Hello, I am trying to grow my software design business. Since networking plays the most critical part in the growth of any business, i need some advice related to it. Being in the technical field, I have a lot of technical contacts but i want to reach out to my potential customers as well. Any advice on how can i grow my business network.
Here are some few tips for business networking:
- Seek referrals
It’s perfectly acceptable to ask your clients for a referral. They might know some people like them who need your product or service.
- Use Testimonials
Ask your customer to provide a testimonial about your product or service. Once you have it then publish it on your website. It would help build trust in the minds of your potential customers.
- Participate in Industry Meetings
Participating in industry meetings, conferences is a great way to nurture relationships with colleagues, network, and meet new people.
If you want to grow your business network, you have to get out and meet people/organization. Interact in forums, social media and also reach out to people who write/talks about your product category.
You can use social media platforms to grow your network. You can target LinkedIn. Linked is the world’s largest professional network. As a networking resource, it will help you in expanding your network, finding clients/customers and create a professional image for you and your business.
Networking tips that enhance your business –
1) Be social
2) Sponsor community events
3) Plan business relationships for long-term that are mutully beneficial for both sides
4) Make your presence noticeable online
Social media is excellent for publicity and for creating a compelling online persona, but real networking skills just doesn’t get done via social networks. One needs to:
Listen More than Talk,
Offer to Help and then Follow Through,
Don’t Just Work – Volunteer,
Be a Contact and a Connector.
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