Networking

Networking
Networking is something you either love or you hate. However, whichever side of the fence you sit, it is something that can quickly change the fortunes of your business. It is not difficult, not expensive and done well, can generate exactly the sort of business you want right now. If you have done your networking well, when business starts to slow down, kicking in a little extra networking can turn it around in as little as one hour and for next to no expense. My Marketing Expert has some tips.

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Relationships. The most natural thing on earth, right? Apparently not, most of us struggle with relationships at some stage, whether they are personal or business related. Discover some tips on how to improve relationships with your clients in your business.

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BNI New Zealand National Networking Week

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9 May 2016 (All day) to 13 May 2016 (All day)

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Nationwide

New Zealand’s third National Business Networking Week organised by the country’s largest business networking organisation BNI New Zealand, is to be held this week, Monday May 9th to Friday May 13th. The focus of this year’s Networking Week is to recognise and celebrate the role that networking plays in the development and success of businesses around New Zealand and to share this message with young people.

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Your childhood stranger-danger conditioning might well be holding you back in business. Claudia Disney has some advice on breaking the ice with prospective customers.

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There's a difference between hearing the person you are talking to, and really listening, says Lydia Ramsey - and learning how to tune in to those you are interacting with can be an enormous advantage. She explains how.

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Does anyone still write thank you notes? On real paper? By hand? Lydia Ramsey suggests it's not only still good manners, but good business, and a great way to really stand out from the crowd.

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What other articles may fail to mention is that whilst they are driving small businesses to sign up and start their Facebooking, a very large percentage of small businesses are setting theirs up incorrectly as they are unaware of the vast difference between a Facebook profile, group or business page.

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How much attention do you pay to your brand? Or more importantly, how much attention do your customers and prospects pay to your brand? If you're not getting maximum mileage from your brand, then you may be missing sales opportunities and limiting your growth potential. Even the smallest of companies benefits from having a strong brand.

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Once you’ve sussed out what you want to achieve from your marketing, how to target your customers and what you’re going to do to stand out from the crowd, you'll need some sure fire marketing tactics to generate leads and keep your customers coming back!

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Do you make the most of your business card? Used correctly, it can be one of the most effective, low-cost weapons in your marketing arsenal. How does yours rate against these suggestions?

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Global network
If your business is looking to connect with other businesses, industry professionals and potential employees. it's time to take a closer look at LinkedIn.With over 100 million members worldwide, LinkedIn is the largest online networking tool devoted to professional connections - letting you network with new and existing colleagues, collaborators, prospects and customers. No longer do you need to own a set of golf clubs to assist in networking!

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Using social media as part of the marketing mix is becoming common for small and home businesses - but you could unwittingly be making yourself very unwelcome. Lydia Ramsey has some tips to help you mind your manners.

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Communicate witth your customers
Good communications have the power to convert prospects into customers, to keep your existing customers from knocking on your competitor's door and to turn them into strong advocates for your business who will gladly recommend you to others.

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Everyone is doing it! Facebook is the largest online social network and has the most active users in the world. With over 500 million users. New Zealand is no exception and the Kiwi statistics are fascinating: New Zealand has 1,650,040 users on Facebook - that's 38.66% of the entire population.

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