How to Elevate your Brand to the Next Level

Do you feel like you’re stuck and not leveling up to your full potential? Are you tired of still being in the same place you were over a year ago or even longer? Sick of low or non-existing sales? Are you finally ready to make a drastic change to reach your goals? Then this post is for you!

When my clients and myself started taking these 3 steps, we saw exponential growth in clients, sales, productivity, motivation, network.

1. Invest in your Business: That means, allocate funds towards a professional website, a real logo, labels, packaging, a storefront/showroom, etc.. Hire professionals to do what you can’t. If you’re a fashion designer, hire models and a great photographer to capture your collection. Employ someone in charge of just sales & marketing, hire an accountant that keeps up with your business finances. This will free up your time and allow you to focus on designing and the bigger picture of your business goals. If you’re a busy stylist who can’t keep up with social media hire someone to manage it. Invest in your education via classes and webinars. The Fashion World is one of the fastest-changing industries, it’s very challenging to stay abreast of all the changes and trends. But thanks to the internet you can attend online classes, webinars, masterclasses, or even get certified in areas such as social media, fashion marketing, Fashion Business Management, etc. without having to leave the comfort of your home. Hootsuite Academy and Fashion Brain Academy offer great courses and so do Fashion Institutes. I personally will offer an online class in October for Fashionpreneurs that are serious about taking their business to the next level but can’t afford to hire a marketing professional yet. You can sign up for the newsletter HERE and we will email you when it’s time to register. Once you enhance your expertise you will be better prepared to cater to your clients and understand the ecosystem of the fashion industry. There is also financial gain in offering a superior product/service, the more qualified you are the more you can charge. Another benefit of investing in your business is that you come across more professionally and your audience will take you more seriously. Also, invest time in reading about the Fashion Industry. I created a habit of reading Fashion Newsletters before I get started with my day. The ones I recommend are Business of Fashion, WWD, Vogue Business, and PR Couture. See those line items as investments in your business that will pay off in the long term and enable you to reach higher levels. If you’re not willing to invest and believe in yourself why should others?

2. Be Consistent: Your quality of work needs to be consistent with all clients, products, events, etc. This will establish your reputation, create accountability, and build your brand identity. Be consistent in the quality and frequency of the content you put out on social media and online. Don’t just post to post but instead add value for your audience. Also, consistency is the only way to measure if a new strategy is working or not. Be consistent in your leadership as well. If you say you only care about results and not how your employees achieve them you can’t start micro-managing them all of a sudden. It is said that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so when trying something new try to maintain it for at least 21 days.

3. Surround Yourself with Positive Energy: There is nothing more draining than being around negative people that suck the life out of you. Surround yourself with like-minded go-getters who will motivate you to keep going and to level up. If you don’t have any friends that are part of the entrepreneurial lifestyle join groups or attend conferences. Great groups to join are FGI, DIFFA, your local Entrepreneurship Center, Start-Up Fashion, and Fashion Mingle. There are additional programs such as GC4Women, Tory Burch Foundation, The SBA, and Accelerator Programs such as Y Combinator, that provide small businesses with mentorship, consulting, and funding opportunities.

I would love to hear from you. What do you struggle with the most in your business? What’s holding you back? Which investments are difficult to make in your business? Or which step(s) mentioned in my post would you like to implement next? You can comment below or email me at Sschirru@dynamicallybpr.com.

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

Why Brands don’t want to work with you

Over the past 10 years I have worked for and with several brands such as Curls, Shea Moisture, Swarowski, Google, Uber, Hennessy, NYFW, Coca-Cola, Omni Hotels, Stila, Covergirl etc. I’m always being asked the question of how to receive sponsorships from brands. Some people wonder why brands don’t want to work with them or what they’re doing wrong with their pitching approach.

Here some pointers why brands don’t want to work with you:

  1. You don’t bring anything to the table: Whenever you approach a brand you have to make yourself interesting to them. What’s special about you? How will you help them make a sale or increase their popularity? Do you have an engaged audience? Do you create original or creative content? Do you have a unique perspective or a one-of-a-kind look? Are you involved with an event that could touch many potential customers in one sweep?
  2. You don’t target their target demographic: Let’s say for example you want to approach a premium brand but have only been promoting and working with lower end brands it’s very unlikely you will get a deal with that higher end brand.
  3. You’re unprofessional: The first impression counts whenever you are trying to contact brands. Always approach a brand with professional pictures, a media kit, highlights of what makes you special, and your specific value proposition. Also, clean up your social media since these channels will be the first ones they will check out. No brand wants to see an endless collection of selfies, you turning up in every other picture, or captions with foul language. They want to see that you will actually represent a brand and make them shine in the best light.
  4. You’ve been going hard for their competition: Even if you approached a company professionally and did everything right your proposal might still be rejected due to prior strong advocacy of a competing product. So you either have to let some time pass between the competitor and the new brand or take those posts off .

I hope this helps if you don’t know how to create a media-kit or a value proposition in your pitch feel free to send me an email sschirru@dynamicallybpr.com and I will give you advice.

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

6 Reasons You Should Become A Vendor At “The COSIGN Experience”

In previous posts I mentioned the importance of interacting with your customers and testing out your products. Vendor opportunities are great to test your product, collect feedback, gather email addresses, expose your product to the masses and most importantly make sales!

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In the following K.G. Graham from Cosign Magazine summed up 6 Reasons why you should become a vendor at the next The Cosign Experience taking place at the IQ Haus (1107 Dragon St,Dallas, TX 75207) on Sunday 07/16/2017:

  1. Brand Exposure. – As a vendor at #TheCOSIGNExperience, your brand will be exposed to our entire email database and following, via our social media channels, newsletter, digital platform, and event attendees. Your company will also be featured on the event’s website, as well as on COSIGNMag.com. Also, placing an item (sample, flyer, etc.) in our gift bags is another great way to leverage your sponsorship and get brand recognition.
  2. What other event couples a vendor booth with digital marketing? As a publication and marketing company, we help create brands and increase their online presence. The majority of events that offer vendor booths only include set up and recognition at the event, but when you become a sponsor at “The COSIGN Experience,” all vendors receive vendor booth set up, social media recognition via all of our channels, and content creation on our digital platform. Not only do you receive live event activation, but you also receive social media marketing. Great deal, right?
  3. Lead Generation and New Contacts. – Be sure to have some sort of lead generation system in place the day of the event, such as a sign up sheet. People will give you business cards and email addresses in exchange for a chance to win a great prize in a drawing, samples or even candy and other promotional item giveaways. You can use the emails you collect to add them to your company’s newsletter distribution.
  4. Build your social media and web content. – Content is key! Becoming a vendor at “The COSIGN Experience” is guaranteed to provide weeks full of content, if done correctly. We highly suggest bringing an assistant as your +1 to strictly capture social media footage for you. While you’re networking and describing your brand to potential customers, your assistant should be utilizing Instagram Live and Instagram Stories, Facebook Live, and capturing plenty of behind the scene photos, as well as posed photos of you and the attendees.
  5. New Clients. New Customers. New Business. – Not only are the attendees of “The COSIGN Experience” potential new clients and customers, so are your fellow sponsors and vendors! You can form new business partnerships at events, meet like-minded business professionals in complimentary businesses with which you share the same target market but are not in competition.
  6. Market Your Business Inexpensively. – We all know how much  marketing and advertising your business can cost. It can run hundreds or thousands of dollars to effectively advertise your company.  Spending less as a sponsor or vendor at an event is a much wiser investment that will bring a greater return on investment. Remember, you will be in the same room with hundreds of attendees who are your target market. By leveraging the event to your advantage, there will be no limit on your potential ROI.

For more information on becoming a vendor and/or sponsor email sschirru@dynamicallybpr.com! If you just want to attend the show for a night out with your friends please purchase tickets here.

Spread the good news with friends and family that are small business owners!!!

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

Don’t miss these Events this season

Readers and followers always ask me which events are worth attending and which are a waste of time. The events listed are also a great opportunity for network and connect with the movers and shakers of specific industries.

1. Pink Pumps and Paparazzi 7:

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Photo Credits: PPP7 Website

For seven years, PPP has revolutionized the standard fashion show with its wildly popular annual soiree. Utilizing innovative venues, community partners, bold entertainment and a unique mix of haute-couture and ready-to-wear looks, Pink Pumps and Paparazzi has created a one-of-a-kind style experience for Dallas and beyond.

When: April 23rd 2017

Where: Frontiers of Flight Museum 6911 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75209

Tickets: Click here!

2. House of DIFFA Arabesque:

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Photo Credits: DIFFA Dallas Facebook

DIFFA/Dallas presents House of DIFFA 2017. This extraordinary fashion experience provides an exciting mix of philanthropy, theatrics and DIFFA/Dallas’ legendary runway production for close to 2,000 Patrons enabling grants for HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas. This is personally one of my favorite events my dear friend and mentor Rhonda Sargent Chambers will produce the runway production and she has always been able to impress 2000+ guests.

When: May 6th 2017

Where: Omni Dallas, 555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202

Tickets: Here!

3. 8th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Golf Invitational & Gala:

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“The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational golf tournament and gala, presented by title sponsor Healthcare Highways, marks its 8th year of grand-scale fundraising to directly impact the lives of thousands of North Texas children, families and their communities. The fundraising activities will begin with a Friday Night Gala presented by Albertsons/Tom Thumb, led by Honorary Chair Faye C. Briggs and Event Chairs Carmaleta Whiteley Felton and Otis Felton, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.” (www.emmittsmith.com/) This will be a star-studded charity gala with plenty of entertainment for a great cause.

When: May 12 & 13, 2017

Where: Omni Dallas 555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202 & TPC Craig Ranch 8000 Collin McKinney Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75070

Tickets: Here!

4. Blavity EmpowerHer 17 Conference:

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Photo Credits: Blavity Newsletter

Blavity, one of the top media outlets for black creatives is hosting a two day conference for influencers, digital creators and  entrepreneurs. With the motto of “living your best life” this premier events will offer sessions that range from intimate AMA discussions, fireside chats, and finding your tribe. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with like-minded young professionals as well as absorb knowledge from speakers such as Necole Kane editor in chief of XO Necole who was formerly known as Necole Bitchie.

When: June 9 & 10, 2017

Where: Venue One, 1034 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Tickets: Here!

5. BET Experience 2017:

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Bringing together hundreds of thousands of fans, celebrities, and thought leaders, BET Experience and the BET Awards are a whirlwind celebration of culture. The BET Experience is a mix of music, entertainment, fashion and networking every Millennial will enjoy. Whether you party it up at the free live performances in front of the Staples center, absorb knowledge  during the celebrity panels in the convention center or enjoy the actual BET awards, this 4 day experience has been an extra-ordinary festival for the past 5 years.

When: June 22 – June 25 2017

Where: LA Live (downtown LA)

Tickets: Here!

I hope after reading this you will mark a couple dates in your calendar and maybe even travel out of town to absorb new impressions and fully embrace the industry you are passionate about! Please comment and share with others!!!

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded