The rise of the internet has made a significant impact on our day to day lives. From education and logistics to medicine and business, every single field has been impacted by its growth. Perhaps the most relevant change of all though is the rise of social media. Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have become the very pillars of social interaction and e-commerce, acting as a vital tool for business growth, marketing, brand image maintenance, social interactions, and personal growth. It’s no surprise then that the trend has resulted in the birth of a new breed of professionals: the influencer. One such individual who has made the most of the situation is digital mogul Ryan Sprance.
Born in New York, Ryan Sprance is the curator behind The Stylish Man, the largest Flipboard magazine with over 52 million views to date. Not only does he run a popular digital magazine, but he is also the founder of Kaihatsu Media, a premier digital marketing agency. A true expert in every sense of the word, Ryan is a Forbes contributor and a renowned individual; he recently signed on as an associate producer for the new Amazon Prime series “The Social Movement” airing in 2020. His work ethic is unmatched, earning him attention from digital media guru Gary Vaynerchuk and Foundr Magazine.
Though Ryan is considered a digital mogul now, this wasn’t always the case. He built his million-dollar media empire from a side hustle he kept while managing NYC’s Grand Central Station Apple Store.
While working at Apple, Ryan discovered his passion for social media and saw the immense potential in Flipboard. In his quest to curate engaging content through Flipboard, Ryan quickly rose to influencer status once broadening his reach through Instagram. With a rapidly expanding digital presence of his own, Ryan began advising others and opened his digital marketing agency taking on his first client in 2016. By 2018 Kaihatsu Media became a full-stack agency. It took a lot of hard work, but by building a side hustle from the ground up, Ryan understood just how powerful social media is.
It was also quite humbling. Ryan explains, “In 2018, I was fired from my corporate job when they learned I had a side hustle. I was 44. That was when I realized that if I want to build the next GQ in the digital world, I needed to commit to altering my lifestyle dramatically.”
In 2019 Ryan has partnered with another agency to build Awestruck. Focused on data harvesting and search, Awestruck is focused on travel, tourism, and entertainment. With a projected $1 million in business for 2019, Ryan’s companies employ people in the U.S., India, and the Philippines.
Ryan stands out in the industry because while social media is critical, you cannot build a viable business at the mercy of a platform’s algorithm changes or monetization strategies. His best advice is to “engage with everyone but be authentic.” As an expert and an influencer, Ryan’s command of the digital world is quite literally second to none.
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