10 Simple Ways Founders Can Create Visibility for Themselves

bizQ: I am starting a new business but my personal brand is nonexistent. What is one thing I can start doing now to create visibility for myself?

A: Join niche communities. “Finding niche communities online has never been easier. Seek out and work in collaboration with others who share your interests, passions and values. This will provide an easy jumping-off point for conversations and connections that will likely be the assets that continually pay dividends in the future. It’s also a simple way to grow your network and spread your ideas with like-minded individuals.” Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer, AirPR

Create a killer bio page for yourself. “Create an amazing bio/CEO page that will tell your story. List your accomplishments, and offer your photos for download. When pitching to reporters and media outlets, referencing a page like that makes you professional and prepared, and it helps reporters get your info quickly and easily.” Vladimir Gendelman, Company Folders, Inc

Put yourself in front of the camera. “Start being the face of your company. Create a blog, whether a company blog or one you own, and share information. People will appreciate the candid insight, and it’s very shareable content. We’ve done more video communication, and it’s worked out quite well for the company to have a face to the brand.” Andrew Thomas, SkyBell Doorbell

Add value. “In every interaction you have, make it your priority to see how you can best serve that person or add value to the interaction. If this is your genuine agenda, people will respond well, trust you and reciprocate as they are able. In other words, just be your authentic self. But make sure your authentic self isn’t only concerned about itself.” Jenny kincaid, Mind Above Matter, LLC

Become an expert. “Hopefully you have some experience in whatever you’re tackling, so position yourself as an expert in that industry. As you continue to build the business, look into contributing to startup publications. Most of them are eager for free content.” Carlo Cisco, SELECT

Plan before your create. “It’s easy to worry when you have no personal brand and start throwing stuff out there in the hope that you’ll be taking meaningful action. That’s the recipe for noise, not personal branding. If you want success, first create a vision of your personal brand that includes your target audience, the platforms you want to use, the mentors you want to work with, and how you’ll monitor results.” Dave Nevogt, Hubstaff.com

Interview experts in your industry. “In her latest book, ‘Stand Out,’ author, marketing strategist and speaker Dorie Clark recommends using interviews to acquire knowledge, develop relationships and grow your personal brand. Having direct contact with industry experts and influencers is easy when you put a meeting over coffee or a phone call in the context of an interview for your blog, podcast or email newsletter.” Danny Wong, Blank Label

Always be branding. “This is my personal mantra. You need to start branding immediately. I view branding as one of the most important things I do. You need to get out in the streets, have a presence, be visible online, and you need to constant build awareness. It’s not easy, but you have to constantly be thinking with your marketing hat on where you can be known and what you need to do to accomplish it.” Josh York, GYMGUYZ

Look into video content. “Creating a YouTube channel and creating video content is an inexpensive and effective way to create visibility for yourself and your brand. Whether you are interested in creating ‘how-tos’ for a niche market or humorous videos for a wider crowd of people, video content is intriguing and will entice many people to press ‘play.’ Be sure to use branding in each video so your business really sticks.” Miles Jennings, Recruiter.com

Be consistent and committed. “It all comes down to consistency and commitment. If you decide that you want to start blogging as a way to build your personal brand, you have to keep at it no matter what. You can’t stop just because you feel like you’ve run out of ideas or because you think no one is paying attention. You need to hustle and just fake it until you eventually make it.” Sujan Patel, When I Work

(Source: TCA)