Your brand doesn’t begin at the same time as your professional career. It starts much earlier, but solidifying your personal brand in college helps differentiate you from other athletes. It’s important to know how to show your personal brand as a college athlete without breaking any NCAA rules.
Brand Now. Bank Later.
The average professional athlete’s career lasts just a handful of years, leaving an enormous amount of time to fill after their playing days. Even the legends that play into their 40s have decades of life left to live as a non-athlete.
One of the biggest ways an athlete can set themselves up for a successful career after sports is by developing a strong personal brand. The key is to start early and build the brand while they’re still actively playing, when interest in them is at its highest. You don’t have to do it this way (just look at Michael Strahan) but athletes who do this have a leg up when the time comes to hang it up. Here are a few athletes that have nailed it.
Surprises from the CHARGE 25 Under 25 Index
When we created the CHARGE 25 Under 25 index, we thought we knew which athlete brands were bubbling above the rest. Our goal was to put data first and remove subjectivity so this list is supported by facts, not opinion. Many of the names bandied about ended up making the list, but there were also several surprises in name, sport and market.
Here are three times the outcomes caught us by surprise.
So what is the CHARGE 25 Under 25 Index?
Which athlete’s brand is on the rise? Who should we sign to an endorsement deal? How did that trade/controversy/event impact this athlete’s brand?
We’ve been hearing these questions from clients for years. Scroll the internet and you’ll find a variety of names and opinions on the best personal brands, most of them subjective. We wanted to put some data behind our answers and remove subjectivity.
Sheryl Sandberg thinks you don’t need a personal brand. Here's why she's wrong.
Maintaining Your Personal Brand: The Cardale Jones Example
Your personal brand is a sensitive thing. You can spend years building up your personal brand, but just like when you look at reviews online, the negative ones stick out a lot more than the positive. If you have a moment of weakness and go against your personal brand, it takes hard work to change that narrative and get back to having a positive personal brand.
5 Tips for Developing Your Personal Brand in 5 Minutes
You control your brand with the decisions you make, your interactions with others and values you represent. People support or disprove of you based on what they see. Consider your personality, daily activities and interests. Do they reflect you? Do they create a positive image? If not, the following ideas will help you better develop your brand.
Four Tips to Land Your Client a Guest Interview on a Podcast
An estimated 57 million people listen to podcasts, and with over 250,000 different podcasts to choose from, there is a topic that everyone can enjoy.
Podcasts range from successful companies like The New York Times, NPR and ESPN to two friends podcasting in their apartment. Appearing on a podcast is an easy and affordable way to branch out from traditional media exposure.
Here are four simple tips to land your client a guest interview on podcasts.
Four Ways for Executives to Improve Their Social Media
As executives, we’re all busy, yet we all say social media is important. So, how do we get better on social media when we barely have time for lunch?
First, why is it important? Your audience is on there, posting about their interests, hobbies and lifestyles. Digital is baked into every marketing plan, so you can get a better understanding of what it all means if you’re on the main networks yourself. We know you’re busy, so let’s get into some actionable ways to get better on social media immediately.
Guest Blog: What Do Your Clothes Say About You?
Imagine you are at an awards ceremony, and you see a man walk in the door in a black button up, black jeans and a pair of Converse sneakers. You, meanwhile, are dressed in a tuxedo, standing next to your date, who is wearing a long cocktail dress. You look around the room to see what everyone else is wearing, wondering if it is you or he who is out of place. When you notice that everyone else is dressed in formal attire, you breath an internal sigh of relief, then wonder, “what in the world that guy is thinking?”