I started a global marketing and branding firm 18 years ago and believe personal branding is very important to growing your business because if you do not brand yourself then the market will brand you instead. The single most important ingredient to creating a great brand is authenticity and ˙here are a few tips from my experience to help establish an authentic brand without spending a lot of money:
Be original. What makes you unique or special?
Be creative. How do you want people to think & feel after interacting with you vs. your competition?
Be honest. Let your brand be known for speaking the truth, and you become the trusted advocate and go-to source.
Be relevant. Brands aren't created in a vacuum.
Be consistent. Develop a cohesive message, and live it every day.
Be passionate. Everyone loves to work with people who are passionate about what they do; it makes life much more fun and interesting.
Authentic relationships beat marketing automation every time. Technology runs our lives more than ever but it is relationships that drive business and commerce so people will find more ways to connect in person to build trust and strengthen connections. Make sure you offer several ways to talk with them and get to know them. Algorithms can only tell you so much about a customer, transactions are driven by relationships. Use automation where you can but do not ignore the power of the personal touch.