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Top 10 Reasons Online Networking is More Effective Than In-Person Networking

Top 10 Reasons Online Networking is More Effective Than In-Person Networking

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on the Huffington Post and can be found here. Meeting people in real life, face-to-face is important for building professional relationships, but I’d be willing to bet that most of us — whether introverted or extroverted — do not enjoy the awkward interactions that are common when meeting strangers face-to-face for the first time. Networking events can feel like high school dances. Some packs of people who know each other stick together in cliques, never truly reaching out of their comfort zone. Others sit on the sidelines like wallflowers, waiting to go home to their pajamas and The Tonight Show. A scarce few may end up networking with someone they end up having a fruitful business relationship with, but most of us are lucky to leave with a few pleasant exchanges and business cards. Networking online, however, provides a much greater chance of success. It allows for a more thoughtful approach. 10 Reasons to start networking online: Here are 10 Reasons Online Networking is Better Than In-Person Networking, followed by steps to begin networking online like a champ. 10. Unlike networking events, networking online does not require suffering through a glass of bad chardonnay and a rubber chicken dinner. 9. Networking online has the potential to reach almost anyone in the world. It’s not just limited to whoever is in the room. 8. You can be strategic and prepare before networking with someone online, as opposed to flying by the seat of your pants with whoever happens to be at a networking event. 7. Online, you don’t have to worry about someone...
Networking Tips to Get the Most out of In-Person Meetings

Networking Tips to Get the Most out of In-Person Meetings

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on Ray Access’ blog. You can see it here.  We believe in the power of networking. For local marketing, face-to-face networking has provided us with a local web of clients and partners. These connections serve several business purposes. They’ve: Created professional relationships that we continually nurture Effectively spread word-of-mouth brand awareness for us Delivered projects and referrals that directly add to our bottom line Provided opportunities for us to give back to the business community In short, networking is a valuable tool for increasing your local business. We [Ray Access] think so highly of networking that we’ve written about it before: How to Work a Networking Room, which discusses how to approach a room full of people 10 Tips for More Effective Networking, which provides networking tips to help you make a great first impression But There’s More to Say… Networking tips don’t end there. While these two articles offer valuable advice for any businessperson, you may want to know more. There’s certainly plenty of other questions you may have when it comes to networking. For example: What about when you finally sidle up to a prospect? How can you give that person (or group of people) your undivided attention while making a positive first impression? Sometimes, it’s difficult enough not to say the wrong thing, let alone trying to say the right thing. How can you leave a conversation confident that others you’ve met will remember you? Questions and Answers It’s a tall order, especially if you’re an introvert given to mumbling in a one-on-one conversation. It’s OK. If you...
The Best Networking Advice from 2016

The Best Networking Advice from 2016

Each year, we publish countless blog posts here on the Contactually blog full of advice, actionable tips and strategies for improving and implementing networking into your personal and professional life. By the end of the year, it’s easy to forget exactly what we wrote about back at the beginning of the year….but we do know there’s some great advice buried back there in January! That’s why we put together this handy roundup of all the best advice and tips we shared throughout the year that could be helpful for everyone from the folks looking to build up their network for the first time to seasoned pros who may need to get back in touch with contacts in their network that they haven’t spoken to in a while. No matter what your networking experience is, it never hurts to get a little refresher, right? And if you’re looking for a little more, head directly to the original article and soak it all in! Read on for the best networking advice of the year! Get to Know Your Network in 5 Minutes Utilize LinkedIn fully to get a better grasp on a potentially overwhelming amount of contacts in your network. It’s possible to better get to know exactly who you’re in touch with, simply by scrolling through your list of connections. Spend just 5 minutes a day on LinkedIn and you’ll very quickly find simple ways to not only get to know your network, but find more ways to keep in touch with them. Often, you’re prompted by the platform to congratulate your connections on new jobs or work anniversaries, giving...
The Power of the Personal Update

The Power of the Personal Update

The holidays are upon us, our inboxes are filled with promotions, sales and plenty of deals, deals, deals! And our physical mailboxes? Well those are filled too, and once you sift through the mailers and catalogues, you’ll probably find a few holiday cards or even the holiday letters. Yes, we all know them and yes, we may in fact be guilty of sending them in years past. While you may groan when you get the annual letter from that one ‘perfect’ family, you may also be heartened to get the letter from a friend or acquaintance you haven’t kept in touch with well over the year and see how well they’re doing. It’s an impetus to get in touch with them, check in on their profile on Facebook or even find some time to call them while they’re on your mind. And that, is the power of a personal update. We’re not advocating for you to start sending a year-end recap letter to all your clients and your business network, but we are going to make some strong arguments as to why you should implement some of the core ideas of the personal update into your marketing, at the end of the year…and all year round. Let’s get personal: The anatomy of the end of year letter First, let’s look at the actual structure of these holiday/end-of-year letters to get an idea of the different components that go into it. If we break it down, there are definitely a few important aspects of these letters that make them what they are and not only that, make them great for...
Using Contactually to Nurture Your LinkedIn Connections

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: Step 1: Download your LinkedIn connections The first step that you need to do is download your connections’ contact information from LinkedIn.  To do this you will need to do the following: Go to the “My Network” tab Click on “Connections” menu option Click on the Gear Icon in the upper right hand corner Select the “Export LinkedIn Connections” option in the upper right hand corner In the dropdown menu, select the “Microsoft Outlook (.CSV file) Click Export Answer the “Security Verification” question Once you have followed these steps, your LinkedIn Connections will be exported to a CSV file on your computer. Here is a video to show you how to do this. Step 2: Sort and Prioritize your LinkedIn Connections Once you have downloaded your LinkedIn Connections, you will need to go through the spreadsheet and prioritize your Connections. Your LinkedIn Connections spreadsheet will only have 5 columns with data in them.  They are: Column B / First Name Column D / Last Name Column F / Email Address Column AD / Company Column AF / Job Title One of the first things that I do, is sort the columns so that they are side by side. Once you...
5 Steps to Finding Your Instagram Fame

5 Steps to Finding Your Instagram Fame

“Instafamous,” a term used mainly by Millennials, describes those with a high Instagram presence, determined by the number of likes and followers. Although it has only been around for only five years, Instagram is the world’s most popular social media, only second to Facebook and its 1.654 billion active users. With the mobile industry still growing, Instagram has yet to hit its full potential. Last month, Instagram’s active monthly user count surpassed 500 million, with more than 300 million using Instagram daily. More than 95 million posts are uploaded daily along with 4.2 billion likes daily, and 80% of Instagram users are outside of the United States. Over 50% of Fortune 500 companies use Instagram actively to promote their brand. These numbers are hard to ignore, and if you or your company are not using this social medium, you’re missing out on a significant marketing opportunity.   5 Tips for how to be Instafamous: Instagram is brilliant for marketing primarily due to the platform’s focus and simplicity. Unlike other social media platforms, Instagram posts can only be photographs or videos, both set to certain size and time limits. This emphasis on visual media is not only attractive for professional photographers but also for the greater public, as the 4.2 billion daily likes on photos indicate. The old saying that a picture speaks a thousand words has been the root of Instagram and its rise. With a new, enhanced white themed background and menu buttons, the user’s eyes are more focused on a profile’s posts within Instagram itself; the images pop and help attract attention to the content of each post. Instagram’s uniformity...