Do you know which forces will drive your businesses’ marketing efforts in 2018? Do you understand how to quickly have an impact on your conversions and sales, even if your knowledge of such complex topics as SEO, content personalization and A/B testing is limited? If the answer is no, fear not. Here’s what you need to know.
According to Kylie Rowe, a local Reno professional who recently gave a presentation on personal branding at a Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET) event, your personal brand exists whether you like it or not. Personal branding is about taking ownership of your actions online, choosing to play an active role in your own process of unfolding, and deciding to leverage the web to build your networks in a way that supports the goals you want to achieve. It also is consistent with your life offline.
We live in a digital world and who we are online is (almost) everything. Sure, we can argue that face-to-face relationship building and in-person contact is the most memorable, effective and lasting, but there are billions of us online and that’s where we spend most of our time learning and connecting. If we don’t take control of how we’re perceived through our personal brand and how we digitally represent ourselves, then we’re leaving it up to the world wide web, or the last time your wildest Facebook friend tagged you in a public post.
A frequent topic of debate when discussing brand (what a company, product, city, university or person is known for) is character vs. reputation. Most will agree that character drives reputation, but in this new world of fast-moving decisions and nonstop information, people don’t always have the luxury of time to learn about your character before deciding if they want to do business with you.
Brand-building in the digital age feels daunting. How do you learn about your audiences? What are “channels” and how do you use them? How do you make your website and social media efforts matter? The Abbi Agency in Reno just finished development of a cohesive brand for Butte County in California, and our process likely holds promise for other organizations building their own brands.
If you could more efficiently grow your business, increase your brand awareness, and bring in more revenue with less up-front costs, less risk and more control, would you? You can – through webinars. A webinar is a live, interactive seminar done online. It’s an effective method for you to engage an audience. According to the Content Marketing Institute, more than 60 percent of marketers are using webinars as part of their marketing campaigns.
Social media users are looking for bite-sized pieces of information that they can process easily as they scroll through their news feed, and it is up to brands to capture the attention of their audiences quickly to make a lasting impression. In the age of GIFs, thumb-stopping videos and a whopping 1.59 billion monthly active Facebook users, the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings more true than ever before. By establishing a cohesive brand image through visual assets you can capture the attention of your audience and make yourself memorable. Use these tips to tell your brand story through visuals.