Whether you realize it or not, you already have a personal brand. It comes from all the information that is out in the world about you, whether you put it there intentionally or it stemmed from other sources. Cultivating an executive presence that you are proud of and that positions you in a positive light can help you to grow as a professional. Personal branding becomes even more important as you try to set yourself apart from others and want to remain competitive in the job market, levy for a promotion, or simply change the narrative.
Find Out Where You Stand
From searching for yourself on Google or social media platforms to investing in online reputation management tools to do the work for you, it’s essential that you not only know what is said about you but also take charge of your narrative. You may find that you don’t have much of an executive presence at all; therefore, you need to take action to establish your brand. Or, you may find that you need to bolster certain areas to position yourself for advancement or change the story altogether so you can shift your career in a different direction.
Decide Where You Want to Go
As noted above, executive branding is having a solid sense of how others perceive you in the marketplace. What story do you want told? What traits or accomplishments make you stand out? If you’re not sure how to differentiate yourself or what you should be emphasizing, it can be beneficial to work with a brand strategist. The primary benefit to you is that a brand strategist can help you see the “big picture” by asking probing questions that get you thinking about how you view yourself, your professional goals, and how best to achieve those goals by clearly articulating your personal brand.
Figure Out How to Get There
Now that you know where you want to go, you must put in the effort. This is where partnering with a brand strategist can really pay off. A brand strategist can help you:
- Identify and focus on your target market and audience
- Access effective channels for promotional and marketing activities
- Leverage social media to maximize your brand and increase awareness
- Create on-target messaging to build or pivot your brand
- Monitor performance to assess strengths and areas for improvement
- Capitalize on opportunities to grow your professional network and expand your reach
It can be challenging to look objectively at your own executive brand presence and see what is working and what is not. That is why YGL Enterprises takes the guesswork out of building your brand by conducting detailed assessments and developing strategic plans to position you how you want to be seen.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an established CEO or an emerging leader trying to get a leg up; your brand has an impact and determines your competitive advantage. Stand out for the right reasons and position yourself for success by teaming up with YGL Enterprises for all your personal branding needs. Our “focused strategy – marketing solutions realized” approach is just what you need to get ahead in today’s fierce market, so contact us to get started.Tags: Brand Marketing, Executive Branding, Executive Marketing, marketing, Personal Branding, Professional Development, rebranding