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How to Waste Time and Lose Money Networking

How to Waste Time and Lose Money Networking

Networking is a very important marketing component for most businesses, yet so many people just don’t seem to understand that to make it work there is a crucial step that must be done right…the follow-up.

At a recent event I attended I went up to the presenter afterwards and said that I was very interested in what they were offering and could they call me the following day. The presenter replied ” Absolutely. We’ll be in touch tomorrow”. Three weeks later and nothing has happened! What a waste of an opportunity. I won’t be investing any money with this company.

Most events, business meetings, seminars etc. where I’ve met some great people…guess what? 99% of them never follow up afterwards. Not even a ‘Great to meet you’ email or phone call. If you’re in business and you want to maximise your time and money, learn how to network effectively and follow up! It’s so simple yet most people don’t do it.

If you want to fast-track your results I’d recommend “How to Profit from Networking”

Also make sure you follow these networking basics:

1. Always have your business cards with you.

2. Block time in your diary to follow up from every event within 24-48 hours.

3. Add all business cards to your database and keep detailed records of all conversations and communications

4. Have a way to stay in touch with people ie. an ezine, newsletter, cards etc.

5. Keep doing the basics… they work.

The Final Word

You cannot afford to miss these golden opportunities unless you don’t need to make any more money and have plenty of time on your hands! There’s huge opportunity in networking. but you need to know how to do it properly to get long-term results.

If you’re not sure what how to get your systems right to maximise your networking opportunities and avoid letting money slip through your fingers, then I urge you to take action and invest in a proven step-by-step system that will get you big results. Get a copy of “The Productivity and Profit Home Study System”. It includes everything you need to know to free up your time so you can take better care of yourself, organise your systems and master your marketing so you make much more money and get a life!

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Networking to Make a Sale

Networking to Make a Sale

The buzzword, these days, is networking. Social networking via sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are no longer simply ways for college friends to keep in touch or post photos. They are how businesses attract fans and patrons, how celebrities maintain a coveted position of fame (think Ashton Kutcher and Twitter), and how bands get their music heard often for the first time. As a real estate agent, you can use social networking sites to keep in contact with other realtors and keep a pulse on the market/competition. But will Facebook help you sell a home? Probably not; to do that, you may need to rely on a different form of networking – face-to-face.

Face-to-face networking is a tool you should rely on regularly to help get the word out about a home you have recently put on the market or a business about to go up for sale. It will work much faster and more efficiently than depending solely on the sign in the front yard and a fervent hope that someone driving past notices the balloons you’ve bought for an open house. However, networking can also be tricky. There is more to it than smiling at an average Joe on the street, so here are three tips for how to network and make the sale.

1. Know your target audience – if you are selling a small commercial building ideal for a boutique or café, you do not want to network with CEOs and big business executives with little to no interest in starting their own small, unique company. If you are selling a home perfect for a young couple just starting out, don’t network with well-established families working on their third or fourth child. They won’t fit in the house. They’ll know it, and your sale will be lost. Find the people who will make and can make the purchase.

2. Go to a networking event – Networking events are common and frequent. You can actually take advantage of almost any event within Austin to advertise your name, face and product. But again, know who you are targeting. Do the research to see what is happening when and where, and be selective. You don’t want to waste your time trying to interest prospective buyers at an all day beer fest. It’s likely they won’t pay a moment of attention, and if they do, they may not remember it in the morning.

3. Follow up – it is not enough to go to an event, shake hands, pass out cards and mention briefly the home two blocks from Austin’s Sixth Street you just put on the market. You have to continue the conversation. Get the person’s information and make a call the next day or, at the latest, the next business day. Show that you are committed to the product – the house – you are selling and that person will likely call you back, meet with you and settle down to discuss the intricacies of purchasing and taking out a mortgage on the home.

There are many other ways to maximize the outcome of your networking efforts. Above are three basic. But don’t be afraid to discover and adopt more rules of networking. The more you know, the better you’ll be and the more houses you’ll sell.

About the Author:
Joe Cline writes articles for Treemont real estate. Other articles written by the author related to Austin Texas real estate and Rollingwood real estate can be found on the net.

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Turn “Socializing” into “Networking”

Turn “Socializing” into “Networking”

Most professionals know they must network in order to achieve long-term business success. I remember as far back as high school being told by my guidance counselor that I needed to “meet a lot of people and build a network.” That was great advice back then and even better advice today.

It’s critically important to participate in the public arena and interact with the people who could become your clients, provide you with valuable information or help you further your causes and beliefs.

While they understand the importance of networking, many professionals do a lousy job of it. It’s easy to show up at an event, grab a drink, eat some free hors d’oeuvres, say “hi” to a couple people, then go home and pat yourself on the back for being involved in the community.

Unfortunately, that’s not networking. It’s merely socializing.

There’s nothing wrong with socializing. In fact, it’s generally a good thing, but it’s not efficient. In order to convert socializing into networking, you need to have a three-tiered goal planted in your mind before you even enter the venue where networking will take place.

I call it “goal-based networking,” and here’s how it works:

Goal #1
“I will get a direct opportunity”

This could be a new client, an invitation to join a prestigious organization, a job offer, a promise to donate money to your pet cause. While Goal #1 is ideal, it unfortunately doesn’t happen at most networking events.

Goal #2
“I will get a solid lead on a direct opportunity”

This is almost as good as the first goal, because it moves you closer to what you really want. Goal #2 should happen at the vast majority of networking events you attend. If it doesn’t, you’re not meeting enough people or not asking the right questions.

Goal #3
“I will meet new people and learn valuable information”

This is the bare-bones minimum goal that you should achieve at every single networking event you attend.

Make a commitment to network more and remember to think about these three goals before walking into your next networking event. Setting these goals consistently over a long period of time will maximize the return from your investments in networking. That means you increase your public profile, connect with the right people and become that person who always seems to know about business happenings long before your colleagues do.

What next for social networking?

What next for social networking?

“What’s likely to be the next big noise in Social Networking?”

Vincent Haywood, Social Media Director, The Lounge Group
“Brand check-ins – with all the geo-location tools such as Gowalla and Foursqaure and now Facebook Places unlocking achievements. Users will eventually have product check-ins in the home via a simple app or automated process. (Things like) ‘Vincent has just added two Tate & Lyle sugars to his PG tips tea’ will let friends know what you are up to, update your Tesco shopping list, and order more shopping as you need it. It will also update your diet, give you nutritional data, and tell you you’re not losing weight because you’re eating crap. Mind you, ‘Vincent Has just used four sheets of Andrex’ may not be the best check-in to share.”

Rhett Glauser, Service-now.com
“The corporate world. Which will turn to social networking to deliver more effective IT service, interdepartmental collaboration and, most importantly, better customer service. The obstacle standing in the way is fear of change and the unknown. While conservative organisations put their heads in the sand and block employee access to tools like Facebook and Twitter, progressive businesses are already benefiting from embracing social networking by becoming social businesses. Be careful though, many businesses have tried to ‘do’ social, got it wrong, and ended up doing themselves more harm than good.”

Dominic Monkhouse, UK MD, PEER 1 Hosting
“Twitter, to me, is still sitting on the edge of its real potential in terms of immediate contact with customers. I am an avid advocate of great customer service and forever looking to improve our efforts in that area. Using Twitter as a means of instantly updating customers of service announcements, product updates and news relating to the services that we offer is a step in the right direction. When it is truly harnessed I think Twitter will genuinely become an everyday part of business life.”

James Coombes, Channel Sales Manager UK, G Data
“Cybercrime. As Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other online social networking (SN) services boom, it can only be a matter of time before they attract more attention from virus writers and cybercriminals. 10% of malware is (already) spread through SN (with) a number of viruses having been designed specifically for

that purpose; most notably Koobface. By comparison only 1% of malware is spread through e-mail. Corporate espionage is also on the rise via SN sites as key company employees are identified from the personal information they volunteer online. A cybercriminal can befriend an employee with high-level workplace network rights and send that person spyware. Once a cybercriminal uses a stolen login and password to access a business account, they can steal business critical data. There are signs that this tactic was used in the Aurora attack on Google China. Given these twin risks we encourage all users to be extra vigilant when using social networks.”

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Twitter – How to Make Money From Networking Sites

Twitter – How to Make Money From Networking Sites

Twitter is the fastest growing social networking site but how can it be used to generate sales and/or an income? Obviously building a large number of followers is a good start and vital but it pays to remember that promoting yourself the right way can lead to your followers passing on (or “re-tweeting”) your messages and therefore reaching a much larger amount of people than you originally intended.

Done the wrong way though it can have catastrophic effects on a companies image. Recently a member of Habitat ‘s promotion team decided to use Twitter to promote their Spring Collection, not a bad plan until the same bright spark decided that the best way to do this was to use hashtags – keywords that help Twitter users locate posts on specific themes – however using such hashtags as #Iran and #Mousavi wasn’t the smartest idea, Habitat’s messages also mentioned iPhone, Apple and the name of an Australian reality TV contestant to promote 20% off their spring collection. This has already become one of the most prominent examples of attempts to engage with social networking sites backfiring since it meant that Twitter users who were searching for updates on the Iran unrest were finding adverts for Habitat coming up in their searches. There has already been a lot of backlash from this and Habitat officials have issued an apology.

So just how can we use Twitter to promote without spamming? Several large companies have discovered the power of having promotions that involve their followers, a simple competition can draw in a lot of people and also result in competition sites, who are also on Twitter, re-tweeting the information to all their followers as well. This snowball effect is what makes Twitter a quick and simple way to promote just about anything.

So just where should you start if you want to make money on Twitter? It’s not quite as simple as sending random people messages asking for money, although this approach has worked for the occasional person.

Personally I found that a couple of sites contained all the information I needed to learn about
how to Twitter for profit , to be honest I was very surprised just how simple it was to make money with Twitter

Social Networking

Social Networking

So you have heard about it on the news, read about it in the paper and you still have no idea what all these people are talking about. No problem, I have you covered guys.

What are social networking sites?

All that social networking refers to is people coming together on a website to discuss similar interests. What! That’s it?

Yes, there are lot of ways to put it and spin what this is, but in a nutshell that is it guys. These are a very powerful way to get a group of knowledgeable people to share what they know and how they learned. Not always are these groups about knowledge, but in most cases they are.

The reason that these sites are super powerful as a online marketer is that you can meet people and get to know them. Most people look at selling items like you actually have to sell an item. What I mean by that is that you can become a power seller of any product on these sites, not by trying to tell people to buy, but by making friends. Yes, believe it or not, it has been proven that people are more likely to buy and tell friends about products that are offered by somebody that they feel they know.

Social bookmarking sites are very similar to these network sites, the difference being the focus on sharing links to popular blogs, videos and pictures online. These sites have an amazing power to grow website traffic and raise your Google search engine listings overnight if you have a lot of friends on them!

So quit trying to sell and learn how to make some new friends and get wealthy instead!

This is the first article in the series on Social Networking so make sure to watch for the next articles as they come out.

Nick Simpson is a mentor and success coach to many, find him on Youtube or visit his site directly for more free internet marketing tips and resources.
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About Social Networking

About Social Networking

Social networks on the Internet are web services that enable individuals to create more or less public profile in the system with a list of members there share connection with. The presentation possibilities in the social network population are virtually endless. If you just want to make now friends or talk to the old ones, you are still at the right place. Social networking created new means of communication across the world. There are many reasons why social networking succeeded. One of the main is the quality of communication between people.

It’s very important that everybody can express themselves and share information. It means the information is available to everyone. The relationships in those communities depend on the rules established for particular social network. They differ among social network sites on the web. The difference is also in the way of using new information and communication tools. Making self visible on the Internet is easiest using social network sites. There are many kinds of social networks on the Internet. They can be location-based, language-based, or subject-based.

There are those that are opened for all countries and languages. They contain many applications, different games, quizzes and other interesting additions. Some social networks enable simple signing-in, simple social contact, grouping by interest, sharing photos, easy and mass communication. The others are limited by age; you have to pay a fee or wait for invitation. The difference between them is the sign how adapted they are for different people.

The selection is huge. Everybody can find something for themselves. The possibilities are limitless. You can develop a new social network site or actively participate in the existing ones. It’s wise to join one of the existing ones to begin with. There are many ways of social networking adopted for different people. It’s important to know that everybody can find something for themselves.

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Smart Social Networking

Smart Social Networking

Social networking – everyone is doing it but are we doing it right? Nowadays businesses are spending big bucks on improving their brand awareness and this means they are joining their teenage children on all the big social sites!

It seems even the big businesses are having to succumb to the huge advertising boards that are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn to mention a few. No one can afford to ignore the reach of social media.

So how do we control what is being written about our business? Social media is a public forum so once it’s out there you have to remember there is no going back.

It is not just your business pages that have to be monitored; one of the biggest concerns is naive employee’s posting comments on their social pages about your business.

A social media policy needs to be flexible but clear for all your employees. An outright ban on social media sites will not work; almost all of us have access to a smart phone with all these apps under our nose. Don’t dictate but discuss!  

Set your brand and stick to it; this way you will be recognisable and stand out from other similar companies. Talk to your employees, novel idea, but by discussing the dangers of social networking as well as the advantages you may open up a forum of ideas that could benefit you and your business.

Open discussions are less condescending than an email telling you what your employees can and can’t say or do in their spare time.

 We have to remember there will always be a small minority of people who will do something silly no matter what you say, honesty and trust is crucial in your relationship with your employees.

Always remember what you are trying to achieve by your social networking; think about your audience and what they want to see.

What about blogging? Blogging seems to be the path to enlightenment these days or certainly to a spot in Google’s good books. Make sure the content is fresh and interesting. Think quality not just quantity! Articles should reflect what your business is about and offer something of interest to the reader whether this is advice or just an informative view on your business. 

Think about what your clients are searching for and write about it! Don’t use obscure titles, it may seem clever but your potential audience won’t find you! They are going to search using key words so make sure you include them in your article and title.

Ask questions and involve your reader in a discussion, this makes the experience more individual and draws them in. Remember the better the article the more likely people will share your link driving traffic to your website and potentially improving your customer base!

Working in HR we have to be very aware of Social Media and it’s pitfalls but we also need to remember what a great tool this can be. I try to make my HR Blog personal whilst passing on useful HR information, hope you enjoy it. Let me know if there are other topics you would be interested in, I would love to hear from you.

My name is Arlene Frater and I work as an office manager for Simple HR.

Working with people is challenging and often confusing. What is always clear though is that everyone has something to offer we just have to be willing to look and listen.

I love the challenges that my work brings each day. People have some crazy quirks and it is a pleasure to work through these issues together and bring some sanity to the chaos!

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Social Networking site

Social Networking site

Social Networking

So you have heard about it on the reports, read about it in the paper and you still have no idea what all these people are talking about. No problem, I have you enclosed guys.

What are social networking sites?

A Definition

We define social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site.

While we use the term “social network site” to describe this phenomenon, the term “social networking sites” also appears in public discourse, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. We chose not to employ the term “networking” for two reasons: emphasis and scope. “Networking” emphasizes relationship initiation, often between strangers. While networking is possible on these sites, it is not the primary practice on many of them, nor is it what differentiates them from other forms of computer-mediated communication (CMC).

All that social networking refers to is people coming together on a website to discuss similar interests. What! That’s it?

Yes, there is lot of ways to place it and revolve what this is, but in a nutshell that is it guys. These are a very dominant way to acquire a group of knowledgeable people to contribute what they know and how they learned. Not always are these groups about awareness, but in most cases they are.

The cause that these sites are super powerful as an online dealer is that you can meet people and get to recognize them. Most people appear at selling items like you actually have to sell an item. What I mean by that is that you can become a power seller of any product on these sites, not by trying to inform people to buy, but by making friends. Yes, accept as true it or not, it has been verified that people are more likely to buy and tell friends about products that are offered by somebody that they feel they know.

Social bookmarking sites are very similar to these network sites, the variation being the focus on sharing links to popular blogs, videos and pictures online. These sites have an incredible power to grow website traffic and raise your Google search engine listings immediately if you have a lot of friends on them!

So stop trying to sell and learn how to make some new friends and get prosperous instead!

This is the primary article in the series on Social Networking so make sure to watch for the next articles as they come out.

Vishal Sabharwal is the Manager of dashingtimes.com.this site is social intergated site.this site is the best indian site .

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Social Networking Identity Fraud

Social Networking Identity Fraud

Social Networking websites such as FaceBook, YouTube, Bebo and MySpace offer people the chance to catch up with friends and make new contacts all around the world 24/7, but they are also vulnerable to identity fraudsters as they encourage their members to share large amounts of personal information about themselves in what is essentially a public space, where literally anyone could get hold of it and misuse it.

Identity fraudsters can use the most basic information about their victims such as name, address and telephone numbers for a whole range of unlawful activities, and social sites provide even more opportunities for them as many people divulge intimate details about themselves and their identities. Common problems associated with social networking sites include impersonation fraud, which involves thieves stealing enough personal information that they can actually impersonate their victims for a range of unlawful reasons, such as to access their financial accounts and steal money, and also set up new credit accounts in their name.

How to stay Safe on Social Sites
Social networking can be fun and rewarding, allowing you to stay in touch with all of your friends, but you should think very carefully about the information you are publishing online and never post anything that could be used by fraudsters such as your full name and address, date of birth, telephone number or details about your finances or employment. You should also take some time to learn about the security and privacy features on the social site you are using, and set them to levels you feel comfortable with. Most sites allow you to restrict the amount of people who can view your page, so you should be very careful about who you invite in as a ‘friend’. Remember that typical security questions asked by banks to verify the identity of their customers includes information such as your first school or the place you met your spouse, so don’t publish your complete life history online as fraudsters are very clever at spotting this sort of detail and could use it to gain access to your financial accounts.

Getting id theft protection can help you protect your identity. Learn more about identity theft protection and services.

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