If you have an invention, product, or service that you are trying to sell it may be difficult for others to purchase it if no one knows who you are.
Think about it, if you are standing in a grocery store looking at two items and contemplating on which one to buy you will probably go for the name brand product. The Coca Cola versus the cheap store brand. It’s something that we barely even think about because we encounter it on a daily basis, making us attracted to name brands.
Building your brand is one of the very first things you should do even before starting your own business. Mainly because people want to see the person behind the product, who they are buying from, and why they should buy from them versus anyone else. I built up my personal brand straight out of college and it took me 5 years to build up my influencer status, my companies, and the trust with my customers to buy from me.
I have also helped numerous other people build up their personal brands over the past couple of years that has helped them accomplish big things. Currently, my company and I are working with Mia Rocks, a 15-year-old girl who is creating a message of anti-bullying through her music. We are helping her create her personal brand and launching a crowdfunding campaign to fund her first album. Mia being 15 years old, allows her to get a head start in her future because she is learning the ways to build up her brand in order to be an influencer in the music industry. She often uses sites like strummerrecordings.com so she can find out what’s going on in the music industry and keep up with current trends and that shows just how committed she really is.
Over the past couple of months, she has built up a following on different social media channels that is allowing her to become a figure in her industry. Having a following is just the start of gaining an audience, especially when it comes to getting something like music out there. Initially, a friend of Mia’s recommended her to check out sites like IncrediTools to find tools that would allow her to monitor her progress when it came to building her social profiles, but over time, she found that posting engaging content and engaging with her audience was the easiest way for her to gain more followers and get her music out to the right people. As well as focusing on social media, Mia is also well on her way to writing a book about anti-bullying, which will definitely help her climb the ladder of becoming a music icon.
Many of the things I have done, Mia has done, and the people who I have helped have done themselves, which are simple steps that you can do too. People make it harder than it may seem, but there are tips that you can start implementing today in order to become a person of influence. Starting with these simple steps can help you grow your brand faster than you may think.
First of all, focus on the area that you want to be known for. In the long run, whether it is in the entertainment, fashion, or music industry you have to niche down to exactly what others are going to look at you as. This will help you create content that is going to be relevant for the industry that you are in. When you are starting out it’s important to focus in on one area, become a pro at it, and then move onto the next.
Secondly, start doing things that will make you stand out in the crowd. People in the world are wanting to do the exact same thing that you are trying to pursue. Therefore, what are you going to do in order to be different? Mia is wanting to become a singer, but what makes her different from everyone else is the message she is conveying through her singing. She is creating a movement that is much bigger than her becoming any other singer out there. That being said, you need to find that added touch that will make your brand different from everyone else’s.
Lastly, do things that earn you the right to become an influencer in your industry. Coca Cola didn’t become that influencer brand by trying to sell their bottles a couple times and then giving up when they didn’t succeed. They kept trying to do different things until they hit gold that allowed them to become one of the top beverage companies in the world. They made it iconic, unique, created an experience for the customers that made them feel good when they drank a bottle of Coca Cola. Mia is crowdfunding her first album at the age of 15, most people may wait to do that because they think they need more experience to do so, but that’s really not the case. She is doing something different and others will look up to her as she is creating her foundation at a young age.
The tactics that I mentioned here can be applied to anyone or any business who is looking to build a brand around themselves. It really isn’t as hard as one may make it out to be, all it takes is time, dedication, and a little bit of uniqueness, which you have covered because no one can be you!
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Mia Rock’s crowdfunding campaign is now LIVE! If you want to support a young artist in creating her first album to stop bullying pledge to her campaign at www.MiaRocks.com