August 8, 2014 Laura Wiley

You are Your Own Brand – Own It!

You are Your Own Brand – Own It!

All of us have a personal brand; we may just not be aware of it.


It’s time to take yourself seriously and identify and define truly who you are,what you do, and why you do it. How do you do what you do better than everyone else? When you communicate with others, what are you conveying about you? And where are you putting yourself out there or more so, where are you missing out?

If you don’t know those answers, it is probably time for an assessment or if you do, a reassessment may be in order as we all change with time.

Consider yourself a product and apply the marketing mix to you and your situation.

Price – This is the value that you offer.

What price is that? What do you charge for your time? What is your annual salary? Are you new to the market or do you have a ton of expertise, skills, knowledge and experience that warrant a higher price for your services? Knowing your value will dictate your price. Build your reputation and credibility to demand an investment in you (not an expense).

Product – This is you. All that is you.

You past, present and future. What is your skills set, education, experience, knowledge, experience, network (net worth) – you get the idea. All that you are follows you wherever you and whatever “hat” you wear; roles and career paths may change, but the sum of you only continues to accumulate overtime; adding more experience and adding to your value. You as a product may continue to evolve; you have to know where to stay the course (persevere) and where you to change lanes and go into a new direction (pivot).

Placement – This is where you are at.

Consider where you are present? Online – social media, website, email, etc. Offline – networking, meetings, client board rooms, phone call, etc. Always consider where you are at, the environment you are in and how you want others to perceive you. Being virtual allows one to have a different persona; when you are physically present, there are many more factors to consider. If you are passionate about what you do and show a true purpose to give, others will want to engage with you wherever you are.

Promotion – This is putting you out there.

What are you doing to toot your own horn? How are you conveying your expertise, thought leadership and being a subject matter expert? Are you writing white papers, are you tweeting, are you blogging, are you speaking, are you writing a book? How well do you share with others what you know, your authority on the subject matter and influencing others’ decisions? You often hear – “you don’t know what you don’t know”; that applies the same for your potential audience. Share with your audience (all that will listen) all that you have to offer (doing so in small doses – one topic at a time). After all, it is not who you know, but who knows you (keeping them aware and educating them about what you bring to the table).

Each and every activity you do is marketing yourself; building and evolving your own personal brand. Take the first steps in creating your brand; you are your own product – now is the time to own it!

– Laura Wiley, Principal/CMO at