I find it incredibly disappointing how business people who are recently discovering internet marketing are taking the wrong advice on how to use it. In specific, I find appalling how business people’s purposeful ignore the Policies social and business networking groups set up for their membership to follow.
There is not a day goes by that I have less than three members of the Business Golf Country Club wanting to post a Blog on the site that goes against the ‘Club’s No Spam’ policy. Some of the posts are a result of just forgetfulness and posted out of the excitement of a new product they have launched. They regret they posted it as a blog on the Club’s site and have no problem with it being deleted.
However, more and more people are joining the club with the seeming pretence to get inside so they can purposeful exploit their mission of Spamming every member. What is it with people who feel they have to fill every niche of the internet with their blatant advertisements?
The worst of it is these people want to challenge the BGCC policy. In other words they want to challenge me. And some come at me personally with calling me names and making referrals to the club’s membership as a ‘worthless community of losers’ in hopes that is going to persuade me to change the policy.
I would take exception to these shots taken at me as being isolated since the BGCC is not a Group, but a Club that is set up as a Safe Haven from Spam, but what I am seeing is the same thing is going on (with some of the same people) on other sites. Unfortunately, these sites are letting them get away with it. Allowing them to post freehanded on other sites does nothing but confirm to them that spamming is standard practice for all social and business networking sites.
Do these business people REALLY think that going around the internet placing these long drawn out thesis’s on how great their business’ product or service is will get someone to buy?
This recent increase of unwanted and irrelevant blog posts only makes the process of guarding the members of the BGCC even more important to me. I would hope if someone else formed a club based on holding the member’s of the club’s privacy and sanity in high regard would do the same for me if I was a member of their club.
I do not join a group or club with the expectation of having to wade through dozen of emails or Blogs to see only they are wanting to sell me something.
I am like 99% of the consumers in the world today..if
- I need something I will look for it.
- There is something new out in the market I am not aware of I will take the advice of a close friend on its worthiness before checking it out.
- Someone comes sends me in an unsolicited email or posting a deceptive blog post I see it only as being sent by someone who does not take their business seriously.
These challenges made to the policies Dave Bisbee (my business partner) and I set up for the BGCC prove to me that the policy is really needed more today than ever and in the New BGCC club site, being launched 1-1-10, the teeth of the policy will be sharpened around the No Spam policy. For those of you who feel this policy is out of touch and a will be a deterrent to promoting the growth of the club’s membership, I thank you for your input and for validating that what I am doing is of interest only to the serious golfers in the world.
Policies are policy and like it or not, they are set up for a reason. The one important aspect a Free World offers is choice and everyone has a choice to abide by the policies they find fits their needs. Hopefully these misguided individuals who have been told by SOMEONE they need to spend every second of their existence online promoting their product or service will think about what they are doing to themselves and stop before they run themselves off the internet from nobody wanting to deal with them.
Sorry for my Rant on this issue, but I felt more people need to understand there is more to Social Media and Business Networking than Spamming. Let me know how I can help.