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With PlanABrand’s Cindy Faith Swain, Needing a Plan B Is a Thing of the Past – Noozhawk.com

With PlanABrand’s Cindy Faith Swain, Needing a Plan B Is a Thing of the Past – Noozhawk.com

It’s all about rock ‘n’ roll.

At least it was for Cindy Faith Swain when she came to California in the late 1980s.

Cindy Faith Swain was recently honored by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications as its 2011 Member of the Year.

Cindy Faith Swain was recently honored by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications as its 2011 Member of the Year. (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)

“I came to California to be a rock ‘n’ roll star,” Faith Swain said. “Then I thought I needed some money and that it would be nice to have a real job with health benefits.”.

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Compliments and Rewards

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It was an honor and a privilege to receive the award for 2011 Member of the Year from Association for Women in Communications, Santa Barbara chapter. There really is nothing like getting an award to build your personal credibility. I’m so proud to have it hanging on my wall right next to my desk, however, I am always so

quick to discount my accomplishments and “flick the compliments off my shoulder” as my friend and colleague Lois Phillips so eloquently talks about in her book Women Seen and Heard.

I had the opportunity to talk about branding for 10 minutes and provided a hand-out which gives some basic tips.  Noohawk, Santa Barbara’s Online News Service covered the event.

I have always liked sharing information to help people better understand the value of themselves and their brands.  Click here for some basic branding tips.

I would love feedback and to hear some of your ideas on how to brand yourself and your business.

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Internet Advertising – Advantages to Using Google

Google, Facebook, LinkedIn etc., are looking for biggies to advertise. The ‘sell’ on this informative Google video seems to be talking to big companies about diversifying their ad spend/dollars. To do an effective job with internet advertising, I agree that … Continue reading

Great Use of Facebook Landing Page – Hubspot

Here lies a great example of how to USE landing pages to turn VIEWERS into LIKERS.

Design-wise, the blurriness of the 1st design entices the viewer (it did me) to click on the LIKE button.

Now, the VIEWER has become a LIKER.  The LIKER can now read the page clearly, and if the liker signs up,  they are eligible for a FREE e-book.

GOOD marketing. GOOD branding. GOOD BUSINESS?

Hubspot gives to GET and they’re serious about it.  There is no free lunch.  If you want the free book, you’ve got to give them your e-dress, phone, company, URL, etc. (all required IF you want to free e-book.)

I am not sure if I am the ‘norm,’ but I usually don’t give my real information – I generally opt out at that point though sometimes I may give one of my many alias e-dresses that I don’t use much and fudge my way through the form.  I am sure there are many like me, but there are those too, that don’t mind GIVING FREELY.

Still, I think HUBSPOT is on the right track, doing the right things, setting the right example to help small business think bigger and get bigger.


Using Facebook Landing Pages – How To

Here lies a great example of how to USE landing pages to turn VIEWERS into LIKERS.

Design-wise, the blurriness of the 1st design entices the viewer (it did me) to click on the LIKE button.

Now, the VIEWER has become a LIKER.  The LIKER can now read the page clearly, and if the liker signs up,  they are eligible for a FREE e-book.

GOOD marketing. GOOD branding. GOOD BUSINESS?

Hubspot gives to GET and they’re serious about it.  There is no free lunch.  If you want the free book, you’ve got to give them your e-dress, phone, company, URL, etc. (all required IF you want to free e-book.)

I am not sure if I am the ‘norm,’ but I usually don’t give my real information – I generally opt out at that point though sometimes I may give one of my many alias e-dresses that I don’t use much and fudge my way through the form.  I am sure there are many like me, but there are those too, that don’t mind GIVING FREELY.

Still, I think HUBSPOT is on the right track, doing the right things, setting the right example to help small business think bigger and get bigger.


Ogilvy Social Media Impact Study 2011

What Happens in 60 Seconds on the Internet

Building Knowledge on a Budget

I like to be informed. I like to learn. I like to build business.

Free

I’d like to recommend http://blogs.wsj.com. Why?

1) Unlike its pricey mother-lode, www.WSJ.com, reading the blog is free. For those of us on a budget,it’s a great reference. WSJ is known as THE financial authority and they have the content to prove it. Their blog contains a lot of valuable content.

2) Most everything links to the http://www.wsj.com which is a pay site. Eventually, I will be enticed to pay for the mother-lode.

3) It is action packed with LIVE video, commenting, FB & Twitter folllowing icons, and advertising is everywhere but it’s not too blinged out of control.

4) I always learn something when I visit the site.

5) It provides a great way to connect to the world of money and business.

6) It provides ways for me to connect directly to others by commenting and being a part of the convo – getting to know others and building trust in others and hopefully gaining their trust.

7) Learning about global business doesn’t get easier or more affordable than this, does it?

Marketing.. What it is?

The right product, in the right place, at the right time, at the right price. Adcock….and to the right person.  Remember the audience you’re targeting.

One great part of SM is the ability to LISTEN first.  I might have the greatest services in the world (actually I do: www.PlanABrand.com & www.TheVirtualOrganizer.com – nothing like a little shameless promotion 🙂 ) BUT if I don’t understand who my target is, whether they have money to spend, what they are interested in and talking about, why they might be a candidate for my services etc., I will never reach them.  Therefore, active listening is something that Social Media can do that Traditional Advertising can only partially do.
If you are a TV or  Print advertiser, you will probably know the demographics for a show or  readership that the station / magazine shares with you.  With Social Media, as long as one has to ‘register’ (on the right) for sites like FB, Twitter,  there is more psychographic information on your target.   Of course, people can lie about their age,  sex etc. so variables exist.

Will this all come full circle?  When ’emerging’ marketing is not so ’emerging’ anymore – or shall I say, when it stabilizes for a period of time, monopolies & oligopolies such as phone companies, TV stations, and the now Facebook, LinkedIn, Media giants,  etc.  will be the new old… kind of.

The days of traditional marketing are dwindling.  The emergence of streaming video, digital books, the level and ease of computer use is enabling boomers + etc. to more comfortably use internet technology. Therefore, more and more information is going to be available to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.   I think these entities are as powerful as the government – they are the new government. 

– Cindy Faith Swain @PlanABrand  – All rights reserved 2011©

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