This is a guest post from Correy Weimer who writes for Singlehop.com as well as a number of other blogs and publications.
Networking plays an important part of our lives. It creates all sorts of opportunities for us and our businesses. But networking has undergone some drastic changes over the last decade and it can sometimes be hard to keep up.
Social media is now the driving force behind how we connect and stay in touch with our family, friends and co-workers. And when it comes to social media, we certainly love our networking apps. But do we really know how to make the most of them?
The SociaLink app makes it easy to connect with others. You only have to enter your social media accounts once and then you’re ready to begin your networking.
Open the app and let it search for nearby tablets and phones. Add access to the accounts you want to befriend or follow. Wait for the other person to accept, and that’s it. Of course, for this to work, the other person needs to have the app installed as well.
Does this process sound a bit… well, too easy? Don’t worry, you can still choose the old-school route if you want. SociaLink also offers the option to connect via good-old email. Right now, this service is free and available for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
SociaLink is great if you’re in a hurry or if you’re taken by surprise. Perhaps you bump into someone at a train station, or at a friend’s dinner party, and you want to connect instantly. SociaLink lets you do that with ease. Download the app today to grow your network of friends and co-workers.
Another app which has been making waves in terms of professional networking is Bump.
When it first debuted around five years ago everyone was impressed by the ability to exchange contact details by simply touching mobile devices. It was in some ways a front runner to SociaLink. It is still a useful networking tool today, as it allows you to share photos, videos and documents in a similar fashion.
What are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor and bump away!
Now that you’ve bumped into people and connected with them, you need a tool to manage your social media activities, so you can deepen the relationship.
Hootsuite is a popular service that manages your social media accounts. It helps you schedule your messages and tweets, so you can get more time off to work on your business or to hang out with your friends and family. If you get a premium plan, you can also track brand mentions and analyze your social media traffic.
Bottomline: Choose an app that suits your networking needs.
Of course, by the end of the day, nothing beats meeting people face-to-face. That’s the ultimate pursuit of our networking efforts. No wonder conferences and events are still so popular.
The Meetup app allows you to find people who share similar interests. You can join an event and share your ideas, projects, and experiences with a group of like-minded individuals. This a great way to get the support and feedback you need to move forward. Be it web entrepreneurship, apps, or domains – there is a MeetUp group for everyone.
What keeps you from attending a MeetUp event? Give it a try and see what you think.
Cloud-based apps also change the way we network and carry out our jobs. LinkedIn, Dropbox, Evernote, and Asana are only a few of the service providers that have entered this arena. And they’re doing it with good reason.
A growing number of businesses are migrating to the cloud to create a more flexible work environment. It is common for sales staff to travel a great deal and with the help of cloud applications, these staff can have constant access to data in real time. This helps to strengthen relationships with clients and it also improves lead conversion rates. Statistics suggest that salesforce productivity can improve by up to 80% when they have access to cloud-based apps on the go.
From bumping your mobile phones to migrating to the cloud, there’s no doubt that technology can help us win friends and influence people. New apps pop up every day, and they offer more options for building and nurturing our relationships. One thing is certain with these networking apps: the focus right now is on maximizing portability in all aspects of our professional and private lives.
But how has this technology changed the way you network? What’s your favorite approach to networking? And most importantly, is there already an app for that…? Please drop your thoughts in the comments.
Correy Weimer writes for Singlehop.com, as well as a number of other blogs and publications. Correy is always looking for the next big thing in regards to internet technology and web hosting.
Photo courtesy of Celeste RC