Get Your Thundercats Groove On To Market Yourself

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m a bona-fide geek who has a lifetime subscription to the comic book industry and fantasy creators everywhere. I’m not ashamed of it (although my wife may laugh and tell me to grow up), and I also know it’s not for everyone. It is for me, though.

Yet before you join in the laughter (if you’re about to – maybe you’re a fellow geek too?), let me ask you something:

  • How much are you being creative with the tools that you have around you?
  • Are you exciting people with your plans both current and future?
  • Are people talking about you in the communities you share?
  • Are you taking existing tools and technologies and turning them into something even better?

If you don’t have a positive answer for any or all of these questions, you’re missing out on great opportunities to expand your name, your brand, your business and your community. Especially when it’s free or, at the very most, a few dollars a month.

We Can Rebuild It – We Have The Technology.

Look at any of the advances we’ve made and it’s usually someone taking an existing idea and running with it. Making it better, stronger, more complete. Brakes on a car becoming anti-lock brakes; vacuum cleaners becoming bagless cylinder cleaners; phones becoming wireless. Everything using already good products and making them great.

Use the same approach for yourself. Look at what makes your life easier, online and off, and see how you can improve that for both yourself and those around you.

Take inspiration from someone else and re-invent it for yourself. See what your peers and contemporaries are doing and ask yourself why you think they’re enjoying success in whatever they’re doing. Is it because they’re more experienced, or more open, or more communicative? Look, listen and learn. And then take the best parts and make them even better.

Be Creative.

How are you getting your message out? How do people know about your experience, your services, your difference from others around you? Maybe it’s time to take a step back and look at differentiating yourself and offering another way for your talents to shine.

There are plenty of tools to help you. Want an all-in-one place to link to your most important places, profiles or examples of your successes? Use a MeeID account to give people a 10-line snapshot of you. It’s easy, it’s free, and it’s entirely up to you how you use it best. Go all out and set up multiple accounts – personal, social networking and business. Really, the choice is yours.

Or update your resume and use a Visual CV instead. It’s using the same basic information you’d have on a normal resume and then some. As a tool for marketing yourself , it’s hard to beat. Have it on your blog, or link to it from your MeeID profile. Use the tools to connect with each other and you’ll answer anyone’s questions before they’re even asked.

Time is one luxury very few of us have. We can’t always come up with great new ideas and tools from scratch. Using the tools from those already a few steps ahead of us and making them our own is the next best thing.

This fan video shows just what can be achieved with some existing resources and creativity. How are you using your Thundercats groove?

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Danny Brown
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35 comments
Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's the great thing about thinking "differently" - it can offer great results and it doesn't have to be costly either. And, as you point out, it can also be a great team-building adventure as well.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's the great thing about thinking "differently" - it can offer great results and it doesn't have to be costly either. And, as you point out, it can also be a great team-building adventure as well.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's the great thing about thinking "differently" - it can offer great results and it doesn't have to be costly either. And, as you point out, it can also be a great team-building adventure as well.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

It's the only real way to learn, Scott - if we can't take away our vanity and admit there are people that know their stuff better than we do (and learn from them) then we may as well give up.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

It's the only real way to learn, Scott - if we can't take away our vanity and admit there are people that know their stuff better than we do (and learn from them) then we may as well give up.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

It's the only real way to learn, Scott - if we can't take away our vanity and admit there are people that know their stuff better than we do (and learn from them) then we may as well give up.

JessieDavis
JessieDavis

Thundercats, ho! We started brainstorming just a few months ago, and our company is really starting to pick up momentum in approaching things creatively. Granted, we're still leaps and bounds behind technologically speaking (and not to mention on a fixed budget!), but we sure are having fun and growing as a team while we figure it all out. Thanks again for yet another enlightening article! @Hendry Lee: what about She-Ra? He-Man's sister who was (dare I say) even cooler than he was...

JessieDavis
JessieDavis

Thundercats, ho!

We started brainstorming just a few months ago, and our company is really starting to pick up momentum in approaching things creatively. Granted, we're still leaps and bounds behind technologically speaking (and not to mention on a fixed budget!), but we sure are having fun and growing as a team while we figure it all out. Thanks again for yet another enlightening article!

@Hendry Lee: what about She-Ra? He-Man's sister who was (dare I say) even cooler than he was...

JessieDavis
JessieDavis

Thundercats, ho!

We started brainstorming just a few months ago, and our company is really starting to pick up momentum in approaching things creatively. Granted, we're still leaps and bounds behind technologically speaking (and not to mention on a fixed budget!), but we sure are having fun and growing as a team while we figure it all out. Thanks again for yet another enlightening article!

@Hendry Lee: what about She-Ra? He-Man's sister who was (dare I say) even cooler than he was...

Scott Mahler
Scott Mahler

My favorite piece of advice is follow the example those that are already successful. I am a creative person by nature, which is is must in the website development industry, so I utilize that a lot in my work. However, I'm not as experienced in marketing my business, so that one is a bit more tricky for me. Heck, joining twitter was outside my comfort zone, but it has started to pay off. By they way, reading comic books do not make you a geek, at least that's whay I tell my wife. Scott Mahler's Recent post...Content Management for Your Business Website

Scott Mahler
Scott Mahler

My favorite piece of advice is follow the example those that are already successful. I am a creative person by nature, which is is must in the website development industry, so I utilize that a lot in my work. However, I'm not as experienced in marketing my business, so that one is a bit more tricky for me. Heck, joining twitter was outside my comfort zone, but it has started to pay off. By they way, reading comic books do not make you a geek, at least that's whay I tell my wife.

Scott Mahler's Recent post...Content Management for Your Business Website

Scott Mahler
Scott Mahler

My favorite piece of advice is follow the example those that are already successful. I am a creative person by nature, which is is must in the website development industry, so I utilize that a lot in my work. However, I'm not as experienced in marketing my business, so that one is a bit more tricky for me. Heck, joining twitter was outside my comfort zone, but it has started to pay off. By they way, reading comic books do not make you a geek, at least that's whay I tell my wife.

Scott Mahler's Recent post...Content Management for Your Business Website

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's the great thing about thinking "differently" - it can offer great results and it doesn't have to be costly either. And, as you point out, it can also be a great team-building adventure as well.
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Danny Brown
Danny Brown

It's the only real way to learn, Scott - if we can't take away our vanity and admit there are people that know their stuff better than we do (and learn from them) then we may as well give up.
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Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's both the fun and pain of being an early adopter - much of what you do is trial and error. But rather that than not try at all.
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Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's the funniest part - many "comics" are so far ahead of what would be viewed as "proper writing" that it's scary.

The Visual CV tool is going to have a big say in how prospective employers look at a candidate - could be a massive HR tool in the near future.
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JessieDavis
JessieDavis

Thundercats, ho!

We started brainstorming just a few months ago, and our company is really starting to pick up momentum in approaching things creatively. Granted, we're still leaps and bounds behind technologically speaking (and not to mention on a fixed budget!), but we sure are having fun and growing as a team while we figure it all out. Thanks again for yet another enlightening article!

@Hendry Lee: what about She-Ra? He-Man's sister who was (dare I say) even cooler than he was...
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Scott Mahler
Scott Mahler

My favorite piece of advice is follow the example those that are already successful. I am a creative person by nature, which is is must in the website development industry, so I utilize that a lot in my work. However, I'm not as experienced in marketing my business, so that one is a bit more tricky for me. Heck, joining twitter was outside my comfort zone, but it has started to pay off. By they way, reading comic books do not make you a geek, at least that's whay I tell my wife.

Scott Mahler's Recent post...Content Management for Your Business Website
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pr_persson
pr_persson

Thanks Danny, I am still convinced I learned to read with the help of comic books. At least they prepared my interest in learning to read;-)

I really enjoyed reading this blog post.. Working corporate PR can sometimes be a bit uninspiring. I will for sure take a closer look at the Visual CV application and think more about how I present things.

Cheers /Johan

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's the funniest part - many "comics" are so far ahead of what would be viewed as "proper writing" that it's scary.

The Visual CV tool is going to have a big say in how prospective employers look at a candidate - could be a massive HR tool in the near future.

pr_persson
pr_persson

Thanks Danny, I am still convinced I learned to read with the help of comic books. At least they prepared my interest in learning to read;-) I really enjoyed reading this blog post.. Working corporate PR can sometimes be a bit uninspiring. I will for sure take a closer look at the Visual CV application and think more about how I present things. Cheers /Johan

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's the funniest part - many "comics" are so far ahead of what would be viewed as "proper writing" that it's scary. The Visual CV tool is going to have a big say in how prospective employers look at a candidate - could be a massive HR tool in the near future.

pr_persson
pr_persson

Thanks Danny, I am still convinced I learned to read with the help of comic books. At least they prepared my interest in learning to read;-)

I really enjoyed reading this blog post.. Working corporate PR can sometimes be a bit uninspiring. I will for sure take a closer look at the Visual CV application and think more about how I present things.

Cheers /Johan

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's the funniest part - many "comics" are so far ahead of what would be viewed as "proper writing" that it's scary.

The Visual CV tool is going to have a big say in how prospective employers look at a candidate - could be a massive HR tool in the near future.

pr_persson
pr_persson

Thanks Danny, I am still convinced I learned to read with the help of comic books. At least they prepared my interest in learning to read;-)

I really enjoyed reading this blog post.. Working corporate PR can sometimes be a bit uninspiring. I will for sure take a closer look at the Visual CV application and think more about how I present things.

Cheers /Johan
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Hendry Lee
Hendry Lee

Two of my favorites are Thundercats and He Man. Yes, both of the animation tv series were also available here in Indonesia.

Now I must see this movie...

With that, you really provide an interesting view of using Internet technology for PR. It takes time for some people to start realizing how important and effective this can be if used appropriately.

Early adopters are not without their challenge though. I began to feel swamp with a list of new sites to look for every day, although just two weeks ago I cleaned up the list of social media sites to visit regularly.

(Fortunately, GTD keeps me sane and back on track. ;)

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Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's both the fun and pain of being an early adopter - much of what you do is trial and error. But rather that than not try at all.

Hendry Lee
Hendry Lee

Two of my favorites are Thundercats and He Man. Yes, both of the animation tv series were also available here in Indonesia. Now I must see this movie... With that, you really provide an interesting view of using Internet technology for PR. It takes time for some people to start realizing how important and effective this can be if used appropriately. Early adopters are not without their challenge though. I began to feel swamp with a list of new sites to look for every day, although just two weeks ago I cleaned up the list of social media sites to visit regularly. (Fortunately, GTD keeps me sane and back on track. ;) Hendry Lee's Recent post...How to Choose WordPress Layouts (Themes) in 7 Simple Steps

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's both the fun and pain of being an early adopter - much of what you do is trial and error. But rather that than not try at all.

Hendry Lee
Hendry Lee

Two of my favorites are Thundercats and He Man. Yes, both of the animation tv series were also available here in Indonesia.

Now I must see this movie...

With that, you really provide an interesting view of using Internet technology for PR. It takes time for some people to start realizing how important and effective this can be if used appropriately.

Early adopters are not without their challenge though. I began to feel swamp with a list of new sites to look for every day, although just two weeks ago I cleaned up the list of social media sites to visit regularly.

(Fortunately, GTD keeps me sane and back on track. ;)

Hendry Lee's Recent post...How to Choose WordPress Layouts (Themes) in 7 Simple Steps

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's both the fun and pain of being an early adopter - much of what you do is trial and error. But rather that than not try at all.

Hendry Lee
Hendry Lee

Two of my favorites are Thundercats and He Man. Yes, both of the animation tv series were also available here in Indonesia.

Now I must see this movie...

With that, you really provide an interesting view of using Internet technology for PR. It takes time for some people to start realizing how important and effective this can be if used appropriately.

Early adopters are not without their challenge though. I began to feel swamp with a list of new sites to look for every day, although just two weeks ago I cleaned up the list of social media sites to visit regularly.

(Fortunately, GTD keeps me sane and back on track. ;)

Hendry Lee's Recent post...How to Choose WordPress Layouts (Themes) in 7 Simple Steps
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Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Being creative to market yourself is the only way to make you stand out from the rest of the pack. Can a fan made Thundercats video hold the secret for you?
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Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Being creative to market yourself is the only way to make you stand out from the rest of the pack. Can a fan made Thundercats video hold the secret for you?
via uberVU

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Being creative to market yourself is the only way to make you stand out from the rest of the pack. Can a fan made Thundercats video hold the secret for you?
via uberVU