A Step-by-Step Guide for Self-Branding

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Branding has been in existence since trade or business commenced in a competitive and fair environment. However, the concept of personal branding—a process through which a person markets himself or herself to others—is relatively new. Tom Peters, an American writer who writes on business management practices, coined the term in a 1997 article. Since then, this thought has created ripples in the business world. Several books and articles have been written. The subject gained more traction with the rise of the Internet, as new cost-effective business strategies mushroomed. Nonetheless, self-branding still remains an evading concept for many. Marketing gurus have professed that visible personal branding opens and expands a business or brings professional opportunities. Continue reading

Five Social Media and Branding Lessons From the Sochi Olympics

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The winter Olympics in Sochi have been a spectacle full of amazing performances, controversy and memorable moments. These events have had the world’s attention for the entirety of the games, as individuals from different countries came together to celebrate athletic tradition and international relationships.

The hype surrounding the Olympics was not limited to traditional media, as social-media channels served as spheres of discussion regarding the games. The way in which the Olympics were represented on social media and events from the games themselves offer important lessons about social media. Below is a list of five branding lessons that can be taken away from the Olympics in Sochi. Continue reading