The Correlation Between Inbound Marketing & Personal Branding Part 2 (S9E4)

What you’ll see this episode:

Episode 4 is about to drop, and it's bringing you the second challenge of the season. Brace yourselves for a deep dive into inbound marketing and personal branding—the kind of stuff that separates the Bloxers from the wantrapreneurs. After the challenge, get ready for some mind-expanding consults where the judges drop wisdom bombs that'll make your business brain explode (in a good way). The main event of this episode is the second Blox-Off showdown. The leaderboard is in for a wild ride as the contestants bring their A-game, delivering performances that'll leave you on the edge of your seat. 

We’re Not Even Halfway…

In this episode, the Blox Off challenge puts contestants on the spot with a 3-minute speech on enhancing the efficacy of their personal brand. They need to outline the assets they plan to create, where they will distribute them, and how they aim to increase thought leadership. The challenge receives mixed reviews from the judges, revealing a clear division between those who grasp the concept and those who struggle to connect. The ensuing consult sessions with the judges become emotional, with contestants grappling with questions of self-worth and adequacy (total normal, btw!).

As one judge astutely observes, participants are realizing the substantial journey ahead in the competition. The night's Blox Off presents a challenging task: contestants must provide a comprehensive rundown of their inbound marketing strategy, covering modalities, investment plans, monetization strategies, and the underlying passion driving their approach. The new stage setup adds a layer of pressure, affecting the confidence of some Bloxers. Post-challenge, pod winners share reflections on their performances, revealing a mix of confidence and trepidation. The rankings announcement brings significant changes to the leaderboard, leaving contestants with varied emotions. The episode concludes with tearful reflections, highlighting the intense and transformative nature of The Blox competition.

The Correlation Between Inbound Marketing & Personal Branding

Today’s lesson delves into the intricacies of three fundamental marketing approaches: Interruption Marketing, Inbound Marketing, and Permission Marketing. Interruption Marketing is considered to be more traditional advertising methods, like radio ads, billboards, and TV commercials. On the other hand, Inbound Marketing introduces a more contemporary approach with podcasts, blogs, e-books, and free software, while Permission Marketing takes it a step further by obtaining contact information for continued engagement via newsletters, SMS reminders, and social media postings.

We explore the concept of "Buying Attention vs. Renting It," emphasizing how traditional methods like billboards or radio ads require ongoing payments for effectiveness. In contrast, building and maintaining lists, such as email or social media followers, offers a sustainable way to communicate with an audience at a fraction of the cost. Long-form content is important, whether in podcasts, blogs, or other mediums, and serves multiple purposes, including establishing thought leadership, solidifying brand messages, and building trust with customers. The step-by-step guide to dominating Inbound Marketing involves selecting a medium, creating remarkable content within that medium, studying the chosen medium and channels, and creating a bank of modular assets for versatile use. The cyclical process of Publish (also known as “build”), Measure, and Learn ensures continuous improvement and adaptation to audience preferences.

The lesson expands to Personal Branding, highlighting its similarities with Inbound Marketing, as both involve long-form inbound qualities and thought leadership. Personal branding adds credibility to the long-form assets a company creates, making it an essential aspect for entrepreneurs. Tools to showcase one's personal brand include various social media platforms, with a special highlight on LinkedIn. Social proof and press coverage are also effective means to build credibility and visibility. We want to aim for “Mindshare" – monopolizing a person's mental space in terms of expertise, emphasizing the impact of digital personal branding in achieving this. Networking is a valuable tool for personal branding when you prioritize the depth of relationships over quantity for more substantial and valuable connections.

Key Takeaways From This Episode:

  1. Inbound Marketing is FINDABILITY based on AUTHORITY based on AUTHENTICITY based on CONTENT based on PASSION.
  2. Your brain should function as ½ marketer, ½ media publisher.
  3. Personal branding adds credence to the long-form assets you’re creating as a company.
  4. How you present yourself online, and in-person, should be carefully curated brands and personalities that push our vision and story in the right direction.
  5. Classical conditioning equates to mindshare. This can be done at scale using digital personal branding.

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Meet The Judges

Brittany Hays
Brittany Hays
South Sound Staffing

As the owner and founder of South Sound Staffing, Brittany is driven by a genuine desire to make a profound difference in the staffing industry. Being a family-owned agency, Brittany and her team go above and beyond to deliver exceptional service and unmatched dedication to their clients. With a customer-centric focus, they strive to provide the best staff, ensuring that employers find the perfect match for their organizations. Brittany’s extensive experience of over 10 years in the industry has honed her expertise, making her a true authority in the field. As a thought leader, Brittany is passionate about bridging the gap between employers and employees. She actively engages in discussions surrounding hiring, careers, staffing, leadership, and recruiting. By sharing her insights and expertise, she empowers both job seekers and employers to navigate the ever-evolving job market with confidence.

Chase Curtiss
Chase Curtiss
Sway Medical

Chase Curtiss is an innovative digital health expert and clinical exercise physiologist with a strong expertise in developing mobile software solutions within the medical, sports and fitness markets. Chase has an academic and research background in biomechanics, exercise physiology and neuroscience with published research in each field. Chase has been recognized as a pioneer in the mobile health space with the first ever FDA clearance for a software only mobile medical device. He has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, Pando Daily, Mobihealthnews, the Grey Sheet and many other mainstream and medically focused publications. YouTube has also named Chase NextUP for his work in video instruction content reaching 30 million viewers. As an expert in the field of digital healthcare, Chase is also a regular speaker having presented for events put on by Blue Cross Blue Shield, AARP and Chase was the 2014 commencement speaker for Wichita State University.

Clay Slaton
Clay Slaton
LIFEguide

Clay Slaton is a leader coach with a passion for helping individuals succeed in both their personal and professional lives. Clay's journey began many years ago when he recognized the profound impact of personal development on professional engagement within his own team. Fueled by a desire to empower others, he embarked on a coaching journey, sharing insights with fellow business leaders through workshops, forums, and mentorship. The vision for LIFEguide took shape in the process, driven by Clay's commitment to facilitating personal and professional growth. In 2017, after successfully exiting a company he founded, Clay directed his focus towards LIFEguide. With intentional coaching for CEOs in both business and life, Clay drew upon his extensive experience as a career CEO, believing in the transformative power of wisdom and experience to elevate leadership and businesses. As a coach, Clay's mission is to guide CEOs to fully engage in life.

Lily Mockerman
Lily Mockerman
Founder & CEO, Total Customized Revenue Management - Austin, TX

President and CEO of Total Customized Revenue Management (TCRM), Lily is a passionate and devoted leader and practitioner in the revenue management field. Lily earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management from Johnson & Wales University. Following graduation, Lily’s career encompassed a variety of roles and responsibilities, including positions with independent full-service, boutique and resort hotels, and work with major brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels, and Hyatt, and various management companies. With 13 years of diverse hospitality experience under her belt, Lily founded TCRM in 2012 leveraging her vision to become the premier provider of revenue management services for the hospitality community. In recognition of these efforts, she was named 2015 Revenue Management Professional of the Year by HSMAI’s Arizona Chapter. TCRM continues to grow under Lily’s leadership and has recently begun to expand into international markets.

Luke Wade
Luke Wade
Owner, KC Crew and MediaAlly - Kansas City, MO

Luke, an energetic and adventurous individual who’s always on the lookout for exciting new experiences in his city, started his business when he was frustrated by the lack of engaging activities and quality events. What began as a small initiative has blossomed into an incredible success story, with over 51,000 participants engaged in diverse activities like Sand Volleyball, Basketball, Pickleball, Cornhole, kickball, softball, and more, spanning the entire city. He also orchestrated one-of-a-kind events such as a Grilled Cheese Festival, an Underachiever’s Run, and a Zombie Crawl, attracting a staggering 16,000 attendees. These endeavors not only allowed Luke to leave his conventional job five years ago but also enabled him to foster a thriving, interconnected community. His once-small initiative now boasts four full-time employees, 40 part-time officials, and an office that has transformed into a bustling arena. Driven by his desire to make a positive impact, Luke is committed to helping others cultivate vibrant in-person and virtual communities. His dedication has earned him numerous accolades, including the 2018 25 under 25 Award from Thinking Bigger Business Media, the 2017 Innovation Partnership Program award, the 2017 Social Sports Industry Association Product Innovation Award, the 2016 Social Media Club Trailblazer of the Year Award, the 2014 Mayor Sly James’ Challenge Cabinet recognition, the 2014 Rising Star Award from NonProfit Connect, and the 2013 Urban Hero Award from the Downtown Council.

Patrick Culpillari
Patrick Culpillari
E-Commerice/Amazon Guru

Meet Patrick Culpillari, a seasoned e-commerce expert whose leadership style is a powerful force of inspiration. Patrick believes that effective leadership should naturally energize people, infusing the soul with enthusiasm to the point that the contagion of his vision becomes unstoppable. Guided by four fundamental principles—Customer Obsession, Brand Passion, Excellence, and Creativity—Patrick brings a unique blend of strategic thinking and passion to the e-commerce landscape. Customer obsession is at the forefront of his approach, ensuring that every decision made is centered around providing exceptional value and satisfaction to customers. Patrick's brand passion is infectious, driving him to cultivate a genuine connection between consumers and the products or services he champions. He believes in excellence as a non-negotiable standard, consistently pushing boundaries to deliver top-tier solutions and experiences. Creativity is the cornerstone of his approach, infusing innovation into every aspect of the e-commerce journey. As a leader, Patrick's goal is not only to achieve success but to inspire and motivate those around him to aspire for more than they thought possible. His leadership philosophy encourages individuals to strive for success not merely because it is expected, but because they have been genuinely inspired to do so. Patrick's magnetic enthusiasm and commitment to these principles create an environment where personal and professional growth are not just encouraged but become inevitable.

Todd Kinzle
Todd Kinzle
Serial Entrepreneur

Todd Kinzle is a seasoned entrepreneur with a distinct penchant for technology and an unwavering passion for creating meaningful impact. With a wealth of experience, Todd has become a driving force in the business world, adept at leading teams and fostering a winning culture that thrives on individual excellence. For Todd, the thrill lies in leveraging technology to create efficiency and solve real-world problems. His entrepreneurial journey has been marked by a keen focus on start-ups, strategic relationships, and a commitment to excellence in leadership. Todd excels in business development, product development, sales, marketing, and strategy, showcasing a versatile skill set that spans the entire spectrum of entrepreneurial endeavors. At the core of Todd's leadership philosophy is the belief in the power of great individuals coming together to form exceptional teams. He finds joy in inspiring and highlighting the unique strengths of each team member, creating an environment where collective greatness is not just encouraged but celebrated. With a track record of successfully navigating the dynamic landscape of start-ups, Todd Kinzle is not just an entrepreneur; he's a visionary leader who understands the intricacies of building impactful businesses. His passion for cultivating strategic relationships, combined with a focus on innovation and efficiency, positions Todd at the forefront of the entrepreneurial landscape, ready to tackle the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

Tyler Young
Tyler Young
Owner, VersiTech

With 16 years of experience in the payment processing industry, Tyler brings a wealth of expertise and insight to help businesses navigate the ever-changing payments landscape. In 2009, Tyler founded PPSW, which quickly grew into a successful merchant processing ISO. In 2017, Tyler acquired the POS company VersiTouch and transformed it into VersiTech, a restaurant technology company focused on delivering cutting-edge point-of-sale technology through a local partner network. At VersiTech, Tyler and the team believe that every business deserves personalized support, which is why they work closely with local partners to offer a unique customer experience. The focus is on making technology work seamlessly for businesses with as little hassle as possible. VersiTech is known for its adaptability and going the extra mile for customers, taking pride in serving as a calming presence and a source of relief for partners. As a visionary leader, Tyler is passionate about helping businesses grow through technology. His goal is to make VersiTech a major competitor in the POS industry, offering innovative solutions and smooth processes for customers. Tyler leads by example, valuing his employees as family and striving to help them thrive both personally and professionally.

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