Here are all of the questions from Monday’s webinar. The low number of questions leads me to believe I answered most of your questions during the session. If you missed Monday’s webinar or would like to watch it again please visit: http://www.situatedresearch.com/webinars/recordings.php
1. I belong to networks that use my personal name not my company name, should I change this?
Yes. You should keep your pages with your personal but you should also design a network account for your company, with your company name. I was listening to an online class a couple of weeks ago and they said snag your business name on all the social networks that you can. It is like a domain name for a website you want to snag all the possibilities so that others can not steal your company name on the internet. Same concept.
2. How can I contact people in my network without having them feel like I want something or try to get business from them?
This is a great question and I address this fully in our past webinar on Social Networking: Becoming an Expert. You want to start out by sharing information with others such as articles, stories, news etc. I would suggest watching the recording of the expert webinar on our website at:
If you have questions after watching the webinar than please feel free to email me.
3. I’m on LinkedIn and Plaxo but don’t use them very often. Is it worse to be on multiple sites and not use them or worse not to be on them at all?
It does not matter to the other people on a social network that you join what your purpose is for joining. I would say join as many social networks as you feel comfortable joining, expand your network. It is up to you how often or even if you use the social network. You are doing yourself an injustice by simply signing up and not using them to your full advantage.
4. Can we get a copy of the webinar?
Although I do not send out copies of my webinars I do have the recorded versions available on our website at:
5. Will LinkedIn send out a “network update” notifying the person I just deleted about this event?
Most social networks (the ones we use) are designed so that everything is private. Therefore, if you delete someone they should not receive a notification that you deleted them. However, they may find out if they look through their social network list and do not find you.
6. What is the proper way to invite new people to join my group and stay within the LinkedIn guidelines? Specifically when I see that I and another person share a group in common can I ask them to join my group?
You should most certainly invite these people to your group. Share your affiliation with your college and their job titles in order to entice them to join your group. What is the worse thing that could happen? They could say no.
7. How big should I grow my social network?
The bigger the better. You want to make as many contacts as possible so grow your network to as many people as you can reach. Do not worry about having problems managing that many people because social networks make it easy to manage. Every time something changes within your social network you are notified through an email. So you are always on top of your social network without having to monitor it all by yourself.
8. Why do you continue to use LinkedIn as your example for everything? Are you a rep for LinkedIn?
No I am not a rep for LinkedIn. My company has benefited so much by using LinkedIn and it is a professional social network that works. I will try to use other examples as I expand my social networks onto different sites.
Thank you so much for all of your questions. If you can think of any others or have suggestions, comments, or topics for future webinars please email me at: email@example.com
Written by: Michel Ann Sharritt
Posted by: Situated Research, LLC