Do you have a personal brand? A lot of people get wrapped up in what that means when really it’s quite simple. Your personal (online) brand is how you portray yourself to the online community.
Lara as mom
Years ago, my primary online brand was “mom”. I tweeted about “mom” things, I blogged about my kids, and my profile picture portrayed that. You could expect more conversations about lack of sleep and crying babies than anything else. Though I still do talk about my kids online (because being a mother is such a major part of who I am) it is no longer what I focus in my online personality.
Lara as a professional
As I decided to start a business doing social media consulting instead of returning back to my old communications career I knew I needed to change that online brand to one that was more professional. I started talking more about social media, sharing articles of interest and establishing myself as an expert in my field. I don’t talk quite as much about my kids or my personal life anymore (though I still do!) As cute as my kids are, they couldn’t be part of my online image any more.
Instead I decided to get professional head shots done.I highly recommend professional headshots to anyone who is online for their business. A well executed professional photo will always give you more credibility than a photo you took with your webcam or of you by the pool (unless you’re a pool salesperson or you work at a resort :)
I use the same photo across all channels at the same time, which makes people remember me. I know that if I’m meeting with someone for the first time they are going to be able to walk into a room and recognize me.
What else is part of my brand?
- I don’t swear online
- I will not trash anyone
- I try to be friendly and approachable
- I try to be fun(ny) and not overly serious