Nine out of ten small businesses now dedicate time to networking online using social media and other channels, and almost three-quarters (74 percent) of these firms find online networking as, if not more valuable than networking in person, reveals a new study.

Manta polled more than 600 small business owners across the U.S. about their use of online and social channels, and discovered that more than half (53 percent) said that networking on and offline was equally valuable, and that 42 percent of small firms said that a quarter of customers gained over the past year had come from online channels.

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