Imagine the most convenient personal networking tool you've ever used. It automatically combines your contacts from multiple digital platforms, organizes them into a searchable database, and updates your network in real time. Good news — that tool exists, and it's called Trove.
But that's just a fraction of what Trove can do. It's how you use your network that really matters — who cares if your contacts are organized if you still can't find the people you need? That's where Trove really shines.
Use Trove to build a stronger personal network, fast. Here's how.
When you signed up for Trove, you connected your primary email address. Great start 👍. But you communicate with other tools, too. What about your email addresses from past jobs? Your calendars? Even your LinkedIn profile contains some valuable information about the people you've met.
See, the more data Trove can take in, the more useful your network will be. So DO NOT skip this step. It may seem like a small thing, but it's kinda the foundation for your entire Trove experience.
Trove makes it easy to create shared lists of contacts with people you know — it only takes a few seconds. The more you combine your network with others', the more powerful it becomes. And the stronger your network, the better chance you have of meeting the right person.
Imagine you have 225 contacts. You connect with a friend who has 563. Trove creates a single pool of contacts, so that you can search the people your friend knows — and the people you can meet through them. Your network just grew exponentially.
And if you think that's powerful, imagine creating one big super-network with your coworkers. Instead of sending the ever-annoying "do we know anyone at [insert business name here]" email, just search your company's combined network. Not only will you see where your colleagues have contacts — you'll find out who can best make an introduction to the person you want to meet.
Let's talk about quality vs. quantity. Because Trove is super smart, you no longer need to connect with every single person you know to build a valuable network.
Start by pooling your contacts with a couple people who would love to help you when you have a networking need. With every invite they accept, your Trove network grows exponentially. You'll see that, even with just a connections on Trove, your network is so much more powerful than you ever could have imagined.
So if you shouldn't pool your contacts with everyone... then what should you do? The answer varies based on your goals. If you're trying to grow your career, you could pool your contacts with people in relationship-based positions: sales people, directors, investors, etc. On the other hand, if you're starting a pizza joint in a city full of pizza fanatics, you probably want to network with people in your area. They'll be able to help you get the lay of the land, introduce you to great vendors, etc.
Imagine this. You're trying to decide on a restaurant for date night. Whose advice do you trust: your foodie friend who loves the place, or some random person on Yelp? We vote for your friend.
Trove works on the same principle. Because (assuming you read #3) you're only connecting on Trove with people who matter to you, the relationships you form using your Trove network are valuable, too. When you conduct a search, Trove dives into your entire "extended network" — your direct contacts, plus all the contacts you've pooled with others. Trove scores the results of that search, so you can immediately see the best path to the person you want to meet.
Trove's technology certainly makes finding people way easier than it used to be... but what if you're not sure who you're looking for? What if your company is hiring for a high-profile position, and you need the right recommendation, fast?
Get the word out by making a post on Trove! Since your Trove network is full of people who truly want to help you, it's a great way to get the ball rolling, and fast. Bet you know a few people who will answer the call.
But don't stop there! Use Trove to get warm referrals, and let your network know when you're looking for a new job. It's the perfect place to trade honest recommendations with people you know. It's more personal than reading online ratings, and more secure than a public social network.