FACT: People Like to do Business With People They Know
The Internet allows you to get “known” by a ton of people virtually. So how can you do this? You join all the social networking sites you can possibly handle and “get to know” people. Interact, engage, build relationships, let them “know” you, trust you, etc. At the end of the day you find you are exhausted trying to keep up with all the new “friends” you have made on the various social platforms! The next day you get up and continue where you left off establishing, building and nurturing these relationships! Don’t get me wrong, some really wonderful connections/friends can be made in this way. I have been fortunate enough to have connected with some super smart, helpful, kind, caring, and valuable people. A special thanks to Susan Oakes, Sherryl Perry, Keyuri Joshi, Dennis Salvatier, Hollis Brown, Susanna Hess, Kim Jensen, Caterina Alexon, Gary Smith, and more. I met these people online via the social media route and am very grateful to them for the various ways they have added value to my life!
Turn Your Virtual Handshake into a Virtual Business Card
However, what if you could fast-forward the “getting to know you” stage of your relationship-building process? You know, the personal stuff that we openly share like marital status, children, hobbies, etc. What if there were a way to put your profile information into a virtual business card so that those you meet on the web can get to”know” you instantaneously like in the video below?
The video above was originally made as part of a challenge/”homework” assignment from Kim Jensen to create a profile video. I liked the idea and ran with it. She even liked the video :). Today I came across a contest on ActiveRain by Rebekah Radice called Create a Killer Elevator Speech That WINS Business Contest. I loved this idea as well and ran with it too! I used the profile video I had created for Kim, added a little elevator pitch content, and turned it into my Virtual Business Card. See, I even put it in my sidebar on my website(s)!
What do you think? Do you think using a virtual business card like this can save time in the initial “getting to know you” phase of an online relationship? Do you think this video gives the viewer an overall indication of who I am?