I’m pretty open to new connections. First of all, I’m the Editor In Chief of a marketing research magazine called Vue so I am always in search of new connections who could be potential authors (could you?). Second, I know that the future isn’t written in stone and I could be unexpectedly job hunting tomorrow. In both cases, the more connections the better.
At the same time however, I do not Link with every Tom, Chris, and Susan who asks. I am not a LION. My criteria may be broad but they are simple.
- Are you a person? There is a new trend of creating LinkedIn profiles for companies as opposed to people. I refuse to link with companies. I can’t have a conversation with a company. I can’t debate a new ethical issue with a company. I can’t ask a company for its perspective on a case study. Sorry. No wait. Not sorry at all. I only link with human beings.
- Are you in my field? I love to link with marketing researchers in all walks of life. But if you’re in a related field, that works for me too. So, marketers, advertisers, neuroscientists, ethnographers, statisticians, field managers, data scientists, linguists, community managers, moderators, and more all meet my criteria. All of these types of people have an abundance of unique and valuable skills that Canadian researchers could learn from in a magazine article.
- Have we met before? No worries, that doesn’t matter to me at all. You can’t help it if you live in Australia and I live in Canada, and there’s no way our paths will ever cross. I value expertise not geography.
- Is your profile filled out? I examine the profile of every single person who requests to link with me. Some profiles are completely empty or have just a couple of job titles. It’s nearly impossible to figure out whether we could have a meaningful conversation about surveys or data or charts. For all I know, you created the profile today and have no intention of coming back. Since LinkedIn limits the number of connections you can have, it doesn’t make sense to Link with someone you will never see again. Come back when I can make an informed decision.
- Did you welcome me with a sales pitch? LinkedIn is indeed a social network for business people and an important place for creating new business relationships. But there is no need for your first message after linking with me to be a dissertation on how you are guaranteed to provide me with the best product ever and we need to talk immediately to outline our amazing new partnership. I will unlink you before I finish deleting your welcome message. Chat with me first, share a blog post, ask for opinion, let me get to know you. You might just find that I ask YOU about your services and that’s a far better business bet.
Go ahead. Try me.
- What is Vue magazine? #MRX (lovestats.wordpress.com)
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