A Personal Brand is a “must-have”

A Personal Brand is a “must-have”

In today’s market, a personal brand is no longer a “like to have”, but a “must have”.

With people’s attention being shifted towards their smartphones and the majority of the people spending hours every day on social media platforms, it is easier than ever to reach out to your target audience and build a brand for yourself via these social media platforms.

With content playing the pivotal role, it is not about who is providing this content (or rather how famous you are), but about how valuable the content is and whether it appears in front of the right audience.

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Why Now?
Well, it’s the Age of the Individual.

Every photographer, every writer, every poet, every gamer, every entrepreneur and people from other different professions now have the platform to create their brand.

I’ve written an article on ‘Why Now is the Right Time to build a Personal Brand?’click here to read it.

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Speaking about different professions, here’s another reason why a personal brand is a must-have for you…

Whether you’re
– applying for college
– looking for an internship / applying for a job
– (freelancer) looking for a project
– starting your firm and looking for a team/ investors/ customers
– an influencer
– an industry expert,
in such or any other situation, irrespective of your industry, by your employer or by your customer, by your future employee or your audience, you’re being Googled.

I’ve written an article about this too, with an indepth deep-dive into how should you approach your personal brand, with respect to the above scenarios.

You can read it here.

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Now, if you agree that a personal brand is something that you want to build for yourself, let me help you out a little bit more.

How about a few significant pointers that anyone (wanting to create their brand now or in the future) should know?

I’ve written an article, “How to build your Personal Brand?” which mentions that.

You can click here to read it.

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We can both agree that people trust a face more than anything, and that’s what makes a personal brand so valuable.

Said that, the mission of my agency @ Zazz Media has been to help you build your brand on the social media platforms.

Thus, the above information.

However, if you think, you need some help with the brand tone/ message/ design or the brand strategy or the execution of day-to-day content, reach out to us at zazzmediaindia@gmail.com

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#336 Keep your message crystal clear!

#336 Keep your message crystal clear!

While creating your social media profiles, either for your personal brand or your professional brand, your message should be absolutely clear.

Anyone visiting your profile wants to know the ‘WHY’.

Why should they follow you?

How would they benefit from following you?

This message especially applies to anyone who wants to create their personal brand.

  • Keep your base simple,
  • Stick to it and,
  • Ensure you’re authentic about your content.

Keep your Bio, your Posts, your Story Highlights as clear as possible; it helps the audience understand the message you’re trying to convey.

The base of Personal Branding!

The base of Personal Branding!

When it comes to building a personal brand, everyone worries about the content to be created, pictures to be clicked and the selling that needs to be done, but trust is an important factor which is often overlooked.

The trust layed down by the audience towards you, trusting with what you say.

Whilst building your brand, one shouldn’t forget the foundation that it is built on, i.e. trust – everything starts from there and everything done thereafter, should be done with that trust in mind.

Once the audience loses that trust, irrespective of what you bring to the table, the essence is already lost.

Difference between Feedback and Opinions

Difference between Feedback and Opinions

In either of the two scenarios, whether you’re starting out on social media or whether you already have a good audience, there are times when people stumble upon certain opinions which hinders their mental state and their progress.

At such times, it’s important to know the difference between feedback and opinions.

What’s Feedback?
– information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement.

What’s an opinion?
– a view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

The difference between the two matters and it also affects you and your growth.

Many a times, we let certain opinions define us, define our work and makes us question whether we should proceed or not – these opinions aren’t substantial enough for some change to take place – quite often, they’re out of spite, being envious or simply seeking attention.

Feedback on the other hand, improves you as a creator. Feedback has its voice, it has its reasoning – it matters – it makes you put in more effort so you can grow and make necessary changes, if needed.

As a creator, or anyone creating on social media, one should learn to know the difference between the two and act according to the situations.

It is important for you, as an individual, to not let anything disturb your state of mind whilst your goal is to provide value to the very same people.

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What’s Stopping You from Posting

What’s Stopping You from Posting

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #18 – What’s Stopping You •

What’s stopping you from posting?

It’s the time to start working on your brand – start posting content – what you are passionate about / what interests you – then what’s stopping you?

  • People’s Opinions

People are going to judge you irrespective of your presence online, the face-to-face and behind-the-back judgements never stop, so why not post because of such people.

  • Competition

Your fellow colleagues had a headstart and are performing better on social media – better how – social media metrics!
Your motive is to post for the audience you want to build, the numbers don’t matter. Plus if your content is valuable, then people will listen to you no matter how many other people they are following.

  • Impatience

Impatience towards getting more likes, more followers, reaching to a lot more people. During the start, people get hesitant with a few followers or not growing fast enough. Good content and patience for the long-term is the answer.

  • Comfort Zone

Mainly, people are in a comfort zone – the comfort of consuming over producing, the comfort of not taking the time out to create content, the comfort of who cares is on people’s minds.

At the end, what’s stopping you is yourself. If you want to build your Brand, if you want to build your community, if you want to share your word with people, you cannot let anything hinder that progress.

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Brand Image v Direct Selling

Brand Image v Direct Selling

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #11 – Brand Image v Direct Selling •

What according to you is the difference between brand image and direct selling?

Both the methods will in-turn result in sales for your brand, although, which one has a more prolonged impact? Through which path, do you think people would connect with your brand for a longer time?

Often, people focus only on selling, while marketing their product/ service through offline or online advertising. The number of times, the audiences see ads with the following lines, “Buy this for x amount of money” or “Limited period offer – for this week/ today only”.

The brands now need to understand that there are enough sellers in the market, focusing on short-term sales without focusing on its impact on the consumer.

In today’s digital age, if you want to build a long-term relationship with your consumer, the brand needs to focus on value creation and answer the following questions:
• Why should a consumer follow a particular brand?
• What is the mission of your brand? Would, I as a consumer align with that mission or not?
• What content is the audience consuming, for them to follow the brand daily?

Answering these questions sets the brand for a long-term journey, where the consumers connect with this image, the brand has created and thus, be their customers willingly for a more extended period of time.

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Six Pack Abs in a Week

Six Pack Abs in a Week

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #10 – Six Pack Abs in a Week •What would your response be, if someone tells you, that you can have six-pack abs within a week?

Do you think that’s possible?

It takes patience and persistence at the gym, along with professional guidance to get to that level.

There are no shortcuts.

Now the same logic is applied to social media marketing as well.

Brands expect the results to appear within a week – create, promote and convert.

However it’s not that simple, the process requires patience and persistence, along with some professional guidance (an agency) plus a good budget to get good results.

Good results = Brand Recognition, which ultimately will result into the the customer buying your product/ service willingly. That’s a long-term relationship.

//A suggestion to our fellow social media marketers/ agencies to not create a facade in front of the clients, be up-front with them and guide them about the process and how it works.Selling shortcut-visions won’t be an advantage for any of the parties involved, especially in the long-term!

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