A Personal Branding Infographic
I was recently chatting with an up-and-coming professional speaker about some of the best presenters I’ve seen on stage. I immediately launched into an unplanned sales pitch for Gary Vaynerchuk, or Gary Vee, as many of us know him online. Within minutes I was citing important milestones in Vaynerchuk’s life, such as his pre-school move to the United States from what is now known as Belarus, his experience operating a number of lemonade stands when he was just eight years old, and his college years working in his parents’ liquor store. After I walked away from the conversation, I tried desperately to recall when I had seen the bestselling author speak, or more importantly, if I had ever met him in person.
While I have chatted with Vaynerchuk a few times over Skype, I slowly realized that I have never been in the same room as him (but have watched quite a few of his keynotes on YouTube). Nonetheless, here I was, a thousand miles away from where the well-known entrepreneur lives, spouting off personal details about his life. Yes, Vaynerchuk has achieved a long string of professional milestones in his career, but what makes many of us feel as though we know him is the stories he regularly shares about his life, including moments like this passionate rant from his airplane seat 30,000 feet in the air.
This excerpt originally appears here at the Wall Street Journal.
That “Like” button, it seems, can work two ways.
If a potentially embarrassing product has the popular Facebook button or Twitter icon next to it, consumers are less likely to buy than if the social-media links are missing, two marketing scholars have shown. But if a reputation-enhancing product has the links, consumers are more likely to buy.
In the study, nearly 200 people, ages 16 to 45, rated their likelihood of buying items presented on a mock shopping site. When men considered the acne medicine Clearasil and women looked at Spanx body-shaping underwear, ratings on an “intend to purchase” scale were 25% lower when social-media symbols were present. But when men looked at bike shorts and women at fashionable perfume, the likelihood of buying rose by about the same amount. The icons made consumers act as if they were under surveillance by their social networks, the authors said.
“The ‘Conspicuous Purchase’ Effect,” David Neal and Claudia Townsend, paper presented at the State of Style Conference, New York (February)
Just when you thought you had mastered the job search on all social media platforms, along came Pinterest.
What’s the Big Deal?
For those of you not in-the-know, Pinterest is a social networking site where people can create and share content within the context of visually-oriented pinboards. Its recent explosion in popularity has helped this site expand beyond cute baby/dog/porcupine photos and wedding event planning tips, which are still plentiful. Now, with something in the neighborhood of 6 million users, you’re a fish in a pretty big pond.
Instead of butting heads with the “big three” social media sites, Pinterest complements social media usage by tying into Facebook and Twitter.
Much like Facebook or Twitter, job seekers are using their Pinterest account to share portfolio work, personal content and yes, their resumes.
Apart from the fact that it’s still the hip new thing — and it still requires an invite, though it’s not hard to secure one — Pinterest serves as a new and convenient avenue for job seekers looking to share content. It’s not like a blog that demands attention, and it doesn’t run the risk of having that one obnoxious friend who tags you in photos you don’t remember.
Facebook has more than 800 million active users with more than 200 million added in 2011. Twitter now has 100 million active users every month with visitor growth up 60% this year. Social media has become a pervasive part of culture and digital life all around the world. It’s essential that brands understand how their fans and customers interact with them on Facebook and Twitter if they hope to leverage these great platforms and grow their businesses.
To get a better idea of how US consumers are interacting with brands in the social media space, AYTM conducted DIY market research utilizing our online consumer panel and survey tool. The highlights of our discoveries are encapsulated in this infographic.
Source: AYTM Market Research
Social-media profiles are increasingly important in building your business identity. “It’s a hugely powerful branding tool—and you have to be very strategic about building it,” says Nicole Williams, connection director for LinkedIn.
A key component is the profile picture. The New York City-based Ms. Williams, who primarily splits her time among three social-media sites—Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn—says it is crucial to strike the right tone.
First, you should have a profile picture. LinkedIn research shows that a page with a profile picture is seven times as likely to be viewed as a page without one, she says.
Think of these pictures as the modern-day version of the oil paintings that estate owners once commissioned. The smallest details in them will convey volumes. It’s best, Ms. Williams says, to have your profile picture feature you alone, not your pet or significant other. “Being so strongly identified with your dog or your husband might not be appropriate unless you’re a vet or a marriage counselor and that’s part of your professional image.”