This is Not the Way to Market Using Facebook Questions

Here’s why:

  • This arrived in my email inbox. That’s an unsolicited business message (aka SPAM).
  • I don’t know the person who sent it (at least not well.) We don’t have any kind of personal relationship.
  • It’s annoying. Honestly, what a dumb question. It’s not about me. It’s about what you want to sell me.

Your thoughts?

7 Responses to This is Not the Way to Market Using Facebook Questions
  1. Michelle Archer
    October 17, 2011 | 10:57 am

    I got the EXACT same one. Then she wanted to argue with me that it wasn’t technically SPAM because it didn’t come via email. SMH!

  2. Leigh
    June 30, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Wow. Aside from the fact that it’s just plain rude and not socially kosher, there’s the fact that by looking at your picture and other images you’ve posted that you obviously don’t need to lose weight. So…what was the point? In your classes you specifically talk about offering something of value to the reader. This person did not even take the time to see if you needed anything. Shame.

  3. Bernice Caruth
    June 30, 2011 | 8:27 am

    Network marketers need to get the word out and educate their downline on the do’s and don’t’s of Facebook. I’m still learning and have been cautious.

    Unfortunately, one cannot regulate stupidity. But one can unfriend them.

  4. Catherine James
    June 30, 2011 | 8:07 am

    It’s happened to me too, and I don’t like it . . . we must have been in the same group. . . . Just the other day I was talking with someone and Facebook came up and she told me that she and several of her friends left Facebook because it became nothing but advertising and she was getting messages like the above on a regular basis.

  5. Jodi Truscott
    June 29, 2011 | 11:10 pm

    I had a similar incident a few months ago. I was a member of a Facebook group for women-in-business, which posted a question to the effect of, “Do you think that in the future you would possibly have another business?” I answered yes, since, well, who knows? Within 10 minutes, I received a personal message from the Administrator of the group selling me on her opportunity (which was health related). I found it to be obnoxious, rude and inappropriate. Needless to say, I un-friended her and left the group.

  6. Gary Kimble
    June 29, 2011 | 12:29 pm

    Unfortunately, it seems the “social boundaries” are all to often ignored when using social media. It also is usually done with good intentions, however, having met Ms. Fong she doesn’t need to lose weight!! So this was definitely not the way to approach, with an obvious spam. Build a relationship! Ms. Fong is interesting, prove that you are as well. Maybe then you can ask that same question…but probably not!

  7. Sushila Renfro
    June 29, 2011 | 10:55 am

    I agree Jennifer. I think the problem is that we don’t understand that facebook is the new “country club” for networking. If you wouldn’t go up to a perfect stranger while hanging out at the “19th” hole and shove your business in their face, then you don’t do it on facebook either. They would either need to be your friend or introduced to you by a friend and you would have to reach some level of a relationship before you asked them if they wanted to lose weight!

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