It’s crucial players understand the importance of their actions and behaviors across all social media profiles. You can’t act in one way on Twitter and be very different on Instagram or other sites. The key is to promote yourself effectively and uniformly across all social platforms. It all starts with your online profile that reflects your image across all popular sites.
Not long ago we just wrote an article on a similar topic and the reason we are doing it again, it’s because we want to empower and educate players on how to build and promote their image. This is part of our company’s mission and we want to make players aware on the impact of their actions.
So how to get started? Read the five steps that help you make your online profile easy to remember and hard to forget.
1. Promote Yourself Effectively On Social Media Channels
Branding yourself is key to get you noticed and best of all it’s FREE on most social media platforms. If you are a student-athlete or player who looking for something more advanced specific to your sport then you can start here with a FREE athletic sports profile. The only catch is that your profile it needs to be updated consistently with the latest information, games schedule, video highlights, photos and stats. Otherwise, it can affect your reputation if your profile is not well organized, informative and easy to follow.
When college coaches, agents or scouts search for you online, everything should look and feel the same across all your profile pages. It’s highly recommended to keep on using the same bio, header, profile photo and your goals. This method will help provide your audience with a high level of consistency and familiarity across the Internet.
2. Get Quality Profile Photos & Videos
You all remember the old saying: “A picture is worth more than a thousand words”. You will always want to post or add your highest quality photos that are best representing yourself. Today, most smartphones have great photo cameras that with the right adjustments, lightening and angles can do a good job. There are also numerous apps that can help you edit the photos and make them more personalized.
A great idea would be that at the end of your games, you could ask your school’s media department if you can use any of the photos that have been taken and posted from your games or sport events. Please make sure you don’t infringe any image copyrights before trying to use those photos for your personal use. The quality of those photos usually comes in high resolution.
Another option is that you can have your picture taken professionally at a studio but that will cost you more. Basically, the more you spend the better the quality. But before you decide which way to go, do a little research to make sure that if you do spend your money at least you make it wisely.
The last option is to borrow a professional DSLR camera from your friends or family. Of course you can rent one as well but that comes at extra cost. Once you get the camera you will need someone responsible and a bit techy to help you set it up and use it properly. You can also use your phone but don’t expect your photo to look like you were using a DSLR camera because that won’t happen.
Always choose quality over quantity. So instead of having a lot of different photos and videos, just choose to have fewer of them but with a better quality.
3. You Need A Well-Written Bio Focused On Your Story
I know some of us don’t like to write much or they simply think they can’t do it well enough. Well, you are in luck because you have lots of options and resources to choose from. To get started, you should write your own bio and then have your teachers, counselors, older sibblings or parents help you revise it. Once you have a final and well-written version post the same bio across all your online profiles.
You should not hire a professional sports writer to create your bio unless money is not an issue. That’s more for the professional players whose images generate high revenue each year. Remember, for student-athletes it’s best if they stick with their teachers and advisors especially when looking to save money.
4. Simple Design Focused On What’s Important
The design is the first thing that we see and therefor it’s the most appealing. Sometimes if we don’t like the design we slightly tend to lose our interest, curiosity and eventually we go some place else. The same goes for your online profile when trying to capture new audiences. The more appealing the design the more it will stand out from the rest of your competition.
At WeGotPlayers, our design team has created a simple yet appealing athletic profile to help players represent themselves in the best possible ways. A well-designed athletic profile with photos and videos will help increase your online presence. Why? Your online image matters more than you can think.
5. Update Your Profile Constantly With The Latest Info
As a player who strives to reach the next level, it’s very important that you always let your audience know the latest news and trends about yourself. In the sports industry most profiles have become more dynamic because they are updated frequently. This makes it easy to follow because there is lots of information that’s being shared.
For those players on our platform that have a PLUS or PRO account, the SCHEDULE profile feature is truly beneficial. Players can list all their future events that they will be attending. That’s how college coaches, agents or scouts know where to see them play. We never know who may end up showing at your games.
A free and smart way to have your online profile stand out is to post and share valuable content via your WeGotPlayers wall. You can also post, comment and share information on your LinkedIn profile, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, SnapChat and the rest. A well-crafted online profile is a great tool to build and promote your identity, share your information and engage with your preffered audience.