Visualize Your Connections and Grow Your Business

Visualize Your Connections and Grow Your Business

Connections matter.  Relationships matter.  Whether you are in sales, marketing, or building your own business as an entrepreneur, you are all in the same boat.  Some are you are better connected than others.  Some of you jumped on the social web bandwagon years ago, and there are still some of you who still do not have a LinkedIn profile.

All of us count on our connections and relationships to grow and prosper. There are many helpful web tools that consolidate all of your connections and contacts and show them to you in a list format.  Your Outlook contact list, your email subscription list, Gist, or even your Contact list from LinkedIn or Twitter.  Nice to have and up till now, the only way to get value out of the list was to sort and resort the list based on the desired criteria.

Your list might look something like this:

Spreadsheet view of contacts

The challenge with this method is that you need to figure out how to use this raw data to identify the best, most likely connection path for your purpose.

PeopleMaps List to Path

Your answer is PeopleMaps.

This web tool presents your connections and social web activity information to you in an entirely new way.  The brilliance of PeopleMaps is that it takes the same data and presents it to me visually, showing me the connections between us all.  When I see this data laid out visually, it immediately becomes clear.  The paths and connections are right there on the screen. No ambiguity or confusion now.  Here is what I am talking about:

PeopleMaps ConnectionPath View

From this ConnectionPaths map within PeopleMaps, I get a much clearer, deeper and faster understanding of who can help me get an audience with Jeff.  The connection path in red has been identified as the most likely “best” path to connect based on data from my social web activity, and in this case it is correct.  I have much more activity with Michael Damphousse than with the others.  There is a popout legend that helps you identify the types of connections, roles, companies, schools and more, all in a visual way.

Legend for PeopleMaps ConnectionPaths view:

Legend for PeopleMaps ConnectionPaths view

If you want to immediately know more about any connection on the screen, simply put your mouse over the connection or icon and you will see more detail and drill-down capability as shown here: PeopleMaps drill down view

You are now able to find out how you are connected to any person or any company.  I am frequently surprised with the results when I type in a name that I want to connect with.  It has shown me the value of a large social web presence and how it can be used for an important business purpose. PeopleMaps is a visualization tool.  In order to best grasp it’s power and capability, you must see it in action.  The team at PeopleMaps will be participating in our Web Tools for Business Demonstration Summit in late October on Fill the Funnel TV.  The  Schedule will be published the first week of October.  Make sure you are registered to receive the schedule of this first-ever 3 day event for Web Tools for Business.  PeopleMaps and all of your favorites in the series will be participating and several have special offers only available during the Summit.

Miles Austin
 

Miles Austin is known around the world as "the Web Tools Guy". Leveraging an intense curiosity about how things work and how to improve results, Miles shares his latest web tool discoveries and teaches how to use these web tools to improve business success personally and as a company.

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