Parna Sarkar-Basu, founder of Brand and Buzz Marketing, shared her insights on the importance of building your digital footprint and staying relevant in today’s turbulent market. In a recent webinar — Build Your Digital Brand. Stand Out In A Crowd – Parna provides concrete tips on focused and targeted brand building, especially for individuals who are in the midst of a career transition or seeking a promotion.
Here are four tips to identify and demonstrate your expertise.
Be laser-focused and don’t try to boil the ocean: First, identify what you are good at and what you enjoy doing, i.e. digital marketing. Stay focused on demonstrating your expertise in digital marketing alone versus every aspect of marketing. In this very noisy, omnichannel world, you want hiring managers and recruiters to realize that you are indeed the digital marketing expert they want on their team, irrespective of which channel they discover you on – LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram.
Pick your primary communication platform: Witten, audio, video, or visual – what’s your comfort zone? Once you figure that out, you can begin creating original content – whether it’s a blog, podcast, or short videos.
Publish your content aggressively: Utilize free platforms such as LinkedIn, Medium, YouTube, depending on your content type.
Engage with influencers: It’s not enough to simply publish your content. You should also consider engaging in, commenting on, and providing value in digital marketing discussions. You want to be seen as an expert who is ready to answer questions and help people. Some platforms to engage in are LinkedIn Groups, Quora, and Reddit.
Parna’s key takeaways on how to build your personal brand include:
- Humanize your brand – Share your experience, expertise, and provide value to your audience.
- Quality over quantity – Focus on creating quality content that is well thought out and uses market data to support a point. It’s better to create one good piece of content a month, versus 10 mediocre pieces.
- Consistency and relevancy – Set aside time to regularly put effort into building your brand and staying relevant.
Additionally, Parna offers tangible Dos and Don’ts to humanize your brand, boost your visibility, and be discoverable. To learn more about those tips, view the complete webinar recording here. You can also read Parna’s views on thought leadership here.