Contrarian Networking Strategy – Part 1

Create Truly Effective Networking That’s NOT Focused on Networking

In general, networking to increase sales quickly can often be a frustrating undertaking. Many businesspeople join their local chamber of commerce or business networking group and are initially excited at the prospects. But the unfortunate reality is that it often doesn’t live up to expectations; so, we quit and look for another way to drive sales to our business. 

But wait! 

There are principles of networking that do work – and that are almost opposite to what we may believe about networking.

FACT: PULSE Survey Research by Red Zone Marketing* has shown that networking is consistently one of the top 5 ways financial advisors are bringing on new business. (The number 1 method is unsolicited referrals).

Part 1: Build Connections Not Prospects and Stop Networking!

The goal isn’t to be the winner of the most business cards received at an event. That

just gives you more cold-prospecting and follow-up to do after an event. 

The goal is to make connections with those that can introduce you to others based on their network. 

The focus of networking also should not be on gaining an immediate sale from the people you talk to. In fact, that tactic almost never works. Instead, success tends to come from focusing on building a referral relationship – one that turns into a referral connection, serving as a conduit to other customers. 

Think about building a mutually beneficial relationship with someone who may never even buy your product or service but can help connect you to those who can. 

Sometimes, focusing on the immediate sale causes you to miss a lot of future opportunities. The premise of contrarian networking centers on the fact that networking shouldn’t be to sell at all – but connect.

*PULSE Survey completed Dec 2023

Maribeth Kuzmeski, PhD, President of Red Zone Marketing, is a marketing strategist, advisor to financial services companies, bestselling author of nine books, and a professional speaker rated as a Top 25 C-Suite Speaker as seen in Meetings & Conventions Magazine. She speaks on topics including marketing, branding, sales, and customer service.

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