We often discuss Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, your resume, networking, etc. one at a time or maybe in pairs, but seldom is the whole picture described. Your brand is the sum of the all parts of the communication and information channels you use, and sometimes by the ones you do not use. Therefore it is essential to have a strategy for how to communicate in the different channels over time.
For the sake of avoiding lots of “what-if” scenarios, let’s say that you have every single Facebook privacy setting set to “only friends.” You also took great caution as to the coworkers/managers/bosses who can see your page. Are you all set to do whatever you please on Facebook? Nope. Your Facebook profile quotations and ‘Likes’ are public for all the world to see. Subsequently, what you quote or Like on Facebook can destroy your personal brand.
Geo tools present a new and exciting way for users to network, develop relationships, engage a customer base, and build a brand within a niche community or ecosystem. Building a brand reputation, recognition, or relationship takes time and touches. Customers want to do business with a brand which is recognizable and has a solid reputation built on recommendations from trusted sources like their own friends and family. And with your personal brand, geolocation and tagging tools are another new facet of the marketing and branding package that sets you apart from the rest.
To maximize your personal brand equity, you must be 100% intentional about the image you project. Granted, it’s totally natural to become frustrated, and everyone feels the need to vent from time to time. When you’re in that spot, reach out to a friend or family member and talk (or IM, DM or SMS) through your complaints on a one-to-one basis–not a one-to-many basis. If you want to accelerate your success, focus on being consistent across all forums… from real world interactions to virtual world posts. In today’s connected world, the boundaries between work and personal are blurred to a greater extent than ever before.
Even if I am somewhat of a power user of social media, I still think that digital and printed media are secondary to the personal interaction. I bet most of you agrees with this, but even so I would still want to put emphasis on it, since it is very easy to rely on technology and not spend enough time on direct communication via either meetings, phone or video conference.