On April 21,2020 the Texas Governor Greg Abbot issued a life-altering executive order. The Stay Home – Work Safe Order had many effects on business such as production, staffing, as well as financial setbacks. What does this mean for the future networking to build professional connections?
Although many Texas-based business are starting to re-open, with no current vaccine, many people are fearful of gathering together or stepping into a building for a business meeting. NCrowd has developed an app that allows its users to connect while keeping in line with social distancing. NCrowd allows for business owners, sales reps, VP’s, marketing personal and many others to still build their networks from the comfort of their homes.
How It Works:
To get started with the NCrowd App, download the app from iTunes Store or Google Play and create a profile. Users can then upload their information on a digital business card and add in a headshot and a few additional photos. To complete your profile you can connect your Facebook, Instagram and of course LinkedIn pages.
After a profile is created, the user can search for networking events that may apply to their interest or industry and join virtual networking lounges to view others who have RSVP’d to events. Users can then share their digital business cards allowing users to call, chat, and email other professionals and create connections.
“The app is user friendly and helps professionals see who is attending the event before the event happens,” says Roland Martinez, Co-Founder.
The Future of Networking:
Let’s face it, we are in the digital age and from the millennial generation on, young professionals do not approach networking the same as the generations before them. Millennials use technology more than ever. According to a study by GlobalWeblndex, Millennials are spending about 2 hours and 38 minutes on social media each day and multi-task between several platforms at a time.
The “millennial era” plus the current pandemic have proven to us all that face-to-face meetings, networking and even day-to-day business operations can all be done from the comfort and safety of a professional’s home.
“COVID-19 has changed the way people interact forever,” says Martinez. “Networking will be forever changed because now we know it isn’t essential to meet face-to-face. NCrowd optimizes virtual events with our platform that allows professionals to connect in an online environment.”
The Overal Nside Scoop:
Our expert team concludes the NCrowd App has been through years of refinement and development and is being launched at the perfect time. COVID-19 has not halted the ability to network but has set up the perfect platform for NCrowd to launch networking into the future. Currently all networking events are virtual but the ability to host and attend in-person events is available when the government deems them safe.