Cristiano Ronaldo. The name likely rings a bell, considering his great soccer achievement as striker/center forward for Real Madrid. What he has also been able to “score”, though, is the interest of the public. Ronaldo has a composite 133 million Instagram followers, 74.4 million Twitter followers, and 120 million Facebook followers. These are beyond impressive numbers. Ronaldo’s thoroughly crafted social media presence helps build and keep his following. Due to this ever-growing popularity, Cristiano has been able to warp his soccer career into multiple sponsorships and job opportunities. Christiano is THE soccer superstar from Real Madrid. He is the attractive humanitarian admired by soccer fans and non-soccer fans alike and a stellar example of building your brand and the benefits of doing so.
The key to developing a personal brand? It’s all about marketing an individual as the incredible product that they are. Consider the three V’s that come into play with personal branding: Value, Variation, and Velocity.
Value is exactly what it sounds like. If you want to build your personal brand, you want to be perceived as a person of value. In Ronaldo’s case, not only is he an incredible athlete, but he is also a charitable and well-traveled individual, devoted to his partner and family. Ronaldo received 19,000 retweets on a photo of him and his family enjoying each other’s company for a candid “Good Morning” tweet.
Defining what the public deems valuable means research; however, some things (charity work, for example) receive almost universally favorable feedback. Ronaldo’s photo on Instagram supporting “World Blood Donor Day” acquired over 3.3 million likes. His tweet about the Rohingya refugee situation highlighted not only his interest in “saving the children” but his involvement in world matters. This tweet received 21,000 retweets.
Variation is vital in our increasingly attention-dwindling society. This means, along with your main identity (soccer in Ronaldo’s case), you also need to keep things fresh and well-rounded to display that YOU are fresh and well-rounded. Along with attractive posts and photos highlighting your primary skill/attribute, include various facets of your life. This can be family or anything else unique that contributes to who you are and why you’re “not like the other (athletes/entrepreneurs/artists)”. Ronaldo does a great job of this by including glimpses of his interest in exploring the world, fashion modeling, and being with his loved ones.
Velocity is arguably the most crucial component when it comes to building your brand. It is how you keep yourself in the forefront of the public’s mind. Photos, videos, tweets, and posts being uploaded at a high velocity means an enhanced social media presence.
Ronaldo Cristiano has a whopping 2,296 posts on Instagram (an ever-growing number) along with hundreds of Tweets/Facebook posts. This is a visual representation of how he provides the public with daily doses of his personal brand.
In addition to his great social media presence, Cristiano has also taken steps to be featured on various talk shows and even has his own film with the fitting name, “Ronaldo”. With each public appearance, the three V’s are utilized and he is lifted in popularity.
How is an individual to stay on top of all of this? That is where we come into play. FL+G is here to help you grow your following, develop a personal brand that resonates with the public, and open the door to new and lucrative opportunities. Contact us today for more information on our personal branding packages!