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William Arruda

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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 summit, attracting political leaders that comprise 85% of the world’s economy.  The White House announced its venue locations for various aspects of the Summit.  The venues chosen by the White House are “on brand” for Barack and Michelle Obama since they tie into their values, initiatives and... (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)

Getting Beyond “My Brand”

These days, it seems that personal branding has faced increasing criticism. Much of it, I think, is driven by people who don’t get it, or at least who don’t get the concept that we advance at Reach. And, let’s face it, social media and the prevalence of internet marketers has allowed for the idea to be hijacked in the interest of “driving traffic.” Lot’s of people out there pushing “my brand” opens the door to the perception of personal brands as contrived or fake.  Frankly, I think the dialogue about personal branding is a good thing, and that we need to participate. I think t... (more)

Personal Branding Predictions: Top Ten for 2010

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 perso... (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)