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Best Social Media Tools to Build Connections

I sent out a query the last week to learn what social media tools have proven to be most successful in helping people build

their connections.  I collected responses to share them with you, so that we could re-evaluate our social media strategies.  The new year is approaching quickly, and a goal of mine is to continue strengthening my connections and embrace new tools I have not tried or fully utilized.  I hope by reading these recommendations from leading business professionals will inspire you to do the same!

Definitely LinkedIn for professional connections. This year, have connected with many new people in South America, Europe, and the US through my work and travels and was able to add most of them to my LinkedIn connections so we can continue to stay in contact easily regardless of where we are living or working. People who I worked with on a project in Sao Paulo, Brazil in April are still connecting with me in November because they can easily find me on LinkedIn and access my professional profile – and they see other people they trust connecting with me. Announcing on LinkedIn that I was working on a high-profile project for a well-known and respected Brazilian organization spurred several recruiters and colleagues to approach me to find out more about the project and my status. Have also been approached to make introductions, provide information, advice, etc., throughout the year, and have followed through, building a deeper connection to both parties and allowing me to remain fresh in their online “rolodex” of contacts – and vice versa.

-Shaun Haugen, Independent Consultant at DOX Communications
[email protected]
http://ch.linkedin.com/in/shawnhaugen

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StumbleUpon. Our audience consists of leaders and these individuals desire rich content. Posting to StumbleUpon has increased our website hits and requests for speaking engagements.

-Derrick Miles, CEO of The Milestone Brand
[email protected]
www.milestonebrand.com

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Linked In, definitely. I’ve been able to help others finding a job or a new occupation; I’ve been offered valuable collaboration from others in discussing questions I had put there; most of my blog readers come from Linked In.

-Luís Cochofel, President of COLABORACAO Associação de Consultor
[email protected]
colaboracaopt.worldpress.com

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Hands down, It’s LinkedIn.

Bruce Weese, Product Manager, InnoMedia
[email protected]
www.generatingdemand.com

Do you agree? What is your best social media tool?

Melissa G Wilson

Melissa has been a leader in the book writing, publishing and marketing arena for the past two decades. To date, she has helped more than 100 thought leaders write, publish and market their books. Her clients include executives such as Dan Weinfurter a seven-time Inc 500 winner and Orlando Ashford, President of Holland Cruise Lines.

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