As you build your network marketing or MLM business, you are going to realize very quickly that you have run out of leads. Chasing your existing friends and family is only going to get you so far, and most of them are probably already running in the other direction when they see you coming.
MLM recruiting comes down to 2 things. And you already know what they are, because they are listed right in the name. “Network” and “Marketing”.
That is simplified, but what growing your group comes down to, is building a big network, and then marketing to that network. Unfortunately, most of your existing network may already be tired of hearing your message.
This is where social networking can come to the rescue for your business. In all of human history, there has never been a faster way to build up your group of friends and acquaintances. And then present them with your marketing message.
Social networking allows you to meet more people who are just like you. People looking for a business opportunity. Or people looking for the product that you are selling.
Remember how excited you were when you first saw your company’s compensation plan? Do you see the excited faces out there when you attend a conference?
There are many more people like that out there. But they are unlikely to come from your small group of friends and family. However, chances are very good, they are using social media.
Social networking is exactly what the name implies. It is “social” and “networking”. Do you see the common thread? Network. This is where the 2 activities, social media, and MLM, mesh.
You already know people will only be interested in your opportunity or products if they know, like, and trust you.
To understand how that works, think about this example. Many people in network marketing opportunities manage to recruit some of their best friends or family right away. You have to realize, that those people signed up because of you. Not your opportunity or products.
It is the same when using social media. After you have built a group of “friends” who know, like, and trust you, you will find they are open to your marketing message.
The 3 steps you follow, and how they mesh is easy to remember. They are right in the names “social networking” and “network marketing”.
- Social – Using social networking tools, be social, be friendly and give useful information.
- Networking – Build a network of friends and associates who know, like and trust you.
- Marketing – Put your opportunity and/or products in front of your associates who you know are looking for them.
There are 2 social networks that are almost mandatory if you want to succeed in your networking marketing business. There are also many others that may be of value.
The first is Facebook.
Facebook has over 400 Million users. In fact, it is estimated that at least 1/2 of all Internet users in the US are on Facebook. And they spend an average of 1 hour per day checking updates.
This is huge. If there are no Facebook users out there that are interested in what you have to offer, you are offering the wrong things.
Facebook can be utilized through both your personal profile and business fan pages. Can you imagine having loads of fans for your MLM business? Hundreds of thousands of people, in your circle, that are actually interested in hearing your marketing message.
Would that be better than chasing after your friends and family?
Next in line, for social media, is Twitter. A little smaller, with only 90 million users, Twitter still has a huge number of leads hanging out.