branding

If you are on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or a number of niche platforms, like TikTock and Snapchat, then you are likely being bombarded by brands, not just through direct marketing and digital advertising, but through brand ambassadorships. There are laws governing how companies can market online to consumers. What hasn’t gotten as much attention are federal regulations surrounding social media users who peddle productsthrough personal posts. Many of these are non-celebrities flattered that a company wants...

Under the Influence: How to Spot Social Media Violators

At recent networking events, I’ve been mingling with other small business owners and professionals who are interested in advancing their brand online. From financial advisors and real estate brokers to web service providers, wellness coaches and more—most are flummoxed by how to begin to gain attention and traction from prospects while on a tight budget. One piece of advice I offer to jump-start marketing for either their company or personal brand: Create an active blog. ...

How to Begin Marketing Your Brand Using Blogs

By participating in social networks, such as LinkedIn, or aligning yourself with a company’s brand on an “About Us” page, you are promoting yourself, and a high-quality portrait is imperative to your marketing success. Your objective should be to gain positive responses to your portrait on social networks and in the business world. How do you leave the best impression when networking online with peers, businesses, prospective employers or employees, and industry leaders? The quick...

Tips on Updating Your Business Profile Picture

For women seeking leadership roles in the workplace, getting noticed for your talents, skills and connections requires a marketing plan … much like a company would promote its brand, products and services. After listening to a podcast featuring Sally Helgesen, I realized budding business leaders should apply many of the same marketing tactics we use at Twirling Tiger Media to advance our clients’ brand. The intention is to engage, attract, acquire and create loyalty to...

Aspiring Business Leaders: Why and How to Market Yourself

In 1905, an 11-year-old Frank Epperson mixed a soft drink powder with water and then accidentally left the sugary liquid and stirring stick outside on his family’s San Francisco porch overnight. The youngster woke the next morning to discover an ice pop, which some years later became the frozen treat now trademarked Popsicle. (So named by Epperson’s children, who called him “Pop,” after rejecting his first eponymous suggestion: the Eppsicle.) It’s a lovely origin story....

What’s Your Story: Tips for Creating Origin Stories

Whether you are interacting in a sales capacity with a prospect for the first time, or pitching a complex proposal to an existing client, you are the face of your organization and should always adhere to best sales practices.  In order to authentically solve your customer’s problems with your company’s solutions, it’s best to align yourself with your company’s values and mission to effectively promote products and services to your end users. If your marketers...

The Impact of Sales Approaches

The objective of the phrase “just do it” can be transformed in many different ways depending upon the accompanying tone. It could be orally stated in a crushing indifferent manner, or it could be boldly stylized as seen in Nike’s signature 30-year-old “JUST DO IT” campaign that continues to inspire all fitness levels to embrace exercise (while donning Nike products). Conveying an appropriate tone of voice that is aligned with your brand (company or personal)...

Setting the (Right) Tone in Professional Communications

I live in a town that’s served by a modest amount of small businesses, including a driving school that my millennial daughter attended and now follows on Facebook. The company’s page is typically populated with helpful tips and lots of images of teens proudly holding up their completion certificates. My daughter, however, recently was miffed by the driving school’s Facebook post, which stated, “Just returned the two pairs of @nike I bought last weekend ....

Harnessing Your Company’s Reputation with (the Right) Content

Last month, The Atlantic published an article on luxury resorts struggling with requests for free stays from so-called Instagram influencers. Such exchanges are nothing new; in fact, the FTC mandates that bloggers and other social media users disclose if a product or service is given gratis in exchange for a review or mention. Typically this disclosure comes at the onset or closing of a post with a line letting the reader know this post is...

How to Pitch Like a True Influencer

The word “designer” covers a broad swath of disciplines. While skilled in a variety of art-related techniques, at their core, designers possess natural ability to innovate. They are inspired to solve a problem following a path where ideation is core to the development process and implementation is the final step. The creative process can be a little messy and chaotic as projects often loop back through inspiration, ideation and implementation, allowing collaborators to refine ideas...

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