Think of your online footprint as your first impression. This is your personal brand: your business card, portfolio, and resume presented to the world. If someone Googles you, what will they see? This week’s #ThreeforThursday offers some tips on how to get started creating your story.
Here are some ideas from MORe Now on “how to create a personal brand that both compliments your company’s brand, and separates you from the local competition.”
Tools and Tips:
- Most articles will tell you to define 1-4 areas of expertise or “key attributes” that you want to highlight. Once you’ve completed that exercise, take a minute to listen in on the conversations happening in those areas.
- Choose your social media channels and make sure your profile is consistent.
- Here’s a tool to update all your social network settings in one place.
- Check out these tips on building your brand on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
- This post from Forbes’ William Arruda talks about some new tools available on LinkedIn and new trends to look for in 2015.
- Don’t forget Google+ and YouTube. Though Google+ may not figure as greatly as in the past, both channels will impact your search results.
- Ready to go pro?
- Take a look at “The Complete Guide to Building Your Personal Brand” from QuickSprout.
- Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist at Canva, and Peg Fitzpatrick recently released the Art of Social Media, or, as they describe it “The Art of Writing a “Don’t-Twiddle-Your-Thumbs-Just-Go-Do-It” book on the Social Media!” You can view their presentation from SXSW on Slideshare.
Creating a personal brand is not about promoting your ego. The point is to tell your story and be authentic. According to Forbes’ Glenn Llopis, “Having a personal brand is a leadership requirement. It enables you to be a better leader, a more authentic leader that can create greater overall impact.”
Marie Ruff is Communications Senior Manager at NAIOP.