Today I have something funny for you to read! In fact something really funny that had myself and some of my facebook friends in stitches on Monday night. The thread below and the “discussion” that ensued all took part on my buddy Emma Faircloughs wall..
The reason why I have put this up is to show you that you have to be SO careful when it comes to marketing using the social networking sites! If you do it right it’ll be your best friend, if you do it wrong, it’ll be your worst enemy just as our friend “Mr Power” discovered.
You see one thing you have to discover about marketing on Facebook is that their is a certain kinda “ettiquette” that must be adhered to at all times! Well at least it has to be adhered to if you care about your reputation and your business!
Numero UNO rule on Facebook is NO SPAM. This is something that marketers like myself really hate! Its a common thing for new people starting out online, their upline/sponsor/mentor has NO idea what they are doing and tells them that the best way to get people looking at your business is to get your link EVERYWHERE!
They tell you to pitch your business at every given opportunity, and urge you to put your spammy “copied and pasted” crap wherever you can! Inboxs, statuses, friends walls etc.
Now the reason they are doing this is because they have no idea how to market effectively. They think by law of averages the more people that see it… the more chance they have of getting it in the face of someone who is interested.
Though smart marketers like myself and my friends know that the way to market your business effectively is to be an attractionaire.. attract your prospects to you, by giving value, being transparent, offering advice & actually build relationships with people!
So we’re all merrily doing this, interacting with each other…focusing on our brand and our business and then
BAM along comes a clueless marketer….who hits you with it… SPAM !!
Now if you’re new to marketing or aren’t even started yet.. you may wonder what the big deal is.. but trust me, if you’re anything like myself and my peers, we spend a fair amount of time on facebook.. so we get it EVERY SINGLE DAY, for a few they will just leave the comments there, for many they will just delete them, though more often than not.. somethign will get said, I’ve done it many a time myself.. because the poor soul is clearly clueless what they’re doing online, so I try to reach out and explain that.. “you know what, this really isn’t the done thing, get back to your upline, and find out you really should be marketing on these social networking sites” etc
There is place for all of us to prosper online, and sometimes, people are just clueless of the ways that work when it comes to marketing, usually because their sponsor has no idea, so as opposed to just deleting… its great sometimes to try and explain, so that they may get a better understanding of the “facebook etiquette”
99% of the time they appreciate your advice & take a step back and understand the error of there ways..
1% of the time.. they act like an absolute a$$.
I’ll let you make your own mind up on which category you think our friend Mr.Power falls into….
So what are your thoughts??
Were we too harsh on Mr. Power ?
Do you think that we should have just left the SPAM go unnoticed?!
Do you think we were right to mention it to him & try to educate him?
Have you ever had a similar experience.. or maybe you have been incorporating “SPAM” into your business plan and after reading this now have an understanding on why you shouldn’t do it?!
Let me know your thoughts because after “Power Gate” we’d all love to know what you think!!