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The importance of personal branding for business growth


The importance of personal branding for business growth

For many small business owners, you ARE your business so developing a personal brand really is a key step in your marketing journey to business growth and increased income!



In a nutshell, personal branding is the art of building a unique brand around yourself. This personal brand is designed to give you:


• A unique voice

• A recognisable specialism

• A signature style


Defining these elements will allow you to:


• Give a clear message on who you are, what you do, and how you do it

• Showcase your unique strengths, skills, and attributes.


Let’s look in more detail at some elements which will guarantee your personal brand makes the right impact.


1. Start thinking of yourself as a brand

Firstly, consider what you would like your target audience to associate with you when they see your name.


• Is there a certain subject or discipline in which you want to be perceived as an expert?

• Are there general qualities you want to be linked with you?


Before you can establish or enhance your personal brand, you have to decide what you want to be known for. Try to focus on a very specific niche.


With this laser focus, you’ll have more opportunities to prove you truly know what you’re talking about, and while your potential audience might be smaller, it will also be that much more relevant. Scary? Yes, but the absolute right step to take!


For example, I offer marketing services and consultancy, but so do many others in my market, so I needed to refine what I offer and focus on the areas where I am a real expert, the ones I am passionate about, and where I can add the most value for my ideal customers.


2. Review how you show up online

Understand exactly what your current personal brand actually is. Google your name and objectively review the results. Take the time to ensure your social media profiles are as consistent as possible. Are they really demonstrating you and your services in the best way to attract and engage with your ideal customer?


3. Get consistent with your content

Once you get really, really crystal clear on your niche, it’s time to start building your reputation for expertise in that area. Content marketing is the best way to build a personal brand and reputation; when people look for information, they tend to go back to sources that were helpful to them.


If you can become a trusted source of information through your content, over time you’ll become collectively known as the expert in your niche. Being consistent means showing up regularly, wherever you choose to focus your marketing efforts.


4. Add Value

Find ways to add value to your audience by sharing content that’s in line with your personal brand. Always be purposeful in what you share as every tweet, every post, every story, every image or video you share, these all contribute to your personal brand. It is a combination of multiple daily actions. Once you understand how you wish your brand to be perceived, you can start to be much more strategic about your style and tone of communication.


5. Always be in networking mode

A key step to building ‘brand you’ is to continuously be in networking mode. Always be ready to engage with other individuals in your field and anybody else who could be valuable in helping you spread the word about your expertise. Be a regular in community/group discussions whenever you can – with the focus firmly on adding value in your niche expertise.


The most obvious one is FaceBook Groups and this is actually a channel I have found to be a cost-effective and quick way to raise my own profile and discover opportunities to engage, collaborate, add value and build relationships.


The results?

Recommendations and new client work, collaborative projects, and a business-related community to call upon for areas where I am most definitely NOT an expert!


Summary

Taking the time to define and establish your personal brand will allow you to:


• Clearly demonstrate your skills and expertise

• Proactively focus on attracting and engaging with your ideal clients

• Confidently choose the best marketing channels to use

• Ensure you stand out in your niche and quickly build brand awareness

• Build the all-important ‘know, like & trust’ to increase enquiries + allow you to grow your business


However, as a small business owner, I know your time is precious, so instead of you working harder, let’s get your marketing working harder for you!


If you would like some support in developing a personal brand,

or fine tuning the one you already have, let's have a chat?





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