personal branding

So what do I know about personal branding?  I have only been blogging for a little more than 2 years, and tweeting for just over three years. Well, that is actually part of my story…

This is why I updated my slides on personal branding and challenge everyone in business to wake up and get social and to realize that there is no separation between our work and personal lives.

It’s time to start telling your story and growing your network.

Through this content + connections model, your influence grows and you too can become a positive voice in the marketplace, on topics you are passionate about. And you can earn the power to influence a future boss, a future employee, a future customer, a future partner or a future investor in your business.

Now I know what you are thinking: “I’m too old. I don’t have the time and I don’t see the value.” But these are the same excuses people use for why they don’t hit the gym or eat better.

So stop kidding yourself and start contributing to the social business world. You will help yourself and your business too.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. And please follow along on TwitterLinkedInFacebook and Google+ or Subscribe to the B2B Marketing Insider Blog for regular updates.

About Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner is the Head of Strategy for the leading content marketing platform, NewsCred. He is also the author of B2B Marketing Insider, a contributor to Forbes and a frequent speaker at industry events covering topics such as marketing strategy, social business, content marketing, digital marketing, social media and personal branding.  Follow Michael on Twitter (@BrennerMichael)LinkedInFacebook and Google+ and Subscribe to B2B Marketing Insider by Email

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  1. Jay Oza said…

    Good post Michael.

    Short, simple and relevant.

  2. andy said…

    maybe im missing it, but ive reread it a few times -what are the 4 tips?

    • Michael Brenner said…

      Sorry Andy but they are in the slideshare deck:
      1. Define audience and set objectives
      2. Build it in to every day
      3. Build relationships
      4. Follow the new content rules

  3. kenny said…

    i love Dan schwabel’s definition of a pewrsonal brand but i must say let’s be careful here ” Daddy when i grown up i want to be a logo”

    We are human beings not brands. If this is relating to Dan’s definition i am all for it. If its about human being become brands then what a abhorrent thing to want to become.

    • Michael Brenner said…

      Kenny, maybe a review of the definition of “brand” would be helpful. Logos are so far from the reality of what a brand is that I think this is important.

      Ries and Trout once said “a brand is simply a perception in the mind of the consumer.” So whether you like it or not, people are perceiving you and your business. Focusing on your personal perception (or brand) will allow you to see what elements of your activity allow you to have higher or lower levels of perception and for which traits.

      You and your business have different brands because you are perceived as something by those who interact with you. Brands are not logos or colors or powerpoint templates or website urls or ad campaigns or slogans. Brands are what your connections perceive you to be. And you have the power to influence that perception.

      I hope that helps!

  4. Tom De Baere said…

    I think every serious marketer should do this. You learn so much about digital marketing, and it boosts your personal brand a the same time.

    Best regards,


  5. Casandra Miska said…

    Thank you Michael for defining brand as ‘what people’s perception of our business is’. That is an easier way to explain and to look at it.

  6. Jacob Yount said…

    This was a good overview on your work in personal branding, Michael and pulling and tying together what it’s all about. I’ve always enjoyed and agreed with your teaching on personal life + work life being having no difference…especially in this day and age.

    Hope your summer is winding down nicely.

    • Michael Brenner said…

      Thanks Jacob, I learned these lessons in my own social media journey. When I present this in person, I sometimes tell a story about posting a funny story on Facebook about my son who kicked me in the shin right after saying he learned how to do yoga (he was 3 and I think confused with karate).

      But then all these people I worked with in the present or past started liking and commenting on it. I remember thinking that if I was truly using Facebook to it’s advantage I would be communicating personal things to professional contacts. So to make a long story, short(er), there is no difference between our professional and personal lives.

      Thanks for your support and encouragement!

  7. kenny said…

    Michael, great clarification and 100% agree with that.

  8. Good points Michael. Nowadays the value of personal and professional reputation is increasing and it becomes even more important than one’s CV.

  9. Mike Roberts said…

    Thanks for your post Michael.

    To the objection of “I don’t have time,” I often say “if half your leads, customers, new opportunities and partnerships came from social and personal branding it would be worth doing wouldn’t it?”

    There are plenty of case studies out there now where this is possible if people hit a minimum threshold of time and resources investment. Sending out a few tweets won’t have any benefit.

    I go into more detail in this video blog post:

    Thanks again for your post!

  10. Dan Harris said…

    Brands to me equal a promise made to your core audience, followed by, hopefully, an experience that meets and or exceeds the promise. My recommendation would be for people to SWOT themselves. Identify their own strengths, weaknesses, areas for opportunity and the threats that will face them in the market they engage in and THEN and only then create your personal brand promise. Thanks for sharing this topic.

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