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Roy... can't say I've ever invited anyone to join. I have encouraged people I know who joined and then stay dormant to get active (no pun intended). But I don't see that happening any more than you see your invitations accepted.
John McCormack, CRS
Don't try anymore. They all thought blogging was a waste of time...HA!
Roy - I haven't really put much effort into this. I would imagine it would work best to have a personal conversation with people you want to join, and then send them the invitation.
Most people probably don't know or understand what AR is, unless they are already members.
I wish I had an answer to that one Roy, I am notoriously horrible at getting people to sign up for Active Rain.
goes something like this.. "HEY Adrian , this is guido... if ya wanna see ya next paycheck..get with this AR thing" that usually does the trick :)
Sun City West, AZ
It seems that they all have an excuse. Mostly, they don't have time to blog.
Roy, I have invited a few people at Active Rain, at least 5 band all of them have failed to participate. I do not even try any more.
Well I wish I did. I have good success getting people to sign up but I don't have good success in making it stick and them becoming involved.
Hello Roy, I really do not 'invite' anyone to join. I do express the great opportunity within AR and what it is about. Let them look for themselves and decide whether something they want to participate in. I do not want them thinking I am trying to "sell" them AR. Mark
I have invited a few of our clients, and I do explain the value we have received from our participation on AR. A
Please add me to your network. I am a Home Inspector in the Buffalo, NY are and am also a veterans advocate. Thank You!
Not anything in particular Roy. Not much seems to work if you want to know the truth.
Roy Kelley A very good question - I have invited a few members to ActiveRain and they always have an objection - I do not know what to blog about and yes, WIIFM?
And if they don't get it....you can't do much about it!
There is so much being touted today as the must go to that it cheapens all invitations to do so...
Absolutely and I pull the internet and show them
We've invited dozens and only a few have responded. Even fewer have become active members. We tell them how Active Rain has helped us - both in boosting search engine results and in direct and indirect referrals.
You can lead a horse to water.....
I've heard this sentiment expressed by every marketer on the planet. Each embraces a core value that they've got the greatest thing since sliced bread. "So why aren't the coming?"
Like @Debbie Gartner suggested, the first message must be about them. "What's in it for ME?" The mistake commonly made will be to offer common responses suggesting the benefits of social media. That is a mistake.
If you are inviting someone, that should imply you know them.
Here is an example:
TO your Coldwell BANKER friends - "What do think about the reference to your franchise in the DANGER Report as discussed on Active Rain. You can add your observation to the conversation. You will find AR to be a dynamic group of professionals who seek to learn through engagement.'
What would you do if a friend sent such a message relevant to your situation?
Now here is the problem. You can do your job is superior fashion and folks can come and peek under the hood. However, AR must do their side also.
This is where the wheels come of the wagon. AR is dropping the ball regarding newbie engagement. Unfortunately, this undermines the effort of those who are advocates of the platform.
I recommend you wait until AR leadership asks how to improve newbie engagement. By then you will actually have a response.
What do you think the probability of being asked by AR leadership?
I've only suggested it to one guy. He joined never blogged.
Good morning Roy. There is no simple answer. When folks talk to me about social media, that is the time I bring up AR.
I only bring it up during normal conversation and never send out actual invite
I talk to them extensively before I ever send out an invite.
The msg doesn't matter...the key is to explain the benefit BEFORE you send the message. Ideal to send it to them while you are together and have them accept right there. Then, get them started/show them around.
We have the same problem.