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09/11/2011 / loyaltymarketingnews

Boost And Expand Your Professional Network With LunchMeet

These days the saying “It’s all about who you know” seems to undermine the idea that hard work is key to climbing the success ladder. Building strong relationships and connecting with the right people can often help you advance your career, land your dream job or gain insight on ways to make your business more successful.

This is the idea behind LunchMeet, a free application tool that helps people strengthen and expand their professional network by having face-to-face, meaningful conversations in their free time. Known as “an app to never eat alone,” LunchMeet allows you to search for other professionals in your area, or a city you plan to visit, who are also available when you are.

“I realized how many people criticize social media for pushing people apart because they spend too much time on technology rather than socializing with people,” said Taylan Kay, developer of the LunchMeet app. “LunchMeet actually brings people together and helps them form meaningful connections with people.”

The new application, available for iPhone devices, is easy to use:

  1. Log in to the app using your LinkedInTM account
  2. Enter the timeslots and location of your availability
  3. Search for other professionals who are also available in the same area during the same timeslot
  4. Call them or use the in-app messaging to arrange a LunchMeet

A LinkedIn account is necessary to use the app. Once users are logged into the app, LunchMeet will generate a small personal profile for you based on your LinkedIn profile information. Don’t worry about privacy issues – your personal information will not be publicized or stored without your permission. Only your connections will be able to see your name and company. All other contacts will only see your professional title.

Arrange a LunchMeet

Schedule a LunchMeet

Users can invite their LinkedIn connections to use the app, post their meeting availability on their LinkedIn status and automatically add meeting details to their iPhone calendar. The app is a great way to network with a range of professionals such as entrepreneurs, consultants, job seekers, talent hunters and business school students.

“There are so many apps out there that don’t have a narrow context and advertise the same idea, such as dating or finding new partners” said Kay. “LunchMeet narrows the context so that users know it is only for professional networking.”

LunchMeet was inspired by the book “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. In the book, Ferrazzi claims the key to advancing in life and climbing the business ladder is reaching out to other people. He also describes the steps he took to connect with friends and colleagues who have helped him succeed in his life and career.

The app will soon be available on Android devices.

(via Mashable)

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