The reality is, the greatest companies in the world don’t sell.
They brand. Think of Apple as a prime example… When, if ever,
have you received an advertisement from Apple telling you to
BUY their product? It never happens. Apple focuses on building
a relationship that will last by deploying all of their energy into
branding and showcasing how your life will change once you
switch to iPhone. Their ads are about sharing an experience,
about the simplicity and ease of use of their products. About
how great it is to use the Mac. It’s all about branding.
The same goes for me. I’m not selling you my $2,000 e-book.
I’m not trying to get you to go to my class or come to my keynote.
I’m building a relationship. I’m building brand. So the next time
you think to yourself about throwing another right hook, ask if
this is going to help you win in 25 years? Everyone can have their
15 minutes of fame, or better yet their 15K Instagram followers
and their one great sale. So few of you can build a brand and a
relationship for years to come.
Whether you’re a small business or a massive corporation,
you need to start thinking about business as a long-term
relationship, not a single transaction. Branding is the reason
there are so many 22 and 29-year olds that want to do work
with me. It’s because I care, and I’ve built trust. Everything I do
is about building a brand. It’s about sharing my narrative and
documenting my success. I’ve built a real business. I have real
clients. I don’t need to sell you!
At the end of the day what I’m trying to do is build legacy. I know
that if I bring a ton of value to my audience and they get good
at running their business, then when they are successful, their
stories over dinner or at a conference or to their grandchildren
are going to paint a positive picture about me. That is far more
impactful on my brand than getting one of them to buy one of my
courses and then never reach success.
The reason I’ll be relevant in 50 years is because I built a brand.
If I continue to put out the best content on the Internet, if I
distribute it better than anybody, if I impact youth earlier than
anybody, if I get you to buy into the tactics and the work ethic
that it takes to be successful… Then you will also be successful.
And then you will continue to share the stories of how I impacted
your life and business and on and on
And PS: Funny thing about brand.
If you build a brand, you outsell any
salesman any day of the week.
“THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
BRANDING AND SALES IS
SIMPLE. ARE YOU TRYING
TO CONVERT OR ARE YOU
TRYING TO CREATE AN
EXPERIENCE? THE LATTER
THIS ONE is really interesting and I have been thinking a lot
about going deeper into the details to differentiate the articles I
am sharing. I want to give you a piece that is going to be all about
strategy and reveal some of the most important insights that I have
about the difference between Sales and Branding.
It’s really the key to my success.
The single biggest difference between me and most other people
on the Internet trying to give you advice is that all of my content is
FREE. (Even my Facebook videos don’t have ads unless the music I
use forces one in.)
I don’t need to monetize you. I don’t need to sell you. I built a 150M
dollar revenue business and I’m just getting started. Being Gary
Vaynerchuk i.e. “GaryVee” is really a conversation about branding.
To me, it’s my side hustle
I’m building for the long term, because I think it’s about brand.
So many of you are in it for the quick sale, and you are going to be
forgotten. I build trust by giving away all of my content for free
and then every three years or so, I write a book, and ask if you’re
interested in buying it.
The difference between branding and sales is simple. Are you
trying to convert or are you trying to create an experience? The
latter always wins.
At the end of the day there is only one thing that constitutes
“brand.” It’s how you feel in the moment you interact with the
product, service or business. When I say “Pepsi” and “Coca-Cola”
and “IBM” and “Sears” you have a very specific innate reaction to
your feeling about that brand. It could be good or it good be bad
or maybe it’s somewhere in between. The only thing I care about,
and why I focus so much on legacy, is I want you to have a positive
reaction when you hear my name. I want you to feel good when you
think about what I’ve done. If you had to put it into words, I would
hope you might say “Gary, the guy who gave more than he asked”
or something along those lines. I want you to have a positive
connotation. A good feeling when you think of me.
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