Advice From Those Who Did It Before Us- Angela Bassett

Advice From Those Who Did It Before Us- Angela Bassett

“Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave it your all.”

Angela Bassett

I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation where you might not have been feeling the best that day, or you weren’t super confident in whatever important moment it was, and things didn’t go your way. Well, that feeling sucks. You don’t know if your ideas didn’t work out, or if the way you presented them wasn’t good enough. Either way, you are left with doubts about your performance.

It’s definitely easier said than done, but it is important to bring your best to the table. Every. Single. Opportunity. You. Have. Yes, that may be really hard. There are so many factors that go into your mood, but you need to do whatever it takes to be all there when it matters.

Angela Bassett is a great example of someone who always brings her all every chance she gets. This amazing actress has faced a good amount of challenges getting to where she is today. Growing up, she was raised in Florida by her single mother who was a social worker. From there, she worked very hard to attend Yale School of Drama. She didn’t settle for average in college either. As a result of her work ethic, she earned a B.A. in Afro-American Studies and an M.F.A. in drama.

After graduation, she had to really prove her talents to gain roles not traditionally assigned to African-American women. Now, this well-decorated actress is known for playing exceptionally strong women, as well as being extremely versatile on-screen.
(Background info from biography.com)

If you should take one piece of advice from Bassett it should be to always bring our best to every situation and never settle for average

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Advice From Those Who Did It Before Us- Walt Disney

Advice From Those Who Did It Before Us- Walt Disney

You don’t reach your goals by talking about them. You reach them by putting in the long hours and hard work.

We all know that person who is all talk. Every time you see them they have a new goal or dream, and they never really stick it through. Well, this quote is for that person.

There’s nothing wrong with having many big dreams. In fact, people are drawn to creative minds. But if you keep talking about big ideas and never show you are taking steps to turn them into a reality, over time, you’ll lose your credibility. Don’t get me wrong, talking is an important part of the process. Thoroughly talking through your ideas with others is important because you may gain valuable feedback. However, always make to follow up brainstorming sessions with the time and work to make your vision a reality. Be the person who not only has good ideas but executes them as well.

Walt Disney was a TV and movie producer, a pioneer of animated cartoon films, the creator of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and was heavily involved in the planning and building of Disneyland (Source: Britannica.com.) If you think Walt Disney gained all of this success through dreams and luck, you are very wrong. It is evident that he was a dreamer, but even more notably, he was a doer.

Disney was known as someone who was “never one to rest or stand still.” This helped him to back up his big dreams with hard work. His dreams combined with the actionable steps he took to make his dreams come alive resulted in massive success. How many people in pop culture can you say are known by a majority of the world? Without the work he put in, his dreams would have stayed dreams, and we wouldn’t have the beloved Disney franchise as we know it.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

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Advice From Those Who Did It Before Us- Seth Godin

Advice From Those Who Did It Before Us- Seth Godin

Seth Godin quote:  "Not everyone is your customer"
If you market to everyone, you market to no one.

You need to put in the work to know who your customers are ASAP. If you don’t do this you may be losing business to competitors who have a better grasp on their target audience.

Getting to know your customers is crucial. Not only because it’ll help you to get more business, but so you can give current and future customers the best possible service you can offer. Emphasizing getting to know your customer’s needs and wants will turn into creating relationships. This is important because the relationships you create are HUGE.

Positive word of mouth marketing is absolutely everything today. There are so many identical goods and services on the market that people are very likely to consult a friend, Facebook page, or any reviews they can find before making a purchasing decision to ensure they are finding a great fit for them.

Seth Godin is a perfect example of someone who has always kept his target audience at the front of his mind

Here is a condensed timeline of his early accomplishments:

1995: Launched ‘Yoyodyne’ A company that used innovative ideas to promote companies among their target audiences.
Became big when a venture-capital firm invested $4 million for a 20% stake. Then gained popularity and companies like Microsoft, Sony Music, Sprint, and Volvo started using its services.

1998: Sold ‘Yoyodyne’ to ‘Yahoo!’ for $30 million & became Yahoo’s vice president of permission marketing.

2000: Wrote ‘Unleashing the Ideavirus’, which is claimed to be the most downloaded book of all time.

2005: Published another book ‘All Marketers are Liars’. The book got serialized in the Fortune Magazine and made it to the Amazon Top 100 bestseller list.

2006: Launched ‘Squidoo.com’ which became one of the 500 most visited websites in the world.

2007: Published ‘The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit’, which ranked at number 5 on the New York Times Best Seller List.

(Timeline info from famouspeople.com)

A pattern in all of his great early accomplishments is that he always knew who his target customer was. From the start, he created a business that promotes companies to their target audiences. So it’s pretty obvious that this is his strong suit. Now as an author, it’s clear he hasn’t lost sight of knowing who he is creating content for. Due to this, he is now a very decorated author with a grand total of 14 bestsellers under his belt.

From Godin’s success, we can credit that the man always knows who he’s talking to.

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Advice From Those Who Did It Before Us- Steve Jobs

Advice From Those Who Did It Before Us- Steve Jobs

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." Steve Jobs
It’s almost impossible to put your all into something you don’t love

There are probably countless factors that went into your current career path. Whether you looked into jobs you were interested in for the paycheck, ones your parents influenced you to consider, what your advisors told you you’d be good at. But really, the only way to “do great work” and enjoy getting up to go into work each day is to find a career path YOU are passionate about.

Steve Jobs book and iphone

It’s easier said than done to get into a career you are 100% passionate about. Everyone needs a job to provide for yourself and your family, but you don’t have to settle into a career just because you have to. Our jobs take up a large majority of our days. Spending life just waiting for 5 pm or waiting until the weekend can really cause you to burn out. If that’s your case, continue doing what you have to do for now, but as Jobs said, don’t settle!

I think we can all relate a little to this entrepreneurial icon. Looking into the path Jobs took to success, you can tell it wasn’t a straight line. Before co-founding Apple, he dropped out of Reed College. The university who now calls him “one of the most famous dropouts in history” They also highlight the variety of classes he took including calligraphy, dance, and Shakespeare. As you can see, he took his own advice, experimenting in many many areas before finding what he truly loved to do.

Keep searching until you find something you love to do, and do it with your whole heart.

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Creating a Memorable Brand

Creating a Memorable Brand

So, you created a brand for your business. That’s awesome! But, you’ve only just scratched the surface of the process to make your brand a memorable one. Here in the Lab, we’ve formulated a list of three things to keep in mind on your mission to create a memorable brand experience for your consumers!

1. Have a Solid Understanding of Your Brand

Create A Vision/Mission Statement

To create a memorable brand experience, you need to know your brand inside out and backward. A way you can start to do this is by constructing a quality vision statement. A vision statement is your long term purpose. Why does your brand exist? What do you want to achieve? This is what you want the big picture of your brand to be. 

A memorable vision leads to a memorable brand. When the right customer comes across your brand statement and resonates with it, they will want to connect with you and become a part of it. 

The next step on the quest of knowing your brand to the core is to follow up on the vision statement with a mission statement. This is your purpose for right now. Who does your brand help? What is your day to day approach? This is what you follow to reach your vision. 

Your mission is more tangible than your vision, so it is really what brings customers in and hopefully encourages them to stay with your business. 

What Are Your Brand Elements?

We always preach on how a brand is more than a logo. However, your logo still matters… and it matters a lot. As well as your logo, choosing the right colors (and keeping them consistent!) is incredibly important. As we covered in our last blog post The Brand is the Heart, “you MUST make sure they are consistent across all platforms with all audiences, otherwise, there will be a brand disconnect with your customers.” And this disconnect is what makes your brand experience not so memorable, or even worse… memorable in a bad way (terrifying, we know). 

Create a Consistent Brand Voice

Just as important as your brand’s look is its voice. Voice is often overlooked when creating a brand, and it could be the difference between making, and breaking a potential customer experience with your brand. Here, you need to stay true to your business. Is your business more formal? Make sure that ALL interactions with your customers (in person, social media, blog posts, etc.) are formal in nature. Is your business super casual? Great! Just do the opposite. 

Presenting a unified front to your consumer is one of the most important things in creating a memorable brand experience, so you better have a firm grasp on what your brand is and what it looks like.

2. Build Quality Connections

Creating Quality Experiences

This might sound redundant, but to create a memorable brand, you need to give everyone who comes into contact with your brand a good experience. In our own experience, we saw a tremendous amount of growth early on because of the positive experiences we gave people. Word of mouth marketing is no joke people! Give everyone a good experience (yes, everyone), and they’ll tell their friends, who will tell theirs, and so on, and so forth. 

Trust

Trust is just as important in business (if not more important) as it is with creating personal relationships. Creating an honest and upfront relationship with clients/consumers is so important in creating a system of trust. If there is no trust, who would really want to work with you?

Stay Genuine

This is the most important thing to remember when looking to build these quality connections. Being genuine creates genuine connections, and that’s really all we have to say about that one. 

3. Listen

Listen To Everything

Listening, this sounds like a simple concept, but there are lots of layers to listening. You have to listen to your consumer, your analytics, and quite literally everything else being thrown your way. 

If you are consistently posting content and not asking yourself the questions, what’s getting lots of engagement? What isn’t? Why? Then what are you doing? See what’s doing well, and continue growing and innovating in that area. See what isn’t, and either scrap it or rework it.

Feedback, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

You have to listen to all of the feedback people throw your way, the positive comments… and more importantly, the negative ones. Thanking people for leaving positive comments helps your brand image by showing customers, they are seen and valued. Engaging with the people who engage with you is so important. If someone comments on your post or leaves a review, and you don’t acknowledge it, that person isn’t going to feel seen by your brand. 

And the same thing goes with reaching out to people who gave negative feedback. If you don’t acknowledge them, their negative beliefs about your business are reaffirmed. This results in a memorable brand experience…but not the good kind 🙁 . These people are truly valuable because they will give you insight into what is going wrong within your business and how you can fix and grow from it. 

Just remember, brands that are the most mindful of what they do, say, and where they go from there, are inherently the best to keep following. And therefore, more memorable. 

Go forth and create memorable brands, everyone!

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