The R&B Management Group is continuing our look at the importance of networking in developing a professional and social foundation that can lead to success. Last week we looked at the practice of face to face networking which is still important today with the advent of social media networks. Still, the behavior of both individuals and organizations on social media have taken a prominent role in networking today.
While we’ve covered social media networking in the past on our company blog, we’re going to look at the conversation in a different light this time around. For this month’s conversation we are looking at the use of social media groups to reach out to individuals with similar interests and goals.
LinkedIn and Facebook are two platforms that allow users to create groups meant to attract those with similar interests. While many of these groups were meant to bring people together for fun, some have developed into networking groups where ideas are exchanged and partnerships are formed. Majority of the LinkedIn groups are used for this purpose. New job opportunities and connections can come from these quick sparking conversations. Facebook is more of a social atmosphere, but if your looking to tap into groups of people that you don’t know but have similar interests – LinkedIn is the best option to take.
Instagram and Twitter also have “grouping” capabilities that can help you tap into networks that are talking about topics that are important to you. Using hash tags (#) will include your posts into conversations that are linked together around that topic. For example, this months conversation has been included in the #Networking trending topic to draw attention to our content. Instagram posts around events can draw attention to the action by including a simple hash tag. Promoters on both platforms use this practice to link all of their promotions together. Including yourself into these trending topics can create a bridge to connections that were at one time out of reach.
Using your social media connections to build a business network is a smart tactic in today’s society. There are a number of ways that you can use the groups that are available on these platforms to build connections that were at one time out of reach.