For those who interact with me personally, it will come as no surprise that 90% of my business comes from networking. I attend as many networking events as I can, I meet as many people as possible and I collect a lot of information about who they are and what they do which I then pass along to other networking contacts. This week we will be talking about networking again because I believe it is one of the most useful skills you can have as a business owner and one of the easiest things you can do to get more business. Every day we will talk about one aspect of networking as well as practical tips to becoming a master networker. Remeber the saying “It isn’t who you are, it’s who you know”. Make networking a habit. Your bonus tip for today is to devote 5 minutes every day to building your network and see how it grows.
Getting the introduction right during the first few seconds is important. This is when you are establishing yourself and setting the expectation for the rest of the conversation. Here are some tips on nailing the into during the first 30 seconds.
Some of you found my site through a link on your phone. How did I do that? There is a new marketing tool out there called Asirvia which uses proximity advertising to deliver messages to people near me. It’s easy to stop such messages and isn’t intrusive but can be a huge benefit to those who network a lot (like me) or have a location they are trying to generate engagement at. Imagine if your customers got a coupon for just walking by your storefront or 30% of the people at a networking event got a link to your website even if they haven’t met you yet. It is a powerful tool and is getting results for me (and I’m not even an ideal case). Check it out for yourself. Warning, they used an MLM model for their distribution but I am not signed up for that part, I just wanted the device. The compensation looks sketchy and they have unrealistic numbers for how to get paid. My advice is to use the gadget and leave the “unlimited earning potential” alone.
Leads are the lifeblood of any business. In Direct Sales, it is doubly important and at the same time almost twice as hard. DS gets a stigma which shuts down leads before they even have a chance to hear your message. Here are some places to get new leads. Remember, people buy from people they trust. Develop the trust, then develop the lead.
There is no one step solution to your Social Media Marketing needs but LinkedIn can be a force multiplier to your efforts especially if you are targeting other businesses. It should be a part of your strategy, not your entire strategy. Use it mostly for networking if your targets are consumers and not businesses. If you have content marketing as your primary strategy use LinkedIn as a way to gain credibility. LinkedIn is very versatile and businesses ignore it at their peril.
The Golden Rule of Networking: Don’t Keep Score. Great advice and the only way to approach networking events. If you worry about who owes you then you don’t get the point of networking. If you approach networking with a service attitude you will get more out of it. Relax, have fun, help out your fellow humans. It will increase your networking capital more than keeping score.
One of the requirements of networking is to meet people. In fact, that is the definition of networking. But where do you find people to network with? Here are 10 suggestions for locations to find potential clients. Make sure you aren’t just showing up to pitch, that’s sales. Network, meet, listen.