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Online Business Networking

The success of customer communities has shown that business relationships can be created and developed on the Web, and online dating has shown that deep personal relationships can be, as well. Online business networking, connecting and creating opportunities on the Web, is the next logical step. Here you'll find various online networking sites, as well as tips on how to make the most of them.

Virtual Business Development
Business networking serves many purposes: sales, general marketing, recruiting, job-hunting, knowledge exchange, and business development (in the sense of strategic alliances, joint ventures and channel sales). Of all these, business development is the one that it supports best. In fact, business development and business networking are closely related. Online networking sites offer unprecedented ways for entrepreneurs to identify and connect with potential partners.

Networking on the Net
BNI founder Dr. Ivan Misner answers the question, "What do you see as effective strategies for further facilitating business networking using the Internet?"

How to Use Online Networks to Market Your Business
While virtual networks may not reach the massive numbers that advertising or national publicity does, it’s very effective in reaching highly qualified prospective customers, establishing perceived Competence with them, and reinforcing your brand. Online networks are also a powerful tool for market research, and can even help you get national...

How to Work the "Virtual" Room
Best-selling author and top speaker Susan RoAne discusses the pros and cons of chat rooms, discussion forums, and mailing lists, and offers some advice for savvy socializing on the Web.ivan mi

Ten Steps to Dramatically Improve Your Network with Social Software
Online networks are the new power lunch tables and the new golf courses for business life in the U.S. In the past ten years, online dating has become mainstream; 40 million Americans use online dating sites. Now, businesspeople are starting to use the same family of technology to find business clients, new partners, and jobs, through virtual contacts they make online.

Everything You Need to Know About Online Networking
Learn the basics of finding appropriate mailing lists and discussion forums, setting up an e-mail signature, and getting started participating.

Crossing the Social Networking Chasm
The potential market for business networking is enormous. Over 20 million businesses worldwide are members of local chambers of commerce. Add to that all the marketing, business development, and non-retail sales professionals, plus hiring managers, recruiters, and job seekers, and the number gets very large. Generating revenue and supporting...

Online Networking Tip: Be Prepared
The first step in most successful ventures is good planning. Before you start networking online, a little preparation will help you make the kind of connections you want.

Online Networking for Author-Entrepreneurs
Book marketing is all about relationships, and you'd best learn to get good at long-distance relationships, because you will never meet most of the people face-to-face. The marketing of a book begins before the first keystroke is typed and continues long after the book is released. Online networking can support the entire lifecycle of your book, from conception to completion.

Virtual Volunteering
One of the best places to network is in volunteer organizations. Besides putting your skills to good use at a cause you believe in, you demonstrate your expertise and commitment to other like-minded individuals, who may become, or refer you to, prospective clients, partners, or employers for you.

Everything You Need to Know About Online Networking
Learn the basics of finding appropriate mailing lists and discussion forums, setting up an e-mail signature, and getting started participating.

Leveraging Social Networking Sites to Generate Business
Where services such as Friendster, MySpace and Connexion have been successful bringing singles and groups together based on affinity and mutual interests, business-networking services are now offering a parallel experience in the professional world. Along with LinkedIn are such offerings as Ryze (www.ryze.com) and Tribe.net (www.tribe.net). This use of online, friend/associate-based networking will prove to be one of the most valuable business tools the Internet has yet provided.

How to Work the "Virtual" Room
Best-selling author and top speaker Susan RoAne discusses the pros and cons of chat rooms, discussion forums, and mailing lists, and offers some advice for savvy socializing on the Web.ivan mi

Networking on the Net
BNI founder Dr. Ivan Misner answers the question, "What do you see as effective strategies for further facilitating business networking using the Internet?"

Leveraging Social Networking Sites to Generate Business
Where services such as Friendster, MySpace and Connexion have been successful bringing singles and groups together based on affinity and mutual interests, business-networking services are now offering a parallel experience in the professional world. Along with LinkedIn are such offerings as Ryze (www.ryze.com) and Tribe.net (www.tribe.net). This use of online, friend/associate-based networking will prove to be one of the most valuable business tools the Internet has yet provided.

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