Executive branding is not an exercise in crafting a persona, but one of mirroring authenticity. Audiences want the truth (and also want something real). The biggest marketing mistake executive spokespeople make is asking their PR people what they should think. We're the place you come to help make it all make sense through the art of good storytelling. We're also the place you should come to make it stick through words that resonate and quotes that make people think.
None of these PR tools work without the substance of authentic new ideas behind them. It’s why I cringe when I hear the term “personal branding.” We prefer to call it “executive thought leadership,” because it gets us closer to what works. We’re not trying to be self-promotional through a persona we think the market wants. We’re trying to connect real ideas to the people who care about them. Your ideas are the subject of this exercise, not your personality.
At InkHouse Strategies, we help CEOs, university presidents, venture capitalists and other leaders translate their authenticity and authority into effective executive branding using the following nine steps:
Bottom line: be you. Online, in-person and on paper. Unless you’re an evil villain trying to take over the world, authenticity makes everyone look better. Real people, after all, are the best sales people for ideas.
If you’d like to work one-on-one with one of our executive branding strategists, please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the early days working around her kitchen table, Beth has grown Inkhouse into one of the top independent PR agencies in the country. She’s been named a Top Woman in PR by PR News, a Top 25 Innovator by PRovoke, and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Beth designed Inkhouse’s signature Storytelling Workshop to mirror the literary hero’s journey and to unearth the emotional connections that bind an audience to a brand or idea. She also uses narratives to build Inkhouse’s culture, most recently through two books of employee essays, “Hindsight 2020” and “Aren’t We Lucky?”