Personal Branding Tips for Social Media
Personal Brand Interview: Social Media Specialist and PR Consultant Kris Ruby
Ruby Media Group was recently featured in an interview on Reputation.com giving business owners advice on how to effectively use social media to leverage your brand. Read the full interview below for helpful social media tips for your business. We were also excited to share some history on the company.
- What is personal branding on social media?
- Why is social media important for personal branding?
- How can companies leverage social media to enhance their personal branding strategy?
- How to use social media to build brand loyalty
Online Reputation Management Tips on Social Media
Personal Branding Interview with Entrepreneur Kris Ruby
What should your company be doing on social media to attract potential customers and clients in the New Year?
Think visually, says Kris Ruby of PR and social media marketing firm Ruby Media Group.
“The future of social media marketing is more visual storytelling,” she adds. “As we have seen with the popularity of Instagram and the changes with the Facebook timeline for brand pages, there is an increased shift to tell the story through compelling graphics and not text.”
We recently checked in with Kris to get her take on how to use social media to effectively leverage your brand.
What should we know about you?
My name is Kris Ruby and I am the president of Ruby Media Group, a public relations and social media company in Westchester, Greenwich, and Manhattan. I graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication with a degree in PR and started my company shortly after graduating. I have been in the business for more than five years. We have clients in a variety of industries. I am also a frequent TV contributor on all things social media and tech trends related on FOX, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and countless other networks.
Tell us about Ruby Media Group. When and why did you start the company?
I started the company because I wanted to help business owners expand their social media presence. A few years into the business, I was hired to do PR for the launch of a new retail store in Westchester County. Shortly after, many other businesses began approaching Ruby Media Group for PR services. I realized I had a great penchant for PR as well as social media and wanted to help companies publicize themselves in integrated ways utilizing new media.
What sets you apart from other PR and social media agencies?
What sets Ruby Media Group apart is our integration of PR and social media. We use social media as a tool for PR, rather than as a vehicle for it. There is a big difference. We believe that by leveraging a client’s social media, we can help them get more PR hits for the right stories to get the word out.
We see social media as an integrative part of a client’s B2B PR strategy. Every time we secure press and media coverage for a client, we share the publicity mention in a custom press album we create on Facebook and other social media accounts.
The other big difference from a social media perspective is the creation of customized content for our clients’ marketing strategies. We spend a great deal of time every month creating custom editorial content calendars for our clients.
How did you get to be such an expert on social media?
By the time I graduated, I had 13 internships in the communications field at some of the top companies including E! Entertainment, CBS Domestic Television Distribution, Morgan Stanley, Sirius Radio, and countless others.
While I was a student at Boston University, the PR curriculum was changing to integrate social media. My case studies in the field when I started my company helped me to become an expert. We continue to become experts on a daily basis in whatever field we are in and it is a process that continues to grow as the industry changes and evolves.
An expert is not a status to aspire to, rather, it is a journey in your field that you grow with as the industry changes. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who throw this term around loosely without truly achieving expert status at any one thing, only the next new trend or hot thing. I was behind the social media revolution from the beginning. I understand technology and am also part of the digital revolution.
What excites you about using social media to grow your business?
What excites me is leveraging social media to help build a business’s brand presence. I get excited when my clients get press mentions. Nothing in this world excites me more than getting a Google alert with my client’s name in it. I immediately start pasting up the press clipping for them and share the press mention.
What do you think are the most common mistakes business owners make when it comes to social media marketing?
I think one of the most common mistakes business owners make when it comes to social media is they make it all about themselves or their company. They forget to make the content engaging and make it too self-promotional.
I also think business owners are not careful enough about what they post. For example, I have seen one company post a photo of a whiteboard where if you zoom in you can actually see a client’s name and the cost next to it. I have also seen a company boast on Twitter about how much their revenue grew this year. I don’t think that’s good marketing.
Client confidentiality should be kept intact, and certain things are not meant to be posted.
The tool is very powerful, but when there is little humility and a lot of ego involved, I think it has a reverse effect on the message you are trying to share.
At a minimum, what should every business owner be doing with social media marketing?
Every business owner should have a digital strategy in 2014 and custom content creation. And if they can’t do that, they should outsource to a company like Ruby Media Group that can do it for them.
What brands do you follow for inspiration for social media marketing? Who do you think is doing it right?
NYCPRGirls is a blog that I think is doing it right. I love all of their content and always read everything that comes in from the brand. I find it helpful and often pass it on to my colleagues for useful reading. They are doing it right because they put out interesting content that is easy to read and is visually appealing.
Social media marketing gets most of the buzz these days, but what types of traditional PR/Marketing do you think are still effective and still important for businesses to try?
Traditional PR will be getting more of the buzz. There will be a renaissance of traditional PR as brands look to adapt their PR strategies. PR creates the content for the social media strategy to share and repackage. The most effective PR is crafting a compelling story that is actually newsworthy and connecting it to the right reporters to share it.
How do you advise clients on protecting their online reputations?
Every brand is one tweet away from being canceled, which is why we require new clients to read our ultimate guide on brand management and cancel culture.
- Watch what you post.
- Check your writing three times before you post anything.
- If you wouldn’t want it plastered across the cover of the New York Times, don’t post it.
Published by Reputation.com
PERSONAL BRANDING ON SOCIAL MEDIA FAQ
How do you leverage a brand on social media?
A brand is only as valuable as the opportunities it generates.
A personal brand generates opportunities that have intangible value: it can open up new doors for media and publicity, conference invitations, new partnerships, and enhanced career visibility.
For example, if you are a startup founder, your personal brand can help you land investor interest while you are pitching investors for funding.
The best way to leverage your brand is to identify what type of opportunities have value to you and what you need to do to get where you want to go to meet your business objectives and PR goals.
How do you introduce your brand on social media?
Most people struggle with calling themselves a subject matter expert. It is always better for a third-party media outlet to identify you as a subject matter expert than it is for you to call yourself one. When introducing your brand on social media, refer to the titles other media outlets have given you to announce your brand to the world.
How would you promote your own personal brand?
Promote your brand by sharing the following:
- Press interviews and mentions
- Webinars you are on
- Podcasts you are a guest on
- TV shows you are a guest on
- Industry articles you publish
- New business blog articles you have written
- How could you leverage social media to promote your brand and increase consumer engagement?
Look at what people respond to.
Formatting is important when it comes to getting people to consume your content.
What are you selling and who are you selling it to?
The only way to increase consumer engagement is to look at the content that consumers don’t engage with.
This will give you a clue as to what resonates and what falls flat. Also, be sure to avoid these top social media business mistakes.
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Ruby Media Group creates High Profile personal brands for CEOs and Executives.
Ruby Media Group (RMG) is an award-winning Public Relations and Personal Branding Agency based in Westchester County, New York. Ruby Media Group has over 15 years of experience in securing tier-1 media coverage and publicity for Executive thought leaders in newspapers, magazines, TV shows, podcasts, and more. The PR agency takes a holistic approach to media with a 3-step process: package, pitch, promote.
RMG focuses on getting clients featured in major media outlets by building authority, organic search rankings, credibility and industry expertise in trade publications, national media outlets, and business building feature articles. RMG is responsible for thousands of media logos on the “As Seen On” pages of hundreds of business websites.
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