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What Jennifer Lawrence Has Taught Me About Marketing Strategies

What Jennifer Lawrence Has Taught Me About Marketing Strategies
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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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Featured photo credit: Mingle Media Tv via flickr.com

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

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