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Helpful tips and articles about social media strategy, content marketing, and business networking. 

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The Worst LinkedIn Profile In The World [WEBINAR REPLAY]

Dave Delaney

I recently produced a brand new presentation about common LinkedIn mistakes. To have some fun with it, I created a fictitious character named Jerry Larry. The Worst LinkedIn Profile In The World showcases Jerry's terrible choices using the professional social network. 

My friends at Contactually presented the webinar last week. A number of you have asked for a replay, so here it is. Sit back, relax and take notes. Don't be a Larry!

My presentations are always more fun, live and in-person. I would love to come to your conference or company to present The Worst LinkedIn Profile In The World. Let's talk about it.

How Contactually Is Making Managing Relationships Easier

Dave Delaney

Contactually is a web-based CRM tool that will help maximize your network ROI, get more referrals and gain more repeat business, says the website. I've been using the service for over a year and closed new clients from working with it. The secret is the Bucket Game, but let me share a brief description of what a CRM is before getting into that. 

Customer relationship management (CRM) is an approach to managing a company's interactions with current and future customers. It often involves using technology to organize, automate, and synchronize sales, marketing, customer service, and technical support. - Wikipedia.

Contactually gives me the ability to add my contacts to different buckets (or groups). When I first started using it, I used the generic buckets it came with, but I recently updated this. Now I have specific buckets for specific groups of people, which makes keeping up with my networking much more efficient. 

I created a bucket for close friends and family, so I am reminded to check in with them more often. I have a bucket for new coaching, speaking and consulting clients, leads and former clients. Each bucket is set up to remind me to follow up after a set number of days. 

Contactually's Bucket Game TUTORIAL

Following up has never been easier, because Contactually tells me exactly who I should follow up with each day. The Bucket Game allows me to quickly add each contact to a certain bucket. Here is my brief Contactually Bucket Game video tutorial to show you exactly how this works.

Beyond Buckets

Another feature of Contactually I love is the ability to tag my contacts. For example, my friend, John Morgan is a personal branding expert, so I tagged him with this. When someone in my network asks me for a personal branding person, I search my Contactually account for "personal branding" and anyone with that tag appears in the results. This is especially helpful for common tags of people I know, like "WordPress, accountant, iOS developer, keynote speaker, lawyer, etc." 

Free 30 Day Trial

Managing my relationships has never been easier using Contactually. I'm just scratching the service, you can do a lot more with Contactually. You should give it a try. You can grab a free trial from this link. Full disclosure, I'm a partner, so I earn a small commission if you sign up, but I wouldn't recommend it if I didn't love it.

 Let me know what you think of it. Please leave a comment.

Two Email Secret Weapons You're Missing

Dave Delaney

keyboardI've written here before about how to manage your email. The truth is that it's an on-going battle for most of us (myself included). I have recently tried two different services that have impressed me. One service keeps my email inbox organized by only sending me the important stuff, and the other helps me keep track of my contacts.

SaneBox

SaneBox prioritizes important emails and summarizes the rest. It does this by adding a folder to your email called SaneLater. It then determines the importance of each email based on your past interactions. It moves unimportant messages out of your Inbox and into a the SaneLater folder. Then it sends you a digest email so you can tend to the less important email later.

Check this out.

Contactually

Contactually is a web-based CRM tool that will help maximize your network ROI, get more referrals and gain more repeat business. Sounds good, right?

I love it, because you can create groups of contacts (called buckets). You can then choose how often you want to hear from those buckets. For example, business opportunities are on the top of my list. Here's a short video to show you how it works.

I'm an affiliate of both of these services, which means I earn a small commission if you purchase either service. I wouldn't share them with you if I didn't think they were awesome. They both have free demos you can set up to try and see if you like them. I think you will.

Let me know what you think of SaneBox and Contactually in the comments. Are there alternatives you're using to manage your email and relationships?