7 Essential Social Networking Sites For Businesses

In this post I will share with you 7 awesome social networking sites for businesses…

Social networking for business has grown in immense popularity over the recent years. The realization of the benefits of using social network sites such as Facebook Twitter, Google Plus for marketing purposes, has lead to many small businesses making that connection with social media, giving them new opportunities to promote their business online.

However it does not stop with Facebook and Twitter or Google Plus, there are now many more professionally catered social networking sites designed specifically for business use, so today I want to share with you 7 social networking sites for businesses, and in no particular order.

1. LinkedIn

Starting with the most popular of them all is LinkedIn. LinkedIn allows you to search and reconnect with your old class mates as well as work colleagues. You can connect to other networks within your industry and make great professional connections, as well as upload your CV and increase your career opportunity.

One of the best things about using LinkedIn is that you can learn a great deal from experts within your industry, as well as share your own knowledge and skills. Joining is free and there is the option to upgrade to a business, business plus or executive account with prices ranging from $19.95 to $74.95 per month.

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2. Ecademy

Ecademy is an exclusive business networking site that caters for small and large businesses and entrepreneurs looking to connect with the right people in the marketplace for their industry. Ecademy enables you to grow your business by advertising in the right marketplace backed with automated search engine submission for great exposure of your ads.

As with LinkedIn you can also learn a great deal from experts in your industry by posting to blogs and asking questions. Joining is free however you can upgrade to paying just under $10 per month for a full networking subscription.

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3. Xing

Xing is very much the same as Ecademy and LinkedIn, Xing allows you to get connected with business professionals for advertising, marketing and promoting your business as well as finding jobs. Xing currently has over 10 million users.

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4. Biznik

Social Networking Sites for Businesses

Biznik is unique as in it is designed to unite business people together to help each other grow. They believe that working together can beat the opposition and makes it clear that they are not just another LinkedIn cloned site. Membership is free and the pro-membership will set you back only $10 per month. They also offer a ProVip membership at $24 per month.

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5. Entrepreneur Connect

This is a social networking site aimed at entrepreneurs. The site offers many groups packed with tones of tips and advice on business marketing success. Registration is free and you’ll receive access to industry related groups, the marketplace and the directory.

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6. Focus

Social Networking Sites for Businesses

If you’re looking for advice from business experts and business minded individuals then Focus is where you need to be at. With focus you can connect with businesses and tech professionals, ask questions as well as contribute to answering questions from other people searching for answers on Focus.

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7. Partner Up

PartnerUp is a small business community website offering tips and advice ranging from SEO to online retail business marketing tips, provided by an array of business minded individuals, entrepreneurs and business marketing experts. You can also offer your own tips and advice to others much the same as you can do on Focus, joining is completely free.

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About Samantha Wright

Samantha Wright is the second editor and co-founder of magnet4marketing.net. She was awarded MasterCard Business Woman of the Year in 2007 and now loves to share her knowledge and insights in small business marketing. In her spare time Samantha is also a keen surf photographer, and loves to cook. Samantha currently works for Mole Valley Forage Services as a customer service unit manager. You can follow Samantha on Facebook.

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