Personal Branding Advice Made Simple
Personal branding shouldn’t feel overwhelming, but I know it’s often confused with marketing.
Leaving it to feel a lil’ awkward and unnecessarily clunky at times.
Filtering through the fluff can be way too much, so I’m sharing some personal branding advice to keep things easy.
No one wants to end up on the branding hamster wheel, so let’s clarify this.
Grab your caffeine and buckle up for a double shot of brand and marketing clarity.
Here’s the deal, the lines between branding and marketing often get blurred.
To unblur them, I want you to look at branding and marketing as a lifelong besties connected in a synergetic way.In its purest form, your personal brand is the exclusive VIP style individuality you've developed as a person. Click To Tweet
While branding is just the strategy, you can use it to communicate all that magic.
Consequently, when you decide to brand yourself, you’re putting consistent tactics in place to share your mission, core values, image, story, voice, and message with the world.
How else would the masses learn about your fabulosity?
If more people knew how talented, crafted, gifted, committed, experienced, and brilliant you are – your business would flourish, and more people would rest peacefully at night. : )
Directed or not, your personal brand carries recognizable energy and an undeniable individual presence.
All that swag and juice of yours, that’s your brand.
On the other hand, marketing consists of the specific strategies and tactics you can use to build awareness about your swag and juice.
It’s the process you use to get people to take action (the most desirable being to make a purchase) after you’ve educated and built trust with them.
Marketing is the specific actions you take to get your message, voice, and image seen and heard by more people.
Think of it as the different ways, tools, apps, channels, platforms, and mediums available for you get your brand’s message out into the world.
Your marketing can play out through various powerful tactics.
Similarly, the most relevant ones for personal brands right now are social media marketing, content marketing, SEO, pay-per-click marketing, and mobile marketing.
As you grow, learn, and evolve, of course, your brand will too.
So, no, you shouldn’t wait to have everything figured out before you start to brand yourself.
Consequently, you’ll never have it all figured out.
Which is a remarkable thing because your brand is fluid, but your branding should remain consistent and steady.Because the more people that know about you and your brilliance, the larger you can grow your reach, business, and bank account! Click To Tweet
And let’s be real, you’re not just in business to serve, you’re also establishing your own financial and time freedoms.
So the more visible you make yourself and those bomb products and services you provide, the more eyeballs will land on your business.
Oh, and don’t worry about algorithms and the coming and going of hot and cold marketing strategies.
Just embrace being in the ever-evolving digital era, babe.
Marketing will continually evolve as new platforms and technology emerge, algorithms change, and older tactics become less relevant.
Don’t get caught up with that, instead build an influential brand in your niche.
That’s the best way to secure the bag.
With an established brand, your marketing tactics will matter less because the brand will do the heavy lifting for the business.
The First of Personal Branding Advice To Remember
Your personal brand is the most critical variable that can power drive the success of your business.
Package and share with folks the juju that’ll get people to buy the offers, products, and services that you sell.
Your peeps will buy from you over the thousands or more people selling similar things because you’ve gotten them to like, know, and trust you.
When you invite people to know your personal brand, you open the doors for them to identify and connect with you in a very personal way.
That powerful connection not only lets them know you exist but also what you represent.
And in 2019 and beyond, representation matters more than ever before.
The more your audience understands, identifies with, and rock with your vibe – the more resonance you’ll establish.
So make sure your personal brand reflects your commitment to quality, integrity, community, convenience, and clear communication.
Be intentional with the messages you share and use them to reinforce what you want to be known for.
You know how fabulous you are and how valuable your work is, but how much of that have you shared with your audience?
Let Your Folks Inside Your World.
Through social media, communicate with your audience about what drives you, the prevalent thoughts you have, your ideas, and ideals.
Let them know how you see the world and the most significant influences shaping your view.
Also, help them to understand why you do what you do and who you do it for.
Show them your commitment to specific causes, initiatives, and services.
To do that, create off and online experiences that show you doing things relevant to you, your dream customers, and your business.
Nothing builds attraction or drives success more than a genuine connection with the people you’re committed to serving.
That honest rapport is what creates and drives loyalty.
Consequently, the perfect customers for you will truly appreciate the fullness of your value as a person and not just a business.
You’re a real authentic full person behind your amazing offers, programs, products, and services.
Hence, the peeps who most want what you offer have a real desire to connect with you.
How incredibly beautiful and powerful!
Build The Brand
The second piece of personal branding advice is branding always comes before your marketing.
Don’t think about the best marketing strategies, tools, methods, or tactics to use until you know what you want to say.
Until you have brand clarity, you won’t know the best things to package and sell or what you want to be known for.
Your marketing won’t work as effectively until you’re crystal clear on your brand.
The foundation of your marketing strategy must be your brand, or you’re leaving a lot of opportunity on the table.
And nobody has time for that!
Think of your most loved brands.
What is it about those brands that drive your trust and lovability?
From your fave Parisian designer brand to your local health food store, what values, promises, or experiences have earned your brand loyalty?
Whatever those specific principles, values, culture adds, and adventures are, they DIDN’T happen coincidently.
Those brands intentionally drive particular impressions and experiences to shape the reputation and perceptions they aim to form in the minds of their consumers.
You can do the same thing, and it starts with being clear about what has shaped and drives you.
Sounds simple, but if you get that right, you’ll be ahead of the class.
From there, decide how you can best use social media and online marketing to inspire and influence your audience, clients, students, patients, or customers.
The Personal Branding And Marketing Overlap
The third installation of personal branding advice is the one area your personal branding will overlap with your marketing: your brand’s identity.
The overall visual component of your brand should be consistent in both your branding and marketing.
Similarly, everything from your image to your brand’s color scheme, logos, graphics, and communications designs should have a similar feel.
A picture is more than worth a thousand words in branding and marketing.
Your overall brand marketing goal is to achieve synergy throughout your branding and marketing.
When you consistently do that, everything you put out will nicely tie back and become identified with your brand.
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Brand Who You Are + What You Do
After working through your questions, branding yourself, and building your personal brand will feel like a natural part of what you do to educate others.
Therefore, happily commit to yourself and the people you’re committed to by serving by sharing all your brilliance with them.
You’ve got next!
And it all begins with educating your folks on why you’re the right person to help them with that bomb solution you’ve packaged to solve their problem, or address their need.
I’m here to make personal branding a focused initiative that helps you reach your dream or business goal.
While also having some virtual fun doing it.
Drop a line below, and let me know where you’re stuck or if you feel challenged in building your brand.
You know I love chopping it up and giving personal branding advice almost as much as a Saturday evening spent shoe shopping. : )
Let’s chat about either in the comments below.