Editor’s note: This post was written by Pratik Dholakiya, co-founder & VP of Marketing of E2M and OnlyDesign. He’s passionate about fitness, start-ups, entrepreneurship & all things digital marketing. You can find him on twitter @DholakiyaPratik to discuss on any of these topics.
We are witnessing a new era in branding: the emergence of personal branding as a means of marketing one’s business. You’ve got CEOs of companies trying to establish personal credibility that rubs off on their company’s brand; there are digital marketing managers out there who are trying to come across as authority figures in their niche to market various products and services, and then there are business owners who sometimes have more visibility than their brands, courtesy of personal branding.
A big reason why people want to build a personal brand is that it is seen as yet another way of boosting visibility of a business, albeit in an indirect manner. It is also seen as a great way of adding to the ‘credibility juice’ that surrounds a particular brand. The saying ‘You are known by the company you keep’ explains the use of personal branding best.
By increasing personal credibility, you are essentially trying to enhance the trustworthiness of your brand by association. And it is working. Forbes has a nice article that serves as a guide to building your personal brand. It talks about the importance of building a personal brand and how you can go about creating an effective one.
One of the better ways of marketing yourself is publishing content on your own blog or on somebody else’s blog/website . It’s a tactic that is devoid of any complication. All you need to do is create useful content and find a home for it. read more
The old adage is as true today as it ever was. A name is just a word, unless it is leveraged correctly. When you look across the business landscape, there are dozens of examples of business people who have leveraged their name to add value to their brand and their offerings.
For example, Donald Trump has taken his name and placed it atop dozens of buildings across the world. In fact, his name has become so valuable that he now licenses it out to other business people in order for them to add value to their brand. It is a terribly kept secret that the Donald doesn’t even own minority stakes in many of the buildings that bear his moniker. read more
Years ago no one took blogging seriously. Blogging was for people who wanted to write about their hobbies or have their own little journal on the internet. Now it’s a requirement to have a blog for your brand or business. If you still don’t have a blog of your own, you are missing out big time!
In this post I’m going to tell you exactly why you need to have a blog and how you can grow your brand and reputation in the process. Before we get started, I’m going to tell you a bit about myself.
I first started making money online in the mid to late 90s, and I didn’t start blogging until 2007. This was a huge mistake to wait this long, but when I did finally start blogging, I saw immediate returns. The first blog I started was the main blog I still run today, which is at ZacJohnson.com. The blog is all about my journey in the world of online marketing and blogging. Since the launch of the blog I’ve been able to refer over $5 million in new business to my site partners, teach others how to make money online and also open up a whole new world of opportunity… such as being a keynote speaker in Australia, appearing on Fox News and ABC News, writing my own book and much more!
Enough about me… now I want to share my secrets on how you can do the same! read more
Called the Chuck Norris of branding, John Morgan has worked with Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, and entrepreneurs. Also an author, John’s book Brand Against The Machine currently has 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
A lot of people see a brand as a logo or design, but it’s actually more than that. What is, and what makes up a brand?
A brand is certainly not a logo or color scheme or marketing campaign. It is people’s perception of you. It represents the level of trust people have with your company. What makes up a brand is quite simply, everything. Everything you do is branding. Your attitude, clothes, service, systems, and so on, all make up your brand. That’s why so many businesses fail to build a lasting brand. They believe that their brand is based on the product, or the logo. They forget the little things. Every great brand is made of tiny little things they do well.
I’m sure there are some people reading this who never seriously considered what their brand exactly was. How do you come up with a brand? Where do you even begin?
Everyone already has a brand because everyone you’ve met has a perception of you. You might not have considered how you’re positioned in the marketplace, but it’s not too late. I recommend beginning by focusing on what you do that your competition doesn’t. It’s an instant way to stand out. In addition to that, give your brand room to breathe and grow over time. Apple was once defined as a computer company, yet today their brand is perceived differently than that. read more
Lately, there’s been a lot of emphasis on how high-quality blog content is not only more engaging for readers, but it also ranks better in search engines. However, making an impact in the blogging world is about more than just writing posts people want to read. That’s important, but there’s another very important element to consider: design.
Perhaps you’re fortunate enough to have some design expertise under your belt and don’t mind using those skills on your blog. If that situation doesn’t apply, you’ll soon see why it’s such a good idea to hire a designer.
Make Your Blog’s Template Your Own
Think of a template as an expression of your blog’s brand. Although it’s possible to purchase premium templates, wouldn’t you rather have one that’s all your own? A designer can be a great resource and create one that immediately gives readers clues about what to expect when coming to the blog for the first time.
Templates are also useful if you participate in themed blogging, where the majority of your content relates to a niche topic. Take 12 Keys’ blog, shown above, for example. As a recovery center, their blog reflects the bright and cheerful colors of their logo and their relaxing beachside location. Think about recruiting a designer to help you make small alterations to a template to reflect seasonal changes, as well. read more
The use of the social media to promote products on the internet has gained a lot of popularity. There is need therefore to know how well the product is doing among others in the internet. There is normally a need to be able to know of the different sentiments that people are sharing about the product. In the past, people would only read about the content of your product and then they would navigate elsewhere. But now things have changed and now after readers can take some good measureable actions to be able to track of the audience of those reading about the brand. This is made possible by the use of the right tools for the task. The different social medias present normally have different methods of keeping track of the products. The keeping track of the product will guide in the other decisions which needs to be implemented about the product. The management is also assisted in knowing which social media is getting a bigger capture of the targeted clients.
On Digg, the only way of keeping track of their products by hearing a lot of news about them. The website would register tens of thousands who visited it but never again to have them return. But this has changed and now Diggs offers a widget that can keep track of all the most read stories about your product on the site.
On Facebook, there is the benefit of using the like options which can be installed on ones stories in order to keep track of products. This has been the most used feature of facebook which has been used to track the products. When we move the attention to twitter, there is normally no chance of indexing the old tweets. There is however a popular link that is used to offer a detailed statistics about the number of click through of the links.
Google analytics can easily help to keep track of the domain by enabling one to know which media sites are taking keen interest on their products. But sometimes there will be the possibilities of having to go through a lot of feed backs some of which could be irrelevant. In order to know the genuine followers of your products, one can make good use of the sentimental analysis. These are able to measure the emotion of each and every tweet, posting, comment or any feed back left behind about a product.
There are other ways of keeping track of how the product is doing on the social media by employing some company which have specialized on keeping track. An example is the scoutlabs which normally offers the service at a fee.
Ensogo. Great for bargain hunters, but how about merchants?
I’ve been receiving pretty good offers from Ensogo over the past few weeks now and I am surprised by the amazingly low prices they have. Almost every single thing is marked down or discounted by at least 50 percent and the quality of the stuff they are offering seems pretty good.
Ensogo, like Groupon, is a social buying site and was recently acquired by LivingSocial, one of the major Groupon competitors.
In their e-mail to me today, two things interested me immediately: an offer for a Php600 (about US $ 15.00) Berting’s Grill gift certificate discounted at P300 (about US $ 7.50) and a 3-day, 2-night stay at the Boracay Terraces Hotel going for P7,700 (about US $180) when it would normally cost twice that much.
And, having just opened up a bank account that links up with PayPal (but you can also pay via ATM Peso Pay or bank transfer), I might just buy that gift certificate from Berting’s Grill and use it to buy several orders of their fabulous barbecued chicken ass and liempo or pork ribs. As for Boracay Terraces Hotel, well, it’s something that I really got to discuss with my wife first — but it looks like a pretty good buy.
All in all, it’s almost a revolutionary site for bargain hunters like me but it may not be all that amazing for merchants who get into social buying sites expecting “magic” to happen. A long time acquaintance who sells organic food online clued me in on a couple of caveats and cited a couple of reasons why he isn’t a fan of Ensogo — at least, not yet. read more
John Evans’ blog network Syntagma Media always stood out a bit from the blog networks of the early days. First it was because of the hacked Kubrick blog template with the rainbow headers (which I remedied in one of my first design gigs in the blogosphere), and then because of Evans leaving the term blog behind, rebranding as a network of sites, web magazines, and other ideas aimed to make them more accessible and easy to understand.