I just came back from Social Media Week Miami and as you probably think, I am pumped. It was an experience that not only reinforced the concepts and knowledge that I already had but also made me realize about a ton of things that I wasn´t fully aware of, specially in terms of what I want to do next, here are the things I learned about personal branding at SMW Miami:
- Think like a content creator: Thought this is something that I already knew, it has been reinforce greatly, everywhere I look there´s content and an opportunity to use it for a greater good.
- Purpose: You have to define what the purpose of your personal brand is; is it food? is it travel? is it arts? is it kittens in salad bowls? If you don´t define the purpose of your business aka personal brand, you´re most likely to bite more than you can chew. This will also help you get ROI expectations right for yourself and your clients.
- Audience: Who are you talking to? What are their likes? Attend those who already like your brand, keep talking to them.
- Don´t make wonderful content and then fail to promote it. We all agree that not all social media channels are good for all brands, find the ones that are more natural to you and your business and use them right.
- Think Mobile! Stats are strong about mobile devices usage on basically everything, think big but also think small screenwise.
- Keep the content and format useful, simple and delightful: Sree Sreenivassan , Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was very strong about this and I have it still fresh in my mind, so I think I better review on my old content and curate some more.
- Real followers get you real influence in social: In this case, Sean Gardner threw as many social pearls as he could on this subject, real followers will engage with your content (if its useful, simple and delightful).
- Being stationary is deadly in all aspects of life: trial and error, go step by step but keep trying new things, new social media channels, new devices.
- Return, Learn, Repeat: This goes directly with listening to your audience, return to what worked in the past, learn from what didn´t work and repeat what worked.
- Break some rules: Maybe mix up your posting times, experiment on scheduling and content.
- Marketers don´t trust other marketers: Mister Ted Coiné explained this in many ways as well as more priceless advice but I found that this is as true as the sky is blue.
- Build your brand around visual content marketing and oxidize it.
- If the channels are not working together, is not omnichannel: Pam Moore explained it really well, omnichannel does not mean that you have to use all social media channels, but if you build your brand around some of them, make them work in a 360º degree level. Use them wisely.
- Do you want the eyeballs or the conversion? Think this through, what´s more important if to get traffic for your website or convert your audience into sales?
- Don´t be afraid to fail/ be nice to yourself.
Listening to all these pros and people I´ve followed for a long time taugh me a lot, I could only handpick these 15 things I learned about personal branding at Social Media Week Miami because I think these are the most important to know in a generic way, anyone could apply them for whatever business or brand they may have and it could be good even for your own social media channels in order to “clean up” a little bit ones social media mess.
Another highlight about the three day conference was spending some time with Kelly, who has been working on her personal brand The Sober Señorita in a very organic and authentic way for quite some time now; as inspiring as she is to her primary niche audience, she is an example of what you can create and achieve through social media: awareness on any issue, make a point of view stand out, help others. Besides, she is as much fun as anyone could think of and so open to help, I´m glad we could reconnect in Miami amiga!
This trip to Miami was far better than the previous one, I felt love, support and answers so the next steps for me are more clear now, I´m glad I broke some rules and attended SMW Miami. As one of my favorite singers said once ¡Gracias, Totales!