Business Networking is everywhere

Business Networking happens everywhere.
It happens so casually in our regular lives that sometimes we barely notice.

When I was new in business & had just started business networking

Once at an old workplace, a fellow co-worker was chatting with me.
Mentioned what they were searching for.
Asked me if I knew anywhere they could buy that & I said no.
Yet another co-worker overheard & told us their friend could help.

Once was out on a leisure day & subject of a service came up as we passed by a building sign.
Well, it turned out that one had been looking for that but wasn’t sure whom to ask.
Then they told friends they’d gotten that service.

One person said he believes that people who aren’t in business; do more networking.

It is said that Word Of Mouth is the strongest form of marketing there is.

Many use the same hairdresser, accountant or share a great deal they found.

Often times people invite their friends to what they are going to or want to go because their friends are going.

Business cards are gained from networking events or business meetings but they can also be found on bulletin boards at coffee shops, grocery stores & apartment building mailroom corkboard.

Flyers about local services come in the mail.

Need a realtor? There are notepads, postcards, flyers & letters that arrive in the mail.

Do you ever read the paper seeing the same paid ads over & over?
Eventually, you recall that advertisement & call when needed.

Last week went for groceries & ran into someone employed by an onsite promotional marketing company.
Used to pass by their territory area when going to work. I knew the company thru other people as well.
We started talking & they told me of the different area managers.

Firecracker-ology Slogan ~Be UnProfessional and UnConventional ~

Social Media For Business

Quite often get questions from those new to using Social Media For Business.
They want to know what people in their industry share so we usually take a look so they have an idea.

In a few cases have come across shock of having to explain that posting content on your social networks isn’t all about you.

Sharing is about value not just generating money.

One person who was wanting to start had asked is it 80% personal & 20% business?

Reply we gave was that anything “Promotional” should be the second or third posting only.
Imagine each time you talk to your friends or family it’s to ask them to buy.
Or if they did that to you!

With social media; it doesn’t have to be a competitor’s article that you share.
Nor does it have to be in bad taste.

We share our blog posts, useful resources, interesting articles, relevant quotes, Memes
& even a song of the day.

During certain times of the year such as Christmas or even summer; we have a few fun themed postings for ourselves as well as clients.

People tell us that they enjoy what we share!

Many times those we known in real life as well online tells us they enjoy the professional content we share.

Whatever you share or however much you share, keep it consistent.

All too often people have scattered sharing. One week on, two weeks off, then another week on & three weeks off.

If you’re finding that your posting are too scattered or you want to post more often & just don’t have time..Drop us a line!

Side Income for Layoffs

Side income for Layoffs

Job loss and layoffs everywhere we turn.
Caught a bit of the news last night & heard of a city with a mill shutting down.
They are laying off 200+ people & December isn’t a good month for it to happen.

Been fortunate to have never dealt with being laid off due to company closure.
Have had two seasonal jobs in my life & one of them turned into permanent.

Now the age of old question is it bad to be self-employed or is it better (or bad) to hold a regular job & risk closures & layoffs.

During most of my adult life was always a two jobs person in order to have a “safety net”.

If one job ended or was slow then I’d at least have a backup.

Many say that sources of income work the same way.

They say the Average Millionaire has at least Seven Sources of Income.

Friend that I’d made thru a former workplace once said that while he’s chosen to stay in a FullTime job; his income doesn’t stop there.

He believes that even those who work a regular job should have side income opportunities for extra money.

Many people involve themselves in Multi-Level Marketing or perhaps they’re a DJ, tutor, baker etc.

Have tried my hand at Multi-Level Marketing but it wasn’t what I was cut out for.

I also had very weak sales & prospecting skills at that time.

People often wonder what to do as a side income.

Friend had once asked myself & another what she should do.

Suggestion offered by me was pick skillset interest.

When becoming a technology tutor; it was because a relative called asking how to do something.
I’m a Geek just never thought it to make $$. Anything is better than zero.

What skill do you have to make extra money?

Social Media Lead Generation

Social Media Lead Generation

Social Media Lead Generation complements regular business networking.
One business group, the female organizer had said that social media allows you to advertise your business product or service for Free.

In regular business networking, we meet people at business groups to find business leads.

With social media lead generation; it’s even easier. You’re in the comfort of wherever you are. Doesn’t have to be just a “friends list” or “follower”, it can be pages, photos or updates ‘liked’, paid ads, ‘shared’, ‘retweeted’ etc.

When working on fundraising initiatives for nonprofits; our personal list was quite small & had run out.
This is the time of year when many ask for financial support or items they need.
Advertising is everywhere: Newspapers, TV, online, signage or outdoor fundraising staff so we’re using that to our advantage.

Started seeing updates from these various non-profits & either contacted them or put them on our list to follow up with after the holiday season is over. The company we are assisting was most pleased with the leads sent.
We told them that the advertising was seen online & organizations contacted.

Yesterday morning came across two types of leads on two different networks.
1) Was a person looking for a certain service 2) Promoted Post about another business that a business group we belong to is searching for in order to add to their member roster.

The second one was actually an ad – a Promoted Post. Contacted both of them & presented the information asking if it would be of interest to them.

Many times find leads this way especially when seeing an ad or post about a service regularly.

Our “Business Rule” is that we present the information, introduce both parties & they make the buying decision.
You will not find pushy sales tactics here.

Firecracker-ology Slogan ~Be UnProfessional and UnConventional ~

Create your own Mastermind Meeting

If there’s no networking group available or they close during vacation times; then create your own Mastermind Meeting.

Masterminding happens when two or more people put their minds together so does networking.
Work we do with clients (in our company & yours) inspires ideas, article topics or services to try.
People are always suggesting ideas, networking groups, workshops or services to others.

Nobody wakes up self-inspired all the time.

When our old website was down & contacting affiliated companies to form a partnership with; was asked what website I’d provide for our company information.

Answer: while our website is under construction will direct to LinkedIn, business information & references were already there.

Just there someone got a workaround solution to no website available to show.

When we started our blog, all the topics were and still are inspired by conversations with others.

Even moreso with our Tech Articles which are usually result of help given to others. Our most common Tech Tip given is for people to check their junk mail folder.

When we ask a question on a dilemma or mentioning an idea gets answered.

Few years before VYA started; heard a networking tip that had been passed along to another.

The person said they knew someone who said that half of their leads came from business networking.
Couldn’t join a few groups that met regularly only allowed one person per industry & spot was taken.

He was told why not start your own? Invite rab a few fellow entrepreneurs to join you.

Two is better than one when it comes to business and there are many solo entrepreneurs who may be in that networking situation.

Firecracker-ology Slogan ~Be UnProfessional and UnConventional ~

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