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Personal Branding

 

Recently I was asked what the impact of personal branding is.

 

Many companies are an extension of personal brands that have been leveraged. As an example, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods personal brands have been leveraged by Nike to create a brand within a brand.

The evolution of brands

 

Brands over the past few centuries have been formed based on a number of factors. Long ago brands identified a craftsman’s work and were part of his or her name giving recognition to the person who made the product.

Inspired Brands

 

Recently I‘ve had the opportunity to watch series of TedTalk videos the got me to thinking, are brand inspiring or are they inspired by others around them?

Branding legacy

 

While branding has a history tied to Madison Avenue, I recently realized that its roots go back much further.

Bob Diakow Brand Development • 248-231-4478 • bdiakow@bobdiakow.com

 

Beta Steel was in need of a brand makeover to establish itself as a leader in the steel wire industry.  The nearly 50 year old company was looking for a strategy that would allow them to create awareness throughout the industry.

The first steps where to research their customers to understand what made Beta Steel a top choice.  Based on internal surveys and questions as well as customer responses and testimonials, the brand “Agility, Speed, Strength was created.  This statement set Beta Steel apart from everyone else in the industry.  Extension of the brand then occurred first internally throughout the company, and then through tactics including a redesigned logo, a new website, email marketing, trade show booth design, slide show creation, brochure, trade show advertising and the development of a video series.