Online networks enable you to identify and reach people you would probably never reached otherwise.
So, it is a fantastic tool for initial contact, and then to keep in touch and keep track of one's career.
As far as I am concerned, nothing could replace a real face-to-face meeting: the human aspect plays a huge role in a relationship, whether personal or business.
So, get in touch with people online, then talk to them on the phone, and meet them!
Some online networks have Country Managers who are in charge of recruiting members and increase the brand awareness. They organize events worth attending. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet 40 people in a couple of hours. Then, it is easy to follow up, using the interface of the site!
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