Six Things to Not Do On LinkedIn and in Social Media Forums...Think Before You Post!
"Dear Denise,I have seen you working in a IT company but you have interest in promo business too.Do you agree with me?"
"Dear Mr.Jim, I have gone through your profile.one of my idea: we source and do marketing jointly in INDIA-CHINA-Bangladesh for win win position.Whats your comment."
"Dear Bret, on going through your profile i see you have a reputation as printer and promo business.I have an idea that we do sourcing and marketing for each other in INDIA-CHINA-Bangladesh ot get win-win situation.What is your opinion?"
Lesson: Solicitations like these are completely off topic and clutter up a meaningful discussion. Solicitation has a time and place. Make sure you are picking the right time and the right place.
2. Don't Highjack a Topic Thread.
One long thread started with a request for product suggestions. Many good ideas were offered, but after over a month, one person decided to go into a completely different direction and pitch a product that had nothing to do with this discussion.
This is distracting to everyone. Anything unrelated to the discussion at hand, including offering other products that have nothing to do with the posted topic, is wrong. Be respectful and just start a new thread.
Lesson: For those who aren't aware of how to start a new discussion on Linkedin, hit the + sign at the top next to Discussion. Keep the threads on topic.
3. Don't Contribute Content That is Irrelevant.
In a long productive discussion thread, a distributor posted a generic industry web site link to a product, with an irrelevant sales pitch that had absolutely nothing to do with this topic.
Since this was an "industry" group I noted: "Generally this forum is made up of distributors who have access to the same products and supplier sources you are offering. Posting on a group with end-user buyers may be more effective for you."