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In the past, networking used to be “let’s do lunch” or “let’s play golf” or simply getting together for drinks after work. Oh how times have changed. There are so many networking groups. . .so many choices. . .so little time!

Last week I looked at the “cost” of networking for my own company. When I say cost I mean the actual dollars that I spend on networking. Next I looked at time: the amount of time that I spend networking. For a small business owner that equates to a pretty hefty investment as it relates to all of the things we have on our “to-do” lists. Finally I looked at how much of my networking dollars and time spent I can attribute to this year’s sales.

Ask some people and they might advise that you eliminate all of your advertising, marketing and public relations and have you simply network. Effective networking can create great referrals, right? Introductions to others pay dividends because the hope is for a reciprocal introduction, right? You introduce someone, they’ll introduce you, right? Business starts rolling in the very minute after you finish giving your 30 second intro, right?

In my next post I will discuss my own conclusions on whether or not networking has paid off for me and for my company.

For now I pose this question to you: what are your networking findings for you and your business? Has networking and the investment of time and money been financially rewarding?

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Erik Hultman (a.k.a. E) is the Founder and President of ÜberBlueDM, Inc., specializing in Social Media Solutions and Social Media Staffing Solutions for businesses to build their social media success. He also founded the North Shore Entrepreneurial Network (NSEN) in the Chicago Area celebrating it’s 3 year anniversary this December.

We all love a great success story! So our question this week encourages you to brag. What worked for you? What was your campaign? Why did it work so well? What was your inspiration? Did the money you spent on the campaign translate to revenue? Or was it successful because you gained tremendous exposure? Did you handle the project on your own or did you use an outside agency? How did you get the message out. . .direct mail, email, social media, broadcast, outdoor?

Whether you answer one or all of the questions we are excited to hear what worked for you. Time to start bragging!

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Erik Hultman (a.k.a. E) is the Founder and President of ÜberBlueDM, Inc., specializing in Social Media Solutions and Social Media Staffing Solutions for businesses to build their social media success.

If you’re not completely satisfied with your Social Media program or solution it’s time for a change! Give us a call! But don’t just make a change for the sake of change. Understand why it makes sense first. Questions? Send me a note at or call me at (847) 498-5494. Thank you for referring us to a friend.

When I talk to our clients I ask them to look at their hands. As we know each finger serves a purpose and yes…so does the very important big thumb. This reminds me of the movie Stripes when Bill Murray offers to be the BIG Toe (kind of like a big Thumb)(Platoon Leader) if anything happens to Sgt. Hulka.

Hold up your hand and consider each finger one of the reasons for your business to be successful.

1. Advertising
2. Marketing
3. Sales
4. Public Relations
5. You (The BIG Thumb…The Sgt. Hulka…or Bill Murray…you choose).

Each one of these “fingers” of your business cannot operate independently of the others. Each “finger” of your business needs to work in harmony with the others or the handshake (the deal maker) will be limp, weak and more like a deal breaker. We will not get in to the “how to have a handshake” conversation here. Actually, yes we will. . . This very interesting “how to” video on a proper handshake sums it all up. If you are model that is. . .

I will have to pay attention next time I shake the hand of a model. I think I will know whether or not they have seen this video. And most importantly…”Don’t pump it”, no one likes that? Seriously this nice lady was way ahead of the Shake Weight.

Now that we are back on track and know how to shake hands, what is the one thing you may be missing? What is the extra finger you would grow if it were possible? The #1 new thing you need that you can use to tie them all together? You already know the answer. YOU NEED SOCIAL MEDIA.

But you’ll have to keep them all on the same hand because “one hand doesn’t always know what the other hand is doing”!

So if I may point this out one more time. It isn’t possible to grow an extra finger. But it is possible to include SOCIAL MEDIA in your business mix

What questions do you have about growing that 6th finger of SOCIAL MEDIA?

Erik Hultman (a.k.a. E) is founder of ÜberBlueDM, LLC., specializing in educating, empowering, strategizing, implementing, managing and reporting for businesses to build their social media success.