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Engage to connect: #Networking to project your personal brand

 

 

One of the greatest difficulties in the Internet age is at the same time one of the greatest opportunities: engage to connect with the right person. Right person to understand a potential customer

Engage to connect: from atoms to bits

If we practice engage to connect In the real world, the atoms, Why not transfer it to the digital environment, the bits?

If you've ever attended an event speed networking, You know what is engage to connect in record time. I recognize that the formula that minute to convince and sell me seems artificial, but it is a golden opportunity to practice our elevator speech or elevator pitch.

Define the profile person to be connected is key

Lurching go online to connect people for collecting contacts is an aberration. We know that a very large network of contacts do not have to be good. If your business model is B2B or P2B (person to business) like mine, with 20 year good contacts have enough.

Define your buyer persona It is essential to hit the contact. To meet our target person need to know it thoroughly, not enough sex old data, age and geographical area.

According to the team Inbound Cycle, we must know:

Personal aspects:

Hobbies, people who influence their decisions, what makes you happy, What are your goals, What motivations have, etc.

pipe online:

What social networks used, If you buy online products and what kind, where to look for information, how often does, What are your references pages, at what times you are online, etc.

Business conduct:

responsibilities, challenges, biggest influences, etc.

Relationship with our company (or we, I add):

Knows what we, reasons why he hired us or purchased, How did you find us, what they value most about us as a company, What interaction has branded, etc.

And now, wheat: How to connect

One of my recommendations to those who do not share content on networks (and therefore do not generate interactions) is this: Discuss and share the content of others. And specifically, of those people who are your target group, that match your definition of buyer persona.

A LinkedIn, on Twitter and on all networks you can do. Engage to connect, interact to connect, formula is very powerful and effective. Forget the like or recommendation, that does not involve an element of attraction for your client; and share (with comment), by contrast, attracts.

The basic condition is that the comments you make in it to be intelligent, provocateur and to provide something interesting. A simple compliment is not enough.

Interaction formats

If you manage your interaction wake interaction your customer back, ¡bingo! and ye are presented digitally. Interaction formats are several, and remember that the questions have the power to "force" a response:

  • I agree with your content, but with an undertone do you see right?
  • I agree, and in fact, such other author expand your ideas to achieve a wider context, What do you think that additional contribution?
  • I agree on the whole idea, But how about if you also ...?
  • I agree, but there is a difficulty in bringing that idea into practice have you ever encountered this problem ever?
  • I do not agree. I know it sounds risky but how would reverse its approach? Do not you think it would make more bearable consequences?

I could go on ad infinitum. The key is that comment cause. A simple: "What a good idea" or "totally agree" not mobilize.

The land is paid, it's time to connect

The idea of engage to connect It materializes at this time. After these interactions will have been achieved (in most cases) an answer. It is time to formalize the relationship.

Now it's time to visit profile of the person to contact and press the button. Whenever possible (one LinkedIn, for example) personalizing the invitation. The message may contain a reference to the conversation. It could be something:

appreciated Mrs.. X, I loved the thread of his article on xxxxx. I would be grateful to accept your network. Maybe someday we can put time value common interests. a cordial greeting, Company.

I feel abuse of Anglicisms, but this would "inbound networking" in pure state. After contact is wise to wait a few weeks before proposing anything. When I see a text message invitation with a direct sales, I lie back. Real World label must be kept in the digital environment.

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Event of the week

#BrandingWeekRD

Branding Week RD

This coming week I'll be teaching a workshop Employee Advocacy with my colleague and partner Nancy Vazquez at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The event will take place all day Wednesday 29 and morning 30 of May. Afternoon 30 Nancy will give a talk on social selling en Facebook and another on storytelling in the fourth revolution.

If you're in the area, you can register here > hola@madi.digital Tel. (829)-694-8080. Have a nice week!

There is a coffee that wants to know us

just over two years ago personal branding specialist Dan Schawbel He explained why he accepts all requirements contact the professional network Linkedin. Is a post soon, so it will not cost you read, but in summary Schawbel identifies five advantages to do:

References, investigation, memorabilidad, influence and branding

Interestingly there is a benchmark for strategy Linkedin in Spain, Pedro Vicente, author of "squeezing Linkedin"Bet also openly accept all applicants to contact us. Also it exposes reasons, which relate more to the opportunity to invest the classic terms of networking: instead of having coffee know each other first and then follow on networks it aims to connect in networks and bide our time of devirtualize the relationship around a coffee.

Besides Pedro, my colleague and expert social selling Álex López Secunda the same theory to accept everyone. But given its activity, already covered the quota 30.000 It supports Linkedin contacts and now to accept a new contact needs to let another.

The coffee, protagonist of good relations

The curious thing about all this is that the networking, start in the real world or the virtual start, Coffee is the main character is, the link. There will always be a coffee you want to know. La Tertulia coffee is very different from speed dating a networking event, has duende, This is not five minutes stressful and elevator pitch, It is easy to understand the affinities of both, dialing human profile, and discover empatías and tunings. Meet for coffee ranks among 30 minutes and an hour.

Should we accept everyone in Linkedin?

This is not to accept everyone, only those people with whom you share a coffee. Personally I do not usually accept those profiles that are suspected: do not wear profile picture, professional headline is misleading or does not give any information (CEO, for example), people working in multilevel type pyramidal structures and people who lie. I think it pays to be somewhat selective, as contact your network is part of your brand and your reputation.

Spanish take good note networking management

According to a study by Linkedin on 2012, Spaniards seem to excel in relationship management, and more women than men. It is noteworthy that offline networking is still above online, but what is common is that the agreement is typically seal around a caps or coffee. If you pay attention, most establishments have proliferated in recent years in cities that have been, cafeterias and snack bars, Winning the classic restaurants. Why? It is the format. Not as fast as a speed dating or as long as a pure-blooded style lunch, It can be prolonged three hours.

In summary, no collections contacts

In summary, not worth collecting contacts on the network, what really matters is to understand that coffee wants to know, that is the key, what Bogart called "the beginning of a beautiful friendship”.

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Professionals seeking 'personal branding'

Here's the article María Paz López appeared last Thursday in La Vanguardia

Employment strategies in times of crisis

Professionals seeking 'personal branding'

The method has two phases: Self-analysis of strengths and how to communicate them to others | Digital identity is built upon interaction and contacts; If you do not interact, do not exist

few years ago, talk about your personal brand suggested a sporting universe of improving race times. But the words mutate social uses, and the emergence in the world of business and professions of Anglo-Saxon concept personal branding -this is, brand commercial sense applied to the people- has given expression personal brand new meaning.

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In Spain, more and more managers and business executives, and professionals from different disciplines, including master craftsmen, turn to agencies and experts to help them set up their own personal brand, which, in the best case, it will take to get a new job, advance your career or shine more in its scope. Internet and social networks have become essential elements of that bet.

"The method of creating personal brand takes elements of psychology, marketing, business management, communication and philosophy ", explains chemist Andrés Pérez Ortega, advisor of personal branding (www.marcapropia.net) and author of the books Expertología. The science of becoming a professional reference (ed. Alienta) and Personal brand. How to become the preferred option (ed. Basic). Attention, Pérez Ortega clarifies: "Creating a brand, either a person or a product, It has two stages. The first is self analysis, their beliefs, values, strengths and abilities, and the second is that brand communication, establishment of relations. And everything has to be looking for authenticity, no makeup or false appearances ".

Mark -recalcan the experts is not a mere container; is confidence of others in that person or product, transmission is credibility. Among the cases cited by the agencies consulted, There are some illustrative (who they prefer not to be named). A steering Barca, for example, Consolidated employer in its sector, made abroad a refresher course for entrepreneurs. In that course he was awarded, so he grew his reputation as a "young entrepreneur", which paradoxically injured his profile entrepreneur and seated. For reposition, He lectured in business schools, and thus he created a personal brand senior expert in business management.

Another case: a Mexican journalist specializing in project management communication in his country wished to turn around his career. With the help of an expert in personal branding, redefined his: focus on communication projects in the field of women and work in Europe. The sessions were conducted via Skype and paid services by PayPal.
Internet tools are basic to create and transmit personal brand. It should be business card also in electronic form, and packaged in the classic curriculum vitae network as new modes teach professional knows what to do, with minivídeos, graphics and links. Keeping a blog theme help (the search engines favor), as well as having profiles LinkedIn andFacebook, and not neglect messages Twitter.

"The digital network identity is characterized by the interaction and contacts", Explain Neus Arques, partner and director of digital identity management companies (www.manfatta.com) and author of Y tú, ¿qué marca eres? 12 keys to managing your personal reputation (ed. Alienta). Interaction: "If you do not interact, -alerta not exist Arqués-. The mere fact of having discharged a profile online is not enough, must interact. And the contacts are on the network, people you know, They make endorsement of that digital identity ". Arqués and his team work with companies, not individuals, but they give seminars to groups of executives and business school students, They encourage those who manage themselves that personal brand online.

"The blog is an excellent tool visibility, as well as being in social networks, but we must also take care of the networking classic", Add Guillem Recolons, partner and consultant for a consulting career high (www.soymimarca.com). Exchanging business cards at conferences and congresses still works, Just as the eye contact generates an empathy that does not give a photo, so it makes sense to combine both types of networking.

To define and direct the personal brand, Recolons and its partners and team practicesystem iceberg with a multidisciplinary approach: "The part of the iceberg that is not included self-knowledge and introspection, in the hands of a psychologist and a coach, and product strategy, leading marketing specialist; while the visible part of the iceberg is the brand communication, of which an advertising deals, in this case ". Its clients include: Masters students loaded, entrepreneurs and unemployed professionals or active.

"Personal brand has to do with the values ​​we want to project, both at work and in society, with how we want to be perceived ", stated Nadine Kazerounian, British living in Barcelona, owner of the agency Praxis Image Consultants (www.praxisimageconsultants.co.uk). But, according Kazerounian, do not underestimate the classical concept image, understood in face mode. "First impressions about someone, and even the following, They are largely formed through visual cues: locker room, ways, body language and tone of voice, he argues,, so having a good self-image is essential to project the values ​​of personal branding, As the packaging is fundamental to the brand of a product ". As well help position it's welcome.