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5 Tips on how to build a brand on Social Media

written by Nelly Yusupova
Nelly Yusupova
Topics: Business, Career, How-To, Marketing, Social Media, Technology
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Everyone seems to understand that it’s important to have a “brand” as branding is the foundation on which your entire online marketing ‘platform’ is built.  But more and more people are asking me: “How can I build a brand on the various Social Media platforms?”.

Social Media is Nothing New

Before we dive into the tips, it’s good to realize that Social Media is nothing new and we all have been doing it from the beginning of time…Social Media is about connecting with people.  What has changed are the tools.  The tools now allow us to make that human connection on a whole different level…having access to people from all over the world where information travels at the speed of light!

Tips for Building a Brand on Social Media

  1. Define your brand…your story
    In Social Media, your brand story appears in your bio or tag line.  Make sure to write a great bio/tag line that tells your story. 

    Things you should include in your Brand Story

    • Identify What You Value
    • Identify What Makes You Unique
    • Identify How You Want To Be Perceived
    • Identify Your Specialty
    • Identify Your Target Market 

    Here are 3 examples on Twitter community that tell a great story:
    RedheadWriting

    JonathanFields

    DanielleLaPorteOne important note is to tailor your bio for each community if necessary.  The target audiences that you want to reach in different communities might vary, so, you have to know the community in order to speak to it’s members in a language that they understand and expect.

    Also, remember to use keywords that you want to be found under in your bio as this is how users of that community will find you.

  2. Use a Great Photo
    I can’t stress this enough.  Your photo is the human connection.  Make sure that it is clear and portrays your personality.  Can you guess which photos I think you should use?
    Photos in Social Media Marketing
  3. Engage with your community to build relationships
    Because there is so much going on in everyone’s lives today, engaging with the community members is the only way to stay on top of their minds.

    How do you engage?

    • Ask Questions
    • Answer other people’s questions
    • Comment on people’s posts
    • Respond to people when they try to reach out to you

    To help you manage your Social Media communications, you have to monitor what people say about your brand and respond in a timely manner. To monitor what people say about your brand, you can use Google Alerts, Addictomatic, and Twitter Search.

  4. Be Remarkable!
    In order to succeed in Social Media, you have to be remarkable!  The power of Social Media tools are SHARING features, where people can easily pass something they like on to their networks.

    People share remarkable things

    People want to connect with remarkable people

  5. Be Ubiquitous
    You have to create multiple streams of YOU on all the different social networks but you have to create a “HUB” (usually your blog/website) where people can find all of the info about you in one place. 

    Be Ubuquitous

What do you think?  Do you have any other tips for building a brand on Social Media, please share in the comments!

 

 


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Comment by Maria Botta
2011-11-22 10:58:39

Fantastic piece Nelly, you make some great points about creating and then building your brand. It is lots of work, it doesn’t happen by magic and once you build it, it is constant work.

Thanks

 
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