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

Getting Your Designs on Celebrities

Are you looking for free press or for that extra boost on social media? Then dressing a celebrity might be your next big move. But how do you make that critical connection? You can try to contact them directly with a DM but from my experience, this has never worked. Not because celebrities aren’t interested but simply because they receive way too many messages to filter through what’s legit and what’s not. It’s more effective to contact the person in charge of dressing them, usually their stylist or assistant. Most celebrity stylists list their email address or agent’s email address on their social media profiles. If you can’t find an email you can DM them briefly asking professionally for an email address to send your latest look book or work sample. If you don’t have any luck with your DM or email you can always try to get in touch with the celebrity stylist’s assistant, as most experienced stylists have a team of other stylists around them.

Photo Credits: OutNow.Ch

The most effective way to get in touch with celebrity stylists is to simply be in the same space as them. Many celebrity stylists attend fashion events, host workshops, or speak on industry panels. There is no better way of initiating contact than in person so bring your business cards, wear one of your creations and introduce yourself. Boom! The first contact has been made.

Photo Credits: Dreamstime.com

Now it’s time to cement the connection. Don’t let more than 72 hours pass before following up. Introduce yourself, remind them of how you met and include a message about your interest in collaboration on upcoming projects by providing garments (bonus points if you know what project or event you would like to help with). Include one strong photo in the body of the text and then attach your look book. If your look book is too large try to compress it or create a Google Drive or Dropbox link instead.

Make sure to do your research about the stylist’s clientele and style. Don’t email an exclusively female wardrobe stylist a men’s look book or pitch winter clothes in the summer time. If you know that a particular celebrity loves to wear very fitted dresses, I wouldn’t propose a wide-legged oversize pantsuit.

Remember timing is of the essence. What are some events your collection could be leveraged for? Any award shows, galas, premieres, or product launches coming up? Get on the stylist’s radar weeks before or create a special design for the celebrity if your chances are high for being pulled.

Michelle Williams, Tina Knowles-Lawson and Kelly Rowland at the Wearable Art Gala. Photo Credits: Chron.com

Now that you’ve got the stylist’s interest here are some important things to remember before facilitating the pull:

1.    Make sure your garments are dry-cleaned and cleanly sewn (cut off any loose threads, tighten up loose buttons and beads, etc.)

2.    Have the stylist fill out a pull request form with all his info, credit card, ID, which items pulled, when they will be returned, etc. (A stylist pull request form is a legally binding contract that documents every detail of the pull)

3.    I highly recommend charging a refundable deposit at least the first time. I had an incident where I received a pull request form and when the stylist didn’t return the garments, the credit card declined because I was given an invalid card number. I definitely learned my lesson. Most legit stylists receive decent budgets from their clients so a deposit shouldn’t be a big deal. If it you get any pushback, I would consider this a red flag.

4.    I always ask for a shipping account number if the stylist doesn’t come to pick up the garments

5.    Follow up to see if garments have been received and if they worked out. If they so, ask for pictures for your personal portfolio.

6.    When you receive the garments back verify, they are in good condition before refunding the deposit.

If you’re more interested in celebrity pulls, need a sample stylist pull request form, a sample email, or more info about fashion events to attend to connect with celebrity stylists. Sign up for my upcoming Fashion Marketing Class “Elevate your Fashion Business in 60 Days” in collaboration with Fashion Mingle.  You will receive an email you when the class is live.

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XOXO,

Dynamically Branded.

Finding the Silver Lining of Winter

Texas girl reporting live from Winter. I’m miserable in these thirty and forty-degree days so I cannot imagine what it must be like up North! I’m a lover of the sun, so when I see it out and still step out to icicles… it’s a problem! Regardless, I have to work and leave the hibernating for the animals of the world, so when Vuliwear reached out and let me take their fly shades for a spin it was just the motivation I needed to step outside.

Winter can be so drab. It gets dark super early and sometimes it’s even dark during the day! I don’t know about you, but I go into total ice queen mode and the perfect accessory for my bougie tendencies are sunglasses. They give you a sort of mysterious aesthetic that simultaneously makes you look like the most important person on the street. I’ve seen some forums recently where people are asking whether it’s okay to wear shades in the Winter and I was a bit surprised that not everybody takes advantage of the glamorous glimmer the sun shows in the Winter months. So! Since my Vuliwear glasses have a classic aviator style with a unique twist, I thought I’d do some browsing and share some inspo for y’all on the best looks to pair with sunglasses this Winter.

 

Rihanna Inspo
Photo Credits: Vogue.com

Yellow Plaid Inspo
Photo Credits: https://ecstasymodels.blog

 

French Girl Inspo
Photo Credits: Pinterest

 

 

Leather Pants Inspo
Photo Credits: Pinterest

 

 

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Photo Credits: Vuliwear.com

 

 

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Photo Credits: Vuliwear.com

 

 

Future Oyster Cover
Photo Credits: Oyster Magazine

 

 

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Photo Credits: Vuliwear.com

 

I love the trend of the orange camo pants these days and of course, Rih did it better than the rest. Pair this grungy, bulky look with your hater blockers and you can’t be stopped. Some things I like about the Vuliwear sunglasses is that they have earthy tones, playful designs that reflect an insect’s eye and are also super lightweight despite the illusion of the aviator style, so it’s easy to be versatile with them. Most of the other looks are some form or fashion of a French, Chic twist. You’ve got to love a fitted outfit with some standout shades to add some demeanor, talk about classic. I’m thinking Sandy from Grease, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Pretty Woman all in one. Last but not least, my men. You’ve got one look and one look only. Totally kidding, but I am only giving you one source of inspo because how do you not want to resemble Future on the cover of Oyster Magazine? He’s sporting some BlknBlu Vuliwear sunglasses with a dramatic metallic puffer coat. Can you say look at me and stay away at the same d*** time?!

Enjoy the sun when it comes y’all!

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