You need effectively market your business in order to achieve success, but it also pays off to develop a comprehensive networking plan. Business networking can pay off handsomely if you invest as much time and effort into it as you do into your marketing. Networking is word-of-mouth. It’s also cheap and relatively easy. Moreover, networking allows you to establish relationships that lead to a higher quality of life, in addition to business profits. If you want to be a better networker, and earn the business that comes along with it, you need the right tools. Here are 10 must-have networking tools that will help you bolster business and grow your company exponentially.
The ultimate business networking tool, business cards are not only expected, they’re anticipated. Make yours stand out with a unique design, jumbo or slim sizing, and interactive features such as QR codes.
Bump is an app that lets you simply bump your phones to share contact information and other data, including photos and files. When you use Bump, you can quickly exchange the details your contacts need to, well, contact you.
When you go to conferences, trade shows and other events, you’ll invariably be given the standard stick-on “Hi, my name is Bob” name tag. Stand out from everyone else by printing your own name tags in advance. Include your name, logo, an attention-getting image or hook, and your contact information to make sure no one forgets who you are.
Let’s Lunch is a unique business networking service that connects you with other business professionals who are looking for likewise interesting people to have lunch with. The service makes it easy to make new business contacts while enjoying a good meal.
Always make sure you have plenty of brochures on-hand to pass out to interested parties. Brochures tell the story of your company, brand, products and services; they help create desire and motivate sales.
You probably have a LinkedIn account, but do you truly work its social features to maximize your exposure on the world’s most popular online business networking platform? If not, get started today – you can seriously land great new contacts (and work) if you do.
Like brochures, sales sheets motivate sales. Make sure you have plenty of sales data sheets on-hand, especially if you attend trade shows, conferences and seminars where you’re likely to make new business contacts.
Happening is one of the best on-the-fly business networking apps available. Use it to identify relevant conferences, trade shows and other events where you can make new business contacts, listed in chronological order.
Turn your Android contacts into a revolutionary new phone book that helps you stay connected with insights about your contacts. Be reminded to send birthday wishes, see which of your contacts are close by and invite them to lunch, and quickly respond to social media status updates – all within a single app.
Networking groups such as BNI, Toastmasters, and Masterminds make it easy for you to enhance your networking skills and meet new contacts that lead to hot referrals and new business.
What’s your favorite business networking tool?