Marketing campaigns are evolving into holistic strategies with PESO; no longer linear but 3D, 360 degree communications. Digital measurability creates a high-definition focus, with in-house marketing teams and business leaders seeing a clear picture of brand presentation and message delivery.
Virtual business has become the new reality in Thailand; Bangkok-based companies dragging their heels may get left behind in a barren marketing wasteland, miles away from the nearest customer connectivity point. What is vital in 2015 and beyond is that Thailand’s SMEs and big brands alike jump onto rising digital marketing platforms sooner rather than later and properly learn how to leverage them. If not, they run the risk of being stranded, and soon forgotten by market forces.
Periscope, the live-streaming video mobile app which allows you to broadcast from anywhere in the world, purchased by Twitter in February is now the fastest-growing social media app. In just ten days, the app hit one million users and now exceeds 10 million users who are viewing over 40 years of content every day on the app.
Blogging is not real writing. This was one of several memorable lines in Steven Soderbergh’s excellent 2011 movie, Contagion. The apocalyptic medical thriller went on to examine the staggeringly important role freelancer Alan Krumwiede played in the global viral MEV-1 outbreak and ensuing public hysteria brought about in its aftermath. Initially a down-and-out conspiracy theory journalist begging for any sort of attention whatsoever (sound familiar?), Jude Law’s character became one of the world’s most followed icons as a result of his blogging about the film’s far-reaching protagonist, the Meningoencephalitis virus. It was a case of right time, right content.
If, as Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos says, “your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room”, then your personal brand is built from the thoughts, words and reactions of other people. Therefore, if you want to take control of your personal brand, you have to manage how your present yourself publicly. To a large extent, this is something you have control over and talking your way to the top is easier than you might think.
If you’ve got authenticity down pat, the next concept to master in building your personal brand is to be the best in your field. Sounds like an immense task, doesn’t it? But, in fact, there are measurable efforts you can take to ensure you’re at the cutting edge of your industry which will, undoubtedly, boost your personal brand immeasurably.
When I stepped off the airplane for my first visit to Bangkok in 1996, I had my backpack and US$300. It was night time, it was steaming hot and I was stuck in traffic for hours. What mess did I get myself into? Little did I know that this city would become my home and the birthplace of my most successful business, Vivaldi PR.
Things were not always so rosy for me. I needed a personal branding makeover. Partly though bad luck and partly due my own failings I had three lost jobs and had two failed businesses, which taught me a tough lesson about the importance of A, B, C and Ds of Personal Branding – Authenticity, Being the Best, Communication and Daring to Change.