BNI = $18197 in Sales This Past Week

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I've been a member of BNI since November 2010 and thought why am waking up early one day a week to network with other business owners for an hour and a half?

After all, I'm not much of a morning person.

BNI Costs:

$465 - BNI Membership dues (1 year)
$25 - Additional training
$60 - Coffee and donut fee
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$550 - Total

4 Leads this past week = 4 Sales: $18197

3 Websites and 1 consulting gig.

Anyone else doing BNI? How is it working for you?
#bni #past #sales #week
  • Profile picture of the author redcell1
    I am now considering it lol
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    Just here to see the shenanigans.

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  • Profile picture of the author Abul-Hussain
    I went to a BNI meeting as a visitor mid-last year.

    The group seemed very tamed, very little excitement and had a few referrals for each other.

    I was by far the youngest there and by the end of the meeting, felt like it wouldn't be worth my time - those in attendance seemed like successful business people.

    However, I know networking works and am looking at other gigs to attend.

    Any advice would be appreciated from the seasoned networkers.

    Abul :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author virginiad
      Originally Posted by Abul-Hussain View Post

      I went to a BNI meeting as a visitor mid-last year.

      The group seemed very tamed, very little excitement and had a few referrals for each other.

      I was by far the youngest there and by the end of the meeting, felt like it wouldn't be worth my time - those in attendance seemed like successful business people.

      However, I know networking works and am looking at other gigs to attend.

      Any advice would be appreciated from the seasoned networkers.

      Abul :-)

      Hi, Abdul

      Are there any other BNI chapters near you? Most are not like that one. I have visited 4 that are near me and all were very active in referring business to each other.

      I would not let one bad experience deter me.

      Virginia
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  • Profile picture of the author zackpow
    Awesome! Great job. How did you approach them? Care to share the details. We have a couple groups here that I am considering membership.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgeO7
    BNI follows a very structured agenda. There are 30 in our group. Every week all the members have a 60 second commercial. You state who you are... your business name... what you do and who your ideal client is.

    Since they are also business owners/managers, etc.. Most of them need what I can offer and have referred themselves to me... an inside referrral.

    There is also a segment near the end where you give a testimonial. If you do well by your clients... they tell the group... you build trust... the group keeps their ears open for others in their sphere of influence who might need your services. They pass that referral on to you... an outside referral.

    In theory... the members of the group are your outside sales force. You educate the members as to what you can do for other business. They provide you with referrals.

    Last meeting... I asked if anyone knew the owner of XYZ Company who would make an ideal client for me. I had two people offer to provide me with an introduction.

    Nothing like a warm lead and a personal introduction to an ideal client from one of their trusted friends.

    BNI is turning out to be a gold mine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rocketguy
    I am also in a BNI group. I currently 10 clients from this group alone. It definitely works.
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  • Profile picture of the author tonyscott
    Hi George, I've been a member of my local chapter for the last 2 years - it's the foundation of my business. Referrals from BNI members represent around 25% of my turnover but for me, the chance to meet with other business people is as valuable as the monetary aspect.

    As with many things, we seem to get a raw deal on cost compared to you guys in the US. Annual fees are in the region of $750 here.

    Tony
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    • Profile picture of the author ericshef
      Wow great work I have to ask this what dose bin stand for how do I find this group where I am thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Davista
        Thank you guys for letting me know this exist.

        I looked up to see if it exist in Europe and it is also very succesfull but in my country they don't exist but are looking to expand so there is bigger chance for me to start my own BNI in Belgium.

        Going to call the guys in the UK now to find out more.

        Thanks again for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgeO7
    BNI = Business Networking International - www bni com
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  • Profile picture of the author hallpart
    How is it working for you?
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  • Profile picture of the author BNI HQ
    Allow me to introduce myself -

    I'm Joani, the Social Media Coordinator for BNI Headquarters. Our company, founded and headed up by Dr. Ivan Misner has been around for 25 years, and it's growing stronger by the year.
    Our actual name is BNI (Business Network Int'l), and we have over 5,800 chapters currently.

    George, it's great to hear about your experience with BNI!!

    redcell, if you let me know where you are, I can give you info for whom to contact.

    Abdul - Each chapter has its own dynamics. We always suggest that you visit a few chapters before making any decisions, to see where you feel the most comfortable.
    Please let me know if I can help you locate more chapters in your area!

    Zackpow- Want a referral in Tampa? Pebble Creek Golf Club Wed mornings @ 7:15

    Rocketguy & TonyScott - awesome!!

    ericshef - Here's a number for you to find your nearest chapter: 888.708.2731


    Davista, BNI is in every populated continent in the world. If you ever need help connecting with anyone regarding the company, whether it's to start up a chapter, or visit one, please let me know - I'm happy to help!

    hallpart - the reason BNI works is that each chapter follows structured guidelines. It's a very professional environment, all about not only getting referrals, but giving them too. Thus, the philosophy we follow, which is Givers GainĀ®.

    Our website, which George was kind enough to post will help more.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrmatt
    All I have to say about BNI is join. But I will also say that you get what you give.
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  • Profile picture of the author nandi
    WOW didnt know a squad about BNI going to check it out!
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    • Profile picture of the author safe as houses
      Hi, does anyone know if there are any chapters in the UK , and if so, where?, Kind Regards, Mick.
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  • Profile picture of the author BNI HQ
    Hi Mick! We have MANY chapters in the UK!!

    Tim Cook and Charlie Lawson are our National Directors in the UK, and they can get you connected with the chapters in your specific area: 01923 891 999

    Also, Scott, I rec'd a private message from you, but I can't reply, without 50 prior postings. So, I can give you the information for the SF area: Give a call to Dawn Lyons 707-773-1370 and she can help you find your nearby chapters
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  • Profile picture of the author BNI HQ
    For more questions, you are always welcome to ask!
    I'm always happy to help!
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    • Profile picture of the author photobabe
      Hi Warriors,

      I have been a member for about 2 years. last year BNI brought in around 15K in new business, which for us results in about 7K in ongoing hands-free recurring revenue each year.

      In the first 2 meetings of 2011 BNI referrals brought 6K in new business.

      We only have 9 in our chapter, and are trying to get new members, but our meetings are lunch meeting for some lunchime is their prime selling time so it's a difficult slot to fill. Plus its $70.00 a month for the lunches. But in our case worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    Because of this post I called the lady here yesterday and I am going to my first meeting on Tuesday!

    I need to stand out from the crowd.

    Any ideas?
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgeO7
    Arrive early (15 - 30 minutes) and introduce yourself to as many members as possible.

    Watch and observe... You will get your 60 seconds to state:

    Who you are... What you do and Who your ideal client is.

    Practice your elevator pitch - 60 second commercial - write it down if necessary.

    Bring a LOT of business cards and make sure you pass them out.

    Enjoy the meeting...

    Join if invited...

    MrMatt said it well... "that you get what you give."
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  • Profile picture of the author andymayhem
    Woah BNI - Kudos on the Social Media Management. Very pro and fast with valuable information. Just as it should be
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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    Well, I have been to 2 BNI meeting and I have an appointment with a dentist from the group. She is looking for a site re-design and I am going to recommend mobile and SMS marketing and probably Google Places.

    I see a lot of potential with BNI and I highly recommend it to anyone here.
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  • Profile picture of the author paintbrush4u
    I will try this out in a Chamber...and see if it works just as well...

    thx
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Originally Posted by GeorgeO7 View Post

    I've been a member of BNI since November 2010 and thought why am waking up early one day a week to network with other business owners for an hour and a half?

    After all, I'm not much of a morning person.

    BNI Costs:

    $465 - BNI Membership dues (1 year)
    $25 - Additional training
    $60 - Coffee and donut fee
    --------------------------------------
    $550 - Total

    4 Leads this past week = 4 Sales: $18197

    3 Websites and 1 consulting gig.

    Anyone else doing BNI? How is it working for you?
    George, I wasn't aware that BNI was such an active business network, I'll have to look into joining this. I assume they can be found in every major city in the US?

    It looks like you priced your websites in the $2k - $3k+ range; if you don't mind elaborating, what sort of work and customization did you include with your website packages, and did you throw in any kind of SEO with these websites?

    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author GeorgeO7
      Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

      George, I wasn't aware that BNI was such an active business network, I'll have to look into joining this. I assume they can be found in every major city in the US?

      It looks like you priced your websites in the $2k - $3k+ range; if you don't mind elaborating, what sort of work and customization did you include with your website packages, and did you throw in any kind of SEO with these websites?

      Paul
      Paul,

      3 WordPress sites... $1997... $2800 and $4000

      All with on page SEO, Google Places setup and Facebook Business page setup and integrated with WP.

      BNI is well worth checking out as other's have attested. I look forward to our weekly meetings and always arrive early to network with others. Like anything else, you get what you give.
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      • Profile picture of the author 88Bot
        Originally Posted by GeorgeO7 View Post

        Paul,

        3 WordPress sites... $1997... $2800 and $4000

        All with on page SEO, Google Places setup and Facebook Business page setup and integrated with WP.
        George,

        Do you mind sharing with us how you came up with the pricing differences?
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  • Profile picture of the author urmilp
    Hey George,

    I really never used to like networking that was until I met a film producer at a BNI, who introduced me to a web design client that changed my life and helped me build a multi-million dollar property portfolio.

    SO I guess its the BNI where that all started.

    I absolutely love networking now.

    Urmil
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    I have been in BNI International - Business Networking and Referrals and Business Networking and Business Referrals by LeTip International, Inc. for years. Excellent way to grow your Offline Business. There is the commitment of joining a group for about $600 a year, you can also visit 25 to 50 different groups as a guest as long as there isn't someone there in your category. I also attend Chamber and Business Mixers. Have your online resume spotless and your LinkedIn Profile tricked out with many recommendations. James Hickey | LinkedIn <--like this..
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  • Profile picture of the author troon
    The problem with BNI is getting in! They only allow one member from each niche and the website/SEO/social media slot is always filled. Could be useful, just can't get in!
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    • Profile picture of the author GeorgeO7
      Originally Posted by troon View Post

      The problem with BNI is getting in! They only allow one member from each niche and the website/SEO/social media slot is always filled. Could be useful, just can't get in!
      That is also the beauty of BNI... exclusivity. Are there other chapters in your area?
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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    I just picked up my first check from a BNI member.

    Overall, it is a $1700 project, but I have a meeting with another member on Tuesday and he is looking for SEO and a mobile site.

    Thanks to George and this thread, I went to my first meeting 2 weeks ago and it looks to be well worth it.
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    Congrats ADAM!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Holmes
    Does the UK have a BNI group?

    Anyone reading from the UK had any experiences with it if there is?
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  • Profile picture of the author jayspann
    Any advice in picking a BNI group? I have three in my small area, all with open slots for offline marketing. One group is WAY more active then the other two. Should I just go for that group?
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    • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
      Originally Posted by jayspann View Post

      Any advice in picking a BNI group? I have three in my small area, all with open slots for offline marketing. One group is WAY more active then the other two. Should I just go for that group?
      YES!

      Any of them will be good, but the active one sounds better to me. I paid my dues yesterday and landed a client last week. She gave me a great testimonial yesterday morning and 2 people inquired about my services after the meeting.

      Easy money!
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  • Profile picture of the author jargonbust
    awesome
    how to get to that level
    plz tell
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  • Profile picture of the author electronik69
    BNI Depends on what area you live in, where I live the fees are phenomenal, and since we are still in tough times alot of businesses are dropping off BNI because they simply cannot afford it.

    But it's great to see someone having success with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author omurchu
    BNI here are looking for $1000 per year. Cannot afford this right now - if I started making $$$ then I would consider - hard to commit to this when starting out.

    Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author alanborcic
    The issue I have with BNI is mandatory referrals for group members. As business consultant, I do not meet number of clients each day like mortgage broker, real estate agent, chiropractor or any with official brick and mortar business. How did you overcome this issue?
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    • Profile picture of the author virginiad
      Originally Posted by alanborcic View Post

      The issue I have with BNI is mandatory referrals for group members. As business consultant, I do not meet number of clients each day like mortgage broker, real estate agent, chiropractor or any with official brick and mortar business. How did you overcome this issue?
      The referrals do not need to come from business contacts. For example, if you know someone who is looking to buy a house, you would refer him to the real estate agent. This could be anyone...a friend, family member, or a client.

      Likewise, if the real estate agent knows someone who may need your services, he would refer him to you.

      There is no set minimum number of referrals that you have to make. The only minimum is the number of meetings you attend. They are very strict about attendance.

      Hope this helps

      Virginia
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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    I referred my girlfriend to a dentist at the 2nd meeting and I plan to go to the dentist myself. I also plan to use the accountant, the attorney and the business card guy. I plan on referring myself to a lot of these people.

    Las Vegas is a town like no other. Finding someone you can trust is like hitting the jackpot, hard to do. I plan to bring in as much business as I can.

    A $1,000 a year? I couldn't afford that at this time either. I also had to have a business licenses ($195) and in order to get that I had to have a state license ($200). Out of my pocket was $865. I got one client that is a $1,700 deal and plan to do it all myself because of the money I paid up front. I spoke to another member and he owns an auto repair shop in town and he wants an optimized GP listing and a mobile site.
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