In the age of Brand You, is it possible to be too well marketed?

At some point in the pursuit of marketing perfection, we risk crossing the line into in-authenticity.

We see it in many personality-driven businesses. When everything is so perfectly and slickly done that our BS-meters are triggered. A friend of mine describes the websites of these over-marketed entities as "pyramid-schemy."

Good marketing must still be authentic and real. Authenticity means imperfections, the occasional mistakes and missteps.

If you have never stumbled, or fell, or failed; if you always have the perfect justification for everything; and when everything less-than-optimal is someone else’s fault... you are not being authentic.

No one is perfect except the perfectly-marketed; and those are fake.

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