Social networking online can be so powerful but most people really don't understand how to use this powerful tool. Here are some SMM panel tips to keep your network strong by building great and lasting relationships:
1. Before requesting connections from people you would like to meet, ask yourself, "How can I be a resource for them? How can I help them grow their business? Who can I introduce them to? What can I do to help them? What do I have that could really help them to move closer to where they want to be?"
2. Be yourself and let people know the real you. Complete your profile and include some personal info (hobbies, other organizations you belong to, etc). Be honest and think about the gift that you bring to the world, how you want to be seen, what is it you really want to accomplish. People will be able to preview a short version of your bio, so be sure your message is clear, correct in grammar and spelling, and complete. People like to do business with people they know, like, and trust. Use this to attract the people who are looking for you and what you do.
3. Focus on quality connections, not quantity. Build connections that can turn into meaningful relationships - personal and business. There is no prize for the person who gets the most connections the fastest. The prize is building meaningful relationships that develop into business and is of mutual benefit to you both.
4. Consider who you want to connect with Potential clients? Customers? Referral Partners? A referral partner can fit into three categories: a) someone who knows your client or customer before you do; b)someone who is targeting the same client or customer but for a non-competing product or service; and, c)someone who potential clients or customers go to for advice. There are many avenues that you can find where your product or service can enhance the business of another already established business. Identify who you want to meet and develop a strategy to find them and connect with them. Make sure that you are looking at something to create a win/win for both of you and once you make the connection ask them questions so you know what problems they are dealing with in their life and their business. People love to talk with you about what is on their mind so asking questions is a really great way to get to know people and find out in which areas you may be able to make an offer of help.
5. If you've met a person or you follow them on other networks, or have some kind of a personal connection, you can send a direct request to connect. (It's still a good idea to remind the person how you know him/her). They can either accept or ignore.
Just because you are connected doesn't give you the right to pitch, spam, or sell to others. Building relationships take time. Take the time to find out as much about the person as you possibly can. Once people get to know you, business will happen. You will see ways that you can help them to move forward in a way that feels right for them.
6. Add value to your Status Update Panel. This panel is where you will see updates from people with whom you are connected. Think outside of the box. Make your update relevant to who you are, what you do, and what interests you. Help others to feel connected to you. Add Value. You can interpret "What are you doing now?" to also be:
• What do you wish you were doing?
• What are you thinking about?
• What do you love about your career or life right now?
• Who have you just helped, and how did they benefit?
• Have a new product? New service? New website? Free e-book?
You can broadcast, but the rule is 7:1. Out of seven postings or comments, only one should be about something you offer.
7. Ask questions of the people you meet and find out how things are going for them and see how you can help them. Your actions are moving you up or down on the confidence curve. Be careful with your words. Only use words that inspire and feel good to others. There is no room for criticism, complaining, snide remarks, jokes, or comments that others might find inappropriate or hurtful. People do business with people they know, like, and trust.
8. Don't try and build your team, it is amazing how building takes care of itself once you just focus on getting to know others and seeing how you can assist them in their goals. Be patient and be on the lookout for ways to help others to find what they are really looking for. Remember people aren't interested in being recruited by you; Trying to get people to join your business is the worst possible mistake you can make online, people will avoid you at all costs and you'll destroy more relationships than you can ever build. Find customers or clients, give them great service and products, if they have expressed an interest in earning extra money then take the time to educate them about what you have to offer and offer for them to join you in trainings or other activities that you have found helpful. Remember the less you have to push to get people to join your business and the more you allow your team to grow naturally the better your chance of long term residual income as well as multiple income streams. There are many great ways to help people who are interested in making a living online but if you chase them down you may very well regret doing so.