Staffordshire Chamber Networking

First Thursday Club – Stafford Networking Group – Thursday 8 January 5-7pm

The Finest Stafford First Thursday Networking Group

Finest Stafford Networking Event

Finest Stafford Networking Event

The new Stafford based open-networking club launched very successfully a few months ago by local professionals & businesses in conjunction with the Staffordshire Chamber Of Commerce’s FINEST sub-group for professionals in the County will be meeting again next month.  It is highly recommended by us to attend.

The next meeting is Thursday 8 January 2015 at the Swan Hotel Café, Stafford, from 5-7pm and every first Thursday of each month thereafter.

Come along to network, make business contacts and get to know other professionals living and working in Stafford in an informal environment. Over the first few meetings, we have personally met many new professionals working in Stafford and reconnected with others.  This is a great result from any open networking environment especially with follow-up 121s.

To book on the Chamber Of Commerce Website – CLICK HERE

Finest Membership Offer – 12 Months Of Networking For £80!

There is a special Finest Membership Launch offer for those who attend on the night.  Read all about it in the uploaded document below:

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 What Do Next For More Great Networking?

For more information and to confirm attendance on 8 January 2015 please contact:

Louise Dubber – louise.dubber@staffordshirechambers.co.uk

To book on the Chamber Of Commerce Website – CLICK HERE

Please let all your friends and business acquaintances know through the normal social media channels by reposting this wherever you find it – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Google+.

Look forward to meeting local business ourselves on the day.

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any great Staffordshire / West Midlands business networking or referral marketing events we can share with the world – let us know via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE

Advanced Networking Uttoxeter

Want More Business? Advanced Uttoxeter Networking Event – Tuesday 13 January

Advance Business Uttoxeter – Growth Club 2015

The next networking lunch put on by the Advance Business Growth Centre in Uttoxeter is being held on Tuesday 13th January 2015 from 12-2pm.

Advanced Networking Group Uttoxeter

Advanced Networking Group Uttoxeter

Come along to network, make business contacts and get to know other professionals living and working in Uttoxeter and East Staffordshire in an semi-formal networking environment with a very nice buffet lunch.  This event is highly recommend by us to attend – great speakers were showcased in 2014, and more great speakers are lined up for 2015.

What Does Advanced Business Uttoxeter Say!

Jaz Greer - Next Advanced Business Uttoxeter Guest Speaker

Jaz Greer – Next Advanced Business Uttoxeter Guest Speaker

Come and join us in the New Year at The Advance Business Growth Centre for a buffet lunch, unlimited refreshments and a great opportunity to network with other local businesses. Guest speaker Jaz Greer from Make A Difference will be on hand to give a talk on “5 Steps to Social Media Success” assisted by a short talk from ESBC on the Business Development fund.

For more information and to confirm attendance please book via Samantha Halden-Evans at Samantha.Halden-Evans@advance-consultancy.com or ring 01889 561510.  The address for the event is at the Advance Business Growth Centre  on Church Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8AG.

A booking link exists here – CLICK HERE

Let all your friends and business acquaintances know through the normal social media channels.

Look forward to meeting local business ourselves on the day.

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any great Staffordshire / West Midlands business networking or referral marketing events we can share with the world – let us know via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE

 

 

The Burton Business Club BIG Business Networking Event

Want More Sales? Burton Business Club Networking Meeting – 13 Jan 2015 @6.30pm

Burton Business Club Networking Meeting – 13 Jan 2015

The next networking event put on by the Burton Business Club in Burton-upon-Trent is being held on 13th January 2015 at 6.30pm – EVENTBRITE LINK – BOOK HERE

Come along to network, make business contacts and get to know other professionals living and working in Burton-upon-Trent and the A38 Corridor between Staffordshire & Derbyshire in an semi-formal networking environment with a very nice evening meal to boot.

There is a guest speaker – John Dabrowski an Inspirational Business Speaker:

John Dabrowski - Burton Business Club Networking Event Guest Speaker

John Dabrowski – Burton Business Club Networking Event Guest Speaker

Happy 2015 !!! – Kicking off the Year with an Inspiring Speaker – John Dabrowski

  • Former Professional Basketball Player & Business Coach
  • Expert on Mental Toughness & Confidence in Business and Sport
  • Specialist in Rapport Building and Human Relations
  • Inspirational Business Speaker

‘Mental Toughness – Success Strategies for Challenging Times’

This talk is designed to demonstrate Mental Toughness using techniques which top sports performers have used for years. There are many similarities between business and sport – these are discussed and success strategies are shared. John uses his life story to highlight key areas as well as using powerful video clips and images.

Who is John Dabrowski?

John is an inspirational trainer/speaker/coach with a creative ‘can do’ approach complemented by an energetic and enthusiastic style. He has played basketball at professional and international level including representing England in the Commonwealth Games. He uses powerful analogies from both the sporting and business world to inspire and achieve positive change.

He has also acquired an excellent working knowledge of sales, marketing, advertising and client service. A people-orientated leader gaining positive results in ever changing market places, with a successful track record of enabling teams to achieve high performance – specializing in mental toughness, confidence, advanced communication, time management, sales, body language and human relations.

John has a wealth of personal development techniques and tools built up over the years. From low confidence teenager to British record holder for most points scored in a single match.

His successful and popular inspirational Mental Toughness training which has a sports theme running throughout is proving to be a real winner.

He’s a qualified NLP Practitioner and Coach and integrates these powerful techniques with his significant experience to help people remove their personal limits and provide the tools to control their mind and ultimately achieve their goals.

This is what the Burton Business Club say “If you’ve never been to a BBC event, or any networking event before, this will be a great event to find out what it’s all about. All visitors are able to attend a monthly event twice before committing to joining the club and at the same members price of £13.50 too! This gives them the opportunity to see first-hand how we manage the club and how we can help them with both their personal development and business growth.  We will be collecting money for Burton YMCA food bank via the Club’s food booking system. This money will then be used to buy food needed for the parcels.  This time we are aiming for 100 Businesses Networking, Meeting, and Doing Business!”

For more information and to confirm attendance please book via events@burtonbusinessclub.co.uk or use the EVENTBRITE LINK – BOOK HERE.

The address for the event is at the Branston Golf & Country Club, Burton Road, Branston, Staffordshire DE14 3DP

Let all your friends and business acquaintances know through the normal social media channels.

Look forward to meeting local business ourselves on the day.

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any great Staffordshire / West Midlands business networking or referral marketing events we can share with the world – let us know via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE

Stafford Web Meet-Up

Want More Sales? Stafford Web Meet-up – Thursday 22nd January 7-9pm

Stafford Web Meet Up

The new Stafford based open-networking club for local web and IT professionals – Staffs Web MeetUp – launched successfully in 2014 will be meeting again next month, and highly recommended by us to attend.

The next meeting is Thursday 22 January 2015 at the Bean enCounter in Stafford town centre (
Salter Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 2JU Tel: 01785 601526), from 7-9pm and every third Thursday of each month thereafter.

Come along to network, make business contacts and get to know other web & IT professionals living and working in Stafford and Staffordshire in an informal environment.

The next Staffs Web MeetUp will have a series of talks on Thursday 22nd January.  Sign up to attend on Lanyrd – http://lanyrd.com/2015/staffswebmeetup/.

Guest Speakers

We’re welcoming two guest speakers in January. We’ll announce details of Jenny Wong and Kirsty Burgoine’s talks in the New Year.

Jenny Wong

Stafford WebMeetUp - Jenny Wong

Stafford WebMeetUp – Jenny Wong

Jenny recently joined Human Made, Europe’s only WordPress VIP agency. Jenny is well known within the PHP and WordPress communities for her contributions and infectious personality! She is also an extra special guest for us at Staffs Web Meetup. It was her encouragement at WP Contributor Day which lead to the formation of Staffs Web Meetup.

Kirsty Burgoine

Stafford WebMeetUp - Kirsty Burgoine

Stafford WebMeetUp – Kirsty Burgoine

Kirsty is the organiser of ShropGeek, a monthly web meetup in Shrewsbury. She also organises the annual (R)evolution conference and Re:LOADED unconference. We first came across Kirsty while speaking at Responsive Day Out 2 in Brighton. Kirsty is a WordPress developer and managing director of her own company.

Event Sponsors

Thanks to the generous support from Campaign Monitor, Connect Group and iWeb Staffs Web MeetUp is able to treat everyone to a drink and some food. Make sure to give them a pat on the back!

Please let all your friends and business acquaintances know through the normal social media channels by reposting this wherever you find it – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Google+.

Look forward to meeting local business ourselves at Staffs Web MeetUp on the day.

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any great Staffordshire / West Midlands business networking or referral marketing events we can share with the world – let us know via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE

 

Ted Loves Lichfield Networking

Want More Business? Go To Lichfield Networking Event 16th January!

BforB Lichfield Networking Event

BforB Lichfield Networking Event

BforB Lichfield Networking Group Celebrate Stephen’s Story – Friday 16th January

BOOK HERE TO ATTEND

Hello – Do you have your 2015 diary at hand?  Do you know the The George Hotel Lichfield?

The BforB Lichfield Referral Marketing and Business Networking Group and their moderator Karl Lehmann which brought Stephen Sutton, M.B.E of ‘Stephen’s Story’ to the world of business in Lichfield (and beyond) in 2013 – together they created a fantastic result.

Of the £5m or so raised for Stephen’s Story  we are aware nearly £2m of that total that was raised by the team at St. James’s Place (in which Karl Lehmann is a partner) due to their generous support.   As a result Karl Lehmann has been nominated for an award for his involvement and we look forward to sharing further news of his well deserved recognition for his tireless efforts for Stephen’s Story in Spring 2015.

To celebrate the BforB Lichfield team and Karl Lehmann is having an ‘open’ networking meeting where they have another inspirational speaker lined-up and a special announcement to make on Friday 16th January 2015 starting 6.45am.  This open networking event is highly recommended by us to attend.

So that date for your diary is Friday 16th January 2015 – BOOK HERE TO ATTEND

To accept the invitation use the Eventbrite link to book this great event (and also enjoy a great full english buffet breakfast) right here at The George Hotel Lichfield – so please book your places now – CLICK HERE TO BOOK ON EVENTBRITE

Let Karl Lehmann and the rest of the BforB Lichfield team know if you are coming so that they can connect you with some appropriate people they rate as being the best in their business sectors to make your networking on the day even more productive.

Come along to network, make business contacts and get to know other professionals living and working in South Staffordshire in an informal environment. Over the times we have attended this excellent referral marketing and networking group, we have personally met many new professionals working in Staffordshire and reconnected with others, a great result from any networking environment especially with follow-up 121s.

For more information about this BforB Open Networking Event on 16th January 2015 at The George Hotel Lichfield please contact:

Jonathan Andrew – jonathan@baswichbiz.com
Philip Oakley – philip.oakley@outserve.co.uk

CLICK HERE TO BOOK ON EVENTBRITE

Please let all your friends and business acquaintances know through the normal social media channels by reposting this wherever you find it – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Google+.

Look forward to meeting local business ourselves on the day.

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any great Staffordshire / West Midlands business networking or referral marketing events we can share with the world – let us know via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE

LinkedIn Connected

Want More LinkedIn Success? Get Yourself Connected!

LinkedIn Rocks

You know by now that we are big fans of LinkedIn to help networking, engage in referral marketing, reputation building and one of the most useful social media platforms out there.

Read just some of the posts of what we said before on LinkedIn – HEREHEREHERE, HERE, HERE, HERE  and finally HERE.

As you can see – this is a very important tool for us & thanks to what Google Analytics tells us – bought us nearly 70% of the traffic to this blog in October!

CCBM_Google_Activity_—_October 2014

CCBM_Google_Activity_—_October 2014

So getting the most out of LinkedIn is something we take very seriously & any help you can receive such as the LinkedIn Challenge we would encourage you to take up very seriously.  You can still sign-up with this link – CLICK HERE

The December 2014 LinkedIn Challenge Question

The December 2014 LinkedIn Challenge Question

The LinkedIn Connected App

So what else can one do to enrich our networks – the answer if you have an iPhone (or an iPad) is the LinkedIn Connected App.  This is how is described on the iTunes App Store:

LinkedIn Connected App

LinkedIn Connected App

Description

The new LinkedIn Connected app is a fast, easy, and smarter way to strengthen your professional relationships. Why is that important? Because most opportunities come from the people you already know, and fostering genuine relationships can help you be more successful. Connected gives you relevant updates about the people you know, so you can reach out when it matters most.  So invest in your connections today for opportunities tomorrow –

  • Know when to reach out. Get notified about jobs changes, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Focus on the people who matter with relevant, timely updates.
  • Make a great impression and start better conversations with pre-meeting intelligence.
  • Build stronger relationships in just a few minutes a day.

What Does LinkedIn Connected Do For You?

Every day it tells you the updates for your network (and remember the average number of connections per LinkedIn user is 930 – Click HERE) as follows:

New Jobs

LinkedIn Connected App New Jobs

LinkedIn Connected App New Jobs

Work Anniversaries

LinkedIn Connected App Anniversaries

LinkedIn Connected App Anniversaries

Birthdays

LinkedIn Connected Birthdays

LinkedIn Connected Birthdays

LinkedIn Connected Birthdays Messages - You Can Edit

LinkedIn Connected Birthdays Messages – You Can Edit

Reminders

LinkedIn’s CRM system allows you to set reminders for your Connections.

LinkedIn Connected CRM

LinkedIn Connected CRM

The App will give you a reminder when they are overdue.

LinkedIn Connected CRM

LinkedIn Connected CRM

New Connections

You can add connections on the App which LinkedIn suggests through its algorithms likes this

LinkedIn Connected Connections

LinkedIn Connected Connections

Don’t just press the “+ Connect” button, because they will received the “kiss-of-death” connection request which can be ignored.  Press the three-dots icon on the Right-Hand-Side of the screen bottom to get a new screen as below.

LinkedIn Connected Connections Request

LinkedIn Connected Connections Request

Press the email icon to get this screen where you can personalise the request and explain why you should be both connected as below:

LinkedIn Connected Connections Request

LinkedIn Connected Connections Request

Two Other Features You Can Benefit From

You get a very nice graphic each time you “touch” using the App a further 5 connections:

LinkedIn Connected Touch Numbers

LinkedIn Connected Touch Numbers

Every time you use it, you get the opportunity to tell someone about the App – might be a great piece of advice you can give to your favourite connections – who have an iPhone!

LinkedIn Connected Suggestions

LinkedIn Connected Suggestions

 

The Benefits

Referral marketing and networking is all about keeping in touch with your network, and if LinkedIn represents that network, your reputation (which makes you referrable) will be judged on how well you do this.

So we can only endorse the “App’s marketing words” on the iTunes Store.  It has been surprising how many times saying happy birthday to someone using the App has rekindled a relationship or restarted a conversation.

It might seem trite but people like to have their important milestones recognised like new jobs or work anniversaries – 200 people have recognised our Old Stortfordian connection Emily’s 5 years as a social media superstar in Newcastle!

LinkedIn Connected Results

LinkedIn Connected Results

Use the power of technology to help you do so more efficiently and effectively!  Get the App Today!  Given the rate of updates we expect to see more great features added to it to this app soon.

If you have any other great tips and insights for using this App then please let us know via the comments for this post or via LinkedIn.

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any other great experts from Staffordshire, the WestMidlands or beyond whose ideas we should share with all our readers then please let us know via the comments or via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE

Latest LinkedIn Christmas Challenge Tips

Want More From LinkedIn? Santa’s Christmas Challenge Week 2 Tips!

The LinkedIn Christmas Challenge Is Now In Week 2!

You know by now that we are big fans of LinkedIn to help networking, engage in referral marketing, reputation building and one of the most useful social media platforms out there.

Read just some of the posts of what we said before on LinkedIn – HEREHEREHERE, HERE, HERE, HERE  and finally HERE.

As you can see – this is a very important tool for us & thanks to what Google Analytics tells us – bought us nearly 70% of the traffic to this blog last month!

CCBM_Google_Activity_—_October 2014

CCBM_Google_Activity_—_October 2014

So getting the most out of LinkedIn is something we take very seriously & any help you can receive such as the LinkedIn Challenge we would encourage you to take up very seriously.

Sarah Santacroce - LinkedIn Champion

Sarah Santacroce – LinkedIn Champion

This 21day challenge started 1st December 2014 is being brought to us by Sarah Santacroce, a swiss-based social media expert from simplicitysmallbiz.com, who has put together a team of worldwide experts like Melonie Dodaro to help her.  You can still sign-up with this link – CLICK HERE

The December 2014 LinkedIn Challenge Question

The December 2014 LinkedIn Challenge Question

What’s In It For You?

  • It’s FREE !
  • You receive a tip every day via e-mail, from me and other famous experts such as Rick Itzkowich, ‘The LinkedIn Guy’; Neal Schaffer, ‘Maximize Your Social’; Melonie Dodaro,’Canada’s #1 LinkedIn Expert’ amongst many others
  • You can get support & answers to your questions via the ‘LinkedIn Challenge’ LinkedIn Group & you get access to other great resources
  • You learn how to use this powerful platform to get more leads for your business
  • You grow your network significantly during these 3 weeks
  • and much more…

What LinkedIn Tips Have We Seen So Far?

7 More Days – 7 More Great Tips For LinkedIn Beginners and More advanced users:

  1. You can now also tag people in comments, just like you would tag someone on Facebook. Just enter the @ sign and type the first few letters of the person’s name & a drop down menu will appear. The tagged person then receives a notification from LinkedIn.
  2. The LinkedIn Publishing Platform – As the platform rolls out to all members – currently 15 million members have access publishing 30,000 articles each week – competition for eyeballs will be increasingly tough. However each member of your 1st degree network by default is sent a notification when you publish a new article, we believe therefore that the biggest benefit of the writing on LinkedIn in future will be staying front of mind with your existing network.  If your business uses blogging or content marketing, or you can demonstrate particular expertise in your field this is an opportunity not to be missed.
  3. What’s the point of being on LinkedIn if people can’t find you or if you’re hiding behind an anonymous avatar?  Double check 3 things & most importantly – Go to your ‘Privacy & Settings’, top right corner, when you hover over your tiny profile image. Click on ‘Review’, then in the ‘Profile’ tab, click on ‘Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile': double check that the 1st option is selected. As business owners we want to be visible, so if we look at other people’s profiles our name & picture shows up in their ‘Who’s Viewed My Profile’ box.
  4. One of the best ways to increase your capability to navigate LinkedIn is to go Premium. But what if you can’t afford to pay the extra cash for that?  There are several tricks to circumnavigate the system so you can get everything you want without necessarily paying for it, and I am pleased to share a cool free Chrome extension that allows you to quickly and easily view the profiles of LinkedIn members without restrictions:  Lippl
  5. If you write regular blog posts, one way to get more eyes to see your post is to share them on relevant groups. There are a few guidelines to respect, listen to this 2 minute audio tip by clicking on this LINK
  6. One of the most overlooked features of your LinkedIn profile is the fact that you can rearrange your sections. This is important because, if you’re hoping to connect with potential clients or partners, it’s likely that your past work experience and education aren’t important, so those sections you might want to move lower down. Instead, you might feature your Projects or your Skills & Expertise. Put the most interesting and relevant sections at the top of your profile to have the greatest possible impact on visitors.
  7. Just like Facebook has pages for your business, so does LinkedIn.  LinkedIn Company Pages are especially recommended for businesses with more than 1 person, but even for solopreneurs it makes sense to set one up, even if you don’t plan to use it as much as your personal profile. It’s another link back to your website and more content that Google can index.  The benefit of company pages when you have a team is that multiple users can submit updates. Use the page to showcase your company, explain what you do & stay in touch with your followers.

Make sure you let Sarah Santacroce know if you also publish a LinkedIn related post, inspired by the challenge!

Don’t Delay – Sign-Up Today!

So don’t delay sign up today to get your tips delivered to your in-box starting now from Sarah & the experts – you won’t regret it!  CLICK HERE NOW

The LinkedIn Challenge at www.bit.ly/linkedinchallenge

The LinkedIn Challenge at www.bit.ly/linkedinchallenge

Do you have any other great tip lists that you are know about for using LinkedIn or another social media platform?  Hit the comments below to let us know or do it via LinkedIn!

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any other great experts from Staffordshire, the WestMidlands or beyond whose ideas we should share with all our readers then please let us know via the comments or via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE

Google Blogging

Want More Business? Fact Blogging Helps Your Reputation

Blogging Rocks

So to be clear You know by now that we are big fans of LinkedIn to help networking, engage in referral marketing, reputation building and one of the most useful social media platforms out there.  We have written about it numerous times – just see the “LinkedIn” Category on the RHS of this page to see what we have done.

As you can see – this is a very important tool for us & thanks to what Google Analytics tells us – bought us nearly 70% of the traffic to this blog last month!

CCBM_Google_Activity_—_October 2014

CCBM_Google_Activity_—_October 2014

So getting the most out of LinkedIn is something we take very seriously & any help you can receive such as the LinkedIn Challenge we would encourage you to take up very seriously.

Yesterday was no exception with a Jeff Bullas inspired piece on the latest 2014 LinkedIn facts which allows us to glean useful info – see HERE for full article.

25 LinkedIn Facts and Statistics You Need to Share

25 LinkedIn Facts and Statistics You Need to Share

One of the facts we gleaned from Jeff Bullas list of 25 LinkedIn facts was No 14 – The average number of connections on Linkedin is 930.  Restated that for the latest user numbers 332M that  LinkedIn has officially reported – each and every one of us has on average 930 connections.

A lot of people were shocked by this fact that I talked to afterwards but this jibes with other data that I have seen that puts our nearly 2,300 connections at the bottom of the first quartile of average connections.  Conclusion – some people must have a lot of connections!  If you have 930 connections, then you need to get busy adding people to have critical mass for LinkedIn to have value generating leads for you.

The Power Of Blogging

Fast forward 24 hours.  Our friend Osmond Maguire, from WT Designs send us the following email.  They had read the blog post and wanted to see if what we had reported was true regarding average number of connections.  The results –

A perfect example of how Google and blogging work

So thanks to some inspiration from Jeff Bullas – Blogging does work, and Google’s magic will index this all up in a matter of hours (hint – get yourself a WordPress site – we are big believers!) if your site is properly structured for SEO.

It is indeed a small victory for our blogging activity and the blog but it shows that consistent work to build your authority and reputation through regular writing to build your audience will in the end work – all you need is hard work, persistence, discipline and a plan.

Big thank “You-s” yet again to Jeff Bullas, Osmond Maguire, WordPress, and LinkedIn for yesterday’s “small” Blogging victory for our business.

So no more excuses – get blogging today to get yourself up the SEO ranks and earn more Google Love for your business and your reputation!

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any other great experts from Staffordshire, the WestMidlands or beyond whose ideas we should share with all our readers then please let us know via the comments or via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE

Latest LinkedIn Christmas Challenge Tips

Want More Business? Review The Latest LinkedIn 2014 Stats!

LinkedIn Is Our Top Social Media Platform

You know by now that we are big fans of LinkedIn to help networking, engage in referral marketing, reputation building and one of the most useful social media platforms out there.

Read just some of the posts of what we said before on LinkedIn – HEREHEREHERE, HERE, HERE, HERE  and finally HERE.

As you can see – this is a very important tool for us & thanks to what Google Analytics tells us – bought us nearly 70% of the traffic to this blog last month!

CCBM_Google_Activity_—_October 2014

CCBM_Google_Activity_—_October 2014

So getting the most out of LinkedIn is something we take very seriously & any help you can receive such as the LinkedIn Challenge we would encourage you to take up very seriously.

Don’t Delay – Sign-Up Today!

This 21day challenge started on 1st December 2014.  This is being brought to us by Sarah Santacroce, a swiss-based social media expert from simplicitysmallbiz.com, who has put together a team of worldwide experts like Melonie Dodaro to help her.  You can still sign-up with this link to get all the fabulous tips – CLICK HERE

So don’t delay sign up today.  Get your tips delivered to your in-box starting now from Sarah & the experts – you won’t regret it – we haven’t!  CLICK HERE NOW

The LinkedIn Challenge at www.bit.ly/linkedinchallenge

The LinkedIn Challenge at www.bit.ly/linkedinchallenge

The Latest LinkedIn 2014 Stats

25 LinkedIn Facts and Statistics You Need to Share

25 LinkedIn Facts and Statistics You Need to Share

Jeff Bullas has just published his top 25 facts from LinkedIn‘s 2014 3rd quarter results – see full article HERE

LinkedIn – Lurking, loitering or effective?

LinkedIn is a place where hundreds of millions of professionals from around the world hang out, connect and network. It is the default business persons social network. It is more effective than lurking at a a business cocktail party waiting to be pounced on.

Many mistakes are made on LinkedIn from selling without creating a relationship, to not being clear on your profile. But on the other hand it can be used to generate leads faster than your competition if you are willing to learn how to use it effectively.

LinkedIn can also be used as a global CRM platform to target potential clients and grow your business.

LinkedIn facts and statistics

So what are some LinkedIn facts and what was also revealed when they announced their 3rd quarter results in 2014?

  1. Started on May 5, 2003
  2. It went public in May 19, 2011
  3. Has 332 million members
  4. 2 new users join every second
  5. 42 million unique mobile visitors per month. This stat is up from 29 million a year before (This is a 45% increase in just 12 months )
  6. Net revenue for the quarter was $568 million which is a big increase from the Q3 result in 2013 of $393 million
  7. 107 million users are in the USA alone
  8. Their user goal is 3 billion registered users
  9. Average time a user spends on LinkedIn is 17 minutes per month
  10. 25 million LinkedIn profiles are viewed every day
  11. One in three professionals on the planet are on LinkedIn
  12. You can increase your linkedIn views by 11 times by including a photo
  13. 41% of users visit Linkedin via mobile
  14. The average number of connections on Linkedin is 930
  15. There were 28 billion Linkedin profile views in Q3, 2014
  16. 13% of millennials use LinkedIn
  17. LinkedIn’s percentage of social sharing is only 4%
  18. 39 million students and recent grads are on LinkedIn
  19. 56% of members are male
  20. 44% of members are female
  21. 30,000 long form posts are published on Linkedin every week
  22. 41% of millionaires use LinkedIn
  23. 13% of LinkedIn users don’t have a Facebook account
  24. 59% of Linkedin users don’t visit Twitter
  25. LinkedIn users spend 26% of their time on LinkedIn using the mobile app

All of this is great information.  However for us two interesting facts to emerge for us keen referral marketeers.   The high proportion of users who don’t have have an account on another social media platform.  Also that the average number of connections is 930 per member across 332M members.  Therefore if you have less connections than this – you need to work hard to add connections now!  Remember LinkedIn’s goal is 3 Billion registered users!

In addition Jeff Bullas has published a great infographic from We Are Social Media that reflects the latest news from LinkedIn for this who take their info in, in a graphical format!

linkedin info graphic stats facts 2014

linkedin info graphic stats facts 2014

Go to the main blog post by Jeff Bullas to see this great original infographic in original size to learn more about the subject, and read the rest of his great blog post!

So no more excuses – read and study the facts & info graphic above – if you can’t find 5 minutes a day to do set tasks on LinkedIn then you are missing a massive chance to improve your business.  The real question is then – why you are not  doing it regularly?  Is this another reason not to refer you if you can be organised enough to do something each and every day!

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any other great experts from Staffordshire, the WestMidlands or beyond whose ideas we should share with all our readers then please let us know via the comments or via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE

Staffordshire Chamber Networking

Startups? Want Better Business? Stafford One2Three Club Presentations Live!

THE ONE2THREE CLUB

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123Logo

Yesterday at the Stafford College – The Riverside Restaurant the One2Three Club met again – attended by local businesses.

Building on the huge success of its Ready for Business programmeStaffordshire Chambers of Commerce has created a business support service for all new and young Staffordshire businesses called the One2Three Club.

Acting as a support hub for young businesses, this service will provide post-start support for businesses that are up to 3 years old with 3 employees or less, helping them in the early stages to ensure a prosperous future across the County.  The One2Three Club provides access to mentoring and invaluable workshops as well as offering advice, support and expertise.  The aim is to help you create a network for your business through regular networking opportunities with other businesses in a similar position.

The Presentations From Yesterday’s Meeting

The meeting was attended by local businesses from around Stafford borough, and the meeting followed a set agenda where each of them gave an elevator pitch promoting their business and specifying the referrals they are looking for.

This was followed by a guest spotlight by Osmond Maguire, from WT Designs on his business and how they can help start-ups with IT, Web, Social Media and Cloud Backups – which we have uploaded up on Slideshare.

 

The educational slot was presented by Paul Woodcock of PJW Accounting on how getting the right tax advice holistically across both the business and the business owners tax affairs in income tax, corporation tax, VAT, inheritance tax etc on a range of issues can save thousands of pounds very very easily for all start-ups and small businesses – which we have uploaded up on Slideshare.

 

Both Osmond Maguire and Paul Woodcock have generously said that they will be very happy to have 121 meetings with all those who attended yesterday’s meeting to see how they can help you get online more efficiently or save tax – don’t ignore their kind offer and take them up.

The 2015 Plans For Stafford One2Three

Feedback from yesterday’s meeting was excellent following the launch in November, and we are looking forward to welcoming the first members when the first group officially launches in January 2015 which a full agenda of educational talks from local experts.

Many thanks to Stafford College for hosting the meeting yesterday.

Look forward to meeting more great new startups and new businesses in 2015 at the One2Three Club in Stafford at Stafford College.  If anyone knows of a local Stafford based banker or accountant that should be at the One2Three Club meeting each month to introduce new business to the group or to help group members please let us know via the comments or LinkedIn.

Please do let your fiends and colleagues know about the One2Three Club through all social media channels – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.

Please follow One2Three Club on Twitter for news and updates aimed at small companies and new startups in Staffordshire – CLICK HERE

The Conspicuous CBM Call To Action

If you know of any other great events in Staffordshire or the WestMidlands which we should share with all our readers then please let us know via the comments or via LinkedIn.

If you want to discuss your referral marketing, social media, business networking needs & how to get the most out of them, then please do get in touch with us via LinkedIn. Feel free to connect with us LinkedIn, subscribe to our newsletter or our Superstars of Networking tips series via this website.

New in business then come along to the One2Three Club – a brilliant new networking concept aimed specifically at you – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Read what our customers say about us on our Testimonials Page – CLICK HERE TO READ

Don’t forget the social media challenge for a great free prize from us – DO THE CHALLENGE