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What is your Brand?
– one of the oldest human ways of sharing
– creating emotional connections, and
– transferring important information.
• The art of creating and then telling a
great story is deceptively simple
• Imagine all the times you have tried to command
the floor in a large group and regal everyone with
some great tale.
– Make people relate to, and emotionally invest
in, something that may not have happened to
– You have to create a demand to consume the
content you are creating
– Acohesive narrative
Brand vs. Logo
• Brand is your story
• Logo is only a
• Brand and Logo
are separate but
Brand Rule #1: Stand for something
• Anchor your story in core values
– The “north stars” of your company.
– Integrate into the way you treat your employees,your customersand anyone elsewith
whom your companycomesintocontact.
Brand Rule # 2. Find history and context
• Create a history and a context for your company/product.
• Use data and facts to tell give the history of the problem you are solving to make
the company seem relevant
• Help create a feeling of permanence through the use of a rich narrative that
speaks to the already existing moving parts.
Brand Rule # 3. Get everyone involved
• Engage your communityand employees to
help you grow your brand story with you.
• Encouragethem to contributecontent as
they use your product, connect with your
brand, and help you grow.
• Don’tjust tell the story, livethe story and
capture it as you go.
Getting the message out… Public Relations
• Public Relations (PR): managing the flow of information
between an organization and the public
• Persuade the public, investors, partners, employees, etc.
to maintain a certain point of view about:
– the company
– its leadership
– products and services
– political decisions
• Proactively shaping opinions (spin)
PR Delivery Pipeline
Fields of Public Relations…
• Product – gaining publicity for a particular product or service
• Corporate – promoting company and company messaging
• Financial – communicating financial results and business strategy
• Crisis communication – responding in a crisis
• Internal communications – communicating within the company itself
• Government relations – engaging government departments to
influence public policy
Often these roles are combined under one person or organization
PR: Tools to spread the message
• Publicity events
• News conferences
• Speaking opportunities
• Press interviews
• Press releases
• Social media
• Media kits
• B roll (stock video clips)
• PR Firms
– Small and large agencies
– Assist in messaging
– Have strong relations with media
– Global footprint
• Individual PR consultants
– Former members of PR firms
– Lower cost with lesser reach
• In-house PR
– Can be lowest cost
– Combine with social media and other