I received back–to–back subscription emails last week that both talked about branding. The buzz about branding is definitely getting louder.
And it should be. In today’s competitive market place, winning market distinction is about understanding your unique and authentic brand … and leveraging that difference to win market differentiation. What is “different,” gets noticed. Commodity is the status quo.
ERE Daily suggested using a one word strategy. Think about the people with whom you interact and/or do business. What is the one word that comes immediately to mind when you think about him or her? That first impression is their brand … despite a tag line or brand statement to the contrary.
The same is true for you. While a 360–assessment is the best way to begin identifying your brand, you can try the one word test on others. Ask them to tell you the one word that first comes to mind when they hear your name. If 10 different people give you 10 different answers, you have a brand problem.
The Women for Hire newsletter talked about cybersabotage. That is when posts, comments, and responses made online in the heat of passion; or even unknowingly, carelessly, thoughtlessly, or recklessly; or perhaps in jest or in fun collide with Google.
Last year’s stats reflected that 63% of recruiters Googled a candidate’s name prior to talking with them. A Harris Poll showed that 23% of individuals Googled a colleague prior to meeting with them for the first time. With Google now a verb in our every day vocabulary, these numbers are climbing rapidly.
The challenge becomes creating a clear and compelling brand rather than an eclectic collection of things about you that sends a confusing, or even undesirable, message.
Be part of the buzz. Tell us what you know about your brand.