Over the past week, I have given my special attention to Social Networking. I made it a point to add five to ten new friends every day. I did this by contacting “suggested friends” on my FaceBook Page and also through Twitter. To me, I find social networking very interesting because I meet new people and may comment on their blog, or make friends on FaceBook.
I know this is a long process, but I like to take one person at a time, look up what they are doing and then friend them. This establishes a true and organic rapport with them rather than a mechanized, artificial connection. I usually take the first step by looking at their blog and commenting on it. Then I add them to my FaceBook and invite them to joing my FaceBook Fan Page. It has been working very well so far.
This past week I also decided to pay more attention to Twitter. There were so many people who wanted to friend me, that it took a while to check them out. To my surprise, the majority of the people I was responding to back-linked directly to their own Sales Page!
Of course, I am picky when it comes to that. Self-promotion via social networking is absolutely inappropriate and, rightly so, considered as spam. Social networking is just that… an opportunity to connect with people on a social basis first and foremost. Business connections may develop from that, but only through the organic process of getting to know each other better first. Instead of linking to a sales page,
I usually direct people to my blog, which is my central hub of information and value that I offer my visitors. Going to a direct sales page turns people off. “Oh that guy is trying to sell me on something” I say to my self. This started to get the wheels spinning in my mind.
So what do you think I did?
I replied directly to certain people who had the same interests as me. I wrote to them saying “I would like to add you to my Twitter and FaceBook, but did you know that going directly to your sales page is NOT what network marketing is all about? It would be a more effective strategy for you to link directly to your blog rather than a sales page. That way people can build a connection with you, so that you are branding yourself while building relationships.”
That was it. Just a little nudge to enlighten them. I thought to myself, maybe I’m crossing the line. Maybe I shouldn’t have done this. Oh, my head was swinging back and forth.
Guess what happened next?
I received so many responses of “Tell Me More.” “Why should I do that?” “I don’t have a blog yet, where do I start?” My heart lead me the way, and my little experiment worked. I am now coaching 5 new people that were interested on how network marketing and social media works. They checked out my blog and some responded to it. They also became fans on my FaceBook business page.
Moral of the Story:
When you have the urge to follow what is inside you, do it! I really felt like who am I to tell strangers what to do, but I felt the need to. I felt that if I brought this message to them, they could prosper too. I know it’s all about giving, but like I mentioned before, I was concerned that I may have crossed the line. But my response proved to me that I didn’t. My response was more people opting in to my downline and affiliate sites.
If you feel a little uncertain about nudging people, get over it and just do it. What do you have to lose? You have the knowledge and you are just critiquing their business to lend them a hand. Isn’t that what “go-giving” is all about?
Well, folks that’s my story of the week!