Networking for Business Partnerships
Part Two of a Two-Part Series on B2B Partnerships and Why Networking Doesn’t have to Suck!
Why B2B Partnerships are Critical to Your Business
Part One of a Two Part Series on B2B Partnerships and Why Networking Doesn’t Have to Suck!
We’ve all heard the popular refrain, “No man is an island”. The phrase reminds us humans are interconnected, thrive in community, and benefit from collaboration. The same rings true for businesses.
Some business owners shy away from partnering with other companies, fearing partnerships with another business could leave them vulnerable. To be clear, not all B2B partnerships are successful. In order to collaborate with another company, you will often have to share key pieces of internal information. The keys to developing successful, mutually beneficial partnerships are:
Despite the potential for drawbacks, I’d like to argue that by partnering with businesses that align with, or are, complementary to your mission, values, and service offerings your business is able to:
When forming a B2B partnership, both you and your strategic partner will promote your alliance thereby increasing visibility for both of your companies. The mutual promotions can be informal (a verbal agreement about promoting) or more formal (a contract about who is responsible for what promotions, where the promotions occur, and with what frequency the promotions occur). Through mutual promotions, you’ll each attract audiences your business might not gain on its own otherwise.
Whether it’s a natural by-product or a formal agreement, B2B partnerships typically increase lead generation or referrals. The audience and warm leads from your strategic partner will be more apt to trust you as a company because they’ve already come to trust your partner. Again, you’re increasing your brand’s visibility and audience size, exposing you to more leads.
Oftentimes when businesses are partnering together, their end goals benefit their audience, as well as, the community at large. Strategic partners are able to leverage their partnership by pointing to their collaboration and how it positively impacts the broader community.
Businesses united towards a common goal through their strategic partnership are able to collaborate on larger projects or initiatives that they might otherwise have a harder time executing on their own. Working on these larger projects creates the potential for more initial back and forth as each company negotiates who is responsible for what tasks. But once the delegation is established, the businesses are able to combine human power and resources, resulting in the successful completion of a project or initiative.
But by building community and coalescing together, you’ll be able to make a greater impact and, with the right partnerships, increase growth.
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