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LinkedIn Review: Professional Community

LinkedIn is among the most well-known online communities for business professionals. It was bought by Microsoft in 2016 for $26.2B. While the website remains extremely popular, Microsoft has not been able to turn a profit.

It is likely that the company will eventually fold LinkedIn into the Microsoft 365 suite of business and enterprise solutions. When that happens, the platform may completely change. LinkedIn is a great platform, though it lacks some of the functionality found on newer platforms like Staunch.Biz.

LinkedIn Benefits

However, LinkedIn has many benefits. To start, it’s free to create a profile. You’ll be limited in how many messages you can send to other members, but there is a lot of value in creating a LinkedIn profile. This is a great place to start, if you want business and job leads.

LinkedIn is great for job-seekers. Many recruiters have paid memberships on the platform, and will likely reach out to you if you’re a qualified candidate for one of their offerings. However, if you are a business owner who wants to generate leads, then you’ll probably need to pay for a subscription, if you want to get results.

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Alignable Review: Local B2B Networking Platform

Alignable is a great tool for local business owners to connect with one another. It has a lot of communications and organizational features that will bring value to any small team. And, because it already has a relatively large community, it’s easy to find people to network with.

Alignable’s greatest drawback may also be considered a feature. That is to say, you won’t get much out of it without a paid subscription. And, most subscriptions will limit you to a specific geography. Platforms like Staunch.Biz and LinkedIn do not limit you to such constraints.

On the plus-side, making a networking platform mostly pay-to-play will limit the amount of spam you get. It will also mean that the people who are signed up are serious about growing their businesses, by networking with yours. Last, by limiting you to a local region, it’s true that you’ll get fewer leads. However, it’s also true that for many industries, those leads will be more likely to convert than leads from a place far from home.

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Staunch.Biz Review: B2B Networking Group Platform

This is a new website, but the idea is sound. Unlike LinkedIn, this company is not trying to capture both the jobs market, and the B2B networking market. Rather, it is a platform for small business owners to network, create groups, and exchange leads.

You can create a profile for free, and this gives you access to various networking tools. For example, you can create a networking group and invite other people who have different skills. You can also utilize video conferencing to hold weekly meetings with your virtual team. In these meetings, you actively collaborate to generate leads for the entire group.

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