If you’re in a networking group, there is no substitute for a one-on-one meeting. In addition to first-hand information about your fellow group member’s business, you invariably learn a bit about them as a person and that can make it easier to connect them to potential leads and referrals. But there is one thing every person in a networking group should be doing in addition to one-on-one meetings and that’s being more social—social media, that is.
If your fellow networker has a Facebook page, like it.
If they have a Twitter page, follow it.
A LinkedIn profile, connect.
Finally, if they have an e-newsletter, sign up for it.
This will not take the place of a one-on-one, but will provide you some background information beforehand and enable you to stay current with what’s going on with them afterwards.
And if your group has its own social media presence—like My Pinnacle Network—do the same as above. Also, get in the habit of posting your social media posts to their social media pages.
A common complaint frustrated networkers voice is about not receiving leads or referrals. That can be a valid complaint, but on your end, you have to make sure you are doing everything in your power to make it easier to refer you. Making your networking group part of your social media efforts can be a great way to stay front-of-mind with your fellow networker.