Because of Amazon, we’re used to customized shopping experiences. I, for one, like the “recommended for you” selections. How does Amazon and other ecommerce destinations mystically “know” which items would be most intriguing to us? When we consider information gathering and alternate mechanics behind hyper-custom-made recommendations, they can begin to appear to be meddling and possibly frightening.

Buyers and shoppers were asked how they felt about a wide variety of social selling strategies. Survey takers made a “creepy” or “not creepy” judgment on social conduct, for example, accepting LinkedIn messages from a salesman, reading a personalized cold email, or getting a friend request from a rep. The examination uncovered that all in all, consumers and buyers said social selling strategies were not too creepy, but there was a clear way to handle certain circumstances.

In any case, this decision ought to be taken with a grain of salt considering an inconsistency between how purchasers said they felt in regards to social selling and how they really felt.

Consider the following:

  • 39% of purchasers and consumers demonstrated that a LinkedIn solicitation customized to them or their organization would be creepy.
  • 56% of respondents said that a LinkedIn message alluding to a recent organization event or leadership change would be creepy.
  • 55% of study takers responded that an email from a businessperson that alluded to a tweet, remark, or exchange they as of late posted on LinkedIn or Twitter would be creepy.

Now compare the above and these outcomes:

  • 65% of respondents concurred with the expression “I would like cold sales pitches to be tweaked to me and my organization however much as could reasonably be expected.”
  • 64% concurred with the expression “I like it when a sales representative does web and social networking research about me and my organization before connecting.”

So while the lion’s share of respondents concurred that they would like cold outreach to be as customized to their organization as could be expected under the circumstances, a huge bit – sometimes, the majority – discovered customization to be repulsive in particular circumstances.


To me, this implies that purchasers and consumers need salesmen to participate in social research before composing a cold email or leaving a voice message. They simply would prefer not to hear out about it. Much the same as considering Amazon’s suggestions a bit too hard can make you feel uneasy, prospects would prefer not to be made mindful of the research sales people do on them.

What should sales representatives detract from this discord? While you ought to do your social selling research, you shouldn’t promote the fact. For instance, as opposed to sending an email that begins, “In the wake of taking a look through all of your social media profiles, I saw you were promoted. Congrats!” a better opening may be “Congrats on your recent promotion to executive!” The prospect will probably react all the more positively to your research in the event that they’re unaware that you’ve done it.

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