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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)

It's Tuesday and You Know What That Means

In West Texas, we have wind gusts that match no other; we love our football; sunsets are at their best with no trees to block your view; oil means a lot to us and Tuesday is for tacos!  Kent Dean, Director of Field Marketing, with Rosa’s Café recently spoke to our local chapter of the American Advertising Federation.  They are so well known for their Taco Tuesdays that when he throws out the statement, “It’s Tuesday” on their Facebook page hundreds of responses come in immediately with fans chiming in that it’s “Taco Tuesday”. His topic focused on social media – does it really wo... (more)

Is Your Brand Nestled in Professionalism?

This week’s #brandchat was all a flurry about Nestle and their handling of what some would call a “brandjacking” from Greenpeace then carried on by their thousands of Facebook fans. From an article by the Wall Street Journal regarding the incident to host of comments, BRANDidos discussed what went wrong; how could it have been prevented; to how can they (or any other brand) recover from this. First, what is a brandjacking? During the chat, we defined it in three ways: Every time someone unofficial represents themselves as speaking for a company or, To hijack a brand to deceive or... (more)

Twitter: It’s Not Just About Lunch

A recent Sprint commercial about the “Now Network” noted that 26% of viewers had no idea what “twittering on Twitter” means. Yet, it’s clear that Twitter awareness is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course, this doesn’t mean opinions about Twitter are all positive. Many still hold the view expressed in this Twouble with Twitters video. As well, as Steven Johnson stated in his favorable Time magazine piece, “The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression… It's not as if we were all… saying, ‘If only there were a technology that wo... (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)