29 Aug

Linked in Groups Dying a Slow Death?

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I used to love Linked in groups. I came to realization of why I am spending little time there anymore. I made 3 posts to discussion groups and 3 days later, they aren’t even posted yet. In fact, one group banned me. What??!

The ban-ation was weird. It was actually the second time they’ve banned me. The first time was because I posted a link. Mind you it wasn’t a link to a site I own, and it wasn’t a link to a blog I authored. It was simply a link that reaffirmed my thoughts on a topic through another author’s blog that I had read recently. Now, I’ve been a member of this group for some time and posted on a number of different topics. So historically I was a responsible member of the community and it wasn’t my first post with a high likelihood of spam.

The second post and cause for my ban was an attempt to give back to the community, you know the giver’s gain philosophy? I wanted to know if any members wanted a free review of their social media campaign. I clearly stated it wasn’t a sales pitch but a way for us to learn from example. We started doing these a few weeks ago. I guess that was cause for a permanent ban from the group. If the moderators of Paul Castian’s Sales Playbook felt it wasn’t a topic fit for the group, simply don’t publish it. A ban feels over the top doesn’t it? I was banned twice for trying to engage in legit conversation.

The other board I posted to was in response to another member. Nothing spammy at all about it. I simply gave my opinion about his topic. It’s been 3 days and it’s still not posted.

So where does this leave us, Linked In? Yes I am bitter and overly annoyed with your product. I want to be a valuable contributor to your website but the tools you placed in front of me are not working with my schedule. I don’t have the time to go back again and again to see if my posts are published or not.

But maybe the blame is with the moderators and not Linked In? Well I can’t necessarily blame the moderators because they get so much spam on their boards it is tough to deal with. Then again, why is Google + communities doing so well then? I have no problems engaging in conversation there.

Some of these boards have to also have to consider the long term effects of their methods. Can I trust Sales Playbook is making good sales choices when they treat potential customers this way? Is this the kind of methods they’d teach my sales people? I could have been the biggest client in the world, but the sale is lost due to his assumptions. I would hate to have my sales people do that too. I can say with certainly I lost faith in the moderator of the board as a business owner.

What is comes down to is; I am down on Linked In groups. It used to be a great thing, but I find myself going there less and less, for all the reason described about. When I take the time out of my day to say something meaningful, I guess I expect it to be there when I come back later. If not, I clearly wasted my time. Your move, Linked In.

Chad VanCalster

Chad VanCalster is a businesss development specialist with Sonix Studio, a web development, design, SEO and hosting firm with offices in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Dallas, Texas. A Computer Science graduate of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Chad started his career consulting for large corporations in the northern Wisconsin region, including Wisconsin Tissue, Georgia Pacific and Schneider National, among others.

Through experiences with marketing within his own company, Chad became a student of Internet Marketing, with a focus on Social Media.  That eventually branched into helping clients with THEIR Social Media Marketing.  Chad is an expert at using social media to expand your credibility and impact in your chosen markets.

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