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Infographic: Your Personal Branding Strategy in 10 Steps

We’ve received tons of positive feedback since the launch of our latest eBook: Introduction to Personal Branding: 10 Steps Toward a New Professional You, which is also live now on Audible and iTunes as an audio book!

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We are thrilled that the book has helped our readers to start paying more attention to their personal brand and more importantly, actually making plans and taking action to improve their personal brand and be more discoverable, shareable and memorable:

“This is by far the most-bookmarked book (per page-capita) on my Kindle today. I’ve already set up a site, paid attention to image names, tweaked my LinkedIn profile, and more based on Mel’s tips.” - S. Weise

Confluence: Why You Should Include Influencers to Your Content Marketing Strategy

In a digital world, content is the currency of influence. Obviously, most marketers nowadays are aware of the importance of content marketing: according to recent studies, 93% of B2B marketers use content marketing, and 60% of marketers create at least one piece of content each day.

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Along with the explosion of content, marketers are challenged to make their voice heard. That’s why influencers should be a part of your content marketing strategy. Traackr Academy of Influencer Marketing recently brought us a new course, Confluence: The Meeting of Content and Influencer Marketing, to help marketers attract and convert customers by aligning influencer and content strategies.

Interview with Duane Forrester: Uncovering the Goldmine of Link Data for Influencer Marketing 

We are big-time supporters of Majestic here at Delightful, and while the British search engine tells you who is linking to whom across the web, we want you to uncover everything it has to offer beyond just being a tool for SEO (search engine optimization).

I chatted to Duane Forrester, VP of Organic Search Operations at Bruce Clay, at a conference recently about how content marketers and digital PR people could use link data to tell better stories about their campaigns and how to get creative when planning outreach to influencers.

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Duane says, “the reality is links are a source of direct traffic,” and gives you the opportunity to uncover potential partners and evaluate the success of your content. You’re putting in the work, but still, how well do you know your customers? Who are your key influencers? What is the net long-term effect of the content and campaigns you are producing?

Best Employee Advocacy Platforms to Help You Build An Engaging Program

At Delightful, we believe that brilliant brands are built through people, not just pixels. Compared to branded messages, research shows that people’s words are more likely to be trusted.

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As one of our clients from Microsoft, Geoffrey Colon, the author of Disruptive Marketing: What Growth Hackers, Data Punks, and Other Hybrid Thinkers Can Teach Us About Navigating the New Normal, expressed in his recent LinkedIn article, brands will continue to be ignored while the influencers you pay may run into the same issues of all paid endorsements. It’s really time to pay attention to your employees who can be the most transparent, authentic, and trustworthy advocates for your brand.

Mel Carson to Deliver Art of Personal Branding Keynote at Seattle Business Tradeshow

We’re thrilled to announce I’ll be delivering the keynote speech at this year’s Seattle Business Tradeshow on Wednesday 8th June 2016.

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We’re big fans of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the incredible work they do here in the Puget Sound Area.

To be invited to address the delegates and exhibitors before the tradeshow floor opens is a tremendous honor, and I’m determined to make my talk informative, engaging, entertaining and, above all, actionable!

Here’s the title and what people can expect to take away from my speech:

The Art of Personal Branding: How to Stand Up & Stand Out in Business

How to Create a Media List for PR Outreach Using Majestic.com

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If you’re in the business of building media lists for PR outreach, you may use an established database from a company like Cision or PRNewswire.

While those tools are an excellent resource, they can be expensive, so we’ve put together a video for Majestic.com (I’m their US Brand Ambassador) to show how you can use link data to figure out who is writing about what AND know how influential and authoritative they are as a writer or publication.

Thank You #BrightonSEO

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to grace the stage at the Brighton Dome in the South of England at the fabulous #BrightonSEO conference.

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The conference organizer – the hugely talented and affable Kelvin Newman – had taken a punt on me doing a talk on Personal Branding, a subject not regularly heard about from the stage of major digital marketing conferences.

Why Personal Branding? Because It’s Becoming a Real Thing!

As we have had such an amazing response to the book we published on Amazon in January, we have and will continue to put the message out there for Personal Branding.

It’s relevant, practical, and imperative in today’s digital age. But beyond that, it is fun, internally and externally rewarding, and invaluable to the individual pursuing and aiming to fulfill their professional purpose daily.

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And here is my favorite part: others are beginning to understand what all the commotion is about too.

Secrets of a Winning Influencer Marketing Program: Takeaways from the Academy of Influencer Marketing from Traackr

All of us here at Delightful have finished the course from the Academy of Influencer Marketing (AIM) powered by Traackr!

Traackr is a solid influencer marketing platform that Delightful has been using for 2 years to help clients set up and run strategic influencer marketing programs. We love Traackr not just because it’s a great tool, but also it shares a similar methodology on influencer marketing with us which is building authentic and strategic relationships through a value exchange and mutual benefit framework.

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The 1.5 hour course provided the Delightful team with a systematic crash course on understanding influencer marketing, identifying and engaging the influencers, setting up an effective influencer marketing program, and defining a measurement framework, etc.

How to Choose the Right Social Media Channel for Your Personal Brand

Now that you have crafted your personal brand statementbegun to analyze your competitors, and started to reengineer your digital presence, let’s talk about choosing the right social channel to capture your story and make your personal brand shine.

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While publishing across platforms (and linking them together!) is a great way to build your online presence, depending on your niche and professional goals, having a specific focus on the right one can positively elevate the experience your audience and peers have with your personal brand and increase the all important engagement.

Every social channel has its own distinguishing features, from preference of content, to audience size and their attention span, tone and scope. Think about which channel your target audience is on, leverage how active and engaged they are based on data like audience demographics and traffic generation, and then choose the best platform for YOU and your personal brand.

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