So today I was going through my reader this morning and I found a post by Gini Dietrich about Using LinkedIn to Prospect for New Business. I really enjoyed the article, and while reading it I realized I wasn’t using LinkedIn enough……. anyway, that is a totally different topic that I am sure I will be writing about later. Anyway, back to my story…. it started with a tweet about that particular article.
I detest anything much in automation right now, and while I do schedule a Tweet here and there (mainly using Buffer to spread them out and they aren’t always my own links), I have NEVER sent automated DM’s, and I can’t see any reason why I would.
I have started following a few more people on Twitter now that I am active on it again, and I do get the occasional DM because of that. I usually ignore them. Sometimes I will tweet the person that sends them something like:
Hey @automated, how are those automated DM’s working out for ya?
Sometimes I will get an answer like:
@kbloemendaal I have just started testing with them, not sue of the results yet
And I usually won’t hold that against them, but I might express my general hatred towards the idea of automating social.
Other times I won’t get any response, and I might unfollow that person, depending on what kind of tweet they are sending, because let’s be honest, it’s my Twitter account, and I can follow/unfollow whoever I want. (neener neener neener!)
Anyway, I sill despise auto DM’s on Twitter.
Gini Dietrich’s DM To Me:
So, earlier in the day I had gotten a DM from a source I won’t name, and it said:
Really? Hashtags in a DM? Can someone tell me WTF that is all about? So, I was a little aggravated at DM’s at the time.
Then, Gini sent me a DM, immediately when I saw I had one, I was already about to fire off on someone… but Gini says this:
Thanks for the RT earlier!
WHOA! She DM’d me to thank me for a RT! I swear I was sitting there looking at my screen with my mouth wide open! So, I replied:
No prob, never had someone DM me to thank me for a RT
It’s kind of my thing. Weird, right?
No, I think its awesome! Would u mind if I use it for a post and mention you?
Not at all!
Do You Use DM’s?
I will tell you straight away, I hate automatically generated DM’s, unless you are pretty creative in making me laugh or smile with one, I would stay away from them. And you can point to this metric or that metric telling me it works and I don’t care, there is nothing social about sending automated DM’s.
I do communicate with a few people through DM’s, usually personal friends, both business and pleasure. But, this was my first experience like this, and Gini actually made my day.
Do you use DM’s, tell me about your strategy in the comments, and as always if you liked the article please share it freely