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Linchpin Day, Linchpin Magazine and Our Meet-up (in search of Linchpins)

[Good news for already registered participants. Our coming meet-up has been already featured in Linchpin Magazine’s official website. Check out the brief (and sweet) interview of mine .  
BONUS: This is the only Pakistani meet up, featured in this magazine and did I mention that Linchpin magazine will be forwarded by Seth Godin?]

This will be a private meet-up and by invitation only.

The prerequisite:

It’s about connection and ideas. Participant has to be passionate about learning, sharing ideas and experience, and helping others for free. No sale pitches (Please!)

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Linchpin’s meet-ups are growing at the speed of light, across the world!

Online social network is growing. Suddenly, everyone wants to be connected. Suddenly, people are making their own online personal brands. Suddenly, our friend’s networks are culminating. Study any other time in the human history and we’ll find ourselves having far more friends.

Charles Darwin proves in his book The Origin of Species, growing trees require pruning. So does growing online social networks, to make it stronger and healthier. Once you do the pruning you’re left with “real” friends. These kind of friends will be found on The Linchpin Day, June 14th.

There are real friends and there are strangers.

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Linchpins are everywhere. Are you a Linchpin?

Inspired by Seth Godin’s recent post. I thought it would be a great idea to gather all Linchpins in a platform and see what can we learn from one another. What difference can we make!

June 14th, 2010 is a first “Linchpin Day”. There will be meet-ups all over the world.

So, I’ve decided to host this special event on Skype to access every Linchpin in Pakistan. (Let see how much could I count)

I’ll be on Skype to meet everyone, to share ideas and to learn from every one. Come join us (click here).
What is a Linchpin? My friend Jodi explained it well. Read more about Linchpin here.
P.S.: If you don’t have Skype. Download now 
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The Band 56ix: How marketing works for musical bands?

Pakistani band brands have been neglecting the power of branding. In retrospect, branding had made more bands powerful than ever. If you have got a band, I’m sure you want to sustain it for a long term, not for just giving some hit songs and get disappeared. Band requires differentiation, so does personal brand, and musical bands are more personal.
The world’s most successful and valuable brands have been differentiating. They were first to create a new category or finding a niche in an existing (or already created) category.

Mostly, the vocalists or bands are good at finding niche in an existing category as the singing in seven raags or music is already defined, they just have to innovate it and find their own chunk of a pie, but these vocalist has to own a word as a specialists. For example: In Pakistan, Alamgir created the pop music category, Junaid Jamshed found his niche by following Alamgeer’s foot step. Junaid Jamshed owned a word ‘patriotic pop singer’ through his debuted song , Dil Dil Pakistan .

Big brands always stands for something. They are different! Think of the differentiation of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Kishore Kumar, Junaid Jamshed, and now the vocalist of 56ix, Rana Farooq.

After a long time, we’ve found a superb example of a band brand and we’ve a lot to learn from them. It seems that they’ve very good marketing strategies, business and branding education. That band is, The Band56ix!
The Band 56ix’s vocalist, Farooq, has an amazing quality of voice. He beautifully sings in female voice and vice versa. Yes, writing a ‘female’ is not a typing error and he sings in male voice too. And that’s the best part. 56ix’s versatility!

The good thing is that they use their best word, ‘versatile’ in video, interview or whereever it’s possible. It’s a good example of marketing integration! In the interview on PMR’s website they said, “The vocalist of the band 56ix, Farooq has proven that the band is unique and versatile to the maximum extent”. Sounds strategic!

What next they should do?

The band 56ix should promote it self with the name “56ix” only, not “The Band 56ix”. The word “the” is an additional word that, for nothing, makes the name longer. It used to be that companies always named themselves that way. Those were good old days, when society was not over communicated. But these days, in over communicated society and ultra-competitive environment , it just makes the name unnecessarily longer.

Kamil’s BONUS 1: The word is the first thing that makes the word transfer from one mouth to another, to spread. Developing brand name required sophistication. It’s a specialized job. Don’t gather four friends in a room to decide a name what they like.

It’s always better to have shorter name which is easy to remember, easy to spread and memorable. Using the “The” takes the emphasis away from spreading the word 56ix.

Test now yourself, which one is easier to spell out: The-band-fif-ty-six or fif-ty-six.

My suggestion is to just use 56ix as the name. Of course, this can be changed easily on most places.
Having the “The” makes the web site address longer too. In online world, shorter is the better. Guess what? Here they are going on the right path. The website is Now guys at 56ix! Don’t you ever listen to any of your best friend’s suggestion who wants this domain to get diverted to . Never!

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