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Networking With IBO Toolbox:
In my previous Press Release, Just Signed Up with IBOtoolbox, Continued, we completed the first steps for a new IBO Member. At this point, the new IBO Member who completed all the steps should have Five Stars, 745 to 965 credits less those converted for advertising, and a good Idea of how to make IBO Toolbox Work. Dennis Thorgesen, our branding advisor, left an inspiring comment.
Dennis Thorgesen’s Comment:
"I can't wait for the next one. Once you get to this point, networking is the next step. Building know, like, and trust on a personal level opens doors many people don't even realize exist."
Networking with IBO Toolbox:
Networking is about building relationships. People tend to do business with those they “know, like and trust.” Participation is the foundation of IBO Toolbox. When you post your Introductory Press Release, you are giving your fellow IBO Members the opportunity to get to know you. As IBO Members leave Business Owner Comments on your Press Release, it is polite to follow them back to their IBOsocial Pages and leave a Business Owner Comment on their Press Releases.
*Note: Click TheirName in the Business Owner Comments. That takes you to their IBOsocial Profile. Select [PRS] from the menu at the top of the page. I recommend the most recent Press Release although I will sometimes go to their first Press Release in search of their Introductory Press Release.
Building Relationships Through Association:
When you are Logged In to IBO Toolbox, it is easy to see whether you are Associated with the Member by looking to the left for the IBOTOOLBOX Associator Widget on any IBOsocial page. Simply Click the Associator Widget to send an Association Request. Anyone willing to comment on your Press Release is a good candidate for association. If a problem arises, you always have the option of terminating the association.
*Note: Certain benefits, messaging and others, are limited to Members who are Associated.
Building Relationships at IBO Toolbox:
To learn more about your Associates go to IBO Toolbox SITE NAVIGATION - MY ASSOCIATES. There you will see IBO ASSOCIATE REQUESTS and IBO ASSOCIATES. Click on any MemberName to launch the IBO Member Viewer. Below you will see the IBO MEMBER VIEWER for my Associate, Dennis Thorgesen. The IBO Member Viewer features the member’s Profile Image, location information, contact information, social networks, information about their IBO activities and the view profile link to take you to their IBOsocial Page. If you are Associated, you can also send messages and give credits to the member as well as set the notifications you will receive about the member's activities.
*Note: The Quick Link for wall posts takes you to the Member’s Wall Posts for easy interaction with their Wall Posts, Press Releases and Videos. The Quick Link for messages takes you to the messages between you and the Member.
The IBO Member Viewer:
One of our most powerful tools for Networking at IBO Toolbox is the IBO Member Viewer. It is accessible from most pages in IBO Toolbox by Clicking the MemberName. Looking at the IBO Member Viewer for Dennis Thorgesen, you can see that he has been a member since 2011, has published (to date) 438 Press Releases, received 5861 comments and given 11,036 comments. He has also listed links to the four most active social networks.
Finding IBO Members:
Finding any single IBO Member can be tricky. I know that I can find Dennis by going to the Dashboard and setting the Wall Filter to “Me only”. That will reveal my most recent wall activity. By Clicking show comments on any Wall Post, I can reveal the Members who have commented and Click TheirName to reveal the IBO Member Viewer. Another way is the IBO Search Tool.
The IBO Search Tool:
For you, the new member, to find Dennis Thorgesen the best way is the IBO Search Tool. In SITE NAVIGATION Click SEARCH. Set search tool for First Name, Dennis, Last Name, Thorgesen. Click [SEARCH IBOTOOLBOX]. Click HisName in the search results. If you are not yet Associated, you can send a request via the IBO Member Viewer.
Beware of Temptation:
As you review your Associates, there are several temptations to avoid.
1) Not all Social Networks encourage massive efforts. Feel free to Like all the Facebook Fan Pages you find but you should open discussions before sending Friend Requests. Never Follow more than 100 Twitter Accounts in a single day. Similar rules seem to apply with Google. For LinkedIn, like Facebook, you should open discussions with the member before send a Connection Request. Know the rules for the other social networks that you use to stay out of trouble.
2) Avoid the temptation to spam your Associates with your Great Opportunity. As a new member, it is likely that the Veteran IBOer is already aware of your opportunity and may even be a member. Instead, you might send something simple. You want to be aware that the first line of your message shows as the subject for the message received.
Example for a new IBOer Message to Dennis Thorgesen:
Thanks for the Association.
Good Morning, Dennis.
Thank you for accepting my Association Request.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your business better here at IBO Toolbox and on your other networks.
I Liked your Fan Page, Followed you on Twitter and added both Googles to my Circles. Please feel free to send me a Friend Request and Connect with me on LinkedIn.
About Links in Messages:
Some people feel that you should not send a link until requested. In many ways, that is a preferred course of action. Including your IBOsocial link in your message makes it much easier for someone to respond. Otherwise they have to exit the message before they can take action. If you choose to include a Link, be sure to include the http… so that the link is Clickable.
About Messages at IBO Toolbox:
To see all messages sent to you by your IBO Associates, go to SITE NAVIGATION – MY MESSAGES. While spamming is discouraged at IBO Toolbox, it is an unfortunate truth that some members will still be spamming you with their Great Opportunities. Even so, I advise that you at least look at each message. You never know when one is the One you need to read. (Example: Mine tend to be a little long but they are focused on giving you the info you need to succeed at IBO. Until you open it, how would you know?) Besides, each message gives you the opportunity to get to know your IBO Associates and I see nothing wrong with including your IBOsocial Link and possibly your business link in the closing of your response.
Networking with IBO Toolbox often begins with our Press Releases. As Members visit and comment on Press Releases, relationships begin. Just like in real life, some will become friends, some business associates, some resources and information and some will just be fellow travelers along the way. As we help each other, we are creating networks that reach around the world into a future that can only be imagined, until we have created it. Nove-Noga!