Tips from The LinkedIn Rockstars: Top Ten Annoying Behaviors of People on LinkedIn – Number 8
A few months back I was contacted on Skype by a new connection. Almost immediately into the conversation, he asked me to help him and his company, an “SEO, SMO, and Web Development Company”. However, he could not tell me what exactly he wanted, or in what way his company could help me and my work.
I asked him as politely as I could to get back to me when he had some idea of who I was and what I did, and how his company could help me. Partnerships are a two way street. You don’t just walk up to someone and ask them to do something for you without some way that you will be able to help them in return. Before you approach a client, know their own business goals, and be able to present a proposition that will help them be achieved. Be prepared to tell them about your work; don’t just expect them to visit links you send them to find out for themselves.
I have seen this behavior all over social media. I have heard people refer to them as social media spammers. Please, before you approach a potential client, be prepared to have a conversation about how you might work together.