I lived in Lodz, Poland until the age of 23. I moved to New York 10 years ago, where I’ve led several lives: construction, scaffold operator, bus boy, waiter, Internet marketer, trainer, entrepreneur, professor, and executive. In that order.
I chose myself. You can too.
Online entrepreneurship, personal branding, and social media enabled me to create opportunities thatI would have not otherwise have.
Entrepreneurs often ask me:
How do you draw a line between your business name and your personal brand?
You don’t. It’s one and the same.
Steve Jobs built Apple, not the other way around. You have built your own company, You Inc. However, being a founder is much different from being a CEO. The first is a hobby, the latter is a job.
The Internet and social media have democratized marketing on the Internet. Online influence is earned, you cannot buy it.
Another question I often get from small business owners is:
How do I compete with big brands who have multimillion dollar marketing budget?
You cannot compete with big brands for eyeballs on TV, but you can on YouTube.
Every individual is a media company so you need to act like one to get ahead of the pack, and soon to survive. In a world where 80% of consumers Google a product or service before purchasing it, invisibility is a fate much worse than failure.
Whoever you are and whatever you do, your number one job is to build your credibility on the Internet through native content and socialconnections.
I call it the 3 Cs of Bootstrap Marketing: Credibility, Content, Connections.
Here is your playbook for personal branding on the Internet.
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