I got a bizarre e-mail today.
“J. is a friend of D. and noticed your profile on LinkedIn,” the message began.
“J. thought you were the type of person who he would like to have as a client one day. You may not be in the market for any [fill in the blank - not what it said, but not giving away too much here] services at this time, but J. would like to tell you about what he does in case you need something in the future.
J. asked me to contact you and schedule an appointment to introduce himself. Do you have time for coffee next week?”
Let’s review all the ways in which this is wrong, shall we?
1. J. didn’t reach out to me himself, he had an assistant to it, which leaves me wondering if J. would be too busy to provide the actual services he offers himself, as well.
2. J. was savvy enough to use LinkedIn to prospect, but NOT savvy enough to ask for an introduction through the social network via our mutual connection, which would have validated the relationship.
3. The e-mail was to “undisclosed recipients” which was a tip off to me that the assistant did a massive SPAM e-mail to several second degree contacts of J.’s — or, should I say, only those who seemed like they were the kind of people J. would like as clients.
Naturally, I forwarded the e-mail to D. who responded with “you’ve got to be freakin’ kidding me!” Turns out I was the second person to contact him with it today.
I get it; times are tough and we’re all looking for ways to grow our business, but there are rules of engagement and if you don’t know what they are, you had better ask, before sticking your foot in it like this guy has.
What do you think of this guy’s approach?