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Elevator of the Week: Kevin Mitnick

Elevator of the Week: Kevin Mitnick

Changing your face in the public eye.

This week I’ll be expanding on a post we previously posted called How to Cope with The Negative Face of a Brand  through this week’s elevator: Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick is a formerly infamous social engineer and computer hacker known to be the “World’s Most Wanted”; from the 1970s up until his last arrest in 1995 Kevin Mitnick eluded and bypassed security safeguards, penetrating some of the most well-guarded systems. Mitnick certainly wasn’t a white hat in the world of computer hacking, but he is very much so now.

Mitnick now owns a security consulting company, and is a New York Times Bestselling Author currently residing in our ever sunny Las Vegas working to educate and provide services to assist people while still being able to use his talents in social engineering and hacking.

Changing your negative face to a positive one is no easy feat, but Mitnick sets the example for everyone else out there trying to turn their lives around – if you try hard enough and set yourself up to integrate a (win/win) situation.

“I have done a lot to rehabilitate my reputation,”

Mitnick said but he also stated,

“To some people I’ll always be the bad guy.”

The customer or individual determines the face of the brand, which can be a different emotion for each individual. To most Kevin Mitnick has completely turned his life around, and is now contributing positively to society. This is evident in Mitnick’s 127,000 twitter followers enjoying his witty comments and quips. Kevin Mitnick has turned his personal brand around to be something incredibly positive and constructive.

After being released from prison Kevin Mitnick started down his path to change his negative face to a positive face. Mitnick created Mitnick Security L.L.C dedicated to the private security of people. You may ask why is personal security so important; well if you’re not secure and not educated on social engineering you’re open to people trying to steal information from you such as; social security, credit cards, business data, and etc. Mitnick has also written books about the art of deception and intrusion as well as his autobiography Ghost In The Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hackergiving insight on his expertise in deception and intrusion through social engineering as well as computer hacking. He has dedicated himself to protecting the security of other people with his knowledge of bypassing security. 

Not only people, but also brands can adopt this way of thinking to change your negative face to a positive one. Brands can even increase their positive face when something goes wrong, but is handled in the right way individuals will look at the brand more highly than before.

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After all Mitnick went from hacking a McDonalds drive through to being a world famous as the shirt says – security professional.

 

 

About the Elevator of the Week Series by Intern Yves

In the Elevator of the Week series we talk about people who are making a difference, and have created their own personal brand using the different values and techniques we here at STANCE use to support meaningful brands.

Brand With A Purpose-Someone Cares

Brand With A Purpose-Someone Cares

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have found a Meaningful Brand with a Purpose!

At one time or another, everyone suffers from what life throws our way. But, there are times when what’s thrown is more severe than anything we thought we can handle, and it usually happens at a time in our lives when most vulnerable-our teen years. What do we do? Who do we turn to? How can we move on? Most of the time when we experience something like this, all we really need is someone to be able to empathize with us-someone to tell us they care. We have found a brand with a purpose who can show us there is someone who believes.

Someone Cares

Brand with a purpose Someone Cares is a brand telling you that you can do whatever you set your mind to, you can succeed. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@amd5555″ suffix=”#brandwithapurpose”]Whether you or your teen suffer from Body Image, Self Esteem, Bullying, Stress and Anxiety, Drugs and Alcohol, or Self Harm, these problems can be resolved with someone proving they care about what matters-YOU.[/inlinetweet]


To counter negative self-esteem perspectives, Someone Cares works with young teenage girls to help them feel beautiful like we know they are. Girls aged 12-19 get a full day of learning about make up application and hair styling, to see themselves in a new perspective, where they believe they are beautiful. When the makeup and styling is complete, the girls get to take a professional photo-a memento of the day they felt confident and secure in themselves.

This self-esteem workshop is being held on September 6 from 10am to 4pm in the Enterprise Library Meeting Room. The workshop is a only $40-a small price for allowing you or your child to feel whole again. Sponsorship is available if there  is an impossibility to pay. To donate to the cause and become a sponsor, please email Regina Bailey at someonecares@dreamthis.org . To sign up for the event, please visit their Eventbrite page. Don’t pass up a wonderful opportunity to feel beautiful and confident again, because someone does care.


Family problems are yet another major dysfunction in many teen’s lives. Someone Cares holds biannually a Fix My Family Workshop to combat the struggles teens face in their most influential aspect of their lives. If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider joining the workshop:

Do you struggle tow get your teen out of their bedroom to do anything?

Does your teen have an attitude problem?

Do you feel like you just can’t seem to do anything right?

Do you wish someone could help repair the bond you had to that baby?

During this workshop, the two of you will learn so much about each other and learn to communicate with respect for one another, without feeling like you don’t know the person next to you anymore.

If you believe the relationship between you and your teen can benefit from this workshop, click here and learn more about all the details.  Or if you just want to get more information on what you’re going through or how you can help someone else going through the same thing, check out the Someone Cares blog.

Elevator of the Week: Bill Cunningham

Elevator of the Week: Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham- the legendary street-style photographer for The NY Times; fast, focused and able to tune out all but the shot he’s after, Mr. Cunningham reminds us of a war photographer, which is an unlikely thing for an 82-year-old fashion photographer. Bill does a the flip on war photography. He seeks out and captures humanity amid the storm of life, looking for what Harold Koda, curator at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, describes as “ordinary people going about their lives, dressed in fascinating ways.” [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@stancebranding @yvestng” suffix=”#branding #value”]Cunningham has established himself as a household name- creating his meaningful brand with his unrelenting beliefs on people and fashion. [/inlinetweet]

Mr. Cunningham is an embodiment of the 5 core values of STANCE – the basis of a strong meaningful brand.
Bill Cunningham today

He has given his all to his craft; creating the best. He has always delivered what was expected if not more. Bill Cunningham’s discerning eye sees through, and beyond, all that to what is real. He is unrelenting and at times off-putting seen when he compared two runway designs decades apart for their uncanny resemblance.

Seeing and expressing beauty in everything as Cunningham said, “It’s as true today as it ever was: he who seeks beauty will find it.” He has given a meaningful perspective on what clothing do for women and men alike. It was never about looking the best, but feeling the best you could possibly be regardless of all else. It’s about how the person felt in the clothes, and how they chose to present themselves to the public.

“The wider world perceives fashion as frivolity that should be done away with. The point is that fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.”

He presents a different perspective; a beautiful perspective.

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@stancebranding @yvestng” suffix=”#branding #people”]The people; your audience or consumer is most important is what brands and/or companies forget in the long run. Bill never has, “Money is cheap, liberty, freedom that’s expensive.”[/inlinetweet]

Bill is known for tearing up checks when being paid by magazines and newspapers because as he said,  “You see if you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid.” He has also traveled around New York and Paris on a bicycle for decades (now on his 29th bicycle as the other 28 were stolen), wearing the same street sweeper jacket, living in the same tiny no closet, kitchen, or private bathroom Carnegie Hall apartment until they tore down the apartments forcing him to move above Central Park; where he had them remove cabinets and appliances to make room for his files.

He never cared for fame and glory yet he achieved it anyway because his name, his brand is meaningful and strong. Genuinely interested in his audience; the people of New York.“I don’t pay attention to celebrities. I don’t photograph them. They don’t dress so… interestingly. They have stylists. I prefer real women who have their own taste.”

He cares about women who have their own tastes, and nothing else.

Bill Cunningham is a synonym for trustworthy. He is honest, but never brutal. He quit Women’s Wear Daily of the Chicago Tribune because they used his photographs as a worst dressed list to criticize women on their dress. He created an environment where men and women could be who they truly are, and not be critiqued. “I could never be a paparazzi, to torment people and chase them. I do it discreetly.” – his success is based on mutual trust and respect; a good face so to speak. Editors, icons, normal New York people may not stop for just any photographer, but they do for Bill; they even welcome him.

Cunningham photographs people and the passing scene in the streets of Manhattan every day, focusing on their genuine usage of clothing to express personal style. Allowing people to trust him and to never question his credibility. You can see by how he has gained the trusts of people constantly in the public eye.

“We all get dressed for Bill”, says Vogue editor Anna Wintour

Brooke Astor asked that Cunningham attend her 100th birthday party, the only member of the media invited.

Trust is key to a brand; people have to be able to trust a brand to do as they say and not cause problems for them.

Bill said, “The main thing I love about street photography is that you find the answers you don’t see at the fashion shows. You find information for readers so they can visualize themselves.” He takes fashion beyond the magazines and the runway elevating his name above the rest to be the first real street style photographer during World War II. He did something no one else did, and has stood out ever since because of his unrelenting love of what is real and out there. After taking a chance photograph of Greta Garbo, he published a group of impromptu pictures in the Times in December 1978, which soon became a regular series. His editor, Arthur Gelb, has called these photographs “a turning point for the Times, because it was the first time the paper had run pictures of well-known people without getting their permission.”

He transformed himself into a brand with these 5 core values- elevating himself above the rest while making strong statements in the industry. He has never changed regardless of fame or fortune he has lived the same way as he always has.  Can you make your own personal brand; your name quite as known and strong?

 

About the Elevator of the Week Series by Intern Yves

In the Elevator of the Week series we talk about people who are making a difference, and have created their own personal brand using the different values and techniques we here at STANCE use to support meaningful brands.

 

Bill Cunningham’s Work

Our STANCE on Value

Our STANCE on Value

We have taken a solid stance on the word value.

 

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

 

Value is a word that is thrown around nowadays. When something is overused, you tend to forget the actual meaning. For example, the word asylum comes from the Greek word asylon which means sanctuary. Synonyms for this word are shelter, haven and retreat. Unfortunately, this isn’t what comes to mind when we hear the word asylum. We have negative thoughts- where “crazy” people are sent-and that may have to do with our tendency to put the word insane in front of it. Either way, as we use language throughout time and in different contexts, the social standard for the word changes. This is what is happening to the word value.

Value is used in numerous ways, mainly in monetary examples. You saved money at the grocery store, “Oh what a great value!” or as an assigned worth, “This vase is very valuable.” But if you think about it, we have it all wrong.

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Einstein clearly separated value from success. When you go to the grocery store and save money, we think of it as a success. When we are auctioning off a painting for charity, we want the greatest amount of money because it will be successful to sell it for a larger amount. We forget what value really is and the actual value the word has.

Value should be defined socially as the merit, the worth, the importance of. Sure, its the first definition that pops up in Google, but its not the first one that pops up in our minds.

Value is different from success because you can hold importance and merit without being successful. Being successful means you are wealthy, you have a high position, or numerous honors, but it doesn’t mean you actually hold any value!

When Einstein tells us to strive to be valuable, it means we need to hold a merit, to be important, to serve a purpose. Success isn’t mandatory and if you really were a person of value, success wouldn’t even be necessary because with value comes being humble.  This word[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”amd5555″ suffix=”#takeastanceonvalue”] “value” is skewed in our minds because we tie it with success and as our culture has determined, the only people who are worth value, are those who are successful.[/inlinetweet]

This is false.

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”amd5555″ suffix=”#takeastanceonvalue”]The people who are truly valuable don’t need to be successful because they are content with serving their purpose and guiding others.[/inlinetweet]

 

This is what value truly stands for.

Brand With a Purpose- My Kid’z Adventures

Brand With a Purpose- My Kid’z Adventures

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have found a Meaningful Children’s Brand with a Purpose!

As a parent, you are your children’s number one fan. You believe in your child 100%. Unfortunately, sometimes children don’t feel the same way about themselves as you do and don’t believe they can do anything they set their minds to. There is a brand out there that allows your favorite person to be the center of attention and see themselves on numerous amazing adventures!

 

My Kid’z Adventures

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It is common to place yourself in a novel you’re reading, to feel as though you’re in the minds of the character and apart of the plot. My Kid’z Adventures does all of this! This brand allows you to create books with the help of your child. Instead of some ol’ boring story, your child is placed into a new playground filled with fun graphics and bright colors. There are multiple settings to be your child’s new playground-the circus, camping, the beach, the farm, and the world! Each setting is host to many different fun activities your child will participate in! When your child is at the farm, he/she will milk cows, your child will surf at the beach, do some really cool magic tricks at the circus, and have a warm campfire at the campground. Furthermore, the books are also helpful for learning Spanish. Every word on the page has a Spanish translation. Common words like milk and butterfly are fast and simple for your child to learn in the books. Plus, on the bottom of every page is a recipe for you and your child to try. They’re fun and simple tying in items your child probably doesn’t eat often like papaya and basil. Plus, they sound absolutely delicious!

Now you might be wondering how your child is actually in the adventures.
Their picture is on every page!

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Plus, their name is on it!

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Getting started is really easy too! 

First, you choose the theme of the book based on your child’s gender and the adventure you want your child to explore! Each adventure has both a male and female version so your daughter can do all of the things any boy can do and vice versa! Then, you pick your package. You can order just one, or many more. Plus, there is a digital series and you can easily order each adventure for you child with just one click! After you have made your decision, the really fun stuff starts begins!

Your child gets to be the star of the show by showin’ off their complete adorableness and modeling for 11-16 pictures. The cuter and funnier the pictures are, the better! This book is to show off your superstar’s personality as much as possible. Once those are done, it gets even better!

You can dedicate your child’s book to any friend or family member your both are close to and have it be a gift to them as well. You love your child, but you’re not the only one. That’s why these book are such great gifts and can be shared across the whole family.

Purpose

 

A child’s self esteem is important for their growth. The amount they have carries on through not only their childhood, but the rest of their lives. With the recent publicity of bullying, the lack of self esteem children have is unreal. When Nuria Sanchez created My Kid’z Adventures, she hoped to elevate the lives of the children who saw themselves in their own books, doing things they never thought they could do.  [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@amd5555″ suffix=”#brandwithapurpose”]My Kid’z Adventures is an outlet for children to begin believing in themselves and seeing themselves how others perceive them: as the awesome little people they are- making My Kid’s Adventures a brand with a purpose. [/inlinetweet]

 

Go ahead, see how happy this child and his family are when seeing themselves on an adventure for the first time. (:

The Power of Colors in Branding

The Power of Colors in Branding

Colors are vital to the success of your brand.

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Often times the importance of colors are overlooked when branding. The color palette for your brand should be determined only after research of your target audience and once the personality of your brand is defined. How easy would it be for a new business owner to simply pick their favorite colors for their brand? Super easy, but it shouldn’t work that way!

Step One:

The colors chosen for your brand should tie along with the purpose and the personality you want to convey to your customers.

Let’s imagine a few scenarios really quick:
Imagine if the whole world was blue. Trees were blue, grass was blue, your skin was blue, everything blue.
How would you feel? Which emotions would you feel most?
Again, imagine if the whole world was red? How about black?

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@amd5555″ suffix=””]Our emotions change with the colors we see. Every color has a purpose and a personality attached to it.[/inlinetweet]

Allow me  to help you get an idea of the type of colors best for your brand. You probably have an idea, but it’s usually not as apparent as it may seem.
You have a baby clothing brand, your colors should reflect pastels and should be gender neutral-yellow, green.
You have a Hawaiian restaurant. Your colors should reflect the Hawaiian community. Bright pinks, bright greens.

In regards to making your colors reflect your purpose, here at STANCE, our colors are red and tangaroa. Red is a bold, strong color associated with motivation and a desire to take action. Tangaroa (sample here) is a deep blue color. Dark blues instill trust and authority while still maintaining stability. We are trustworthy, highly motivated and action oriented, yet still stable and strong. Our colors reflect how we have positioned ourselves and our promise to our customers.

Choose the colors that will reflect your brand’s personality best-how you want the customer’s to perceive your brand. We are visual people. We get an idea of a person by what they’re wearing and the colors they use when presenting themselves. Your brand colors should do the same.

Color creates, enhances, changes, reveals, and establishes the mood of the painting. –Kiff Holland

Step Two:

These colors should relate to the brand’s target audience and still be visually appealing. During research, it should be determined the demographic of your primary audience and the colors that most influence them.

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Step Three:

A brand’s colors will also create consistency.  These colors will be everywhere in your business-logo design, collateral, websites, social media, packaging, etc. If it turns out the colors are not depicting what you had in mind, you’ll have to start over and that can be costly.

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Once step three is accomplished, the colors chosen for the brand should relate all of the personality the brand has to its target audience. The colors should also be used in all forms of business material to create consistency throughout the brand. Let your colors prove to the world your purpose.

Brand with a Purpose – theCream

Brand with a Purpose – theCream

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have found a Meaningful Skincare Brand with a Purpose!

In a world full of beauty and the next best thing, we are constantly bombarded with products promising to elevate your life. Unfortunately, the majority of these products are false hopes- filled with unnatural preservatives, short lasting effects, and watered down active ingredients. Fortunately, there is hope and I’m spreading the wonderful news!

theCream

 theCream

I recently was introduced to theCream-a moisturizer that is 100% natural and made with Colostrum. For those of you who might not know what Colostrum is, it is a protein filled form of milk produced in mammals to be given to their babies right after birth. When used as a moisturizer, it aids the growth of cells and the reproduction of skin cells. theCream gets its Colostrum from natural grass fed cows in New Zealand, a place known for its knowledge in dairy sciences. If mammals produce this to give life to their babies, it will give life to our skin.

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My meaningful experience with theCream:

After one application of theCream, my skin felt remarkable. I have naturally dry skin, with excess oil in my t-zone. I didn’t have that problem when I used theCream. I felt refreshed and moist. My skin wasn’t tight nor oily. The effects lasted the whole day and I was able to wear my normal makeup over it. After only three days of use, my skin felt new! I didn’t have dry, flakey skin and I didn’t need as much powder throughout the day. It really felt like layers of bad skin had been removed and replaced with soft, moist, and fresh looking skin. It’s great to see a product like this available for everyone. theCream is a genuine product that isn’t watered down and doesn’t have any ingredients you can’t pronounce.

[inlinetweet prefix=”theCream is a brand with a purpose.” tweeter=”@stancebranding” suffix=”#brandwithapurpose”]theCream is a brand with a purpose.[/inlinetweet]

They want what’s best for not only their customers, but for the world. They don’t want us to put unnatural and harmful ingredients on our skin. theCream  moisturizes our skin even better than all of the other moisturizers and will do it without harming our bodies. It gives me hope to see a brand in a world of false promises actually prove to be beneficial to our health.   Check out their video below. It’s definitely an eye opener.

 

 

Please share some brands you have also found to have a meaningful purpose. It’s always nice to elevate the lives of those around us.

Announcement: Blue Cube Marketing Solutions & STANCE Form Strategic Partnership

Announcement: Blue Cube Marketing Solutions & STANCE Form Strategic Partnership

Today, STANCE reached a new milestone in our commitment to elevate meaningful brands. We are very excited to announce our newest strategic partnership with Blue Cube Marketing Solutions. Blue Cube Marketing Solutions is a Community Engagement & Communication Strategy firm spearheaded by Tami Belt, an Award-Winning Public Relations professional. The firm was launched in 2002 to transform the way companies approach community engagement and communication strategy.  Tami places clients in the spotlight by equipping them with communication tools to build relationships, create conversations and share stories. She understands each business is unique and has its own story. And it’s that well crafted story and authentic passion that builds lasting bonds between business and their community. Our goal for this partnership is to leverage our expertise, knowledge and wealth of experience to build better brands. One more step towards elevating meaningful brands in Las Vegas and beyond!   IMG_9153_e IMG_9144_e IMG_9148_eIMG_9181_eIMG_9161_eIMG_9173_eIMG_9204_e

Discover your Purpose

Discover your Purpose

Meaningful brands are driven by purpose. Behind, those brands, are great leaders. If you dig deeper, you will find that most of these brand leaders, have discovered and have a clear understanding of their purpose.

We hope for greatness thinking it only exists in a select few…
But greatness is something that truly exists in all of us, it comes from knowing who you are & what you believe…

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