When you run an online business, you can work with clients across the world without any limitations. This makes online networking via social media and forums a great tool to raise your profile.
However, you could soon end up spending lots of time networking but seeing little results. Follow these simple tips to make sure you get the most out of your networking activities online.
1. Research various sites available
There are literally hundreds of websites you can go to network online with more popping up each day, so how do you decide which ones to use? Think about specific forums for your industry as this could be a great place to get help and advice. Look for places where your ideal clients hang out and demonstrate your expertise. Facebook and Twitter are also great tools, so make use of them.
2. Complete your profile
There is no point spending any time networking if you don’t have an up to date profile that people can see. This is where you share your expertise as well as links to your contact details and website.
3. Include your photograph
People like to work with people that they know, like and trust. This can be achieved a lot quicker online than with traditional networking as you can really connect with people. In order to do this, it is vital that you include a photograph of you, and not your logo.
4. Get involved
Get talking to members and offer your help where you can, there is no point hiding in the background. Just get out there and be yourself.
5. Don’t sell, sell, sell to people
Just because you are networking online, doesn’t mean you can constantly sell to people as this will make people ignore you. Instead, focus on building relationships so that when people are looking for someone with your services, they will think of you.
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