The power of a brand must be used carefully. It’s easy to get distracted with all of the avenues of self-expression. With the many vehicles out there, you must choose the one that works best for your brand and master it. To build a strong brand, you need to caress your tools constantly until you build your dream empire.
1. Show Legitimacy
Think about the people you admire the most in business. They are very legitimate. They have a following. They have an actual business name. They write for big publications. They have professional photos. They have positive reviews. They have interactive websites. Some of them even have a Wikipedia page! If you show people you mean business, they’ll trust you.
2. Google Yourself
What shows up when you Google yourself? If you have party photos, old resumes, and other useless information, you’re only hurting yourself. While it’s great to share your personal life, you don’t want to go too far and show the world what you’re doing when no one is looking. Keep clear cut profiles that show the utmost professionalism.
3. Create Content
Sumner Redstone is known for saying, “Content is king.” Today, it’s truer than ever. However, your content must be CONSISTENT and DIFFERENT. There’s a ton of inspirational people who are trying to do the same things, but get little results. Your content must be original and thought-provoking. You also want to produce content that is ‘shareable’ with the world.
4. Leverage Social Media
These days, you can use social media from your phone. You can also set posts to deliver while you’re sleeping. By utilizing my favorite social-media avenues (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube) and learning about new ones (Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope), I can reach hundreds of thousands of people each day. Start by making at least 10 posts per day across all social-media platforms and you’ll be recognized by many.
Focus on building the best possible business. If you are great, people will notice and opportunities will appear. Mark Cuban