his YouTube channel featuring our Jalapeno BBQ Sauce in one of his Sam the Cooking Guy recipes in late 2020. Out of pure love and friendship Sam The Cooking Guy Zien and his son Max Zien integrated our Cali BBQ Sauce into the YouTube recipe for his Best BBQ Chicken Sliders. We are now selling more BBQ Sauce...


2020 Stories and Lessons from Cali BBQ Media – Part 4 | Toast POS Unboxing and Digital Content | DH076

If you're looking for digital content to help tell your businesses story, turn the cell phone camera yourself. That's what we did when made an Unboxing Video when we first received our new Toast POS system. It was fun to record us opening up our new restaurant technology toys, but the biggest impact came after we published the video online. The response was huge — from our community and the Toast company itself. You don't need a professional media team to plan,...


2020 Stories and Lessons from Cali BBQ Media – Part 3 | Sunrise Gratitude and Spreading Kindness | DH075

We strive to bring you behind the scenes of running a BBQ Media company. We do that by publishing digital content (video, blogs, audio podcasts just like this) that explains the Stories and Lessons surrounding what we do and how we do it. The Digital Hospitality challenge for you is simple: try every day to change your life for the better. Every time the sun comes up or goes down you should feel grateful for another day. Each new day is another day to be your best. Digital Hospitality Stay...


2020 Stories and Lessons from Cali BBQ Media – Part 2 | More Publishing Content is Better | DH074

It's better to be done, then perfect. When it comes to digital content creation, sometimes you just have to press publish before you think your work is perfect. Speed is important when it comes to publishing online, as is frequency. The more content you can put out online, the more attention you will receive. In the modern era, we're in an attention economy and you should be an attention merchant. Remember A.B.P. Always Be Planning Always Be Producing Always Be Publishing Always Be Promoting...


2020 Stories and Lessons from Cali BBQ Media – Part 1 | Tiger King and the Pandemic | DH073

There were many stories and lessons that we at Cali BBQ Media will always remember from 2020, a year when so much changed. We wanted to do something a little bit different for our first five Digital Hospitality podcast episodes of 2021. To celebrate the end of 2020 and to kick off the new year, we will be joined by Stover Harger III, the executive producer of Cali BBQ Media and this Digital Hospitality podcast. Over the next five episodes, we will run through some moments we learned from in...


World’s Fastest and Most Accurate Knife Thrower | The Great Throwdini David Adamovich | DH072

Find your talent, not your title. The term 'multi-hyphenate’ gets thrown around a lot these days. However, David Adamovich, an ordained minister, doctor, entertainer, and author, doesn’t throw his titles around. David throws knives instead. The Great Throwdini David Adamovich was a guest on the Digital Hospitality podcast where the impalement artist talked about transforming himself into the "World's Fastest and Most Accurate Knife Thrower." What did you learn from this podcast episode...


Digital Resources and Help to Inspire Restaurant Owners | Shawn Walchef on Corner Booth Podcast | DH071

There's a reason we recommend every restaurateur read Restaurant Startup and Growth and join Having up-to-date information aggregated from experts in the industry is vital to staying current in any business, especially for restaurant owners and operators. As we built up Cali BBQ and evolved the restaurant over the years, a vital and inspiring resource for us has always been the articles and industry data found on The Corner Booth Podcast, hosted...


Innovating Tech Solutions to Help Restaurants | Therese Lim and Francisco Bram from Uber Eats | DH070

Uber Eats is doing their part to help the restaurant industry and change lives with Digital Hospitality. They have among the most important jobs in the food industry, but the day-to-day duties of Uber Eats' Therese Lim and Francisco Bram aren't centered around pots and pans, taste tests, or cooking classes. Digital Hospitality podcast guests Therese Lim and Francisco Bram from Uber Eats help bridge tech and strategy on the product and marketing side. Therese Lim is head of restaurant product...


Education Leads to Engagement | Doug Scheiding of Rogue Cookers (Traeger Pro Team, Head Country Ambassador) | DH069

Doug Scheiding is an aerospace engineer. Doug Scheiding is also a business broker. But while this episode of Digital Hospitality is about multi-hyphenate Doug Scheiding, it’s not the merely the story of an aerospace engineer or a business broker. This is the story of a champion who gives his all no matter what. “Whether you’re playing tiddlywinks or chess, do it 150%,” says Texas pitmaster and friend of Cali BBQ Media Doug Scheiding, a talented barbecue cook who holds the title of BBQ World...


How to Turn Your Business into a Media Company | Shawn Walchef on Full Comp Podcast | DH068

If you want to survive and thrive in business then you have to start operating and thinking like a media company. Being in business in 2021 and beyond is about creating memorable moments online and offline. The world is changing and we all need to keep up. Digital Hospitality guest Josh Kopel shared our Cali BBQ Media origin story on his FULL COMP Podcast (presented by Yelp) in 2020. We talked in-depth about the changing restaurant business, business technology, and online marketing...


Love the Problem, Not the Solution | Jonathon Hensley (Emerge Interactive) | DH067

As you'd expect for a Tech CEO, Jonathan Hensley is a busy man. Day to day, Jonathan Hensley serves as both the CEO of Emerge Interactive and as the technology advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The tech titan who was raised in The Bay has seen his industry explode before his eyes dating back to his boyhood, well aware of both the game-changing innovation and the high-priced fluff that’s come and gone over the years. Because of all this, Jonathan knows exactly what it takes...


Who the F@*% Doesn’t Love Toast? | Sam Zien (Sam the Cooking Guy) and Howard Solomon (Solomon Leaders) | DH066

Sam the Cooking Guy would like to propose a Toast. Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien has nearly 2.4 Million followers on YouTube. He's got tons to share about cooking, digital media, and creating a food empire. But for fellow restaurateurs he has one big piece of advice. It’s to invest in Toast. No, we’re not talking about avocado toast, forgoing flatbread or any menu changes at any of Sam’s properties. Instead, we’re talking about Toast Point of Sale software. “This technology will change how...


Spotify Playlist Challenge | David Meltzer (Business Mentor) | DH065

David Meltzer has found success in all arenas of life. Taking on title bouts in business, family and friendship, David Meltzer has gone toe-to-toe with doubt, loss, and a world that sometimes feels like it’s run out of love. Nevertheless, the inspiring leader continues to conquer and fight fear with a smile on his face. Whether tackling tough critics in his industry or catching inspiration off a loved one since passed, it’s music that often motivates Meltzer. On a recent business coaching...


Spotify Playlist Challenge | Dave Palet and Josh Palet of JP25 Media | DH064

The first rule of the Spotify Playlist Challenge is you will share the Spotify Playlist Challenge. Every week we try to help others become better digital storytellers. This challenge is a way to get someone who you care about to pick 10 Songs that matter to them and then publish that public playlist on Spotify. Spotify Playlist Challenge Rules: 👉🏻 You will talk and post about the #SpotifyPlaylistChallenge ☑️ Pick someone you love and admire and ask them to create a public digital playlist...


Brand Building in a New Era | Shawn Walchef on The Cantore Show | DH063

At Cali BBQ we learned early on that to get people to care about us, we had to reach out to them online. Veteran broadcaster and notable San Diego media personality Chris Cantore (our former podcast guest) featured our Cali BBQ Media story on his The Cantore Show podcast. Recording in his surf hut studio, Cantore dug into Cali BBQ Media's digital evolution and reaction to the fundamental changes in the hospitality industry that occurred in 2020. The smartphone that you hold right now is a...


Done Is Better Than Perfect | The Mindset Doctor Justin Moseley | DH062

One day Dr. Justin Moseley asked himself: “If money wasn't an issue, what would I do?” Soon came an answer. "The Mindset Doctor" Justin Moseley is our guest on the Digital Hospitality podcast where he shared his inspiring journey to impact lives and help others with health, personal development, and improved mindsets. Dr. Justin Moseley is hosting The Power of Mindset Summit online from Nov. 18-22, 2020. The free virtual summit features expert speakers, including Cali BBQ Media founder Shawn...


Planting Roots in Your Community | Shawn Walchef on Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast | DH061

Getting involved and planting roots in your community as a business owner shows that you care about your village. Once you have a platform — and you use your voice to talk about the entire community, and not just your own business — everything starts to change. Restaurant Unstoppable podcast host Eric Cacciatore visited Cali BBQ Media to record an episode of his hospitality show with us in late 2019, which we are sharing with you now almost a year later. The lessons and stories we discussed...


The Answers Are Within You | Emily Silva (Sunrise Gratitude Author) | DH060

Being grateful and at your best is a day-by-day journey — from Sunrise to Moonlight and back again. 365 days a year. Digital Hospitality guest Emily Silva Hockstra is an inspiring author and life coach. Her 2020 book Sunrise Gratitude shares 365 morning meditations to help others find the joy and the sacred every day. Along her journey in life, Emily Silva has experienced bumps along the way. As she's healed and grown spiritually, she wants to help others find the same inner awakenings of...