Networking + Marketing Series for Network Marketers; How to Grow Your Network on Facebook by Acting Like a Real Person
We’ve all seen it… the infamous private facebook message from a TOTAL stranger that says something like:
“Hi! You don’t know me, but I recently joined XYZ company and I am looking to grow my team with other like-minded individuals like you! It’s only 50 cents to join and you can earn $10,000 in your first hour if you sign up today. I only have room for 2 more people this month so make sure you jump on this quickly so you don’t miss out!”
How many things are wrong with this message? Let me count the ways.
Give people a monitor and a keyboard and for some reason they feel at liberty to STOP acting like a real person and becoming a walking, talking infomercial spewing gag-worthy jargon all over the internet. This is NOT the way to build your business online!
I have some good news though… as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the internet has opened up doors of opportunity for networkers that the gurus of the 70s, 80s and 90s could have never predicted… the opportunity to literally grow a global network while sitting at home in your pajamas, or on a beach, or in the mountains or anywhere, any time of the day or night. The key is to do it the RIGHT way.
And if you REALLY want to get the most out of this post, I suggest starting back at the beginning of this training series and reading on from there 🙂
But assuming you’ve read all the prior content and completed yesterday’s homework assignment I want to congratulate you on now having a potential network of THOUSANDS of people just sitting at your fingertips. Now all you need to do to instantly set yourself apart from the masses is MEET THEM, build relationships and provide value. Here’s How:
1. Start by spending a few minutes in EACH of the groups + pages you’re now following. Think of each group/page as a separate community of people you now have the opportunity to meet. Your first job is to ENGAGE in these groups — either by starting new conversations by posting OR by commenting on existing conversations. The key here, again, is don’t be weird! Imagine if you were in an actual room with these people… what would you say? How would you respond to the conversations happening in the room? What topics or questions might you bring up for conversation?
2. Connect individually with others in the group. There are two ways to do this… one is to REPLY directly to comments someone has posted. Ask a question… pay a compliment… keep it simple! This interactions will lead to that person either liking or responding your comment, which then opens the door for…
3. Send a friend request AND a direct message to the people you interact with. Do you notice the AND? It’s a big one. A HUGE one. It’s the AND that will make or break this strategy for growing your network and meeting new people! In fact… I will let you in on a little secret: If you were to go to Facebook and send me a friend request right now, I would accept AND respond within 24 hours if you included a direct message with the request. For those that don’t? Well… they join the ever-growing list of over 200 pending friend requests I have.
I’m simply not interested in having a bunch of random “friends” on facebook with whom I have no real connection. To me, connection = conversation. And on facebook that happens through direct messages.
Whenever I share a strategy like this, I like to break it down into a simple routine you can implement into your daily method of operation. So here’s what this strategy can look like as part of your daily routine:
1. Spend 30 minutes each day engaging in the conversations in the groups/pages you follow. Spend this time starting conversations, engaging in existing conversations and connecting with people individually by responding to and liking their comments. When someone comments on a conversation you personally started, ALWAYS like that comment and reply when appropriate!
2. Send 5-10 friend requests per day, along with a direct message to people you observed engaging in the groups/pages you follow. I like to split this into 2 sessions… 5 early in the day, and 5 later in the day, just to avoid the Facebook jail police! Usually though, these types of friend requests are pretty safe… especially when you pair them with a direct message stating WHERE you met the person (Hey John, I saw we were both fans of Eric Worre and loved the comment you made on his recent video about how to approach prospects in business. I sent you a friend request! How long have you been in network marketing?”)
My business partner and I are getting ready to host a FREE training webinar on how to create a full-time income with your business in 90 minutes a day using a simple formula that helped our team grow from $150,000 in volume to over $1 MILLION in volume in less than 2 years. You can click here to reserve your seat now!
Jordan Maylea Ramirez
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