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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Daily Sales, but not your Content!

Daily Sales, but not your Content!

As companies, everyone focuses on their sales on a day-to-day basis.

Of course, or else how will they run their business.

However, when it comes to selling their products and services, as consumers, people are now tired of the same old sales tactics and the same old selling that happens online.

Times are changing, Trends are changing, People’s consumption habits are changing!

Now, you need to have a different approach when it comes to approaching people online and it can’t be a once-in-a-while campaign about selling your product/service.

Now, the objective is to connect with your audience first, build a connection with them, provide valuable content for them to consume and once they feel they connect with the brand, they’ll buy the product themselves.

How do you reach that scenario though?

Well, in easy words, as you focus on your daily sales, start focusing on daily content creation as well.

A whole lot of brands on social media, with the objective of sell-only, have an irregular activity on their profiles, thus ignoring the potential of the platforms and the ability to build a relationship with the audience.

How can you, as a brand, proceed?

Have a brand strategy in hand, as to how you want to approach the platform, the audience, How do you want them to perceive your brand.

Then, create content accordingly.

But, Daily.

Multiple times a day.

That provides value to your audience.

It takes time, however, with different strategies and different execution styles, all being run simultaneously, your brand can have the growth and results you desire via the social media platforms.

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Are you thinking of building your brand on social media?

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Community Engagement is Necessary!

Community Engagement is Necessary!

As an individual or a brand on social media, it’s always been about more followers and likes, the “mark of success,” that everyone tends to forget the audience who are already connected with them.

Community Engagement is the #1 step to connect with and grow your audience.

Every social media platform has its own set of features to interact with your audience.

With Instagram as an example, you can interact on your DM as a one-on-one, another option would be either as polls or questions on your Instagram Stories.

However, the most important place is your comments! The place which people usually avoid.

A meaningful reply to a genuine comment, or at most, a ❤️ says that you appreciate and acknowledge what they’re saying.

Every piece of engagement builds further to this same person sharing your content, or connecting you with someone else who might be beneficial to your brand, as a potential customer.

It all starts with community engagement that leads to building a community.

Social Media is more than Followers and Likes

Social Media is more than Followers and Likes

As an advertising agency, or a brand, or an influencer, with every platform, everyone tends to focus on the followers and likes to measure their engagement. However, when it comes to reaching out to more people, social media is more vital than that.

With the tools available within the platform and externally too, there are insights which show impressions and people reached and profile visits, which shows the impact you’re making with your content.

The number of views and impressions should matter more because, from the long-term perspective of brand-building, these same people will see your content again and again, and eventually attract to it, if they’re your target audience.

Thus, initially, one’s focus should be on reaching out to more people, simultaneously creating genuine content which holds value to them, eventually building a community for your brand.

Platforms’ Effectiveness

Platforms’ Effectiveness

With the number of social media platforms available, which platform should your brand focus on?

Each of these platforms have a role to play, each have a specific type of audience, and they will perceive your brand differently.

In such a scenario, an in-depth study of the brand is needed to know which platform is useful for them and which is not.

Often, the sole focus goes only on Facebook and Instagram or sometimes, solely Instagram.

However, pertaining to the type of brand, there are times when a Pinterest or Snapchat or TikTok or even LinkedIn could turn out to be more impactful in terms of reaching out to your preferred audience.

Sometimes you need to be active on all the platforms available.

Every platform has a different exposure for your brand, and one should know how to turn it around and make it work for your brand.

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It cannot be done in one creative.

It cannot be done in one creative.

Have you heard this before?

“I want to explain my brand through this one fancy creative.”

“Do one infomercial post about the brand so people know who we are.”

“We are introducing a new product and we have to make one video about it.”

And more such examples.

But the bottom line is, the game of social media doesn’t work that way.

Keeping the algorithms of these various platforms in mind, and not to forget the attention span of the audience – considering the various amount of content they consume in one go…

It’s extremely difficult to focus on just one campaign, or one creative, or one video in particular that could make your case.

To be fair, there are a few that hit the mark but that’s because the brand is already built and people know it.

For everyone else, that one creative, even if it is a successful one, in terms of numbers, one cannot rely solely on it to get the true results.

True results is mainly getting the brand name out there, selling a product or a service, converting the audience basically.

Back to the topic of one creative, that’s not how one should approach it in the first place.

You have to think of it in macro terms. You have to think of the brand first, think of how the audience will perceive it and then plan accordingly.

Think if you’d be the consumer, and how you’d like to be told about this certain information. Are you focusing on this one-off thing or do you want to make it a long-term connection?

In terms of the latter, you have to know your target audience, know your product, provide value to them in terms of that, slowly and steadily, build your brand whilst the consumer themselves want to follow your content or buy your product or service in their own time.

Thinking of the macro, you have built your brand, built a community and also, sold your product or service.

The bottom line being, you cannot approach this entire process with one creative or one campaign being the only thing that would work for the brand.

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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.

Spend More, Earn More

Spend More, Earn More

To grow your brand to the next level, you need to advertise.

To reach your target audience, you need to invest a decent sum of money in your advertising and marketing budget.

“The man who stops advertising to save money is the man who stops the clock to save time.”

To put it simply, if your brand is new to the market or if you’re planning to launch a new segment/product, you need to reach a specific set of people to get your sales going.

If you don’t spend enough, you won’t reach to sufficient people and the results won’t make a difference.

“Your agency would advise you and suggest you, but at the end, it’s up to you whether you want to reach the next level or not.”

A detailed example would be as such if your revenue is between 10 lacs INR and 20 lacs INR on a monthly basis, does it do justice to the fact that you spend only 20,000 INR to increase your sales. #SpendMoreEarnMore

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Is there an Audience?

Is there an Audience?

Do you want to build your brand? Do you want to create content? Do you want to build a community?

Well, there’s one question that should be asked before any other question.

Is there an audience to what you’re providing should be the first question that should be asked.

Sometimes, people create content or create products/services for which there’s no want. That’s also because there was no audience for it in the first place.

Once, that has been defined, then you know exactly who to target and who to not. The demographics should be clear in your head before you create anything.

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Now or Never for Social Media!

Now or Never for Social Media!

There’s a prime era for every medium – there was a time for newspapers/ radio ads/ TVCs/ SEM and now is the prime time for social media.

Sure, everything still works, but not the same way it used to.

Now, the thing to understand is, the same will happen with social media as well.

Whether with regards to the platform or wherever the wave turns to, this time shall pass too and we shall move on to the next thing.

Its Now or Never!

Now is the time to start building on social media – start creating – start sharing – it’s now or never!

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Billboards v Social Media

Billboards v Social Media

What’s a better choice, billboards or social media?

Well, both have their advantages and disadvantages.

If we twist that statement to what provides you with better impact, then in that case, marketing on social media gives you a lot more opportunities.

  • Instead of depending on one creative to work, you can work on hundreds of more creatives which can be run in that same span of time.
  • You can create different types of contextual creatives for your target audience.
  • Since you have the tools to speak with your audience, there is more transparency and clarity here.
  • The social media platforms are free.
  • Not to forget, you can reach to a lot more people than what you would spend on a billboard.

Knowing this, you can decide for yourself with what works and what doesn’t, what provides more opportunities and what’s more expensive.

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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.

Difficulty in creating content?

Difficulty in creating content?

One of the great strengths of building a personal brand or even with posting consistent valuable content comes from passion!

Does what you do or what you talk about make you happy? Do you feel you could do it all day long – do you feel you could immerse yourself into the process? That’s what it takes to create content, that’s what it takes to build a brand, that’s what it takes to build a community.

When you aren’t posting authentically or creating a fake persona, you’ll probably struggle after a while – and it’ll have a complete opposite effect of what we discussed above.

Now you have two choices – either be yourself, share what you love, and build authentically or show yourself as someone you’re not, struggle with creating content, and act being happy.

Your choice – the better suggestion would be, do more of what makes you happy.

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What’s your excuse for not posting?

What’s your excuse for not posting?

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #27 – What’s Your Excuse? •

In today’s age of the internet and the social media platforms, sharing your content and building a brand and reaching to hundreds and thousands of people is now possible within your arm’s length.

Yet, people don’t make a move on the easiest opportunity that is available to us.

What’s Your Excuse?

You don’t have the perfect image for your content?
You don’t know how to write the perfect caption?
You aren’t up-to-date with the platform’s tools?

None of these and more are sound enough to not start now – you don’t need to make anything perfect – you need to start.

If you aren’t aware of the tools, Google it.

There are no good excuses which are legit to not create content and start posting on social media.

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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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Experiment

Experiment

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #13 – Experiment •

There is no proven method or a fixed solution when it comes to digital marketing!

It’s all about experimenting!

What works for Brand A might not work for Brand B, be it the type of content, the topics covered, the value provided, the creativity – everything is different for every brand!

You, as a brand, as a marketer, need to experiment and find out what your brand is about, and what works for you, then do that.

The answer is Experimentation – try, fail, try again and succeed.

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