What is your opinion on Branding?

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  1. BrianFanslau profile image60
    BrianFanslauposted 14 years ago

    I'm Interested in people's feelings on how Personal Branding via social media has been going for people. Also I'm interested in your approaches to social media as well. I'm doing a lot of research and have been making hubs related to Personal Branding and your input on this "trending" topic would be most helpful as I continue to define and create videos to help people learn Personal Branding with ease but I'm only one person and though I also have a company that does this very well for people it is a market that is always changing and diversifying since new forms of creative outlets are always on the move.

    Right now we currently use unique created hubs, Lead capture pages, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc... the list goes on for another 4 lines. What are your thoughts on Personal Branding online? Tips? Questions? lets figure it out here smile

                 Brian Fanslau

    1. prasannasutrave profile image57
      prasannasutraveposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Personal branding will help only after you become a successful person.

      1. Haunty profile image76
        Hauntyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I experience deep sorrow whenever people start talking about becoming successful just so. Don't you think you should first become skillful in something.

        1. tksensei profile image60
          tksenseiposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Why would that make you feel "deep sorrow"?

          1. Haunty profile image76
            Hauntyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            I would tell you but let's not destroy the initial purpose of this thread, ok? Anyway, you either get this or you don't I think.

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      ryankettposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      My advice is to be yourself, never be anything but yourself, and you never need to worry about 'branding'... your real name and a flashy pop art photo is sufficient branding.

      I think you may be referring to personal 'promotion', you already have the brand... its you, be yourself, by all means use promotion to 'sell yourself' but not to try and sell a brand.

  2. tksensei profile image60
    tksenseiposted 14 years ago

    Sounds painful!

  3. Pearldiver profile image68
    Pearldiverposted 14 years ago

    Yes I have Suffered From Branding for many years!!

    Not a lot I can do about it, but accept my fate hmm

    It's Okay though... I am ready to meet my maker - And Kick his Butt!! big_smile

    Thank you for asking. smile

  4. tksensei profile image60
    tksenseiposted 14 years ago

    I don't think it would destroy the thread to answer.

  5. kmackey32 profile image61
    kmackey32posted 14 years ago

    I don't get it! What is branding. I know what branding on animals means.

    1. Pearldiver profile image68
      Pearldiverposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      What?????  Are You Saying that you HAVEN'T Been Barcoded yet?

      Did you know that you must be barcoded by September 1st this year?

    2. Ultimate Hubber profile image65
      Ultimate Hubberposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Ah! This is where your inner blonde is speaking... kidding...

      The person means personal branding. Kind of building reputation on social sites.

      1. Pearldiver profile image68
        Pearldiverposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Barcoding is by far easier!!

        And..... It reduces the effect of Over Zealous Ego Syndrome! smile

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      ryankettposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      McDonalds is a brand, Starbucks is a brand, he is asking when he should 'brand' himself... just a symbol of how far society has sold out I guess!

  6. kmackey32 profile image61
    kmackey32posted 14 years ago

    lol u funny

  7. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 14 years ago

    I'm so appalled by this thread I can't even comment.

  8. Haunty profile image76
    Hauntyposted 14 years ago

    Nobody has rebuked me because Im not on Facebook as yet. Is this normal?

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    jennydreaposted 14 years ago

    I have to admit Branding is everything in business, but without any means of strategic marketing be it online or offline, your brand still would draw less customers.
    I’ve known this site http://brandmelive.com/blog1/power-coac … ll-series/ that helps and guides and individual or startup company on how to create your own unique brand that stands out from the rest. In less than a month, I assure you, you will start to experience great amount of success on your brand or business with the efforts you put in. Believe me, I’m one of the million that benefited from that site.

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    pgrundyposted 14 years ago

    It bothers me. It's everything I don't like about life and the internet and corporate life. Yuck. I'm not a product, I'm a person.

    I'm getting ready to drop off the charts for awhile and write a book. When I get it done I guess I'll have to make myself into a commodity. Until then I'm enjoying just being Pam. sad

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      ryankettposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Like me pgrundy, your 'brand name' appears to be the one that you were given very shortly after birth by your marketing team... oh, errr... I mean your parents!

      'Branding' is something which Wrestlers and Porn Stars do, I am an individual, so my real life name will suffice!

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        pgrundyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        LOL! My marketing team...er, my parents! That's good, Ryan.

        I respect people's right to recreate themselves online but I don't mind being who I am. I guess we all 'tweak' our online persona, but I draw the line at creating a 'brand'.

        On a more serious note, and in answer to Brian's question, I do thinking 'branding' will soon 'trend' downward. On what do I base this prediction? The death of the consumer economy, which is imminent, even if not everyone sees it on the horizon yet.

        My feeling is that five years from now personal groups will be very important, and there will be more barter, less marketing. More tribal sorts of groups, almost like the trade guilds of the Middle Ages.

        Someone will be along shortly to tell me I don't know crap, and I probably don't... but this is my feeling about it. smile

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          Leta Sposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Pam!  You don't know crap!  I'm totally offended by everything you have said here, and I demand that you give me equal time. 

          lol, sorry. smile

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            pgrundyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            Lita, thank you for dropping that other shoe! lol

            Now I can relax. smile

  11. BrianFanslau profile image60
    BrianFanslauposted 14 years ago

    Ok so from what I've read on this thread most people here have a grasp of what I mean by "Personally Branding" yourself I think.

    Personal branding is an effortless extension of you. Melding your character (strengths, talents, and vision) into a known entity that is recognized as an authority in your market. From this foundation we transform your authority into a strong reputation*.

    With this greater focus you will experience less resistance to success in your pursuits. Consistently applied, the science and art of personal branding will result in the attraction of clients and prospects seeking you.

    * be aware, you cannot control reputation, as reputation is held in the hearts and minds of others. A personal brand with a strong foundation will sustain and grow a reputation.

    What Personal Branding is…

    identifying and exemplifying your strengths and talents
    clear focus and purpose of work
    determining and portraying your express value
    differentiating yourself from the competition and other leaders
    attracting the right types of clients and prospects
    increased recognition and reputation in your market
    a concise effort to showcase your character
    What Personal Branding is not…

    your primary business
    a magic bullet to success
    public relations or propaganda
    just social media marketing
    an artificial extension of you

    This is our Definition of Personal Branding.

    We do not want you to feel as though you are pushing a product for someone else but rather helping to set yourself apart for who you are and your unique value you add to your social communities.

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      ryankettposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I still think that "personal branding" stands for a). not being yourself, and b). selling out.

      I don't want to be successful by creating an illusion, I want to be successful by being myself.

      If I started a company, I would take a marketing course and "brand" my company.... but myself? how do you seperate your real self from your faux self?

      I know too many people that get onto a good thing and have forgotten where they have come from. I will always be me, that in itself is a "success".

      Just my personal opinion, each to their own wink

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    Ghost32posted 14 years ago

    Maybe it's due to my ranch upbringing, but to me Branding means the application of red hot irons to unsuspecting, living hide/skin....

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    pgrundyposted 14 years ago

    I also think writing will not end but publishing as we once knew it will change dramatically--It already is changing. So marketing will be on a smaller scale, and it will be less about marketing and more about finding the creative niche where you can develop your craft fully.

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    Leta Sposted 14 years ago

    I dunno.  Is this like when you go to graduate school and you start painting or writing one way or one thing, and then everybody expects you to do that one thing because that is what you are supposedly 'known' for?  Or maybe you make some $$ off painting that one thing, and then you feel creatively stultified because you'll lose that bit of success if you try something different?

    I like to keep my actual creative work separate from the marketing end. 

    Marketing (and I work in Marketing/PR professionally) is there to service an existing product...  Branding as I know it is a happy and professional representation of whatever quality thing is being produced or which exists.

    Never really heard it termed towards people.  Sounds like something from one of those business seminars you're supposed to get so much out of and corporations pay $1000's to send you to.  They are usually quite SPECIAL, and oh, so educational.

    The season premiere of Mad Men was excellent last night, btw....

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    ralwusposted 14 years ago

    I don't know about all that stuff but i have a big Q branded on my right butt cheek. I don't mind it at all.

  16. BrianFanslau profile image60
    BrianFanslauposted 14 years ago

    "Maybe it's due to my ranch upbringing, but to me Branding means the application of red hot irons to unsuspecting, living hide/skin...."

    Lol that is what I told myself when I first started doing this. I thought about how hard it will be to switch this perception as I talk and learn about this.

    "I still think that "personal branding" stands for a). not being yourself, and b). selling out. "

    I would have to disagree and agree with what you said Ryan. Most people get the idea that they need to sell out and be someone they are not when they begin. But as Pam pointed out she just wants to be herself. This is what I believe personal branding should be. I think that when people create a "Brand" of themselves that it is more like making a consistency over their online presence.

    For instance if you google my name you will find I'm connected by over 19,000 pages when I wasn't only a few months ago. I chose my own name and made it consistent over all of my online profiles and have connected them together as much as I can so everywhere I go and wherever I spend my time it is easily tracked and recorded properly. I have control over what My name is associated with by over coming any possible slander within reason by simply being "out there"

    Google never forgets and when or if I need to show a possible employer my work or if they want to search me and find out who I am I've made it easy and available for them to find me and what I am all about.

    This has set me apart when I have consultations or am asked whether or not I have a good reputation online because I have the proof all backed up through online data. I literally have my profile "Google-able"

    A I develop as a person and learn my profile and the connections I've made continue to change and develop as well thus I keep my unique Brian-ness smile That is how I see personal branding and how I use it. It has helped me get jobs, as well as work. It also helps me prove my point when doing SEO that I can do what I say I can smile

    Very useful when jobs are scarce.

  17. Marisa Wright profile image88
    Marisa Wrightposted 14 years ago

    I don't see "Personal Branding" as selling out at all.  If you want to make money writing (or doing anything else online) you need to market yourself.  Whether you choose to use your real name or an alias, that's still "personal branding" - creating a recognisable, consistent representation of yourself online.

    Marisa Wright isn't my real name.  I chose it in the days when I fondly imagined I would be publishing a novel soon. I couldn't use my real name because a fairly well-known playwright is already using it (what a cheek!).

    The original reason for writing online was to build my "brand" so by the time the novel came out, I'd have a presence.  I suspect the book will never see the light of day - but try googling Marisa Wright and you'll find most of them are me.

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    Leta Sposted 14 years ago

    Ah, well, guys.  Relax.  I get it and see this wasn't a bad thing, at all really...  smile

    After you've heard those kinds of jargon terms a great deal, it gets a bit old/much after a while, I'd say.

    And some of us here enjoy satirical word play.  It's something of our 'brand,' I guess...  At least that's my excuse, and I'm sticking with it.

  19. BrianFanslau profile image60
    BrianFanslauposted 14 years ago

    I love it that is exactly how to use your "personal brand" smile

    1. NNazir profile image68
      NNazirposted 13 years ago

      Branding is great...and I love it...

      It's so because branding gives products (consumer, companies, ideas, people) and services identity, recognition...a distinct place and status...


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