We are pleased to introduce Ricardo Ramos Lazcano – Master in Brand Management and Communication - graduated at IED Milan in 2012 and now Client Strategy Manager at Barrows Global in NYC.
Q.: do you agree with Elizabeth Gilber’s statement: “We are lucky that inspiration talks to us at all; it’s so much to ask that it also explains itself”? Where does inspiration come from, according to your feeling?
A.: I 100% agree with Elizabeth Gilber. Inspiration is forever seeked and rarely found. On those rare moments when you actually get a visit from your muse you must not overthink but collect all ideas, even those ones out of your comfort zone. Inspiration may come from diverse scenarios; it’s how you train yourself to listen to it that matters.
Q.: inspiration usually gives birth to stories. If you could give a rate to storytelling, which percentage would you rate the importance of it in our lives? Does storytelling help us to live better?
A.: I’m not sure if it actually helps us live better, but storytelling definitely helps us live more inspired lives. Not just big brands, but any product and project needs to tell a great compelling story to truly resonate with consumers and users. Storytelling certainly is the biggest factor leading us in our buying experience.
Q.: currently, you are a Client Strategy Manager. What does it mean being a Strategy Manager nowadays? Which are the priorities in your daily work, approaching different markets, countries and people?
A.: “ a Client Strategy Manager is a hybrid between an Account Manager and a Brand Strategist. “
My daily task is take care of the clients’ relationship, manage and coordinate each project, and produce the idea externally. Working in a global company means that I’m responsible for national as well as international effective executions. Everyday I get to work directly with the client, the creative, the production and the strategic team.
Q.: why did you decide to come to Italy to further education?
A.: yes Italy, but more precisely I chose Milan - the global capital of design and aesthetic trends. I knew that if I pursued my education immersed within all these moving ideas, I would have had a better understanding of myself.
Q.: did IED teach you something really inedited, you will treasure among all of your studies?
A.: IED prepares you for the ugly reality that is the competitive work space.
“ Every class, project and exam is as close as you can get to real life work scenarios. “
Still today, I truly value the learnings I receive from all real-client projects I get to participate in.
Q.: if you would be a visiting professor for a marketing lecture, what would you recommend to students: pandering the current mainstream or being one of the pilot flame of a new era?
A.: new and existing brands are at a stage where constant evolution is a must and consumer's demand for the-next-best-thing is pushing us (as brand and client managers) to constantly innovate. You must become a living-Google, filled with consumer and market insights to answer your clients (never ending growing) questions of this ‘I-want-everything-now’ era.
Being prepared with information is half the battle; you must also define your personal brand as soon as possible.
“ Companies don’t hire your title; partnerships don’t start with a CV: who you are as a brand is what matters out there. “
You must sell yourself and create a path for your personal brand to grow.