I’ve Been the One Who Pitches Early. Newsflash: IT DOESN’T WORK!
You have a conversation with someone who seems to be doing really well in business. (I used ‘seems to be’ as opposed to ‘is’, for good reason). They tell you how they do it. It involves an early pitch. You do what they say worked for them. But it doesn’t work for you.
Does that sound familiar? I don’t need to go into details but can confess that I was seduced in such a manner in the past. I also confess to being embarrassed that I did this! I’m simply not a hard-selling type who can hop onto a call and get old-school salesy. Besides which, I know that most people simply don’t want that anymore – least of all from a relationship that started online! I did it for the promise of sales success
Megaphone Selling Was the Old World. Social Selling Is the New
What We Don’t Like
When we turn on the television, we expect to see sales messages. When we drive, we expect to see billboards. And by now, we’ve all become accustomed to the banner ads that follow us around. Being directly sold to is still acceptable in those, and probably a few other situations.
However, if you log into LinkedIn and see a few connection requests, you’re surely turned off if they include a pitch. You also won’t like it if the pitch comes minutes after you accept the invitation.
Use your own feelings as a barometer here. Few people have time for old school, connect-to-sell tactics on Social Media. That includes if it’s you doing the selling. If you’re lucky, no damage will be done. You may be admonished by a few people and some will drop you instantly. But if you’re unlucky, you’ll be reported to the platform resulting in possible bans. And your reputation could be tarnished. Social Media is tough if you have a bad reputation!Ditch the Megaphone! Adopt Social Selling Click To Tweet
What We Should Be Doing
- Get online
- Send some connection requests
- BE SOCIAL!
As I mentioned in the article ‘B2B Networking: Be The One Who Listens’, Social is about listening. It’s about doing the stuff you do with friends. It’s not only about talking. Make new relationships. Make new friends! Ask them questions. Be a human, not a salesperson. Yes, you can sell without overt selling. Try it!
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