Though Facebook is the place to be lately if you want to promote your business, some pointers on Facebook etiquette are in order here.
As some less savory members of our family in north Jersey would say, “it’s not personal, just business.” But on Facebook, it needs to be the other way around.
You wouldn’t walk up to someone at a party and say “Hi, I am So-and-So, and I can see that you are on the obese side and would benefit from my product that will help you improve your wealth and increase your health!”
Someone did that to me once, and I was speechless. Almost. Actually, this is what I said.
Wow, I am going to pretend you didn’t just cozy up to a complete stranger and say the equivalent of “hey, you’re fat, let me sell you something that will help you lose weight.” From your profile, you seem like a really nice guy who is motivated to help people, and I am guessing you just don’t realize there is a way to approach people on Facebook, and a way NOT to. That would be the way “not to”.
So giving you the benefit of the doubt, I say – thanks for your concern!~ Happily, we are already working on it with some great products that ARE working.
Puhleeze. The same common courtesies apply on Facebook that apply in the real world. Just because someone is your “friend” doesn’t mean that you are entitled to bombard him with too many business messages.without first cultivating a relationship.
The same goes for responding to friend requests. Don’t you dare say, “Thanks for becoming a friend. If you want to become a millionaire in the next 5 days, here is a link to www.mypyramidscheme.com”
Facebook is a SOCIAL network.
Let me say that again. S-O-C-I-A-L Network. People go there because they want to be SOCIAL, not because they want to be SOLD products.
As much as you may find it to be a time waster, multiplied millions of people are there BECAUSE of Farmville, not in spite of it.
BECAUSE of Mafia Wars.
BECAUSE of Bejeweled Blitz.
Because of all the myriad Zynga games.
And so, when I had the most spectacular score of my life on Bejeweled Blitz, I made a video about it and posted it to YouTube. (You can read more about that in my post “The Games People Play.”) Because you never know whether some Bejeweled Blitz fan might want to join my network marketing company, or own a small business that would have us create a social media campaign for them.
People want to do business with people they like and trust. People who are “like” them in some way, who have similar interests, or are from the same part of the country, or went to the same college, or like the same video games or television shows. You can find out more about whether someone on Facebook is a good fit to do business with by looking at what books he reads and what movies he enjoys, and what kinds of links he shares, than you can from reading his highly polished resume that tells you only what he wants you to know.