7 Proven Techniques to Improve Your Networking Ability

For most business professionals, networking is hard work. You hustle to meet as many thought leaders as possible in the shortest amount of time, make small talk, and rate your success according to the stack of business cards you’ve collected.

Instead of attending all those awkward coffee dates and boring meet-and-greets, you could be using strategic techniques that improve the number, variety, and substance of the connections you make.

Here are seven useful techniques to try:

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4 Simple Ways to Maximize the Reach and Impact of Your Social Media Messaging

Every spawning season, the giant Mola Mola fish lays 300 million eggs, of which may be a dozen hatchlings will grow to adulthood. Many online marketers follow the Mola Mola method, pushing out post after tweet in the hope that something develops a life of its own. Unfortunately, most of that frenzied social media activity gets swallowed up by bigger stories and never goes viral.

How do you use social media to create maximum impact? Here are four tips to help you stand out.

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3 Marketing Technologies You Didn’t Know You Needed

Technology can be a blessing and curse, something marketers know only too well. False claims, exaggerated benefits and implementation nightmares have led many to embrace change slowly and with great trepidation. But there’s no hiding from the future: marketers need to accept that data, technology and marketing will only get more intertwined.

The truth is, it’s an exciting time to be a marketer. New technologies are delivering a better experience for marketers and customers alike.

Leading agencies are getting on board. In fact, R/GA and Verizon just partnered up to invest up to $1 million in 10 tech start-ups.

Below are just a few of the new technologies that promise to change the way you do business:

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Roll-Out Is a Masterclass in Marketing. Here Are 3 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Learn

If they gave Grammys for salesmanship, Taylor Swift would own the category. The pop star is releasing a new album on November 10, 2018, but the buzz has already began. You don’t have to be a fan of Swift’s singing to admire her marketing chops. There’s a lot she can teach us about product launches.

Every generation has a pop star that masters the media and Swift is one for the ages. The number of views on the album’s first single “Look What You Made Me Do” is a staggering 84.4 million and climbing. Think about that as product units and any business owner would be impressed.

So, what makes Taylor so swift?

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Elon Musk’s Best PR Campaign to Date Happened and You May Not Have Noticed

“Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.”

When Elon Musk sent the above tweet, people paid attention. According to Newswhip’s SPIKE Technology, Musk’s post and stories about the new Hyperloop were shared more than 75,000 times.

Musk’s work in progress, the Hyperloop, is a new form of travel that would use magnetic levitation to propel pods full of passengers through underground tunnels at more than 700 mph. At that speed, you could get from Washington D.C. to Manhattan in 29 minutes.

There’s no doubt Musk’s vision is intrinsically intriguing, but even if you’re not ready to revolutionize transportation, there’s a lot you can learn from his perfect mix of public relations, digital content, and advertising.

Let’s dive in.

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5 Ways to Create Content Your Customers Will Want to Share

What does effective content marketing look like? According to a recent study by the Content Marketing Institute, 55 percent of B2B marketers admit they’re not sure.

A lot of that uncertainty is due to content overload. The more brands try their hand at being media companies, the harder it is to create compelling content. Winging it won’t work. Getting the most traction takes both a short term and a long-term strategy.

No matter the size your marketing budget, these ideas can help you get others to share your content.

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