The word brand seems to be implemented more and more these days with a growing meaning and significance in all aspects of our lives.
A brand is what separates one thing from the rest. It is what makes something unique and stand out in a crowd.
Businesses have always placed a great importance on brand management to reach out to their audience and increase sales.
Today, however, it is not only businesses that need to promote and protect their brands, it is also everyday individuals.
In today’s competitive world, everybody is battling against one another to be recognized and to be relevant. Whether you are looking for a personal relationship or an advancement in your career, the competition has risen to new heights as nearly everyone is reachable online. Now, instead of merely searching locally for a significant other or new employee, individuals can search the entire globe for the perfect candidate.
This is why promoting yourself online is so important:
In a sense, Google has really become your new resume and background check.
When building your online brand, your first thought might be:
“How can I get my name and positive information out there to as many people as possible as quickly as possible?” –
Instead, you should be thinking more along the lines of:
“How can I get my name and positive information out there to people who will want to see it and use it in a way that is beneficial to me?”
*Reputation911 Reminder* It is simply impossible to appeal to everyone, so why waste your time and efforts in doing so? Trying to reach out to the entire world will only make you seem more generic, leaving your brand mixed in with millions of other individuals trying to do the same.
Creating unique profiles with unique content geared towards your particular brand will tell Google that what you are sharing is relevant, bringing your sites up in search results for a larger audience to see.
A best practice for online reputation management is to build your brand around your defining aspects, personality traits, skills, talents, and experiences that will appeal to your target audience.
Your target audience is defined by the individuals who will be searching for your information and are most likely to share and use your content in a way that benefits you.
Reaching out to your target audience can be highly effective in the following ways:
Employers are constantly searching through piles of resumes and applications to fill a select few job positions. When looking for a new potential employee, most employers will check social media and an individual’s Google search results before making a decision. If your results display positive and unique content promoting your brand, you are more likely to be chosen over the rest of the names in the pack.
Get a Promotion
Similarly, if you are looking to be promoted within your current company, you will need to stand out above the rest of your co-workers competing for the same position. If your boss sees that you have an established online presence with a professional looking website and a strong handle on social media and other platforms, he or she will see that you are serious about your brand and professional career.
Build a New Relationship
Online dating has become increasingly popular over the years and is now one of the most common ways for couples to meet. However, before agreeing to a first date, most people will Google your name to learn more about you to see if you might make a good match. If your potential date searches you and finds high quality profiles and interesting content about your life and interests, they will likely feel much more confident about the date going well.
Become Recognized in Your Industry
If you have a certain skill, passion, or idea that you want to promote and share with the world, it can be difficult to get that information out there without a large following. However, you can work towards creating a large following by gaining recognition in that particular field or industry. By building an online presence focused on that industry and sharing these skills and ideas on social media, using proper hashtags and joining relevant groups, your content is more likely to be seen and picked up by someone else in the industry. From there, that person may like what they see and decide to share your content with others in the industry who may also decide to share it to their followers and so on.