Author: Shantica Dawkins

Personal / Professional Branding. Can They Coincide?

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I remember when I was a child, and every time I would go out to the mall, grocery shopping, or even a restaurant, my mom would give me a stern look and say, “You better not act out in public!” At a young age I was taught the difference between how I would act in public (professional) and how I would act in private (personal). When it comes to branding yourself personally and professionally we need to be able to separate the two. Would you behave in same manor or express your personal views in a public event? I would think not. Let’s look at President Trump as an example, his personal opinions about women and minorities have affect his professional standing as a The President of the United States. His approval rating has
declined and now the nation is in its longest Government Shutdown in US history. Ultimately, your personal view can drastically affect your professional branding, especially if it’s a non-popular, or controversial opinion. So, if you’re planning on continuing with your professional career, make sure to separate your personal and professional opinions.

Message Received

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Marketing Communication is defined as, using messages/media to
communicate to your target market.  For instance, if a company posts
imagines on Instagram they send a message to their followers to interpret.
Sometimes, these messages can be misinterpreted.  In January 2018, the
clothing company, H&M became under fire, because a young African
American model was posted on their website wearing a green sweatshirt
with the printed words of  “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”.   What message
do you think this image sends to its audience?  Some may say “it’s not a big
deal” others have completely boycotted the brand because of its seemly
racists imagery.

Another example is the more recent 2018 Nike Ad Campaign with
professional football player Colin Kaepernick. The Ad states “Believe in
something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” Is this campaign
controversial? Is it inspirational? Even though Nike sales have increased by 31% , is it worth the negative backslash from our own President ?
Trying to interpret a marketing campaign is extremely difficult, because we can’t truly understand how our audience views the message.  Only if
marketing communication was like today’s cellphones, where we send out a great advertisement with no miscommunication and simply got the response “Message Received.”

HMLIC “Head Marketing Leader in Charge!”

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We all know the term HPIC “Head Person In Charge” which is who we all strive to be. Let’s revamp, change, and kick this concept up a notch, to include marketing leaders with in the beauty industry.  When it comes to leading a marketing department there are three main concepts we all need to understand.

Know Yo Shiz
As a leader you need to know all aspect of the industry you’re in.  Start with understanding keywords or what language your industry communicates in.  Know what baking, strobing, cut crease, and “eyebrows on fleek “all mean.  Understand the difference between having a beat face, and getting beat in the face.

Waiter Please!!
Being a leader means you have to serve your team as a confidant and that liaison between the team members and upper management.   The last thing your team needs is to feel as if they are unappreciated or taken advantage of.  Become that Superman to their Lois lane.

You Can Do it !
Leaders are to inspire, give their team mates the ol’ pat on the back when needed. Make sure that as a leader you practice what you preach to give your team members someone to look up to.  Make sure you come to work on time, give your best effort, and go over and beyond the call of duty to make sure work is completed on time. If you apply these three main concepts you too will become the HMLIC.