During yesterday’s seminar one theme that kept cropping up is “How is this going to benefit my business?”
The key to online networking lies in being subtle. When you are there to offer your information for the benefit of the community, people start paying attention. The “in your face”, let’s make money, “I made $30,000 in a month” sales tactic does not work. Today’s consumer is too suspicious and extremely cautious about how their dollar is spent.
Don’t get bogged down in the plethora of details on how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and the like – they are only tools. The mechanics will come with practice. The real question is: What is your intent?
If you are here to build relationships, make real connections and share your expertise, then you will succeed. There is a lot of “noise” online – and most users of social networks filter out the noise to find the real pearls of wisdom. Those are the people you want to make authentic connections with.
I know I sound like a broken record… but I can not stress the point enough. People want to do business with real people, people want to donate to not-for-profits they see making a difference. So, share your stories, offer up your knowledge and let your prospects come to you. Don’t you want to attract the people into your business that already see the value? It is so much easier to sell to a person who already perceives your product / service as a valuable asset then it is trying to convince someone they need you.
It’s easier then it sounds and I know it’s also risky. You are putting yourself out there for better or worse. Not everyone is going to see the value of what you have to offer – so let those people be. It’s like any other relationship – if you have to convince someone that you are “all that” then you are wasting time that can be better spent with those who already appreciate you.