Announcing: Brand School Summer Session

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Looking forward to summer? As you plan your fun in the sun, make sure to make some plans for your Brand too. Take advantage of the longer days of summer to re-energize your business with Brand School Summer Session.

This is a streamlined version of Brand School Master Class where you get the best of the core principles in less time so you can hit the ground running in the fall for better business  results.

Attract more profitable and loyal customers, tighten your brand story, create a more professional and distinctive brand… and more!

Brand School Summer Session includes:

  •  7 mission-critical Brand lessons over eight weeks.
  •  Videos that you can watch anytime/anywhere (poolside if you like!).
  •  Interactive exercises to directly apply these lessons to your brand.
  •  Access to an intimate, online community of motivated entrepreneurs.
  •  Live weekly office hours via easy-to-access teleconference.
  •  Two 1-on-1 sessions with an experienced BrandTwist coach.

Brand School Summer Session takes place over a concentrated 8 weeks, (Classes run from June 9th through July 24th with no class week of 6/30 for 4th of July holiday) giving you the best of the Master Class Curriculum to put into action right away. 

We are now accepting applications.

Space is limited so don’t wait; apply for your Free Brand Health Check today (all Brand School students must be pre-qualified through a Health Check). See if you qualify, HERE.

Blended Learning Model – Maximum Flexibility

Brand School Summer Session is designed to offer maximum flexibility for the busy entrepreneur. Each week you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the video and exercise for that week’s assignment. It is password protected to create a private, confidential environment for Brand School Students.

You also receive a weekly, live office hour session, plus you are entitled to two 30-minute, one-on-one phone or Skype sessions with a Brand School coach.

See if you qualify, today! 

3 Signs Your Brand Has the Blues – And How To Shake Them Off

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Could your brand have seasonal mood disorder? It’s possible. Many of us find it challenging to stay motivated – and it can be particularly hard to jump-start our lives after the bustle of the holidays, and winter’s colder weather and shorter days are no help. It’s hard to focus on business-building when you’d rather hibernate. But we’ve got some sure-fire ways to bust your brand out of the winter blues.

Watch a replay of our webcast that will help you banish the brand blues “The Yin and Yang of Powerful Brand Stories” with BrandTwist Founder & CEO and former VP of Brand for Virgin Julie Cottineau and Head of Creative Planning at iStock Rebecca Swift. 

Here are three “Brand Blues” symptoms to look for and ideas to get your business back on track:

1) You’re feeling the Brand Love, but not the Cash

You’ve got something special to offer, and you’re connecting with people that your product or service could help. They seem interested, but when it comes to the moment of truth they’re just not buying. This is the dating equivalent of being told “you’re nice but let’s just be friends”

This usually happens when you don’t really understand your ideal customer and what they need. What keeps them up at night? And what triggers are going to help them move from being a “Brand-friend” to a committed “Brand user and fan”?

We spend quite a bit of time on defining our Bull’s Eye target in our Brand School program for small businesses. The most important part of making sure you’ve got a vibrant brand is targeting the right people, understanding their motivations, and speaking directly to those feelings to get them to act.

Take a look at your website (or your primary marketing vehicles) and ask yourself honestly…is it clear who this product or service is for and why should they buy it?

Does it present a clear statement of a problem and a solution that’s going to shake people out of their own doldrums, get them to identify with what you are promising and take action?

Before you re-do your website, or any other marketing materials – stop and think about your target – who they are and what they need. Don’t worry about being too narrow.  It’s better to connect with fewer people who actually buy your product or service, then have a lot of generic messaging that appeals to everyone, but converts no one.

2) You’re Bored with your own Brand

When you work day in and day out on the same business in the same category it’s hard to keep the fresh ideas flowing. But we need innovation to drive interest and keep our customers coming back.

While Brand Boredom is understandable, it can be harmful to your business. When you’re not excited about what you’re promoting – this comes across loud and clear to customers – in face to face meetings and even online.

So how do you keep it fresh? You need to TWIST it up.  When you stay too focused on your competitors and your own category, you end up with “me too” brands.

We believe you need to look at old problems from new and different angles. This is where the TWIST in BrandTwist comes in.

Leverage this lateral thinking by imagining what a beloved brand (in a different category) would do if it took over your business. How would this brand use its DNA to innovate your market?  Twist an inspirational brand (ex. Virgin, Zappos, Starbucks, Apple) with yours and see the impact it can have in creating fresh ideas for your business.

If you own a dry cleaning business you might want to TWIST it with Starbucks.  We’re not suggesting you serve better coffee to waiting customers. We want you to dig deeper. Think about how Starbucks customizes each order – could you offer a new type of dry-cleaning service where you offer a menu of customized options? “I’ll take a ½ starch, ½ steam no hanger pressing please.”

Innovation is critical in creating strong brands. Our Brand School curriculum offers several specific lateral thinking exercises and teaches you how to apply the TWISTS of break through brands to your business.

3) You have too many ideas and no idea how to move forward

For some people, the source of brand blues is having too many ideas. Many business people have an idea a day (if not a minute) and this can be overwhelming. It can lead to a crippling condition we call “fear of the idea”. Every new idea brings up a whole new level of stress on how you’re going to execute it.  This state can actually lead to a situation where nothing gets done.

Have no fear. The trick is in prioritizing which ideas to pursue and breaking down the steps to move them forward.

Look for ideas that have both high feasibility and high impact. By high feasibility we mean ideas that can be reasonably implemented. They may take some investment in resources or partners, but they don’t require inventing a completely new manufacturing process or any involvement from NASA. By high impact, we mean the ideas that would appeal strongly to your target and support your brand’s overall authority and distinctiveness.

Lastly, we recommend that you break down these ideas into small actionable steps. Instead of saying “I need to create a fresh, new killer website” we recommend breaking it into smaller steps that you will actually get done. For example, asking friends via Facebook and LinkedIn for web designer recommendations, investigating online resources like 99 Designs, creating a web design brief, and identifying 3 websites you admire (and pinpoint why) so you can share them as examples with your designer when you find them

We also recommend finding a Branding Buddy to keep you accountable and moving forward. Weekly check-ins (over Skype or coffee) will help you keep moving ahead. Program these into your calendar – pick a consistent day and time that works for you and your buddy and make these meetings a high priority.

In Brand School Master Class we have found that creating a private community of like-minded entrepreneurs to support one another and hold each other accountable is a very effective way to help everyone stay on track and bring their ideas to market.

We know its cold and your brand might be feeling the winter blues right now, but with a bit of ingenuity, discipline and the right kind of support your business can emerge into Spring stronger and more invigorated.

Interested in more brand building tips? Make sure you check out our Brand School Master Class site and join our mailing list. You will get a free e-book “Brand Like a Billionaire – 5 Tips I learned from Richard Branson”. You can also learn how to qualify for a FREE one-hour strategy Brand Health Check session with Julie (valued at $500).

AND don’t forget to watch “The Yin and Yang of Powerful Brand Stories” FREE webcast replay with BrandTwist Founder & CEO and former VP of Brand for Virgin Julie Cottineau and Head of Creative Planning at iStock Rebecca Swift  – all about on Visual and Verbal Branding.

In just one hour you’ll bash your brand blues and learn:

  • How to get your brand noticed by creating a compelling story using pictures and language.
  • The three main tones that resonate with customers.
  • How the verbal and visual balance helps your business succeed.

Watch it HERE.

 

3 Opportunities to Move Your Business Forward

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The New Year is a great time to act on your business resolutions, and to help, we’re excited to share with you these upcoming interactive workshops with BrandTwist Founder & CEO Julie Cottineau – all within 30-minutes of New York City. (If you don’t live in the area, perhaps you have a friend or colleague that does and could benefit from these events).

In these hands-on, fun-filled events you will learn how to:

  • Stand out from competition
  • Have more impact with less spending
  • Tell a stronger personal brand story
  • Twist your thinking to create fresh ideas

And more!

Julie will be sharing tools and techniques to innovate your brand — and show you how you can put them to work right away to GROW YOUR BUSINESS! These workshops are normally $250 and up but in partnership with local community business centers, we are able to offer them for a fraction of the price.

Join Julie and other like-minded, inspired entrepreneurs and business owners who are putting their business and brands at the top of their lists this year!

There is also an opportunity to get FREE in-person, one-on-one time with Julie prior to each session. Read more below.

These live events have concluded, but to receive immediate updates about more events like these, Brand School’s exclusive programs and free brand and business-building tips, please sign up for our newsletter:

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JUMP START YOUR BRAND  At The Purple Crayon Center for Learning and Social Innovation, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. 

You’ll get 5 sure-fire ways to boost your brand and your business in this interactive session to gain practical insights and takeaway steps, and be infused with the energy of other entrepreneurs and small business owners.

BRAND LIKE A BILLIONAIRE: 5 TIPS I LEARNED FROM RICHARD BRANSON At Serendipity Labs, Rye, NY. 

In this workshop, Julie shares tips she learned from her five years as VP of Brand for Virgin North America and show you how you can make them work for your business. Learn from one of the best-loved brands on the planet and one of the most successful entrepreneurs.

TWIST YOUR BRAND, GROW YOUR BUSINESS  At The W@tercooler Hub, Tarrytown, NY.  

Boost your business with innovative ways to look at old problems from new angles that will help you create new products and services and build loyal brand fans. See how both large and small brands are innovating and how to apply these lessons directly to help your brand stand out.

Please pass these valuable opportunities and offers along to any friends you think may be interested in joining Julie in boosting their business. These hands-on events are a great way to start rocking any business and brand in the New Year.

Each of these events also included FREE, valuable one-on-one time with Julie on days prior to the session. If you are interested in finding out more about a FREE Brand Health Check 45-minute personal strategy session please contact Julie at Julie@BrandTwist.com

We look forward to Twisting with you soon!

Jump Start Your Brand Workshop

Put your business and brand a the top of your New Year’s Wish List. This Interactive session gives you 5 sure-fire ways to boost your brand and takeaway steps. PlUS a private 1-0n-1 with Julie. You’ll be infused with the energy of other entrepreneurs and small business owners in jump starting your brand now! 20% DISCOUNT when you use promo code TWIST.