7 Impressive Free Tools to Create a “Brand YOU”
February 3, 2013
Have you spend a huge amount on online branding? Well, then you have still ignored Social Media. This article will brief you with few websites that really helps in branding yourself and your business. These tools are free forever. They are impressively awesome.
Email continues to be one of the most important digital communities. ‘Brand My Mail’ personalises your e-mail with Headers, Background, Signatures, Social sharing applications, Twitter tweets, Images, and many other applications. It is a complete e-mail branding and marketing solution. It can be integrated with your Gmail account. Another benefit of this great website is that you can create a free newsletter of your own without spending anything.
“about.me” creates your personal one page website, where you can choose every possible options like Background, fonts, applications, colours, etc. Anyone can connect with you through this tool, send you an email message just like contact me forms, share your website with others, give you compliments and also favourite it. about.me lets you quickly build simple and visually elegant splash pages that points visitors to your content from around the web. Through your personalised about.me page you can promote yourself and build trust with potential business contacts. You can also find and connect with other about.me members with similar interests and create a network. It is a great free tool. There are two other free tools that offers similar features like about.me – follr.comand flavors.me
Xobni   
Xobni makes your inbox smarter. Once you install it, you will be able to monitor what your email contacts are doing across Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Moreover, Xobni makes it easy to automatically find all the people with whom you have ever exchanged emails, calls, or SMS messages. They instantly provide a full view of each contact, complete with their photo, job title, company details, and email history as well as updates from LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. You can connect with them directly from your inbox. Xobni is smart in true sense – it easily searches and discovers all your contacts – even those who are not in your address book. It works with Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Blackberry, iPhone and Android. There is another similar tool – Rapportive. However, it only works with Gmail.
Google Scholar
Many of you must have heard about it and read scholarly articles through it but have you actually used it? Google offers this amazing free tool that helps you “be searchable” by others. If you are in to education field, original content writers, authors, then this tool is for you. Make your Scholar account and it will automatically search your work online. You need to claim it and add in your profile. If some of your work does not appear in the search results then you can add it manually. The best advantage of making a Scholar account is that you can get “Quoted” in other’s work as you appear in Google search results. This creates credibility and an impressive personal brand value. 
Marketing Grader by Hubspot is an awesome tool to grade your website. It gives you the complete report after analysing your website. After all that efforts that you put in creating your brand and marketing plan you should analyse it. Marketing Grader is a free analytics tool that offers detailed report on every parameter that is important to measure and improve your website marketing efforts. 
Just like Klout, “Kred” is an influence measurement tool, which uses social data and influence measurement to produce a personal visual stream from activity on a Twitter ID or hashtag. A free tool measures influence (the likelihood that someone will trust a person and act upon their posts) and outreach (the propensity to share other people’s content forward). The scoring system of Kred is stonger because it reflects the foundations of strong relationships – Trust & Generosity. Kred scores can be shared in your blog like a badge – it helps in creating credibility of your content and of your own self. 

Images always say much more than words. Ideas and thought processes can be easily described through charts, images, and infographics. Piktochart is an easy and free tool to create infographics. It helps in creating engaging presentation of your ideas. No technical skills are needed, just write your thoughts, drag and drop images, decorate it with related icons and its ready. You share it, save it; download in various formats for future reference. It is an excellent tool for presenting your ideas and work.  

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