Category: prosper

Top Five List for Building Your Personal Community Site Brand

You are a brand! What me? Yes You!  How many online accounts do you have? How many online communities are you a part of?

If the answer is more than one then yes…you too are a brand.  The question is, are you making the most of your brand?

Top Five Personal Brand Building List:

1)  Brand Image:
Pick a personal photo or icon and use it consistently.  If you have multiple accounts with sites such as Facebook, go back to each of them and use the same image for each.

2)  Brand Messages:
If you are like me, whenever you sign up to a site, the goal is to get through the sign up process as quickly and pianlessly as possible right? Wrong.  Open a blank word document, look at one of your online profiles, cut and paste the text into the word doc and then spend ten minutes thinking through what you specifically want people to know about you.  Rewrite it, tweaks, polish, refine.  When you are happy, go and post that set of personal brand messages into all your profiles.  So consistent brand image and now consistent brand messaging.

3)  Brand Coverage:
Which sites have you joined?  How many?  Pick those that mostly closely align with what you want to get out of being part of a community site and focus on a small number.  Get those profiles perfect!

4) Share of Voice:
Spend time in those communities that you really want to be a part of, sharing, adding value and being part of the group.  Build up your Share of voice in those groups, be a ‘go to’ person if possible – ‘Can’ those memberships that you joined one wet rainy afternoon and now don’t have time or motivation to continue.

5)  Brand Equity:
As you get more involved, keep refining your positioning within the communities – make sure that your profile improves as you do.  Keep it up to date and your brand will strengthen and grow.

Just a few personal branding thoughts – in a nutshell, focus, clarity, consistency, and activity. Add them together and your online personal brand can be a global powerhouse and who knows what benefits that will bring!

Andrew – Founder
http://www.AdvisorGarage.com/community

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Micro Loans for Startups and Entrepreneurs

We have created the Advisor Garage Prosper Group for entrepreneurs and startups.  For those that have not come across Prosper – its an online marketplace for people to people lending. 

This Prosper group gives people the opportunity to give micro-loans to people and perhaps make a better return than they can putting the money in a CD or bank account. Worth checking out as you can lend as little as $50! 

Our purpose for establishing this group is to help Advisors connect with entrepreneurs looking for micro loans before they get to the angel or venture capital stage.  To join the Advisor Garage Prosper Group – click here:

https://www.prosper.com/groups/group_home.aspx?group_short_name=advisorgarage

We will reach out to Advisors first to offer them the opportunity to sign up – as Advisors join, we will communicate this additional Advisor Garage service to our 400+ entrepreneur members. 

If you would like more information Time Magazine wrote an article about Prosper here…

(http://www.time.com/time/topten/2006/websites/01.html)

Any thoughts or feedback?  Let us know – we would be glad to hear it.

Andrew
Founder

http://www.AdvisorGarage.com

Angels and VCs Added to Advisor Garage

Advisor Garage LogoSince we launched Advisor Garage in November 2006, one of the most requested additions from our Entrepreneur members has been to give them the ability to search for Angels and Venture Capitalists.

We have now added angel and VC search functionality – stay tuned as Advisors create ‘Angel’ or ‘Venture Capital’ advisor pitches.  Remember – if you have not yet created an ‘Elevator Pitch’ then you will not be visible within the Advisor Garage system.  You can also have as many pitches as you wish – Create a new pitch today! http://www.advisorgarage.com/seekAdvice.htm

Andrew
Founder
http://www.AdvisorGarage.com

Advisor Garage Launches Prosper Group for Entrepreneurs & Advisors

We are pleased to announce that we have created the Advisor Garage Prosper Group for entrepreneurs and startups.  For those that have not come across Prosper – its an online marketplace for people to people lending. 

Our purpose for establishing this group is to help Advisors connect with entrepreneurs looking for micro loans before they get to the angel or venture capital stage.  To join the Advisor Garage Prosper Group – please click here: https://www.prosper.com/public/groups/group_home.aspx?group_short_name=advisorgarage

We are reaching out to Advisors first to offer them the opportunity to sign up – as Advisors join, we will communicate this additional Advisor Garage service to our 400+ entrepreneur members.

If you would like more information Time Magazine wrote an article about Prosper here…

(http://www.time.com/time/topten/2006/websites/01.html)

Any thoughts or feedback?  Let us know – we would be glad to hear it.

Andrew
Founder

Andrew@AdvisorGarage.com