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Turning Offline Conversations Into Online Relationships

I attended an event last night called Launch Party Vancouver, where I met a number of great entrepreneurs, business owners, online and social media marketing consultants. Here are a few of the people I connected with last night:

As I usually do, I went through my normal process today of gathering all of the business cards I collected and added those people into my social network.  Since I do this all the time, I figured I’d put together a video that explains my process and why I do this.

Of course, in today’s world, people are more busy than ever.  That’s what makes these events so great.  They are an opportunity to connect face-to-face with like-minded people in a casual environment. You really can’t replace the impact of meeting someone in person. But, by extending these relationships online, I find it much easier to keep in touch with people as most are busy running their businesses during the day and meeting for a 30 minute coffee sometimes isn’t feasible.

In this video, I share the process that I go through anytime I meet new people and collect their business card.  I’m sure many of you reading this have a big stack of business cards that you’ve never done anything with.  Hopefully these tips will help you expand your network and build relationship online that could lead to long term business business success.

I would love to hear feedback on how you manage your online and offline relationships.  I am always looking for new ways to manage my time more efficiently and build lasting relationships and invite you to share your ideas in the comments section below!

Trevor Turnbull is the President of T3 CONNECT Sports Marketing, COO of Sports Networker & Sports Executives Association, Contributing Writer for Entrepreneur.com, the lead Linkedin trainer for Route Three Marketing and co-producer of Zero To Money Making Website & WordPress Authorities. Connect with Trevor on Google+
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Trevor Turnbull is the President of T3 CONNECT Sports Marketing, COO of Sports Networker & Sports Executives Association, Contributing Writer for Entrepreneur.com, the lead Linkedin trainer for Route Three Marketing and co-producer of Zero To Money Making Website & Wordpress Authorities. Connect with Trevor on Google+

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  • Wendy

    Hi Trevor
    I am still working toward managing my online relationships this is very good information. Thanks again Wendy

  • http://socialconnectblueprint.com Trevor Turnbull

    Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for the kind words. Time management is definitely one of the biggest challenges with social media.

  • http://www.keithgo.com Keithgoeringer

    Good Stuff Trevor. I do the same things. Try Zobni also for Outlook. It looks all the emails up for you on the social network. Nice to meet you.

    Keith

  • http://socialconnectblueprint.com Trevor Turnbull

    Great….thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, I use a Mac…..any solutions similar to Zobni for Mac's?

  • http://CoachFreddie.com Coach Freddie

    Hey Trevor… I have a stack of about 75 business cards sitting in front of me. I usually put them in my address book (I also have a MAC) so I can send them an email. This is so much better.
    Thanks…

    Coach Freddie

  • http://socialconnectblueprint.com Trevor Turnbull

    Hey Freddie,

    I hear ya…..I had hundreds of business cards on my desk. By putting them into LInkedin, it made it much easier to keep in touch and sort my contacts. It definitely takes a while to manually enter them, but totally worth it.

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