Building Business Relationships

Happy Monday! Are you ready for the week ahead? Well then, let’s get right to this week’s round-up!

Relationships are the foundation of any business. And from gathering the right data to connecting with potential clients, creating and building business relationships is a daily task.

This week’s roundup features seven posts that focus on building business relationships.

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1. Social Relationships – the Life Raft for Social Business & Technology Evolution

Why: Pam Moore reminds us to focus on quality versus quantity when it comes to online relationships.

2. Data Mining for Gold

Why: Randy Bowden explains how to properly collect and manage data (which will allow you more time to focus on client work and building relationships).

3. Connect 5: Five Minutes a Day to a Better LinkedIn Network

Why: Are you focusing on making connections more than maintaining them? Daniel Newman reveals how you can create stronger relationships via LinkedIn in just five minutes a day.

4. Aspiration

Why: If you want to grow your business, you’ll have to learn new skills. Especially the art of selling. This is a terrific read from Ann Bevans.

5. How to Network on Social Media Without Being a Stalker

Why: Look at the headline! This was actually a reader question that made for a terrific blog post a while back.

6. Hiring a PR Firm: There is a Time Investment Required

Why: In this post for Spin SucksGini Dietrich takes a look at why the successful hiring a PR firm involves forming an active relationship between both parties.

7. The 6 critical questions guaranteed to drive your social media strategy

Why: Mark Schaefer explores six essential questions that will help strengthen your social media strategy (even if you’re in the stepladder business!).

How do you build business relationships? What’s worked/not? You know we love to hear what you have to say, so do leave a comment below!

Shonali Burke
Founder and publisher of Waxing UnLyrical, Shonali Burke helps purpose-driven brands bring big ideas to life. She teaches at The Johns Hopkins University, has gone back to school herself with the Harvard Business Analytics Program, and is creator/lead instructor at The Social PR Virtuoso® online training hub , where ambitious PR pros learn how to unleash their inner Social PR superheroes. Owned by Lola the Basset Hound, she's mad about ABBA, bacon, cooking, dogs, and Elvis, though not necessarily in that order. Wouldn't you like to be in her kitchen?
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