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.

Lori Ruff, The LinkedIn Diva, is a speaker, trainerauthor and radio host in the LinkedIn and social media world. One of LinkedIn's Top Three Most Connected Women, she has influenced tens of thousands of people during her 15+ year speaking and training career. She is one of Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers of 2012. Wouldn't you like to meet The Diva too?

2 comments to Tips from The LinkedIn Rockstars: Top Ten Annoying Behaviors of People on LinkedIn – Number 8

  • Lori, It’s so bad I refuse to accept invitations from anyone with SEO/SEM or Web Development in their titles or past history.

    • Thanks for the comment Mark! We are hearing that over and over in our classes and presentations as well. Why connect when you know the likelihood of spam will be high? Another is Internet Marketer or Affiliate Marketer. No longer job titles that carry credibility.

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