Referral Key is free and setting a Bounty (the price you’d be willing to pay for a referral that results in new business) is as simple as selecting an amount from the drop down menu.
The Referral Key Pro Portal is the best way to find a pro in your area who specializes in the work you need to have done. Not only is it free and easy but you can forgo the time consuming searches and frustrating phone calls. Rather, let professionals come to you and compete for your [...]
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Whether you sell insurance, give legal counseling, or clean gutters; you know the ins and outs of your particular industry.
Given all your knowledge and expertise, do people really know what you do?
The key to effective referral marketing starts with good communication.
If referrals are vital source of sales for your small business, you may want to know what separates the mediocre from the truly profitable referral marketers.
Do you believe think certain professions are more likely to be drawn to, or reap the benefits of new social technology?
What will referral Marketing Look Like in The Future?
Do you generate more new from professional relationships with at least some face to face networking or do you generate more new business from exclusively online networking relationships?
Are your competitors more organized than you?
New Study Reveals That Most Professionals Have No Clue How Online Business Networking is Helping Them
There are many hardworking and talented professionals who rely on the internet as a vehicle to get their message out. Unfortunately, the internet is filled with a dizzying amount of marketing junk and the average person is going to have a difficult time differentiating you from the junk if you don’t avoid over-used phrases.
Every time someone leaves the organization, it loses some knowledge that must be replaced (and in some cases can’t be). There is a cost in real dollars to the organization. Again, some turnover is normal, but too much will hurt the bottom line.
Connecting professionals within your business network is not only mentally rewarding but it can be financially rewarding.
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Facebook Versus Twitter For Actual Small Business ROI
I’ve recently run into a number of small business owners who unknowingly (Or instructed by a “Social Media Expert”) are connecting with all of their customers/colleagues by finding them and then following them on Twitter. The reality is that your competitors can view your Twitter account and connect with the same people.
In what’s becoming all but a rare move, micro blogging giant Twitter has announced that it will make changes in it’s Terms of Service in an attempt to curb spammers, impersonators, and so on…
Social networking sites should be used in the hiring process as an additional reference check tool.
Have you considered hiring a college student or recent college grad? Depending on the nature of the position you are trying to fill, it may make sense to teach a young professional.
The answer to this question really depends on the nature of your business.
Whether you’re conducting a formal survey or chatting with a client, there are certain questions you need to ask .
Absolutely not. Someone may appear to have an air of confidence, and carry themselves a certain way because they are confident in their appearance, but this holds very little ground regarding how they will actually perform on the job.
Speaking with Annie of ‘Haven Natural Brew’ is a lot like being back on the farm (Not that ever lived on a farm but I once read a tweet about one). I wanted to get her opinion on the ‘Green’ movement as it relates to small businesses, particularly from someone who’s always been green…
I’ll Take 20 on Pump 2, A Pack of Gum, and Health Insurance Please: The Death of The Insurance Agent Referral?September 3rd, 2009 by admin
Many people, particularly small business owners, purchase their own health insurance via private insurance agents. However, according to yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article “Insurers Set Up Shop at a Mall Near You”, this could become the exception someday. Due to the success of several pilot stores, some of the big insurers like Human and Blue Cross Blue Shield, are planning several new brick-and-mortar locations.
Customer service is no small matter and it’s a big deal for the long term success of small business.
We had a chance to catch up with Johnny and in this series, we’ll be discussing HR and more specifically how it relates to small business and business networking.
Our profile photo or more accurately, our “avatar” is our online face. Whether using Referral Key, Twitter or Facebook; what we choose as our avatar picture is often the first impression others get while business networking.
Studies show that people like to talk; that’s a good thing. Most talented sales people will agree that a key component to any interaction, whether you’re selling b2b or b2c, is ensuring the other party felt as though they participated. All too often we become fixed on communicating the value of our product or worse… features.
In my opinion, it is very possible for a professional who’s never used the internet to get more out of online business networking than a five year social media vet. It really all depends on who’s the better networker, technology is secondary.
There once were two small business bloggers. Each had their own marketing formula of which they’d write about and promote. They also each had a small but loyal niche audience; many of whom read both blogs. One week, the first blogger, seeing an opportunity to criticize the second, released an article disparaging the others marketing strategy.
Selective networking is a big part of quality control on sites like Referral Key and to a lesser extent, LinkedIn. The social media world is in its infancy and while social networking and business networking are often clumped together, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING!
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An article released by Mashable this afternoon notes a growing trend in social networking amongst marketing professionals. A study released by BtoB Magazine and The Association of National Advertisers indicate that marketers are increasingly using new media as apart of their marketing repertoire.
It’s the proverbial elephant in the office of every social media consultant. Those of us who make a living selling clients on the power of online social media, may get a bit uneasy when confronting distinctions between business networking and social networking.
Take a look outside your office window. Every single one of those people most likely needs some type of professional service and you probably know someone who could help them.