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Going Digital: What Does a Brand Need to Know?

The digital revolution is accelerating at a steady pace, and the world around is rapidly shifting towards it. Digital media as a means of communication has grown vastly in the past decade with different forms of media channels developed over the internet. We are able to effectively communicate using digital media, and this certainly does not limit to mere communication between one person and another. Communication goes deeper into its core aspects, and it is more about how the world is connected and becoming a global village.

The sole agenda of digital media is to subdue physical distance and barriers between humans living on earth. The whole digital infrastructure has absolutely transformed communication in the world. In the landscape of business, digital media has absolutely transformed the contemporary business practice. It has helped businesses automate their systems and revolutionize their marketing strategies.

Most of the businesses running on the conventional media model have shifted to the digital, and the basic way of doing it is by developing an online presence in the form of a website. Many companies hire specialized organizations to help them develop a digital presence. An excellent example of such an organization remains Simplee Built Sites, LLC, a company that offers services that include graphics designing, web development, web designing, and digital marketing. They have credibly worked with a large number of startups and small and medium-sized enterprises. Their services are very cost-effective to acquire, and their clients trust their years of service, making them a prime option for marketing purposes.

There is an increasing need for brands to shift to the digital, and here is why:

Consumer presence: Millions of internet users have populated digital media platforms for brands to reach their target market. All of them require an online presence. Using digital media channels, they can reach out to their customers and fan base, and pitch marketing messages to them.

Automation: Digital media has allowed organizations to automate their systems. By going digital, it means you can benefit from a fast, convenient, and seamless exchange of information which processes at a faster rate. Your employees can benefit from the digital mode of communication using email, Skype, and other social media platforms. Digital media saves a lot of time that could be well spent on other business activities.

Cost-effective solutions: Take the example of dispatching a document to an overseas destination. Previously, businesses had to choose the means of dispatching through the conventional courier service, which would take up to several weeks to arrive at the recipient’s end. It would also be a very costly solution because different stakeholders are involved in logistics.

Success Starts From You

When it comes to success, everyone wants a piece of the pie. Nobody wishes to look back at their life and realize that it had been nothing short mediocre. Unfortunately, the number of people who have accomplished something big in life is very less. They might often dream of making it big and successful, but it is not really everyone’s cup of tea. This usually happens because you might be following the wrong rules and expecting some other results. A lot of times, you want to first make the decision that you want to be successful in life. But it does not just end there. You have to do a lot more than just think that you want to be successful, there are consistent steps that you need to take to really achieve what you want to, just the way Can Muhammed Karagoz did.

With his mother passing away when he was just 4 years old, there was very less a child at such an impressionable age could really want from life. This is also the age at which he took up dancing, and then at the age of 6, he had to work as a shoe polisher just to be able to keep his head afloat. It was a tunnel of struggles for Karagoz going on forward, but his courage never wavered. He never had a second pair of anything (shoes, pants, shirts). But he got lucky in discovering that he had a passion for dancing.

Now Karagoz has walked numerous fashions shows, danced in world-class events, and also was nominated for the best model of 2016. He competed in the Ballroom and Latin Dance Sport Championship as a professional level dancer, and he also took up a job as a dance teacher which won him up to 11 awards. He even went on to be featured in a movie called Musical Chairs as a pro Dancer.

Karagoz’s life is the picture-perfect story of rags to riches. But in all honesty, his success did not come with a quick flick of a wand. It took him a lot of hard work that he committed to doing externally and internally get to where he is right now.

Dreaming big is a severely beaten up and consistently ignored saying, but it is significant nonetheless. A lot of people do not dare to dream big, or sometimes they have the wrong idea of what dreaming big is like. They usually think that dreaming big is opening up a business or being able to pay off bills or something along the same lines. This is not something that successful people do. Successful people believe in their dreams, and follow them with passions in order to see them come true.

Another trait that successful people identify with is to constantly keep moving. They do not ever stop and rest but instead keep achieving their goals which makes them an inch closer to achieving their dreams. Take Karagoz for example: he has taken part in modeling, dancing, teaching, and even a movie to get to where he is right now.

How to Succeed as a Film Director

There are many things that you need to keep in mind if you want to succeed as a film director and follow the likes of Tony Jeton Selimi. Once a homeless man feeling helpless on the streets of London, he is now a globally respected educator, screenwriter and an award-winning author. He is also the co-creator of Living My Illusion, that since it hit the film festivals around the world, it has instantly become a global phenomenon.

In the first episode titled “The Truth Hurts”, the protagonist Joel Van der Molen, through Tony’s careful process and powerful questioning, he willingly and openly expresses on camera his deepest secrets and what is truly going on with his intimate relationship with his wife, creating suspense, drama and the desire to want to know more.

As someone who is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in personal development and on the psychology of breaking through perceived limits, Tony uses his 30 years of knowledge to help others create life breakthroughs that pave the way for a healthier and happier life.

Many actors, musicians, film directors, entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, doctors, MP’s, lords, royalty, billionaires, celebrities, politicians and people from all professions hire him to help them create the life outcomes they desire. Organisations seek his help to teach his unique self-mastery values-based strategies to help them mindfully implement change programs, mental health and wellbeing strategies and engage their employees.

More and more film festival organisers book him to train filmmakers, directors, screenwriters and producers how to pitch their ideas and film to distributors, media, press and financiers so that they can build a business and wealth on the back of their film.

Since starting on his filmmaking journey, Tony has become an avid fan of filmmaking and has a few tips to share with others. Here are a few tips on how to succeed as a film director.

  1. Pitching (that is, the presentation)

“If the presentation does not get you hooked in the first two sentences, do not expect anyone to get hooked”, says Pegah Farahmand, the editor of the Random Acts program of Channel 4 UK. Most common in a pitch are the empty palaver and the endless descriptions. According to Farahmand, it is best to write a short, clear and concise paragraph.

  1. The idea

According to Selimi, many believe that the best stories have already been told, but the truth is that the key lies in the way of telling them. Do you have a different point of view? If you are presenting your story to a producer, ask if you have the liberty of finding a way to develop it within the context they ask for, or if you should adapt specifically to their needs. Also, make sure you create a logline that captivates the person you are pitching your idea to.

  1. You have to sell your movie!

Filmmaker Jake Witzenfeld – who premiered his documentary Orientated at Doc/Fest – says you have to focus on selling your work and not waiting for opportunities to knock on your door. Witzenfeld said that until Sheffield showed interest in his film, he had to move his work everywhere (and had to hear “no” a lot of times).

  1. Find your mentor

Find someone happy to be your mentor. “When I was just starting, I was lucky enough to find a person who helped me understand all the ins and outs of the film: festivals, networks, distribution…privileged information and someone has to teach you,” said Tom Davies, the producer of the movie Breaking a Monster. Tony J. Selimi is not the cheapest one, but he is considered one of the world’s best.

  1. Commit yourself

It is very important to be attentive to everything that is happening in the world, both socially and culturally, to broaden your perspective.

  1. Collaborate

If you want to be a director, you will need a camera operator: find someone with the home you share a common vision, have matching values, and you want to work with. Some prefer to share costs others create joint venture partnerships. “Networking goes way beyond meeting Steven Spielberg, you have to find people who are in the same situation as you,” says Charlie Lyne.

  1. Be kind

“The size of your ego can make certain people not want to work with you, I’ve seen many filmmakers work for the wrong reasons,” says Farahmand.

On that note, let me leave you with this kindness quote:

“Kindness is a quality of your heart that maintains the equilibrium between your narcissist and altruistic nature.” –Tony Jeton Selimi