Social Media for business - new hype... Everyone is on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc..
I host the largest social media network on subject of IT/Software Development Outsourcing across multiple social media channels. Getting tons of different requests from my network on a daily basis.
I decided to start collecting some of them that give examples on how NOT to network :)
Here is the latest:
Step 1. I am getting a friend request on Facebook from a person I do not know, w/o any intro... Hmm - ok - I decided to accept it - just to see what will be happening next;
Step 2. Right after I accepted his request, he sends me a blunt message: "Do you outsource to [country]? " -
OK - what do you think?
Will I ever consider to outsource to this vendor?
The one that did not bother to check my profile, learnt what I do, could not frame his intro well, etc.. If he would of done just simple research, he would of find out that I consult on outsourcing/offshoring - I do not Outsource myself, he could of told me more about this company/services and asked me to consider recommending them and specified the reasons why...
Social Media could be powerful - I have developed my network with very targeted marketing segmentation from 0 to 2000 people within a short time frame - I know the power, however social media could be as powerful in getting you away from your potential prospects, partners and customers - be careful and considerate when you use it!!!