Recently I received my regular LinkedIn discussion update into my inbox, and, as you might expect someone had started a new thread.
But this was done so badly it really made me think.
I read a lot of discussions, I think it’s a great way to get to know people better and I’m often grateful for their insights or just to know I’m not alone in the way I think.
So why did this particular post cause me so much consternation?
It was because the writer hadn’t actually posted a discussion, what they had done was posted the title as a link to their blog page.
Now this may not seem like a big deal, but it did mean I had to click one extra time in order to read the content, and I had to leave LinkedIn.
If I had chosen to leave a comment on this discussion it would therefore have been on their blog. This is comparable to being invited to a party but sneaking off with the neighbour to have a conversation and praise their decor and hosting skills instead of the person that had created the party. To be fair it may open the door to you making new connections, but it is rather a snub to the LinkedIn group.
As the post was about customer service and making things easy for the potential customer to buy I did find it a touch ironic that as the potential customer I was being asked to go further and work harder instead of the seller making it easier for me!
Make no mistake, if you are posting an opinion or advice piece on a discussion board you are selling. You may not be asking people to part with cash but you are selling yourself, and asking them to buy into you.
So why would someone start a discussion in this way, what was in it for him or her? After all it’s not the first time I’ve seen this done. The benefits of getting someone to click onto your blog are manifold, for a start it improves your blog stats, this may be important if you sell advertising on your site. But most importantly, it takes their engagement with you to a deeper level, particularly if when they land there they find other things to read that enlighten them in some way.
So do encourage people to visit your blog through your LinkedIn posts, maybe by including a simple sentence at the bottom with a link to your blog, but please don’t force us to go there!
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