Professional Coaches: The Top 4 Personal Branding Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

My name is Andria, and I am a professional brand strategist for entrepreneurs, especially “solopreneurs”. Personal branding is important in many industries, but personal branding for professional coaches is especially important and especially challenging. As a professional coach, your personality is a big part of the product. This stands in contrast to some other products, such as foods; if you like the taste of chocolate, you will buy chocolate candy no matter what the packaging or the advertising campaigns, because you know about the product beyond the brand. Conversely, when you are a professional coach, the only ways to attract new clients is through personal branding or through word of mouth.

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My goal as a professional brand strategist for coaches is to help you develop a brand strategy for their services. Because personal branding for professional coaches deserves to be treated as its own special category within the field of personal branding for entrepreneurs, Bomnipotent’s founder Creighton Wong and I have just written an e-book called Top 4 Personal Branding Mistakes Make by Professional Coaches – Learn How To Avoid Them. Here are some pieces of wisdom the book contains about personal branding for professional coaches.

  • The four Cs of personal branding
  • Saying just enough, but not too much, on your website
  • Examples of professional coaches who have successfully built personal brands for themselves
  • Ways that technology makes personal branding both easier and more challenging
  • Links to sites that can be helpful in developing your personal brand

The book discusses personal branding for professional coaches from the perspective of a professional brand strategist for professional coaches, but it is so much more than just a list of four mistakes and the solutions to them. You will learn about what personal brand strategy is and how to develop your own unique personal brand as a professional coach. Reading the book is an empowering experience; I do not believe that charisma and presence are something that you either have or you don’t. Instead, the book focuses on things you can do to build your personal brand whether you are just starting out as a professional coach or whether you have been working in the professional coaching field for a while and want to strengthen your brand identity or appeal to a different audience in addition to the client base you already have.

What do you do about negative comments about your business online? What about social media, which can easily put you in contact with any potential friend and just as quickly turn that friend into an enemy? These are challenges faced by many professional coaches, even ones who are careful and meticulously strategize about how they present their businesses and personal brands. Our book contains advice about how to respond to these challenges and many others that you as an independent professional coach face in today’s Internet age. The advice you will learn can help you publicize your company and your services to build a loyal customer base.

If you are really serious about developing your personal brand in order to enhance your coaching career, then sign up for our free webinar, Top 4 Personal Branding Mistakes Made by Professional Coaches. The webinar will take place on October 19, 2016. Not only is the webinar absolutely free, but everyone who attends will receive a FREE copy of our e-book, Top 4 Personal Branding Mistakes Made by Professional Coaches.

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DIY Project – Marketing and Promoting Your Personal Brand

Most entrepreneurs, paid experts, or consultants don’t have a lot of cash to burn on marketing. For those whose goal is to monetize their expertise, an online marketing strategy and self-promotion is a must! As a personal brand strategist and online marketing consultant, there are various free or minimal-cost ways to market and promote your company and/or services.

online-marketing-1246457_1280Here are some free or low cost marketing tactics you can do today to quickly start building reputation, authority, as well as generate leads for your services.

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  • Search Engine Optimize your website. It’s worth the investment to hire someone to help you optimize your website for Google searches. You don’t need to spend a fortune. You can find top people on fiverr.com or upwork.com. Don’t forget clients may exist in your own backyard, so SEO your website for local search rankings, as well!
  • SEO blog posts for keywords. Make sure to SEO blog posts for key search words which help build your Google search rankings. WordPress plugins, such as Yoast and All In One SEO Pack Pro) makes it simple to do.
  • Be consistent with content publishing schedule. It doesn’t matter how much you publish, just try to be consistent in your content schedule. Stick to what works best for you – daily, bi-weekly, weekly, or monthly. Just be consistent and SEO content!
  • Crowd source for writers. Have great ideas for content? If you have the ideas, but not the time, don’t fall into the trap of writing everything yourself. Even NY Times Bestsellers have collaborators and editors. Hire affordable and professional writers/editors for content (i.e. blog posts, copy, social media posts, and eBooks) on sites like crowdcontent.com and fiverr.com.
  • Start your own digital newspaper.   Curate content that’s aligns with your customers’ interests and automatically share that content on social media, and own your own website. For example, I have The Personal Brand Buzz.
  • Interest breeds authenticity. All your competitors are looking for customers in the same places. Stand out from your competition. Find out what your clients and prospects like to do for fun or social causes. For example, maybe they like to surf. Write a blog post connecting that interest with what you do.  Write about some of your own personal interests. You never know when something you have an authentic passion for will also build a connection with a prospect.

CONNECTIONS:

  • Leverage personal connections. Identify 10–15 people on your LinkedIn account who can recommend, refer, or hire your services. See if you can determine who they might know that can be a good fit for your services. Be specific on who you are looking to connect to, and most importantly ask them “How can I help build your success?” Reap the benefits by paying the favor forward.
  • Build an email list. People love free stuff! Write a book, white paper, or tip sheets. Create a pop-up or lead page on a website and offer a free download after people enter their email. Use Evercontact.com app to capture contact info in emails.
  • Stay in touch. Use Mailchimp.com and send an email to your list at least once a month with a new blog post, link to a relevant study or article, or tools that your think you people find helpful in their day-to-day work or personal life.
  • Join and attend Meetup.com. Meetup groups are a great way to meet and connect with prospective clients as well as fellow peers.  And, if there is not one near you, create your own Meetup.com group.
  • Offer pro bono services. Is there a non-profit or charity organization whose members are ideal clients for you? For example, I do pro bono marketing for my daughter’s PTA fundraiser, which has a number of parents who are consultants and entrepreneurs.
  • Attending an industry or networking event. Connect with the speakers and panelists at the sessions. They tend to be industry influencers and have extensive personal and professional connections.  Make sure to follow-up by connecting on social media, or see if you can meet for coffee.

PR/MEDIA:

  • Get free PR. Find opportunities to serve as an expert source for media by signing up for FREE at haro.com or bottlesource.com. One client who did this was successfully featured in press such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Business Insider.
  • Who doesn’t like free publicity? Interview a client, a follower, or influencer for your blog or a video and share on social media. Make sure to include their handle in the social media post. Helping them look good will only have positive effects for your reputation.
  • Think like a spy! Use Spyauthority.com or Klout.com to find top influencers by topic. Follow to see what they write about. Write comments on their blog as a way to build relationships and strengthen your influence.
  • Express yourself. Read an interesting blog, article, or watched a compelling news segment? Write a comment about what you liked or counter point. Add to the conversation.   A friend made poignant commentary on a CNN blog post and ended up later being featured in a CNN segment story.

SPEAKING:

  • Speak up! Speaking is a great way to build your reputation as a paid expert, as well as generating word-of-mouth marketing leads for your services.
  • Where to speak? Connect with planners for events, chapters, or local professional organizations to see if there are opportunities for you to serve as a panelist, a presenter for a live event, or webinar guest. Also, check out expertfile.com and speakermatch.com where you may find some great opportunities.
  • Do more than speak. Stand out from your competitors by adding extra value as a speaker. Offer to promote their event on your own social media, write a blog post or vlog for their website, or do a free webinar to help them promote their event. Added value for event organizers enhances your repeat opportunities.
  • Don’t let people go away empty handed. Most adults learn visually, so offer a free tip sheet or link to your slide presentation via slideshare.com. Share your session with the event #hashtag or twitter account with a link to a free download of additional content material. Organizers and attendees LOVE THIS!
  • Offer a free webinar. A great way to showcase your expertise, promote your brand, build social proof, and generate leads.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

  • LinkedIn is a Must! A LinkedIn account is a must to build your authority and reputation as an expert. Publish your blog posts on LinkedIn, join relevant groups for target markets, and offer advice or comments for group questions, or ask questions for fostering further discussions
  • Manage your social media. Social media can be a time sucker. Post 5 times a day on social media. Plan out and schedule your content using tools like Buffer.com or klout.com to manage, as well as track analytics.
  • Don’t forget to share your blog post. For each blog post create 5 different tweets about your blog post to go out at various times within a 24 hour span, as well as post to other social media accounts..
  • What’s hot today? Each day look at what is trending on twitter. Join in the conversation by retweeting, adding a comment, or creating at tweet. Find ways to connect the topic discussion back to your brand.
  • Make a video on your smartphone. People love video. Create a 90 second “How To” video using your smart phone and share on social media. Need a video editor? Check out upwork.com or thumbtack.com.
  • Build followers:Refollow.com is a great tool to help you build your Twitter audience. You want to try and keep your Twitter follower and following to a 1:1 ratio. Clean house periodically and unfollow those who don’t follow to keep your Twitter feed fresh.

Questions: What marketing tactics have you tried that have generated good results? What is the one thing you struggle with the most when marketing your expertise and personal brand? Share your answers on LinkedIn or Twitter.

About Andria Younger

Andria Younger is a personal brand strategist and marketing consultant in New York City and ranked in LinkedIn’s Top 25 for personal branding. Follow Andria on Twitter or check out Andria’s personal branding blog at andriayounger.com.


3 Things Your Website Must Do to Communicate Your Personal Brand

As a Personal Brand Strategist that has worked for entrepreneurs, founders and consultants, I often get asked the question,

“What are the most important things I need to do to communicate my brand on my website?”

If you are in the midst of creating a personal brand or reinventing your brand, it’s critical to remember that this process is all about YOU. Your brand is essentially you telling your story in your own voice. No matter what you are offering to prospective clients, you must be the center of your brand.

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And for those who are looking to position themselves as a paid expert, generate leads for services, or sell products, a website is a must, but only if it is properly branded. When done correctly, it will be the foundational centerpiece of your business to market, promote and monetize your brand.

One person who does this extremely well is Michael Hyatt, who is a virtual mentor, author and professional development expert. He has mastered the art of the personal brand, as you can see here.

Website by Michael Hyatt at www.michaelhyatt.com.

Website by Michael Hyatt at www.michaelhyatt.com.

I really like Michael’s website because it’s clean and simple, and he uses highly quality personal photos that capture his energy. You can immediately see the type of mentor he is from these pictures alone. In addition, the tone is warm, inviting and friendly. And most importantly, his site clearly communicates that he is an expert in personal and professional development, while at the same time showing what his brand stands for.

3 Things Your Website Must Do to Communicate Your Personal Brand

1. Be clear about what you do. Companies and people pay for expertise and accessibility. If a person visits your website and can’t figure out what you do, they are not going to hire, refer, or recommend your services. CLICK! They just moved on! Communicating a consistent brand message across all platforms (print, social, content, speaking and pr/media) is essential to your personal brand strategy. I have found this step alone, being clear and consistent about what you have to offer, has of helped most of my clients to be able to increase their consulting fees by up to 50% in one year alone.

What to Avoid: Don’t just list everything you can do on your website. I see this a lot with my highly accomplished clients. You might think it makes you look impressive, but it comes across as unprofessional, “small player” and, even worse, generalist (the kiss of death for a paid expert).

Tip: Focus in what you enjoy doing vs. everything you can do (there’s a difference). Write down, in five words or less, exactly what you do, and stick to that. For example, “strategic marketing strategist.” It’s simple, clean and to-the-point.

2. Connect on a deeper emotional level. People buy from people. There’s an emotional element to making a purchase or hiring an expert. A website needs to communicate a personal brand that is trustworthy and authentic by connecting to people on a deep, emotional level. This can be done through shared experiences, passions, challenges, and interests.

This is what I call Interest Breeds Authenticity. Think about it. Who would you trust more and hire, someone that shares similar interests, passions and experiences as yourself or someone that just uses generic messaging, buzz words, stock images and the same old same old? Building an emotional connection through shared interests gives you a unique competitive advantage over your competitors, especially when trying to “play big” in the wider marketplace.

What to Avoid: It’s always good to understand what competitors are doing, but don’t let competitors define who you are or what your website looks like. Your website needs to reflect you who are as a person. It should showcase your unique perspectives, skills and talents.

Tip: Do you share a common interest, passion, or hobby with your clients and target market? One of my former clients, Jonathan B. Smith, is a high- growth business expert, author of Optimize for Growth: How to Scale Up Your Business, Your Network and You, as well as a pilot. I was able to combine his business expertise with his love of flying into beautiful, captivating homepage images that showcased both his personal and professional sides. We also worked on creating a blog post connecting flying to scaling up businesses, which made him stand out from his competitors in a unique way.

Website by Jonathan B. Smith at www.chiefoptimizer.com

Website by Jonathan B. Smith at www.chiefoptimizer.com

3. What is the story behind your brand? Personal branding is all about telling your story in your own voice. It’s important to share the story of how you become an expert or authority in your field, or what brought you into this particular business in the first place. You also want to share the mission of your brand, particularly if it’s personally motivated. And don’t just do this once. Its important to tell your story in a variety of ways across different platforms such as videos, photos, blogs, podcasts or on your website.

What to avoid: While you want your website to be personal, you need to be careful not to share too much information in a way that could jeopardize your reputation. Only share personal and professional experiences that tie directly to what you are trying to accomplish with your business and leave the posts of your most recent vacation or night on the town to your private accounts.

Tip: For inspiration on how to use storytelling as part of your branding strategy, look at other websites outside of your industry. Can you incorporate some of their storytelling styles and branding elements into your own website? For example, a leadership development strategist might look at websites of top celebrity wedding planners.

Remember, when it comes to developing a successful personal brand strategy to monetize your expertise and “play big” in the marketplace, it’s important to develop a personal brand strategy for your website which clearly communicates who you are, what you do and why you’re different. It’s that personal connection through your website which is going to set you apart from your competition, position you as a “go to” expert and put you on your way to building a successful personal brand.

Question: What is your personal story of how you became an expert? Share your answers on LinkedIn or Twitter.

About Andria Younger

Andria Younger is a personal brand strategist.  Andria provides personal brand consulting services to entrepreneurs, consultants, CEOs, and founders on how to brand and market themselves as paid experts, as well as coached them how to “play big” in the B2B marketplace. Follow Andria on Twitter or read her personal brand blog at andriayounger.com.


What Does Your Email Branding Say About You

We all send out tons of emails to clients, service partners, connecting with peers, perspective clients, or follow-ups on leads. If you don’t have a branded look for your email signature, you are missing an opportunity to showcase your expertise, make new connections, and generate leads for your service or product.

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If you do not have an effective, branded email signature, people may interpret you as not being professional, a small player in the market, or worse they may think your content is SPAM email.

What message are you sending?

As a personal brand strategist who works with entrepreneurs, consultants, CEOs, and founders to brand and position themselves as paid experts in their industry, coaching them on how to “play big” in the B2B marketplace, I’m shocked at the number of emails I receive with only a first name. First impressions count in this crazy digital world we live in.

A branded email signature is a simple and quick place to start to create your own visual personal brand identity as a paid expert, “play big”, as well as standout from the competition.

Why is this important?

Here’s what happened to me over the summer. I attended the Small Business Expo 2015 here in New York City. Entrepreneurs are one of my target markets. One of the most popular events was the speed networking session (i.e. speed dating for entrepreneurs). You meet with a fellow entrepreneur every 5 minutes. Crazy! I must have met with over 40 fellow entrepreneurs during this event. When I followed-up to request a face-to-face meeting with a potential service partner, I instantly received a reply back. He said, “Your signature is great…I remember you and would definitely like to meet”. The result, I found a great service partner who can help my clients market their products and services, as well as cross-refer each other business.

Create a Visual Branded Identity for Email in 5 Minutes

Below is simple personal brand strategy for you to follow to create your own visual brand for email in 5 minutes. This is what has worked for my clients, and myself.

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  1. Sign up for Wisestamp.com – It’s my “go to” branding tool to create a strong branded signature for email. I’ve used it for over three years. It’s simple and easy to use. Interfaces great with Gmail, AOL, and Yahoo Mail. They offer a free version, but I use the upgraded version, which allows for greater customization. Or if you are tech savvy and can deal with their limitations, you can design your own signature for free in your email program’s signature field settings.

  2. Key Information – You will need a professional avatar/headshot. The following key information should be listed in your email signature: full names with credentials, expertise/title, phone number, email address, website address with link, link to social media accounts, as well as link to content (i.e, blog, ebook, book, webinar, etc.). If you don’t have any original content, maybe link to an article/blog post you think people may find helpful. You want to position yourself as a resource or “go to” person to help solve problems or provide solutions. Also, when it comes to linking to social media accounts, a LinkedIn account is a must.

  3. Turn Signature On – Turn your email signature setting on and start sending and replying to those emails.

Remember, when it comes to developing a successful personal brand strategy to monetize your expertise and “play big” in the marketplace, one action you can do today is create a visual brand for your email. It’s that personal connection through email which is going to set you apart from your competition, position you as a “go to” expert, and put you on your way to building a successful personal brand.

Questions: What message are you sending with your email signature? How else can you stand out from the competition? Share your answers on Twitter or Linkedin.

About Andria Younger

Andria Younger is a personal brand strategist.  Andria provides personal brand consulting services to entrepreneurs, consultants, CEO, and founders on how to monetize their expertise and build their online reputation, as well as coached them how to “play big” in the B2B marketplace.  Follow Andria on Twitter.


What do you want to know about personal branding?

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Each week I get many inquiries from entrepreneurs, business authors, and consultants about how to brand and position themselves as paid experts in the B2B marketplace. Some FAQs I’ve received include:

What are the steps I need to take to brand and position myself as an expert?

How do I monetize my personal brand?

How do I figure out my target market?

How did I take a business author from $300K to $2 million in three years?

If I’m employed full time, can I brand and position myself as a paid expert while still working?

Do I need to have a website?

How do I market myself as a paid expert?

How do I get into the professional speaking business?

Do I need to write a book?

…and the list goes on. I love the input because I’m very passionate about helping individuals tap into the power of their personal brand and play big in the B2B marketplace. I want to learn how I can better help you better create, build, and monetize your personal brand.

So, what burning questions do you have about branding and positioning yourself as a paid expert?

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Free Live Personal Branding Webinar on March 26th

Are you an entrepreneur, author, or consultant who knows how to solve big problems for the B2B marketplace?   The thought of branding oneself can simply be overwhelming.   From websites to social media, you see all of the potential and opportunity yet are struggling with the right starting point.  Join Andria Younger on March 26th at 2pm ET for a Free Live Webinar: Silent Branding Tactics to Play Big in the B2B Marketplace..  Andria will share silent branding tactics for entrepreneurs, authors, and consultants to “Play Big” in the B2B marketplace.

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— How our clients have been able to increase their fees over 50% within a year.

— 10 silent branding tactics you can use to position yourself as the “Go To” company

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How to Become a Thought Leader

How to become a thought leader

“Thought leaders” are the experts in their niche.  They are the people that everyone comes to for more information.  Thought leaders are the authorities on the movements and progress of their chosen field, and they are the people that proclaim the direction that the field will take.  Becoming a thought leader can take time, but you can begin the process immediately.  Establishing credibility is a common first step, and there are several ways to go about achieving that.

Publish something…anything. 

The unfortunate truth about the general public is that they tend to believe what they read.  Headlines in newspapers, or spotlight articles online, or a random blog can all lead to opinion being mistaken for fact.  This can be used to the advantage of someone trying to establish themselves in a particular field.  In today’s world, getting something posted, printed or published has never been easier.  Write a book on the topic in which you are trying to establish your expertise and make it available for free online.  Market the link to that free book to members of your community.  Allow them all to read what you have to say and they will help you establish yourself as a leader or an expert.  Post an article on a free blog and email the link to your database of peers.  These things can help you gain credibility in your field.

Have a plan…any plan.

Thought leaders have a plan of some kind involving the chosen topic.  They have a purpose for wanting to spread their knowledge.   If you are just offering opinion, some will listen and some will not.  If you have a plan to make something better, to improve a situation for someone, somewhere, then people are much more apt to lend you their ear.

Be Sincere.

If you truly care about your topic, that will resonate with your audience. People who truly are engaged in a topic can smell a fraud a mile away.


How to Become an Influencer

How to become an influencer

In any organization, membership or group there are leaders and there are followers.  If your intent is to become an influencer then you cannot wait at the back of the line.  There are several ways to establish yourself as an influential member in any group, if you have the courage to jump out in front.

Seek out leadership roles.

Observe and learn the authority placements in your group.  Are there official positions like President, Vice-president and treasurer?  If so, run for one of those spots at the first opportunity.  You don’t need to win the spot in order to have your opinions regarded with respect.  Simply running for the position displays to all of the members that you care a great deal about the happenings of the organization and you want to be an active participant in its operation.  This will also put you in a position to have a voice in agreeing or disagreeing with the elected leadership, and will allow others in the group to come to you to discuss their opinions.

Lead by example

In any organization, if you want to be a person of influence you must take an active role.  Very often that means taking a physically active role in any group activity. If your group is doing a fund raiser, be the first one there and the last one to leave.  Work harder than anyone else while you are there.  If there is a chance to meet the people that the fundraiser is helping, get involved.  Get out front and do everything you can to be the face of the organization on that day, at that event.

Whatever you do to advance yourself, do it publicly.

Make sure that everyone knows what you are doing, what you have done, and what you are willing to do.  That sort of thing can establish you as a leader, gain you respect from the congregation, and help put you in a position to influence matters greatly.

Following these guidelines will help you gain a foothold in your group, grow your influence within the membership and eventually make you a major force in any decision making process.


10 Silent Branding Tactics of Successful Speakers

Happy New Year, Everyone! Last week, I hosted my first Webinar, Silent Branding Tactics of Successful Speakers. If your dream is to become a professional speaker or you want to take your speaking career to the next level, I’ve posted the Webinar on the Cre8iv Branding YouTube channel. Check it out!

10 Silent Branding Tactics of Successful Speakers

Whether you are new to speaking, or simply looking to take your speaking career to the next level, there are 10 key steps you can do today to establish your personal brand, get your voice heard, get paid, and play in the million dollar professional speaker club.

1. Start Building Your Social Media Platform Yesterday – If you are thinking of writing a book, speaking, or want to be seen as an authority, you have to have a social media strategy. For speaker, you must have a LinkedIn and a Twitter account. LinkedIn is all about promoting your abilities to potential clients who can recommend, refer, and hire you as a speaker.

2. Tap Into Existing Resources – Don’t recreate the wheel…use what you already have! Use your passion, unique perspectives, skills, talents, connections, accomplishments, and intellectual property to create a personal brand so you stand apart from your competition.

3. Keep It Simple and Professional – Clear messaging across multiple platforms (i.e. website, content, video, and social media) to communicate “Who You Are” and “What You Do” is required for the Fortune 500. When writing and designing, think mobile device. Use a Word Press Responsive design template; crowdsource for a top web developer and copywriter, and you can have a great looking, professional site for a fraction of the price.

4. What’s Your Story? – People connect to people on an emotional level. People want to know why you are so passionate about what you do. They want to feel that you understand their challenges, dreams, and aspirations. When they feel they get you, you’ve got them!

5. Leverage and Build Connections – Speaking is a very “word -of-mouth” industry. It is critical to build relationships to those people who can refer, recommend, or hire your services.  It will be through word-of-mouth marketing and your professional network which will generate the most engagements for you. Also, the more people see you as an influencer and authority the more they will seek you out to add you to “their” professional network.

6. Make People Into Rock Stars – Make the person who hires you look like a “Rock Star” in the eyes of the higher ups in their companies…your “Rock Star”. This is about getting to know the person on a personal level and doing more than just showing up for the presentation. Offer to participate in interviews, writing an article or blog post, Webinar, or leveraging your connections to help their business or career.

7. Content Is King – Don’t waste your money on a pricey website, instead invest your time and money into producing quality content around your key search words and pain points of your clients. You don’t have to post a lot, just start with two 500-700 word blog posts a month. If you have a lot of IP, don’t recreate the wheel. Repurpose what you have. Content (white papers, articles, blogs, video, interviews, eBooks, etc.) is how people do their vetting and determine your social worth as an authority. This is critical for marketing in order to create the momentum, awareness, and generating 90% of the clicks coming to your website.

8. Get Your Voice Heard – Look for speaking opportunities through professional associations or online sites, such as speakerfile.com or speakermatch.com. Or write! A great place to find opportunities to serve as an expert source or be interviewed for an article is HARO.com, and it’s FREE. Or take matters in your own hands, and produce your own Webinar. All of these opportunities to will help increase your influence and authority, building your reputation.

9. Use Technology – Technology and crowdsourcing have leveled the playing field to a point where it is possible for an individual and small business to compete against “The Big Guys”. Use crowdsourcing sites, such as Freelancer.com and ODesk.com, to find top talent to help with your writing, PR, web development, and graphic design at a fraction of the cost. Also, Vook.com is a great digital publishing company being used by top thought leaders, such as Seth Godin and Gary Vaynerchuck. Make sure to use Google Analytics to study your return on investment on branding and marketing, giving you insights into how visitors use your site, how they arrived on your site, and how you can keep them coming back.

10. Test – Evaluate – Reiterate – Constantly test and measure responses to your marketing campaigns. This helps drive better campaigns with tighter focus on your message platform, building community, and increasing your response rates. My rule of thumb with all my clients is to start small testing your messaging and marketing to see what generates the most leads, retweets, requests for speaking, or interviews.

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