Posts Under Tag: Business networking

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 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 ~

Networking without Business Cards

Today’s article is networking without business cards.

We are in the holiday season & if your family is anything like mine; taking business cards would get a disapproving look.

Have learned even if in your wallet, jacket, back pocket etc is never good when we are in “regular person mode”. Make sure you remove them & leave at home.

When we are in business, our eyes are always open for networking & leads.

I’ve said before much networking is in casual settings when around close contacts.

So, how can we do Networking without business cards?

The seasoned networker knows they can go to networking without business cards as most people know them by face & name.

When I was new, went to networking a lot; people eventually recognized my face.

With our private lives; we don’t want it to look like we’re networking or prospecting during conversations. Uncle Bob’s friend Jimmy who you meet at dinner sells printing & you need new brochures. Do you hand him your card across the table?

Cousin Mark’s new girlfriend Sally just started a catering business that provided tonight’s meal.

You’re holding a dinner party next month & been looking for a caterer.

What do you do?

Most people have a cell.

If during conversation; product/service of interests comes up; store their contact in your phone, same as you would if you were making friends.

What if one or both of you doesn’t have a cellphone or it’s in your car or the battery is low?

Phone battery charging or not near you? They can text or email their contact to you.

No cell?

Firecrackerology Tip – Go Back 2 Basics like we teach in Word Of Mouth Masterminds.

Grab a piece of paper or napkin & a pen – write it down!

Firecracker-ology Slogan ~Be UnProfessional and UnConventional ~

Volunteers - Are they staff that doesn't get paid?

Volunteers – Work for free?

There’s a saying: Volunteers aren’t paid because they’re worthless, but because they’re PRICELESS.

There are those who refuse to volunteer because it doesn’t pay “cash”.

Then those such as myself who have spent a lifetime doing so & enjoy it.

Never thought about how or why it started until a friend of a friend asked when we were attending a fundraiser & it made me think.

Helping the less fortunate is the principle this company was built on.

Volunteering for me started out of courtesy.
When I was eleven; my older sibling was a volunteer in our community.
As we waited for him to be finished with his volunteer duties, I’d sit there bored.

As people came in/out of the entrance carrying items in their arms, were elderly or disabled; would hold door open for them. I still do that to this day when out in public as a sign of courtesy.

After a while; one man suggested why not become volunteer officially.

Starting in my teens years continued by helping out nonprofit fundraising initiatives.

Helped build great skills put to use in a career setting as well as references when needed.

This is both pre-VYA & now.

Do volunteers work free?

Few years back at a conference; attendee passes by as she’s leaving.

Remarks she should volunteer next time to see everything for free.

That person could’ve used manners or a smack. Our company was a sponsor but offered to help if needed.

Secondly, volunteers are usually so busy they don’t get to see view whole presentations.

Have done everything from checking people in, greeting presenters, giving their name tags, grabbing lunch, taking payments, processing credit card orders & handling registration desk for organizers while they deal with important matters.

Many organizations & causes would be lost without volunteers.

Firecracker-ology Slogan ~Be UnProfessional and UnConventional ~

Two Conversations Networking

Two Conversations Networking

Have heard a few people talk about two conversations networking. Whether at a business group or in our regular lives; it’s what leads to our purchases, ideas or learning about a useful resource.

In fact, they can happen anywhere. most times these conversations don’t happen just at business networking but in a casual setting. Have read many articles about networking while in line at the grocery store. It’s not “pitching” it’s conversation; same as we have online or in our personal lives.

That’s how we gain knowledge, where ideas start & how purchase decisions happen.

These conversations can be online, in person or by phone.

Often times, it’s the “problem” that people mention that leads to networking. Car won’t start? Door is a little wobbly? Cable TV not working? Who made this delicious plate of cookies?

These are commonly heard types of conversations that lead to “networking”.

Many times ideas for our blog articles topics come from Two conversations networking in daily life.

Couple of years ago was with a Tech Trainee in a coffee shop. Fellow patron overheard me say Open Office and Microsoft Office are 98% similar with slight feature compatibility differences.
The patron said excuse me; overheard you mention Open Office. Says how much he loves it.

The Business Volunteer articles recently written had been conversations with others who were new in business or experiencing slow season.

Last week mentioned how many people still don’t know Facebook changed their messaging system & they miss messages from people not on their friends list.

Said we’d written a blogpost about that tech issue. The person asked to be sent the article.
During the course of conversation, they mentioned another minor tech problem.
Told them how to solve it & thanked them as this ended up inspiring a future blog article!

Firecracker-ology Slogan ~Be UnProfessional and UnConventional ~

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