Welcome everybody! My name is Scott Jacobs and I’m the CEO of Harvest Consulting. Today, we’re going to talk about Personal Branding. It is a pleasure to be here. I met TJ Bugg a few years back through networking, I worked with Buzz Brenkert at Kendle, and I happen to know program chair Cindy Hughes and few others that are members of your group. Also, for the past 4 years I have been organizing and managing a networking group for folks in job transition. Mike Lynch from Centennial has been a guest speakers on a couple of occasions. My hope is that if I help someone, perhaps they will land and help me once they have budget or maybe it’s just that “what goes around comes around” philosophy.
So the first question you might ask is – why is Jacobs speaking tonight, right? The answer is not “they couldn’t get anyone else”
Here’s a brief commercial about me. I have just about 30 years experience working with or for large, medium, and small businesses (I know, I look too young to have been in business for nearly 30 years, right?), I’ve started at least three businesses, and I currently own 2 small businesses – at Harvest Consulting I help companies increase revenue, by developing marketing strategies that compliment a company’s sales process and I am a partner in a company that started a blog, called the briefcaseproject, it is a blog dedicated to providing business advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners on a variety of topics Legal, CPA-finance/accounting, HR, and I handle marketing)– if you’re interested it checking the blog out the address is thebriefcaseproject.com –
Also, for three years I served on the Bd of directors for the local chapter of the American Mktg Assn as VP Sponsorship. I was fortunate to raise nearly $60,000 in cash and almost $250,000 in in-kind services, and turned things around in that area for the chapter. Currently I am serving on the Board of Directors for Beech Acres Parenting Center. Just yesterday one of our Board members, Tim Stautberg from Scripps, was named a finalist for the Courier’s CFO of the Year. That has been a rewarding experience as I have been able to use my marketing skills and develop new skills (sort of at their expense) I had never personally facilitated focus group sessions, but did them pro-bono for BAPC. Also, like many of us, I am working with them to better understand how we can use social media (YouTube, Facebook, Linkedin, etc.) to advance the cause of the agency in cyberspace.
Here are some of the clients I have served or currently serving. Tulong is a start-up apparel company that manufactures women’s, men’s, and children garments out of recycled cotton and recycled polyester made from soda bottles, we are featured in this month’s Cincy Magazine, and Wood Herron & Evans is a 150 year old law firm based in downtown Cincy.
Here are a few more – I actually sold advertising space in the Business Courier, was a general manager for AraMark and ran their offcie coffee service business in Denver and Phoenix, was a marketing communications manager with Cognis, and a brand manager for Kendle.
The goals for today’s session - I would like for you to a walk away with 2 things A methodology for developing your own value proposition statement Applying what you learned to help in communicating your value quickly when you introduce yourself
So let me ask you, what is your definition of the word brand? Can I get some examples?
Put simply, the definition for brand is the promise to the consumer. That promise begins to define your positioning and how you will differentiate yourself from other candidates for the job you’re seeking. What do you offer and why, and how it is different and unique? Just for fun, I thought we take a look at some positioning statements or promises that brands and companies have established for their consumers, let’s see if you can recognize which brands match up with these statements.
Here are some famous positioning statements or promises made to consumers. On a piece of paper write down which brand you think matches up with the positioning statements listed here, don’t shout them out– take just a few minutes to do this and then we’ll go through it quickly
How many of you own any type of Apple product? Have you ever visited the Apple store? What was your experience? Apple has extended their brand promise “easy to use” to the retail, customer experience in-store with the Genius Bar, store design, and fast. Friendly, and expert advice.
We build excitement!
Remember Mr. Whipple and don’t squeeze the Charmin. One of the great spokepersons in brand history and TV history
The number on most recognized word is?
Here’s kind of a neat design trick Landor the design firm that developed this logo did. Nice representation of movement, moving forward (good icon for a delivery company)
Talk about brand magic!
We bring good things to life. GE has moved its position and is now taking a leading roll in the green movement – their eco-imagination campaign and emphasis on products that are good for the environment is a new key corporate positioning.
Ivory was P&G’s first brand. They were and still are the pioneers in marketing research. Ivory soap was delivered in wheel barrels and crates to homes. P&G would then go back and talk with women about what they thought about the product – they discovered that the soap bar floats and they used that in their advertising for years, along with the product being 99 and 44/100s pure! I guess you all know that soap operas git tehir start through procter?
In the consumer packaged goods business, the positioning statement is sometimes called a brand character statement. For our purposes, I think we could consider this our elevator speech, right? How we introduce ourselves. The idea is to give human characteristics to the product, characteristics that everyone can relate to. Here’s an example of a brand character statement for a famous soap brand. Can anyone guess what brand this is? Interestingly, with P&G, there is R&D process is so strong, they build products and brands from a chemical/molecular level – they discovered that a certain chemical formulation they created provides antibacterial qualities – protecting the family from germs = so P&G really developed the brand name from a molecular level to reflect the benefit to the consumer.
So as we look into developing personal value proposition statements. Here’s a definition – it is (read definition) What value of you going to offer a new employer, and is it tangible? Does this make sense?
As you think about developing your own value proposition statement, one for yourself, here’s what it should do. It should answer these two questions – why is the company looking to hire a financial executive – especially if there are others already in place and why should they hire you. What are you going to bring to the table that is going to either save them money or help them make more money.
Now let’s take a look at an example for how you would go about developing your own value propositions statement. First off, put your name up there first. John Smith should be hired for XYZ company, who has been bleeding cash for months, John Smith is a CFO that has 25 years proven experience in dealing with their (the problem that company is experiencing), then state 2-3 key accomplishments that prove your experience, unlike other CFOs that do not have this experience, here’s what I will do for you XYZ company.
So let’s take a look at an example of a value propositions statement.
Let me tell you the story about how a client I worked with transformed her company from where she had been to where she wanted to go, and how we have used her value prop statement to help guide us. Darcy working for large NY studios, production companies that were ineffective, inefficient, and generally a pain in the ass to work for. Her claim to fame is that she worked for many years on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a storyboard artist and an animator. She has been a lone wolf and is really trying to become a full blown company, not just a sole proprietor. She had a name in mind – Flaming Medusa Studios – pretty edgy, right?
I worked with her and we developed this VPS. She stated that she needed some PR. It was rumored that there going to be a 25 th Anniversary showing of the TNMT movie and she wanted to get some publicity in and around the time that was going to occur.
Darcy Vorhees came to me through a friend. She stated that she needed some PR. Her claim to fame is that she worked for many years on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a storyboard artist and an animator. She grew tired of working for large NY studios, production companies that were ineffective, inefficient, and generally a pain in the ass to work for. She moved back here. It was rumored that there going to be a 25 th Anniversary showing of the TNMT movie and she wanted to get some publicity in and around the time that was going to occur. I worked with her and we developed this VPS
You want to find out what value you bring to a potential employer? Get an outside perspective on you and what you bring to the table. From the research, you can also better understand your value and what you can offer an employer, and how to position that value – this sets up the foundation for personal value prop statement and then your elevator speech.
When I started up my consulting practice, I thought about what the company would represent. Since the company is me, I had to ask that philosophical, “Who Am I?” This all stemmed from trying to create a company name. (Give example)