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)

My Seven Favorite WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

I've received emails asking me about how I've done a few things with my blog, so I wanted to share some of the WordPress.Org PlugIns that I use and have enjoyed. The following are my top 7 plugins that I'm currently using on my blog / website: 1) All in One SEO Pack - this one has to be one of my all-time favorites. It works within the pages and posts. You are able to assign a title tag, 160 characters for a description for the search engines, and keywords thus allowing you to optimize your search engine optimization for search engines. 2) DropCap First Character - I've had many ... (more)

Tiger’s Tarnished Brand

Well, Accenture joined the list of other endorsed companies/products that is saying farewell to Tiger. “Go On. Be a Tiger” suddenly took on a new meaning – and not one Accenture wanted to be connected to. Tiger Woods’ brand is in free fall. Unlike Martha Stewart and her shady stock deal, Tiger’s branding issue is much greater. Martha didn’t violate the true essence of her brand (why we care about her). If we had learned that she stole her recipes or couldn’t make papier machee snowflakes, her brand would be just as tarnished as Tiger’s. Of course, Martha emerged from prison in an ... (more)

Personal Branding Predictions: Top Ten for 2010

Personal Branding Journal on Ulitzer Every year since I founded my company, Reach, in 2001, I've made predictions about how the world of personal branding will evolve in the coming year. Here are my top 10 for 2010. 1. Video, Video, Video Thanks to greater bandwidth, cheaper storage, and a proliferation of products and services that make shooting, storing, viewing, and sharing video easy (Flip video, iPhone 3GS, YouTube, vimeo, blip.tv, vodpod, etc.), video will be king in 2010. Video is ideal because it allows careerists to deliver a complete communication and convey their perso... (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)