Saturday, November 15, 2014

Digital and #SocialMedia Marketing Trends [2014 and beyond]

2014 has come and it's almost gone but what will this year be remembered for? Wearable technologies like Google Glass and other not-yet-to-be-released technology that's BIG on hype but low on functionality? Often, companies and consumers alike need a down year or two to find their way in a global technological race that has no end in the foreseeable future.

Instagram has had an incredible year as the social media platform of choice for millennials, celebrities and anyone else looking to have more to say than 140 characters. However, don't close out your Twitter account just yet because Twitter is still the [800 lb gorilla] branding/social media/marketing platform juggernaut to be reckoned with.

Moving forward, some people love it and others loathe it. The U.S. holidays are almost here and mobile marketing is definitely going to play a huge role this holiday season. Consumers looking for exciting new products and advertisers will reach their customers, all in the palm of their hands.

Looking back at 2014, this'll be the 1st year mobile will play a truly significant role in consumer product education, entertainment and the combination of the two.  Looking forward to 2015, don't forget Youtube because some of the "Stars Of Youtube" will become strange bedfellows in content creation as they partner to combine entertainment with cutting-edge mobile marketing to find its way into the hearts and mind of the new mobile global consumer.


Monday, November 3, 2014

When Is The Best Time [On Average] To Be An #Entrepreneur?

Anytime is the best time to be an entrepreneur [regardless of age] but being realistic, it never hurts to look at the numbers to see when people are at their best. Looking at the infographic below, one may think they're either too young or past their prime but this is just an average based on a set number of cases researched.

With data, it's best to review, see what's relevant in your circumstance and move forward as not everything will pertain to you precisely but it's always good to have valid information as you can fine tune your knowledge as you gain more experience.

Entrepreneurship is not just about business and financial gain but is a continuous state of mind that needs constant validation to remain at optimum performance. For many years, people have asked the question, "where do [good] ideas come from"? Surprisingly, this is a very personal question because if you reflect for just a moment and ask yourself the same question, its quite likely  at your most vulnerable moments alone. Its no secret that entrepreneurs do their best thinking in solitude.

Studies have shown that entrepreneurs tend to be emotionally introverted and are extremely deep thinkers. Its turning these tendencies of deep thought into action that remain the hardest part. Often, it's easy to get discouraged when you have an idea or dream, as we let others influence our paths but ultimately you must take hold of your own dreams regardless of what others might say, think or do. You [and only you] hold the key to your own dreams regardless of how young or old you are.

Sink or Swim 1

Saturday, October 25, 2014

When Is It Time to Give Up On Your Dreams?

When we are innocent, young and inexperienced in life, we dream the impossible dream. In this period in our lives, we don't have the stigmas and social barriers placed upon us as we get older. In essence, we learn to stop dreaming because of outside forces exerting their influence upon us. Why this happens varies based on gender, education, socio-economics, the list of reasons are boundless.

Let's get something straight, "dreaming" is not about having a Ferrari, owning the biggest house on the block or any other material possession. Dreaming is about being able to have a simple notion and believing you can achieve whatever it is you wish to do.

This may sound easy enough but in reality, millions of people never have a chance to dream or they decide that dreams should remain exactly that, somewhere in thought but not in reality. As we get older, we are conditioned to dream less and be more practical in our goals. We all can think of a reason to give up on our dreams, the real fight is in not succumbing to the forces of our day-to-day realities.

People are held back from their dreams for many different reasons but the #1 reason they didn't realize their dream was...THEY GAVE UP. To be fair, the majority of people who've had real dreams gave up too soon or didn't find alternate routes to the same goal. Dream building has no time limits and is a continuous process that in some cases may take a lifetime.

It is a known fact in life that you will fail [at doing a lot of things] most of the time but being able to learn from those failures is critical towards the achievement of your dreams of tomorrow. Many people live their entire lives chasing dreams but never learn that you must be flexible. Often, having a dream coming to fruition is closer than you think but most give up too soon because "the dream" is not coming the way they envisioned it.

Dreams never come true the way they are dreamt.

There are many different paths to a destination and having the creativity, the fortitude to withstand difficult situations [over a long period of time] and the ability to reinvent yourself when you fail are all key skills you will need to achieve greatness.

You may not have heard of Maysoon Zayid [she's dreams BIG]. She has Cerebral palsy, which for some would be an instant dream crusher. We all have disabilities, some more obvious than others but one thing that Maysoon never did was give up on her dreams.

                             Age Never Got In The Way Of These Dreamers

Sunday, September 28, 2014

#Inspiration Can Come From Just About Anywhere [if you know where to look]

In my last post, I wrote about ambition and how its really the genesis of who we are as an individual but ambition alone cannot get you to the promised land [whatever that may mean to you]. It helps if you throw in a little bit of inspiration to see how others achieved their success.

It never hurts to be inspired by others. To be inspired by others, is to aspire for personal greatness and begin the impossible dream of a lifetime.

What does inspiration mean to you?

In today's world, simple words mean nothing, its the catchy visual mixed with compelling content that catches peoples attention. Advertisers have been struggling with this paradoxical algorithm since the dawn of humanity but its only until recently have content creation technologies and social media platforms have come together where everyone can now have a voice and create their own personal brand.

It's commonplace to see videos on YouTube but its rare to see a series of great videos of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Its not the great superstars of sports and entertainment that inspire us the most. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. Most of the time, its from everyday people living their lives to the fullest and influencing others through positive interaction.

Inspiration Can Come From Just About Anywhere [if you know where to look]

Monday, September 15, 2014

Everything Starts With #Ambition

The interesting thing about being born is that the first emotion we acquire is ambition [to be alive is to be ambitious]. Most people remember quite clearly what their early ambitions were. As with time, things change and so do ambitions but its knowing how to nourish your ambitious pursuits is critical to being able to overcome the objections that may come along the way.

Everyone is passionate about something in their life, its what makes us who we are as an individual. Nonetheless, depending on a multitude of variables, ambition is often undermined. Most of the time, the damage is self-inflicted based on experiences we may have had, what someone said or how they reacted when you shared your ambition[s].

When we share our passions with friends and family, we're really looking for validation or affirmation of our ambition[s]. Typically, if a person hasn't reached a goal in a reasonable amount of time, we lose ambition and become discouraged. Every person has to know when to increase your personal ambition [realistically] and know when to look for other pursuits that might be more attainable [based on skill, experience and passion].

With that being said, there is one thing you should NEVER do in life and that's lose the ability to be ambitious about ANYTHING you desire. Once you lose the ability to be ambitious, you lose the ability to dream the impossible. Self-doubt becomes a very close ally and dream crusher to your ambitions. Stagnation becomes a state-of-mind which leads to discontentment. Many things can be absconded from you in life but losing your ambition is to lose the essence of your individuality and self-worth.

"You'll never fly, if you're too scared of the height."
"You'll never live if you're too scared to die.".
- Hardwell ft Heather [Bright Lights] lyrics from "Never Say Goodbye"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How Much Is Your Content Worth?

No matter what line of business you're in today, you're in the content business. Understanding what kind of content is right for you is critical for your online presence. Knowing who your audience is and how to reach them effectively is the holy grail of any online strategy. The trouble with creating content is there aren't any definitive road maps to creating content. Every individual, every website, every blog has its own way of engaging online.

However, there are content creation fundamentals and some well known roads that have been traveled by many that can help navigate the world of content creation.

Storytelling is a big part of how we communicate. Marketers and advertisers know how do this very well but how do you become a storyteller? How do you get your story told? Most successful artists like singers, rappers, actors and comedians are incredible storytellers. Its how we construct the story and convey the content is how we reach our audience.

To answer the question,"how much is your content worth"? That depends on what the perceived value is to the customer. Value or worth does not always equate to $$$ in your pocket. Content creation is in the realm of branding and brand identity which is more powerful than a few dollars in your pockets. Having identifiable content that has been crafted to the needs of your audience is worth its weight in gold.

Most people have a pretty good idea of what they want to say but how to say it and say it effectively is the problem most seem to have. Since EVERYONE has an online presence these days, its really about knowing what social media platforms work best and seeking like-minded individuals willing to share your content.

There are many types of people who work in this space [or profession] and finding the right person to share your vision is critical to your success. You may not hire this person but knowing the character types can help you make critical decisions when the time is right.

The Many Faces of Content Marketing

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Please Subscribe: An Intimate Look Into The Lives of YouTubers [Content Creators]

There once was a time [which seems very long ago] when people would watch their favorite shows on cable and record them on a DVR provided by their cable provider.

At the time, this was cutting edge technology because you didn't have to "catch the show" at its initial broadcasting [you could record it and view the show at your convenience].

Then one day, a video-sharing website created by 3 guys called YouTube would "flip the script" and change the way we consume media. Now, YOU can be the star of your own show [and the set can be anywhere you can setup a video recorder or webcam].

Sounds like fun to me but the reality is creating compelling content is very much like producing a show on TV or for theatre. It takes a lot of imagination and even more selflessness to be vulnerable to the world.

Ever thought about creating your own YouTube content but wondered what the life is really like?  

Take a look at Please Subscribe.