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9 in 10 Online Small Businesses Network Online, 8 in 10 Gain New Business

September 26, 2012

Nine in ten small business owners with an online presence dedicate time to networking online via social networks, online forums, etc., and 74% say networking online is just as valuable, if not more so, than networking in person, according to a survey from Manta, an online community for small businesses.

Moreover, 78% of surveyed online small business owners say they've gained at least 25% of their new business leads via online and social channels in 2012.

Below, additional findings form Manta's Small Business Survey.

Over one-third (38%) of surveyed business owners devote a quarter (25%) of their business networking time to online channels, and nearly one-half (24%) devote a half (50%) of their time doing so.

Gains from Online Networking

A plurality (42%) of small business owners surveyed have gained about one-quarter (25%) of new business via online and social channels (websites, social networks, online forums, etc.) this year.

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  • by Nick Stamoulis Wed Sep 26, 2012 via web

    It's great to read that such a good percentage of companies have gained business from social media in the past year. Connecting with new customers is a huge benefit to social media, but only if you take advantage of it!

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