you are a personal brand

You are a personal brand. Why?

  • You advertise yourself and/or your product or service
  • People see you
  • You create a “footprint”
  • Your social media efforts come from you (or from those you hire)

That’s pretty much it.

the_power_of_the_brand

Source: How Your Social Footprint Can Make or Break Your Blogging Efforts

Advertisements

reach out

Consumers are extremely confident in brand and product recommendations made by friends and family. If a potential customer reads about their cousin’s experience with a product they were considering in their Facebook News Feed, that information is treated with a higher level of authority than an online review from a trusted publication.

Personal-BrandTo target this trend towards friend / family recommendation shopping, many brands have cranked up their efforts to reach consumers via social media. Whether it’s “like” / “share” contests, or Twitter-only discounts, consumers are winning by following their favorite companies on social media and then shopping after they see a sale advertised.

3 types of thought leadership

Thought Leadership Strategy

When it comes to executing a thought leadership strategy, center it around becoming a leader in your industry. Even if you’re new and gaining experience in your field – think like a leader.

Thought-Leadership-iresearch-serices

Stories are valuable. Save your stories.

There are three different types of thought leadership:

  • Industry/Niche – create content that illustrates trends and tendencies
  • Products/Solution – show how your product or service solves problems
  • Company – tell about your company culture and values which includes your valuable experience

Create your strong foundation that you can build over time.

5 points to bench marking your brand

The five key points when bench marking your brand in this digital world.

  1. The consumer is everything and everywhere, all the time
  2. Brands are all about engagement and experience
  3. Contextual information is the key to getting consumer attention, leading to engagement
  4. Platforms are critical for brands; this is where their consumers are
  5. Learn and unlearn at the same time. As technology rapidly changes so too must your brand

brand-yourself_thumb[10]

Brands must be present everywhere their consumer is seeking information. Brands no longer own or control consumers. It’s the other way around.

content marketing and positioning

Content is an important aspect of social media and blogging. Content allows us to build a brand, gain trust, and to market products and services.

Marketing with content is subtle. To get through with content marketing, we need to focus on what our target audience likes and wants. We have to learn to put our marketing message into the content. We have to learn to invest more effort into understanding our audience and what they’re looking for.

This means we have to do the research.

positionering

Results from this kind of marketing might include a premium food shop that displays recipes which includes ingredients found in the food shop. You get the idea.

Catch your target group where there is a real clear message to convey. This allows you to show your knowledge and build trust. Creating content that is close to what you sell and/or is an art. Social media offers new and exciting chances of spreading your content to your target groups.

To get optimal affect, you have to have a content marketing strategy.

Two important items for a strong strategy are:

  • Research
  • Distribution

These two items lead us to another concept:

  • Positioning

Positioning is a strategic exercise that that takes distribution and marketing communications into account. This starts a “strategic management” of the brand. Positioning is vital and a must to keep your brand fresh. This “freshness” brings new interest and leads to new customers.

For a good positioning statement we have to give some attention to strategic thought. Strategic thought takes in competitor analysis (research).

Brands are recalled by consumers to solve certain problems throughout the day. Brand considerations are context specific and different contexts spark brand options. The most successful brands are linked to a wide range of different situations. Smart brands actively seek to expand their situations.

Positioning should act as a practical and powerful tool to help consumers focus their thinking. If you make content that zeroes in to help a consumer solve a particular problem, you’ve positioned your brand well.

The key is to position your content for brand awareness and/or recall. Remember context. Bring you brand into consideration by producing content with more options why consumers should use your product or service.

By analyzing the competition, the consumer, and the company in question (including yours), brands define themselves with strong positioning.

Positioning has evolved with strategic management centered around research and distribution. Do your research and plan your distribution with various social media channels and other distribution channels.

Later, I’ll write about how research helps with strategic management.

Sources for this post:

blog.socialms.com What’s Content Marketing again? March 25, 2016

thedrum.com Is it time to reposition repositioning? January 23, 2018

 

 

 

everyone can do it

Content marketing is customer centric. That’s why content marketing has become prominent. It’s a big part of a brand’s arsenal.

content-marketing-concept-xs-864x400_c

Everyone can do it. Blog. Podcast. Video. It informs, educates, entertains, provides utility and is there when you want it. Marketing has explored other avenues of promotion rather than advertising. Content populates all media channels. The culture of content has changed. Brands and employees are publishers now…. so are customers. Demand for critical content creation has never been higher. Attention must be paid to what types of content can be re-purposed across channels and cultures.

Check out the original post from strong-content.com: Why content matters (no matter what type of marketer you are)

 

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

creativity, identity, mission

The following was originally posted to the SwordFlameMedia blog.

our creativity is part of our self-story

We want to manufacture something that won’t go to waste. We want to be a guardian of creation.

 We can work for high quality. If you are a writer, for example, you can not be sure that you will be creative tomorrow. It’s always up to others to judge our creativity.
lightison

Promote Creativity

We need to make more time for ourselves so we have more time to gaze at the heavens. This will allow us to be more creative tomorrow. Creativity is all about tomorrow. Meditation is creative idleness. We can take a walk and think about things. This will give us a fair balance in our lives.
The great dream of life should be to boost the moral and economic dignity of human beings. I come from a family of farmers. I hold fond memories of those years. We sowed and we reaped. Through that time, I took many items for granted. I know now I should not have done that. As I reflect on my growing years, I realize how fortunate I was. I’m thankful for much.
I learned to foster dignity and contribute to the community. This came from work. Work elevates the dignity of culture and society. We have a universal wish to be treated with honesty, respect, and consideration. We need to feel respect for every single person.

We Have Come to the World to Know

As creators, we want to convince people of our thoughts. Others want to convince me too. We need to strive for hope. We need to replace fear with hope. If we want to challenge the status quo, we have to be polite. We have to be five percent better tomorrow than we were today. This is progress.
Marcus Aurelius once stated that we should think as it were our last day on earth, but we should plan as if we will be here forever.