Here's Our Little Secret
Everything that we have accomplished at Assist Social Media was birthed from the power of networking. Networking through twitter to be exact. Angela and I first met on twitter and grew an awesome relationship and successful business while living hundreds of miles from each other. Now if that isn't power, I don't know what is.
The Importance Of Being Present (At Least Somewhat)
Automation is great, and it is definitely needed in social media. There is just too much to do, and too many networks. What I want you to get, I mean really get, is that you being present on your social networks and actively interacting with your followers/fans cannot be substituted. Don't think that just because someone is handling your social media that you can't get in there and network. In fact, you have an even greater opportunity to get in there and do some effective networking.
So What Is Networking Exactly?
Imagine yourself at a cocktail party. You are moving around the room, meeting different people from all walks of life, making small talk, learning more and more about them, and connecting with them. The most important part of networking is to always remember that at the root of it all is RELATIONSHIPS. Not sales, not thinking about what you can get out of the interaction, just relationships. If you go into networking with a closed mind or with only sales in mind, then you will miss out on the greater benefits that it can offer.
Some Cool Ways To Network
Facebook Groups- One of my favorites. Use Facebook search to find groups relevant to your industry, then interact within them. You already know that the people in them have similar interest. Jump in and start the conversation. You can also start your own group.
LinkedIn Groups- Same concept as Facebook groups, just on LinkedIn
Twitter- by far, my favorite. It is so
easy on Twitter to reach out and touch someone. Find people
in your industry by search for a particular topic like "social
media" or following industry leaders and checking out the lists
they are members of and lists they are subscribed to. Lists
are a great way to network and find people with the same interest
From the Blog AssistSocialMedia.com
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