» HOW TO: Use WeddingWire to Network

Networking is important for any small business, but maybe even more so for professionals in the wedding industry. This is why WeddingWire wants to facilitate your ability to network with fellow Wedding Pros. Take advantage of the Pros I Know, Preferred Pros, Endorsements and Associations sections of your account to garner recognition from your colleagues and potentially more business in the future.

Just click on the My Network tab within your WeddingWire account to see the different ways you can connect with other local Wedding Pros and keep track of your network stats.

Pros I Know – Send or accept invitations to connect with other Wedding Pros you know or may have worked with in the past. You can easily navigate between your connections, those you sent invitations to, and those who you received invitations from. You will be automatically notified via email when you receive a new invitation request so you will know to log into your account to make new connections! Once you are connected, you can give and receive endorsements of each others business’. Easily search for other Wedding Pros using the search bar on the far right of your screen or look through the personalized suggestions from the Pros You May Know section.

Preferred Pros – Create your list of trusted Wedding Pros (up to 5 in each service category) from the Pros I Know section. Share your list with clients with easy printer friendly and email options. You can also display your list of Preferred Pros on your Storefront or use the Preferred Pros Widget on your website or blog. You have the flexibility of choosing what order the categories display in as well as how many per category you want to include.

Endorsements – After adding someone to your network, you have the ability to give and receive endorsements. Think of an endorsement as a review from a Wedding Pro. You can display your endorsements on your Storefront for potential clients to see and even use the Endorsement Widget to share these on your website or blog.

Associations – Are you a member of any wedding associations? Add them to your network  as well. Simply search by the name or location of the association and click to request to join.