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B2B Executive’s How-to Guide to Social Business

B2B Executive’s How-to Guide to Social BusinessThe B2B Executive’s How-to Guide to Social Business is an executive primer on developing B2B relationships much faster and cheaper.

If you have been on several “social media” platforms as a firm or individual for some time but feel that you’re barely scratching the surface, this guide will help you boost your results significantly because: its goal is to help you develop B2B relationships more efficiently, instead of “selling” yourself and it shows you how to use B2B-oriented platforms in concert to increase leverage. If you would like some background on the profound distinction between “selling” yourself and focusing on relationship, “Social Business Disruption of B2B Sales & Marketing” crystallizes it in 8 minutes.

I’ll risk stating the obvious here because there seems to be extensive confusion around it with respect to social technologies: whether you are across the table or on Skype, LinkedIn, Twitter or the telephone, the core “activity” is relating to people. Social technologies give us more options for how we do the mechanics, but the core things remain:

How much and under what conditions can I trust you? Do you care about […]

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Five Tips for Social Networking, with John Hagel & John Seely Brown

In Five Tips for Smarter Social Networking in their Big Shift Harvard Business Review blog, John Hagel III and John Seely Brown offer solid advice for executives who want to get traction with social networks, some of which might surprise you. It’s valuable for executives from individual and company perspectives. Here’s the post, and here’s my response, which builds and extends some of their points:

John2, thanks for very solid advice all around. However, I totally agree with @cole, to be most productive as an individual or an enterprise, you must have an explicit strategy. An enterprise is an orchestra, so defining key goals and techniques, without dictating, is critical for success. This includes giving guidance and space for employees to pursue their personal branding, by resonating with the enterprise.

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Social Networking for Professional Services Firms

Pioneers will move first and seize the advantage, putting themselves in the (digital) room, and you will not be there. Therefore, delaying adoption to remain in the realm of the known may be comfortable, but risk increases each quarter because clients are adopting social networks and changing their expectations of their professional services providers. […]

Videocast Session One: The Web 2.0 Ecosystem

The Web 2.0 Ecosystem videocast shows how social networks will disrupt business by changing the economics of building relationships. Learn how LinkedIn can serve as an executive gateway to the Web 2.0 world. […]

February Events to Feature LinkedIn and Twitter

February 2009 social network events and education: the executive’s guide to Twitter debuts at ITA and the Executive’s Guide to LinkedIn seminar series wraps in Wheaton […]

Quick LinkedIn Membership Selection Guide

Confused about which LinkedIn membership to choose? Use our short LinkedIn membership selection guide […]

New LinkedIn Seminars in Chicago, Cleveland

Learning how to leverage social networks for business will be one of the top five requirements to thriving in 2009, and LinkedIn is an ideal place to begin because it helps to find opportunity: new customers, partnerships or jobs. The Executive’s Guide to LinkedIn has scheduled three new Collaborative Seminars in Chicago and Cleveland. Here is how participants increase their results:

EGLI participants create their individualized LinkedIn plans They learn how to build their networks and manage their time according to the plan They learn how to use LinkedIn’s advanced tools

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2008 Q3 Report

Executive’s Guide to LinkedIn quarterly report reveals new executive education formats and innovations: social networking registration, boardroom seminars, twitter feed, Facebook Page and the power of alumni […]

LinkedIn Executive Suggests B2B Vulnerability to Social Networks’ Disruption at Chicago CMO Lunch

LinkedIn’s Steve Patrizi offers advanced thoughts on LinkedIn features, and this report offers far-reaching between-the-lines analysis of executive social networks: a new dimension in advertising and redefining the employer-employee relationship […]

LinkedIn Marketing Chief Shares Company’s Strategic Direction Plus B2B Business Opportunities

LinkedIn marketing chief briefs Chicago CMOs on strategy, direction and utility of the executive network for B2B relationship development and sales […]