It’s 2013 And I’ve Got Nothing!

photoI’m sitting here trying to be profound and write something great about the coming year’s branding efforts. I’ve got nothing. Not to say I’m pessimistic about the coming year, but I’m drawing a blank about what to write about. Since I’ve started blogging (2006) I have written several hundred articles on branding. Now, during the first week of a fresh new year I can’t think of a single thing to write about except this description of my dilemma. I try to write an article a week as a minimum. Sometimes the inspiration flows and I’m able to bank them and other times (like this week) I can barely conjure up more than a paragraph.

So this week you’ve got my apology as I like to deliver quality content. Maybe next week I’ll be more on top of my game. All the best to your brand this coming year!

Ed Roach

For more than 30 years, I have worked with hundreds of successful small businesses by helping them develop unique brand positioning strategies that differentiates them from their competition. I appreciate working with companies who see the value of going beyond mere slogans and have a desire to sell from compelling positions. I consult predominantly with businesses facilitating my proprietary branding process. This branding process effectively focuses a company's brand delivering a positioning strategy that can be taken to their marketplace.

I have international speaking experience and am the author of "101 Branding Tips," Practical advice for your brand that you can use today. I'm also a "expert panellist" with Bob Proctor (from The Secret)'s Matrixx Events in Toronto.

I have been interviewed in all media and I also blog extensively and uses the digital realm on the web to connect and promote my services world-wide.

I have international speaking experience including a recent event in Prague, in the Czech Republic and is the author of "101 Branding Tips," Practical advice for your brand that you can use today, the book is available on and the Amazon Kindle store.

My clients are from Canada, The United States, Ukraine, India, United Arab Emirates and Tanzania.

I recently facilitated a workshop in San Diego aimed at teaching Graphic Design companies how to build brands for their customers.


  1. KeithWest says:

    Perhaps you can answer me this then. In a new market with little established competition, should I work to differentiate myself against that competition, or the old way of doing things?

    • @KeithWest I always think it’s wiser to differentiate yourself with a compelling position. It establishes an immediate message that resonates with customers. It also makes it easier to market yourself because your message will also be different than the norm. Without telling me what you do, I’d say there may also be “percieved” competitor’s based on what the public assumes you do. Having a differentiator also helps to combat this.

  2. Michael Lee Johnson says:

    @KeithWest  – Competition is irrelevant if you have the right strategy. Differentiate and diversify. Innovation over imitation. Hard work always pays off, as long as you’re working HARD and SMART. Effective marketing is the process of delivering and communicating your message in such a way that it’s remembered and communication for you across multiple mediums online and offline – all around the world.
    I am going to be walking from Beijing to London this year. Hopefully everything goes according to plan and I can create a brand.
    – Michael Lee Johnson

  3. interacter says:

    I absolutely feel your pain (I wrote about this a while ago myself: )
    While social media in all of its forms is great, there’s huge pressure to be always on, always ready, witty & inspired.
    But it’s not always possible.
    We are only human after all.
    So don’t apologise.  You’ve got enough track record to have a week off!

    • @interacter Thanks for the encouragement Neil and your article just about covers being “on it.” I’m my own worst enemy for pressure. We strive to please. 
      Thanks for your support,

  4. OneManShow_TH says:

    Aww… just enjoy holidays. BTW your photo is so funny and perfect for this short post. I hope you get some good ideas to talk about next week. 

    • @OneManShow_TH Thanks OMS. I’ve had a few readers ask a question of me for next week – that’s great inspiration. It’s easier to come up with an answer than to dream up a topic and address it.

  5. Honesty admired, I usually just trot out something rubbish and instantly regret it. Have a good year!

  6. You are simply awesome! Even without any writing idea, you manage a new post. Salute!