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08 Mar
Business Networking DOES Work!

Posted by Francois Muscat On March - 8 - 2011

Business social networking is very important if you want to start or grow your business. Business networking can range from virtual online social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn or to face to face meetings. Which form will work the best for you? I find that a mix of real and online social networking works the best for me.

It all depends on the age of your target customer to determine which way is the best. You can then match the preferences (age, demographics, gender, etc) of your targeted customer with the networking strategies that you are comfortable with.

Take a look below for the generational preferences.

  1. Baby boomers: The baby boomers is in their 50′s and 60′s and will usually always prefer face to face meetings. They are usually less comfortable with online communication and they like to interact verbally and when possible, in person.
  2. Generation X: These are people in their 30′s and 40′s and they tend to be more comfortable with technology and the online world. They usually prefer to keeping it simple and they are very likely to be using LinkedIn and other professional social networking tools.
  3. Generation Y: The Generation Y crowd is in their teens and 20′s and they are the most comfortable in using all forms of technology because they have grown up with all the latest technology trends. They know what they want and they will come and find you. They also usually have good presence on Facebook, Twitter and other popular social networking tools.

Face to face networking

Face to face networking includes lead groups that meets at your local chamber of commerce or with other organizations like BNI, etc. There’s also a couple of online networking services available online to find local group meetings. If you really must connect with senior level leaders, then attending a R1000.00 a plate dinner will be a better investment opportunity than attending a couple of networking breakfasts. Many professional associations have terrific opportunities for face to face networking.

Online Networking

The best online networking tools are those that can get you in front of your targeted customers. LinkedIn seems to be the best and most accepted professional business networking tool that is available internationally. Other popular tools includes Facebook, Twitter, etc.

To learn more about the best practices for business social networking, visit our site for more digital marketing tools and techniques!

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About the author: Francois Muscat
Francois Muscat is the WSI area representative for South Africa. Francois represents South African Consultants with excellence as he strives to ensure they achieve the utmost success. Francois has ...read more

 



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