Personal Branding is the new link baitNot a day goes by when I don't come across an article about how to brand yourself using Facebook, or the current new media darling Twitter. One of these personal branding champions, Gary Vynerchuk, who Owen Thomas likes to call serial 'Twitter abuser' has just gotten himself a $1 million, 10-book deal.
So, what does a nifty personal branding campaign look like. In short, it is a series of cute online activities. A sample checklist is given below:
1. Posting touching pictures of yourself or a lost of mantras. Originality does not matter.
2. Heartwarming personal story in form of a About Me or a blog post: something on the lines of "My father was a deadbeat. I taught myself..." the idea is stoke feelings of sympathy or inspiration. Sadly, most personal branding activities online turn people into loathsome smart asses.
3. A website that sounds like a great headline: e.g. myhusbandneedsajob.com
4. A funny Youtube video compilation: If video is not your thing, write at least one top 10 list. It is so in these days.
5. Tweet often and spam others to follow you. Of the 20,000 people you choose to follow, 5000 will follow you just by looking at your snappy short profile and tweet frequency.
This is all I can you tell you about Personal Branding, social media style.
Allow me to end by asking you this:
Do you want to become famous, like Madonna? Or, do you want to become useful, like Gandhi?
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