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Robots, Time Travel and The Interview of a Lifetime 1 Jul 2014, 8:28 pm

It was almost as if I was dreaming when I heard the first words come out of his mouth. It took me right back to those hundreds of hours of CD’s that my high school tennis coach gave me to listen to.  At first I shrugged those CD’s off as useless “self-help” stuff that people … Continue reading

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Nick Nanton and JW Dicks Hit Amazon Best-Seller List With “The Winning Way” 27 Jun 2014, 5:48 pm

JW Dicks, business strategist and personal branding expert, and Nick Nanton, Top Agent to Celebrity Experts, recently hit three Amazon.com best-seller lists with the new book, “The Winning Way.” Orlando, FL – June 27, 2014 – Best-selling authors Nick Nanton, Esq. and JW Dicks, Esq., Founders of The Dicks and Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency®, recently … Continue reading

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KIM KARDASHIAN AND THE POWER OF A CELEBRITY BRAND 26 Sep 2013, 7:25 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: Kim Kardashian And The Power Of A Celebrity Brand Kim Kardashian, according to CelebNetWorth.com, gets paid about $20,000 to tweet out a product endorsement on her Twitter account. She earns from $50,000 to $100,000 for … Continue reading

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Personal Branding 101: Four Reasons Investing in Others Can Help You Build Your Business 23 Sep 2013, 2:30 pm

Many of you are familiar with Dr. Ivan Misner, the founder of the worldwide networking organization BNI. I had the privilege of co-authoring a book with Dr. Misner a few years ago, and had the opportunity to learn more about him and his philosophies. One of his cornerstone tenants is that “Givers Gain” – in … Continue reading

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Personal Branding Expert Nick Nanton Publishes Blog Highlighting Personal Branding Strategy 13 Sep 2013, 6:20 pm

Nick Nanton, The Celebrity Lawyer and Agent to top Celebrity Experts, provides practical advice to business owners. Orlando, FL – September 13, 2013 - Nick Nanton, Esq., Founder of The Dicks and Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency®, a Personal Branding company, recently published a blog on his website (http://www.nicknanton.com) discussing personal branding. The blog, titled “Personal Branding … Continue reading

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Personal Branding 101: To Become a Celebrity… Act Like a Celebrity! 12 Sep 2013, 3:31 pm

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is very simple: celebrities are regular people, just like you and I. They have special talents and abilities, just like you do. They just know how to promote their expertise, and today we are going to talk about how you can too. Why is this important? As … Continue reading

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Celebrity Branding: Four “Little Things” That Will Enhance Your Celebrity Status Overnight 28 Aug 2013, 7:08 pm

Building a CelebrityExpert® brand is a process. And to achieve this goal, we help our clients to leverage a variety of media tools, from video productions to cutting-edge websites and everything in between. But as I tell clients, building a powerful personal brand isn’t just about large-scale media strategies. Just as important are the “little … Continue reading

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Celebrity Branding Online: Five Keys to a Powerful Internet Presence 26 Aug 2013, 5:52 pm

The internet is an incredible tool for small businesses. We have worked closely with dozens of business owners who have used the internet to leverage their personal brand and their expertise in order to create a powerful CelebrityExpert® brand. And the good news is that today’s technology makes it easier than ever for a business … Continue reading

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Is Your Personal Brand Lost In Translation? How To Clearly Communicate Your Value 23 Aug 2013, 2:02 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: Is Your Personal Brand Lost In Translation? How To Clearly Communicate Your Value ---   “The small grass is feel ashamed to smile, please don’t bother it.” “Please use the escalator on your behind.” “Take … Continue reading

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Personal Branding Experts Nick Nanton and JW Dicks Hit Amazon Best Seller List With “Think And Grow Rich Today” 14 Aug 2013, 2:59 pm

JW Dicks, business strategist and personal branding expert, and Nick Nanton, Top Agent to Celebrity Experts, recently hit five Amazon.com best-seller lists with the new book, “Think and Grow Rich Today.” Orlando, Fla. – August 14, 2013 – Nick Nanton, Esq. and JW Dicks, Esq., Founders of The Dicks and Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency®, recently … Continue reading

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Personal Branding for Success: Five Benefits of a Powerful Personal Brand 25 Jul 2013, 6:13 pm

We have talked a whole lot about personal branding in these articles and on our blog. We have talked about branding strategy. We have talked about practical steps for creating a powerful brand. We have even looked at “hits and misses” from celebrities and public figures in order to gain insight into what to do, and what NOT to do, when it comes to branding.

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Personal Branding: Five Simple Ways to Enhance Your Celebrity Status 20 Jun 2013, 4:06 pm

If you have been reading this blog regularly, you know how valuable it is to build a brand that establishes you as a CelebrityExpert® within your market. Developing your Celebrity status will help you bring in more business, allow you to charge higher rates, and make it easier to retain clients and customers. We’ve spent … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: What to Do When Things Go Wrong 28 May 2013, 8:11 am

Every one of us makes mistakes. This is certainly true in the world of business. As hard as we try to do right by our customers, things go wrong from time to time. Sometimes it is a relatively small thing—like a defective product or a shipping delay. Sometimes it is a much bigger deal – … Continue reading

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Every Entrepreneur’s Biggest Mistake (And How To Avoid It!) 22 May 2013, 12:09 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: Every Entrepreneur's Biggest Mistake (And How To Avoid It!) In 2006, Salemi Industries thought they had a surefire moneymaking product. It was something totally new that (a) had an obvious need and (b) could be … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: Confidence is Key to Making a Great First Impression 17 May 2013, 8:18 am

Creating a strong first impression is important when it comes to creating a strong personal brand. The first impression you give sticks in the mind of the people you meet—for better or for worse. And one of the most important things you can do to create a powerful first impression is to project confidence. But … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: Don’t Be Afraid to Shake Up Your Market 26 Apr 2013, 8:33 am

Many of the business owners that I work with are low-key and don’t love the spotlight. And most of them don’t like the idea of creating controversy. But sometimes, as I tell them, generating a bit of controversy can be exactly what your brand needs. Now, I’m not talking about just any type of controversy. … Continue reading

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Boost Your Personal Brand… in Ten Minutes or Less 17 Apr 2013, 8:58 am

I talk to a lot of business owners every year. Between speeches, seminars, conferences, and similar events, I am blessed to have the opportunity to get to know business owners from all over the country in a wide variety of industries. And over time, I have come to identify a number of common “themes” that … Continue reading

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The Critic, The Mouseketeer, And The Iron Lady: Three Giants In Personal Branding 16 Apr 2013, 12:57 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: The Critic, The Mouseketeer, And The Iron Lady: Three Giants In Personal Branding -- Recently, the world mourned the passing of three very different and unique personalities--Margaret Thatcher, Annette Funicello, and Roger Ebert. Each member of this … Continue reading

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The Kanye And Kim Kardashian Lesson In Personal Branding: Combining Audiences For Impact 27 Mar 2013, 6:22 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: The Kanye And Kim Kardashian Lesson In Personal Branding: Combining Audiences For Impact -- Hip-hop star Kanye West may be a musical genius--but he’s definitely not one of the most liked celebrities around. He’s infamous for interrupting … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: How Video Can Take Your Brand to the Next Level 25 Mar 2013, 8:10 am

We’ve discussed a number of tactics and platforms that business owners can use successfully to create and strengthen their personal brand. From appearing on TV to writing a book to leveraging social media, there are a wide variety of options for business owners and professionals looking to increase their visibility and their credibility. Today, we’re … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: Be a Giver, Not a Taker 19 Mar 2013, 4:24 pm

The legendary motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used to say that “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” He was right—but you wouldn’t know that by the way much of our culture operates today, especially in business. Businesses and professionals often seem to approach … Continue reading

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Personal Branding 101: How to Tell a Better “Story” 5 Mar 2013, 7:52 pm

As I’ve written before, one of the most important elements to creating a strong personal brand is learning to tell a compelling story. Storytelling is what brings your brand to life, and instead of being “just another business owner”, all of a sudden you become compelling to your audience. This is a secret that virtually … Continue reading

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Branding 101: How Will the American Airlines – US Airways Merger Play Out? 27 Feb 2013, 4:13 pm

The business world has been buzzing since the announcement of a major merger between US Airways and American Airlines earlier this month. As a frequent flyer, I can testify that this story got my attention too! Obviously, a merger of this scale is enormously complex. And one of the many factors that must be carefully … Continue reading

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Your Customer Compass: Are You Headed in the Right Direction? 11 Feb 2013, 3:45 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: Taking Direction From Disney's Customer-Care Philosophy -- Last month, we held our first Celebrity Expert Marketing Academy. And, because our Dicks + Nanton Agency is located in Orlando, we knew we didn’t have to travel far to … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: Why It’s Worth Your Time 28 Jan 2013, 8:18 am

We talk about personal branding strategies regularly in this space. But every once in a while, it’s a good idea to remind ourselves why we’re working so hard to build a strong brand. The payoff, if you will.  Below are some of the primary benefits of a powerful personal brand: Instant credibility.  If you’re an … Continue reading

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Lance Armstrong, Branding Catastrophes, And What Not To Do 22 Jan 2013, 3:35 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: Lance Armstrong, Branding Catastrophes, And What Not To Do ---- For years, cyclist champion Lance Armstrong denied using performance-enhancing drugs to aid him in his record-setting string of Tour de France titles. He stonewalled critics, … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: Make it a Habit in 2013! 17 Jan 2013, 8:38 am

As you’ve heard me say before, a powerful personal brand allows a business owner to differentiate himself and his business from the competition. It allows him or her to charge a premium price and still attract a steady stream of new business. Properly leveraged through direct marketing, a powerful personal brand can completely revolutionize any … Continue reading

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Make Personal Branding Fun This Year 14 Jan 2013, 8:28 am

Personal branding requires work. Personal branding can be very profitable. But there’s nothing that says it can’t also be fun. In fact, the truth is that personal branding is more effective when you’re having fun. Personal branding is all about you – your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, your passions. For that reason, approaching it … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: Do You Need to Shift Your Focus in 2013? 11 Jan 2013, 8:21 am

As we’ve discussed previously, one of the key elements to a powerful personal brand is focus. Effective brands, personal or corporate, are focused on a particular niche and a particular set of characteristics that separate the business from others in their market. McDonalds is very successful at what they do—namely, selling affordable burgers and fries … Continue reading

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Chris Christie, Honey Boo Boo, And The Top 10 Celebrity Branding Success Stories Of 2012 31 Dec 2012, 2:46 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: Chris Christie, Honey Boo Boo, And The Top 10 Celebrity Branding Success Stories Of 2012   As another year comes to a close, everyone is posting all kinds of 2012 Top Ten Lists. Don't believe … Continue reading

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Take Your Personal Brand to the Next Level in 2013, Part Two: Ten Resolutions 31 Dec 2012, 8:21 am

In a recent article, I highlighted five New Year’s resolutions to help you take your brand to the next level in 2013. As promised, here are five more: 6) Make your customers feel like insiders. If you can make your customers feel like “VIPs”, they’re going to be much more loyal to your business and … Continue reading

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Take Your Personal Brand to the Next Level in 2013: Ten Resolutions 28 Dec 2012, 1:18 pm

The New Year is right around the corner, and this is the time of year where many of us think about what we’d like to accomplish in the next 12 months. Right now, 2013 is a blank slate, full of possibilities. For both yourself and your business, you have the opportunity to set ambitious goals … Continue reading

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Become a Celebrity: Go Against the Flow 8 Dec 2012, 8:57 am

What is the most effective way to corner the market and lock out your competition?  Simple: you need to become a CelebrityExpert®.  You need to develop a compelling, engaging personal brand that positions you as the leading expert within your market.  You need to be the first name that pops into any potential customers mind … Continue reading

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Three Reasons Why The Customer Experience You Provide Can Make or Break Your Business 6 Dec 2012, 8:52 am

You’ve probably heard talk about the importance of “customer experience” when it comes to growing your business. But have you ever wondered why it’s so important? Below are three reasons that it pays to create a brand and a business that is known for providing a stellar customer experience. 1)     Your business becomes immune to … Continue reading

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Celebrity Branding: Establish Your Value and Stop Competing on Price 4 Dec 2012, 8:45 am

Why is personal branding worthwhile? There are many reasons, but today we’re going to focus on one of them: Developing a dominant personal brand will allow you to stop competing on price. You won’t have to charge rock-bottom rates in order to bring in new business, and you won’t have to worry about customers bolting … Continue reading

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Are You Leveraging Your Personal Brand to the Max? 1 Dec 2012, 8:38 am

As you begin to build a strong personal brand, it is important to leverage it fully in order to grow your business. Whether it is networking, direct marketing, or meeting with a prospect face-to-face, make sure to incorporate the celebrity brand that you have created! For instance: Incorporate your personal brand into speeches and public … Continue reading

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The Twinkie Template For Building An Eternal Brand 30 Nov 2012, 3:54 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: The Twinkie Template For Building An Eternal Brand In the last couple of weeks, have you ever heard so much about Twinkies? I mean, since you were six years old? In case you missed our … Continue reading

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Personal Branding 101: Six Classic Branding Mistakes to Avoid 9 Nov 2012, 8:03 am

Personal branding isn’t something that is ever “done”, as I’ve written before. Building an effective brand is a journey. It’s an ongoing process. It requires consistency and it requires that you create and adhere to a plan. But while the goal is to consistently strengthen one’s personal brand over time, the reverse is also possible. … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: Five Ways to Draw More Attention on Social Media 6 Nov 2012, 8:53 pm

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can be great channels by which to connect with your target market. The explosive growth these platforms have experienced in recent years gives you the opportunity to reach a potentially huge audience in a branded, consistent, and cost-effective way. That, in a nutshell, is why so many … Continue reading

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Bundling Your Way To Bigger Profits 24 Oct 2012, 7:02 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: Bundling Your Way To Bigger Profits -- Did you ever try to add one channel to your cable or satellite TV service? If you tried, you probably failed, because TV channels are routinely bundled by … Continue reading

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Celebrity Branding: Which “Hollywood” Strategies Can You Apply to Your Business? 22 Oct 2012, 7:03 am

Our agency is called the Celebrity Branding Agency, as most of you know. And we didn’t choose that name at random. While you may not realize it, virtually every celebrity in Hollywood has at least one thing in common: they (or their advisors and agents!) are highly skilled at marketing, and branding in particular. Sure, … Continue reading

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Five Personal Branding Secrets You Can Apply Today 17 Oct 2012, 8:50 am

We talk a lot about personal branding on this blog, and most of the strategies focus on long-term strategy, planning, and solutions. Today we’re going to change it up a bit and highlight five branding techniques that you can use to start building a more powerful brand immediately: 1) Practice your handshake and introduction. Obviously … Continue reading

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Personal Branding and the Presidency: How Personal Branding Impacts Political Races 12 Oct 2012, 8:28 am

We are in the heat of election season now—not like you could have missed it! It seems like you can’t go five minutes without hearing or seeing an advertisement for President Obama or for Mitt Romney, his challenger. (If you’re completely tired of them and just want the election to be over with already, I … Continue reading

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Why You Need a Personal Brand, Not Just a Company Brand 10 Oct 2012, 8:05 am

Branding is a very common element of a marketing campaign, and has been for many years. We all recognize the power of international brands like Nike, Coca-Cola, and Apple. Personal branding, on the other hand, is a little bit less well-understood. Rather than focusing on a business, personal branding seeks to help an individual build … Continue reading

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Personal Branding: Do You Have a Book in You? 5 Oct 2012, 2:48 pm

One of the best strategies for building a powerful personal brand is publishing a book. I’ve helped hundreds of business owners through this process—and most of them would tell you that publishing their first book was among the most significant turning points in their career. Yet, many business owners flinch at the idea of publishing … Continue reading

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Giving Your Brand Story “Primal Power”: The Science of Storytelling 24 Sep 2012, 4:27 pm

This post was originally featured on FastCompany.com.  The original blog, written by Nick Nanton and JW Dicks can be found here: Giving Your Brand Primal Power Through Storytelling “Once upon a time…” Those four little words, when combined, have an amazing allure, simply because we know that they signify that something special is about to happen…a … Continue reading

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Personal Branding Success: Why Relationships Are the “Missing Ingredient” 10 Sep 2012, 8:43 am

There are a whole lot of elements that go into building an effective personal brand. Credibility and visibility are two of these crucial elements—credibility to ensure that the business owner is perceived to be an expert in his or her industry, and visibility ensuring that the business owner reaches his or her audience. But beyond … Continue reading

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Build Credibility Without Re-Inventing the Wheel: Learn to Repurpose Your Content 7 Sep 2012, 4:26 pm

If you have been paying attention to this blog, you know how important it is that you are consistently creating content that reinforces your expertise and your authoritative status within your market. Whether it is giving a speech, writing a book, appearing on TV, or something else entirely—creating content that positions you as an expert … Continue reading

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Create Raving Fans: It’s All In The Details 31 May 2012, 11:45 pm

I’ve talked about the value of “raving fans” previously on my blog, but let’s take a moment for a quick refresher. A raving fan is a customer or client who isn’t just satisfied… but is so thrilled with the services or products that you provide that he/she can’t stop spreading the word. A raving fan … Continue reading

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Build Raving Fans: What the Music Industry Can Teach You About Inspiring Loyalty, Part Two 31 May 2012, 7:10 pm

In the previous installment of this series, I covered four valuable lessons that business owners can draw from the music industry and apply to their own businesses. Specifically, the topic we’re addressing is how to build raving fans, that can’t stop telling people about what you do. Clearly, successful bands and artists do the same … Continue reading

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Great Video Tool 27 Aug 2009, 5:08 pm

If you’re looking for something a little different for your website, whether it be for marketing or for pleasure, you’ve got to check out AnimotoIt turns your photos and videos into movie preview style videos. They look better than just about anything else I’ve seen. Enjoy!

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New Product for Making Money in Music! 28 Sep 2008, 2:22 pm

I’ve just finished working on a product with Music Marketing GURU, Bob Baker, author of the best-seller Guerilla Music Marketing. It’s called “7 Secrets to Making Real Money with Your Music.”Check it out, I think you’ll like it!http://www.bob-baker.com/music/make-money.html

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Help Out The OaKs – Lollapalooza 5 Jun 2008, 2:22 pm

For those of you who haven’t heard the OaKs, you’re missing out. Check them out at www.myspace.com/wearetheoaksAnyway, they are great people and great musicians, I got this from Matt Antolick today, the OaKs drummer and I figured I’d share it. You don’t even have to give anyone your email address to help them with [...]

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Nick Nanton, Esq. with Conrad Dimanche 14 May 2008, 2:21 pm

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Nick Nanton, Esq. with Conrad Dimanche, originally uploaded by ndnproductions. I met Conrade Dimanche last year for the first time at the 4th Quarter Entertainment Music Industry Seminar. You may recognize him from [...]

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Tim McGraw PreShow Party 14 May 2008, 2:21 pm

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; }Tim McGraw PreShow Party, originally uploaded by ndnproductions.Up close and personal with Tim McGraw at the pre-show party to kick off his first show on the 2008 Live Your Voice Tour. It was great to [...]

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Ok…so I don’t want to sound like broken record 20 Mar 2008, 1:56 pm

but at least it will be a broken multi-platinum record.I know I’ve already posted twice on this blog about Colbie Caillat. And I don’t know how to explain it other than I just know when I hear something special.My prediction is her record “Coco” will be one of the top 3 records of the year [...]

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Is Music Licensing for Television the New “Record Deal” 30 Jan 2008, 1:46 pm

Check out this article from CMJ that certainly opens your mind to this as a new model and possibly makes it the “highly coveted prize” of today (similar to how major label record deals used to be sought after)http://prod1.cmj.com/articles/display_article.php?id=54047375I’ve had great experience with licensing music for television. It has really brought some great revenue to [...]

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NashVegas and some great links to make more money in music 13 Jan 2008, 1:45 pm

I’m in Nashville right now finishing up producing a record for Hanna Peterson at the County Q recording studio. We worked with an amazing band, here’s the highlights:Paul Scholten – Drums/Band LeaderAlison Prestwood – BassJohn Jarvis – Piano/OrganJT Korenflos – Electric GuitarSteve Sheenan – Acoustic GuitarGlen Duncan – Fiddle, Banjo, MandolinMonty Allen – Backing VocalsMany [...]

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Music Lessons – A Must Read from Seth Godin 9 Jan 2008, 1:44 pm

most of you have heard me preach this same message, but this guy gets more press than I do, so maybe you’ll believe him http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/01/music-lessons.htmwhen you’re ready to discuss “The New Model” for the music business let me know…

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The Holy Grail for Indie Musicians? 11 Dec 2007, 1:43 pm

Those of you who talk to me on a semi-regular basis know that I’m a broken record when it comes to the following concepts:1. Make people feel like a “member” of your band and you will have a very lucrative fanbase2. Make sure you have a product to offer at every price point for those [...]

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