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William Arruda

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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 would allow me to send a message to my 50 friends, alerting them in real time about my choice of breakfast cereal.’"  In fact, when I first started using Twitter, I wondered, to borrow words from Andy Warhol, if Twitter was not just a way to become more “deeply superficial.” All that is chang... (more)

Five Tips for Promoting Your Blog to Express Your Personal Brand

When I first started blogging, I felt like I was blogging to a blank wall. I wondered when I would get a comment and get to engage with others on my blog. Many tools exist now that really help to promote your blog on other social media platforms quickly and for free. Let's look at five ways I use to promote my own blog: 1) I have installed a WordPress.org plugin called "Tweetly Updater" (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweetly-updater/). You put in your Twitter user name. If you don't have an account with bit.ly (URL shortner service with analytics), you will sign up for thi... (more)

YOU Can't Handle The Truth About Personal Branding

For me the video below is a well thought out and put together dig at what I have been seeing an explosion of this year and what is concerning me most about personal branding. Lack of depth and authenticity. It is what is causing so many online commentators to rant about it's shallowness, lack of substance, affront to the word branding, an attack on the profession of marketing etc etc. I am certainly not claiming to be the perfect example of a personal brand, far from it, in fact is there really anyone that could lay claim to such? We are all evolving our brands and as technolog... (more)

Tiger’s Tarnished Brand

Well, Accenture joined the list of other endorsed companies/products that is saying farewell to Tiger. “Go On. Be a Tiger” suddenly took on a new meaning – and not one Accenture wanted to be connected to. Tiger Woods’ brand is in free fall. Unlike Martha Stewart and her shady stock deal, Tiger’s branding issue is much greater. Martha didn’t violate the true essence of her brand (why we care about her). If we had learned that she stole her recipes or couldn’t make papier machee snowflakes, her brand would be just as tarnished as Tiger’s. Of course, Martha emerged from prison in an ... (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)