I’ve been telling creators and businesses to build an exit plan before it’s too late. The way social media algorithms are evolving. There will be only a content engine.
No Influencer, No Creator, No Social Media business. What we would have left is an AI-controlled content engine.
That engine never gives a creator or business enough time to build that connection. Or brand messaging. We all are going to be affected by this. Me too.
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January 15, 2023 - 9 min read
Personal Brands are the new marketing channels deriving your target audience towards your business and product line.
Personal Brands like Steve Jobs and Elon musk are the reason Tesla and Apple are thriving in this decade. What can we learn about personal branding from these both entrepreneurs?
Here are 7 Key Elements you need to be build a successful Personal Brand like Elon Musk & Steve Jobs in 2022!
This is the most difficult part but you need to start with understanding “how people see you?”. You want to build a personal brand everyone loves but at first you need to define your brand position. Think from a strangers perspective, and analyse what’s the most likeable, valuable and hateful part of your brand.
An easier way can be surveying your current audience. You will see different-different perspective but align your brand for one point of view.
Build your personal brand around that and you will find more success than other People trying to build a personal brand with undefined target audience.
Your network plays a vital role in building your brand. How? To show your presence in the industry you need to collaborate and network more and more. Here are few tactics that will help you to build an effective network of people that influence your personal brand.
These 3 Tactics will help you build a great network of people who understand your personal brand and will spread the word around your business.
Your Story makes your personal brand connect with people more easily. Every Disney movie Hero has a different storyline and but your favourite Disney Hero is the one you find most relatable.
Why you relate to that particular hero? Because your story aligns with his storyline. Even though it’s aligning only 1% you will find it relatable. And That’s what you need to do!
Tell your story to your target audience and be real. If your story doesn’t connect with a huge audience, it’s not a problem. But the fact you are being truthful will help you build an authentic brand that only few relates in the beginning but with that your presence and story will be more relatable!
In your journey of building a brand, failures are waiting for you to stop and leave dreams of building a personal brand in 2022.
But the best thing you can do is to document your failures and share your thoughts on how or why you failed because consistency is the most effective strategy to build a personal brand that people actually know about in your Target Market.
Consistency is required, that’s why figure out a structure to make sure that you show up everyday to share your thoughts through a post, live or quick reel. In an unstructured way, you will run out of ideas and context to why and how to show up the next day!
I built a ghost Personal Brand when I started due to inconsistency. Don’t make that mistake!
There’s a famous saying that people don’t want to know how you do it, they wanna know why you do it?
Which sentence is more appealing?
If you found the first one more relatable. Your are like most humans, who take most actions based on the reason behind it. If you chose the second option, you are among few humans who focus on motive more than reasonability.
To Build A Personal Brand that makes people buy, you need to give your audience insights about why you do it and how it’s changing your life. When they will hear the reasons, they will be more interested in your personal Brand.
“Give them a reason, to stick with your personal brand”.
It might sound harsh but no one will take you serious unless you have a strong presence in your industry. That means you need to build a social media following, blog or community to show your presence and get new opportunities and followers.
In 2022, Everyone with a social media following has a personal brand but they don’t get treated as a personal brand because they don’t focus on all other elements of personal branding. But you are focusing on them and if you don’t focus on your social presence. Then you have silent personal brand worse than a brand with bad reputation.
That’s why you need to build your audience on social media, blog or through community tools to spread the word out!
The last and most crucial aspect of a brand is how you are going to align your product and services with your brand Image. I failed to find the best product for my audience for months. I changed few things and launched new products and those were digital. But if you are starting a personal brand with a physical product with only one-line up. You need to test your audience a lot in the beginning.
Why? Because once you build a personal brand around a different need. Your product is about to fail on the launch day. That’s the reason you need to keep your brand aligned to your product line up from the day one.
Two best things you can do is promote the product and provide value with it from the first day.
Have a free product to test out your audience interests. Like If you are selling electric toothbrushes, keep your brand around dental hygiene and launch a hygiene guide first featuring your product. Then, introduce that product to your audience.
Never change the Brand alignment and go out of line because the end goal is to sell and you won’t sell if you did that!
What are the 4Cs of personal branding?
4Cs of Personal Branding are Character, Consistency, Community and Creativity. You need to develop your character consistently which helps in building a creative community around your branding.
Who is an example of Strong Personal Brand?
Elon Musk, Gary vaynerchuck, Naval Ravikant, Brian Dean and many more business creatives are a great example of strong personal brands.
How To build a personal brand as a Coach?
Building a personal brand as a coach is important in 2022. You need to build a brand identity that connects with your clients and fulfils their needs through your offered services. That’s why always keep your services formatted to make the work easier for your ideal clients and build a different brand identity to attract more clients.
What are personal branding Trends in 2022?
Personal Branding in 2022 is all about having a social media following, Branded fonts and branding photography. Most Gen-Z and Millennial creatives trying to build a brand are focusing a lot on these aspects.
How to Stay Updated as a personal Brand?
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Building a Personal Brand as an entrepreneur is the best thing you can do to build a trustable business. Especially Growing Gen-Z user base on internet tells us that they prefer buying from brands that connect not hide!
Choice is yours a hideous brand or a trusted one. Which one you choosing?