LinkedIn is a fantastic online networking tool which can help you grow your connections and company.
The Issue is because it is online, there are a lot of lazy people out there who rely upon the request:
How often have you received these requests to connect from someone on LinkedIn that you have never heard of before?
They’re maddening, are not they?
I’m not the greatest at remembering names, so I guess there’s a slim chance that I may have met them in a conference or networking event.
The issue is, by sending LinkedIn’s generic invitation if you are”unknown” to the receiver, it’s probably going to be ignored.
Make it private
It’s my understanding that the only way you can personalise your request is if you click on”link” from the person’s LinkedIn profile in your desktop or laptop. You don’t get the option when using the app.
From my viewpoint, if you want to connect with me, you need to tell me .
What is the point in that?
LinkedIn loses its effectiveness as a possible marketing tool if you are connecting to random people.
No. If you wish to get the most out of it and wish to connect to certain people, give them a damn good reason why they need to accept.
How to be personal
It goes without saying that your LinkedIn profile should take a professional photo of you. Leave those of you cycling, running, or dancing on tables for Facebook.
Then you should always start your petition with a greeting bearing the recipient’s name (spelt correctly).
Tell them how you know them. Maybe you’ve got mutual acquaintances, follow each other on Twitter, or met at a networking event, conference etc..
As soon as you’ve done that inform them why you need to connect together followed by a short description about what you’re doing.
Finish off with a little bit of flattery about their job (not so much that it’s creepy or embarrassing) and sign off in a friendly manner.
Personally, if I get the generic connection request, it is very unlikely I will accept (particularly if I do not know the sender) and I’m sure I’m not alone.