People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it

If Donald Trump taught us anything, it’s that being yourself can get you elected president of the United States. Although being himself involved no thought filtering, no diplomacy and being guided by ego. This might not work for you, unless you have tremendously thick skin, a bouffant hairdo elevated by hot air and (supposedly) billions in assets.

What we can take from The Donald’s political marketing masterclass is the importance of being authentic to achieve.

Like him or not, he also touched on living with passion and having purpose in a world of automated bots and online fakery.

Audi represents ‘Vorsprung Durch Technik’ and De Beers believes that ‘A Diamond is Forever.’ (Or perhaps ‘A Diamond payment is Forever’.)

You need clear branding to signal what you stand for. We all know that Apple ‘Think Different’. Sure, it’s grammatically incorrect, but it stands for something tangible.

Unfortunately the slogan for Apple’s new iPhone 7 (‘This is 7’) translates into ‘This is penis’ in Hong Kong. But it can only be good for sales, Apple don’t cock about.

What does your personal brand mean to people? And what’s your unique selling point (USP)?

A USP isn’t a meaningless slogan, it’s a compelling summary of what you or your business embodies. It’s your eloquent elevator pitch, it’s what differentiates you from others. It leaves people with a clear feeling and understanding of your personal brand offering.

Michael Jackson was ‘The King of Pop’. Barnum and Bailey circuses were ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. Donald Trump is a real-life Bond villain.

Could you be The Queen of Confectionary? How about The Count of Accounting?

This unique offering might take time to learn and figure out – and is often a lifelong process.

Having said this, you’re not a product, so stay human. Be the brand, but not in a forced way.