Noun: A type of product manufactured by a company under a particular name. Verb: Mark with a branding iron.
Here's my definition: A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another. If the consumer (whether it’s a business, a buyer, a voter or a donor) doesn’t pay a premium, make a selection or spread the word, then no brand value exists for that consumer.
A brand's value is merely the sum total of how much extra people will pay, or how often they choose, the expectations, memories, stories and relationships of one brand over the alternatives.An excerpt from Seth Godin's blog post on the definition of brand
Godin associates brand with a product or service. It could be argued that as professionals we may provide a service of some description or indeed a product, but as an Educator it doesn't sit comfortably with me. I reached out to my connections on Twitter to get some thoughts.
@suebecks How about Personal Marques?
— David Eddy (@sonofedd) September 28, 2013
I did immediately warm to the idea of personal marque and yet when I looked at the definition for this it still has close links with brand...
A brand of a manufactured product, especially a model of motor car
Kirsty offered professional identity and this was echoed by Brianne when I asked the question of my LinkedIn connections. Chrissi suggested profile and Barbara value proposition.
@suebecks @timbuckteeth professional identity better? Brand has connotations, fake
— KirstieC (@kirstie_C) September 28, 2013
What are your thoughts? The importance of developing our professional online identities are clear. How we refer to this, at least for myself is cloudy. I welcome your suggestions!