Posts tagged #brand

10-Steps to help you name your Podcast?

Make sure it "has legs", meaning a concept that's flexible enough to grow and change while maintaining your messaging. People often pigeon-hole their brand right out of the gate. They find that in a year, they want to sell products too, or create a community around the idea but it's just called "The XYZ Podcast" and doesn't make much sense anymore. Therefore my recommendations would be the following:

  1. What are your goals for the show or the brand? Core values? 
  2. Are you family friendly? Who is your core demo?
  3. Ensure that you can get the URL (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) of the same name.
  4. Think about the show/brand’s “voice” through before your start
  5. Are you lead by a personality? “The Jane Doe Podcast” or are you something more open-ended?
  6. Determine your audience categories - sports, fashion, politics, opinion, etc.
  7. Is this a business model? How? Why? Who? Bigger picture, does it have modularity to grow beyond the podcast product?
  8. What are the names of other podcasts within your vertical? What do they do right? What do you they do wrong? How do you want to differentiate yourself?
  9. Once you have a name you THINK you like, create a test group of peers to kick the name around and see if it means the same thing to them as you have intended for the show. The “Red Bird” Podcast could be about bird watching, baseball or any number of things.
  10. Once you’ve decided on a name, swoop down and do a social media land grab: Get the Facebook Page; Twitter Handle; Facebook Community Group (leave it unpublished until it feels like there’s real activity going on internally); Instagram Account and any related social accounts that you think will be necessary to support the directives. 

Take time to fill your social with “LIKES” and podcast with ratings before you start REALLY pushing it out there with a real marketing effort. People are often reluctant to start with something new, fearing that it must not be good or that it might not have staying power. People take their digital time-share seriously and they don’t want to make an investment in something that they don’t feel is gaining momentum.

Have you ever started a Podcast or community that failed out of the gate?

Posted on June 14, 2017 and filed under Brand, Content, Process.

10 Brands Logos + One Year

So the past year, or so has seen the creation (or in some cases evolution) of well over 10 brands for me. Some just are just visual identities, while others, fully vetted brand systems and implementation strategies. I thought perhaps you'd enjoy walking through them. The following identities have been comped' on both white and back to see their relative impact/readability.

“Plinko” Content: Zig and Zag Your Way to Brand Awareness

Storytelling is the most powerful messaging tool available to us. It doesn’t matter if that story comes from blog articles, video, podcasting, or other channels. Nothing can convey the heart and soul of brand essence like a solid story that can be retold (shared) with all the contemporary social tools. However, there is also a fallacy in the assertion that a great story is all you need...

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Posted on April 13, 2015 and filed under Brand, Advertising, Strategy.

The NFL — A Brand in Turmoil

As a marketing professional, I preach that you must always adhere to and represent the core values of your brand. Stepping left and right of those values will incur not only disconnect, but loss of trust and allegiance. This is FACT – not opinion. And apparently it's a fact the National Football League doesn't SEEM to want embrace at this moment.

[ NOW WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO CLIP FROM ESPN ]

There's no better way to alienate your audience than to introduce a consistent negative perception. Kicking your cash cow is a bad idea regardless of the day.

NO brand can survive an ongoing onslaught of negative perception, no matter how historical and well regarded the brand is. Cracker Barrel, SeaWorld (though this brand was attacked with content edited to an agenda), Abercrombie & Fitch, and the list goes on. The ones that weather the storm are those who take action to live up to their mission. Brands that bend, trying to be everything to everyone, will break and fall victim to their own insecurities.

Fall on your sword. Make it right. Fail fast! You will be forgiven.

That said, we need to put more onus on celebrity-status professionals that even they can be terminated if they don't behave in a manner befitting the brand's core values. No guaranteed money. No 15 appeals. No wrist slap and a PSA. Do not pass "GO" – and you don't get your $200!

Or $20 million, or grossly obscene salary, or ...

Would you maintain your employment if you continued to act in a manner inconsistent with your brand's values and accepted behavior? You know the answer.

In small part, the problem also lies with those that look the other way and don't make their heroes accountable for their actions. I'm a die-hard NFL fan who grew up as a diehard Denver Broncos supporter. But should that team/league continue to missrepresent why I became a fan, I would find fandom elsewhere.

We need to expect more.

Posted on September 19, 2014 and filed under Advertising, Brand, Business.