The Three C’s of Personal Online Branding

The Three C’s of Personal Online Branding

Branding
The old adage of “people do business with people they like, know and trust” still holds true, now that we can do a search of each other’s online profiles and learn all about each other before we ever make that first contact. A strong and positive personal online brand will enhance your company’s brand. As an entrepreneur, your personal brand can be a critical factor in the decision-making process. Just think, if you’re a regular here, is my personal brand and company reputation one in the same? If this post is your first introduction to me, will you equate my personal brand with this company website? I’m pretty sure you will, as many of us tend to do so. If you’ve never visited any of my social media profiles, there’s…
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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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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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5 Tips To Supercharge Your Business

5 Tips To Supercharge Your Business

Marketing Strategy, Tips and Tools
As we are all aware, we have lost a global icon in Mr. Steve Jobs. I was saddened at the news of his passing, but as I reflect on the impact this single person has had on my life, and on humanity as a whole, I can’t help but smile. How can I be sad when my life has been forever changed because he chose to share his genius, his vision with all of us? So you know what, I pulled myself together and started to think about the impact Apple has had on my life. Here’s why I was personally distraught: I realized Apple has been my silent partner for 24 years. I started using an Apple computer before most people actually knew what computers were. I learned computer programming on an Apple.…
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Use Features and Benefits To Promote Your Brand

Use Features and Benefits To Promote Your Brand

Branding
*Are you familiar with developing a branding strategy? If not, I would suggest you go back to the first exercise in “Lay the Groundwork To Define Your Brand”? Complete the questions, and come back to this post. You’ll be ready to CONFIDENTLY tackle this next exercise.* The purpose of developing your branding strategy is to figure out how to best convey your brand attributes to your market. You've already taken some steps to lay the groundwork for your company brand - you've looked at your company name, logo, and niche right? Let’s take a look at the 20 attributes you listed when you went through the earlier post. Consider each attribute as a product/service feature of your brand. You can use a simple features and benefits t-chart to find the best characteristics to…
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