Personal Branding

A personal brand is all that we are, we do, we say, and we share, as well as the value that we are capable of generating in others. It is the sum of our values and how we are valued by the people around us, it is the impact of the footprint that we leave on the path of our personal and professional life. 

What is Personal Branding?

The personal brand is a business card when creating a company, looking for a new position in the current company, bidding on a project, launching a product or finding clients.

Submerged in the tide of digitalization, where the rules of doing business have changed at a stroke and with no possibility of return, multinationals have begun to realize the enormous advantages of having employees who have their own personal brand. It makes them powerful evangelizers of the corporate brand for which they work and ambassadors of their reputation among their followers in social networks.

Personal Brand in the workplace:

Our personal brand is practically everything for us in the workplace and throughout our career goals, and the greatest benefits are found in:

  • Positioning as experts in our field
  • Increase the probability of being chosen: customers, partners
  • Open new ways to earn income: talks, books
  • Improve our network of contacts
  • Get more and better feedback from our projects/services
  • Proposals for new projects, partnerships
  • Increase the percentage of satisfaction of our customers
  • Increase the percentage of repeat customers
  • Increase buzz, customers speak well of us
personal brand at work

The Personal Branding concept:

Developing a Personal Brand consists of identifying and communicating the characteristics that make us stand out, be relevant, different and visible in a homogeneous, competitive and changing environment.

When we share common traits in the workplace (such as training, experience, and aspirations), people tend to be seen as the same without anything that makes us stand out from others. For this reason, individual promotion is needed to be seen differently, uniquely and unrepeatable.

As in commerce, product brands unify the characteristics of products and make them homogeneous, so that manufacturers tend to promote branded products; Professionals who want to differentiate themselves to increase the value of their work or professional contribution must build, promote, communicate and protect the personal brand, in the same way that we brand products.

5 steps to create a personal brand

The personal branding represents a clear opportunity for differentiation in the workplace. However, when creating a personal brand it is essential to take into account that the actions to be executed are coherent and constant, that is, they must be perfectly aligned to the experience and a periodicity must be maintained in the communication of the message. These are some recommendations to build your personal brand effectively.

Start by defining your goal

Ask yourself why you decided to create a personal brand and what you want to achieve with it. Once you have resolved these questions, identify what you want to communicate, your experience? Your knowledge in a specific area? For this, analyze how you want to be perceived by your audience. Keep in mind that in this process, communication is everything, and the more expertise you have in a certain topic, the more credible you will be in front of your audience.

Find your audience

Pretending to reach all people will only make your message get lost in a sea of ideas. Therefore, it is important to segment your audience to the extent that it is as specific as possible. Finding a niche market will be ideal when defining your audience. For this, it is essential to identify the area in which it works best and be as specific as possible. For example, if your topic is Social Media, demonstrate your work in social networks, keep your profiles updated, and shape your message in such a way that whoever searches for information in this area, finds in you a reliable source.

Build your ‘Elevator Pitch’

If you had to present your business idea in less than 3 minutes, would you be clear about what you are going to say? The Elevator Pitch was born as a result of the constant conversations that arise in the elevators and the need to condense in a few words a message, in such a way that in a few seconds it can capture the attention of the public it wants to reach. The Pitch must awaken people’s expectations, without needing to tell everything. For this, it’s recommended to use what is called the 5 or 6 W rule, which is based on six key questions to which any type of information must respond (what, how, when, where, why and for what). In this order of ideas, determine and communicate the what and why, are the key items to convey your message clearly and concretely. The idea is that the other person generates the other w’s.

elevator pitch

Take into account all the elements that you will need

Whether you’re thinking of creating a personal brand in the online environment or offline, consider what elements you will need throughout the process, these can be cards, photos, logos, web platforms, social networks, among others. Do not limit yourself in selecting these pieces.

Make your ideas known

When making your opinion public, do it in all channels that you consider relevant both offline and in the digital environment. Keep in mind that to generate credibility it is important to be persistent in all the media you have selected. This implies both the periodicity in which you make your ideas known, and the tone of communication in which it’s done.

How important is a personal brand?

Simple answer. A personal brand is more important than a corporate or product brand. That’s pretty important.

Your personal brand will reflect on everything you do in business. As the old saying goes, the fish rots from the head. If you don’t have a personal brand, or even a bad personal brand, it tarnishes any company you work for and the products and services they sell. How many CEO’s have been chased out of a job because they tarnished their own personal brand?

Without a positive personal brand, you cannot be a valuable asset to a company or even own a successful business. Your brand will trickle down to the company culture and then to the products and services the company sales.

Hiring a professional to manage your Personal Brand

There is only one person who can manage your personal brand from this day forward, that’s you! However, professionals, like us at ¡Gotcha! Brands, can help identify your personal brand and rebrand your reputation online and offline.

Nowadays, everything about us is available on the internet, mostly of our own doing.  What might have seemed like an innocent photo post, social media post, comment, or blog post, can cost you your dream job or even entrance into college.

Companies and schools now use the power of the internet and social media searches to learn about potential students or employees. They understand your brand will have a direct impact on their brand. They have already worked too hard to build their brand, they aren’t interested in having it ruined for the sake of hiring you or accepting you into their company, organization, or school.

Personal Branding can help you clean up those things that can put your goals at risk.

How we manage your Personal Brand:

  • Identify your personal brand (you already have one)
  • Write your personal motto and mantra
  • Clean up the old you – Scrub the internet of your personal information or content that could reflect badly on your brand from this day forward.
  • Create a personal website and blog
  • Create new social media accounts that reflect your brand
  • Design business cards, even a person needs a personal identity
  • Monitor your brand: we monitor mentions in social media, hashtags associated with your brand, and newly added content about you on major search engines.

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