Networking Groups are the fastest growing businesses right now, make sure you connect up to one that suits you, is reputable and you can invest your time in.
Whilst a on line presences on relevant social media sites and a optimised website is imperative, it’s just as important that face to face relationships are able to grow and flourish.
People do business with those they know, like and trust. Referrals are a further way of gaining customers, however in most cases referrals come from those clients, friends or associates that KNOW YOU.
Face to face networking can be intimidating, so why not ask the host if they will introduce you to friendly attendees, the best form of introduction is a genuine hello with, “I’m new to this, my name is ABC and my business is ABC”. We all started at one time so people will want to help you.
Don’t sell at someone or thrust a business card into everyone’s hand, in todays world its about getting to know you first, then the business and then if warranted exchange cards.
It usually takes around 3 months of continued support to a group before people really state to trust you, that is why I suggest you go to any networking meeting twice then decide if they’re a right fit for you and visa-versa and ONLY join if you can commit to most of the meetings.
Over the years I’ve been told, I joined this group and got nothing, but when I say, “oh I have never seen you at functions” the response is always, “I never went”.
In order to get the most out of face to face networking real time needs to be invested, personally I have seen MASSIVE financial results from a few hours of investment.
Each group has its own personality and the best way to find out about that is to google about them, call them or meet them.
With Carol Frieling, we own RBS BUSINESS BREAKFAST CLUB
Meets every second Tuesday at 6.45am, the group has around 54 members, those said members connect up, form professional alliances and refer to each other in a supportive and proactive way. Would you like more clients, more genuine leads and more profits? If so then connect up with professional business people who understand that time is important.
I’ve been involved with this organisation for decades ROCKINGHAM KWINANA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The chamber is the peak business body and has over 350 members, they hold a number of events, meetings, workshops and functions during the year. You’re always welcome to attend a business after hours to try before you buy but do call them on 95923333 for catering purposes.
Many of my business friends are in this group and they love it BNI
BNI’s mission is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.
DISTRICT32 has just launched here in Rockingham. https://www.district32.com.au
They say, District32 exists to support, promote and provide opportunities for small businesses in Perth. Through a cooperative system we work together to provide the necessary training, exposure and promotional tools for small business.
District32 is a brand that stands for business, community and collaboration.
The lady running this group Lisa is just awesome, The SECRET HARBOUR BUSINESS NETWORK
Combine your marketing, business support and training needs all in one weekly breakfast meeting which is held on a Wednesday, their vision is to see local business owners build prosperous relationships and support the local community.
And excellent source of business contacts is ROTARY and late 2019 Rotary will be launching in Baldivis and Rockingham the Rotary Means Business Sundowners, where members of Rotary who own and run businesses will host networking nights for small businesses to attend.
There are three clubs in our region, visit each one to see who fits in with you.
Rockingham Rotary – they manage the Rockingham Rotary Markets a great place to promote your business, held every Sunday behind the Gary Holland Centre, it attracts around 3000 people per week.
Palm Beach Rotary – they do the Rockingham Beach Cup
Baldivis Rotary Club – this group has a great focus on business
What is NETWORKING?:
• Getting together with other businesses and sharing ideas.
• Getting together and promoting your business.
• Getting together and listening to other business
• Having a few drinks or a round of golf
• Showcasing your products and services at an expo.
• A tool to increase your business and profits
• Meeting new businesses and potential clients.
• Chatting over dinner, lunch or a breakfast function.
• Getting together to discuss work concerns and solutions
• Introducing other business to each other
• Holding your own seminars or functions
• It is the MOST IMPORTANT and POWERFUL tool in marketing
• Cost effective way to increase YOUR business
• Is something that does not come straight away but in time and must be worked AT!
Sharyn McCaskey from Mdvs Business Services is a well-respected Facebook Marketing Specialist, who has trained over 25,000 attendees in Facebook Marketing.
She manages the marketing of a select few clients and is considered one of Perth’s most respected Facebook specialist.
Sharyn is a South Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year and is constantly a winner or finalist in many business awards, from Business Centres and Chambers of Commerce, including Micro Business Operator in 2015 and Winner again in 2017 and nominated for a life time award in 2019.
Sharyn has flown/driven to 27 regional towns/districts nationally teaching Facebook marketing including the major tourist destination Jindabyne NSW and Ned Kelly Tourist region Jerrilderie NSW.
Most attendees of Sharyn’s seminars are referrals from past clients and her own organic reach is not unheard of to hit 28,000 with 700 likes and her clients get those results as well.
Sharyn is currently sharing with one other marketing specialist, the PR and Social Media Marketing Support for Rotary In Western Australia.