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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.

Shift in Social Media KPIs? Capitalize on the Metrics That Work!

A shift has occurred in Social Media KPIs (Key Performance Indicators). While we love audience growth, we are really working to increase engagement. We don’t just want likes, we want shares. Promotional messages have become routine, meaning focus is put on response rate and time.

So, what kind of customer data should we be concentrating on for improvement?

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With some data and insights from bitly’s collaborative Ebook How to Improve Social Metrics That Actually Matter, let’s get started!

Video: All About Branding Strategies and Tactics – SEMPO Panel Event

A couple of back, I was invited to join a virtual event – All About Branding – to share some insights with the SEMPO community.

The discussion was brilliantly moderated by Dana Todd, of whom I have been a big fan for years. I learned a lot too from Francine Carb who was on the panel as she has oodles of brand experience from way back.

Watch the video recording or read the recap to find out what we talked about  from monitoring competition and personal branding, to influencer marketing and branding measurement, and a whole lot more…

Hope you enjoy it and let us know if you have anything to add!

Cheers,

@MelCarson

Video: Importance of Analyzing Links for PR – Public Relations Not Page Rank!

At the end of last year, those nice people from Vizion Interactive asked me to have a chat on camera at the Digital Summit in Dallas.

I was at the event in my capacity as Brand Ambassador for Majestic.com, so chose to talk about broadening their audience beyond SEOs and link building and how important links are to the public relations industry.

Are you a PR pro? Are you using link data for competitive analysis and PR planning and reporting?

Watch the video to give you some ideas and inspiration!

Warning! I get a bit passionate towards the end!

Cheers,

@MelCarson

Meet Our New Book: Introduction to Personal Branding

We are delighted to announce our new book has gone live on Amazon:

Introduction to Personal Branding:
10 Steps Toward a New Professional You

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With the rise of digital and social media in the past few years, the internet has presented professionals with a magnificent opportunity to build, polish, and own outstanding personal brands. It’s also becoming more and more important for individuals to understand the practices and disciplines of personal branding to present themselves in an approachable, endearing and enduring way both in the digital world and in-person.

Delightful Communications News: November Recap

November has been another thrilling month with holidays, conferences, plenty of articles and more…

We collaborated with Cohn Creative, on a personal branding video featuring our furry friend Bigfoot. What does he have to do with personal branding you may ask? If you haven’t seen it yet, watch to find out.

If you have, great! We hope you enjoyed it and picked up on some useful tips.

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A couple of weeks ago, Mel visited Raleigh, North Carolina to speak at the Internet Summit about all things related to cohesive digital PR strategy: big data, content marketing, and how to reach influencers.

As we approach mid-December with 2016 in sight, be sure to click here to see what experts anticipate will be the content marketing trends and emerging technologies of 2016.

Plus, if you are ready to establish yourself as an expert and thought-leader in your industry, we encourage you to look into the the hands-on Personal Brand Lab workshop @ SMX West on Feb 29th, 2016.

Our very own Mel Carson will be hosting and we would love to see you there!

Delightful Communications has also been featured in a number of articles/virtual events including:

How to Make Your eCommerce Business Stand Out By Creating a Branding Action Plan – with Mel Carson

What Makes Brands Memorable and Why We Need to Make It Personal

Influence Marketing: 7 Key Questions Answered by Industry Experts

That about wraps it up for this month. Thanks for reading!

Andrea Rocha – Digital Marketing Assistant

Introducing The Personal Brand Lab in Partnership with SMX Coming in 2016

We’re delighted to announce that we are teaming up with Third Door Media, the organizers of the global SMX digital marketing events, to present the inaugural Personal Brand Lab Workshop at SMX West in San Jose on 29th February 2016.

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The explosion in use of digital and social media has created an amazing opportunity for professionals to build an outstanding personal brand so, in response to client demand, the Personal Brand Lab workshop aims to help the attendees understand how to establish themselves as experts and thought-leaders in their niche via digital channels as well as in-person strategies and tactics.

The Personal Brand Lab is designed for C-suite executives, business owners, HR & training managers, PR & executive communications managers, marketers and digital marketing practitioners who want their expertise and experience to be more discoverable, shareable and memorable.

Highlights and takeaways from this personal branding workshop include:

  • An introduction into personal branding and why it’s so important for your career and the success of your company.
  • How to create a personal branding strategy to help your expertise standout in your industry.
  • What you need to do to establish your professional purpose and create a personal branding statement.
  • A comprehensive overview of LinkedIn and other social platforms including real-time profile optimization and networking.
  • Tools overview – what tools you can use to help create, establish and measure your personal brand.
  • How to establish a communication cadence and success measurement framework to keep your personal brand on track.

Register for the Workshop Here

For more information on the workshop or Delightful’s Personal Branding Services contact us through our contact form.

Cheers,

Mel Carson – Founder and Principal Strategist

 

How to Use the New LinkedIn App to Boost Your Personal Brand via Your Phone

Have you updated the LinkedIn app on your smartphone yet? If not, you should!

There’s no doubt that LinkedIn has become the most important social media platform for building a professional personal brand and while the old LinkedIn app was fine for checking a few updates or accepting a friend request, the clustered functionality and not-so-aesthetically-pleasing user interface somehow limited it’s potential to enable users to enhance their personal brands adequately via mobile.

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The new LinkedIn Flagship app aims to provide users with ”a mobile experience that is more intuitive, smarter and dramatically simplifies your LinkedIn experience.”

Personally, I think LinkedIn did a great job reaching this goal.

Here’s how the improved features of the new LinkedIn app can help you boost your personal brand on the go:

Edit Profile & Adjust Settings in the ‘Me’ tab

The new app breaks down its functionalities into 5 tabs: Home, Me, Messaging, My Network, and Search.

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