Social media isn’t going to radically change these percentages if you use it as an ‘old style’ sales tool.
Let’s face it, being contacted by someone you’ve never heard of to take a look at their product or to meet with them can be pretty irritating – regardless of whether it’s by phone or via a social network.
Some tell you, you have connections in common who think you should meet with them – if that’s the case, have the mutual connection tell you that! 9 times out of 10 I bet your connection doesn’t even know the person is contacting you. It’s a thinly veiled cold call.
Tom Skotidas, a specialist in the field of B2B lead generation, put it really well when he said: “Over time reach out to people and move relationships beyond LinkedIn but only once you’ve built trust by sharing insights.”
What does that mean?
How to build trust using social media
- You’ve got to give before you ask.
- Share information and insights people will find valuable.
- Answer their questions.
- Give away some of your knowledge for free.
- Enable people to make an informed call about whether you’re someone who knows what they’re talking about.
- Don’t ask for that meeting until you’ve proven your worth and earned the right to meet offline
By building trust, when it comes to the meeting….
- The other person will already know about you.
- They’ll understand how you can help.
- The meeting won’t be cold. It’s going to be more valuable for the other person and for you. And it’s more likely it will lead to work.
When professionals tell me that social media doesn’t work, I wonder what they’re doing.
- Perhaps they’re relying on a half arsed profile
- Or they’re spamming other users by requesting meetings BEFORE they’ve demonstrated their worth and built any sort of relationship.
Social media’s not a silver bullet. You have to consistently put in time and effort to reap the rewards. But reap them you can. All it takes is a genuine passion for helping others and less focus on getting people to become your clients RIGHT NOW.