B is for Branding Matters

Alphabet Soup, Branding
Whether you're a little fish or a big shark in your industry, branding matters. Have you consciously defined your brand? Go beyond fancy fonts and colorful websites, think about content and substance. What do you want your audience to think of when they see your name or your company's name? Is your social media engagement an accurate reflection of the image you want to convey? When people visit your website, what impression do they get? Is your brand consistently represented in your daily communication and business practices? What is the message and image you want to convey to your audience? Give this some thought, and write down the way you want your audience to feel about your brand. This feeling serves as the foundation of your branding strategy. You have…
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Your Personal Brand Deserves Higher Google Search Results

Your Personal Brand Deserves Higher Google Search Results

Branding
When people are looking to find out more about a person, what’s the one place they go to search? GOOGLE. Naturally, you want to know what someone will see if they Google you, right? I hope you’re performing Google searches on yourself regularly, so you’ll know what shows up in search. And what your friends, colleagues, current and prospective clients might see if they decide to Google your name. Your Google search results are a critical part of your personal brand online. Are you satisfied with where your name appears in Google search results? At the least, the entire first page should list you in a search for your name. Do you own your entire first page if you Google your name? BrandYourself, an online reputation management platform, created this infographic to…
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How A Shiny Box Can Help Your Branding Strategy

How A Shiny Box Can Help Your Branding Strategy

Branding
Every business has competition. It doesn’t matter if you have 5 competitors or 5000, you have to be able to distinguish your business, ala your brand, from your competition. I recently spoke with a national company that couldn’t articulate anything about their brand. They had no branding strategy. If you have this problem you’re screwed! (more…)
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Build Your Personal Brand Online With Social Media

Build Your Personal Brand Online With Social Media

Branding, Social Media
Social media is a powerfully useful tool to use to build your personal brand online. Social media eliminates geographic boundaries and has the potential to connect you with thousands, if not millions, of people. These people can become your next friends, colleagues and clients. In today’s global environment, it is imperative that you set up a positive online brand that accurately conveys your image and reputation. The infographic “Personal Branding With Social Media” from the Hired My Way Blog  is a great resource to use to get a handle on the power of the major social media platforms. If you don’t have a strong personal brand online, this graphic will tell you about each platform and gives tips on how to use each of them. At a minimum, I recommend you…
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Don’t Go Broke Being The World’s Best Kept Secret

Don’t Go Broke Being The World’s Best Kept Secret

Branding, Marketing Strategy
If a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? I don’t know! If you have a great product or offer a fantastic service and no one knows about it, does it make a difference? Hmmm... Do you see where I’m going with this? If you have a great product or offer a fantastic service and no one knows about it, it really doesn't matter how great it is. I implore you to get your message heard and get your product out there to your market.   Meet me at the intersection of You cannot hide behind your keyboard and expect the sales to magically appear. Sitting in front of a keyboard, or typing on your smartphone, does not constitute a marketing strategy. How many people…
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Is Your Brand Strategy Effective?

Branding
Consider these 2 scenarios Scenario A Your brand strategy is at its best: Prospects and customers know exactly what you deliver. It’s easy to begin conversations with new prospects because they quickly and easily understand what you stand for. You  close deals more quickly because your prospects’ experience with you supports everything you say. You can charge a premium because your market knows why you’re better and is willing to pay for it. Scenario B Your brand strategy is a work in progress: The market may not have a consistent view or impression of your product and company, but in general you think it’s positive. You haven’t thought a lot about branding because it doesn't necessarily seem relevant, but you admit that you can do a better job of communicating consistently with…
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Event Recap: BarkWorld F-U-N

Event Recap: BarkWorld F-U-N

Blogging, Branding, Marketing Strategy
I jumped into the final quarter of 2011 by indulging in a new experience and making a bunch of new friends in the process. I had the pleasure of hanging out with the pet loving community at BarkWorld, what an experience! First, I have to personally thank Women Intelligently Networking via TarynP for sponsoring my ticket. I had no idea what I was getting into, but if you know anything about Taryn and Denise Quashie, founder of BarkWorld™, you know they know marketing and social media, so you just go with it! What is BarkWorld? According to the website “BarkWorld is THE social media conference covering ALL facets of social media, pet lifestyle & business education for all pet lovers.” This is EXACTLY what the conference is all about! Even though I’ve owned…
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