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What Jennifer Lawrence Has Taught Me About Marketing Strategies

What Jennifer Lawrence Has Taught Me About Marketing Strategies

As a marketer, I’m always looking beyond the typical business and marketing circles for ideas and inspiration. And celebrities and the entertainment industry can certainly provide great ideas for marketing dos and don’ts. They know how to create a buzz, deal with being in the public eye (or not) and everyone can take a lesson from their favorite celebrities.

Since Jennifer Lawrence burst onto the scene in Winter’s Bone, (which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2011) she has become one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. Not only is she an extremely talented actress, she’s also a complete marketing powerhouse.

Here are 8 marketing lessons I’ve learned from Jennifer Lawrence:

1. There’s No Such Thing as an Overnight Success

Before Lawrence was cast in Winter’s Bone, she was a working actress and left high school early to follow her dream. She appeared on episodes of Monk, Cold Case, and Medium, and then 30 episodes of the The Bill Engvall Show, along with acting in several independent films. While it may have seemed that she came out of nowhere, she’d been working steadily since 2006 in TV and film roles.

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When it comes to marketing and business in general, there truly is no such thing as an overnight success. Dig deeper for the backstory to learn how things came to the point they are at today, and don’t expect your venture to suddenly hit the big time. It takes hard work and hustle to get where you want to go – and it may take years.

2. Consistency is Key

As an actress, Lawrence is consistently amazing and delivers the goods. She also works consistently, taking on a wide variety of roles. If you look her filmography, she has been working continually since 2011 taking on roles in the Hunger Games, X-Men, Silver Linings Playbook and more. Audiences, directors and producers all adore her because they know they can count on her performance and she stays top of mind.

With any marketing initiative your audience needs to know that you won’t pull a disappearing act. It’s important that you show up consistently and you exceed their expectations every time .

3. You Don’t Always Have to Be the Lead Actress

While Lawrence is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now, she chooses her roles thoughtfully and carefully. She doesn’t always have to be the superstar and excels in ensemble casts, such as those in The Hunger Games Trilogy or American Hustle.

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Working in a team and finding the right support gives marketing more impact. Look at how you can hire additional talented people or team up with other companies or individuals to make your performance stronger.

4. Carve Out Your Own Niche

When Lawrence appeared on the scene, she was compared with Best Actress nominees such as Carey Mulligan and Rooney Mara. Since then, Jennifer has essentially created her own niche where no other actress is in the same league. Her star power and talent is so strong that she’s landing roles that are tailor made for her.

Creating your own niche is one of the most effective ways to set yourself apart in your industry and in your marketing. You can eliminate competition quickly by clearly creating a niche where your performance or product is so superior that no one can even swim in the same pool.

5. Stay Classy

Jennifer Lawrence is young, yet you don’t see pictures of her hitting the clubs or partying it up with friends. She understands that she is in the public eye, and unfortunately will be judged by her actions. By keeping it classy she shows that she is reliable and worthy of the accolades she receives.

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Keep your marketing classy by not bashing the competition and staying out of things that could be perceived as unprofessional or questionable. You and your organization’s brand and reputation is at stake.

6. Be Authentic and Accessible

A big part of Lawrence’s appeal is the fact that she’s so likable. Her persona is very much that of someone everyone wants to be around, she’s your girl next door, your best friend, your quirky cousin. She’s shamelessly authentic showing off her goofy side (tripping at awards shows – anyone who’s ever worn heels understands) and staying very accessible (bringing her childhood best friend as her date to awards shows). Many stars win the public over with mystery, but Lawrence does the opposite by simply being who she is.

Look at how you can make marketing more human and tap into the fact that people do business with people. If you can create an experience where customers or clients feel that your organization is accessible, they are more likely to continue doing business with you.

7. Know When to Step Back

There’s no denying that Lawrence has a well-oiled PR machine that goes to work with the release of each film, but in between films, you don’t see a lot of Lawrence. She understands that PR is best done when you have something to say and that it is not effective when you are consistently out there angling for coverage. Unlike many of her contemporaries who are out there posing hard on every red carpet they can find, Lawrence only goes for PR when it is appropriate.

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PR is a powerful tool, but you want to take a page from the Jennifer Lawrence playbook and only pursue it when you really have something to say. Focus on doing PR when you have your best news or stories to share. Your efforts will be much more effective as people will want to hear what you have to say.

8. Tackle Sticky Situations Head On

The recent nude photo scandal where hackers shared photos obtained illegally – including ones of Lawrence – was an unfortunate, but apt example of how to deal with a situation when things go bad. Lawrence was swift in her response, issuing a comment via Twitter.

Things will go wrong at some point, so you need to be ready to communicate in a timely manner as they happen. Too often companies duck and run for cover, which only leads to rumors and speculation. Have a solid crisis plan and team in place so you can deal with sticky situations head on.

Jennifer Lawrence delivers many marketing strategy lessons that we can all learn from. What celebrities have inspired your marketing strategy? What can you learn from them? Comment below.

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Published on October 8, 2019

How to Advance Your Career (and the Big Mistakes You May be Making)

How to Advance Your Career (and the Big Mistakes You May be Making)

The late writer William S. Burroughs once said that “When you stop growing, you start dying.” It might have a morbid undertone, but it’s one hundred percent true in terms of one’s career.

The days of finding a job with one company that you can stick with for 30 years, and simply relax as you move up its company escalator are few and far between in today’s world. This isn’t necessarily bad news. On the contrary, it means that you’re the one in charge of shaping your career advancement.

By putting these principles and behaviors into practice, you’ll begin to see how to advance your career quickly. Ready? Let’s get started…

1. Define What Success Is for You

There’s no right or wrong definition of what success in your career looks like. The important thing is to figure out what success looks like for YOU. It might, and probably will, change along the way, but if you don’t have some sort of milestone on the horizon, then you won’t know which direction to go in.

Think about success in your career in terms of one year, five years, and 10 years. Once you have that, it’s time to lace up your boots and get to work.

2. Learn How to Develop and Follow a Plan

Nobody just stumbles upon success accidentally. Sure, they may stumble upon breakthroughs or new methods accidentally, but all success stories have one thing in common — a plan.

Establish a timeline for the things that you want to achieve in your career in the next year, five years, 10 years, and so on. Consider the skills that you’ll need to learn to make these things happen and work on acquiring them.

3. Surround Yourself With Those Better Than You

It’s a rule of thumb among musicians that if you want to get better, then you need to get out of the bedroom and play with people who are better than you.

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By surrounding yourself with people who are better than you and where you want to be, you’ll not only see how these people climbed to where they are in their respective fields, but you’ll learn from them and naturally want to push yourself to be better in your own job as well.

4. Seek Out a Mentor(s)

A mentor will not only be able to help you refine and reach your career goals, but will be invaluable in landing promotions and finding unadvertised job openings.

One unique approach is to work on fostering a relationship with a mentor both within and outside of your company. This will help in giving you different perspectives as you rise up through the ranks in your company and career overall.

5. Stop Wasting Your Mornings

You may not think you’re a morning person, but if you can learn to be one, you’ll thank yourself 10 years down the road.

Prepare a to-do list of tasks that you want to accomplish the day before and work on knocking them out for at least one hour before you respond to morning emails. The problem with responding to emails first, is you’re giving your attention to somebody else’s agenda, instead of plotting your own course for the day.

6. Arrange or Attend a Networking Party

If you’re attending networking events simply because you might get a few free drinks, you’re doing them wrong. These events are great for meeting new people and forming relationships. Your goal shouldn’t be to get hired by the end of the night, but to simply make a good impression by being friendly and authentic. So what’s next?

Reach out a few days later via email or on social media to follow up and connect!

7. Pick Up Some New Skills

Nobody wants to be the old dog that can’t learn any new tricks. To move up in your career, you’re going to likely need to pick up new skills along the way. Maybe your company offers on-the-job training or you have the option of taking online classes at night.

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By learning new skills, you’ll not only be able to expand upon what you can already do, but you’ll make yourself more valuable to your employer and future employers.

8. Exploit the Benefits Already at Your Disposal

Remember what we just said about the possibility of your company providing on-the-job training? Take advantage of these sorts of benefits!

If you’re working for a company that allows you to job shadow other employees or has company mixers, you should attend these. They not only allow you to develop your skills within the company, but show seasoned executives within your field that you’re interested in more than just clocking in for a paycheck.

9. Make Yourself Indispensable

Good help is hard to find and employers want to retain outstanding employees. If you can learn to make yourself indispensable to your company, you’ll not only communicate that you’re successful, but will have a lot more job security. What’s this entail though?

It’s actually not all that difficult. By being reliable, adapting to new challenges, and holding your own work and performance to a high standard, you’ll stand out among your peers and others will take notice. Easy enough, right?

10. Get Off the Fence

People who advance in their careers are those who don’t shy away from voicing their opinion and stand up with authority when the opportunity arises.

If a problem arises in your company and you think you might have a solution or are willing to work to find one, then let others know. Employers value and promote problem solvers. Start off with something small and work your way up towards tackling more difficult tasks and projects.

11. Don’t Wait for More Responsibility, Ask for It

If you want more responsibility in your job, then be open about it with your manager. Your manager may be so busy with their own work that they weren’t aware you were looking for more challenges.

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Just make sure you can handle it and that you already show strong performance in your current duties. And if your manager doesn’t seem supportive about offering you more responsibility, well, then it could be time to look for new employment.

12. Stop Wasting Time on What You Don’t Want

If your career goals start with “I should do this…” there could be a problem. This kind of language in referring to goals can doom them to failure because the want isn’t there.

Consider using the RUMBA method (Reasonable, Understandable, Measurable, Behavioral and Agreed) when setting your goals. That “agreed” part should really be “want.” By going after career goals that you actually want to accomplish, you’re much more likely to achieve them.

13. Seek Out Feedback and Apply It

Simply doing your job might not always push you up in your career advancement. Too often, employees just assume that their bosses will notice their performance strides and reach out when the time is right to advance.

Don’t be afraid to regularly seek out feedback and ask for constructive criticism. It not only shows that you value your manager’s opinion but demonstrates that you care about your job and want to become better in your chosen field.

14. Pick Your Bosses Wisely

Advancing in your career can move a lot quicker if you’re working for the right people. If your boss isn’t any good at their job or doesn’t value you, then moving up could become difficult.

A great boss though, will be able to help you capitalize on your strengths and be an advocate for your success. If there aren’t any strong developers of talent in your management chain already, then look around for some and seek them out as mentors.

15. Learn to Develop Your Sense of Timing

The odds of asking for a promotion or raise are in your favor with over 70 percent of respondents to a survey from PayScale reporting some success. One thing to keep in mind that can make all the difference is when you ask.

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Some corporate cultures may prefer that employees reach out about advancement during their annual review, but maybe you work for a more free-spirited startup. The best approach may be to take note of when others advance and ask about how the organization handles employee development.

16. Work Hard and Promote Yourself

Working hard and delivering a solid job performance are the keys to advancing in your career no matter what field you’re in. This doesn’t mean you need to be completely humble about your accomplishments either.

Keep a record of your positive impact within the organization and let others both within your company and your field know that you’re enthusiastic about your role and work.

17. Don’t Just Build Your Network… Cultivate It

It’s way too easy to add new people to your LinkedIn network and then forget about them for all eternity. Rather than just collecting business cards or social media contacts, you should be cultivating relationships with the ones you already have.

Follow up with people that you haven’t spoken to in a while, offer to connect them with somebody you know in their field, or ask about a new job title they may have taken on. Doing so could be the spark that leads to a potential job referral.

18. Join a Professional Organization

The National Association of (insert your industry here) and other professional organizations can still offer a great wealth of advantages from networking to industry insights, and skill development.

Even outside of professional organizations dedicated to particular job fields, civic organizations can also be fantastic for making new contacts. After all, so much about career advancement is who you know, and you never know who you’ll meet who knows somebody else who is looking for someone with your skills and experience.

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