I Build Personal Brands

Named By Forbes: Top 25 Marketing Influencers To Watch In 2017

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What a humbling experience.

Forbes recently released a list of 25 Marketing Influencers to watch in 2017.

Seeing my name next to the industry experts I look up to and study is amazing. These are the people I learn from, the ones I consider to be masters of their craft. 

In the past year, I feel like I have really found my stride as not just a digital marketer, but an artist, author, and thought leader.

What's funny is that I never set out to be a "digital marketing expert."

The whole reason I got interested in digital marketing was because I wanted to know how I could share my story with the world. How I could promote my book, Confessions of a Teenage Gamer, without selling out to a big publishing house. I wanted to know how I could get into public speaking, how I could build an audience for myself, how I could "go my own way," so to speak.

And of course, along the way, as I learned how to do it for myself, I realized I had learned the art of digital marketing.

Or, as I like to call it, the art of Personal Branding.

I truly believe the best digital marketers are the ones who do it for themselves, first. 

The real thought leaders aren't found at "social media networking events." They aren't the ones who put the word "expert" in their bios but haven't shared any new content in two years. 

The people who speak from experience and actually possess valuable knowledge are the ones who hustled their way, starting at the bottom.

I built an Instagram following of over 20,000, from scratch.

I became a Top Writer on Quora for two years straight by writing content every single day.

I have had work featured in every major publication because I grinded my face off. I studied every publication and what content they shared. I studied the best content writers. I wrote hundreds upon hundreds of blogs, for free. I chalked it all up as practice. 

So the fact that I now find myself on a list of Marketing Influencers is somewhat ironic, since it never really was my intention to be known as a "marketing influencer."

All I wanted was to share my story with the world.

I suppose that's just called marketing.

If you want to share your own unique story, if you want to build an audience, if you want to share your work, your passion, and become a true thought leader, then learn from the ones who have done it for themselves, first. 

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Year Of Purpose Podcast Featuring Nicolas Cole

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A few weeks ago, I sat down with Zephan Moses, host of the popular "Year Of Purpose" podcast. 

We talked about my new book, Confessions of a Teenage Gamer, the online course I just launched with LVLUP Dojo around Personal Branding, entrepreneurship and how to make the leap from your desk job to your dream job, and touched on the importance and health, fitness, and taking care of yourself even with a busy schedule.

To listen to the podcast in full, click here.


How To Become A Top Writer On Quora

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Anytime someone asks me if they should start a blog, or how they should start a blog, I tell them not to.

Don't start a blog first.

Start with Quora.

I cannot stress enough the importance of starting to share your knowledge (or even just express yourself) on a platform that already has users. Quora, Medium, these places already have a community for you to tap into. If you start a blog with no audience, nobody is going to read what you write or share. Ever.

For me, Quora was the foundation for everything. It's how I built a very sizable audience. It's how I got into major publications. It's how I grew my network. It's how I expanded to other social platforms. And it's how I ultimately launched this blog you are reading right now.

For those new to Quora, I have put together a free e-mail course on why you should get started there first, and how you can become a thought leader in your individual niche.

What do we cover in this e-mail course?

  1. Of All The Social Platforms, Why Quora?
  2. "But what do I write on Quora?"
  3. The Value Of The Top Writer Badge
  4. How You Write Something Viral Worthy
  5. The Ultimate Guide To Quora

To sign up for our free e-mail course, submit below! It is a 5 Day course, and each day you will receive the next lesson.

How To Snapchat Like A Boss (Ft. Jessica Zweig)

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Those that have been following me for a while know that I like to do daily vlogs on Snapchat (@nicolascole77). 

What originally intrigued me about Snapchat was the fact that A) Your Story only lasted 24 hours, B) The filters were really fun (I like doing voices), and C) I found that people were much more engaged on Snapchat than they were on Instagram.

Whenever someone asks me, "How would you explain what you do?" I respond with this:

If you tell me what you love, I can tell you how you can build a career for yourself around it. 

And I would call that Building A Personal Brand.

In today's world of social platforms, I would strongly encourage you to take a look at Snapchat. Even though it is still a very young platform (but rapidly growing), I am really interested in where it is moving. I feel like Snapchat is going to be what Twitter should have been—they just weren't innovative enough. 

If you are interested in building a Personal Brand, or want to expand your audience to Snapchat, or just want to understand why Snapchat is going to be "the next big thing," I've created a free e-mail course just for you.

And I've teamed up with Chicago Snapchat Queen, Jessica Zweig, to make sure we cover all the good stuff. Jess is the founder of SimplyBe, a digital agency focusing on emerging social platforms—and the perfect tag-team partner to teach you all about how to use Snapchat effectively.


What do we cover in this e-mail course?

  1. The Importance Of Telling Your Story
  2. Facing Your Audience (Literally)
  3. Engaging & Why You Should Ask Your Audience Questions
  4. Growing Your Following Through Collaborations
  5. Snapping Every Day—And Why It's The Key To Success

To sign up for our free e-mail course, submit below! It is a 5 Day course, and each day you will receive the next lesson.

How To Build A Personal Brand (In The Gaming Industry) With LVLUP Dojo

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If you've been following my Instagram or Snapchat stories (@nicolascole77) over the past few weeks, then you know I have been in LA working with the LVLUP Dojo team to launch my first BIG course ever: How To Build A Personal Brand (In The Gaming Industry).

To give you some background, LVLUP Dojo is an education platform teaching gamers how they can take what they love and turn it into a viable career. The reason the Dojo rings so true to me is because this was exactly what I wanted as a teenager. At 17 years old, I was in a position to become a professional gamer, I just didn't know how. I didn't understand the way sponsorships worked. I didn't know how tournament winnings were divided up. I didn't have any sense of what it would be like to compete on the big stage, or how to present myself to big companies. The only thing I knew was how to attract attention and build a Personal Brand.

Now, 10 years later, I want to go back to the industry where I started and share all the things I have learned along the way. I want to pass along the process of building a Personal Brand for yourself. I want to show people (especially talented gamers) the value of having your own audience. And most importantly, I want to walk you through how you can monetize yourself, and do what it is you love sustainably over time. 


This is the first of many courses I plan to launch over the next year, but it makes sense to launch this first one with LVLUP Dojo, especially with the recent release of Confessions of a Teenage Gamer. 

The examples I use in this course are gaming related, however the overarching ideas and lessons can be applied to any industry. This is a course intended to walk you through, step by step, how to build your own Personal Brand, how to build an audience, how to grow your social media followings, how to collaborate with other influencers, how to position yourself as a thought leader in your niche, and how to create and launch your own products as an influencer.

As a gift from me to you, feel free to purchase the course with a discount here.

Welcome to the Dojo.