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5 Biggest Personal Branding Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How To Fix Them)

Written by: Torie Mathis, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

Personal branding is essential for any entrepreneur. Your personal brand sets you apart from your competition and helps you build trust with your target audience. However, there are a few common mistakes that entrepreneurs make when it comes to personal branding. Let's cover the three biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make with personal branding and how you can fix them.


"All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You." Tom Peters

1. Not Having a Plan

The first mistake entrepreneurs make is not having a plan. When it comes to personal branding, you need to treat it like any other marketing strategy. This means setting goals, defining your target audience, and creating content that aligns with your goals and resonates with your audience. Without a plan, your personal branding efforts will be scattered and ineffective.


To fix this problem, start by creating a comprehensive personal branding plan. This should include specific goals and strategies for reaching those goals, as well as a timeline for implementing your plan. You should also take the time to research your target audience and create content that resonates with them.


2. Being Inconsistent

The second mistake is being inconsistent with your personal brand. This means having different styles or messages across different platforms. For example, if you're using a professional headshot as your profile photo on LinkedIn but a casual photo on Facebook, that's inconsistency. Or if you're using one tagline on your website but a different one on your social media accounts, that's also inconsistency. Your personal brand should be cohesive across all platforms so that people recognize you no matter where they see you online.


To fix this problem, try using the same style and messaging across all of your platforms to create a consistent, professional personal brand. This may mean hiring a graphic designer or copywriter to help you create content that matches your brand guidelines. You may also want to consider using the same profile photo and/or tagline across all of your platforms.


3. Not Staying Relevant

The third mistake is failing to stay relevant. Just like businesses need to keep their marketing campaigns relevant to current trends, entrepreneurs need to do the same with their personal brands. This means periodically taking stock of your goals, target audience, and content to ensure that everything is still relevant and aligned with where you want to be professionally. If something isn't working or resonating with your audience anymore, don't be afraid to adjust accordingly.


To fix this problem, take the time to evaluate and adjust your personal branding strategy as needed. This may mean making changes to your content or social media platforms or even rethinking the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of your personal branding journey. The key is to constantly be open to improvement and evolution so that you can continue to build an effective personal brand that helps you reach your business goals.


4. Not Being Authentic

People can spot inauthenticity from a mile away. If your personal brand feels forced or fake, people are going to be turned off—and they won't be likely to do business with you.


To fix this problem, take some time to really think about what makes you unique and what values you want to share with the world. Once you know those things, it'll be much easier to establish an authentic personal brand that resonates with people.


"If people like you, they will listen to you, but if they trust you, they'll do business with you." Zig Ziglar

5. Not Standing Out

In today's crowded market, it's more important than ever to stand out from the crowd. If your personal brand blends in with everyone else's, you're not going to make much of an impression—and you're not going to attract many customers.


To fix this problem, take some time to really think about what makes you unique and what values you want to share with the world. Once you know those things, it'll be much easier to establish a personal brand that stands out from the rest.


"It's important to build a personal brand because it's the only thing you're going to have. Your reputation online and in the new business world is pretty much the game, so you've got to be a good person. You can't hide anything, and more importantly, you've got to be out there at some level." Gary Vaynerchuk

Personal Branding Success

Personal branding is essential for any entrepreneur who wants to succeed in today's competitive market. By avoiding these mistakes and following the tips above, you can set yourself up for success with your personal brand.


Torie Mathis helps entrepreneurs, like you, use digital marketing to grow your business without wasting time, money, or sanity. She is a best-selling author, Army veteran, speaker + trainer, and digital marketing coach. You don't need crazy tech skills, buckets of cash, or dedicated staff to market your business. In fact, you don't even need a lot of time. What you need is to be SMART. Torie hosts SMART AF, a show for non-techy entrepreneurs looking to grow their small business, with her husband Sean Mathis, and is the creator of SMART AF Magazine. Learn digital marketing for your small business at toriemathis.com


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Torie Mathis, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Torie Mathis helps entrepreneurs like you use digital marketing to grow their businesses without wasting time, money, or sanity. She is a best-selling author, Army veteran, speaker + trainer, and digital marketing coach. She'll show you how you don't need crazy tech skills, buckets of cash, or dedicated staff to market your business. In fact, you don't even need a lot of time. What you need is to be SMART. Torie hosts SMART AF, a show for non-techy entrepreneurs looking to grow their business, with her husband Sean, a fellow entrepreneur and founder of the Miles Through Time Automotive Museum. She is also the creator of SMART AF Magazine and Smart Arsenal. You can learn digital marketing for your small business with Torie at toriemathis.com

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