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18 minutes | May 31, 2019
When to Ship It! How Perfection Gets In The Way.
There's a line we have to cross when creating any form of content and I call that the Shippable line. It's the point when a project is good enough to get out there into and have the potential impact it's going to have. Many of us don't know where this line is because this line comes with experience. You have to determine where that line is, and part of being a designer with a client or agency is knowing where that line is and educating others on where that line. This happens so you don't waste time and resources on polishing something that can't be polished any further or that the impact becomes significantly less with each updated iteration. At some point you have to ship and let the market decide if it's good. bit.ly/brandblaster --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
15 minutes | May 30, 2019
Are you a Freelancer or Entrepreneur?
Freelancing and Entrepreneurship can get a little muddy sometimes. Especially when we're seeking advice, we can be led astray by the excitement or perception of one over the other. On this episode we're looking to clear that up a bit and genuinely ask ourselves the question of "Am I a freelancer or an entrepreneur?" Bit.ly/brandblaster --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
13 minutes | May 29, 2019
Speculative Work vs. Free Work
Speculative work is not something you want to get involved in but sometimes that definition can keep creators from doing any kind of free work. And free work is often what creates value and trust with the industries and clients that you want to become a part of. That can also mean finding ways to package inexpensive uses of your time to get yourself in the door. But yeah, speculative work is a no-no. So, what's the difference? That's what we're breaking down. bit.ly/brandblaster --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
11 minutes | May 28, 2019
What You Need More Than "Brand"
I wanted to share a quick thought I had after a conversation with a good friend of mine about his message and creative direction. We spoke all about getting comfortable with putting his message out there as opposed to waiting for the right moment to strike with the right image or brand. Not every designer is going to tell you that, in favor of hitting you with their $2,500 branding package. Building a strong connective idea takes time and we often need to let it breathe and emerge. bit.ly/brandblaster --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
5 minutes | Mar 16, 2019
What is Branding, really?
Today on the show we're asking "What is Branding, really?" Is it imagery? Language? A logo? or is it something different entirely? http://www.cnote.media http://www.bit.ly/brandblaster --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
5 minutes | Mar 14, 2019
"Let Me Pay You"
It’s very exciting when you get someone to say “I want to pay you for this” or “this was worth every penny.” Without even prompting them they just reach into their pocket and insist on giving you their hard earned cash. Why? Likely because you just gave them something invaluable and they don’t know what to do. So, logically, cash is the way to show appreciation. I met with someone today and this ended up happening. We talked for 45 minutes as a discovery meeting. I just listened and did everything I could to get to know her and get to know her needs. I quoted her for a project and I could tell in an instant that she felt in way over her head. That happens, sometimes the costs are too high, I get it. However, further opportunity wasn’t lost on me and frankly, it was easier to talk now that money was removed. The barriers were down. I let her know that I wasn’t interested in taking money she wasn’t prepared to spend and I’m not cutting her off from my knowledge because of that. We talked about her goals, I shared my story and gave her advice on how to go forward. While she didn’t agree to what I quoted (which was work I didn’t want to do anyway) we eventually agreed to do ongoing consulting. Right then and there she insisted that she paid me. Why? I listened. I took my own agenda off the table. I made it clear I wanted to serve her. I gave her room to make her own choices. I let her know I wanted to work WITH her, not for her. That this is a joint effort. She also resonated with my natural intuitive self and it doesn’t hurt to click. The point of all of this is that I didn’t push the issue. Sales is not about pushing for the sale. You can’t trick a brain to be ready when it isn’t. Even if you do, they’ll sober up and regret it. That won’t bode well for your future relationship. And that’s what you’re doing, building a relationship based on existing needs and possibilities. Not ideals and desparation. http://www.bit.ly/brandblaster http://www.cnote.media --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
32 minutes | Dec 14, 2018
Fulfillment with Your Work
Today on the show we're talking about my personal path of learning to be okay with myself as a brand, to continually assess the fulfillment I feel in my work and how that leads to value for others. This episode is an extension of last week's episode about advertising vs. creating mixed with sharing more of my personal story. I've also felt financial pressure putting into bad old habits. We break that down today on Brand Blaster! Brand Blaster Course: http://www.bit.ly/brandblaster --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
24 minutes | Dec 7, 2018
Creating vs. Advertising
Today on the show we're talking about creating versus advertising. What's really the difference? What should be your focus in today's world of social marketing? There truly are plenty of cues that we can take from the old world of TV and Radio but we haven't take the wrong ideas into account. We tend to think more like advertisers, just throwing our product out there at every angle instead of thinking like creators. If you want to buy ads then buy ads but even then you have think about how that ad naturally fits into the content eco-system. If it looks like an ad, smells like an ad and no one wants it then it's going to be a dud. We also talk about giving away free stuff and why we get so cynical about it when it doesn't work. Thanks for being here, let's blast off into the marketing wonderful with today's episode of Brand Blaster! Brand Blaster Pre-Order: http://www.bit.ly/brandblaster --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
14 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
Who Are You, Really?
Today on the show we're asking the question "Who Are You, Really?" as we share another segment from the Brand Blaster course, which you can pick up at http://www.bit.ly/brandblaster. Part of the course involves identifying your personality in order to harness that into an effective brand. But for us to know who you are, we need to strip away some of the traditional notions of who we are. We're not just a mother, father, co-worker or sibling but we have wants, needs, and desires that drive us at our core. What are those things? We talk about that on today's episode of the Brand Blaster podcast. Brand Blaster Course: http://www.bit.ly/brandblaster --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
15 minutes | Nov 23, 2018
Why Have a Personal Brand?
Today on the show we're officially announcing the new name of the show, which is Brand Blaster! All about personal brand development. We talk about building your personality, brand, marketing and sales strategies. We're talking about your "Why?" today. Why do you even want a brand? What is the purpose and meaning of it for you? Strengthening your resolve is a major key step in even getting started with a brand. Is there a personal reason? Is it for the money? The likes? The attention? Understanding your why will help you to determine if you're even on the right track. Sign up for Brand Blaster at http://www.bit.ly/brandblaster --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
18 minutes | Nov 16, 2018
Finding Your Focus | Building Your Brand Blaster Team
Today on the show we're talking about building your Brand Blaster team, a band of characters that represents your personality, brand, marketing and sales. I remember playing Chrono Trigger when I was a kid and realizing that the only way to survive and thrive was to make sure these characters were assisting each other during the entire battle. The leader defined the mission, The Tank dealt big damage, The Specialist kept dangers at bay and The Healer revived the team. Each component, when you check in on them, provides consistent focus and support when facing new opponents and tackling new clients. Not literally. Support the show: http://www.cnote.show Sign up for the Course: http://www.bit.ly/brandblaster Request a consult: http://www.bit.ly/cnoteconsulting --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
24 minutes | Oct 25, 2018
10 Things You Need to Know About Branding
Today on the show we're talking about branding and the 10 things you need to know to even start thinking about branding. It's not easy to start a brand, not easy to be a client to a designer effectively without knowing anything about branding, understanding that not everyone can do it, colors matter and that branding is a qualifying aspect of your business. These 10 things to know are the key starting points for learning how to build brand by yourself or with a designer. Support the show: http://www.cnote.show Brand Blaster Course: http://www.bit.ly/brandblaster Boss Project Summit: http://www.bit.ly/cnotesummit --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
12 minutes | Oct 12, 2018
Today on the show we talk all about losing followers. That feeling of missing out on connections really sucks. We know what that's like but also understand that losing a few followers doesn't mean that someone doesn't like your content or that they're even a real person. There are so many factors that contribute to the impersonal nature of trying to add followers to your media presence. We're here to talk about how all of that doesn't matter if you're looking to reach the right people. Media Courses: http://www.cnote.media The Boss Project Summit: http://www.bit.ly/cnotesummit --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
14 minutes | Oct 3, 2018
Business is Mutual
Today we're talking about how business is a mutual experience. Working with clients involves both the service provider and client to protect each other from the challenges that business brings. Many see contracts as this cold method of communication that is making relationships worse but it couldn't be further from the truth. It's about establishing a guideline so you know where you stand and neither party can make things up when they get stressed. It's super important and we talk about that on today's episode of C-Note's Media Madness. Support the show: http://www.cnote.show C-Note's Media Courses: http://www.cnote.media --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
13 minutes | Oct 1, 2018
Using Politics in Marketing
Today on the show we're talking about using politics in marketing. When is it appropriate to approach such sensitive topics when you're using social media to market your services? Is it always a qualifier or can it be used too aggressively to alienate a potentially powerful client? There's a lot of little things to talk about on this topic so let's go! Support the show: http://www.cnote.show Media Courses: http://www.cnote.media --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
38 minutes | Sep 26, 2018
Today on the show we're going through a thread of my favorite Facebook group called "Getting Clients Without Being Salesy" in which a question was asked about business pet peeves. Essentially, there a ton of little things that we, as business people, deal with every single day from our families to our clients. This episode is meant to bring some of those issues to like, talk a little bit about what you can do to prevent some of those issues and continue to build the business that you love without any sense of guilt or frustration. Support the show: http://www.cnote.show Meet the Host: http://www.cnote.show --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
16 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
Kindness is Good for Business
Today on the show we're talking about kindness being good for business. Taking care of people, listening to them, not putting a paywall on your knowledge, and providing support even if they can't pay you is all important for long term business relationships and growth. Not only that but it's a good way to approach personal relationships as well. Support the show: http://www.cnote.show Meet the Host: http://www.cnote.media --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
10 minutes | Sep 18, 2018
Media, Yesterday and Today
Today on the show we're talking about Media, Yesterday and Today and how there isn't a major difference between pre-2000s and today beyond the tools and amount of reach possible. We're still trying to sell things, we're still trying to be presentable or popular, we're still trying to find reasons to brag to our friends. It's not any different than the "My kid is an honor student" bumper sticker showing off your pride to the car behind you (who thinks you're a douche). Let's explore those parallels today on C-Note's Media Madness! Support this show: http://www.cnote.show Learn from the host: http://www.cnote.media --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
10 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
Stop Taking Advice from Family and Friends
Today we're talking about taking advice from family when it comes to your branding or your work with clients. Unless they are the ideal client for your client then you shouldn't be attempting to obtain constructive information from family and friends. You wouldn't ask a random stranger to evaluate the design integrity of your branding, would you? It's no different than when you're asking someone with no experience to vote for a design or give you feedback. So cut it out! Support the show: http://www.cnote.show Consulting: http://www.calendly.com/cnotemedia/consulting Learn about the host: http://www.cnote.media --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
27 minutes | Sep 10, 2018
Top 10 Things You Need to Start a Podcast
Today on the show we're talking about the 10 things you need to start a podcast. 10 very important things that are going to propel you through the creation of your show every day. We talk about building your audience, your why, your goals, your mission, naming, branding and more. This show is meant get you into the mindset of understanding that creating a show of any kind is not just about the hardware and software but about the heart you put into every episode. You can pick up the podcast course here: http://cnote.thinkific.com/courses/podcasting --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandblaster/support
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