Online Classes Teaching Social Networking Skills Now Available

CINCINNATI, Ohio (April 17, 2009) – Everyone’s tweeting. Most professionals are linking to each other. Facebook’s just as important now as a website. But how do busy business owners and sales professionals make sense of what will make a difference to their bottom line? Enter:, a new Internet-based training program from Accelerated Business Results (ABR) and Sales Konnect. offers sales and marketing professionals courses to learn social networking skills. The Social Networking for Business Development course equips participants with research-based sales methods and provides ongoing access to a cache of best practices.

“Everyone is talking about using social media tools to generate sales, but no one has offered a research-based program custom-built for the sales and marketing professional,” says ABR President Amy Fox. “ABR and Sales Konnect are marrying our expertise to create that unique and powerful training program.”

Headed by social media guru Kendra Ramirez, Sales Konnect brings proven expertise in social networking and sales strategies, complementing ABR’s experience developing award-winning and results-driven sales training programs. The two partners found each other through the social networking tool LinkedIn.

“‘Social media experts’ are born every day, but do they have 20 years’ experience in business-to-business Fortune 500 sales development?” says Ramirez. “Have they used social networking tools to build a successful team and increase business?”

Using social networking tools, Ramirez transformed a struggling sales team from 40 percent of plan to 95 percent of plan in less than one year. The secrets of her success, as well as the best practices of other organizations, are included throughout the training.

Social Networking for Business Development
teaches the basics of establishing a social media presence, online etiquette, identifying sales leads, using online networking tools to heighten visibility, and keeping your virtual brand consistent.

ABR is a full-service, award-winning training company specializing in sales and service performance, management and leadership development, and product knowledge. The company’s client list includes Fortune 500 companies such as Comcast, Procter & Gamble, Sprint, and Time Warner Cable. ABR has been cited as a Company of Distinction by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

Sales Konnect has a proven track record of strengthening organizations through business development know-how, advanced social networking prowess, and skills training. The company has consulted with Huff Realty, Scripps, Fifth Third, and numerous Fortune 1000 clients on topics such as leveraging social media to shorten the sales cycle, hiring passive candidates, and extending marketing plans. launches its LinkedIn training course this month and will soon offer courses in Twitter and more.

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