About this Book
A brand is a name, symbol, design, term and virtually any other characteristic that can be used for identifying a product and distinguishing it from other products. Personal branding can, therefore, be seen as the characteristics of an individual that can be used in distinguishing him from another individual.
A brand refers to anything, whatsoever, that associates with any particular product; this can be the symbolism of that brand or the experiences that the end users derived from using or interacting with that product.
From the above definition, it can then be deduced that branding refers to the look, utility, and feel of a product, service or a person; not disregarding the importance of collateral, advertising and packaging of that product. Taking it further, the characteristic of a brand can equally be affected by the attitudes of the promoters and the sales representatives; they can also form public opinion about that product, which can determine the progress and acceptability of the said product.
A wise company or brand owner will work acidulously to develop an acceptable image for its brand or product meticulously. A goal-oriented company will be guided by all the variables earlier mentioned in a given direction to reach the target audience, attain sales goals and increase the equity of the brand in question. The way the company presents its brand will determine how it will be registered in the minds of the consumers and the general public.
Developing your personal brand has some association with the process followed by companies when developing their brands and making it more acceptable to the consumers. Never forget that personal branding is a continuous process. Before you start your personal branding journey, you should first consider the purpose or goals of the branding process.