Community Highlights: Meet Austin Pray of Weezle | Voyage Denver
Thank you for the interview Voyage!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Austin Pray.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
After graduating from Broomfield High School back in 2009, I have learned a lot! The fun fact is, I switched schools from Legacy to Broomfield my senior year because I’m a man of my word and lost a bet with a childhood friend my junior year. To say the least, I am very familiar with the Westminster and Broomfield area. My mom and stepdad owned a bar in Westminster and I knew exactly what was lacking in business from my early stages of maturity. Through running a small local business, I learned Marketing “firms” and corrupt restaurant apps were not in the best interest of the small mom and pops and that needed to change.
Going forward, I went to Colorado State University in Fort Collins and started Weezle as an app in college, but later after realizing that was way too expensive of a task for a poor college grad (go Rams) I only completed the beta phase portion of the app. I moved on to what I do best… marketing and actually needed to get paid. (Weezle app is still in the beta shameless plug). Also, while this was growing, I basically ran every restaurant in Colorado, married the love of my life, made 2 kids together, and have another one on the way.
Quick backstory is my dad works in Longmont as a nerd at IBM and my mom is the karaoke Queen in Westminster. Those combined made me the best marketer ever, (Nerdy and Entertaining).
Right now my family is in-between Missoula, MT (my wife’s hometown) and Westminster, CO (my hometown) with over 72 clients nationwide at 32 years old through Weezle Marketing. I help clients from start-ups to 5 million dollars a year businesses. One of the biggest clients is in Loveland, Colorado. We have been working together for over 7 years now!
Okay, so “what is Weezle marketing”? Sure every one does it these days, but how are we different?
We aren’t…(ha) to be honest, but we are a hell of a lot cheaper or at least will communicate a hell of a lot better with you to get the job done the right way every step along the way. We consult and figure out the best solutions for you to almost any problems online, yes this is even prompts to GPT. We 1099 our employees so we can work within your budgets and keep our overhead low so that we can help save you money.
What do we do? We “Weezle out your competition”. We first make sure your website isn’t garbage. Then once we master the basic flow and SEO, we move towards more Advanced SEO practices using our humans and AI tools. To build organic traffic to your site through our Weezle digging techniques we just want to build trust with everyone online to bring them to you because they want to. We consult from then on with social media ranking tips, traffic funnel tips, and anything else we find best fit for you and your business. We try to make every week exciting for our clients regardless if they want it or not. We don’t just collect and hide like some marketing firms. We bank on your success so that you continue paying us.
Industries we work with? Mainly Restaurants, Apparel, Coaches, Lifestyle Influencers, Chiropractors, Political campaigns, Automotive parts, Car Dealerships, Insurance companies, Supplement companies, Fitness… hell… any small business or person needing a little momentum to reach a more consistent level of success.
Let us know if you would like to talk, we are always available to help a local business in need.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all… you invest in our 7 years of failure and transparency so that we can avoid everything we did poorly. We have knowledge of what not to do by closing down 3 restaurants because of poor management and overhead. We have seen it all and have worked with them all to save our current clients a lot of time.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Our business, Weezle, was created to help simplify business for overwhelmed entrepreneurs. We aren’t for everyone as we don’t like working with “corporate” EGOs who expect everything to be done for them.
In business, we have realized we can BS this for those types of people, but we want to help longevity and the life of a business.
For example, it always takes two to tango… One to lead and one to flow alongside the leader to make them look their best. When the leader wants to move left, we ask “How far, how uniquely, what’s realistic, how creatively do they want to move, etc.” you know, the normal questions you ask while tango dancing. We are aware we aren’t the best tango dancers, but that isn’t our goal. Our goal is to figure out solutions to every problem they may have. Challenge us!
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I LOVE the energy of Westminster and North Denver. Everything about Denver blossoms from the suburbs and nowadays the roots extend as far as Texas and California.
The hub of the united states or the “heart” of the US in Denver. You have everything! – What I also dislike is some of the “roots” act like weeds and become a pest to Denver, giving the city a bad name.