Posts tagged ‘Personal Branding’

Specials Are Ending Soon!

It has been a pleasure to offer all of the Specials that have been available at SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialsts), but all good things, must come to an end!

As I stated when we announced them, they were only available at these prices for a LIMITED time, thus at the Close of Business on Monday, July 26, 2010, the following specials will be ending:
  • The Personal Branding Special: $150 for a 30-minute Tech/Social Media Consultation, a Professional & Stylish 4-Page Website, a personal email address (i.e. you@yourname.com), and a full-page (Color) Digital One-Sheet (print is available at an additional charge).
  • The Authors Special: $150 for a 30-minute Tech/Social Media Consultation, a Professional & Stylish 4-Page Website, a personal email address (i.e. you@yourname.com), and a full-page (Color) Digital One-Sheet (print is available at an additional charge).
  • The Authors SEO Special (for established authors with a web presence): $150 for a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Analysis Report, a 60-minute Technology and Social Media Consultation, and a 30-60 Day Self-Guided SEO Action Plan.

If you’d like to take advantage of one of these specials before they end, please get in touch with us through the Contact Us page on our sss4success.com website, or call us at (615) 336-4325.

Thanks,
Kindra

EASY Personal Branding Tips: Why You Need a Personal Brand

Hello and welcome to Small Business EASY Branding Tips.  Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists), working to help Small Businesses Survive through EASY Sales.  This week’s topic is: “EASY Personal Branding Tips: Why You Need a Personal Brand”.   

I was recently asked the importance of personal branding, and today, I want to talk about Why You Need a Personal Brand.  Whether you are a business owner, or a job seeker, there is something to be said for the level of professionalism that you project to potential clients and/or prospective employers.
 

As a personal branding strategy, I would advise that you acquire your own personal email address (e.g. you@yourname.com), in addition to a website hosted at the domain of your name for both you, as well as for your business, if for no other reason than to be proactive, rather than reactive about what’s available about you on the web.

In this week’s podcast, I give an example of how I incorporated personal branding into my own life, and how it’s helped me improve both my personal and professional life.  What I did was take control of my name, Kindra Cotton, and the information on the web about me and what you find whenever you perform a Google search for my name.

I sought to script a better narrative about me on the web, by first creating my own personal web portal, then by using blogging, podcasting, and the other social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, that I already had in my arsenal.

Within three months, I was able to change the search results for my name from obscure references from several years ago, to what you see in today’s search results, which more than likely point you to my personal web portal, or one of the many blogs, online communities, or publishing platforms that I’m associated with, most of which still probably link you back to my personal web portal.

As a business owner, its important to me to script a proper narrative about myself and my company, and in this economy, I would think it would behoove the savvy job seeker to put their best foot forward and use the web as both a business card and a resume so that potential employers can learn about you from you.

And I don’t just say this because I have created a Personal Branding Special at my company SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists), because I created the Special to specifically meet an immediate need I saw in the market. 

Having your own personal brand is important because it helps you take control of much of what’s available about you on the web, since you put it there.  I’ve also found that I love when people contact me and quote stuff off of my blog or personal web portal.  It tells me that what I’ve put out there to be found in Google searches is working, and that people are learning a little bit about me ahead of time, so when they call me, they’re already “warmed up”, and this is a valuable asset.  

Also keep in mind that as a business owner, you can use your personal web portal as a compliment to your businesses’ websites, and provide yet another way to feed people to your business blog or site.

Reminder: Within the next few weeks, I’m going to have a podcast episode devoted entirely to questions and answers from you, my listening audience, so please submit your Small Business Branding Questions for that upcoming episode.  You can visit our website sss4success.com and go to the Contact Us page to submit your question, or reach out to us via email at “podcasts @ sss4success.com”, or finding us on Twitter (@sss4success), or leaving a comment below.  Don’t forget to stop by our Facebook Fan Page and let us know you LIKE what we’re doing.


Finally, if by chance, you would like to learn more about how EASY Sales can help your bottom line, then give us a call at 615-336-4325.

Have a great day!

Kindra Cotton

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Blogs & Blogging | How to Build Web Traffic Through Information

Hello and welcome to this week Small Business EASY Branding Tip.  Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists), working to help Small Businesses Survive through EASY Sales. 

This week’s topic is: “Blogs & Blogging: How to web build traffic through information”.  In a previous post, I talked about “The Basics of Branding and Why Anyone Can Do It“, and detailed the 4 Step Common Sense Branding Strategy that I think most small business owners should be aware of when seeking to create, build, and enhance their company’s brand.  Those steps were: Step 1: Determining & Defining Your Brand. Step 2: Researching Your Market and Positioning Your Brand to Capitalize on a Sector of it. Step 3: Launching Your Brand. Step 4: Managing, Monitoring & Tweaking Your Brand (Note: That’s “tweaking” your brand, meaning make minor revisions, not tweeting your brand, which is more so a function that occurs under Step 3).

In this week’s tip, we’ll talk about how to use blogs to build traffic by providing relevant information to your audience on a timely schedule, including how blogging can be used as you launch, manage, and monitor your brand, so we’ll specifically be talking about Steps 3 and 4.

Blogging can be the way that you build your reputation as an authority on your topic, and by delivering timely content, you can insure that you stay relevant with your core audience.

Because so many people have blogs these days, many now think it’s intuitive, and everyone knows how to do it, but I still think that a tutorial can be useful to some, so I offer this one, with the slant on how it can be used to build and enhance your brand.

Here’s what you need to do to use blogging to build web traffic through information:

  • Choose a Blog Service: Consider free services like Blogger or WordPress.
  • Customize your Blog: Choose a template design that visually represents your brand and a domain name that is branded towards your company’s identity (e.g. blog.yourcompanyname.com or www.yourcompanysblog.com).
  • Incorporate Good Content: Set a blogging schedule, stick to it, and outline topics in advance for the weeks to come.
  • Allow Reader Comments & Feedback: This gives you a feel for what your audience is thinking and how you can improve content over time.
  • Cross-link and Promote other Bloggers: Be sure to read and get a “feel” for the blog before linking to it.
Speaking of feedback, we’d appreciate your feedback on our “SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing) Blog Visitor Feedback Survey“. 

Finally, please know that we here at SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists) are available to produce blog content on your behalf as “Social Media Branding Specialists” or via our Social Media & Technology Training Packages to help you get a better grasp on blog tools and how to use them for yourself. 

Feel free to listen to this week’s podcast by clicking the player below, downloading it and/or subscribing to this podcast series in iTunes, or reading the Transcripts of this week’s episode HERE, to learn more.




I hope you found this week’s tip helpful. 

Within the next few weeks, I’m going to have a podcast episode devoted entirely to questions and answers from you, so please submit your Small Business Branding Questions for that upcoming episode.  You can visit our website sss4success.com, reach out to us via email at “podcasts @ sss4success.com”, or finding us on Twitter (@sss4success).

By the way, if you’re a Small Business Owner that’s been in business for a while, please do us a favor and fill out that brief survey and tell us a bit more about your entrepreneurial experiences.  We’d really appreciate your input. 

Finally, if by chance, you would like to learn more about how EASY Sales can help your bottom line, then give us a call at 615-336-4325. 

Have a great day!

Kindra Cotton

The Basics of Branding and Why Anyone Can Do It

Hello and Welcome to the second blog post and podcast for Small Business EASY Branding Tips.  Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists), working to help Small Businesses Survive through EASY Sales, where the acronym EASY represents our company’s ability to help small businesses: Establish the profile of their “ideal customer“; Analyze products & services to tailor them for the “ideal customer“; Secure the most effective ways to build and maintain customer relationships; and finally Yield an enhanced brand that increases sales by attracting more customers and repeat business.  


As the creator of the EASY Brand Marketing Program, and I thank you for reading this blog and listening to our podcast series.  I started SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists) because I saw a true need for the varied services that became part of the EASY Brand Marketing Program.  


As I got out and talked to people about what I do, I found that people who worked in places that sought to help small business owners, like Small Business Development Centers and Business Incubation Centers got what I was doing, but when I talked to small business owners themselves, I would often receive the “deer in headlights” look or a blank stare that told me that I needed to spend more time actually educating small biz owners on the need for branding (especially in the early stages) and how each of the steps of the EASY Brand Marketing Program are actually cost effective in the long- and short-term.  I also wanted to show how the results of incorporating the program early on actually improves your business because it brings you the increased sales that you need to help you stay in business for a long time to come. 


I decided to create this podcast series, because I wanted a platform to share weekly EASY Brand Marketing Tips, and hopefully help small business owners in the process.  This week’s podcast is titled “The Basics of Branding and Why Anyone Can Do It”.  (You can CLICK HERE to read the Transcript by scrolling down to “Episode 2).  


In this week’s podcast, I get into the specifics of what I like to call “the 4 Step Common Sense Branding Strategy” and I talk about what I think most small business owners should be aware of when seeking to create, build, and enhance their company’s brand:
  • Step 1: Determining & Defining Your Brand. 
  • Step 2: Researching Your Market and Positioning Your Brand to Capitalize on a Sector of it. 
  • Step 3: Launching Your Brand. 
  • Step 4: Managing, Monitoring & Tweaking Your Brand. 

I’m certain that there are very high-powered and high-priced brand marketing strategists and specialists all around who’ll argue against that title blog post/podcast, and its basic assumption that anyone can do it, but arguing that point is not what I’m here for.  I’m not a brand marketing strategist with “20 years experience at one of the largest ad firms in the nation“, or anything that would make other people’s heads start spinning with impressive titles and a litany of brand names they’ve worked for whose names we all know and love.

What I am is a person who is passionate about small businesses, and the steps that they need to take to stay in business so that one day they’ll be able to hire the big fancy expensive brand strategists when they’re ready to go to the next level.  I like to focus on the smaller, logical, and economical things that small business owners can do, based off of a few relatively simple steps that can insure long-term survival!

I like taking a more “common sense approach” to some of the things falling by the wayside within small businesses, unfortunately making them not all that “common” any more.  As an entrepreneur, I see a need in the market, and I’m seeking to fill it.

Those 4 Steps are a part of the “Common Sense Branding Strategy” I came up with, and while the concepts are “new”, how they’re applied and when is key.  I think these are 4 Steps that ANYONE could take to build their brand, and while it does involve a lot of work, it should be work that’s complimentary to what you’re trying to do within your business, so its hard work that’s well worth it.

Knowing the struggles and challenges that small business owners face, not just in being the experts that they are in their respective fields, but also having to be an “expert” in the administrative tasks in running a business, I created the EASY Brand Marketing Program to help small business owners address some of those “Common Sense Branding Steps”.  I believe in the EASY Brand Marketing Program, not just because I created, but because I know that it fills a need within the market of small businesses, and I feel that I’m the one with the brand that can help fill that need! 

Just about everyone has something of value that they can share with you, if you’re willing to listen.  So, I thank you for listening to me, and I hope you’re finding some value in my words. 

I invite you to leave comments below on this blog, visit our website sss4success.com, reach out to us via email at “podcasts @ sss4success.com”, or finding us on Twitter (@sss4success).

And if, by chance, you would like to learn more about how EASY Sales can help your bottom line, then give us a call at 615-336-4325. 

Thanks again for listening and have a great day!

Kindra Cotton


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Personal Branding for EVERYONE!

I was asked to extend my “Authors Personal Branding Specials” that I talked about in “Personal Branding Anyone?” post to individuals who aren’t authors, thus to meet the new demand, I’ve created the “Personal Branding Special“!

The terms are the same for the other special and this one will only be available for a LIMITED time, but for $150, you get:
  • A 30-minute Tech/Social Media Consultation, 
  • A Professional & Stylish 4-Page Website, 
  • A personal email address (i.e. you@yourname.com), and 
  • A full-page (Color) Digital One-Sheet (print is available at an additional charge).


If you know of anyone who’d benefit from either of these packages, please have them get in touch with us through the Contact Us page on our sss4success.com website, or call us at (615) 336-4325, and encourage them to ACT FAST!

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