When we embark on an analysis of a client’s personal brand’s digital footprint, one of the first things we look at is how discoverable they are across the web via search engines and social media. The ultimate goal of any successful personal brand exercise is to make you more discoverable, shareable and memorable, so discoverability is where we start.
Well you might be the most knowledgeable person in your field, the go-to expert in your niche or have so much to say on a subject you’re simply bursting to let the world know, but if no one can find you, either by name or when looking for relevant information pertaining to your expertise, you may as well not exist.
A couple years ago, a New York research consulting firm asked me to have a chat with a “digital marketing expert” who had a great idea for a startup and wanted to run it past me. We spent most of the 45-minute conversation talking about personal brand and the fact that I could find no information online about him – his LinkedIn profile was a barren wasteland and I could find nothing to corroborate the claim he was an expert in digital marketing. He understood this was a bad experience, especially if I had been a VC or journalist checking him and his claims out.
Sometimes you only get one chance with people. If your brand doesn’t reflect authenticity, that’s bad. Not being discoverable is even worse.
Here are some ideas to help get your brand in order — so you’re more discoverable: