Posts tagged brand building
Political brands
 "Jake Barton, at Local Projects, is taking a multi-pronged approach, seeking out new projects that might help give voice to America’s shared values. And he is privately urging his own clients, which are predominantly museums, to consider a once-blasphemous thought: That there is no such thing as a generic, mainstream point of view, and that to stay relevant, nonprofit organizations will have to become more incisive." 

Fast Company here taking part in the quickly-spreading concern that perhaps nothing is safe from becoming "political." 

The "concern" bit is probably why I still continue to dance around statements like "all brands that survive the future will be lifestyle brands." But I'm assuming that with more time I won't have to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



A couple weeks ago I met Nika. She's a fashion blogger, so we arranged to take a few photos. We'll be sharing the results and the story we built around it soon. But just taking a moment to remark that it took all of 1) learning how a proper camera works 2) showing up at a fashion event, and 3) getting a couple warm intros to other fashion blogger friends (and then intros to their friends), to now be in a place where I can talk about Composure making its way into some awesome fashion scenes with considerable audiences. Places that feel completely natural. I'm more than excited, and blown away how naturally things come along when likeminded worlds align. 

(I could say similar things about how naturally the twitter feed over at @composure_black has grown; the people who follow and RT the feed aren't friends I know or even in the fashion world; they're just people who too believe in the magic of artistry)

Anyway, more to follow as I find more natural alignment in more places—I'm truly looking forward to sharing as it develops ✌️


This is from a list of points within an article titled How To Build a $120K per Month Ecommerce Brand in Less Than A Year:

2. Do the research to figure out what you want to be

First you will want to commit to building a brand, and all the challenges that presents. You will have to be prepared to say "no" and stick to your guns. Inconsistency is the death to brands. Spend a lot of time up front to truly understand what you want to be and how you want to present your company.

You certainly don’t want to oscillate on your message to customers about your product. Do spend the time and effort figuring out exactly what you want to say. Once you start marketing, stick to the message.

**Do spend the time and effort figuring out exactly what you want to say.**

A lot of business & branding articles are written as if this is an important, overlooked thing that most people only spend a couple hour's time on. They seem to want to make the case that you should probably spend something like a week's worth of time on it instead.

Building Composure is my case that it's something you should probably spend years on, that developing the kind of self-awareness and inner vision required to truly know what you want to say just simply isn't possible any other way. The alternative is for me to write articles titled "How To Build a $120K per Month Ecommerce Brand in Less Than a Quarter of a Lifetime" and frankly I'm just not into that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯