Here are the questions that I received today during the webinar. If you missed the webinar please visit our homepage on our company website to view the recording at: http://www.situatedresearch.com/webinars/recordings.php
If you have other questions that were not listed here please feel free to email me them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. I have noticed that a lot of people who initiate discussions on LinkedIn largely do not respond to comments. They probably keep the comments rolling as a thread…… What would be your take on this?
- I have also seen this on LinkedIn. I feel that the person who posted the discussion is doing a disservice to themselves by not contributing to the discussion and responding. They could be adding so much more and establishing themselves as an expert. They are not utilizing the tools in front of them, the discussion. They should be excited that people are posting and adding ideas and get involved. Again I always say continue the conversation and if people post respond to them.
2. What are your thoughts on Chamber and Rotary clubs?
-They are great traditional networking clubs that do have benefits to them. I belong to our local Chambers of Commerce group, here in Naperville, and have found it to be very beneficial. Remember I am not saying not to do traditional networking but to incorporate it along with social networking. You will grow your potential for new leads and future clients.
3. How much time should one devote to that kind of networking in a week?
- As I said in the webinar you want to post at least weekly to any groups that you are signed up for. You want to establish yourself as an expert which means you need to become known. How do you do that you post, you start discussions, you respond to discussions, and you share resources. You can not establish yourself as an expert if you are not at least posting weekly. I post every other day because I now have a system down that works for me. Just remember that you do not want to post everyday otherwise you will look like a spammer and not an expert.
4. Do you find Blogger more beneficial than a self hosted WordPress blog?
- I have not tried a self hosted WordPress blog yet. I only tried Blogger because I wanted something that was going to be simple to use and fast. Blogger has worked great for what I need it for, simply posting information and ideas. Although I do need to broadcast more that I have a blog so that I get more subscribers.
5. Do we need to upgrade the LinkedIn package for the group add-ons and discussions?
- No you do not need to upgrade your membership to LinkedIn in order to write, post, or start discussions. Nor do you need to upgrade to start a group. These services are free on LinkedIn.
6. How do you end a group discussion?
- I always end a group discussion with a question to the group so that the conversation will be generated among members. If you are asking how do you end a discussion once it has gone on for days and days, I do not. I want the conversation to go on for as long as it can. That means that people are really interested, I can share more with them to support my initial discussion, and I become known as the expert.
7. Is there a danger of being blocked for spam if you post the same discussion to several different groups?
- No there is not. Now if you post the same discussion to one group several times, yes you will most likely be seen as a spammer. An example is I posted my webinar to a group twice (by mistake) the group leader emailed me and removed both of my posts for spamming. We worked it out and they re-posted one of the posts for me.
8. How many leads have you generated through these four social networks?
- Many. I had over 677 people attend my first webinar and then almost 500 attend today’s. I have also generated four big sales from LinkedIn specifically in the past two months.
I hope that I answered everyone’s questions. If I didn’t or you thought of something later on please feel free to email me your question or comment and I will be more than happy to post here.
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Written By: Michel Ann Sharritt
Posted By: Situated Research, LLC