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Top 10 Business Networking Tools.

By Chris Lott | Business | 14859 Views | 9 Comments    

Networking is certainly not new to business relationship building. The need for business relationships has been around as long as business transactions have taken place. The difference is now with social networking I can start relationships in minutes that typically took months or years before… if at all… anywhere in the world. Professionals and companies of all industries have adopted some sort of business networking integration with social media. They use these tools in a variety of ways to promote themselves, ideas and products.

 

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Highlighted below are some of the main social media relationship tools that I am personally having a tremendous amount of success with. Tying them to my specialized WordPress blog makes the whole concept cohesive.

Google Apps

Google Apps

Google Apps is such a no brainer! Startup costs for any new office with networking and computing equipment are crazy enough without even taking into account the software and maintenance pieces. Google Apps gives business owners a way to cut costs in email, calendaring and purchasing office suites. I use these powerful tools in all aspects of my social marketing business communications endeavors.

TweetDeck

TweetDeck

In building social media business relationships, you need to know what people are saying about your company as well as your competitors. An easy way to do this is through an aggregator. My favorite is TweetDeck by far. TweetDeck gives you an automatically-refreshing picture of what people are saying about your brand and/or competing brands. Doing it all from one app, makes this much easier to stay on top of your business relationships especially as your social network and business grows.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn

Linkedin is arguably the most powerful business networking, career tool, out there. It’s focused and purposeful. You create a “profile” which becomes a resume on steroids. Linkedin Groups are a focus point for relationships. News, Events, Discussions, Comments, and Job offerings. These can become tremendously useful resources of information. I share my articles and events in these groups which instantly promotes and relationships begin.

Open Networker

Joining specific groups like opennetworker.com you can increase your connections exponentially. I now have over 10,000+ LinkedIn connections.

Twitter

Twitter for Business

With Twitter… tweeting inspiration, ideas, and thoughts can be extremely useful. Up-to-date company and product information is as well. One business idea that I use is taking the RSS feed of my main customers and tweeting them on twitter. Mitel, manufacturer my company represents, uses Twitter for sales engineering support. Check out Twitter’s own guidebook for businesses.

Note: Don’t just “billboard”. Interact with your twitter community and grow relationships quickly.

Constant Contact

Constant Contact

Let’s face it, everyone is attacking your customer base. How do you maintain your base and relationships? One great tool in accomplishing this is Constant Contact. Constant Contact’s email marketing tool helps you keep customers and prospects coming back. They offer attractive, professional-looking email communications (and templates) to stay in regular contact with your list which helps build strong customer relationships. I especially like their reporting.

Facebook and Facebook Pages

Facebook Pages

Facebook and Facebook Pages can be a tremendous tool in opening events and articles to even more users. There are literally millions of people that only use facebook for business relationships. Don’t underestimate this social networking powerhouse of 500 million users.

Rapportive

Raportive

Rapportive – For the Gmail fans, I being one of them, shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox. A Gmail-only tool that replaces the unappealing ads on the right hand side of your screen with tons of useful information about the people you email. Just open up any message from someone and you will see information about their job title, latest tweets, and direct links to their social profiles.

Wisestamp

Wisestamp

Wisestamp lets users make better use of their daily emails – adding a whole new level of functionality and interaction – and also enables publishers (social services and brands) to distribute their content and engage users in one of the biggest online markets – email.

As I am becoming more proficient at using these new tools I am finding the power and purpose in them. They have become an integral component to my success online and my career locally as I am sure they will for you.

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9 thoughts on “Top 10 Business Networking Tools.

  1. First of all I’m a business consultant so business networking is central to what I do. I’ll offer a slightly different perspective regarding social networks and their role in business…

    In my experience social networks are a nice addition to the networking toolkit but by no means revolutionary. Facebook, linkedin and the rest tend to be all about quantity while effective business networking is all about quality of relationships. I’d rather have 10 people who I can call and get a proper referral to someone I need rather than 1000 people I can pointlessly message on linkedin.

    So, my efforts go to maintain my personal address book and keep my important relationships warm. There’s a nice tool I use called Covve that helps with both these tasks (auto-updating contacts and reminding me to contact people I’m losing touch with). They also do a dozen other related things (from business card scanning to keeping notes on communications) so have a look at their site http://covve.com

    Back to social networks… where I find social networks work like a charm is vetting and context:
    a) Vetting: Getting an at-a-glance view of someone’s profile can help me decide how much time I should invest (whether recruitment or partnering or sales)
    b) Context: Nothing breaks the ice better than a quick chat around the other person’s personal passions (whether Manchester United or gardening!) and a quick glance at their facebook profile could be enough to make that happen

  2. Hey this is insightful! This post about “Top 10 Business Networking Tools?” has given me knowledge about business networking tools that will make remarkable contribution in making small businesses successful. Also it reveals some tricks on how to manage effectively cycle of the business and to give your sales team an edge which will enable them to sell more successfully.

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  3. Thank you for the list! These websites helped me out today.

    I’m wondering what the next big thing is among the big networking sites. They all seem to run independently from one another, overall. Have you heard of ProspectVisual? http://goo.gl/V0Nsa I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

    Thank you again!

  4. Great post. Facebook apps are good to use if you want to advertise and promote your services or product. It provides an opportunity for a business to perform e-commercial or promotional activities over social networking platform.
    Cheers,
    Susan Smith.

  5. Great list Chris,
    I found out some great new services as Biznik.
    You might want to check out http://www.wisestamp.com for Gmail and email users interested in creating engaging social and dynamic email signatures – promoting their business in every email they send.
    Please let me know how your experience was.
    Josh @WiseStamp

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