Let's clear the air. When Lady Gaga first came on the scene, her over-the-top outfits, eccentric music videos, and overall behavior had us all pretty skeptical. We've seen time after time a pop star come onto the scene with some outrageous gimmick or attention-grabber, only to be sitting in rehab a couple years later waiting on their royalty check.
But somethings different about Gaga. She's a little (lot) out there, yes - but she also does something that most don't. She owns her brand.
Lady Gaga embraces who she is and what she's about and sticks to her guns. What seems like an outregeous gimmick to stay in the spotlight is much more than that, it's her brand identity. And it isn't going anywhere for a long time.
If you watch the video below (which is great, by the way, kudos to Google) - one of the most common questions asked is "What's the REAL Lady Gaga like?" "What's Stefani like behind the scenes?" - To which she responds that Lady Gaga IS her identity, that she isn't a totally different person backstage (except maybe a few less Kermit the Frog dresses).
There's a very valuable lesson to be learned here for every brand and business. As you sit back and think about your own brand essence and identity, is it a reflection of who you really are? Or are you trying to be something you think others want to see? Is it an act to put yourself or your business in the spotlight?
Wearing ridiculous costumes and auto-tuning your choruses may get you immediate attention, but owning your brand identity and committing to it will make you an icon in your industry.
Oh yeah, and happy belated birthday, Gaga.