Darlene asks, “I’m getting lots of connection request sales pitches on LinkedIn. Does this spray and pray technique actually work?”
Yes and no. It works in the short term, but is deleterious in the long term. It’s a favorite tactic to be automated, which means your account is at high risk of being banned. What works better?
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In today’s episode Darlene asks, I’m getting lots of connection requests sales pitches on LinkedIn, does this spray and pray technique actually work.
I’m getting them to several dozen a day and at least they say up front as a sales pitch.
So I can decline the request which is handy rather than being that person that sends you the connection request and then the moment you hit Connect, you get what we jokingly call a pitch slap.
We immediately get a sales pitch and you have to go and unfollow the person and report them as a spammer etc.
Does the technique work? Yes and no.
Any automation any of these mass spray and pray tactics does work in the beginning in the short term, but two things tend to happen one if you’re using your own personal account, it tends to incur things like bands and having your account cancelled, etc.
Because you’re breaking the terms of service.
And that’s absolutely linked ins prerogative to do.
Even if that wasn’t the case, you’re only going to sort of get the lowest common denominator sorts of connections from that style of technique because there’s, in every market there’s there’s a curve of demand, right? There’s the people who need something right now, there are people who are looking for something.
There are people who have a problem that they don’t know was a problem yet.
And then there are people for whom the problem does not exist.
And when you’re doing spray and pray anything, spray and pray email tweets, LinkedIn connection request, whoever you really only going to scrape that very first bucket People who are so desperate that they’ll latch on to anything, those tend not to be the best customers either.
Because depending on what you’re selling, and how much commitment it takes to dissolve that thing.
Those folks are not necessarily the world’s best planners or folks who are interested in a long term professional relationship.
And you absolutely can make a market out of doing service to just the most desperate.
But again, that comes with a whole bucket problems, those are customers that tend not to pay their bills on time, among other things, as opposed to investing much more heavily over the long term in professional relationships, so that you work your way up the demand curve.
The challenge again for a lot of businesses is that if you are on the the end of demand curve, just desperate people, anyone will do to solve their problem, which also means that any competitor will do.
And the moment that that person who has bought your service finds that they’re interested in say, lower costs, etc, they will drop you like a hot potato as you work your way up the demand curve into more and more relationship based things, where the problem is not obvious where the problem may not be known, but you will have a you have built a reputation as a trusted advisor.
It’s harder to dislodge you.
It’s not impossible.
There are certainly plenty of companies that will say like, yep, we had some budget cuts and this is what we can do.
But generally speaking, that relationship will carry you much further.
It requires a longer investment.
It requires You know, sometimes months, maybe even years to build those relationships, but once you have them, then they tend to be something that can be sustained over the long term.
So should you go and automate things on LinkedIn? No, not really.
Again, there are there are bots, there are, you know, pieces of software you can buy that they can run automated.
They are relatively easy for LinkedIn to detect and then ban your account because of their automated nature.
And I’ve looked at a number of them.
I’ve looked at how they work.
They are very naive.
They do not understand how the LinkedIn algorithms work.
If you read any of Lincoln’s patents and things, they are very good about doing pattern matching.
And, again, you get a very low quality audience.
If you spend your time instead on things like effective content, marketing, on LinkedIn, connecting with people that you want to build a professional relationship with.
using other sources of data to build your LinkedIn network is a real simple one is asking people to connect with you on LinkedIn in things like email newsletters and stuff that you do or in your YouTube videos, or whatever the case may be.
Anything where you’re going to build on that relationship, and you’re going to have no expectations from that relationship for a long time.
Again, measured in years.
This is why a lot of sales folks still refer to things like the golden Rolodex, which is your book of business, your your collection of professional contacts that are meaningful contacts that people that will return your calls, if you call them and vice versa.
And it takes years or decades to build that up.
So get started.
If you don’t have one get started soon.
invest in people for who they are.
Because people will change job roles all the time and a person who was a bigwig at one company, maybe not so much in another company, but that person if they are somebody you are legitimately invested in as a human being, will tend to move around over their career, and may again be in a position where they can be of benefit to you and vice versa.
That’s the the, it’s not easy.
But that’s the simplest way to use LinkedIn is just invest in people that you actually want to be connected with that you would actually want to sit down for a cup of coffee with virtually, or beer virtually, these days.
And spend some time with so don’t don’t automate things.
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