Have you been receiving more spammy LinkedIn messages these days? I know that I am.
Receiving broadcast sales messages from fellow group members and other individual members not only defeats the entire purpose of LinkedIn, it is annoying!
“Our mission is to connect the world’s professionals to allow them to be more productive and successful. Our services are designed to promote economic opportunity for our members by enabling you and millions of other professionals to meet, exchange ideas, learn, and find opportunities or employees, work, and make decisions in a network of trusted relationships.”
LinkedIn User Agreement:
“8.2. Don’ts. You agree that you will not: Post any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation unauthorized by LinkedIn.”
It’s gotten to the point where I procrastinate reading my messages because I know that many of them will be spammy in nature.
So, what to do?
Well, as I see it, you have five (5) choices. Continue reading →
You know who you are… LinkedIn members who send countless messages pitching your business, products, or services in your first communication with new connections. What’s with that?
Do you really think that people will receive your messages with open hearts and minds? I know I don’t.
How about creating a relationship first? Would you approach someone at an in-person networking event and immediately start selling, or would you engage in some conversation first? (That was rhetorical.) Well, LinkedIn is the same thing!
Plus, how many of these sales pitchers bother to read our profiles to see whether we fall within their target audiences? I can’t even count how many times LI members try to sell me the same marketing services that I offer! Hello? Continue reading →
Are you guilty of messaging your LinkedIn connections without doing your homework first? Tch, tch.
Broadcasting marketing messages to people who are NOT in your target audiences can spell disaster. Want a good example?
Last week, I received three overt promotional messages from LinkedIn connections - by Tuesday morning!
Two did not personalize the message, so I know they sent it to multiple recipients. I have disconnected from them.
The remaining message did include my name, so I’m cutting that one some slack. But, if it continues to happen, I will disconnect.