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William Arruda

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Personal Branding Journal on Ulitzer Every year since I founded my company, Reach, in 2001, I've made predictions about how the world of personal branding will evolve in the coming year. Here are my top 10 for 2010. 1. Video, Video, Video Thanks to greater bandwidth, cheaper storage, and a proliferation of products and services that make shooting, storing, viewing, and sharing video easy (Flip video, iPhone 3GS, YouTube, vimeo, blip.tv, vodpod, etc.), video will be king in 2010. Video is ideal because it allows careerists to deliver a complete communication and convey their personality—a critical component of branding. More services like videoBIO (a Reach Personal Branding partner) will make it easier to cost-effectively build a powerful and positive brand image using video. 2. Hiring Process Companies will be hiring brands rather than employees. They will use social... (more)

Brand "Environment?" What's That?

Have you heard of the term “brand environment?”  Wondering what it means? It’s all the seemingly “little things” that comprise the environment around you.  Your brand environment includes everything from the carpeting in your office to your clothing, your techno-gadgets, and even where you might choose to host a dinner for your clients.  Each and every decision you make that might give others a “clue” about who you are and what you’re like equals your brand environment. As many of you may have already figured out I live in Pittsburgh, PA – the upcoming host to this year’s G-20 s... (more)

Why Use Hashtags on Twitter?

Twitter on Ulitzer Hashtags on Twitter place tweets in categories and gives one unique page for tweets using a certain hashtag. Envision a filing cabinet with files that are labeled and easy to access. You can go to http://www.hashtags.org, type in your keyword, and find the relevant hashtags that support your keyword. Using hashtags also enables people with the same interest to search on a hashtag (i.e. #personalbranding) and find people who are tweeting about that subject. Hashtags helps you to connect with others who have similar interests as you and facilitates finding peop... (more)

Could Santa Be the World’s Strongest Brand?

Whether you believe in him or not. Whether you call him Santa Claus, Pere Noel, Father Christmas or St. Nicholas.  Whether you buy into Santa's naughty or nice routine. You have to admit, the jolly rubenesque man with the long, white beard who hails from the North Pole is a really strong brand.   Mr. Claus is the envy of brand managers everywhere. He represents the ideal when it comes to branding. His brand attributes are clear and desirable to virtually everyone.  Even parts of the world that have no connection to the holiday with which he is associated know who he is and what he ... (more)

Personal Branding on Ulitzer and Conan O'Brien

Personal Branding on Ulitzer Classy. Conan O’Brien’s final evening with NBC he spoke directly to the audience sharing with them that on this last night he could speak in whatever manner he wanted to about the network with no ramifications. After the last show, he was then in a legal agreement to not say any disparaging remarks about the network. He literally had a “get out of jail free” card to say whatever nasty, anger felt, ugly remark he wanted to say about the network and this huge debacle they created. Instead, he shared how he had spent most of his adult working life with t... (more)