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10 Ways to Annoy Every Connection on LinkedIn


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These 10 mistakes will annoy all of your business contacts on LinkedIn. Are you making them?

These 10 mistakes will annoy all of your business contacts on LinkedIn. Are you making them?

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  • 1. 10 Fast Ways to Annoy Every Business Contact on LinkedIn
  • 2. LinkedIn is the World's Largest Professional Social Media Network The potential for professional connections and sales is great, especially for B2B companies.
  • 3. Why? 57 percent of B2B Companies say they generated sales through LinkedIn*  45 percent of B2B Companies have gained a customer from LinkedIn*  47 percent of B2B Marketers say they actively use LinkedIn*  *From SPIRAL16 "How B2B Companies Are Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]"
  • 4. LinkedIn Continues to Grow     Professionals join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two per second.^ LinkedIn members did over 5.7 billion professionally-oriented searches in 2012.^ More than 3 million companies have a LinkedIn Company Page^ LinkedIn has more than 259 Million Users, including 84 million in the U.S.^ ^From LinkedIn
  • 5. But make these 10 Mistakes And you'll turn people off. When you turn people off, they tune you out. No one hears your message.
  • 6. If You're Doing These 10 Things on LinkedIn
  • 7. 1. Over Promoting Yourself    Don't turn every conversation back to your business or service. People right through blatant self-promotion. If your business is relevant to a conversation, by all means, Speak Up!
  • 8. 2. Making The Hard Sell  LinkedIn is social first, business second.  The hard sell is a turnoff  Promote your products and services on your company page, instead of a personal account.
  • 9. 3. Spamming Contacts     Spamming your connections’ inboxes with “special offers” or events every week will backfire. Be very selective in sending messages to your connection’s inboxes. Never let a sales pitch be a first communication. If you do, you’ll eventually find yourself with fewer connections.
  • 10. 4. Randomly Connecting    Send a quick note with each new invitation explaining why you want to connect. You’re taking a chance if you don’t. If you try to friend too many people you don’t know, you could be reported to LinkedIn as invitation spammer.
  • 11. 5. Unprofessional Profile    If you took your profile photo in the bathroom, or at a party, no one will take you seriously. Even worse is a profile with no picture at all. Profiles with incomplete work histories, no recommendations or endorsements are also suspect. Look professional!
  • 12. 6. Not Updating If you don't update your profile and status on a regular basis, people will forget you exist. It's a simple as that.
  • 13. 7. Being too cute   LinkedIn is not a place to get too cute in profile and work descriptions. People search for specific work titles and skills on LinkedIn. I'm a content provider, not a content "guru," not a content "ninja."
  • 14. 8. Posting irrelevant content    While it is important to post information in your LinkedIn groups ... It's more important to post Relevant Information. Remember, a sustainable building group wants different information than a animal rescue group.
  • 15. 9. Adding contacts' email addresses to your marketing lists    Don't abuse your connections by adding their email addresses to your marketing lists without permission. That is a no-no. It also violates common email marketing standards.
  • 16. 10. Improperly Asking For Professional Recommendations    If someone hasn't worked with you, don't ask for a professional recommendation. If you do, you're putting a connection in a position to lie about their knowledge. Ask people who know your work to recommend you.
  • 17. Avoid these Annoying LinkedIn Mistakes and .. You'll be good to GO!
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