Succeeding with social media is simple, right? Anyone can create a Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn page and make instant strides in sales and marketing. (Cue laugh track…laugh track, go!) Yes, people actually believe this, and while it would be great if it was true, success with social media just isn’t that simple. It takes a lot more strategy, creativity and old-fashioned marketing smarts to make it work. Use it incorrectly, and you can do more damage than good. Save yourself from creating your own social nightmare by avoiding these business-busting blunders. You’ll be glad you did. Read the rest of this entry »
by: Kathy Heasley | April 19th, 2010 | Category: Branding, Entrepreneur, Marketing, Social Media
Facebook is a powerful personal branding tool. Your posts say a lot about you. Are you saying the right thing? The key to all virtual communication is to do everything in moderation. Every detail is not important to share. Every photo documenting your life does not need to be posted. Keep reading to see if you fall in one of these categories. Read the rest of this entry »
by: Kathy Heasley | April 14th, 2010 | Category: Branding, Social Media, Special Features
Randy, Ellen, Kara, Simon. Every week millions of TV viewers across America welcome them into their homes for the most popular music show on the tube: American Idol. But is it really a music show, or is a branding show? Think about it. Marketers and business owners can learn a lot from the music world, a place where great brands crank out products that make a bundle. If you sing it they will come? Not really, unless you’re a brand. Read the rest of this entry »
by: Kathy Heasley | April 13th, 2010 | Category: Branding, Entrepreneur, Marketing, Moments, Pop Culture
by: Kathy Heasley | April 8th, 2010 | Category: Branding, Marketing, Special Features
Okay, so Kindle has a snazzy commercial series complete with stop-action video that makes you keep watching. Watching, that is, if you happen to be paying attention to commercials, and who does that anymore? The spots have music that forces you to glance up from playing Ragdoll Blaster on your iPhone just long enough, to see if The Gap or Target has a new commercial on the air. But no…it’s Kindle. The spots are a big step up from their earlier tries which were amateurish and lacked a cool factor, but that’s about it. Read the rest of this entry »
by: Kathy Heasley | April 8th, 2010 | Category: Branding, Marketing, Technology
Do you know how Apple came to be what it is today? Do you know how it got it’s name? Well, funny story. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were struggling to come up with a name. They had options like “Executek” and “Matrix Electronics,” but those just didn’t feel quite right. Steve Jobs worked on a farm in Oregon part time, came back one weekend and said, “I’ve got a great name. Apple.” The rest is history!
Wozniak and Jobs established Apple in Cupertino, California on April 1, 1976. They started out with the Apple I computer in 1976, followed by the Apple II in 1977 and the Apple III in the early 80’s. They went public in December of 1980, and created the most millionaires than any other company in history. They were the first to use a Graphical User Interface (GUI) instead of the standard text interface. But what they’ve been great at doing all along is creating a stand out brand!
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by: Kathy Heasley | March 30th, 2010 | Category: Branding, Marketing, Special Features
Have you ever gotten the feeling that branding works on you but doesn’t work for you? Wouldn’t it be great to put a brand message out there, and have people actually respond? How much better would your life be if you could sell less and get more business just the same? And what if I told you, you could never work another day in your life and accomplish all this?
I know, you’d probably think you were reading one of those cheesy Internet sales letters, that surprisingly work on many people. Yes, I am amazed by that fact, too. But really, what I just described to you is what Heart & Mind® Branding can do for you and your business. Let me take each topic one at a time so you know I’m being truthful here. Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone can convey information. And too often people think that’s the purpose of posts, emails, letters, speeches, and conversations. But oh, communication is so much more than that! Particularly if you want to win in business and in life. Your personal communications are your brand—both written and verbal, online and offline. So make them good.
No one does this better than our pet care provider. Sharon from Peace of Mind Pet Care in Phoenix is the only person I would trust with our three cherished rescue cats and our yellow Labrador Retriever. Why? Because Sharon “is” what she does. Of course, she provides a great service, but her communications—the little notes she leaves us about our pets—say it all. Read the rest of this entry »
Who doesn’t love a good prediction blog. They are fun to read, fun to talk about and even more fun to read 365 days later. (I hope I’m right, I hope I’m right, I hope I’m right!) Well, before you mark your calendar to check up on my accuracy on December 31, 2010, take time now to take in what I see on the horizon. My advice…great ready and hang on. It’s going to be a wild ride! Read the rest of this entry »
by: Kathy Heasley | February 5th, 2010 | Category: Branding
Tiger Woods. Here’s more proof that tying your company brand to a celebrity brand can be like navigating ocean waters. Everything is blue skies and smooth sailing until a perfect storm hits. For Woods and the companies that have banked on him, banked cash because of him and bank-rolled his alleged antics, the waters can be treacherous and costly. While most people aren’t looking at Nike and saying, “I won’t buy a pair of Nike shoes because Tiger Woods is endorsing them,” it’s not a stretch for most people to have a laugh when they see an ad with Tiger and the slogan, “Just Do It.” See, that seems to be the alleged problem with Tiger. He took those words to heart with too many people, a little too often. Read the rest of this entry »