It seems like everywhere I (Frankie) turn, someone is trying to sell me something. I know people have to make a living somehow, but has this gotten just a tad bit out of hand or is it just me?
I understand. Most people are selling something to make a living. I'm in the selling business so I really do get it, but come on guys. Where do you draw the line? Do you find people on social media to be friends with just so you can bombard their feed and inbox with sales pitches? Is that seriously the only reason you sent that friend request? I'm not picking on you because you're trying to sell your product; I'm just letting you know that it's probably not going to work out too well for you.
Like I said, I'm in the selling business, but I try to keep it and my personal relationships to a minimum. If I send you a friend request on social media, it's because I like you and want to be friends. It is definitely not because I want to try to sell you our work from home eBook or our Caffeinated Coaching Program. Why, you ask? Because, in most cases if I friend you just to sell you something you're going to realize it as soon as you accept my request and then promptly un-friend me without ever even looking at my product. And honestly, I don't blame you one bit.
Example: I had someone send me a friend request the other day. At first I didn't recognize them, but after doing some research I realized I did know this person and was pretty pleased to hear from them. I accepted. And immediately my newsfeed filled up with promotions from them for a product they are selling. Then my inbox started filling up with PMs and emails from this person trying to get me to buy their product. I got no, "Hi! How ya doing?" messages or anything even acknowledging me as a person. Wow! I un-friended, but not because they were trying to sell their product; I un-friended because that's all they wanted with me. I was just another number to them.
A little advice; if you're selling a product, that's awesome! I hope you sell your entire inventory, but I hope you do it the right way. I hope you realize that people aren't just customers for your business. Friends, family, and even strangers want to know you care more about them than just what numbers you can help them reach. Talk about your product and what it's done for you and let it sell itself. Let people know they are more than just a number to you. If your product is good, a little marketing goes a long way.
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Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.