Gifted entrepreneur and master of many trades John Basedow is sweeping Facebook Media with his latest creation, JB’s Fantastic Finds, a live auction show where viewers can bid on jewelry, trinkets and treasures from every corner of the earth. As an accomplished TV personality, Basedow’s role as JBFF host is what several say sets the show apart from its competitors.
“There are a lot of shows on Facebook, but I choose John’s because it’s so much fun. He’s knowledgeable, friendly and a natural entertainer who really knows how to turn it into a fun experience full of joy and laughter. For me, watching JB’s Fantastic Finds can turn a bad day around. It’s so interactive and everyone is friendly. Their jewelry is amazing and John makes it even more so with his factual research. I get the shopping and the fun out of it,” said viewer Janice Marek.
Basedow’s skyrocketing success with JB’s Fantastic Finds seemed to come out of nowhere, though peeping back into his past can make sense of the acquired skills that brought him to such a point. His first foray into fame began when he graced our TV screens flexing ‘biceps, triceps and even abs’ on those ubiquitous Fitness Made Simple TV commercials that ran 24/7 in the early 2000s. While most just continue along the road of their initial breakthrough, Basedow opted for a different path.
“I define success as the ability to
do what you love, make a living at it, positively impact others and be at the mercy of no one. Various things can do that while bringing you joy in the process, so your first career success doesn’t need to define the rest of your life. Other folk will try to pigeonhole you based on it, but I don’t play that,” said Basedow.
As a man who believes in unlimited possibilities, John went on to pursue many different paths following Fitness Made Simple, including one as a news reporter. This reporting role helped create a skillset that would later benefit him tremendously with JB’s Fantastic Finds. Basedow’s ability to research what he calls ‘gem lore’ and find facts about the various trinkets and treasures he shows on JBFF is deemed to be one of the top assets he brings to the show… to the point that many viewers refer to him as ‘NatGeo John.’
“When I stumbled upon John and JB’s Fantastic Finds, I was surprisingly impressed by the elaborate knowledge he had to share. In all my years in this sector of business, it was rare to come across someone who taught me something I didn’t know about a very popular stone called Labradorite. It was so intriguing and refreshing. He’s a vibrant and unique individual, definitely someone that’s meant to draw an audience, but he actually comes with the facts, and that’s what impresses me. He brings meaning to it, and as a consumer you want to know what you’re buying. With NatGeo John, there can be no doubt in the authenticity of his words, yet he is humble enough to say what he does not know, which is a rare treasure to be celebrated all on its own,” said long time gem and jewelry entrepreneur Christine Drawdy.
Viewers of JB’s Fantastic Finds have consistently come across treasures that impacted them beyond simple aesthetic pleasure, which is very apparent throughout the JB’s Fantastic Finds Facebook Group. To watch and participate in the show, one must first request to be a member of the JB’s Fantastic Finds Page, on which they can see the positive impact it has made for so many viewers.
“In all seriousness… This is THE ring that is about to become an engagement ring. A little story to warm the heart cockles… My oldest son Jonathan met a Ukrainian American girl in Germany. While her home country is being torn apart, he is leaving for Germany this summer to go see her with this beautiful piece. It truly is some JBFF magic! Thanks John Basedow. PS… His name is Jonathan Bradley. We called him JB when he was little. I like to think our paths crossed for a reason,” wrote viewer Christy Lynn Jones.
While viewers rave about the treasures they acquire during show time, many cite Basedow and the community he has created with JB’s Fantastic Finds as the main reason they keep watching.
“My favorite part about the show is easily John. He is an exceptional human. I was there in the beginning as a buyer. I kept watching continuously because John just has a way of making all of the viewers feel so special. JB’s Fantastic Finds has everything I could want to enjoy from the comfort of my own home, and I’ve made so many wonderful friends from it that I now speak to on a regular basis. I never miss a show, and I think everyone should watch at least once to experience what a positive impact it has created for so many of us. It has brought so much good into my life and I can’t thank John enough for that,” said viewer Gaye Koutrelakos.
Though it’s still rapidly growing, JB’s Fantastic Finds saw its largest increase in members when Basedow made the bold and unprecedented decision to create a ‘discover your treasure’ themed TV commercial that brought cable television watchers to Facebook Watch. His use of traditional media to market new media proved successful as JBFF members increased from 400 to over 25,000. This trailblazing move turned Basedow’s ‘lil show,’ as he calls it, into an impactful empire full of happy viewers, once again proving his pioneer spirit can change lives.
“I was originally drawn in by the commercial, and I haven’t missed a show since. JB’s Fantastic Finds is a safe zone where you never feel judged, you can joke with others and create real friendships on top of the beautiful artifacts. John is always so enthusiastic and everyone is always reciprocating that and very supportive. I love to share the happiness of JB’s Fantastic Finds with others. We’re a tight knit family that is happy to be growing,” said viewer Sonia Engle Murphy.
To become part of the JB’s Fantastic Finds family and witness Basedow bring treasures to life for yourself, click here.