Spam wow who would have thought such a small word could conjure up many faces.
Social media is the future in marketing and PR that we have now accepted, but should we accept spam?? FanPages are a hotbed for spam! And just when I think I have seen it all a new version arrives!! Your first question might be why? Why on earth are people spamming my fanpage. Well think about it in the case of Charlie Moo’s there is over 900 fans which if your a fanpage/business with a lot less than that a quick link to your page looks like great publicity.
Here are my tips to what I think is spammy and quite frankly wrong and how to spot some spammers if your not sure.
- People who leave comment saying “Just popping by to say hello from ‘insert fanpage name here’ 🙂 Love your products !!” – OK so firstly it might not be spam just someone being polite, so I suggest that you write a message back and engage in a conversation with them if they are spammers only interested in spreading their name they wont reply. I’ve left a few on Charlie Moo’s for you to see. Now I’m all for a bit of cross promotion but if the person isn’t interested in engaging back then delete the post.
- Following on from the above point … people who say they love your products on a service page! They have paid no attention to what you offer and what your business is and are definitely SPAM!
- Posting your business news and images onto someones FanPage as a way of saying ‘hello’! This is blatant spam! DON’T DO THIS! Recently I had someone do this on all 3 of my FanPages and to be honest I told them!! “Hello, I have 3 fan pages and noticed you have posted this on all 3 of them word for word .. I call this spamming. I’d much rather talk to you properly about your business instead of you just posting impersonal comments on all my pages. Thank you :)” to avoid this its much better to engage with the page, if you want someone to be interested in your business take an interest in their’s … for example compliment a product they sell or their logo. etc … my blog is all about business start ups, Day in the life of … and anything businessy about mums in business. If the spammer had said I’d love to tell my start up story or .. xyz story was really inspirational they wouldn’t have looked like spam. and they may have actually developed a business relationship with me.
- Another annoying spam trick is when people tag photos of their products with your name .. that way it appears on your page and your friends see it. I’m Joanne Dewberry, not a cow cake or baby blanket or photo of a sunrise! I do really dislike this form!
I’m sure there are many more spam techniques I haven’t discussed so please do post below