At the heart of any successful business is strong communication. This includes communication between the company and customers via marketing and communication between managers and employees. It also includes communication between the business owner and various business contacts. However, what are the best ways to stay in constant contact with your business contacts? Below are a few options that work.
Social Media Networking
If you want to be a business owner, one thing you will need to do is network. Social media is one tool that can make networking easy. While you can use more mainstream options like Facebook and Twitter, there are plenty of social networking websites designed specifically for business professionals. This includes the most popular choice, LinkedIn, and other sites that can help professionals network with each other such as Beyond, Opportunity, and E.Factor.
Person to Person Messaging
However, if you already have a personal relationship with your business contacts, you may want a more direct method of communication. In this case, you may to consider different options for person to person messaging, known as P2P for short. Some companies, like Text Request, know that it can allow for the kind of quick back and forth communication via text you need. This can be accomplished through downloadable instant message programs and apps like Skype. P2P text messaging is another excellent choice you should consider.
E-mail is another old standby of business communication. It is free, efficient and allows you to send important messages almost instantly. However, there are a few downsides you should consider. People tend to get a lot of e-mail. If your e-mail isn’t filtered to a junk folder, it could easily get lost in a pile of other messages in that contact’s inbox. Still, it’s a quick and effective mode of communication.
Lastly, you may want a more personal connection with certain business contacts. In this case, communicating by voice may be the best option. There’s a lot that can be learned via voice communication that can’t be ascertained from simple text. The cell phone is of course the obvious choice here. However, there are other options as well like VoIP, (Voice Over Internet Protocol), that may be more convenient or cost effective.
Overall, efficient and effective communication is required to be a successful business owner. Make sure you have the right tools to communicate properly with your business contacts. The list above is only a starting point. Choose the best communication tool most appropriate for that specific contact.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.