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September 4, 2008

Building a Personal Brand with Blogs and Resumes

A Blog is the new resume and blogging for any marketer is essential.  Clients want to know how you think. They really do-  so now with that trade secret exposed and cast into the wind lets have a look at what makes up the essentials of a good Blog ( Next week: Facebook, LinkedIn–I am there just search for Tony Russell… then there are  ways  that I will show to launch your profile by  using   flickr, YouTube etc)

Remember:

  • The blog is the new resume.  And that’s not a joke.
  • Starting a personal/professional blog can be your social media resume and sandbox.
  • If you work at a large organization,  ask and they will tell- you’re going to need  some corporate blogging guidelines. There are tons.
  • Remember a Blog is all about the audience  so write content to elicit conversation, not act as the voice of the BIG GUY/WOMAN telling people what’s right and wrong.
  • Once again remember its a conversation- find a  writing voice and editorial style and  stick to it – its your brand.
  • Pick your platform wisely.  “Google juice” is what its all about so choose wisely you don’t want to run into a situation where you’re on one platform (e.g. Blogger) and want to switch to another (e.g. WordPress.
  • The best way to get your blog audience to grow  is to follow the people you want following you. So keep a bookmark folder of your favorites. Study them. They are successful for a reason
  • Make sure you back link to your favorites when you copy their ideas and be honest.
  • Know what’s on your audience’s minds and follow the news and the trends. To grab an audience always try to hook your editorial with the day’s headlines.
  • If you need advice please contact me. I will continue this post theme next week
  • Good luck in building your personal brand.

April 1, 2008

Hillary Clinton, Rocky Balboa and Barak Obama

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Today Hillary Clinton compared herself to Rocky Balboa in that classic movie “ROCKY”. Addressing a meeting of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Tuesday, the former first lady and New York senator said she, like Rocky, wasn’t a quitter. She said “When it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit.”

Two things really came home. Hilary Clinton knows at last that she is against the ropes and she is finally realigning the Hillary Clinton brand. It may be to late for brand alignment. But good luck Hillary. You know you are the underdog by comparing herself to Rocky Balboa. Here is my advice Hilary come out swinging but don’t go toe to  toe  as Rocky did . Thats a losing strategy. Be aggressive, align yourself quickly , set a new agenda and command the media.

This ding dong battle between Hilary Clinton and Barak Obama is a study in branding, Public Relations and marketing. Barak Obama has done very well. It seems Hillary Clinton has misread her audience and will potentially lose the race.

My advice rise up above the underdog and swing as a victor. Drop this underdog stuff.

March 21, 2008

TOM TELL ME IT AINT SO..

Tom Waits as a singer and as a “Brand” carries huge stock for me. He was my voice of brutal honesty. Man the guy wears life in his face, voice and protest.

Tom tell me it ain’t true that you produced a dog food commercial for Purina.

Dude in my opinion your brand took a hit but I don’t doubt the “kaching was good”. Tell me it ain’t so Tom. Tell me

Did his brand take a hit?? Let me know.

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