Sara Guirado | Turning essence of Arabia into a brand

Personal branding describes the process by which individuals and entrepreneurs differentiate themselves and stand out from a crowd by identifying and articulating their unique value proposition, whether professional or personal, and then leveraging it across platforms with a consistent message and image to achieve a specific goal. 

In this way, individuals can enhance their recognition as experts in their field, establish reputation and credibility, advance their careers, and build self-confidence.

Great brands lives for ever and never age!.

What ever you do to find out how old Sara is you will fail, not only because she is a woman and true ladies never tells , rather its how lively she gets with age.

Sara’s logo reflects more than a business brand , it shows its  business strategy – Solo, Mastering , Expert and Passionate.

Without effort i can get Sara’s brand values:
  1. Open. with self and target group. See Faceboock business page < >
  2. Consistent. there is a strategy in sharing content from buildup to sustain
  3. Emotional. on each touchpoint  content connects to others on a high emotional level.
  4. Engage. the brand Engage with pride and good presence wich will drive to really building a powerful community. See Facebook page <>
without further analyses , you have to live the brand experience on Sara’s website to get a grip of why she is a great case study of Personal branding.

As a brand Sara managed to  establish an inventory of core competencies, expertise, abilities, and existing level of recognition that uniquely differentiated her from others.

  • Value Proposition: What do she stand for?
  • Differentiation: What makes her stand out?
  • Marketability: What makes her compelling?

Samsung | Art from Space

Content today is very much a social experience for users of mobile devices. Everyone is looking for new and more interesting ways to discover, create, engage with and share content. It’s a form of both self-expression and validation among their social network.

Combining the features of both a smartphone and a tablet, Samsung’s Galaxy Note represented a new category in mobile devices. It was new to the market, and Samsung’s target. Starcom needed to bring the creative power of the Galaxy Note to life, showing Samsung’s audience all the new features and giving them a taste of the creative possibilities it offered, while building the brand’s presence in social media.

To do this, Starcom created an event for all Samsung fans, scaling it into a massive PR and social experience, in the form of a tribute to one of The Netherlands’ greatest heroes.

Dove: Real Beauty Sketches

Director : John X. Carey
TIME Magazine named Dove: “Real Beauty” the best commercial of 2013 |
"Dove Real Beauty Sketches Becomes The Most Watched Ad Ever" -MASHABLE
WINNER: 2013 Titanium Grand Prix at the Cannes Lion Festival.
WINNER: In total of 19 Cannes Lions -- including 5 Gold Lions.
WINNER: 2013 One Club Emerging Directors Showcase - GOLD
WINNER: 2013 One Show Gold Pencil.
WINNER: 2013 Cannes Young Director Award.
YOU are more beautiful than you think! Most of us don’t recognize the beauty others see in us. Women are their own worst beauty critics. Imagine a world where beauty is source of confidence, not anxiety. This was a compelling social experiment to prove to women that they are more beautiful than they think. Great measures were taken to insure total integrity in our process. For a follow-up with the women on the Today Show go here:
Executive Producer : Jamie Miller @ Paranoid US
Executive Producer : Claude Letessier @ Paranoid US
Client : Dove
Agency : Ogilvy
Editor : Philip Owens |
Original Music : Keith Kenniff |
Director of Photography : Ed David |
Production Company : Paranoid US
Producer : Stan Sawicki @ Paranoid US
Creative Director : Anselmo Ramos
Copywriter : Hugo Veiga
Art Director : Diego Machado
Agency Producer : Veronica Beach
Sound Mix : Luke Bechthold @ Subtractive |
Production Sound : Tim O'Malley @ The Impact Pros |
Color Grading : Sean Coleman @ Company 3 |
Additional Editorial : Rock Paper Scissors

Statistics show that only 4% of women actually believe they are beautiful. The biggest barrier to women’s self-perception of beauty is their own minds.
Dove’s intention via this campaign was to inspire the remaining 96% of women, to make them feel this way too.
The basis of the campaign was an experiment intending to encourage women to reconsider themselves and their beauty. In order for the campaign to reach women from all over the world it was necessary for the campaign to be talkative, and for the medium used to be contagious, fast-moving and sharable. What better way of doing this than by using women themselves?
By asking an FBI- trained sketch artist to draw a woman’s portrait according to their own self-description, Ogilvy aimed to make women and the world around them rethink real beauty and self-perception.
Firstly, the artist who never laid his eyes directly on the women instead relied on the description of strangers to create their portraits. He then sketched them again by just listening to their own description of themselves.
 The two portraits looked entirely different. Women who took part in this campaign admitted that the first sketch reflected more beautiful, happier and accurate descriptions of them, striking proof that they were more beautiful than they thought they were.
Using YouTube True View Platforms, Tweets and trends on Twitter, and Facebook video-sharing along with Dove’s 14 million Facebook fans, it was ensured that the video was seen and shared online.


Unprecedented levels of sharing and engagement were achieved. “Real Beauty sketches” was the most shared link in’s history and with 1.9 million aggregated shares on Facebook. Brand Passion increased by 1000% and the link itself was responsible for over 90% of the video content shared within the peer group category.
April 2013 - ongoing

The Satire Revolution

Mainstream media is widely censored and controlled by the governments in the Gulf region. As a result, TV programming tends to be regressive and safe. So, for the 28 million Gulf national youths, who represent 65% of the population, it is a struggle to find content that speaks their language and feels relevant to them.

The significance of YouTube is revolutionary; it has become a window of free expression, a place where Arab youth are experiencing their own kind of uprising - a cultural revolution driven by satire - fuelling the appetite for locally produced content led by young Arab talent who are using humour to challenge the status quo by making fun of issues considered taboo by the mainstream.

Blackberry wanted to tap into this undercurrent and reinvigorate the brand by being part of their revolution so the strategy was to be an enabler of their satire movement and to help create spaces for youth to openly express themselves in a unique way.

This campaign features four times on the shortlist for the 2013 M&M Global Awards. Winners will be announced on September 5.

BlackBerry partners with Omar Hussein's 'HaroBnaro' YouTube show and gives Arab fans the chance to co-create content via an app.

Ikea's Magic Mittens


Ikea’s first iPad catalogue was no different to the paper version. The brand needed a USP.
Ikea’s catalogue is world famous and in Norway it was about to go digital for the first time. The launch of the new iPad version was good news for the brand as many of Ikea’s key customers were becoming less and less responsive to direct mail, the standard distribution method for the catalogue.
Tablet penetration was also growing massively fast in Norway with some 600,000 iPads in circulation (12% of Norway’s total 5 million population). iPads were especially popular among the brand’s key audience of urban females aged 25-45 – among this group 32% had a tablet.
The problem was that the iPad version would only be ready in the New Year, when most consumers had already had a paper version from last August. The content would have been exactly the same and the tablet version wouldn't have been interactive. Mediacom realised that Ikea could face a backlash from consumers if it tried to pretend that the iPad version was something new or innovative. It needed to find a way to connect with iPad users, giving them a new reason to engage, but had little money to promote the launch.
Mediacom’s solution would have to reflect Ikea’s reputation for smart simple design, while at the same time, resonate strongly with its digitally-savvy target audience of urban females.


Norway gets cold in winter, very cold! So Ikea gave consumers a solution they could warm to: touch-screen mittens.
Mediacom’s insight was based around temperature. While tablet users would often use their device at home, they were also highly portable and few among the target group would leave the house without their iPad or iPhone. That was where the opportunity was spotted. Norway is cold in winter. In February, when the iPad catalogue was due to go live, temperatures can fall as low as -20°C. In this kind of weather, you have to wrap up warm and you have to wear gloves. Now, as everyone knows, fumbling with keys and phones with gloves on is difficult. But with an iPad, it’s downright impossible – with gloves on, they simply don’t respond to your commands.
This presented the agency with a unique opportunity to create something simple, functional and effective - and totally in line with Ikea’s design brand values. A brand new Ikea (mock) product was created: Beröra – literally meaning ‘to touch’. It consisted of conductive thread and came complete with Ikea packaging and the familiar cartoon instruction leaflet. By simply sewing the conductive thread through a pair of gloves or mittens, it would allow customers to use them with touchscreens. This would not only solve Norway’s winter touchscreen problem but also enable Ikea’s target of tablet users to sample the new iPad catalogue on the go.


Mediacom distributed thousands of touch-screen mitten kits via a zero-wastage, laser-targeted strategy. The agency created 12,000 mitten kits and distributed them to Ikea’s six stores across the country. Then they set about promoting the unique offer to the target audience. The message? ‘Ikea – katalogen er klar for iPad’ which translates to: ‘the Ikea catalogue is ready for the iPad! Are your mittens?’

Because the message was only relevant to tablet owners, Mediacom set out to reach them as precisely as possible. The agency worked with Norway’s two largest national newspapers to promote the new Ikea product via their tablet editions. This was backed up with web-TV advertising through the same media owners, targeting only the readers of tablet editions once again. Ikea and its PR agency, PR Operatørene, created buzz by sending the kit to selected relevant journalists and bloggers in advance of the product launch.


The campaign was Ikea’s most successful launch anywhere in the world:
Consumers snapped up all 12,000 of the products in just 14 days.
Ikea gained massive buzz – reaching 22% of the target audience of women aged 25-45.
Click-through rates for ads were 8.95%, compared to a 2011 industry norm of 0.09% (CTR across all digital platforms).
The Ikea iPad app went straight to number one on the iTunes chart and stayed there for weeks.
Norway’s iPad catalogue is the most downloaded per capita on the planet.
January - February 2012

    Soldier For Women


    A spate of eve-teasing and rape incidents had shattered the nation. Women had lost faith in men and men were losing respect. Few bad apples had maligned the image of all men. The marketing challenge was to resurrect the male image in such a volatile and sensitive period.
    Sexual harassment is an endemic problem in India. Women are taught from childhood to avoid late nights, not to go out alone and distrust strangers. Indian women feel threatened by men but also feel the most protected around them, when they are accompanied by their loved ones ie. brother/father/husband. Other men just didn’t inspire the same confidence, as Indian men would go to any lengths to protect their own; however they would not get involved and behave as bystanders when it came to other women. The Soldierly behaviour was limited to protecting their own, this needed to change.
    It was time for someone to take up the challenge. Challenge to re-instil faith by showcasing the good and encouraging all to stand up together for HER and for the nation. The men, who do stand up for everything right, the ones who do make their little contributions every day in making this society worth living, were feeling outcast and in search of a voice who would speak their heart out.


    Based on the insight “Women feel safe and secured only with their loved ones”, the task for Gillette was to create an environment where men would show solidarity with women and women would feel safe and secure even in the absence of her near and dear ones.
    Mediacom took a look at history and realised that whenever a nation is faced with any catastrophe, it is the soldiers who come in, with their inherent courage, discipline and conviction to win back trust and create balance.. Thus was born - Gillette Soldier For Women.
    The agency leveraged real life 'Soldiers for Women' like the Ex-President of India and noted scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam along with India's most credible personalities, to launch a national campaign, inspiring men to take collective fighting action against eve-teasing. Men solemnised their support to protecting women by taking a pledge of “Don’t be a Bystander, Stand by her”.
    Gillette stepped in to give the nation what it was starving for RESPECT and HOPE giving birth to a social initiative “Soldier For Women”.


    The journey of the campaign from the intent of winning back the respect of men in women’s mind to celebrating hope was divided into 3 phases:
    In Phase I, vignettes were encapsulated with celebs urging men to stand up and respect women by taking up the pledge.
    In second phase, women were urged to share stories on how common men have made a difference by displaying soldier values. These inspiring stories ranging from daily experiences at bus stops and trains, to girls saved and rehabilitated from the flesh trade by brave and socially driven Samaritans were showcased on national TV.
    Thus when these acts of bravery were shared across various media, it helped in not only reducing the negativity surrounding the persona of men, but also reassured the women that soldiers do exist in society and they outnumber the bad guys.
    In final phase, top celebrities and eminent speakers participated in panel discussions hosted in a college campus. Also a culmination event was held where all celeb came together to celebrate HOPE
    Gillette joined hands with NGOs –Akshara & Plan India to conduct workshops.
    The brand released an open letter, authored by the Ex-President of India in the leading national newspaper. Contextual ads on Linkedin were aimed at recruiting soldiers by forming a group. It also devised a soldier parade on FB where 1.6 million people joined in just one month. #Soldierforwomen & #iStandup trended in every city and made it more interactive with the TA.
    On International Women’s day, Gillette launched women mobile safety app which allows them to trigger instant alerts in emergency.


    • The campaign delivered 103 Index on Top of line sales and achieved the highest ever off take (122 Index) and overall Gillette share (122 Index)
    • All Gillette key equities grew by +7 -10 %; Awareness was a record 34 % amongst rep (200 IYA)
    • 12 Million men pledged to support women
    • 300,000 stories of Men of Honour
    • 3.4 million YouTube views
    • $5m worth of free media
    • #iStandUp trended no.1 worldwide
    • #SoldierforWomen trended in every city
    • Received 433 blogs with a reach of 34 million
    • Gillette India is amongst Top 5 FMCG YouTube channels
    • 25+ celebs supported the movement free of cost
    Procter & Gamble