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Joseph C.

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What are the similarities and differences between online and in-person contact? What works best for you and why?

Founder at Rough Around The Edges: Marketing, Media & Events

The quality of the connections should be what’s important. I'm sure most of you have received a request from a stranger, 'I would like to add you to my professional network'? You wouldn't walk up to a stranger at a networking event and ask them to be a part of your professional network. You should build a rappore and establish a business relationship. I believe after establishing an online relationship the goal would be to meet in a public/social environment. If your happy then with your connection, then you should set up a face to face meeting.

If I can help you in some way I will. I ask in return that you do the same for others. I genuinely like people and I engage with them whenever and...

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  • Robin L.

    Robin

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    Robin Lynch, Aerialist (http://robinlynchaerialist.webs.com)

    Joe, you are absolutely right. Email should be for initial contact only. When a customer or potential client emails me regarding my services, I always respond wanting to set up a meeting or call me and let's discuss details. That cements a successful business relationship. It is important on both ends to know that you are dealing with a live person. It makes me leery when the only contact is through email. The only other thing that bothers me, and this has happened to me, is when an existing customer, will only respond to text messages, no other forms of communication exist. When I asked this person why they didn't respond to my phone call the answer was "well because you didn't text me. Everybody texts nowadays." I felt like saying maybe you need to re-learn all the skills that you have ever acquired from all the jobs you have had in your life including basic business etiquette and apply that to the way you run your business now. Just my two cents for the day.

  • Robin L.

    Robin

    Robin L.

    Robin Lynch, Aerialist (http://robinlynchaerialist.webs.com)

    With any social media, believe it is imperative to acknowledge and follow-up with people. On Linkedin, once you make that connection with someone, you have to follow-up with them. Once I connect with someone whether I send out the invitation or I receive an invitation from someone, I always send them an email which goes something like this - Welcome (in the header), Hi (their first name) Thank you for connecting with me on Linkedin. Let's work together in 2012! My business name and website underneath that. That will drive traffic to my website if they have not been there already. Social media, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin should not be about collecting contacts or friends, it is meaningless to have 1000 contacts, if you have not made the effort to contact any of them. Always acknowledge people on FB-say welcome to people when they accept your friend request. When people follow me on Twitter, I always acknowledge them. Get the conversation going. I had 2 great meetings last week. One with someone that I connected with on Linkedin. I will be working with him in the future. Another was someone whose ad I answered. They liked me because I was the only aerialist who followed up with them (I also did some research on them on how my act would be viable) and I came down to meet with them and work with them on how my act would be visible to the audience. I have another meeting tomorrow in NYC through another contact that I made on my own. It is important to reach out. When you have your own business, you should not rely on other people to do the work for you or for opportunities to fall in your lap. Don't just work hard, work smart.

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