Personal Branding is its own reward

Picture_9 Each year, Dan Schawbel’s organization recognizes some of the standout brands with Personal Brand Awards. Last year, Rohit Bhargava won the gold award, and this year Jeremiah Owyang was presented the 2008 gold award. An esteemed panel of judges made the selection and people were graded based on a few factors, such as value proposition, differentiation, and marketability.

I’m humbled to tell you that I was one of the 6 people honored with recognition.  It’s quite an honor and even more so, when you see the other recipients.  I’d like to take a minute and introduce you to each of the honorees (well, except me…you know me!)

Gold Award:  Jeremiah Owyang

Jeremiah is probably one of the most trusted and sought after experts in the social media space.  As a researcher for Forrester following media trends is his day job.  He’s very generous with his time and knowledge and the judges wisely selected him unanimously.

Silver Awards:  Daniel Scocco and Laura Fitton

Daniel is certainly a go-to-guy for blogging, people trust him and he constantly rewards his community.  He offers up tips and strategies on blogging and currently holds the #29 spot in terms of popular blogs (according to Technorati).

Laura’s focus is on social media consulting, specifically "microsharing" which is all about harnessing the power of tools like Twitter, Pownce, Plurk and Jaiku.  She’s often quoted on and offline about where the world of social media is headed.

Bronze Awards:  Jim Kukral, Wendy Piersall, and little old me

Jim’s thing is all things affiliate marketing, social media and internet marketing each and every day. He communicates his brand through both video and written entries and is a common face at industry events.

Wendy introduced herself to us as eMoms at Home which has now evolved into SparkPlugCEO.  Wendy’s message is about the power and possibilities of working for yourself and from home.  Her personal story inspires many to take the leap.

Me.  Enough said.  If you want to read what Dan and the judges said…(this link is for you, Mom and Dad!)

Congrats to all the recipients.  As you can imagine, it’s heady stuff to be among them.

If you’re wondering who made the call, the judges were:

 

Read more about the award in the most recent edition of Personal Branding Magazine.

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10 comments on “Personal Branding is its own reward

  1. Karin H. says:

    Shouldn’t that be: big young me? 😉

    Congratulations Drew, hurray for you!

    Karin H. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

  2. Wow congratulations Drew. Those are some amazing people you were in the running with.

  3. While you should definitely be honored to be mentioned amongst such phenomenal people, you shouldn’t be surprised. You consistently put out great content, and you can’t go anywhere without someone talking about “what a nice guy” Drew McLellan is. That’s a testament to the work you’re doing and the people you are connecting with.

    Congrats Drew!

  4. Karin,

    LOL! Young is a relative term. I’d sure like to substitute that!

    Drew

  5. Brett,

    I couldn’t agree more. That’s one of the many reasons this recognition is so remarkable.

    Drew

  6. Ryan,

    Thank you very much. I’m grateful that you and other readers find the content valuable.

    I always like being a bit surprised when I am recognized for something. It means my ego has not gotten ahead of my accomplishments.

    Drew

  7. Thanks Piotr! Hope the new gig is going well.

    Drew

  8. Kevin Dugan says:

    Congratulations Drew. Well-deserved!

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