With all the typing and tablets — and the absence of seeing a human face — it’s easy to forget that your online credibility is directly linked to relationship-based selling.
Don’t think numbers, think people.
Relationship-based selling is about helping people and organizations solve their business problems without the hard sales push that all of us loathe. It’s about truly putting the needs of others before your own.
This is the secret to building credibility in your social media circles. The digital landscape is vast, yet there is no room for selfish.
Yes, you have a mortgage to pay. Yes, your car needs an unexpected repair. Yes, your kids need new sneakers.
But when you’re able to put these challenges aside and not be driven by your own drama, you will come from a place of service and gratitude. Conversely, when you chase numbers, you almost always fall short.
Remember that desperation is very unappealing in business.
How do you let followers, friends, and connections know that you care deeply about their success?
Consider these five social media tips to build your credibility and relationships:
1. Listen to the conversations. Don’t throw yourself into an online chat or dialogue until you have a sense of the players and personalities. The benefits of this are two-fold. First, you will determine if this particular forum is appropriate and hits your target audience. Second, you will gain insights about the players and their interests, areas of expertise, and work. When you do your homework, your posts, tweets and content clearly show readers that you “get it.”
2. Stay up-to-date. Pay attention to industry twists, turns and trends. By keeping your finger on the pulse of the HR and recruiting industries, you will quickly discover the hot topics and issues your prospects are paying attention to. To save time, subscribe to e-newsletters, RSS feeds, and Google Alerts that filter important information from the Web.
3. Focus on solutions. Write for the reader and forget the sales pitch. It’s easy to outline problems, but people are looking for answers. Be willing to offer your knowledge without the expectation of receiving anything back. Your day will come. That’s the way the universe works.
4. Share good information from other people. Forget ulterior motives. The content you provide can — and should — come from other people and sources. Your generosity will be noticed — and appreciated. This also takes the pressure off of you to be the sole creator of content. To ensure your credibility is being boosted, check the link and content for accuracy before sharing.
5. Be a guest. Offer to be a guest blogger on a popular website. Offer to be the guest expert on a Twitter chat or webinar. Put yourself out there with the single goal of openly sharing your expertise and insights.
When you position yourself as a credible expert in your field, people will want to buy from you. You won’t have to sell anything.