3 Reasons to Activate Your Personal Brand

We are a digital society. There is the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. There are so many places to visit, find content, and share thoughts or interesting imagery. What’s more is that you can reach someone in another hemisphere instantly. The time is ripe for all of us to create a digital footprint and brand.  It demands it and here’s why:

1. You can control the narrative. Using social media, you can shape your identity, how others perceive you. Take advantage of the Internet’s omnipresence and share the sides of you that you want to pervade the Internet. Continue reading

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Brand Building?: Eat, Breathe, Live Social Media on #MakingFriendsMonday

Since my last #MakingFriendsMonday blog post issued on May 1, I have sent 138 tweets, earned: a 2.4% engagement rate, 45 mentions, 50 retweets, 169 favorites, 28 replies, and 24 link clicks. I have netted 128 followers, have followed a fair amount of those, and connected with many on LinkedIn. A fairly productive 10 days.

I attended a seminar discussing social media marketing at law firms, where I live tweeted during the presentations. I was also able to network in person and make connections. This was a great experiment in making connections online and off. As I watched and listened to the seminar, I tweeted away.

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Better Brand Strategy Comes From Social Listening [Webinar Report]

The 2015 Media Trends report indicates shrinking newsrooms leave more stories needing storytellers than there are reporters available. Social media is breaking stories (60 percent on Instagram) with reporters playing catch up to John Q. Public’s first-hand accounts. Search engines and social media are key places to stay abreast of current happenings. As new users join the various social media platforms daily, and the audience grows, social media continues is the desired destination.

I recently attended a webinar, Is Social Listening Part of Your Brand’s DNA? hosted by Social Media Today’s Robin Fray Carey, with panelists: Lauren Harper, Nick Ayres, and Apryl Pilolli. The live tweeting experience was particularly eventful and is found under #SMTLive, we were even “trending” at one point. Check out the recording and slide deck. Continue reading

#MakingFriendsMonday: A Lesson in Social Media Engagement

Courtesy of Frank Kilgour

I am three weeks into my #MakingFriendsMonday initiative. This week I was less productive on Monday, busy with my day job and life, generally. However, I have taken my one-day initiative and made it a way of life throughout the entire week, which I think is actually more powerful than only one day focused on interaction. I have had great interactions with my tweeps, even taking it off Twitter to grow my LinkedIn network.

So what are my stats now? Impressions versus engagements: my impressions increased by over 4,000 units from the last Monday (4/20) to  this past Monday (4/27), but my engagements went down by just over 1%. Not what you want to hear, but I think I know why, so I can correct it. Continue reading