Are you or one of your employees attending an event representing your company in the near future?
Many business professionals often attend networking events for either business or social reasons. It is easy to forget that you are the face of your company at all times, and you never know what contacts you will meet at any type of event or social gathering. You don't have to push your business on everyone at the event, but lets face it, often one of the easiest ice-breaker questions is "what do you do for a living".
My top tips for making the most out of any social or business event:
1. Share what you are doing with your social media contacts on your business page and personal page a few days before the event, and the morning of the event if time permits. Make sure to tag the event location or organisers in these posts.
2. Dress appropriately for the event. Remember that you are the face of your company. If you have a formal uniform with your business logo/name embroided on it, this may be appropriate attire for some events. (This does not include embroided polo-shirts.)
3. Be prepared, even if it is not a work related event, take your business cards with you, and have them where you can easily access them to hand out if the need arises. (You will be kicking yourself if you forget them and a potential client/business associate asks you for a card!)
4. Take a notebook or diary to jot down names and business names to research and connect with later.
There will be more networking advice in my up-coming posts.
Until Next Time...
Blue Bird Internet Marketing
Tonight I was invited to participate as a panelist in a Webinar hosted by The WAHM Weekly discussing Twitter for business and how to use it. Thank you Emma for the invitation and the opportunity, it was a great experience and I hope I have been able to offer some insight into the Twitter basics. As discused at the end of the Webinar, I mentioned that I would post further information regarding the #Hash Tags and the RE-Tweet functions on twitter for those who may have missed it. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
HOW TO RE-TWEET:
Have you seen a Tweet that you love, or something of interest on Twitter and would like to use it yourself? Twitter fully allows this and it is called RE-Tweeting.
To RE-Tweet a tweet from someone else, simply copy and past the tweet into your "Compose New Tweet" section on your Twiter page, but type the RT@username (using the writers username) before or after the tweet to give the original writer credit for their content, then post to your twitter page. Easy!
#HASH TAGS - HOW TO USE THEM?
Hashtags are created by users and busineses as a way to folow tweets on a particular subject. People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords (no spaces) in their tweet to categorize those tweets and help them show more easily in a Twitter search. You can click on a #hashtagged word in any tweet to show all of the other tweets in that subject. Hashtags can be placed anywhere in a tweet, at the beginning, middle or end of the post, it doesn't matter.
Using Hashtags are a great way to present topics and participate in group discussions. The #hashtag is often used for large group chats, special events etc for discussions that take place in real time, you may have noticed this being mentioned in forums and television current affairs shows.
When creating a new hashtag, take the time to check it first by going to the Discover Tab on your Twitter Page, then entering the #HASHTAGNAME in the search box at the top. Creating an original tag can often be a creative process!
For those who have benefited from this post, mention us @bluebirdim in your tweet with the hashtag #WAHMweekly so we can follow your tweets!!
See you on Twitter!
If you Missed our Twitter Webinar - you can watch it here on YouTube: http://youtu.be/JUUpFlNOLig
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Judi Gray is the Owner Operator of Blue Bird Internet Marketing and has been assisting small Businesses with their online profiles since 2011.