Pioneering Brand Strategist, Speaker, Author and Founder of Reach Personal Branding

William Arruda

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A recent Sprint commercial about the “Now Network” noted that 26% of viewers had no idea what “twittering on Twitter” means. Yet, it’s clear that Twitter awareness is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course, this doesn’t mean opinions about Twitter are all positive. Many still hold the view expressed in this Twouble with Twitters video. As well, as Steven Johnson stated in his favorable Time magazine piece, “The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression… It's not as if we were all… saying, ‘If only there were a technology that would allow me to send a message to my 50 friends, alerting them in real time about my choice of breakfast cereal.’"  In fact, when I first started using Twitter, I wondered, to borrow words from Andy Warhol, if Twitter was not just a way to become more “deeply superficial.” All that is chang... (more)

Branding Your Email Signature

One of my colleagues, Maria Duron, posted information on Facebook about Wisestamp. You can go to http://www.wisestamp.com and download a free version for your Firefox browser. At this writing, it is not supported on all email platforms, but is supported on many of the major platforms (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL, Hotmail, Google Apps., etc. ). You can include links to your social media platforms where you are active (they have 40+ social media platforms) and IM profiles. Also, you can enter your blog’s RSS feed. As you see below, my signature includes the four social media platf... (more)

Brand "Environment?" What's That?

Have you heard of the term “brand environment?”  Wondering what it means? It’s all the seemingly “little things” that comprise the environment around you.  Your brand environment includes everything from the carpeting in your office to your clothing, your techno-gadgets, and even where you might choose to host a dinner for your clients.  Each and every decision you make that might give others a “clue” about who you are and what you’re like equals your brand environment. As many of you may have already figured out I live in Pittsburgh, PA – the upcoming host to this year’s G-20 s... (more)

Your Brand, Your People

As perhaps the best known philosophical riddle, if you say, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it,” most people will complete the question by saying, “does it make a sound?" Similarly, if you work at defining your brand without considering the people for whom you’re relevant, do you really have a brand? Put another way, it’s questionable if a brand exists without a brand community. According to Wikipedia, a brand community can be defined as “a specialized, non-geographically bound community, based on a structured set of social relations among admirers of a... (more)

Why Use Hashtags on Twitter?

Twitter on Ulitzer Hashtags on Twitter place tweets in categories and gives one unique page for tweets using a certain hashtag. Envision a filing cabinet with files that are labeled and easy to access. You can go to http://www.hashtags.org, type in your keyword, and find the relevant hashtags that support your keyword. Using hashtags also enables people with the same interest to search on a hashtag (i.e. #personalbranding) and find people who are tweeting about that subject. Hashtags helps you to connect with others who have similar interests as you and facilitates finding peop... (more)