18 Personal Branding Tools to Rapidly Grow Your Personal Brand in 2019

18 Personal Branding Tools to Rapidly Grow Your Personal Brand in 2019

18 Personal Branding tools to rapidly grow your Personal Brand in 2019

Abhik Shome
Founder and Editor-in-chief

“Keep posting great content on social media and they will come.”

I bet many of you tried that, I did it too. Raise your hands if just posting great, remarkable or amazing content brought you any results?

Ya…that’s what I thought.

See, to stand out in your industry, of course, you need to post great content, but it’s just half the work done. What you really need to do is apply your strategies along with a set of specialized tech hacks that no one in your industry is currently using.

These tech hacks can instantly boost your brand and have a magnetic effect on your intended audiences.

Based on that, here are 18 handpicked personal branding tools to rapidly grow your Personal Brand in 2019.

1. And Co

Add a sleek professional touch to your proposals using this FREE tool brought to you by the guys behind Fiverr.

The tool will help you present your proposals in an uber-professional manner and also track them, send follow-ups, etc.

A great personal branding tool for the cost-effective freelancer.

A paid alternative to And Co. Use this to create some sleek world-class proposals for your clients and be at their top of mind.

3. Visme

This is my go-to tool for infographics.

My Design head prefers Adobe Creative Cloud, but if you are a non-designer like me, Visme has us covered. I use this to create rich visually appealing infographics in a matter of minutes.

Brian Dean from Backlinko suggests highly of using infographics as a great link building tool, as it lets you distinguish your content in a much more appealing manner. 

So go ahead and brand yourself in the industry with this valuable visual content tool.

4. Canva

A free alternative to Promo Republic. A great app to start your designing game if you are not a designer.

As a brand, it’s important to monitor the email marketing strategy of your industry leaders. After all, in the world of internet marketing, it’s the email where the majority of the sale happens.

Use Owletter to monitor the newsletters of your industry leaders and immediate competitors.

6. Lemlist

Lemlist is an email outreach tool with proven templates to personalize your cold emailing.

I especially like their image personalization feature where you can upload an image of you holding a blank piece of paper and their software will add a custom name based on the company or person you are sending the mail to. You can also schedule follow-ups based on link clicks.

A great relationship building tool.

Adobe Creative Cloud is the holy grail for creating brand assets. It needs a bit of expertise, but if you master it, it will almost be the only tool you will ever need to create assets for your personal brand.

Use Promo Republic to quickly get thousands of content pieces readymade to post for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

A great way to generate awesome personal branding content on the fly.

Ninja Outreach is the go-to tool of the industry to search, find and reach out to influencers in your niche.

Make your brand “Stick”. Literally. Give your brand a physical and iconic presence with these high-quality stickers with some awesome designs to boast of.

No wonder, top companies like AppSumo endorse this brand!

11. Zoom

Doing video interviews with experts in your industry is a great way to have the influencer rub off on your own brand.

A great free tool for doing these interviews is through Zoom.

If you want a high-quality podcast mic that doesn’t break the bank, go with the Blue Yeti.

SSL certificate is a must for adding credibility and authenticity to your online presence.

Think about it, would you trust a site with a not secure message showing up in the address bar?

Use SSL for free to generate free SSL certificates for your site.

14. Ahrefs

Out of a ton of uses of this great SEO tool, a great one is checking out your competitor’s backlinks and social shares.

You can actually get the list of people sharing and linking to your competitor’s content.

Actionable Tip: 10x the content of your competitor or repurpose it into an infographic and reach out to the people who are linking and sharing the competitor article, asking them to link to your article instead.

Use this tool to spy on ads and promotions of your industry leaders and craft paid promotions for your personal brand accordingly.

16. Dux-Soup

A LinkedIn lead generation and outreach tool to connect with people in your industry.

Use this to connect with experts and audiences in your industry.

Another great SEO tool which can be used for personal branding goals.

Use this tool to make SEO rich articles in your niche and rank high on Google.

18. Rev

Make your videos into ebooks by transcribing them with this cheap service.

Hope you got a lot of value from the article and now feel equipped to grow a stellar personal Brand in 2019.

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You get the 60-second Personal Branding implementation checklist which will make you stand out in your industry and get leads in automation.

The implementation checklist is filled with many actionable steps written in crisp to the point execution sequences.

  • Learn how to never again be confused about what to say to your audiences and what stance to take while communicating your sales message on Social Media (Point 1 and 2)
  • Set your social profiles to speak your brand without any daily efforts from you (Point 3 and 4)
  • Discover the 1 method which will put you in front of millions of target customers and help you generate leads on autopilot! (Point 5 and 6)
  • The 1 smart tactic which can help you build relationships with influencers and even get promoted by them on their own platforms! (Point 13).  ← This is my personal favorite (word of advice – Please be genuine and honest while using this).
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Abhik Shome

Abhik helps entrepreneurs shorten their path to online growth with conversion marketing. He is a leading conversion marketing expert and online marketing thought leader. As CEO of Brand Bridge Solutions, an online marketing agency, Abhik’s content has been featured in mainstream media outlets like Inc Magazine, Business Insider, Inc ASEAN, YourStory, and Influencive among others. Abhik is the Founder of The Starting Idea, a business growth magazine focused on giving fast-paced actionable marketing strategies to the modern day entrepreneur. He is also the founder of Product Know, an exclusive library of business software and resources. He has recently authored the book The Growth Toolbox covering 210+ tools to grow every aspect of a modern day business. Get it for FREE here.

3 Personal Branding Growth Hacks That Will Make You Influential in 2019

3 Personal Branding Growth Hacks That Will Make You Influential in 2019

3 Personal Branding Growth Hacks That Will Make You Influential in 2019

Abhik Shome
Founder and Editor-in-chief
With every passing year, building a solid personal brand is becoming a quintessential ingredient in the recipe for business success.
Anyone who tactfully applies proven personal branding strategies is set to gain a lot in 2019.
Based on that, here are some very innovative personal branding growth hacks that I learned from some of the biggest marketing experts in the world today.

1. The Frank Kern Newscaster Method

I learned this dead simple but highly effective trick from one of my Internet Marketing mentors, Frank Kern.

But don’t let the simplicity of this method fool you on how effective this can be. 

So here’s what you do:

You simply pick up a video (can be educational, can be a discussion) based on your niche and make a blog article commenting on it.

For example, if you are in the niche of teaching lead guitar, then simply go on YouTube and look for videos of people teaching the same. Find one of the best videos and ask the permission of the video creator if you can share it on your site (most will say YES immediately).

Put the video on your site with a write up on the technique being used, any alternative methods you suggest, etc. The idea is to make your post an extended read accompanying the video. 

That’s it! This will showcase your knowledge in a very simple and easy manner and also help build a relationship with the video creator who might as well give you a shout-out in front of their audiences. 

A double whammy for your personal branding!

2. Working for your Dream 100 or the Inception Tactic

This one can be frowned upon as it needs a bit of work. But trust me, the results will be awesome. 

A lot of people, especially freelancers get upset at the idea of working for free.  I get you on that, as I have been there myself. But there is a great benefit of working for free IF (and the IF is important) you work for the RIGHT PEOPLE.

Seek out influencers in your niche, or as Russell Brunson calls it, the Dream 100. Seek them out from YouTube, Podcasts, FB groups, etc. Then request them to let you work for them for free in return for a video testimonial and a shoutout to their well-built audience base.

Now here’s the GOLD part. After you get the video testimonial, package it attractively and run ads on them targeting the very audiences of the influencer.

This way you will incept authority and create favoring emotions in the minds of audiences interested in your niche.

3. Ryan Levesque’s ASK Method Hack (fine-tuned for personal branding)

When you speak the language of your audience, you strike that special cord with them. Ryan Levesque’s ASK method teaches precisely that. Basically, you just put up a survey asking people what they want. Then you build it. 

At its core, there are two questions you need to ask your audiences:

a) What is the no.1 challenge right now in their business?

b) What all have they done till now to solve it?

When you get these answers and then build consistent content to solve this pain point, you will be seen as their ideal solution provider. 

As you highlight their frustrations and failures in their own language, they will feel that you understand their problem better than anyone else.

Next, when you present your solution in an easily consumable way, you will instantly be seen as a problem solver. This will magnetically pull people to your brand.

Now, here’s to you implementing them and taking action.

Hope you got a lot of value from the article and now feel equipped to grow a stellar personal Brand in 2019.

Here’s what you can do next:

I have put together a collection of bonus content for you to take action right away.

BONUS 1

You get the 60-second Personal Branding implementation checklist which will make you stand out in your industry and get leads in automation.

The implementation checklist is filled with many actionable steps written in crisp to the point execution sequences.

  • Learn how to never again be confused about what to say to your audiences and what stance to take while communicating your sales message on Social Media (Point 1 and 2)
  • Set your social profiles to speak your brand without any daily efforts from you (Point 3 and 4)
  • Discover the 1 method which will put you in front of millions of target customers and help you generate leads on autopilot! (Point 5 and 6)
  • The 1 smart tactic which can help you build relationships with influencers and even get promoted by them on their own platforms! (Point 13).  ← This is my personal favorite (word of advice – Please be genuine and honest while using this).
BONUS 2

Get the Exact 4 Personal Branding Character Types experts are using to create million dollar businesses.

  • The character type tools are perfect especially if you are a newbie and do not know what positioning you should have.

Get all of this by simply clicking the image below.

Abhik Shome

Abhik helps entrepreneurs shorten their path to online growth with conversion marketing. He is a leading conversion marketing expert and online marketing thought leader. As CEO of Brand Bridge Solutions, an online marketing agency, Abhik’s content has been featured in mainstream media outlets like Inc Magazine, Business Insider, Inc ASEAN, YourStory, and Influencive among others. Abhik is the Founder of The Starting Idea, a business growth magazine focused on giving fast-paced actionable marketing strategies to the modern day entrepreneur. He is also the founder of Product Know, an exclusive library of business software and resources. He has recently authored the book The Growth Toolbox covering 210+ tools to grow every aspect of a modern day business. Get it for FREE here.

Personal Branding: The Ultimate Guide (2019)

Personal Branding: The Ultimate Guide (2019)

Personal Branding: The Ultimate Guide (2019)

It’s no secret that personal branding is the key to success in today’s world of heavy competition.

It has the power to shift you from a red ocean full of competition to a blue ocean full of endless opportunities.

In 2019, people will be making their buying and hiring decisions based on the brand of a person behind a product or service. They want to see if the person backing the product has a reliable personal brand which has authority in the industry.

Bottom line – It doesn’t matter if you are an entrepreneur, executive or a freelancer. You need to have a great personal brand if you plan to get ahead in life.

And in this guide, I will show you everything you need to build an awesome personal brand.

Let’s dive right in.

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CHAPTER 1

What Is Personal Branding?

Personal Branding is a marketing strategy to make your skills stand out from other professionals in your industry.

It is a system which differentiates you from the crowd and positions your work skills as superior to others.

The keyword here is standing out. When you stand out in your industry, people take note of you. They see you as a thought leader.

You create a position where you can get more work and charge higher prices. Also, your network starts becoming richer.

So how do you stand out in your industry?

You do so by having a deep understanding of your target audience’s needs and then solving those needs exceptionally well and in a medium they understand best.

When you highlight their pain points in their own language and then deliver them an exceptional solution, you stand out.

You become insanely more favorable than someone who is not establishing this empathy.

Your target market feels — “Hey! This guy really gets me”.

From there on, they look at you as a solution to their problems.

Of course, there are many strategies and tools (which we will cover later in this guide) which greatly amplify your personal brand. But at its core, it’s all about understanding your audience and addressing their needs in a way no one else can.

CHAPTER 2

Why Is Personal Branding Important?

Personal branding has always been important. But in the age of short attention span coupled with the biggest opportunity since the dot-com boom, it is one of the most important disciplines to master for any entrepreneur or executive.

Here are some of the biggest benefits of building your personal brand in 2019:

1. Money

When you build your Personal Brand, your voice becomes synonymous with the voice of your industry. You are perceived as the symbol of trust, authority, authenticity, and quality in your industry. This can lead to high paying work opportunities and higher prices for your product.

2. Recognition

It gives you an instant recognition tool which opens a lot of closed doors and opportunities. This, in turn, gives you an instant head start over the competition.

3. Networking opportunities

You get to network with A-list influencers and CEOs of top companies. This allows you to make a quantum jump in your career. You are in a position to form relationships with these influential people and exponentially grow your business in a very short time.

4. Position

You achieve a position of power as a thought leader in your industry. Your words carry more weight. This aspect is more vanity based but great towards reaching your self-actualization goals. After all, who doesn’t want to be famous and get respect from their peers?

5. A career full of perks

You get to speak and get invited to conferences and summits in your industry. This comes with perks like higher pay, less strenuous work, more visibility and traveling to amazing places.

6. Higher productivity

You become more productive and responsible. When you see the results of your hard work with people starting to notice you, you feel a sense of pride and power. These results make you more attracted to your work.

7. Confidence 

You become more confident and it adds a positive touch to your personality. When your words and actions matter, you shed doubts about yourself very fast. You tend to become more confident and vocal. Overall you move towards becoming a wholesome personality.

8. Dream job

Getting your dream job becomes much easier with you being a known name in the game.

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CHAPTER 3

Applying Personal Branding Strategies to Rapidly Grow Your Personal Brand

This section on Personal Branding Strategy will give you a step by step process on how to grow your personal brand and make it remarkable both Online and Offline.

Use these 38 actionable strategies, tips, and growth hacks to build rapid influence in your industry in 2019.

The section is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Online Personal Branding Strategy
  2. Offline Personal Branding Strategy
  3. Personal Branding Growth Hacks and Tips

Online Personal Branding Strategy

We are living in the golden age of internet. Building a personal brand has never been as easy as it is now. Yet so few people are taking advantage of this brilliant opportunity which marketers of the past would have killed to get a shot at.

Let’s not let this opportunity slip away. Here are 31 step by step online personal branding strategies which leverage the internet to make you stand out from the crowd.

1. Define your target audience

First and foremost, have a clear idea about who your target audience is. What do they want in life? What are their biggest aspirations? What are their biggest fears? What are their main problems and roadblocks in overcoming those fears? Where do they hang out the most? Conduct a thorough research on all these questions and then base your message on how best you can meet their needs and expectations.  
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