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How To Actually Generate Customers On Professional Networks: Part 1

Asked by Julbert Abraham from AGM - LinkedIn Marketing & LinkedIn Training

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10 Actually Actionable Benefits Of List Building

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Celebrating Small And Locally-owned Businesses With Bill Brunelle of Independent We Stand

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Besides Joining a Chamber of Commerce, How Do You Make Meaningful B2B Contacts?

By Andrew Wagner · Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 · Tagged in Word-of-Mouth



I was invited to attend my local Chamber as a "tire kicker", and honestly after 5 meetings and 2 events I met a few doctors, lawyers, and fitness trainers. They were great company, but I wasn't able to refer anyone to their businesses. I want to start a coffee hour for entrepreneurs and see where that leads. I would love to have it be a casual affair to share contacts and ideas. It would be held at local coffee shops so we also benefit the city's economy. Best part, no annual fees!

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Maury Kosh from The Performance Based Marketing Group
36 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

There is the rub, meaningful..

It all depends on what you expect to get from the gathering. I have been to many types of gatherings from Masterminds to every kind of business meetup group to BNI and like style groups. I even teach digital marketing to a couple of my own meetup groups.

Every single one I have been to has a common denominator.

Then events tend to draw people that are thinking they want to start a business 'wantrepreneurs' or existing business owners that can magically make a business card appear stick it in your face before they even know you. I... (more)


Abigail Ford Bey from Rebelcorp.us
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hi Maury,

What is your business?


Maury Kosh from The Performance Based Marketing Group
36 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I am a professional prospector. (Lead gen)

My back ground is in outside sales, I made my living do 100% commission sales for many years.


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Erin Engelbrecht from Organized Piggy
11 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hi Andrew,

I joined my local chamber for a year and it wasn't a good fit for me. Most of the members who attended the networking events were large companies, many of them in the same industry. Like you, I wasn't able to refer any business to them. I received zero leads from them so it balanced out, I suppose.

I tried attending many different events and most of them ended up being either a mass business card exchange or an MLM festival. Or both. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's not for me.

So, I created my own mastermind group on Meetup called... (more)


Amy Storey from Amy Storey Coaching, LLC
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Friday, June 16, 2017

Erin,


This sounds like a great group. Where do you meet?

Thanks, Amy



Erin Engelbrecht from Organized Piggy
11 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, June 16, 2017

Hi Amy,

I have the meetings at a place called The Hive, which is located in our main public library in downtown Phoenix. It's a resource center for entrepreneurs. They have a few conference rooms you can rent out for free.


Wade Stewart from Stewart and Son Computer Services, LLC
11 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, June 16, 2017

I very much like the requirement "original product or service". Would I be right to presume that means no MLM's, no direct sales, no franchises?

Thank you!


Erin Engelbrecht from Organized Piggy
11 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, June 16, 2017

Hi Wade,

That is correct. In my opinion, MLM's and such have a different set of challenges versus a business with an original product or service. It keeps the focus more narrow and it makes the discussions more relevant to all attendees.


Sean Collins from Public Safety Services LLC
2 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, June 16, 2017

Hi Erin, how do I go about joining your group?

Thanks

Carrie Tabor from 1stSeniorCare
4 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wow I am so sad that I didn't read your reply Maury, earlier. I am with you. I work from home and everyone tells me to network. However while my product can be in demand most people don't get it. If you don't need medical equipment now then you don't care. But when you need it someone better be there fast. So it is really difficult to get people to see that networking isn't only about the immediate future and getting a sale but it is about knowing the right people down the road when life takes an unexpected turn. In general we don't like looking at what's... (more)

Carlos Martinez, J.D., M.A. from Skyh Inc.
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, June 16, 2017

That is great. However that is traditional. While that works to a degree, many are doing the same thing. My community college, business law students learn non-traditional approaches and also social media with much less competition.

Ali Shah from People's United Bank
2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, June 9, 2017

Great Idea, I was my self thinking to make a group like that! and I have couple of more people I can invite!

Please let me know.


Roy Freeborn from Freeborn Financial
2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, June 2, 2017

Meeting for coffee is a great idea, but the objective should not be to sell your product or service but to help each member in marketing the services or products they represent. I dislike the setting where you attend this type of setting and other parties try and sell you what you have to offer and have no interest in the product or service you have to offer.


Andrew Wagner from Tech Ninjas
2 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Exactly, far too many gatherings are self-serving rather than focusing on supporting the group.

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