Personal Branding Goes Gaga

<a href=Lady Gaga" />Not satisfied with the small screen any more, reportedly Lady Gaga is looking to move to the big screen in what she hopes will be the next blockbuster music movie even though there is no script, producer, director, or plan.

The slight negative tone to this blog is not to diminish the music star's ability to keep her career in the news and everyone guessing, "what's next"? Does anyone know, may be the better question.

Naturally, an announcement of a potential movie deal is a long way from the appearance of one and hints of movies give Gaga and company many opportunities to continue to stir the press machine as more information is leaked to a willing press and fan base.

From our brand positioning perch, we naturally applaud the next expansion of the Gaga brand but would hope that someone in the Gaga camp thinks strategically and doesn't just jump from project to project without focus. There is clearly lots of money to be made from her growing brand and fan base, but at some point you have to make decisions on direction if for no other reason than to solidify what you have. This is not to suggest that Lady Gaga go conservative, heaven forbid the disastrous affect of that. On the contrary, it is an urge to focus and fill in the core of your brand base, making it stronger and ready for bigger challenges. Movies are coming but in the meantime, keep cranking the music machine and building your core fan base.

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  • Sean

    The synergy of branding and music ... I've honestly never seen it quite put in that light before - "positive, without veering off into rabid opportunism," I'd like to call it. Though perhaps the edge in that choice of terms may offend some, I think I know what it means, at least....

    There can be an art to it, then?

    The art of active "branding" , and the branding of active art, as represented by Lady Gaga - well, then, I do believe that is some food for thought.

  • Caroline Fox

    Gaga is for sure one of the most unique artists out there today. She has personal branding down to a science. I think the is a lot smarter than we think. I wrote a blog post on her unique way of leading others/ why we can model our own leadership aspirations after her:

    She's this generation's Madonna.