We like to stress the importance of networking for virtual assistants. It's a sure-fire way to grow your business, spread your message, and build your brand. A few of our past posts, like Growing Through Networking: Are You Taking Yourself Too Virtually? and How to Overcome Your Networking Fears as an Introvert, share tips on how you can successfully network face-to-face with potential clients at local events. But did you know there are also several great apps online that can help you network virtually? We have outlined a few below, and how they aim to help you grow your business:
Sales Navigator - Sales Navigator is an app that brings together two other amazing apps in perfect networking harmony - LinkedIn and Gmail. When someone contacts you via Gmail, Rapportive imports their LinkedIn profile in a side-bar so you can view who they are, where they work, if they have any shared connections with you, and more! Use the details to make a personal connection, and voila, a contact is born! You can learn more about Sales Navigator and all its cool features here.
Group.Me - Group.Me allows users from anywhere to join themed chat groups. Joining groups for small businesses, entrepreneurs, business coaches, realtors and others are a great place to find potential clients! Simply post about yourself and your business in the chat groups, and see if you get any bites. It's a really simple way to potentially reach hundreds of clients looking for your types of services. Learn more abut Group.Me here!
Charlie App - Have an important meeting with a potential client or attending an in-person networking event and want to make sure you're ready? Enter Charlie. Charlie is a really neat app that allows you to type in the name of your prospects, and it will comb 100's of online sources (social media profiles, blogs, press) and deliver a one-page report to you on your target contact so you're fully informed going into any meeting or event! It's like having a personal assistant to research for you. Check out all the other cool things Charlie App can do here.
Shapr - You may or may not have heard of the dating app phenomenon, Tinder. Shapr, is Tinder's professional counterpart. Shapr matches you with professionals in your area who have similar career interests as you, and gives you the choice on whether or not to connect with them. If you and a match both choose to connect, Shapr allows you to start a conversation! It's a great way to make great professional connections in your local areas, and all without ever leaving your home office. Get Shapr here.
There are lots of other great networking tools for online use. For example, most people are using LinkedIn, which offers a ton of other great opportunities for connecting and networking. What others are you using? Share them with us in the comments below!