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August 15, 2008


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Maor Kaplanski

Great summery post
Personal Branding its far more than a trend -
its a way of life

Vikram Rajan

No, no! I hate personal branding that is purely narcissistic. In fact, not only isn't it as "community-centric" as we should be... it also puts our "reputation-based" income in peril.

Rather, the point of building a personal brand IS to leverage it into income-producing assets, e.g., intellectual property (Kiyosaki/Oprah/Stewart),

or to "frost"/brand commodity [real estate] properties (Trump, Corcoran, Cochran),

or build Mascot properties (e.g., Reddenbacher, GEICO, etc.).

Many companies have legacy personal brands, again, like The Johnny Cochran Firm, and even Martha's firm grew while she was in The Big House (which I'm sure was a fun pun thrown around). Likewise, WWSWD is alive and well at Wal-mart. (Like WWJD, which is also another form of a personal brand gone institutional.)

It is our responsibility to create systems, models, and narratives that leverage the (economic/rational, emotional, and spiritual) appeal of our personal brand.

Hope my morning rambling helped!
~ Vikram

Kevin Dwinnell

I'm not versed with using personal brands in support of corporate brands. But I found it interesting when young models used our product to continue to build their personal brand.

Brand Thunder builds custom themes that allow mainstream marketers to maintain a persistent presence on the PC of the online user -- a good value proposition for any brand marketer.

Using this tool to help aspiring models build upon the organic popularity they've created across college co-ed sites and the social networks was not something I would have anticipated. But, it has proven valuable for them and is getting good results. (you can see the blog post about it at http://brandthunder.com/2008/the-brand-is-me/)

So, for the person who is trying to build their own brand and therefore their own career -- I think this is essential. Every resume written is personal branding. The new media available simply creates exponentially larger opportunity.

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