5 Steps to More Visibility in 2024

5 Steps to More Visibility in 2024

In my work as a brand strategist for women, two common questions I’m asked are “How do I stand out?” and “How do I position myself as a thought leader and grow my audience?”

Today’s cluttered digital landscape can feel overwhelming. There is more noise than ever and everywhere you turn people are promoting their products and services. It’s no wonder that consumers have become jaded and are tuning out whenever they can.

There’s only one of you. You can’t help the people you’re meant to serve if they don’t see you. It’s your job to make sure you stand out and that your people can find you.

It’s important to be clear about what you offer, and to make offers – repeatedly – and continue to provide value to customers who will become raving fans and sing your praises. And you must be willing to put yourself out there in new ways in 2024.

The path to being seen and recognized is gilded with media opportunities, collaborations, testimonials, and Google and Yelp reviews.

If you’re ready to make your mark and stand out, here are five steps to more visibility and more opportunities for your brand in the year ahead:

Get crystal clear about what you offer and the value you provide.

This is the important first step, the foundation upon which everything else will be built. If you don’t have clarity then you can’t expect your potential customer to have it, let alone buy from you. What are you providing your clients and what is the result they will achieve from your product or service? Why is it important and why should we care?

Here’s one of the formulas I use with clients to help them get clear about their message:

I help {ideal client} {verb} {their problem OR their desire} so that they {end result}. {You can also insert a sentence or two of your mission here.}

Using SheBrand as an example, I often say, “I help women entrepreneurs build their brand, their confidence and their bank account so they create more impact and abundance. At SheBrand, we believe the influence of women is necessary and revolutionary. If they don’t offer you a seat at the table, build your own table.

Get intimate with your ideal client.

Take the time to gather data, engage and connect with your past, current and future clients. It’s imperative that you understand who she is, what she struggles with and who she aspires to be. When you have a real sense of your ideal client’s life – her fears, dreams, and desires – you’ll be able to connect on a much deeper level with the stories you tell, which is key to building a beloved brand and engaged audience.

One way to do this is to create a survey through a resource like Survey Monkey. Include a few questions such as, “What are you struggling with most right now?” and “If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing in your life today, what would it be?” and email to your list if you have one and/or a handful of past and current clients. You can also use social media resources like Instagram Stories to ask direct questions of your followers.

Be consistent about creating helpful and authoritative content.

A blog post or email every couple of months isn’t going to cut it. Neither is posting on Instagram or LinkedIn once a week. Your #1 job is to build relationships, and helpful, inspirational, and entertaining content will help you do just that. You don’t need to get caught up in the how – just pick your favorite content vehicle, whether it’s video, email, blogging, podcasting, or posting daily to a social platform, and be consistent. You don’t have to be everywhere to be known, but you do need to be consistent and go deep with the platforms you choose to gain visibility. Create a content calendar and publish something pertaining to your area of expertise at least every week.

Remember, telling your story and why you do the work you do is a critical part of building your brand.

5 Steps to More Visibility in 2024

Don’t underestimate the power of a good media placement.

I have worked in PR and marketing for 25+ years, and while the internet has leveled the playing field in terms of how businesses can reach consumers, there is still tremendous value in traditional media. A well-timed article about your business in the local paper, a quote in a national outlet or an interview on a podcast that reaches thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of people, can drive traffic to your website and attract more customers. Media placements can also be leveraged on all your platforms as a credibility booster. Make a list of 5-10 media outlets where you would like to be covered or interviewed and start familiarizing yourself with the writers and producers who create the content. Follow them on social media and comment on pieces you enjoy. You’ll find more tips on working with the media here and here.

Leverage other people’s networks.

One of the best ways to amplify your brand’s visibility and broaden your reach is through other people’s communities. Partnering with someone in a complimentary field on a project, panel or event can be mutually beneficial, especially if they are “on brand” for you. Offer to teach a class in someone else’s program, speak on a panel at an event, donate your product for a giveaway, invite people with large platforms on your podcast or feature them on your blog, hire an influencer to promote your product or service, or research affiliate opportunities. There are literally hundreds of ways to connect with and leverage other people’s networks. You want to seek out partnerships and opportunities that are aligned with your brand and feel like it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

The more well-known and memorable you become, the more likely it is that people will share your content and tell other people about you. Being seen and recognized is about clarity, connection and consistency and being in it for the long haul, one day, one action and one client at a time. It’s about having the courage to put yourself out there again and again, knowing that what you are offering is important and meaningful for the people you are meant to serve.

If you’re ready to build your confidence, your brand, and your bank account, then get on the waitlist for The SheBrand Masterclass launching soon!

This list will get first dibs on class spots and the first 10 people to sign up for the class will also receive a 1:1 brand strategy session with Liz.