In the day and age of social media, everyone thinks they have a personal brand. Their aesthetic, what they post and how they say it has become a literal obsession. And actually, a good amount of these people actually do. Some even make a living off of it, and are called Influencers. But just because you’re good at social media for yourself doesn’t necessarily mean you could or should run your official business off of your name recognition alone. Sure, that will get you off the ground faster than maybe someone without a large, loyal following, but you and your brand will never stand separately if you intertwine that intensely from the start. Let’s go through the differences between a personal brand and a business brand, shall we?
A personal brand is built around YOU as an individual. Your name is the focus, meaning people will associate you, as a person, with your products and services. Celebrities, authors, and professional speakers frequently use personal brands.
- Your audience feels connected to you and decides whether they want to support your business based on you as a person
- Easy to change directions (seen as an individual choice vs unstable business plan)
- Cannot be passed along to another individual to run
- Personal life becomes public
- Hard to scale
A business brand does not have one individual face. Their face is in fact, their logo. Corporations or companies that unite under one logo are considered business brands. If an individual were to start a business brand, they would not use their name, but a company name that either a team or individual would work under.
- More sustainable
- Less susceptible to scandal
- More organized
- Difficult to change directions
- Require aggressive promo/marketing
Have questions about which direction works best for you? Holler.