Personal Online Branding – The “Me” Brand

We are surrounded by brands, more so now than ever. Brands are a huge undertaking to maintain in today’s digital world. With so many platforms available for brands to enter, social media has revolutionized the way brands communicate with its target market. The way Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and many more, has helped brands to grow and expand, has proven just how powerful a brand can be.

Brands are not just products, brands can be people or groups as well, take for example The Beckham brand helped Victoria to launch her fashion line a lot faster than traditional houses would have previously taken. Or The Kardashians, the family whose only job is to look “good” on TV, and be everywhere.

So should we be branding ourselves? When looking for work, we all have our traditional CV. Two pieces of paper that has the sole purpose of showing its reader who we are or who we want them to see. This is what a brand also wants to accomplish when we view an ad or read an article about it. Therefore, when we apply for a job, we are putting forward ourselves, our brand. The brand of “Me”.

Social media has the purpose to show a brand to its full extent. Personal Online Branding should also use this method for the same reason. You are showing yourself as yourself, the true you. My presentation for the Digitalis Day will examine how to use Social media tools for Personal Online Branding, the good, the bad and the…….photo-shopped.

Maeve Ahern

Day of DH @ UCC

On the 21rst April we will be hosting a DH Institute at UCC which will be organized by the MA class. There will be a number of themed panels which will present aspects of ongoing graduate research at UCC. At the moment, it looks like we will have panels on the following:

Digital History

Digital Pedagogy

Digital Media

Digital Culture

More information to follow.