Someone just viewed your LinkedIn profile, so what? Why not use this opportunity to start a conversation? Why start a conversation? Why not? If you are wondering what you should write about, why not have a look at their profile to get some ideas. Maybe they have posted just something on their LinkedIn status update. Why not check it out? If they post status updates, you can view their activity. All this would take a matter of a few minutes. Certainly better than talking about the weather
Starting a conversation for the sake of it?
If you are worried about just starting a conversation for the sake of starting one, think back to your goals and objectives in your career and business and why you are on LinkedIn to begin with. Are you not on LinkedIn to foster relationships and build your network in way that could benefit your career or business? If not this then what?
Remember to enable feature in account settings
To see who viewed your LinkedIn profile remember you must have enabled this your in your account settings. If you have made yourself anonymous on LinkedIn then those who view your profile will also be anonymous. Fair enough I think.
Start a conversation, DON’T sell
Don’t be under pressure to sell anything. There is absolutely no need for this. You have no idea why or how the person got on to your profile and selling something could really be way of the mark. However, you also never know where your next deal will come from. Building and strengthening relationships provides a solid platform for doing business. Your network gets to know, like and trust you which is a basic principle for successful networking.
What if you are not connected to the person?
If you are not already connected to the person who has viewed their profile, it might be an opportunity to add to your existing network. The person will already be famililar with you to some extent since they have visited your profile. They can still decline your request to connect but the chances are less than a completely random invitation to connect?
Business! What a pleasant surprise
You would be amazed by how a short mail to touch base with someone could ultimately result in business for you. Someone had a reason for visiting profile,whether your name came up in a search or they just wanted to find out what you were up to. Do not just wait for business opportunities to come along. Create the ripe circumstances for them.
No need to refer to the profile visit
When you send your mail there is absolutely no need to refer to the fact that they visited your profile. You can do this ofcourse but you also run the risk of potentially embarrassing someone who thought they were doing it undercover. You don’t want someone to feel like a stalker. If the person wants to, they will probably hint at why they had visited your profile. The person might wonder what a coincidence that they viewed your profile and the next few minutes they are getting mail from you. Synchronicity perhaps!
What do you make of all this? I would love to hear your comments on this advice.