Although it’s an intimidating role, and plenty of business owners, founders, and CEOs tend to shy away from the spotlight, becoming the face of their own businesses is something that can be beneficial for many companies across a number of industries.
However, plenty of business owners still consider staying away from the spotlight as a way to personally protect themselves and their companies’ reputations, or even as a way to appear more humble.
Whatever the case, when that happens, the company itself is made to represent itself in the market without a personal brand, which isn’t always a positive choice.
These days, it’s especially important, and even essential, for companies to have someone with a strong personal brand leading them. With consumers becoming less trusting of advertising and corporations, they have switched to trusting individual people a lot more, which often also means trusting the person behind the business.
Additionally, according to research, even the presence of a human face with a number of companies ended up increasing the conversion rates for those businesses. Not only that, but the people who have personal brands on social media platforms end up having an easier time attracting as well as communicating with the target audience.
When executed the right way, business owners have found that maintaining a personal brand often means providing a secondary stream of traffic to the business website, an increase in the authority and the influence of the company, and an improvement in the relationship between the business and the consumer. Nevertheless, becoming the face of a business still takes quite a bit of time and effort.
Featuring the Face
The first step of becoming the face of a business is the simplest one in this process, as all it requires is for the business owner to create a short profile of themselves on the company website. The profile should include the name of the business owner, a short biography, and links to social media profiles. When it comes to social media, it’s important that the business owner is present on LinkedIn, and having a Twitter, a professional Facebook, or an Instagram account – depending on the market – is also beneficial.
Social Media Activity
The face of a business should also be frequently sharing content on the aforementioned social media profiles. That means combining old content with new pieces from the business, as well as sharing old yet relevant content as well. The business owner should also be responding to any people who are reaching out to them and thanking the individuals on those platforms that share the content. Additionally, they can also get involved in the industry conversations and discussions on the platforms, or even create new conversations by engaging with other influencers.
Referencing the Business
Whether it’s at professional events, or in-person with other people, or even online via social media platforms, business owners should be making references to their own company. In fact, the company can also be used as a major talking or a reference point in case studies or examples for new content.