5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Personal Brand

November 10, 2015

2:00 pm

Branding, digital marketing, and press have become more crucial for an individual’s success than ever before. While the market is filled to the brim with almost every type of technology, financial, healthcare, and energy company you can possibly imagine, the challenge is not in producing a good product, but in making clients realize the value in the product that you provide. Thus, innovation and product market fit are not the stakes that comprise the crux of a company’s failure.

When a company fails, their misstep lies in their inability to effectively communicate their unique value proposition to their audience. Effective branding is no easy task – especially now that the market, the ad space, and the attentions of customers re saturated with a relentless flow of media, material, and content that pours in every minute by surrounding companies. In an era where social media has dominated the ways in which we receive, interpret, and communicate information, personal branding has become a crucial part of our expression, and a key factor of how we are absorbed and understood by others.

Here are 5 mistakes to avoid when building a personal brand, and ways to get around them.

1. Don’t Publish Bad Content

The ability to create content and make the content easily and readily available to viewers plays a significant role in creating and maintaining an image. It is an excellent way to connect with your customers, and to provide them value. When building a brand, it is important to market to Millennials, because they make up a tremendous portion of the purchasing population. In doing so, you must make sure to be consistent with social media.

2. Don’t Skip Press

When building personal brand, it is critical that other people see it. To do this, press is necessary. Getting press can result in increases in sales and productivity for a company. Depending on your audience, you can decide which forms of digital media, articles, or other forms of press are most effective.

3. Don’t Neglect Appearance

When it comes to personal branding, appearance is as important as message. Being a multi-faceted project, personal branding has no quick-fix.   However, by focusing on elements like press, and even building a personal website, one can gain traction towards securing the personal brand they desire. Digital media is especially important when it comes to branding, which is why it is necessary to give sufficient attention to your social media profile. The first step? Understanding your goal. From there you can establish the goals of your personal brand, and begin to start creating it.

4. Avoid Spamming and Sharing Low-Quality content

Avoid making constant posts. Posting all the time will only turn away your followers and annoy people. By posting at strategic times, you can maximize your chances and gaining followers and attention. Consider using an online tool to help you track your posting analytics to know when you should post.

All details and secondary tactics aside, the content that you share is your most important asset when it comes to digital branding, and should be where most of your attention is.   If you post carelessly then people will and post mediocre images, people will lose interest and stop following you.

5. Don’t Neglect Your Profile and Audience

While there are many mistakes to avoid with branding, this is one of the easiest ones to fix. Your personal bio on social media often what people see first when they go to your account or landing page. Thus, it is important to make your bio attractive to readers, to entice them to follow you. After all, it often serves as your first impression. Also remember to connect with your audience. Make sure to follow relevant users, make comments and tags, and generally stay engaged with your online community.

Personal branding is all about how well you can present yourself, and how well you can articulate your idea and convince an audience to stand behind you.   Everyone has good ideas and a good message, but how you brand it will separate you from the crowd.

 

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AJ Agrawal is an entrepreneur, speaker, and writer. He is the CEO and Co-Founder at Alumnify Inc.

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