Notes from Jeff York

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Let’s talk about me

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wordofmouthLet’s say I’m your ad agency. You hire to me to create compelling messages that talk about how great you are, how you deliver more (service, value, expertise, whatever) than your competition. And then we channel that message into all the right places for you to reach new customers. Finally, we repeat that message enough to cut through the clutter and reach into the consciousness of the audience.

Success? Likely, yes. But then what? It’s one thing to toot your own horn. It’s quite another to have someone do that for you. When interviewing for a job, you get the chance to talk all about how great you are. If you’re then a serious candidate, then the employer’s going to want to talk to others that know you.

If you’re bidding on new work, your prospect will likely want to know what you’ve done in the past. Then they’re going to want to talk to people you’ve done work for.

Third party information about you carries a lot of weight and credibility. When conducting B2C business, why not put that power to work as well?

How? Testimonials. Get others to talk about you.

I’ve done it successfully in TV commercials, in radio spots, in print collateral, and even in my own personal online bio (check out my LinkedIn page).

In the past, you’ve heard me suggest that you should talk to your customers. It’s vital to know what they think of you. If you’re doing your job well, then it’s likely you will have no shortage of people wanting to sing your praises. Get them to write something. Ask them if they’d be willing to be on camera or in front of a microphone.

It’s the closest thing you can get to buying word-of-mouth advertising.

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April 25, 2009 at 10:17 am

Be a brand

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All day, every day, I’m thinking about my clients and how to make their organizations rise above their competitors and become more successful. If you’re like me, you focus on the company, the brand, and the image. But what about us? Are you working on your own personal brand?

When you’re out looking for a job or if you’re in the consulting business like me, you’re looking for people to hire you based on you. Your background, your abilities, your personality, your connections all come into play. When you submit your resume, you want it to be memorable. You want to be memorable. There is real value to that end in building a brand.

Today, the tools for building a personal brand have never been more accessible or powerful. At the beginning of the year, I set a goal. If you type in “Jeff York” in Google, I’m aiming to come up first. Unfortunately, I’m handicapped by having a common name. I’m also challenged by having the same name of an actor that had a long successful career from the ’30s through the ’50s. But he died 13 years ago so hopefully I will have some success.

So what can you do to build your own personal brand? Blogs such as this one help. Joining networking websites such as LinkedIn also help. I would suggest that you spend some time reading some of the experts in the field. Efforts put toward this endeavor will pay substantial dividends today and into the future.

Make your own brand. If you can’t market yourself, why would you think an organization would want to pay you to market them?

Written by Jeff York

June 7, 2008 at 9:19 pm