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Branding Mini Course/Happy Hour Going Down TODAY at 2PM pst {4PM cst, 5PM est}!

My mission {and I DO choose to accept it} for this branding mini course is to light your path to total clarity so you can create a unique and unfuckwithable brand, and reap all the rewards that come with that. End. Of. Story!

Nab your seat by tapping some love here: http://thebrandedsolopreneur.com/building-a-brand/

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The No Bullshit Truth About Building a Brand...That Kicks Ass

Starting a business is like having a baby, without the cravings, hormones or dirty diapers, of course.

I mean, think about it…

You spend months planning for its arrival. You introduce it to the world with beaming joy. You spend sleepless nights tending to it, nurturing it, investing in it, and worrying about its future.

Unfortunately, just like a kid, unwavering love + sacrifice + dedication doesn’t automatically equal guaranteed greatness.

The first thing I want you to do is stop scouring for some risk free guarantee and start scouring within.

What are you scouring the depths of your soul for?

Steadfast clarity!

I’m willing to bet one of the reasons you've dismissed branding for as long as you have is because you saw it as an expense rather than a necessity.

You probably thought branding is about a logo or making shit pretty.

Don’t feel bad, I thought that for a loooong time too, and I hear it from other solos all the time.

Brace for a mind blow, because I’ve got some Earth shattering news for ya.

Branding is about CLARITY!

Clarity in understanding your purpose, your mission, your voice, your style, even your readers and clients. It’s a process of identifying the unique aspects of both you as an individual, and your business, and weaving those attributes together in a way that is consistently expressed in everything you do, say, and create.

This clarity is exactly what's on the agenda for my brand spaking new mini course, going down this Wednesday at 2PM pst {4PM cst, 5Pm est}.

In this mini course you're going to learn:

➽ The 4 types of branding riches that are in every badass brands treasure chest…and how YOU can get them!

➽ The 5 main phases of brand building, and what needs to be done during each phase.

➽ The 5 branding mistakes that WILL stunt your success trajectory IF you let them.

➽ PLUS, a free prezzie for live attendees and a no holds barred Q & A sesh

What do you say? Can I help you excavate your unwavering clarity?

Nab your seat to this happy hour and half of branding badassery here: http://thebrandedsolopreneur.com/building-a-brand/

#branding #brandidentity #smallbusiness #entreprenur
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Can I Interest You In a Badass Brand of Your Own??!

If you're nodding your head in a frantic 'HELL YEAH' fashion, then this mini course is a MUST have!

In this happy hour and half of learning over optional libations, you and I are going to dive, tandem style, into the world of branding.

I’m going guide you through the 5 main phases of building a brand to help you gather, prepare and assemble the ingredients you need to develop, create, launch and grow your badass brand.

And I’m going to do all of that with a heaping dose of sass, humor, and straight shooting…because that’s how I roll!

If you're IN, suit up, and get ready to get our dive on Wednesday, August 3rd at 2PM pst {4PM cst, 5PM est}. Register up here: http://thebrandedsolopreneur.com/building-a-brand/

#solopreneur #bloggingtips #brandidentity #branding
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A Quick & Dirty Guide to Blogging to Build Your Brand

Truth: I'd probably be contemplating what desk accessory to impale myself with in some beige cubicle that's being drench with fluorescent lights right now, if it wasn't for finally making a blogging commitment in 2014.

Dramatic as it might sound, blogging is one of the biggest reasons I've been able to remain cubicle free for the past 3 years. And I'm no anomaly!

5 of the biggest reasons YOU need blogging in your brand building arsenal:

1. It let's you show your expertise without being all 'me, me, me!'
2. It organically provides tons of ways to help you reach the type of peeps that feed your soul and not suck it dry {a.k.a your perfect reader}
3. It'll put your relationship building on beast mode...for absolutely NO COST!
4. It'll boost your opt-in conversions like gangbusters and give you endless opportunities to build your community.
5. It'll take your website from isolated island to a tourist attraction.

This week, +Maddy Osman is breaking down the 5 simple ways you can leverage your blog content to consistently grow your brand week after week, including tons of best practices that will help ensure your kick-assery status.

Learn how to blog in the name of brand building here: http://bit.ly/blogging-for-your-brand

#solopreneur #bloggingtips #blogging #branding
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Stand Out Online With Help From The Tools Social Royalty Use

Your success standing out online boils down to….a pause.

It’s about that moment when something catches someone’s attention. That ‘thing’ they stop long enough to take notice of. It’s about fostering intrigue and deeper exploration.

Finding ways to create that coveted pause should be your primary focus. It should be what drives everything you do, everything you create, and every resource you use as a brand. There are several ways to garner these much needed pauses.

The 4 most effective ways to garner a pause are:

➽ Visual content
➽ Brand recognition
➽ SEO
➽ Emailing marketing

Sooooo, the question you really need to ask is, ‘What resources will help me garner the most pauses?’ No one can answer that question better than the pros that have already mastered the art of standing out online.

I posed the question, ‘What’s your favorite free resource {tool, website, app, software, etc} that helps you stand out online…and what’s your favorite paid {less than $25} resource?’ to 35 of the leading pause makers I know, and compiled this post with what they had to say.

Here are 50 resources that will help you benefit from the power of a pause: http://thebrandedsolopreneur.com/how-to-stand-out-online/

#socialmediatips #success #bloggingtips #smallbiz
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How To Leverage Podcast Interviews To Get Known As The Go-To Expert In Your Field

My homegirl Nicole Holland has been getting a shit ton of attention lately for kicking ass in the world of podcasts! From hanging out at the top of iTunes' New & Noteworthy to featuring industry leaders that rarely do interviews, to having recorded nearly all 125 of her interviews for 2016 already. Dope, right?

She's learned a lot about what makes a great guest AND a lame one one and she wants to share all the good shit with you this Thursday!

I can't f'ing wait - me and my notepad are already ready!

If you want to get in on her free podcast badassery sign up here: https://jz290.isrefer.com/go/itc-p/dre

#podcast   #podcasting   #solopreneur   #hangoutsonair  
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A Quick & Dirty Guide to Brand Personality Power

You’ve made the biggest decision of your life.

Finally, you can call yourself a business owner, aiming for world domination as a solopreneur. Fist bump and virtual high five coming at ya!

But what the hell now?!

I’m sure the magic business fairy will wave her magic wand over you and suddenly you will have raving success…right?

WRONG!

Knowing your innovation style, your personality, your Modus Operandi {M.O.} your solopreneur superpowers, as well as your kryptonite, is as necessary as eating and breathing...not to mention it's fundamental to your success.

Today, my girl +Cat Paterson is dropping the 5 ingredients you need to find, hone, and unapologetically celebrate YOUR brand personality power {and individuality}, so you can stand out online and work with the people that feed your soul...not suck it dry!

Devour the guide to brand personality power: http://bit.ly/brand-personality-power

#solopreneur #entrepreneur #branding #bloggingtips
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21 Badass Bloggers Show You How to be a Better Blogger

+Daniela Uslan gathered a bunch of us together for a whopper of a blogging resources.

There's even a infographic you can take on the road....oh yayyer!

#bloggingtips   #blogging   #contentmarketing   #contentstrategy  
 
21 Blogs That Will Teach You To Be A Better Blogger

Blogging is a huge topic, and there's always something new to learn.

In today's post for +Blogging Wizard by +Daniela Uslan, you'll find a collection of stellar bloggers that can help you up your game. You'll learn everything from content marketing to business and entrepreneurship.

Read it here: http://www.bloggingwizard.com/essential-reading/

Stellar bloggers & blogs included:

+Sue Anne Dunlevie, +Darren Rowse, +Brian Clark, +Jon Morrow, +David Risley, +Bryan Harris, +Regina Anaejionu, +Allison Marshall, +Melyssa Griffin, +Ileane Smith, +Pauline Cabrera, +Buffer, +CoSchedule, +Fizzle, +Barry Feldman, +Susan Maccarelli, +Ramsay Taplin, +Bushra Azhar, +Jeff Goins, Writer, +Andrea Beltrami and +Peg Fitzpatrick.
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Can I Interest You In a Badass Brand of Your Own??!

If you're nodding your head in a frantic 'HELL YEAH' fashion, then this mini course is a MUST have!

In this happy hour and half of learning over optional libations, you and I are going to dive, tandem style, into the world of branding.

I’m going guide you through the 5 main phases of building a brand to help you gather, prepare and assemble the ingredients you need to develop, create, launch and grow your badass brand.

And I’m going to do all of that with a heaping dose of sass, humor, and straight shooting…because that’s how I roll!

If you're IN, suit up, and get ready to get our dive on Wednesday, August 3rd at 2PM pst {4PM cst, 5PM est}. Register up here: http://thebrandedsolopreneur.com/building-a-brand/

#solopreneur #bloggingtips #brandidentity #branding
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A Quick & Dirty Guide to Blogging to Build Your Brand

Truth: I'd probably be contemplating what desk accessory to impale myself with in some beige cubicle that's being drench with fluorescent lights right now, if it wasn't for finally making a blogging commitment in 2014.

Dramatic as it might sound, blogging is one of the biggest reasons I've been able to remain cubicle free for the past 3 years. And I'm no anomaly!

5 of the biggest reasons YOU need blogging in your brand building arsenal:

1. It let's you show your expertise without being all 'me, me, me!'
2. It organically provides tons of ways to help you reach the type of peeps that feed your soul and not suck it dry {a.k.a your perfect reader}
3. It'll put your relationship building on beast mode...for absolutely NO COST!
4. It'll boost your opt-in conversions like gangbusters and give you endless opportunities to build your community.
5. It'll take your website from isolated island to a tourist attraction.

This week, +Maddy Osman is breaking down the 5 simple ways you can leverage your blog content to consistently grow your brand week after week, including tons of best practices that will help ensure your kick-assery status.

Learn how to blog in the name of brand building here: http://bit.ly/blogging-for-your-brand

#solopreneur #bloggingtips #blogging #branding
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A Quick & Dirty Guide to Blogging to Build Your Brand

As IF the 9,274 things you have to do for your biz aren't time consuming enough, now you hear that this blogging shiz is a must do.

I feel your pain. No really!

Personally, I'm not a fangirl of blogging. Mostly because most days I struggle to string a sentence together, but also because it IS a huge time commitment.

BUT, without blogging, you wouldn't be reading this email. I'd probably be contemplating what desk accessory to impale myself with in some beige cubicle that's being drench with fluorescent lights right now, if it wasn't for finally making a blogging commitment in 2014.

Dramatic as it might sound, blogging is one of the biggest reasons I've been able to remain cubicle free for the past 3 years. And I'm not the only one.

Tomorrow, the adorable +Maddy Osman is going to breakdown 5 simple ways you can leverage your blog content to consistently grow your brand week after week, including tons of best practices that will help you kickass with your blog.

#bloggingtips #blogging #branding #smallbiz

If you want to be notified as soon as I release this epic guide all you need to do is interact with this post {plus, comment, or share} and I'll add you to my notification list so it goes straight to your inbox, baby!
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A Quick & Dirty Guide to Brand Personality Power

You’ve made the biggest decision of your life.

Finally, you can call yourself a business owner, aiming for world domination as a solopreneur. Fist bump and virtual high five coming at ya!

But what the hell now?!

I’m sure the magic business fairy will wave her magic wand over you and suddenly you will have raving success…right?

WRONG!

Knowing your innovation style, your personality, your Modus Operandi {M.O.} your solopreneur superpowers, as well as your kryptonite, is as necessary as eating and breathing...not to mention it's fundamental to your success.

Today, my girl +Cat Paterson is dropping the 5 ingredients you need to find, hone, and unapologetically celebrate YOUR brand personality power {and individuality}, so you can stand out online and work with the people that feed your soul...not suck it dry!

Devour the guide to brand personality power: http://bit.ly/brand-personality-power

#solopreneur #entrepreneur #branding #bloggingtips
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Visual Strategist & Branding Stylist for Solopreneurs
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Branding, Visual Marketing, Graphic/Web Design, Content Repurposing, PowerPoint
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  • The Branded Solopreneur
    Visual Strategist & Branding Stylist, 2014 - present
    My mission is to help solo-entrepreneurs create a vision for their voice so they can get their message out there, reach more people and propel their business to wildly successful. I'm committed to using my gifts of graphic/web design and branding to help folks create visuals that convey their passion and purpose, their message, their mission, their voice. My goal is to teach others how to create visual content that speaks loudly and proudly to those that need to hear their voice. As solopreneurs, small business owners and online newbies it’s not just nice to have our voices heard, it’s vital if we want to get our message out there in the world and do the work we are called to do as entrepreneurs, thought leaders and world changing influencers. I believe visuals flat out speak louder than words! I believe visual content is the purest way we have to communicate AND the most powerful expression of our voice. It's these beliefs and goals that drive my work these days.
  • Chic Geek Academy
    Blogger & Visual Marketer, 2012 - 2014
    Founder and lead visual marketing writer at ChicGeekAcademy.com, a solopreneur breeding ground where newbies could gain valuable, actionable knowledge on how to gain traction on social media and propel their self-employment to wildly successful status. I created this brand to share my tips, resources, experiences, successes & failures in visual marketing, graphic design, branding, relationship building and email marketing with my fellow solopreneurs and small business owners. The content focused on building engagement instead of building businesses and how THAT is the key to lasting and growing success online.
  • Teakwood Design
    Graphic & Web Design, 2008 - 2013
    Founder and lead designer at TeakwoodDesign.com. This was my first wildly successful run in self-employment and where I still dabble and spread my creator wings. I created that brand to help online newbies navigate the maddening waters of graphic and web design and save them from the trolls that love a naive newbie. At the beginning of 2013 I took the site down so I could focus on my true passion - helping newbies create their own wildly successful brands.
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Visual Marketing Strategies & Branding Badassery For Solopreneurs
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Hey my name's Dre and I'm a full time visual strategist & designer!  I'm a graduate of the school of life, with a minor in lofty dreams and a major in dysfunctional independence.  I've learned most of what I know through an arduous process known as 'learning the hard way' (I bet you're an alumni too, huh?!) 

I use all of the above to help solopreneurs create a vision for their voice.  I help them create visual content that conveys their passion, purpose, personality and voice.  I love helping newbies, solopreneurs and small business entrepreneurs at my blog The Branded Solopreneur, where I deliver content focused on strategies, tips, resources and tools for branding, design and visual marketing mastery. 

I'm all about building relationships, starting meaningful (and entertaining) conversations and connecting with other salt of the earth types that share my love of humor and entrepreneurial ventures. I believe magic can happen over a virtual happy hour (bottoms up!) and I haven't found a better place than G+ to do just that! 

Tough Love Time: These days people have a disjointed sense of why branding and visual marketing is so important, so I feel obliged to set the record straight! Here's the thing...if your brand is instantly recognizable you won't need to create all that noise on social media.  The best advice I can give you to get you started is to 1.) Define your branding guidelines to create a consistency and cohesiveness in your content 2.) tackle one social platform at a time 3.) invest your time in learning the idiosyncrasies of that platform 4.) consistently create and engage in meaningful and valuable conversations AND 5.) personalize your content to that platform.  If you follow this recipe you'll be amazed at how quick you gain traction!  

Let me break it down: 90% of the information our brains process is visual.  Soooo, it’s no surprise that online success REALLY boils down to…a pause. You need to move people in a way that intrigues them enough to want to learn more. You need to be that moment that catches their attention. That “thing” they stop long enough to take notice of. And what is it that’s causing them to pause? You guessed it, visual content! Circle me and become a member of the Solopreneur Society to get a free copy of 'A Solopreneur's Quick & Dirty Guide To Branding', along with tips on how to create wildly successful visual content and learn how to leverage that content to propel your brand recognition and success online. Your success will thank you for it.  

If your suffering from 'holy cr*p this branding shiz is over-friggin-whelming'...I've got the medicine to cure even the most wicked case. Enter...my one-on-one Branding Mentorship!
 
Here's the skinny: It's one-on-one time with me as we take a deep dive into your brand. The end result is a list of EXACTLY what you need to do to propel your brand into instantly recognizable status. Another words, getting my ninjaesque branding eyeballs all over your stuff, resulting in a crystal clear action plan you can follow. Can you say, brand propelling mode ACTIVATED?! 
 
If this has your ears perked, checkout the short video I made for you with all the details HERE.

And if you're looking for a hand holding course to walk you through how to build your brand, I'd highly encourage you to signup for the waiting list {those folks are getting first dibs, insanely discounted pricing and a super awesome bonus} for my upcoming course, Badass Branding For Solopreneurs. That will be coming in April, so stay tuned.

Enough about me!  

While I throw a cocktail down the hatch I'd love to hear about you... how can I help? 

What Type of Circles You Should Put Me In:
  • Visual Marketing
  • Branding
  • Digital Marketing
  • Image/Video Creation
  • Visual Content Tips
  • Online Success
  • Solopreneur/Self-Employment Tips
What I Normally Share on G+: 
  • Tips on Visual Marketing
  • Tips on Content Marketing
  • Branding Strategies
  • Content Repurposing Tips
  • Inspiration & Motivation Unique to the Solopreneur's Journey
  • Funny videos and images other shiz 
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I'm fluent in English AND Sarcasm! :)
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