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Innovative and Creative Ways to Market Your Fashion Startup

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Innovative and Creative Ways to Market Your Fashion Startup

The global fashion industry is a multi-billion dollar sector. This industry does include sub industries like menswear, womenswear, and sportswear. It accounts for 2 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and according to Fashionunited.com, the combined value between women’s and menswear industries totals over a trillion. Unbelievable, right? Well, this means there are enormous opportunities for the business side. Here are some innovative ways to market your fashion startup.

But First… It’s a Great Time to Launch a Fashion Startup

To kick start your next fashion venture, you’ll need talent and creativity among others. With a diverse digital landscape, your designs will have to appeal three groups: influencers (call them pioneers), fashion editors (early adopters), and buyers (the masses). According to a PR Couture post, you can use a handful of expert tips to thrive with a small budget: logo, beautiful photography skills, cool website, and the proper social media channel to exponentially grow your brand’s visibility.

Calls to Action for Your Online Fashion Startup

#1. Opt for a website or online shop. Because people like to “google it” and a web page increases the chances of being found. Include an easy navigation with lots of rich images visible to visitors.

#2. Next item on the list is creating a presence on social media. Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Snapchat work very well as fashion channels. Why? It is where everyone is, including the “cool kids on the block”, and the young audiences. They are more eager to buy and invest money in clothing that have personality and make them stand out.

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#3. Having a logo is without a doubt a key component for a fashion startup. It is what people will remember you by, so choose a unique symbol. Make it as universal as possible and tailor it to your targeted customers. Part of the fashion etiquette is selling a lifestyle and a unique shopping journey.

Want to do more? See additional opportunities to expand efforts.

Utilizing Heat Maps on Your Website

As defined by Search Business Analytics a heat map is a two-dimensional representation of data, with values represented in different colors. In other words, they are used to communicate significance and the relationship between data values.

For the purposes of generating sales, heat maps can help visualize visitors’ activity and identify where buying behaviors are triggered. Specifically, it will quantify what sections are most frequently visited and for what periods of time. You can install software like AppSumo, Inspectlet, or CrazyEgg to make sense of the data and where to optimize the site.

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This post by Luna Vega explains what key pages can be used to better format and tailor the webpage for online visitors. Ultimately, by installing heat maps software you can push sales from recommended sections of your online website. Installing this feature helps a fashion startup manage time, resources, and efforts effectively, since your main objective is to retain customers and at the same time acquire new ones. Implement the necessary changes that will trigger positive buying behaviors.

You may not be able to afford renting out a space and spending all of the accommodations required to setup a physical retail store. This is why it is important to understand why a website is a valuable resource and to optimize it to bring valuable revenue.

Tapping into Instagram, Influencers, and Featuring Celebrity Stories

It cannot be emphasized the growing importance of Instagram for businesses and particularly startups in fashion. Consumers are 58 times more likely to engage with branded content compared to Facebook and 120 times more likely compared to Twitter.

Tips on Using Instagram for Your Fashion Startup

Naturally, when joining Instagram create a business account or upgrade your personal one. This helps the brand gain visibility and access analytics to monitor activity. Instagram photos convert better than other types of visual content and increasingly more customers trust photos via this social network.

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As a fashion startup you can apply these next steps to drive up engagement:

  1. Show personality
  2. Less is more: 50% non-business and 50 products/services
  3. Have call to action elements
  4. Follow back and engage
  5. Comment on other users´ photos
  6. Tag customers for contests and celebrations
  7. Use hashtags
  8. Say thank you
  9. Don’t over-abuse Direct Messaging options

Interacting With Users and Influencers on Instagram

Instagrammers are very active (500 million Monthly Active Users (MAU)) and constantly updating accounts with relevant posts. Seek out community experts or notorious influencers as a way of building trust. Without them, it will be harder to make sales and build favorable brand recognition. Another tip proven to work is to engage with similar brands in the industry. Check out their posts and what kind of sentiment they create for their customers.

One example of networking with a powerful influencer is Luanna90. She has 2.1million followers and over 5000 posts to date. Her content posted combines different ensembles, different angle shots, and a beautiful background.

Featuring Celeb Stories for Extra Visibility

A second example is the use of celebrity images on clothing and accessories. They get plenty of attention and are essential to model for showcasing fashion trends. AX Paris deploys a collection of photos that serve the needs of anxious online shoppers.

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Targeting your efforts on Instagram, collaborating with influence marketers, and featuring a section of celebrities on your site are part of a winning formula. This three-step process will arm you with plenty of user data and as a startup these basic resources come in handy to achieve business goals.

Takeaways and Conclusions

Starting your own venture is no easy task. It takes organization, networking, and having a big fashion idea. It also requires you to be constantly evolving especially since fashion never goes out of style.

In spite of barriers to entry, there are plenty of resources to use and mastering the technology. One way to really prepare your next best business, there are things you can do prior to initiating this project.

Once operations begin use social media for marketing, add an easy-to-use, and mobile-friendly website. Finally, combine enriched photos and learn to construct narratives using your fashion designs.

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Last Updated on August 25, 2021

Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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