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We’ve all played the desert island game – pick one type of food to eat, or one song to listen to while forever stranded on some castaway shore. But what if you had to recreate your brand on a desert island? If you could only choose a few items to represent your brand experience, what would they be? And what one skill would be the most valuable to you?

Next time you’re planning an all-staff meeting or you’re just a two-person shop that’s feeling a bit unsure if your brand is reflecting how you want to be perceived, try this exercise with each other. It’s a revealing way to strip down to your brand essentials. The answers might surprise you – are they completely different from each other, or is a common pattern emerging?

What's Going In The Boat?

Your Brand Survivor-Style:
1. What objects would you take with you to recreate the brand experience? Object A, B and C.
2. What one extra special ingredient would you add to the mix? Could be music, a smell, a mood.
3. What one skill would be the most critical to the brand’s survival?

In our newsletter article, Branding Training Cultivates Smarter Employees, we asked our friend Keri, a former employee of Starbucks and Disney, to take a stab at the desert island exercise based on her employee brand training with these big-timers of experiential branding. Here were her recreations of both:

Starbucks on a deserted Island

Disney on a Desert Island

So what would you bring along? Tell us your objects, your special ingredient and your one most important skill to recreating your brand experience on a desert island.


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Pinterest As An Idea Vault | Braid Creative & Consulting

Pinterest as an idea vault

Earlier this week I talked about how to set up your very own Pinterest account, and today I want to go a little deeper as to why you should be pinning.

Michael Stelzner, of Social Media Examiner, says in his book Launch (which is a fantastic read, by the way): Ideas are out there, right in front of you ... You simply need to grab and store them. There’s a time and a place to execute great ideas. Likely, however, it’s not when you first discover them. And be forewarned: When ideas come your way they won’t stay for long … That’s why you need an idea vault – a place where your ideas can live and be easily fetched when needed.

 

Pinterest as an Idea Vault

Pinterest is just that - a visual, easy to access, idea vault. It’s not a file full of magazine clippings from 1995 that never sees the light of day.  And it’s not a good-intentioned, but often neglected and unorganized, folder hanging out on your desktop weakly labeled “Inspiration”. Pinterest is a perfect tool for marketing directors, freelancers, in-house designers, microbusinesses and artistpreneurs who are looking to capture ideas and organize the inspiration they come across in a digital, but not disposable, way.

The social media aspect of Pinterest keeps you engaged and coming back for more. And your pins patiently hang out, never collecting dust and gently reminding you they are there, until you’re ready to execute that delicious pumpkin muffin recipe, that chic monochromatic outfit, that crazy wall color (or two) and /or even your brand identity. And I bet, because of Pinterest, that execution happens sooner than later.

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Braid Method Branding for Creatives ECourse

The Braid Method Branding ECourse is for creative entrepreneurs who are ready to support themselves financially with their business, create a blog or consistent online presence, and finally turn the work they’re already doing into a digital product, package, or offering for dream customers. This branding ecourse comes with 7 learning modules in a 300+ page digital download, a workbook with 20+ branding exercises and scripts, a quarterly masterclass, and an exclusive Facebook group so you can connect with us and other students.

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How to Pinterest for Creative Entrepreneurs | Braid Creative

Last week, we posted the top five ways we use social media. But today I want to chat about Pinterest. A lot of you are already fans but some of you might still be curious about how to use it. Pinterest is a handy online tool we use at Braid Creative to capture and curate all that inspires us when we’re surfing design blogs and websites.

Prior to Pinterest, I was doing a lot “right-click saving” of images that would pique my interest while surfing some of my favorite design blogs. These images would then go into an unorganized folder on my desktop labelled “Inspiration” - never to be seen again. Sound familiar? I joined Pinterest about a year ago when they rolled out their new social media tool with a big launch supported by bloggers like myself. I was really excited to be an early adopter of Pinterest and at the time, had no idea that it would not only get me so organized but that it would also serve as a way to connect with other likeminded tastemakers.

How To Pinterest as a creative entrepreneur

So to break it down:
Pinterest is used as a place to gather and organize inspiration you come across online. It’s a collection of visual bookmarks.
1. Set up an account with Pinterest.
2. Establish your pin boards. Here are some staff favorites.
3. Start pinning! We recommend using the Pin Bookmarklet.
4. Make friends and browse other pins.
5. Install Pinterest on your iPhone!

For more FAQs on Pinterest go here.

In the meantime, start your own Pinterest account and follow our boards & pins here. Let us know in the comments below what kinds of boards you’re creating for you own curated collections of pins. Read more on using Pinterest as an idea vault here.

Braid Method Branding for Creatives ECourse

The Braid Method Branding ECourse is for creative entrepreneurs who are ready to support themselves financially with their business, create a blog or consistent online presence, and finally turn the work they’re already doing into a digital product, package, or offering for dream customers. This branding ecourse comes with 7 learning modules in a 300+ page digital download, a workbook with 20+ branding exercises and scripts, a quarterly masterclass, and an exclusive Facebook group so you can connect with us and other students.

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