Initiating Contact CadenceNote that this is the “third” attempt to contact!1. It began with an Effective Email2. Followed by “Persuasive” Cold Calls & Voicemails3. THEN Social network outreach
Social Media Approach Be empathetic (its a person-to-person activity) Be a good listener (youll end up smarter than the talkers) Be patient (technology moves fast, buy-in is slow) Be opportunistic (smart small, take advantage of any green light) Be flexible (surprises are common: you must adjust) Be collaborative (you wont succeed w/o internal support) Be humble (the “groundswell” is bigger than any one brand)
Ranked order of response priorities 1) SMS (texting) 2) Instant Messenger (chat) 3) Emails 4) Private SocNet (Facebook, Twitter DM) 5) Public SocNet (wall post, @twitter) 6) Calls to Mobile phone 7) Calls to “land line”
Social Networking Messages Look them up on wink, pipl, spock, spokeo, Wieowie.nl linkedin, facebook, myspace, ning, etc. plaxo, jigsaw, unyk, zoominfo, 123People Keep searching until you have some kind of social network contact or point of connection Find common ground i.e. you’re both members of same networks, alumni, linkedin group, facebook fan page, any other organizations Find friends in common (network connections) Can’t find one? Join a group(s) they are in!
Templates for social media Remember this is the 3rd attempt to contact them, they already received an email (or possibly two) and a voicemail from you. Something simple works: “[Name,] I’ve sent you an email and voicemail, and then I found you here on [network]. I believe I have something that may be worth a few moments of your time. Please contact me…” Before send the message, don’t forget to include ALL your social networking links!
Other Contact Templates Ideas Let them know where you found them: “I noticed you had some interesting answers to the [topic name] question in the [site/group name] online…” “I found you on the “I see you have had some excellent experience in Internet” scares people ___ for ___ from your online comment…” but “I found you online” feels safer. “I found you on LinkedIn” Let them know why you contacted them: is excellent! “You seemed to know quite a bit about ___ so I wondered if you could spare a couple moments of your time…” “Given your expertise in your industry, I wondered if we could talk…” The key is unobtrusive, honest, gentle conversation.
Found you on LinkedIn, would like to talk with you Hi [Name], your LinkedIn profile was brought to my attention by someone who thought you may be very knowledgeable and well connected in the [INDUSTRY] and could potentially know others who would be interested in a position with our [DIVISION NAME] group. I would love a chance to speak with you confidentially about any of your connections who may be a fit. It would also be an excellent chance for me to understand your experience, background and goals so I may be able to support your networking efforts when the opportunity arises. If you are open to having a brief conversation, or know someone who would be, please reply.
High tech versus high touch Social media is about relationships (even if you are only just starting one) Useful content inspires conversation Complete profiles build credibility and trust Keep “one voice” (tone) across all profiles Give before you receive, offer when you ask Don’t forget to include your signature file with links!
Connection In-person vs. Social Media When meeting someone in person how often do you: Give them your card without talking with them first? Ask for an endorsement without knowing them? Ask for a referral without knowing them? Talk about yourself 100% of the time? Show pictures of yourself partying or at the beach? Tell them you are having a really bad day? Tell them you hate your boss and are ready for change? Give them “25 things they need to know about you”? If you don’t do it in person, why do it online?
Facebook Pages and LinkedIn Groups• Why create your OWN groups? • People are more likely to accept a group invite than a personal networking connection • You can send a message to everyone in your group, even if they are not your direct connections • Good group content can drive viral marketing • Team project! Share the workload, and if someone leaves, they can’t take the network with them • Focused and adjusted on-the-fly, they responding to your communitys needs and offer them immense value • Gain your audiences trust and attention if you offer valuable insights or information they dont get elsewhere
Be Available LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Public profile, vanity Public profile, vanity Bio with vanity URL URL username Join Groups Join Groups and Receive DMs Company Fan Pages Open Networker Accept friends readily Join some Twubs (receive InMail at no (but categorize via lists cost to sender) to keep some info private) Add your URLs, phone Add your URLs to Include your URL in Bio &/or email to profile profile
If you find them here…LinkedIn Facebook TwitterMost open to Dislike overt Follow them and theyrecruitment-related recruitment may follow you backcommunications communication, but wants to be able to learn about you and your companyYour LinkedIn group can Steer them to your You can have a Twitterhave a Jobs tab (free robust company page, jobs feed, but your postsalternative to LI’s paid not your job posting should primarily bejob postings) more compelling content typesStatus updates go to 1st Status updates go to 1st Interesting statusdegree connections; are degree connections; are updates will beread more often, but not occasionally read and retweeted for widerforwarded much forwarded distribution
Other ways to get their attention LinkedIn Comment on their status Others who mention their name, or who wrote/received endorsements, obviously know them! Twitter Tweepz, Twellow, Twingly and other Twitter directory/search tools DM or RT their posts, or mention @theirusername in a post Facebook Use Friend Finder and/or similar to add them as a friend Blogs Leave a comment on their blog, or a blog you know they read
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