I think the question that needs to be asked is WHO are you targeting? That will greatly affect the HOW you reach them. Who do you want to work with? Fortune 500 companies? Freelancers? Small business owners? Arts & Craft businesses? What will make you happy and have you do the best work.
From my experience, local networking events tend to attract other sales professionals and smaller businesses. They are attempting to chase anything and everything instead of targeting their customers.
As a content strategies you have an upper hand on many businesses, you can write your way into your demographic with a blog.