Some of the best advice I ever received starting out in the business world concerned the value of networking. Online communication tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter as well as mainstays like IM and email make it easier than ever (sometimes too easy) to network with other like-minded individuals.
Search marketers tend to be a tech savvy lot so I suspect many Online Marketing Blog readers are likely users of these online communications and networking tools. But which ones? Which are most productive? That leads us to this weeks Reader Poll question:
What is your top online communication and networking tool?
Email (31%, 17 Votes)
Social Networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace) (27%, 15 Votes)
Blogs (15%, 8 Votes)
Instant Messaging (9%, 5 Votes)
Social Apps (Digg, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube) (7%, 4 Votes)
Forums (5%, 3 Votes)
None of the above. I network offline. (5%, 3 Votes)
Discussion Threads (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 55
We’re gearing up for a very large (in scope and promotion) TopRank Search Marketing Resources Survey, so please leave suggested online networking tools we’ve not included in the survey above in the comments. We’ll consider them when creating the industry resources survey.
About the author
Lee Odden has been recognized as a top B2B Marketing professional by Forbes, The Economist and the Wall Street Journal. For over 20 years he's worked with his team at TopRank Marketing to help elevate the B2B marketing industry through creative marketing programs that deliver more authentic, experiential and inclusive content for brands like LinkedIn, Dell and Adobe. Lee is the author of Optimize and has published over 1.4 million words on his agency's B2B marketing blog. As a trusted marketing thought leader, he has given nearly 300 presentations in 19 different countries on B2B content, search and influencer marketing. When not marketing, Lee is probably running, cooking or traveling.