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Top 7 Networking Gurus to Follow on Twitter

To be successful in the professional world today, you need help from others. Networking, as well as education and prior job experience, is one of the most impactful things that will improve your career. According to a survey conducted by Forbes in 2010, over 40% of new jobs derive from networking compared to only 25% coming from job boards.

Networking, also known as relationship building, is what Contactually’s mission is centered on: To help relationship-focused professionals expand opportunities through authentic and timely engagement. Software alone cannot make you into a great networker, so below we have compiled the top networking influencers. These individuals are experts in networking and career guidance, so follow and keep up with their work so that you become a first rate networker!

Learn how to network with these influencers:

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Online Branding Success Over the Long Haul, with Jed Carlson

Jed CarlsonBranding is still kind of a mystery to many people, and online branding is even more of an enigma. But when you get the chance to talk with someone who’s an expert at it – like my guest today, Jed Carlson – everything becomes clear. I’m excited to share this chat with you because Jed is such a generous guy and gives so much incredible help about how to establish, grow, and sustain a branding machine that can drive your business over the long haul. If you listen to this episode and don’t leave with something actionable, you’d be one of the few. Take a break in your day to listen to this one. You’ll thank me for it.

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Using Contactually to Nurture Your LinkedIn Connections

LinkedIn is the world’s largest online business network. Unfortunately LinkedIn makes it really tough to keep in contact with your connections. Luckily, that’s where Contactually can help you by nurturing your potential prospects that you are connected with on LinkedIn through some simple emails and automation. 

In this post, I’ll walk you through my personal process for nurturing my LinkedIn connections successfully and consistently through Contactually…in just 4 simple steps. 

4 Steps to Nurturing Connections from LinkedIn:

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Less is More: Decoding the Productivity Myth

Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Annie McMindes for the Sigstr blog. You can find it here.

We are impatient.

In our always-on, agile, tech-obsessed society, we want what we want and we want it yesterday. We depend on fatter pipelines, fuller funnels and more prospects. And the only way to meet the rising demand is to work longer hours, without breaks, and stay connected at all times.

Every time we hear the chirp of our smartphone singing in a new email, we jump to respond. We check it in bed, at the dinner table, in the park with the kiddos, on family vacations. A 2012 study by the Center for Creative Leadership found 60 percent of smartphone-using professionals were connected to the office for an average of 72 hours a week.

We’ve become narcissistic drones, we’re told, lacking the will-power to look away from the soft glow of our iPhone 7s. We’re desperate to stay at the center of attention, and frantic to remain reachable at all times.

And it’s absolutely true many of us can probably chill with the social media frenzy. No one needs to know what you had for lunch, second lunch, dinner, snack or your 2 a.m. fridge-raid. But it’s becoming overtly clear the workplace demands propel a huge portion of the anxiety-induced phone-glancing.

4 Steps to Slow Down & Maintain Productivity:

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Building a Real Estate Business Through Love and Service, with Alyssa Hellman

Alyssa HellmanAlyssa Hellman is building a successful real estate business in ways that are contrary to the tried and true tactics of most real estate professionals. She says she’s not in sales, she’s in the service business. She majors on caring for people before closing transactions. And she’s truly helpful rather than sales-y. On this episode, I’m chatting with Alyssa about the things that are working for her as she builds a successful real estate and training business in Raleigh, NC. You’ll love her contagious attitude of caring and by the end of the conversation, I know you’ll really believe what she’s saying: Relationships matter more.

NOTE: Since we recorded, Alyssa has joined the team at Bamboo Realty. 

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5 Professionals for the Best Real Estate Partner Referrals

If you don’t have specific referral partnerships with other professionals in your community, then you’re missing out on some piping hot leads. As a realtor you’re expected to be the person that is well connected and can make introductions for just about anything someone new to the neighborhood might need or is looking for. Getting strategic and thinking about all the needs your clients might have – ahead of time – and knowing who the right person to introduce them to, will be valuable to your clients and those professionals you end up recommending


If you set up partnerships, those introductions will turn into leads as well. If you need more proof before moving forward check out this study from Community 2 Business. 80% of people look for others referrals before making a purchasing decision. That’s good news for you and your partners. You can both grow your businesses for each other. Here is my list of professions to have referral partners in for real estate.

5 Picks of Professionals to make a Referral Partner

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10 Real Estate Influencers to Have on Your Radar

How do you keep up with the latest happenings in the real estate industry? In an ever-changing landscape, keeping up with the most up-to-date trends can make all the difference in closing more home sales and gaining more clients. Real estate has so many players and firms that you may find yourself overwhelmed by the plethora of options on who to follow professionally and socially.

That’s why we put together a list of some of the top real estate influencers out there in the USA, based on their careers, accomplishments, and social presence. This is by no means the be-all and end-all of lists, and we know there are plenty of real estate pros and influencers out there. But, if you’re new in the industry (or a seasoned pro) and you’re looking for some of the experts and influencers out there to keep an eye on for advice and the like, this list is a great jumping off point.

Real Estate Influencers to keep your eye on:

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9 Sales & Marketing Buzzwords to Avoid

We’ve all fallen victim to a sales pitch or a marketing email chock-full of buzzwords. You don’t have to admit it, but you may have even been swayed to make a decision because of some cleverly used buzzwords, or in desperation used them yourself in a sales or marketing pitch. Don’t worry, we won’t fault you for it. You see, sometimes those buzzwords really do work! And a subject line that simply reads ‘FREE FREE FREE’ might just win over a potential customer or two. screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-1-20-11-pm

But, there’s only so many times you can send out that catchy email before your network or customers gets smart to it and realizes what game you’re playing. And no one likes feeling like they’re being played by a salesperson or a service they’re paying for, right? So, in an effort to kill the use of buzzwords, we polled our sales and marketing team to ask what buzzwords they avoid in their pitches, or their emails, or their advertisements and why. Their answers may surprise you, but you’ll understand right why they picked it and you might just want to add it to your own Banned Phrases list in your sales and marketing efforts.

The Worst Buzzwords:

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