Posts Tagged branding

creativity, identity, mission

The following was originally posted to the SwordFlameMedia blog.

our creativity is part of our self-story

We want to manufacture something that won’t go to waste. We want to be a guardian of creation.

 We can work for high quality. If you are a writer, for example, you can not be sure that you will be creative tomorrow. It’s always up to others to judge our creativity.
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Promote Creativity

We need to make more time for ourselves so we have more time to gaze at the heavens. This will allow us to be more creative tomorrow. Creativity is all about tomorrow. Meditation is creative idleness. We can take a walk and think about things. This will give us a fair balance in our lives.
The great dream of life should be to boost the moral and economic dignity of human beings. I come from a family of farmers. I hold fond memories of those years. We sowed and we reaped. Through that time, I took many items for granted. I know now I should not have done that. As I reflect on my growing years, I realize how fortunate I was. I’m thankful for much.
I learned to foster dignity and contribute to the community. This came from work. Work elevates the dignity of culture and society. We have a universal wish to be treated with honesty, respect, and consideration. We need to feel respect for every single person.

We Have Come to the World to Know

As creators, we want to convince people of our thoughts. Others want to convince me too. We need to strive for hope. We need to replace fear with hope. If we want to challenge the status quo, we have to be polite. We have to be five percent better tomorrow than we were today. This is progress.
Marcus Aurelius once stated that we should think as it were our last day on earth, but we should plan as if we will be here forever.
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advantages for a personal brand

Developing your personal brand requires you to find your authentic voice. The process of creating one develops who you are — the unique you — the Me, Inc. When you find your voice, and your audiences start to react positively, that builds self-confidence and self-esteem and allows you to find yourself in a meaningful way.

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Whether you are trying to build your business, find a job, get noticed by the press, impress vendors, attract influential contacts or simply make new successful friends, a powerful, attractive and visible brand is the key. And it’s also key to building your reputation, credibility and most importantly, being successful in your professional and personal life.

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branding with the right social plan

The social landscape is changing quickly. In order to win, social marketers need to listen and engage where their audience is. This takes a plan. Here’s some help to develop one.

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Get to know your audience.

Get to know your target audience. Understand who your ideal audience is and what they care about it. Ask these questions:

  • Who is your ideal audience following on social media?
  • What topics are they discussing/posting about?
  • What is their age group?
  • Where are they (geographical location)?
  • What type of content are they regularly interacting with?

Thoroughly research your audience. This ensures your social media marketing efforts are effective. To reach a wider audience, know the channels available.

Go where they are.

Focus on the channels your audience prefers. Take the initiative to explore the usage and demographics for each each platform. Pew Research looks at social media platforms. Look them up and do your research.

Maximize your ROI.

Be thoughtful and strategic about when and where you’ll maintain a social presence.

Here are some statistics to consider:

Facebook

  • 79% of internet users (68% of all U.S. adults) use Facebook. Pew Research
  • Facebook is the most-used social media site by Americans 12 and up. Edison
  • Posts with images see 2.3 times more engagement than those without images. Buzzsumo
  • Facebook users engage – 76% log on daily, including 55% who do so several times a day. Pew
  • Facebook sends 82% of social media traffic to longer stories and 84% of social traffic to shorter news articles. Pew
  • Facebook Messenger has 1.2 billion monthly active users worldwide. Statista

Twitter

  • Twitter has 313 million monthly active users. Twitter
  • 24% of internet users (21% of all U.S. adults) use Twitter. Pew
  • 42% of Twitter users log on daily, including 23% who do several times a day. Pew
  • There are 500 million Tweets per day or about 6,000 per second. InternetLiveStats
  • Video is the fastest-growing media type on Twitter. Twitter

LinkedIn

  • LinkedIn has 106 million users. LinkedIn
  • 29% of internet users (25% of all U.S. adults) use LinkedIn. LinkedIn
  • 18% of LinkedIn users log on daily. Pew
  • 92% of B2B marketers leverage LinkedIn over all other social platforms. LinkedIn

Snapchat

  • Snapchat has over 100 million daily users. Snapchat
  • 54% of Shapchat users log on daily. Adweek
  • Snapchat users watch over 10 billion videos per day. Snapchat
  • 400 million Snaps are sent daily. Adweek

Instagram

  • Instagram has 500 million monthly active users. Statista
  • 51% of Instagram users log on daily. Pew
  • 32% of internet users (28% of all U.S. adults) use Instagram. Instagram
  • Over 95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram every day. Instagram

YouTube

  • YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine and third most visited site after Google and Facebook. Pulse
  • There are 3,25 billion hours of video watched each month. Statistic Brain
  • The most viewed brand videos are on average 31 – 60 seconds long. Social Bakers

Pinterest

  • Pinterest has 150 million users. Pinterest
  • 31% of internet users (26% of all adults) use Pinterest. Pew
  • 87% of Pinners have purchased something on Pinterest, while 93 % plan to do so. Pinterest

WhatsApp

  • WhatsApp has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users. Statista
  • WhatsApp is most popular in markets outside the U.S. Statista

WeChat

  • WeChat has more than 938 million active users. eMarketer
  • 50% of users use WeChat for at least 90 minutes a day. WeChat
  • The average WeChat user sends 74 messages per day. WeChat

Be sure you’re focused where your target audience is.

Strive to engage with your audience to win.

 

 

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make your brand to engage

For marketers, our timeless job is still the same: to communicate.

In other words, the written word matters more than ever. The written word isn’t dying, it’s evolving. The information is there. If only brands were set up for the written word.

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Today, brands have an opportunity to be fast, to engage in real-time dialogue, to hear what they are getting right — and wrong.

Twitter serves as useful customer service. Facebook tells us if a movie is going to be a hit pretty much right away. Instagram lets us know what products people really, really love…and share.

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you must be much more

Social Media Marketing is much more than simply being active in social networks.

Social Media Marketing is not only about what others do for you in Social Media. Once you get others to talk about you, you have half-way won. You need to make it easy for them and provide something they can talk about.

  • Provide interesting content – people share content
  • Make the content easy to share
  • Provide messaging and social accounts

Without content your social media marketing is doomed to fail.

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Do you have enough content to share on Social Media to keep visible? If you do not provide anything worth following you for, how can you expect people to follow you?

If your content is not shared, how can you expect to grow?

 

 

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confidence

Search for and find your authentic voice.

This process develops who you are. You’ll build self-confidence and self-esteem.

A powerful, attractive, and visible brand is key to:

  • Building a business
  • Finding a job
  • Getting noticed on Social Media
  • Impressing vendors
  • Attracting influencers and mentors
  • Making friends

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Branding “you” will lead to more opportunities.

 

 

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antifragile

While I was doing some stock and financial research, I came across an article that interested me. It was about Apple. Apple the company. In the past calendar year, Apple has been through ups and downs. Companies and people always go through peaks and valleys. Apple was no exception.

There were stories, from reliable sources, that blasted Apple’s market share and their lack of new products. If that wasn’t enough, here came news of Apple’s lack of innovation. Now, remember that this is while Apple is constructing their “mothership”. This is the nickname of their new research facility which resembles a big flying saucer. To me, Apple is always a model of innovation. Apparently, not everyone thought that way.

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But while the negatives that were coming out on Apple, some major “players” were buying the stock like investment houses and hedge funds. Warren Buffet was a big buyer of Apple stock and always spoke highly about the company.

Well, the post I came across specifically mentioned Apple as being “antifragile”. As I read on, it was brought out that antifragile was incorrect as to describing Apple and should have mentioned Amazon as being antifragile. Antifragile is described as:

“Some things benefit from shocks. They thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile.”

This original definition is from Nassim Taleb. Antifragile is assigned to entities which are small companies, companies that can pivot, companies with embedded options, investments with open-ended outcomes and companies led by owners/operators and/or aggressive tinkerers.

“If the designation antifragile is rather vague and limited to specific sources of harm or volatility, and up to a certain range of exposure, it is no more and no less so than the designation fragile. Antifragility is relative to a given situation. A boxer might be robust, pale when it comes to his physical condition, and might improve from fight to fight, but he can easily be emotionally fragile and break into tears when dumped by his girlfriend.”

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The term “antifragile” is vague. Perhaps it should not have been applied to Apple, but instead to Amazon.

Think of antifragility in terms of “a thing” and volatility. Antifragility isn’t what you should be under all circumstances. Sometimes you have to accept being on top and perhaps consequently vulnerable.

Apple: Antifragile it is Not was the source and inspiration for this post.

 

 

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honing in for new content

Content marketers have much work to do. They have to be experts in the business niche for which they work. One item to realize:

there is rich and great content already out there related to your business.

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Hot topics are found in current posts and discussion threads. Finding these, a writer can use it, add it, and make it better. Writers ususally look at extracting certain elements from the posts to elaborate on. Honing in on salient points allows for creating new content that is fresh and special for your customers’ needs.

 

 

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building real engagement

Is “the human factor” neglected in Social Media?

There are humans on the other side of the computer.

  • Customers
  • Prospects
  • Colleagues

Too much automation? Think about real engagement. Think on this:

We talk about:

  • the news
  • weekend activities
  • how our children are doing

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You get the picture.

Even if we don’t reach the personal level, we discuss work in a much more casual way so that productivity does not suffer. This makes the work discussion more enjoyable.

On Social Media, we want to connect. We want to develop relationships by discussing topics in a casual way. This is the first step to building real engagement. Friendliness and warmth are essential for developing relationships and creativity confidence.

 

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entrepreneurship

Get started. Take that step. Pave your way towards success.

Find someone who likes what you’re doing. They’ll support you.

BOLD WORDS. WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

They mean leaving our “comfort zone”. The safety of zones can be dangerous to our personal progress, individual success, and fulfillment of potential. We have to be willing to encounter the unknown.

When we become willing to take on the unknown, we’ll find our conviction about why this task is important to us. Sometimes we may have to fight through the fear to take the leap from our comfort zone.

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We have the power to personalize our behavior outside our comfort zone. This personalization makes any surrounding more comfortable. We’ll connect with authenticity. To reach this goal, we’ll need to customize our approach to each appropriate situation.

This lifts the weight of fear from our beings. We no longer need be afraid of what could go wrong to focus on what we’ll do right.

 

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