Describing himself as a veteran marketer with “a passion for catching fish on the fly,” Internet Marketing entrepreneur Paul Nute is in his own right, “fish on the fly,” and then some.
Paul Nute’s uncanny ability to take businesses, brands and projects from conception to reality is well documented, and has propelled him to the top of the Internet Marketing circles, globally.
His experience as an Internet Marketer dates as far back as 1997, at which time, he served as Director of Partnership Programs at Business Partners of the West in New York, NY.
There Paul developed and subsequently successfully maintained two affiliate programs netting a whopping $900,000 monthly.
His impressive start led Paul to work with DiscountNutrition.com, before becoming the co-founder of his own company OpenFloodgate LLC in New York, NY.
Mr. Nute developed the company successfully, garnering over 34 clients and generating revenues in excess of $450,000 in only six months. Even more impressive is the quality of clients he was able to attract. Clients included brand names such as GoTo.com, HotJobs.com, BizRate.com, Monster.com, Uproar.com, and iCast.com to name a few. He was later able to sell his company.
We had the chance to chat with this extraordinary marketer and get into his head a bit. Here’s what he had to say:
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
I express my steez by being the farthest thing from all work and no play. I take the time to enjoy my favorite hobbies like fly fishing, living the Florida Keys lifestyle, and catching up on the latest developments in marketing, advertising, start-ups, and Internet technologies when I have down time on my hands.
When you were younger what was your dream career?
Well, when I was younger Internet marketing was not really a thing. I’ve always had a desire to work with businesses and one day own my own business.
What inspired you to get into your current field?
I loved the challenge that meeting targets afforded, as well as the freedom to be creative and work remotely. A career in Internet marketing supports my personal lifestyle and professional entrepreneurship goals.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
I have had many mountaintop experiences throughout the years. Still, my biggest achievement to date is the success I’ve had working with high-end clients through the OpenFloodgate years when I co-founded the company and developed it through it’s sale and eventual acquisition.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
Certainly. Social media has been integral to my work as social media platforms have been the vehicles through which I have been able to discover where there’s demand for people, product, and services. That information is incredibly powerful from a research perspective. I’m using social media at more of a 30,000 foot view to get marketing intelligence, more than using it for self-promotion.
If you were to ever start again, would you do anything differently?
I’m a firm believer that all our experiences shape us and so I have no regrets. Still, I do tend to sometimes want things to move faster than they are, so perhaps the only thing I would do differently is make that extra effort to be more patient and enjoy “the moments” more, like I do now.
What do you see for the future?
I expect technology, in particular Internet-enabled mobile technologies to continue advancing and providing increasingly more real-time options for brands and marketers like myself to take advantage of. Also, I see more opportunities being available to make self-publishing of digital content easier for the average person.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
Be consistent, take risks, and never be afraid of challenging yourself.