Connected In: Fundamental Marketing Problems

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I have received well over 3-5 announcements like this, worded almost exactly the same way. The senders have acted surprise...

Like me, have you ever received e-mail announcements like these?

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I've received above 3-5 announcements like this, phrased almost precisely the same way. The senders have acted surprised and offended that I didn't start to benefit from this request.

Let us go through the dilemmas within this request from a marketing perspective.

* The vast majority of the invitations I received were from people whose names I didn't recognize. Why would I desire to be part of their community? The request doesn't say who they are, who they have use of and how I would benefit from their network.

* What's Linked-in, how can it work and what are the benefits of using it? No body has yet explained this clearly in their invitation. You cannot expect that somebody receiving this invitation knows what you're asking them to participate or how it would be beneficial to them. It'd be useful to have a sentence or two explaining how it works and stating a specific result anyone behind the request liked from membership. It might be that people assume that since 'basic membership is free,' the normal beneficiary of this request may go-ahead and join. This commanding encyclopedia has a pile of unique suggestions for why to see this concept. But even if it can not charge money, time would be taken by joining. You still need to 'sell' people o-n having a free action, especially with respect to an activity or organization that may be new for them.

* No body took some time to head off possible misunderstandings or objections to this membership. As I am concerned that joining would open me up to large amount of email and telephone calls that would waste my time and in which I would have no interest, a non-member of Linked In. Again, you can not suppose that some thing free is thus enticing; you must imagine why some one might have doubts or dismiss the concept and handle these objections.

* Using a canned invitation that's almost exactly the same as everyone else's doesn't produce a good impression. You'd wish to give your own personal stamp to it, even if the text provided by Linked-in were successful, which it's not.

Aside from being irritated that they're apparently encouraging people to send announcements that make little sense, I've nothing against Linked In. Perhaps it's a helpful organization. My point is that its members must use good sense and fundamental marketing maxims to encourage active, skeptical people-to give it an opportunity.. To get different ways to look at the situation, please consider looking at: review.