I get some great custom invitations. My favorites include those which say: “I look forward to getting your newsletter.” Not because I’m looking to increase my newsletter base, rather because I know they actually read my profile! I get a grin every time I see this in an invite as I think “good job!”
Here’s an example of a crappy invitation. I despise these (I’ve received … oh, about 10 of these in the last year):
I see you also utilize linkedIn to keep up with your professional contacts and help them with introductions. I would like to invite you to access my network on LinkedIn.Through my network on LinkedIn, I’ve found business people that I may want to get introduced to some day, and many of them are friends of friends I didn’t know were there. Additionally, LinkedIn has enabled me to find and reconnect with many colleagues who I used to work with but had lost track of.It’s been pretty amazing to see the number and quality of people you can reach through just a few trusted contacts. And my LinkedIn network is growing daily by literally thousands of professionals. I look forward to connecting with you!Best regards,(name, contact information)
I know why you use LinkedIn. I know it’s valuable. I know there are benefits.
I wrote a book about LinkedIn You don’t have to sell me on it.
But you did convince me that you have no idea who I am.
My request plea (!) to you is to please create personal, custom invites, not canned custom invites!