If you all don’t know it by now, I’ll tell you again. I can’t stand getting sales pitches in my Linked In email or Auto DM’s on Twitter. That’s just not cool. I wrote about some dumb things we all do on social media here on these posts – ”5 Things I Hate About Linked In“, “What NOT to put on your Linked In Profile“, and most recently “The Dumbest Auto Responses on Twitter.“
Just this past week, I received more. Even AFTER I reprimanded someone on the very same thing, in a private message. These two items were in my Linked In inbox:
Is this really what we want? All 800+ connections inboxing us and asking us to “LIKE” their facebook page? I think she needs to find a new Marketing rep. This is just not good business. Never misuse your Linked In to do this sort of thing. Now, that being said, I think it’s okay to send a request on facebook to your facebook connections asking them to “like” your page. They don’t have to do it, and it’s not very intrusive. What do you think?
Moving right along, here is the next one I received -
First and foremost, when I received a connection request from this guy, I wasn’t wearing my glasses and was excited that “Alan Alda” would be requesting to connect with me. Only to find out later, it wasn’t him at all Note to self: Keep your glasses on.
Let’s review this one, shall we? 1. If I took the time to personally send all of my Linked In contacts an email with a link to my blog I wouldn’t have time to write the blog. 2. Really? You thought I would enjoy? No you didn’t, you are self-promoting. Just call it what it is. 3. This is lame. That.Is.All. This is a sure fire way to have folks unfriend and unfollow you, in a Minnesota minute.
Lastly, I guess I will continue to receive Auto DM’s until hell freezes over, so here are a few I received as of late:
If you just have to use Auto DM’s for your followers, simple is the way to go. And don’t use it as a sales pitch like these folks. The last one is by far the way to go, if you must do it. These are just my thoughts. What do you think? (Photo Credit: ViewFromTheDolequeue)