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10 Steps to Successful Social Networking | Results Revolution

10 Steps to Successful Social Networking | Results Revolution | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

[ For practical reasons, I decided to integrate the contributions of this topic in: "Business know-how" - 01-27-2012 ]


Networking is about meeting and building relationships with people for a purpose. It’s that last part that counts in the definition, the purposeful part. Otherwise we’re all just socializing, which is what much of it amounts to anyway because if you don’t know your purpose, it’s pretty difficult to achieve it.


That’s fine if you just enjoy socializing for the sake of socializing (and, actually, the best social networkers are people like that usually). However, if you’re spending marketing dollars and the prosperity of your business depends on the success of your social networking, you’d better do a bit more than socialize.


1. The Question You’d Better Answer First
Why are you interested in social networking? To build your business? How, exactly?Do you sell online or just promote online? Are you locally, nationally, or internationally focused? Do you want people to talk about your business online, share your links, spread the word about you, learn more about you, recommend you, sign up for a program, get a free sample, get your e-newsletter, read your blog, interact with you, ask questions, get a membership, order a product, pay for a service, refer you to their friends? 


Read more: http://www.resultsrevolution.com/2010/08/10-steps-to-successful-social-networking/

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10 Steps to Successful Social Networking 

 

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Tips on How to Network Successfully | CAA

Tips on How to Network Successfully | CAA | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

1. Treat networking like a game.


Networking is a time-honored tradition that most people apply every day without knowing it. View it as making contacts, creating relationships, finding out about essentials, even as making friends.


Networking is based on the premise that we're all humans and need each other. This is as true in business as it is in other areas of your life. You may need to ask me for ideas or referrals about getting a job, but I'll gladly reciprocate because I know that at some point, I may need to call on you for something. At that point, whether the help is for me or someone else, I'll expect you to reciprocate. It's that simple. You lob the ball over the net, and it comes back to you.


Networking for a job can be fun. Consider it today's answer to the lost art of conversation and its cousin, letter writing. It's all about communicating—making phone calls, conducting information interviews in person or writing letters—to learn if your contacts can refer you to anyone who might want to hire someone with your skills.


Read more: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/services/career-services/resources/articles/networking/tips-how-network-successfully

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Not just networks, heterogeneous, dynamic networks

Not just networks, heterogeneous, dynamic networks | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

I read recently a blog post that stipulated that cities are more innovative than rural areas, and that was because of the number of interactions. Therefore, seems the logical conclusion, social media spaces with lots of interaction should be the most innovative. You can see the post here, referencing the book Where Good Ideas Come From. I haven't read the book but I hope the thinking goes a bit deeper than what's on the post.


Yes, good social interactions, whether at a university, or a city, or a social media site, can lead to good ideas, but if that were all that were necessary then Jerusalem or Cairo would be the epicenter of innovation, since they are very old cities with large populations. Clearly, there are major cities where innovation flourishes, like San Francisco or Shanghai, and major cities where innovation doesn't exist or occurs with far less frequency. In fact it would probably be easier to name major cities where innovation was more likely not to occur than to occur. So clearly it's not necessarily about a city, or about the number of interactions that matter.


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Avoid This Networking Blunder: Don’t Ask This Question!

Avoid This Networking Blunder: Don’t Ask This Question! | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

Have you ever been out networking, meeting and greeting, and towards the end of your conversation with someone, they ask you, “So, how can I help you?” What’s worse, have you been asking that question to people that you meet?
That is a dangerous question to ask for a couple of reasons.


One, it might be a clue that you may have been making the conversation all about you. The general rule of thumb is that a good networking meeting will consist of discussing yourself thirty percent of the time and engaging the other person to talk seventy percent of the time. If a conversation has been going great and that question pops out, perhaps you have been talking more than listening.


Read more: http://www.executivecoachinglifecoaching.com/networking-successfully/

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SWiVELtime

SWiVELtime | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

As the new year unfolds, I always get a flurry of requests for help. People get focused on their needs and wants and reach out. I try to help. Yet people think that I have THE ANSWER. Regrettably, it is never that simple. Looking for a job, considering a return to school, contemplating a career shift, or finding a soul mate--all have one thing in common. What do you want? What would be meaningful to you? And therefore Who are you? What is your purpose?


I sometimes get treated like a Google search box. Put in your Boolean search phrase and get millions of options in 1 second. It don't work that way! The Kobara search box asks you the questions! By the way this is called mentoring. Some people call it a Jewish conversation--you know when a question is answered with a question :)


But poorly thought out questions always deserve a question. Quality questions get quality answers.


Read more: http://jeknetwork.typepad.com/networking/

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How to turn LinkedIn into a relationship filter

How to turn LinkedIn into a relationship filter | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

The following interview is with Dave Gowel, who has been recognized as a “LinkedIn Jedi” by Inc.com and the Boston Globe, is the CEO of RockTech, and author of The Power in a Link: Open Doors, Close Deals and Change the Way you do Business Using LinkedIn (Wiley, December 2011). Gowel co-founded RockTech with Mark Rockefeller to build software tools that help corporations increase productivity through quicker adoption of underutilized technologies. The interview has been edited for clarity.


A lot of people see LinkedIn as a recruiting or job hunting network. What are some of the other ways professionals can put LinkedIn to work, once they’ve landed that dream job?


I think one of the key ways to think about it is really a relationship filter, that when you put in all the relationships that you already have, it allows you to see the ones that you could have more easily, or get information about potential ones...

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How to Make Great Connections on LinkedIn

How to Make Great Connections on LinkedIn | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it
Want to create an expansive and powerful network? We asked LinkedIn's power users for their best tips.


The rules of engagement on LinkedIn are fairly clear: first and foremost, you should only connect with people you actually know. Yet millions of people—yes, we're looking at you—are broadening their networks by connecting to people with whom they've never even had a discussion.


The rules aren't black and white, but if you want to expand your LinkedIn database make sure to choose the right shade of grey. "One major pet peeve of mine when it comes to LinkedIn requests is when people who don't know you say you're a 'friend,' or that you have done business with them at their current company," says social media strategist Scott Swanay. "First of all, that's not true, and second of all, it's just lazy on their part—those are generally requests that I'll ignore."...

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7 Quick Ways to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Social Media Marketing Workhorse

7 Quick Ways to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Social Media Marketing Workhorse | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

In my opinion, the most powerful social media profile you can use is the LinkedIn profile.


Most powerful that is, if you are looking to do more business and/or achieve your professional goals.


There’s a certain mindset LinkedIn members have when they spend time there.


They don’t browse through pictures and videos of their friends.


They don’t go there to share 140 characters of their current status.


And they don’t go there to watch panda bears sneeze or talking dogs say “I love you”.


Although other social networking sites have their place and purpose, none of them have the professionally directed power of LinkedIn.


LinkedIn means business!...

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10 Tips for LinkedIn Social Networking

10 Tips for LinkedIn Social Networking | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

Social networking sites have each a unique protocol and don’t usually provide members with practical how-to advice to help use their sites effectively. They let us figure out the how-tos on our own.


I share in this article my basic LinkedIn how-tos that may shorten your learning curve and save you time and frustration. They are merely suggestions, not rigid guidelines. If you have an idea or advice you find helpful, please share it with us in a comment.


Here are ten tips for maximizing your LinkedIn social networking success:...

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Find the Job You Like Through People You Like.

Find the Job You Like Through People You Like. | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

When looking for a job we like and a successful career we usually think about skills, knowledge and motivation. I guess this makes sense. After all, jobs are about what we do. Work is the application of skills and knowledge.


The reasoning therefore, is to find organizations, that need your knowledge and skills and you will be well on your way to finding a job. Who needs people other than as a method to get to your job via networking?


Think again. We can get side-tracked when we restrict ourselves to an exploration of skills and knowledge. We miss the importance of people and the nature of our work relationships. People can be our true compass to finding the right job for us. Think of people not as a means to an end but rather as the goal within itself to achieve that ideal job and career...

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What color is your network?

What color is your network? | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

Years ago, I was on a career panel with Dick Bolles who wrote arguably the greatest and most important career manual ever, What Color is Your Parachute? This bible of career advice will soon turn 40! And while the title started out as an off the cuff remark to his students, the words "color" and "parachute" took on deeper meanings to his millions of readers.


When I met Mr. Bolles he was in his mid 60's. He talked about career change in ways that have shaped my thinking and my career. He said:

Everything you do should be:


Temporary--Nothing is permanent.


An Adventure--Engages your curiosity and sense of challenge


A Seminar--Learning new things, continuous education with goals


Fulfilling--Helps define your quest for meaning and purpose


I translated this into "A temporary adventure, which continually educates you about your quest for meaning." Love it and live by it!...

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Why Networking Is Your Best Strategy

Why Networking Is Your Best Strategy | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

If you’ve recently launched your job search, you likely know about the importance of networking to uncover opportunities. But can you name any specific steps you’ve taken to grow and connect with your network? Or do you answer that question by saying something half-hearted, like: “Well, I called a few people to let them know I’m looking, and asked if they knew about any openings.”

 

Networking should be a fully integrated component in the life of every business person. It will lead to stronger contacts and friendships that can help in every aspect of your work. And during the early stages of job hunting, networking for information about career opportunities should become your primary interest and given more attention than any other aspect of your search. It isn’t until you start interviewing that networking can take a smaller, but still critical role...

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Top 5 Most Common Networking Mistakes

Top 5 Most Common Networking Mistakes | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

Everyone tries to network, but few people do it well, often making the same basic mistakes.

 

Here’s what not to do when you’re trying to expand or leverage your network:

 

1. Try to take before you give. The goal of networking is to connect with people who can help you make a sale, get a referral, establish a contact, etc. When we network, we want something.

But at first, never ask for what you want. In fact you may never ask for what you want. Forget about what you can get and focus on what you can provide. Giving is the only way to establish a real connection and relationship. Focus solely on what you can get out of the connection and you will never make meaningful, mutually beneficial connections.

When you network, it’s all about them, not you...

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How to use Natural Networking to connect with anyone — including the exact email scripts

How to use Natural Networking to connect with anyone — including the exact email scripts | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

How many of us have heard career experts telling us to “go out there and network”?


What does that actually mean? They never seem to specify.


So we end up going to 1 or 2 pointless networking events, which actually turn out to be a bunch of unemployed people looking for jobs, until we realize the pointlessness of random networking. We stop going. But we keep hearing about the importance of our network, and we hear about how most jobs are found through personal contacts. Pretty soon, it becomes clear to us that it’s WHO you know, not WHAT you know. But we have no idea how to actually turn that realization into something actionable.


There’s a game going on around us that we don’t even see.


And today, I want to show you exactly how to decode it — along with the specific email scripts to use. If you’ve been waiting for the real story on how networking actually works, this is it.


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Top 10 Tips for Social Networking Success

Top 10 Tips for Social Networking Success | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

As sites like Facebook, Twitter and Digg continue to grow, it is becoming increasingly apparent to everyone that investing in your social networks can be one of the best ways to promote yourself or your brand.


However, when you are new to the world of social media you may not have the slightest idea about how to get started. If you are still just testing the waters, these top ten tips can help you take the plunge into using social networks to successfully promote yourself or your brand. By the way, I’ll be referring to the term “Social Networks” here in the broader sense, including Social Bookmarking and video sites.


1. Choose Your Networks Wisely


If you spend any amount of time on the Internet then you are aware of the vast number of social networks there are to choose from. There’s Facebook, Bebo, hi5, MySpace, Ning, LinkedIn, Flickr, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and YouTube, just to name “a few.”...


Read more: https://www.blonde20.com/blog/2008/08/29/top-10-tips-for-social-networking-success/

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Business Social Networking Online

Business Social Networking Online | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

Business social networking is not a fad. In fact, social network marketing is one of the most exciting ways for businesses to promote their ideas, products or services.


Studies reveal that, while people may trust direct advertisements, more than five times as many people would act upon a product recommendation from a friend or acquaintance instead.


This is where social business networking shows its power. It enables word-of-mouth advertising to spread over the internet through networks of people all over the globe. If people like the information that you share or the products that you sell…they will tell their friends. With online social networking, that could reach a large number of people very quickly.


Read more: http://www.social-networking-success.com/business-social-networking.html

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Next time someone is looking over your shoulder while you're reading posts on Social Networks - let them know that you're actually doing work and making connections.  The old way of meeting people is over - - get out on the internet - find some great business social media sites - - and start networking with people that will impact your business.

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Why Social Networking?

Why Social Networking? | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it
Put simply, social networking is a way for one person to meet up with other people on the Net. That's not all though. Some people use social networking sites for meeting new friends on the Net. Other's use it to find old friends.


What is Social Networking?


Put simply, social networking is a way for one person to meet up with other people on the Net. That's not all though. Some people use social networking sites for meeting new friends on the Net. Other's use it to find old friends. Then there are those who use it to find people who have the same problems or interests they have, this is called niche networking.


Read more: http://personalweb.about.com/od/easyblogsandwebpages/a/whysocialnetwor.htm

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Some Thoughts on Social Networking

Some Thoughts on Social Networking | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

By way of giving advice and/or comparing notes with other bloggers who use them, I thought last night I'd write some thoughts on some of the big social-networking sites: which ones I use, and which ones I get the most benefit from.


First up, there's my new account on Twitter. Yes, I resisted joining Twitter for a long time, and the thing that still bothers me most about it is the same thing that kept me from signing up originally: the 140-character limit makes it almost impossible to have a real conversation.


That said, I've found Twitter unexpectedly useful in a different way: I find I'm often using it as a scratchpad - for bookmarking links to stories I want to write about, or for quickly jotting down ideas that work their way into posts later.


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Social Networking Success for Your Business

Social Networking Success for Your Business | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it
Understand social networking websites, how they work and what tools will make them easier to manage, so that you can put social media to work for you and your business.


Helping you to understand social networking so that you can put social media to work for you and your business.


Social network sites are growing popularity every day. Businesses can no longer ignore this social media trend. Instead, we should embrace these opportunities as affordable marketing tools for both online and offline businesses.


Whether your business is large or small, you can make social media work for you. By engaging customers or potential customers through an online presence on a website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn or YouTube...businesses can spread the word about themselves to their target audiences. 

They can also cultivate a more interactive relationship with their current customer base and have more control over their online reputation...

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List of social networking websites

List of social networking websites | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

If you search the best social network for you and your business, here you'll find an amazing list
with few information about the niche that use it. [note Martin Gysler]


This is a list of major active social networking websites and excludes dating websites (see List of online dating websites). For defunct social networking websites, see List of defunct social networking websites.


Please note the list is not exhaustive, and is limited to notable, well-known sites.

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Study: Social networkers have more ethics problems at work

Study: Social networkers have more ethics problems at work | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

It’s hard to tell whether it’s a case of correlation or causation, but according to a new study published this week, employees who are super active on social networking sites have a very different idea of what is appropriate workplace behavior than other workers.


For starters, active social networkers — defined in the 2011 National Business Ethics Survey, a study published this week by the nonprofit Ethics Resource Center (ERC) as people who spend more than 30 percent of the workday participating on social networking sites — are much more likely to view their current jobs as temporary. 72 percent of active social networkers polled said they plan to change employers within the next five years, compared to 39 percent of non-active social networkers.

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How to network, how to build a business network

How to network, how to build a business network | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it
business networking


business networking tips and techniques for networking events and networking websites


Business networking is an effective low-cost marketing method for developing sales opportunities and contacts, based on referrals and introductions - either face-to-face at meetings and gatherings, or by other contact methods such as phone, email, and increasingly social and business networking websites.


The shortened term 'networking' can be confused with computer networking/networks, which is different terminology, relating to connection and accessibility of multiple computer systems.


A business network of contacts is both a route to market for you, and a marketing method. Business networking offers a way to reach decision-makers which might otherwise be very difficult to engage with using conventional advertising methods...

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It’s not who you know – it’s who knows you

It’s not who you know – it’s who knows you | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

With the rise of social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, it has never been easier to build and maintain a network.


One quick press of a button can bring a new person into your network, or remove one permanently. Make a quick scan of update feeds and you can feel up-to-date on what everyone around you is up to. Gone are the days when you had to set aside several hours a week to call connections to ask how their vacation was or how their family was doing. All the pictures are right there for you to peruse and comment on.


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Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year 2012 | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

A beautiful evening and a Happy New Year 2012!


With full of everything you want and more.

I look forward to seeing you in great shape and with plenty of new interesting exchanges and rewarding.

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Networking Gone Wrong & Tips to Make Right

Networking Gone Wrong & Tips to Make Right | SOCIAL NETWORKING skills | Scoop.it

In a society where “it’s all about who you know” social networking sites like LinkedIn are capitalizing on the fact that “relationships matter.” But for most, networking is a daunting task.

 

So what happens when you’re headed for a networking disaster? Does this cause you to spiral right down into the unemployment black hole? Are you permanently off the get-a-job radar?

 

Jessica Anne Laurino, a recent graduate of the College of Holy Cross shares a time when a networking event she attended went south.

 

Laurino’s story goes as follows: circa the fall of 2006, she got an email from career services describing a networking event to be held at Lehman Brothers over winter break which would be chock full of Holy Cross alums. Laurino was apprehensive to go at first, but after talking to family and friends, she decided that she and a bunch of girlfriends would sign up...

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