Stop Branding Them and Brand Yourself

Brand names are the first step to building a presence online. This is what new marketers need to focus on first. Pushing products and programs from the beginning is a critical mistake that many people seem to make. You want to build up some credibility first. Try not to come off as a opportunity pusher. This is someone who joins a program selling product after product claiming that it is the next big thing. You're campaigning a companies qualities, not your own.

Here is a real world example. Take any pro athlete or movie star that we see on TV, they are pushing everything from cell phones to underwear. People are swarming to the stores and buying these things just because their favorite player has a pair or uses the product. They do this not because those golf balls are the best, or those are the most comfortable boxers. They swarm to the stores and get those items because they admire and have a feeling a trust when it comes to their favorite actor or athlete. Those players and ball players have built strong brands. There names alone hold strength and value. You have the same ability to do so. If you brand yourself first and develop a feeling of trust and provide value, you can get out here and sell anything. Look for a targeted area you want to focus on. It is much easier to appeal and attract people with things that you already have knowledge of and are interested in. Your goal is to gain trust and let people know that you only supply things that are of value.

Get yourself together first. Build up your brand name and then start to introduce products later. When you have established your brand, people will buy the things that you believe are worth their time and money. You do not want to take them to places you have never been. Provide them with products or opportunities that are good and you would actually use. It can be computer supplies, maybe its studio equipment. Whatever the targeted market is, become an expert in it. Take the role of authority and provide them with the right products.

Power of Branding and Freedom of Poetry

Maya Angelou once said (I'm paraphrasing) '' the purpose of all life is to be able to live like a poet one day. '' She went on to say that since poets already live like poets, their lives were not a postpone project, but the-ultimate-goal-realized by default.

How many times we have heard of those retirement dreams … the narratives that inevitably start with '' one day I'd like to … '' and continues with a description of one idyllic state or another … a beach house in Key West … playing golf eight hours a day in Arizona … buying a summer house in Florida and moving for good … writing (ah, at long last) that great novel, the chapters of which are lying somewhere inside those moldy cardboard boxes in the basement … to take the oath of chastity and join a monastery or a yoga ashram … take that trip to the Far East … or maybe even to throw itself with passion into a cause that is much larger than one's own limited life, like a political party, a crusade, a fund-raising juggernaut perhaps … on and on.

But underneath it all the aim is to arrive at that sublime state of inner peace and gentleness, something ill-defined but real, fuzzy but warm, a feeling that we feel is our birthright. Underneath it all we do not all point the gyroscopes of our lives to that nebulous state of elation and redemption that we sometimes refer to as '' poetic ''?

The rest is mostly a life-long process of branding ourselves as a desirable product in this increasingly globalized and fickle marketplace.

A brand is a total image with a price, a consistent package with defined and perceived borders. We are engineers. Attorneys. Machinists. Singers. Doctors. Teachers. Experts. Go-to guys. Ministers. Project managers. Historians. Curators. Tank drivers. Chefs. Shrinks. Plumbing … and, yes, Poets. Poets come in branded varieties as well. There is even a '' Poet Laurate '' for the whole United States (for the last few years we were extremely fortunate to have Billy Collins and Stanley Kunits and Ted Kooser as the PT Person).

All branding by definition shuns contradiction and ambivalence like a plague.

Fuzzy logic is fine for hi-tech digital cam-recorders but not for the experts that command healthy speaking fees. CEOs and four star generals are not expected to wear their troubling questions on their sleeves. Researchers at NIH do not get grants and doctors for not knowing what to do in the face of a new virus strain.

If things do not make sense outside a certain framework, then a branded professional knows how not to step outside that framework. A brand provides reproducible solutions to carefully-worded questions. Existentential panic does not command a premium price on the capitalist auction block.

Poetry, on the other hand, is a vulnerable exploration into everything that is left out by branding. It has no guarantees. No guidelines.

You can certainly encourage people to write poems. But I'm not sure at all if you can '' teach '' how to write poetry with the kind of money-back-guarantee bravado that is commonplace for a successful brand.

It is the only Odyssey that each person has to take all alone, go out and wander in the world, meet his demons, take them on one by one, beat them and return home victorious … only to do the same all over again the very next day.

Poetry, to use an analogy that Billy Collins has used in an Alaskan Quarterly Review interview, is like finding something curious sticking out from the sand in a desert and removing all that sand to discover the rest of the intriguing object. In that, poetry represents a vast freedom to rediscover all that is hidden from or by power.

Poetry raises all the in-between states and ambiguities censored by branding. So it is subversive by default.

However in that subversion there is also a deep affirmation of the most basic human value of all – freedom. That's despite the only thing branding can not buy and sell in the marketplace. A brand's power depends only on consumption. Poetry, on the other hand, is free the moment it is produced.

Our world needs more poets get into branded power play. Certainly someone like Leopold Sedar Senghor, a poet who became a statesman, will be remembered for his uplifting and dignified approach to international conflict. And conversely, I hope more branded professionals get into poetry as a way to humanize the market place of good and services.

What if the United Nations held a Poetry Workshop for one day of the year, with mandatory participation for all heads of state?

What if everyone in the world voted for the best Power Poet of the year through the Internet and the winner was declared on Valentine's Day?

Or what if Fortune 500 companies had poetry classes for their managers? Would not that be the ultimate out-of-the-box thinking and problem-solving bonanza on stereoids?

And what would happen if before one country attacked another, the presidents and top generals from both sides were forced to lock themselves in a room and write at least one poem, expressing why they hate the "other guys" and why they must fight? What if those poems were then distributed to the citizens of both nations and the world? Perhaps they would still go on and fight. And otherwise, just a tiny little shivering perhaps, they would not.

Without poetic abilities, branding easily degrades into a repetition of the past. If you are building a bridge, repetition of the past experience might actually be a beneficial discipline since no one wants to re-discover trigonometry every time there is a river to cross.

But in much more complex affairs of the heart, of which I consider international politics to institute just a small subset, the vulnerable freedom of a poem could be the only thing standing between our endangered humanity and the discovery of our birthright freedom – and even perhaps salvation.

Oh My – Traveling the Yellow Brick Road to Employment

This week I posted a researcher / admin job on Craigslist. Within 90 minutes I had 75 resumes. Here are 14 things that came to mind when reviewing responses to my listing:

  1. Put your employment objectives at the top of your resume but make them about serving your employer not about YOU. Employment is not about you, it's about an agreement to deliver services for $$.
  2. It's not a good idea to have typos in a resume. I rejected those immediately.
  3. Write in complete sentences and check your grammar and punctuation.
  4. Put a greeting with some info into the email. With 75 resumes there was no way in heck I was going to read a resume without an introduction.
  5. Remember to attach the resume.
  6. At least try to match your qualifications with the job description. Please.
  7. Do not write about your interest in learning to do the job. I need an assistant not an intern.
  8. Do not suggest you would love to work in my organization and know all about it because, you do not: It's Craig's List, I'm under cover!
  9. Include references.
  10. If you have a new job every three months, explain yourself.
  11. Respond early. I opened the emails in chronological order and some early responders where eminently qualified.
  12. Do not send a sexy seductive picture (yep, someone did that).
  13. Do not make me guess your abilities. There's too much competition. You have to make me want to hire you based on your qualifications.

It's tough to make the transition from one field of work to another (eg, retail to administration). Think about how your old / current job keep you the right skills for you new job and explain it in a cover letter. Be creative yet honest.

Marketing Video – The Mobile Technology Advertising Tool

The 4th Generation of mobile communication technology is around the corner. The 3rd generation has already taken the world by storm and we now carry desktop equivalents in our pockets. The mobile communication technology today has revolutionized our lives like never before. It enables us to access internet from anywhere, anytime.

This has changed the dynamics of work on the internet as well. The internet marketing has got a lot of scope of improvement. With the ability to view live videos with ease, the online marketing campaign is at par with television advertising and the ability to create market campaigns involving videos has become a possibility.

However there is one basic difference between advertising on television and advertising on the internet. The television offers you a possibility of browsing only a selected number of channels. On the other hand, the internet offers you almost unlimited possibilities of browsing.

Therefore the effect of a normal video campaign is not as much as it would be on television. However, internet offers you a great variety of video postings. These include product introduction, product launch, comparison, market analysis and many others depending on your marketing needs.

The marketing dynamics do not work the same way on the internet as they do in the other media. On the internet, it is a game of large numbers. A conversion of 1% of the total website views consistently is considered to be decent. On a regular basis, a prominent website can have hundreds of people visiting it. If you have a shop, do you have hundreds of people visiting it daily? Under normal circumstances, the answer is no. Therefore the kind of elaborate and expansive marketing campaigns that work conventionally are not relevant on the internet.

Let us consider a marketing video. A market video created after spending thousands may not be as effective as a simpler version of it. On the internet, the viewers need information which a marketing video should provide crisply and in an attractive manner. If the user is not satisfied, then he / she will move on to another option. Since it is important the marketing video should be convincing with all the visual effects that you would find in a conventionally good advertisement.

So how does one go about creating a marketing video that has got immune features and world class graphics? There are many software tools available that help in the creation. However, these tools are expensive and even the most easy-to-use among them is complicated enough for someone who wants a quick video created. Apart from the video creation, the editing process that follows is time consuming and intricate. This is what makes the creation of marketing video expensive since there being an incentive opportunity of using it for marketing.

All those who have so far missed the marketing video bandwagon can now board it easily. There is a software tool that allows you to create marketing video in about 3 minutes and this video is derived from the articles written for the campaign. Simple to use, this service helps creating a marketing video that exhibits the quality of world class video services. These videos have catchy titles and exquisite visuals that get a viewer hooked. The best part is the cost involved which is way more economic than the established costs for marketing video.