The Internet is becoming an increasingly social place. This is good news for businesses who want to be able to reach consumers and buyers—they simply set up sites for themselves on the social portals and encourage interaction with fans, clients, etc. But what about websites that aren’t geared to be B2C? What about B2B hangouts? Where can you go online to talk business with likeminded entrepreneurs?
Bundlr is an up and coming website for business professionals (and non professionals). In terms of function it is similar to Pinterest. You “bundle” up things of interest to you under specific categories. Other people subscribe to your various bundles to keep up with your research, observations, etc. Along with other CEOs, you can find Ehsan Bayat on Bundlr, which helps solidify the network as a professional resource for entrepreneurs and other business minded up and comers.
LinkedIn is the standard for professionals and was built specifically for business professionals to take advantage of their own networks and the networks of their existing network contacts. Currently it still serves that purpose but has also expanded to include forums and content sharing so that people can learn from and help each other. Lots of people use the service to find new career paths and employment while others hang out there, hoping to learn more from the experts in their chosen fields.
CopyBlogger is not a social network but a blog that is geared toward marketing and promotions. It’s narrower focus is on using Internet Marketing techniques to build your own web presence and promote your projects online. Even if your business is based in the brick and mortar world, you can use the ideas and advice offered up through the CopyBlogger blog to help promote and expand your current company’s reach. It’s definitely worth a place in your RSS reader.
Quora is listed as one of the top blogs for entrepreneurs. The site serves as a question/answer and advice portal through which newbies can ask questions of top level experts in every field under the sun. Even the top level movers and shakers will take time to do interviews for and answer questions on this site so make sure that you check it out regularly. The best part about this site is that it is interactive—you don’t have to wait for a professional or journalist to ask your question; you can simply ask it yourself!
If you don’t mind dealing with the “traditional” forum setting, the Warrior Forum is a great place for Entrepreneurs and Business professionals to hang out and talk about what works and what doesn’t for them. The forum started out as being almost solely for Internet Marketers but has expanded to include offline business boards as well. When you need inspiration or real world advice, this is a great place to get it—as long as you don’t mind a few trolls.
There are lots of great business blogs and social sites—these are just a few that we think are the best.