Imagine a world where we were only surrounded by bland brands with no individuality or identity. How would you speak up or set yourself apart? When looks are taken away you suddenly realize just how significant visuals are in the business world.
Many of you have heard the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words." While seen as very cliche, people have indeed been moved by powerful imagery since the beginning of time. As technology has progressed, we've experienced imagery in different ways, but its ability to leave a lasting impact as remained.
Admittedly, I'm a bit of a traffic snob; certain things bother me a little more than they should. None more than in the brief moments well past the yellow light, milliseconds before the red, when that one car tries to sneak by. As a result, leaving themselves in the middle of the intersection causing delays for the "law abiding" citizens on the opposite side now unable to turn. A decision made to benefit ourselves at the direct expense of others - selfishness.
I love golf; I've been playing the game since the age of three. One of the most important lessons I've learned is that it's a game that you never truly master. It's filled with ultimate highs and pretty disheartening lows. I've always wondered why the game has been so closely associated with business activities and events. Whether it's taking out colleagues for a round, hosting a corporate tournament or inviting a potential client out to the links. There really isn't any other sport that is used more in the business world than golf.
Growing up as one of three boys, Christmas time was always a fun time to both give and receive presents. I always remember putting great thought into my gift selections for my younger siblings. Wrapping them however, was a much different story. Often, they were encased in yesterday's newspaper headlines making any English-style fish & chip joint proud. The gift was no less, but the packaging didn't say that.
We have all seen and have had images branded into our minds daily. When you drive down the street and your two year old starts yelling, "fries, fries I want fries" as you pass the Golden Arches. When you are watching a movie and notice the Apple laptop sitting in the background of a scene. These brands become part of our lives and when these brands have reached ultimate status they become the product instead of being a product in a category.
You have just been dubbed Mayor of your company's Social Media community, Congratulations! As you are sworn into office you take the oath to: Have an obligation to seek the best for your constituents by making it larger and stronger than before.