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Expert Celebrity Brand: The 3 Foundational Building Blocks

October 14, 2018

What is an “Expert Celebrity” brand and why is it important to build one?

Expert means your unique expertise, knowledge, experiences, & education – the “meat” of your business.

Celebrity means influence – your ability to lead and influence people, because they trust you & your input as an expert.

An “Expert Celebrity” brand drives sales, book deals, sponsorship opportunities, media, partnerships, & a lot more!

Today, I am going to address the 3 Foundational Building Blocks every Expert Celebrity Brand must have.

But first, I want to share a few brands I’m a huge fan of!

A few Expert Celebrity brands I love are…

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What is a brand influencer?

September 9, 2018

It’s confusing to a lot of people, because the word ‘influencer’ is being bantered around a lot as a catchphrase these days!

It is important to understand the distinction between the types of influencers so that you can best harness your power and influence, and stay on top of what’s going on in the world of marketing and branding so you can decide what kind of brand influencer you want to be, and which brands and brand influencers you might want to follow or align yourself with.

Every influencer has a responsibility to be authentic, be in integrity, and lead with relevancy. But what kind of influencer are you?

While there are a lot of different types of brand influencers, I want to share three I find most interesting: Read More

What is Your Intention for Your Business Brand?

October 10, 2017

A big part of your Business Brand is the experience that your clients have before working with you, while working with you and after working with you. It is the experience that they enjoy and it is important for that experience to be consistent each time you have a “touch point” with them, ie. newsletters, social media, blog posts, speeches, delivery of services and/or products, follow up, payment structure and follow up.

There’s a wonderful book entitled, The McKinsey Way. Even though the founder, James (Mac) McKinsey is no longer alive, the culture…the internal Brand and most importantly, the Intention of the Brand is similar to what it was decades ago, when it was first founded in Chicago by McKinsey.

I have always been inspired by the consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, since my son, David, worked for them out of college. I was impressed that the whole company took a day off just to review it’s values!! Interestingly enough, McKinsey is known as a CEO Factory, as many of its consultants end up running large companies. Read More

What is a Book Brand?

May 9, 2017

Down and dirty, a Book Brand is one that is consistent with who you are, your story, your experiences up until now, the pivotal moments in your life and how you and your story are different…so that your readers are motivated to read your book.

One of the most confusing aspects of being an author is in creating a strong, influential and authentic Book Brand. You have to give the reader a reason to pick up and purchase your book. Then, you need to give them a compelling reason to share it with their friends.

One of the reasons that seems so difficult, is that you really need to know the answers to some important questions. Read More

Who Needs a Brand? Everyone, including Cities

April 17, 2017

I love everything about Branding. People have often asked me why I am such a “Branding Geek” and all I can say is that every business, product and even city has a Brand. It may not be the one that represents who you are, tells your story well, or attracts the people/buyers/readers/followers that you desire. But, you have a Brand, whether you know it or not.

For those that aren’t clear on their Brand, it goes into what I refer as the “Brand Pit.” It goes into a deep well with other brands, never really telling their story clearly, focused on who they are or sharing why they are different than others doing what they do.

Looking even further, I find psychology, why people do what they do…intrigues me to no end. It is no wonder that I have two advanced degrees in Psychology…one is clinical psychology and the other is spiritual psychology. Read More