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    Octopus Model of Relevancy - Personal Branding

    An octopus has eight tentacles, as does the subject of personal branding. Each tentacle has suction cups for sensing and tasting other sea creatures and objects such as coral. Personal branding touches each related topic in a dissimilar way. The personal brand or head of the octopus is the centerpiece for the model, which is you. Each tentacle represents an area that either impacts or is influenced by your brand.

    Social media is a channel by which your brand can persuade, entertain or become noticeable to others. Entrepreneurship is how you take ownership of your career and become your own manager. Human resources within any company analyzes personal brands for recruitment purposes, whereas career development is a routine for positioning yourself as favorable to human resources. Public relations, whether through traditional or new media, is an option for notifying others that your brand exists, as well as managing your reputation online. Self-marketing and branding enables you to have deliverables for starting conversations between you and your audience. Forming relationships through networking is how you enable a brand transaction or establish a new opportunity. Finally, search engine optimization is your ability to rank high in search engines, due to other websites appreciation and trust in your website.

    I’ve been contemplating this model for months now, after brainstorming the various topics that surround personal branding. I think it’s important to realize that your brand can be manipulated and revised throughout your life and the above categories are items to look into as you progress. Each column in Personal Branding Magazine is built off of this column, to give the full perspective on the topic.

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    Dan Schawbel is the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success (St. Martin’s Press) and the #1 international bestselling book, Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future (Kaplan Publishing), which combined have been translated into 15 languages.

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    One comment on “Personal Branding Octopus Model of Relevancy
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      Interesting model. Most research on the subject defines personal branding exclusively within the marketing and branding theories. Perhaps that’s because the majority of researchers interested in the subject are in the marketing field, though. 🙂

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    3. […] I wanted to start a new series of posts called “ask the expert”, where you ask questions in the comments or through my email (dan.schawbel@gmail.com) and I find the expert that can best answer your question and then post on it.  I think this will be very helpful to everyone, as we build our personal brands in 2008.  The various categories that are touched on in this blog can be found here. […]

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    5. […] Although I brand myself as a personal branding expert, I’m hired by EMC to be their social media expert and there is a big difference. Social media is just 1 of 8 tentacles of personal branding (see Octopus Model of Relevancy). […]

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