Archive for the Branding Category

Don’t Be A Brand Poser

Today, I’m speaking as your brand advocate. If I’m your brand advocate, we, in some significant way, have made a connection. Your unique message has fought through the din of chaos and clutter and found it’s way into my heart, my mind and even my soul. It’s

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Create A Personal Annual Report

Jonathan Fields is an author… That’s where it all started for me. I read his book, Uncertainty, Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance. And for those that know me, I NEEDED it. I can’t say it changed my life. I’ve personally understood what he wrote

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“Flipping” Your Blog Easy

**As a disclaimer, I was just informed this morning (by my Intern) that Cisco has discontinued the production of the FLIP video Camera.  So ANYWHERE I say “FLIP…”  Insert the words “Cell Phone.”  While it lacks the same fun and double entendre as “FLIP,” the premise still

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A Plan Is Worth 1,000 Words

As CreateWOW embarked on decorating our new office space, I sent out a tweet asking if someone new of a product or a solution to make an entire wall an erasable white board.  I did get some answers, but none that I would have been comfortable with. 

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Online Illustrators Need An Advocate

Well, I found one.  In an article I read a few months ago, Kohi Vinh brought to the foreground the alarmingly BAD illustration and exposure artists are getting online. While I could have written a post agreeing with his post…  I wanted to do one better. Below

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Ferris Bueller and Carl Jung = “Righteous Dudes.”

Salon.com, that ubiquitous source of blogging love that we all have grown just a little bored with recently, spouted a surprisingly great post today. Timothy Goodman, new Salon author, reflects on how social media has changed the direction in which branding professionals like me and others aim

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The Brand Chef Launches AreYouSharketing.com

Some of the best ideas come quickly and simply. In a conversation with a good friend, we were mulling over the unique challenges we both have with clients, agencies and production houses when it comes to being effective marketers.  He made a very valid point that “…if

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Snow Day Social Media Fun – February 2, 2011

What do YOU do on a Snow Day in central Iowa? Well, if you’re at all involved in social media, you get online and jump into the conversation (ANY conversation). There’s always a chat, a dialogue, a debate or simply silly talk going on within Twitter. As

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You Can’t Rely on Gimmick Branding

Differentiation. It’s one of the keys to good branding. Branding and marketing professionals have been beating that drum since the dawn of communication. But being “Different” in simple separation from the competition isn’t enough. Differentiation needs to add value. Otherwise what good does it do for the

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The Interview… Who IS The Brand Chef?

Have you ever wondered how I became The Brand Chef? It’s not a story I tell often, but in a recent  interview with Johnny Wright (Twitter: @unsecretshopper), better known as The UnSecret Shopper the TRUTH was revealed. The request came out of the blue (proof of building

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