Are your social networking skills a bit rusty or simply nonexistent? Have you ever engaged or connected with someone on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook but the conversation stopped there and you wanted or needed more? If that has been your experience don’t worry. I have 5 easy tips to help you take your connection offline to create a mutually beneficial relationship.
1). Take the Initiative.
If you notice someone you’d like to know better on social media the first thing you should do is determine why you’d like to get to know them better. Then, start following them and gently commenting on their posts. Notice I said gently for a reason, as I do not condone cyber stalking or trolling.
2). Be Sincere.
Make sure you’re very honest about your motives for wanting to engage with someone on and offline. In addition to commenting on their posts, start sharing their best content with your community. Not only will you be known for sharing great content, but you may also get their attention.
3). Reach Out.
After sharing a few useful posts, reach out to this person via email, tweet or direct message to briefly introduce yourself and state what you’d like to happen next. Do you want to have a phone conversation, Google Hangout, FaceTime or Skype chat? If so, just say it in your email, tweet or instant message.
Next, give them at least 7- 10 business days to respond as you may not be privy to their vacation schedule, current projects and tight deadlines. Although 7 – 10 business days can seem like forever when you’re playing the waiting game, try to keep busy with reaching out to other persons of interest. I’ve actually received replies during that time frame before, so trust me. Please don’t feel obligated to share their content because you can reach out at any time without doing so. Both methods are very effective.
If you haven’t received a reply within two weeks simply charge it to the game as great experience, continue to think highly of the person of interest, congratulate yourself for taking the initiative to reach out and move onto someone else you’d like to get to know better.
4). Be Prepared to Give.
When you receive a response, it’s likely that your person of interest will be willing to at least give you 30 minutes of their time via phone or chat. Be sure to thank them, plan for the chat by researching their background and interests, and be prepared to give them an original idea to do something different to add to their brand that they may not have considered.
5). Gratitude is Everything.
After you’ve had your scheduled conversation, please make sure your new connection is aware of how grateful and appreciative you are of their time, energy and ideas. Showing gratitude will likely make them feel valued and happy that they responded to your invitation.
Although it can be scary to step outside of your comfort zone to move a social media connection offline, it can be done. I do it weekly and I’ve met some pretty amazing people who are super willing to share.
How do you take your conversations offline to create great relationships? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.