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Think before launching any comments on the net

Micro-post. I read recently about the initiative “Think B4U post“, an amalgam of letters deciphered would say “think before you post“, that is, think before launching any comments on the net.

The initiative was the International Day of Internet Security, in March last year, and does reflect on the way in which we often find ourselves when we write things via instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter, chats…

As we have noticed at some point, Internet traces are indelible. They can clog, but not eliminate. So if ever we have said some fat thing, the multiplier effect of the web 2.0 You can turn it into our own Personal Branding.

The attached video shows the consequences that an innocent act carried out by a minor would have on her teenage sister. At the end, the kid thinks it is and it does not. We must think before launching any comments in the network

 

Came the day: Presented today SOYMIMARCA, a generator of personal brands

We are announcing that we were coming from this blog, from Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook… has arrived.

Today is presented soymimarca, an ambitious project that aims to become a benchmark in operational creation of personal brands.

The project, promovido by Jordi Collell and William Bone, who Recolons escribe-, It is aimed at both businesses and individuals, and among its differential tools we are combining coaching with other tools of personal brand visibility.

Deis is best to look at the web, www.soymimarca.com, but here we insert your welcome video.

offline opportunities to strengthen personal brand

Personal brand development is not unique to the digital environment

A few days ago I saw a video William Arruda which it interested me the use of a word almost forgotten today: The real world, also technically it is known as the offline world.

It may seem shocking to talk about the real world is an exception, but in this case, Arruda justifies him with an invitation to convert a actual event (offline) in a online event.

We could set an example. Imagine you're a marketing specialist and you have to give a talk about the importance of packaging in communication. this event, that may come 20 or 30 people, can become an excellent reinforcement of personal branding if the resources are properly provechan 2.0., becoming a fact in a virtual phenomenon.

Before the event begins, and we could draft a Press release and send it via email to industry magazines (in this case branding, graphic design, packaging) and also some more general support.

Then we could publish a post in our blog to publicize our virtual community our talk, and not only that: We could ask our readers to give us their inputs packaging on the environment, something that will enrich our presentation.

We may also update our status in social networks, from professional and LinkedIn, Plaxo, Viadeo or Xing to personal as Facebook or microblogging as Twitter.

When the talk takes place, remember the organizers that we are interested in a copy of filming, because with a good editaje we have the same material in order to create small clips YouTube.

Talk to share with our community follow the same steps: blog post, tweet, upgrade networks, but here we can also publish the powerpoint used in chat SlideShare oa Issuu.

Definitely, an offline event can become a major event on the network without overexertion.

It's not about the number of contacts, This is how we interact with them

In our personal brand management, often confused with quality amount.

It is true that the networking It is based on propabilidades, and the taller, better. It is also true that we are in the era of affinities, personal segmentation, del one-to-one, and, in, from personalization. To have 5.000 contacts LinkedIn It is very interesting, but it will be even more if we divide this heritage in related groups (consultants, managers, thinkers, journalists….) and we address them in a manner more akin.

Both Facebook and LinkedIn, Plaxo, Viadeo… Contact hunting sometimes becomes a nonsense. I can understand that a political candidate need a very broad base of “friends” for desvelear agenda, their thoughts and proposals. Perhaps the problem lies in the nomenclature “friends”. I do not deny that there may be someone with a lot, many friends. But these figures we see often 5.000 friends are unreal. In our personal brand management, often confused with quality amount.

Twitter case is somewhat different, since that's possible “follow” people for what they think and what they write, not because our relationship with those people. Twitter, Besides, its interface offers the ability to create affinity groups. So that, according to the mood of the moment, one would want to read things “Coach”, of “politicians” it “football”…

Twitter offers the ability to create affinity groups

In the background, online contact management should not be far from the offline management. When you create a database, there is always a field that defines the sector. That's the key customization. So that, It's not about the number of contacts, is about how we interact with them.

The importance of original content on the Internet

It comes to my mind's blog Ramon Espadaler, deputy of the Parliament of Catalonia. Always, subtitled your posts, uses the expression “unpublished article” (unpublished article). In this case, expression refers to ineditado, new.

And there for less. When you surf the blogs using labels or tags, very often you find the same article in 16 blogs, more or less personal dressing. Usually it is news that caught our attention and reproduce literally (not going to be that adulteremos). Not a bad thing to echo the news, especially that we get more attention or which are related to our environment.

But in the midst of reproduction, we need to publish original content -unprecedented, as would Espadaler-. If we do not publish original content, our readers would not be our position clear. Why not, re-edit it is interesting, but it is even more when we.

Creating content is, simply, a combination of data, skills and time. Nothing else is needed. Journalists know it well. Getting the data is not too difficult if you enroll in some Google alerts and read the press regularly. The abilities (skills, in English, it sounds better) It is the most complicated part, since it depends on the grace having one to combine data, clothe them and raise them in an attractive way (storytelling), and add new ideas. Finally, time. Time is often what prevents draw out a lot of talent. You have to take time from anywhere, time should never be an excuse for not writing. If you have time to think, You have time to write.

The writing serves the same for blogs and to Twitter. Twitter is widely used in the resource retweet something we like. And this is good, but it is also one explain things, without reaching that of “taking morning coffee” that -frankly- does not interest anyone.

By the way, This post is unprecedented.

@everybody: Squeezing the orange called Twitter

To build your personal brand interest, among other things, get followers Twitter. Here I leave some tips to boost Twitter and get more out:

  • Fairplay acts: follow your followers and answer the questions or comments that make you directly.
  • Twice perday, Retweet an interesting post you've found a blog in your industry. Your followers want to know about the latest trends, disputes and ideas.
  • Once a day, tweeting a news article about your industry. To find sources, interesting subscribe to alerts Google, Search Google News or some relevant daily, national international.
  • Once a day, twittea a sentence or interesting quote. Those that move reflection. BrainyQuote It is a good source of quotations. Example: I've failed over and over again in my life, so I have achieved success. (Michael Jordan).
  • Once a day, tweeting something personal. In the background, we are humans. It is not all the time to explain what we have eaten or dined, but to recommend a restaurant where we ate yesterday.
  • Once a day answers a question related to your field. Use Twitter search or management application Twitter, as TweetDeck. This is a good way of attracting followers.
  • The use of hashtags It's very important. This is Twitter tags, and here work differently to other platforms. Serve to classify our tweet, in order to identify a topic. As we do when we create a post on our blog, or hang a picture on Flickr, etc ... and we label to classify on a keyword to make relationship. On Twitter we can find on the side, among others listed as "trending topics”. When you write on Twitter and want it to be classified with Hashtag, just write # right in front of the word that identifies the subject of your tweet, that is, If you refer to marketing you should write #Marketing. If we find other Hashtags and see related tweets, we can go to search engine Favorites on the left side.

+45: Looking for a second chance

In 2009, more of 1.300.000 people older than 45 years have now joined the unemployment line in Spain.

I read a few months ago in Expansion professionals over 45 years are among the hardest hit by the economic crisis. It is somewhat curious that this age represents the fullness of leadership, the maturity, experience. Do not have value all that? Why not, Of course it does, but also that age may represent the highest salary level of a professional. And here comes the problem.

What are the alternatives for these professionals?

Companies prefer younger. Budget issue. But questions are emerging What are the alternatives for these professionals? How can exploit its advantages?

  1. Continue working for the same company that you terminated the contract, but from outside. Starting a business is an appropriate solution to unemployment for this group. While companies cut costs, there are functions that have to keep doing and that now outsource. Because, placed on their own can be an interesting alternative, because for the company to hire these services is cheaper, and professional work in a familiar field and builds on lessons learned.
  2. Find a new job as an employee. That maybe you should take into account two factors. On the one hand, be willing to lower i perhaps more rigid working conditions remuneration (The crisis forces). On the other, in this estapa is essential leverage to Acquire training in new areas of knowledge. In other words, catch up (Languages, technologies…).
  3. Becoming an entrepreneur And why not? With 45 years one can support elements that a junior can not offer: A good network, management skills and competence most important, the value of leadership. The only brake that could have here is the willingness to change, but as the crisis forces, the approach could be as simple as "now or never".

Becoming yourself a brand

The option chosen is chosen, our advice will be the same: Working depth personal reputation, reposition, strengthened and, above all, Informing the rest of the world ABOUT US, AS WE ARE, and what we can do for a company, for a society…

At this point is absolutely indispensable tool PERSONAL BRANDING In order to get our offer to the outside world. Today, the possibilities of web 2.0 facilitate the issuance of quick messages to specific groups and economic. The curriculum is outdated, Now our base information on experience and training hangs on LinkedIn or Viadeo, or Xing or Plaxo.

If we want to extend our particular view on a topic, we have to throw the ring and blogs Twitter, publish our opinions on YouTube. In a nutshell, must be disclosed.

Afraid to jump? Contact, We have skipped a lot. grecolons@lateral.es

12. Still at least 10 your specialty blogs?

This has changed, Let's not fool ourselves. Before we could get information from magazines sector, seminars, meetings, conferences. Then, with the emergence of web 1.0 forums emerged as places of sectoral meeting. The arrival of web 2.0 brought tools like Wikipedia, a virtual well of knowledge created by Internet users themselves. But today, without a doubt, the largest source of knowledge outside schools and universities are blogs.

The blog (short for web log) or log born in 2005 and now it has a community of millions of Internet users on the network. To understand the importance of blogging in generating knowledge and information transmission this excellent video I attached only 3′ created by commoncraft.com:

But the issue is how do you know which blogs that interest me are for my industry? There are several ways, but the best Google search blogs and put the keywords or tags.

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11. How many virtual connections have?

Facebook friends, LinkedIn Contacts, Friends on MySpace, twitter followers, blog readers…

This is your virtual patromonio. If you want that is also a real estate, interacts con ellos. Send messages, Post notes, tweets, congratulates anniversaries, creates clusters. Your virtual connections are more important than you think. Perhaps Twitter is the virtual platform, where you can have followers who do not know anything, but that in teresan for your ideas. It's a great opportunity to meet world. Not you spoil.

8. What you find when you put your name on Google?

In other words, How do we manage our online presence?

Your name on Google what does?

We have found several cases among customers with our Personal Branding

  • In a case, the character appeared only in a legal dispute over ago 10 years for a bad debt (then it was satisfied, but that does not reflect the net)
  • In other, we find that the character had a false “other me” created by a third party LinkedIn. Obviously, impossible to find the keys and passwords to eliminate the fraudulent account.
  • In many cases, the characters appear only in golf competitions listings, fell, windsurf. Something not usually help a lot when it comes to finding work or look for clients.
  • In cases of younger people, It is common to see the name associated with unedifying phrases MySpace or Facebook, related parties, sex…
  • But in the vast majority of cases we see that what appears on Google has not been managed by the person concerned. The network has been commissioned to mark their preferences.

How to avoid it? An easy answer would be to hire one brander staff (management consultant personal brand or personal branding). But in general lines, It is to apply some common sense. Not engage in phrases that have boomerang effect. Avoid full conflict. Generate positive news. Use Twitter It is a good recommendation. They are short sentences (type SMS, of 140 up to characters 280) that help position the person with a particular field.

For more information contact me.

 

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