If you aren't keeping your online profiles complete, you are missing out on some great connections and opportunities. If you are out on the net on various social networking sites you may be losing a huge opportunity to take your connections to deeper level connections. You see, most social networking sites give you the ability to list other ways for people to connect with you. If you leave those fields blank, you are not using your tools as effectively as possible. Today I'll share why you should care and what you can do about it.
Why Complete Social Profiles Are Important
Let me give you an example of why this can be important for you. About a week ago Corinne McElroy, who is the owner of Edge of Change and a Leadership Performance Coach, found me my podcast and started listening to my recordings. She liked what she heard so she went to my blog to check out more. She found my blog because I have it linked in my profile and I mention it in every recording I do! Anyway, Corinne liked what she was reading and saw that I was on Facebook too (also noted in my profile). She decided to link to one of my posts on her Facebook page and tag me. That started a deeper conversation that led to us to talking on the phone and deciding to work together on a teleconference project scheduled for January.
If I had not taken the time to complete my profile, we probably would not be doing the project in January.
Different sites allow you to share different levels of information.
Bottom line: Make sure that all of your online profiles are complete
Consider Taking Your Communication Productivity to the Next Level – Create Your Online Business Card
If you want to take it a step further and really make it easy, create an online business card and then put that url on your physical business card!
An online business card is one site that lists all of your connection points online. There are a number of ways you can do this.
- Create a page on your web site or blog that lists all of the places you are in cyberworld. If you go to NetworkWithSteph.com you will see how you can connect with me. Some people choose to connect on one while others connect on many!
- You could also choose to use sites like itsmyurls.com to aggregate your identity. You can publish one page with links to all your social profiles, blogs and any other link you want to include. To make it even cooler, it will make a QR Code badge for your ItsMyUrls page. Any smartphone user can scan the QR Code and check your online identities in a click. (The QR Code is the black and white funky looking square in the lower right of the sample picture below.)
There are a number of sites that can help you aggrigate your online presense. Here are a few more to consider:
Some of these sites are straight and simple online business cards making it easy to connect, while others will aggregate your content into one location too. Each is a bit different in look and feel. check them out and pick one that speaks to you. Then start connecting on a deeper more meaningful and productive level!
PS – I LOVE hearing from my readers! Do you have a tip or trick that works well for you? Let me know! Do you have something that you are struggling with that you would like me to write about? Let me know that too!
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