I think there is a difference in chatting with someone online in public
OR talking directly to someone personally.
I think it is important to move the conversation from a public one to a personal one when the timing is right. By timing, I am talking about specific information that you want to address or find out between you and the other party.
Here are some suggestions I use:
After a few rounds of conversations online, I will send the other person a (direct message, DM) with an Invitation to connect via phone or email. By offering an invitation, I am personally providing my contact information to the particular person to help facilitate the relationship to the next level.
Also, try sending tweets directly to a person from time to time. It really catches people off guard
This platform is great for using email. I have found that people are receptive to opening email messages using Linkedin. I have also seen a lot more spamming with respect to Group emails. Always send personal emails to a specific person and really avoid using email with respect to sending a mass email blast.
Send the person a note addressing them using the “+” sign in front of their name. Check out their bio and send a follow-up email to the email listed on their profile.
For business, I think Facebook is a little too personal. The only way I connect with someone on Facebook is on a Company or Group Page. You really need to be careful about writing a message on another person’s wall. I typically do not use Facebook unless I have been connected with the person for sometime and in that case “I ALWAYS USE FACEBOOK MAIL” – “DON’T WRITE ON SOMEONE’S WALL” This is very risky.
Other items to think about:
- Make sure your website has your address, phone number and a person’s name to contact. People still check out company sites to learn more about a company.
- Try sending a letter to a person. Yes – this is the new, cool thing to do because nobody does it anymore.
- Communicate online on a regular basis. Make sure you have a strong presence, not a diluted presence.. I use Twitter, Linkedin and Google+. That is enough for me . Stick with 1 or 2 platforms. I am learning this the hard way.
- Have Fun, Be Interesting, Show you Care and you will have a great experience and meet some outstanding people.
Hopefully, the end result will be a face-to-face meeting with the new relationships you make online. – This can be very rewarding!