Creating Brand You

Creating Brand You When You Are Broke

If you are just getting started or haven’t reached the stage where your business is in profit yet, don’t think that you have to wait until you can afford it before you begin creating brand you.  There are a lot of things that you can do that are absolutely 100% free.  If you truly believe in your business, you may well be the best person to do most of your branding and brand you marketing.

I am a great believer in the idea that everyone knows their own business best.  Although it is always useful to get advice and tips from experts, you can actually find most of what you need to build a great brand inside your head and  on Google. 

There are also a lot of powerful branding videos and Ted Talks on YouTube. 

Don’t expect to create the perfect brand – just give it your best shot and you won’t go far wrong if you have done your research and made a plan.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of your personal brand ?
  • Who is your target audience and how will your brand help them, interest them  or appeal to them?

Are you trying to

  • (a) build an audience around your brand or
  • (b)create a personal brand that will resonate with your target audience
  • Your brand will evolve over time and you will become more aware of the needs and wants of your marketplace as long as you keep asking yourself these types of questions.  Keep testing and tweaking your brand and you may surprise yourself at the results you will achieve.

Always be on the look out – observe the successful brands – how are they presenting and how are they standing out from the other?  What makes them memorable or impactful?  What can you learn from them or even how can you improve on their ideas?

There are lots of free tools and smartphone apps to create and edit images,  I have lots of them so if you have any specific questions about that don’t hesitate to contact me.  You can use Canva.com  to create most of the headers, banners, letterheads social media templates etc that you will need.  The free version is perfectly adequate.

Your Personal Brand
We have all got a personal brand even if we are not aware of it!

Some thought and a little bit of imagination can go a long way in branding you. The bottom line is that you need to not only look carefully at what you are posting and displaying online, but also always try to observe it all from the eyes of your target audience.  Although you are branding You – the crazy thing is that it’s all about them!

One of my favourite mentors keeps drumming this message into her students – “You sell by listening, you sell by listening” but you must also brand by listening.  Unless your brand is appealing to your target audience, it doesn’t matter how professional it looks, it will not produce the results that you need to create a viable business.

The basic tasks that you need to spend the most time and thought on are:

      •  choose a good brand name – preferably with a keyword or keywords that your target audience are searching for.  Although it’s fun to be on trend with your posts,
      • make sure that most of your content is evergreen so that you will be branding yourself on an ongoing basis
      • a short tagline that instantly makes it clear how you are going to help your audience
      • .a website which includes an about me page with a summary of your story and your contact details
      • an effective bio that you can use for most social media platforms (you may need a few tweaks here and there)
      • lead magnets with freebies/giveaways such as cheat sheets, worksheets, short training videos that act as a hook to get people to opt in and join your email list
      • landing pages where you can promote and up sell your videos
      • photos, images ,infographics for your posts
      • live broadcasts and videos
      • podcasts
      • webinars

Once you have got all these things created. you will be well on your way to growing your brand and getting ready for the next stage of branding which is monetising it and here is an excellent tool to help you do that!. 

8 thoughts on “Creating Brand You

  1. My wife and I are retired Realtors® and truly recognize the need for branding. We branded our real estate business 18 years ago and now people in our local RE market recognize our names and logo immediately. We are newbies in internet marketing (other than real estate) and hope to incorporate our brand into our newest online projects. Wealthy Affiliate has been the most supportive platform we have used so far.
    Wishing you continued success!
    JimandLacy

    1. Thank you for your comment.  Glad to hear that you are getting value from WA.  I will be posting more content about branding in the near future including some YouTube Videos, so I hope you will remember the (brand) name and pay us another visit soon

  2. Hello.
    What an amazing post you have a lot of very valuable information here. I think my favorite part and also the part I need to work on is the creating videos of yourself. I know this can be a real booster. But like you said it is a fear that we will mess something up and that people are judging us. I need to follow your advice and get over myself. Thank you again.

  3. Thank you for your kind comment Melissa. You have a great website! – There you are – you have been judged – wasn’t so bad -was it?

  4. Creating Brand You is very important today. Even if you are not in the business. Whoever you are, whatever you do, branding you are a key. One of my friends is a tourist guide, they do exotic destinations. And guess what! She is so well known as per her red shoes. Besides her photos in beautiful dresses in each of those exotic places, spirituality, and positivity she caries along the way. But her RED shoes are a must in these photos. Whatever job she decides to do next, her red shoes will follow her. 

    P.S. The youtube video link can’t be open. Could you please check out what happened? 

    What do you think it’s creating a brand for one actress like me? 🙂 You put me in thinking now.. 
    Sunny

    1. Hi Sunny Thanks for your comment and for pointing out the problem with the links.  I haven’t checked out this website for a while.  That video was made private so I can’t retrieve it – sorry about that.  Funny you should mention the red shoes because what attracted me to one of my favourite mentors was an image of a woman dressed in black wearing red shoes.  It was very classy.   If you are interested in creating a brand and want to find out more about marketing I recommend that you check this out  https://promptfunnels.com/b You can use it to do lots of stuff such as creating funnels, membership sites, digital courses for only $25 per month including earning 80% residual commissions and there is even a monthly mastermind that you can join and get the answer to any questions you  may have from 7 figure earners! 

      Thanks again for letting me know about the links – I am doing a complete overhaul of all my links and CTAs.

  5. Ah, this is. Avery good post to let me see. I see this as an eye opener for me and it is also very valuable because I just started my online business and I have not started getting any profit but I am hoping that I can take my business to a better place by branding. Do you know anything about how SEO can also help me?

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