#Build That Brand!: 15 Ways to Showcase Your Thought Leadership (Part 2)

Kimberly N. Alleyne

 

Brand Stamp

In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about utilizing Twitter, LinkedIn, Shocase and Facebook to define and augment your brand as a thought leader. I added that you can also put your pen to paper in a major way by securing a Huffington Post column (or some other platform that you align with and that has readers who will appreciate your expertise). In Part 2 of this series, I’ll focus on ways to take your brand to new levels with the mighty pen — or keyboard.

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#Build That Brand!: 15 Ways to Showcase Your Thought Leadership (Part 1)

Swirling Corlored Stage Spotlights

Kimberly N. Alleyne

We cannot escape it. We live, work and play in a hyper-crowded communications landscape. On any given day, we’re bombarded by information via email, online, social, print, mobile and broadcast mediums (let’s not forget digital-out-of-home and outdoor advertising). It’s an effect of the convergence of digital and traditional media. Anyone who wants to can grab a microphone and have her say.

For communications and PR pros, the room is really noisy. The digitization of everything has opened doors for practitioners to set themselves apart, and that’s great because open doors promote inclusion and level the field; but if no one can hear your brand above the noise, you run the risk of stifling audience engagement with muteness, and muffling opportunities to position yourself/your brand to shine the brightest in the crowd. Here’s how communications and PR pros can pomp their prowess and create a community of brand loyalists at once.
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Facebook Unveils Big Plans For Messenger, Videos

March 25, 2015
Thomas Halleck
Displayed with permission from International Business Times

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) unveiled the company’s plans to developers at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.Reuters

Facebook Inc. unveiled its plan for expanding its presence throughout the Internet on Tuesday, from video advertising to the Internet of Things. The company announced new options for sharing its content on websites, and has created a new video platform to compete with Google-owned YouTube at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Facebook Messenger will be a key component of the social network’s plans. Facebook announced that it was expanding the popular chat service into a marketplace for online transactions, as well as a platform for third-party apps.

“Over the last couple years, we’ve been building Messenger into a service that can help you express yourself in many more ways beyond simple text messages,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg told attendees.

Facebook announced last week that it would allow Messenger’s more than 600 million users to transfer money to friends for free. The popular chat app will now offer gifs, videos and even messages sung to the tune of pop hits with third-party apps available in Facebook’s new Messenger Platform. The company also announced it would integrate Messenger with online retailers to allow users to make purchases and receive shipping notifications and sales receipts.

Mark Zuckerberg Opens Facebook Messenger To Third-Party Apps, Allowing Users To Send Gifs, Videos

Facebook will enhance its embedded videos, as well as the comments users leave on other websites using new plug-ins. It will also compete more directly against YouTube with an embedded video player it will use to sell ads.

Facebook Cranks Up YouTube Rivalry With New Embedded Video Player

Facebook’s developer platform Parse announced new tools for building apps that connect with the Internet of Things, including connected wearables and “smart home” appliances.

Facebook Wants To ‘Friend’ Your Toaster, Other Connected Devices Around The Home

Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook’s News Feed and virtual-reality headset, the Oculus Rift, will support “spherical” videos filmed with multiple cameras to offer a 360-degree view. Facebook has announcements regarding the Oculus Rift scheduled for day two of its developers conference.

 

International Women’s Day — Branding Women’s Equality Tomorrow

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” — Gloria Steinem

 

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Today is a great day — it’s International Women’s Day (#IWD2015). Celebrated on March 8, since 1909, IWD spans the world for the sole purpose of lifting up the women’s journey toward equality, progress in the journey, and what’s  left to tackle.

This year’s theme, #MakeItHappen, focuses on the areas where women still need to make gains:  in obtaining senior leadership roles, more recognition in the arts, growth of women-owned businesses, greater financial independence, a greater presence of women in STEM, and a broader awareness of women’s equality.

I am quite proud to be part of a global call for women’s equality, a push for fairness, for what is inherently right. There are hundreds of #IWD2015 events taking place across America today from fundraisers, to seminars, to banquets to film screenings; people are uniting around, because of and for women. Imagine the countless community conservations that are emerging because of International Women’s Day. That’s something to get excited about.

IWD Events

The #IWD2015 branding has been top-notch, netting several significant media placements such as this great TIME article and even a nifty Google doodle. In fact, the celebration started long before today, March 8. The branding has effectively resulted in the painting a mosaic of where we were, where we are and where we want to go, and a huge stir of general awareness about a still very relevant movement. The blanket of issues that quilt the women’s rights narrative should not be discerned as only relevant to only women. As Hillary Clinton said, “…women’s rights are human rights.” This is a conversation that everyone should have a voice in.

#IWD2015 Google Doodle

#IWD2015 Google Doodle

What do we do now that we are aware? How can we act to ensure the conversation continues?

Here are 10 ways to @MakeItHappen today, tomorrow and everyday:

1. Shop women-owned businesses
2. Advocate for a woman on your team to get a senior leadership role
3. Mentor an emerging woman leader to help prepare her for a senior leadership role
4. Volunteer for organizations whose missions directly impact the betterment of women
5. Support a woman artist in the creative economy (buy a painting, hire a woman designer, host a listening party, hold a gallery event or a trunk show)
6. Donate to charities that support women
7. Be a doer for women’s rights, not a talker only
8. Stay engaged: read about women’s rights, talk about women’s rights, find a way to add your voice to the conversation and ACT!
9. Stop, look and listen: Be aware of what’s happening in your space, your circle, your community regarding women’s rights. A global contribution should start on your own street.
10. Look for ways to support women, and other underserved groups, in your everyday life.

Let’s all #MakeItHappen!

 

 

Krispy Kreme’s Alliteration Blunder

Kimberly N. Alleyne

There is nothing like a fresh, hot glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut (Bow down Dunkin’ Donuts). And if you’re a genuine fan, then you know well the happiness that flashing red light evokes.

Krispy Kreme and I go way back. Since I am always exceptionally satisfied with the product, and can’t recall a negative customer service experience, we’ve had a great relationship. So I was quite disappointed to read of a UK Krispy Kreme’s recent promotion snafu. The franchise ran a promo using the letters KKK in the text. It was intended, according to the franchise, to stand for Krispy Kreme Klub. The franchise swiftly removed the promo from its Facebook page after followers called them on it, and then issued an apology. Perhaps, it was an innocent oversight, or maybe it was a dumb oversight; maybe someone thought it would be a clever play (KKK does have international branches).

Krispy Kreme KKK Promo

I won’t speculate on the intent. However, there a lessons PR pros can learn from this alliteration accident:

1. Incidents such as this are reminders of the importance of diversity–and inclusion–of public relations, marketing and communication teams. The same goes for  newsrooms. In an age where one in five Americans will be foreign born by 2050, it’s critical that public relations practitioners be cognizant of the diverse audiences/publics they often speak to and engage.

Today’s practitioner must be adept at studying and accommodating the unique needs and sensitivities of population segments — there really is no excuse for the, “We didn’t know,” excuse anymore. Corporate, nonprofit and government teams that are responsible managing the face, voice and reputation of organizations must be comprised of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, races and ethnicities. No excuses.

2. Sometimes it is wise to get points of view of colleagues outside of the pr/marketing space. You might have spent hours thinking of the perfect phrase or wording, but that does not mean that more due diligence isn’t in order. Step outside the ego box and solicit opinions; you never know what you might be overlooking.

3. Market testing, though not always plausible, is valuable and worth the effort. Testing language and potential promo campaigns on a select audience can prevent crises.

Screenshot of Hull, England Krispy Kreme Facebook page

Screenshot of Hull, England Krispy Kreme Facebook page

A short round of applause to this UK Krispy Kreme for quickly removing the offensive promo and issuing an apology.

   “We do believe this was a completely unintentional oversight on the part of our longtime franchise   partners in the U.K.,” according to a statement by company spokesperson Lafeea Watson.

Blogging to Build Your Brand | Podcast Interview with Benet Wilson

Blogging to Build Your Brand
Kimberly N. Alleyne

Image by Cristina, Flickr Creative Commons

Image by Cristina, Flickr Creative Commons

I spoke with blogging extraordinaire Benet J. Wilson to discuss her experience, best practices for blogging, tips, personal stories, and more. Though this interview focuses on building a nonprofit brand, the same rules apply for building a personal brand.

Wilson says, “It is a good idea for nonprofits to write a blog and be active on social media because it gives you a different reach. You need to plan it effectively – you need to make sure you have the right team overseeing it. And organize yourself in a way that it is not going to overtax you and your team. Start slowly, you don’t have to do everything all at once. But definitely do it and have fun with it!”

Listen to the podcast and take your blog to the next level!

Key highlights include:

  • Once you start a blog you have to keep it going. It is a beast that has to be fed.
  • Use pictures and videos, sometimes a blog post can be only pictures.
  • Videos do not have to be broadcast quality – sometimes short raw clips come across as more transparent.
  • Interview people – from your organization, the community, your industry.
  • Repurpose content.
  • You don’t have to blog every day. Pick people from your organization that have a strong voice and create a schedule.
  • Use your other social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram) to promote your blog. Focus on the platforms that your audience uses.
  • Don’t just throw information up there; you have to interact with your community. Social media, including your blog, is not only for broadcasting – you can use it to start conversations, testing, listening, polls, and more.
  • Share the space! Highlight great work from other related groups and organizations.

Do you blog to build your brand? What other tactics do you use to lift your brand profile? Let me know at Kimberly at kimberlynalleyne.com

Happy blogging!

#Great tips: How to Increase Your Blog Post Shares

I am always hunting for tips and tricks to increase traffic to my blogs at The Harvest Magazine and Reporting on Disparities, and if you know me, I’m obsessed with infographics—visuals are always a great add. The following infographic from Canva is a jewel!  If you’re not familiar with Canva, make time to learn about it. It’s an easy-to-learn tool for creating graphics—you won’t believe how intuitive it is and you don’t need an iota of design competency. Trust me.

I think many of these tips are doable for my blog(s); I plan to try a few of them such as Socialoomph and Pinterest. Let me know what you think about these tips and which of them you might try, or are already incorporating in your publishing strategy. kimberly at kimberlynalleyne.com

By the way, I found this on Razor Social blog, which is written by Ian Cleary. Stop by for a visit, you’ll find other great blogging tips and tools.

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