Companies That Use LinkedIn for Cold Calls

The following are my response to companies who abuse LinkedIn by using sales people to connect with me, only to send me a sales message.

10/8/18: And the formula continues

What differentiates this LinkedIn cold call from the rest? One item is that they give their pricing. That is either a temporary price, or they outsource overseas, or both. Or, they have their developers chained in the basement as slaves.

9/13/18: A new twist

Here is a new twist! A badly written demand that showed up in my email today.

8/30/18: This one looks an awful lot like the last one

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the sales guys apart. I’m not sure I can tell this Joseph from the last Joseph. They look alike and write alike. One way

they could be different is to not send ads. There are actually other ways they could communicate, but I don’t want to stifle their creative juices by telling them how to make friends.


All the right beginning words! So, casually friendly. So, tacky.

So, if you want to get to first base, show some interest in something besides yourself.

I hope you have a wonderful day too, Joey.

8/8/18 – Bad Use of Work Anniversary

This one is really tacky! But, they get points for a new twist I haven’t seen before!

Who wants a sales pitch as an anniversary present. The best place for this is just a general LinkedIn post or article.

7/26/18 – So sweet! He just wanted to reach out to me

DEAR BLIS (Bell Litho Internet Solutions),

Please tell your people to stop using LinkedIn for cold calls. Instead, encourage them to build relationships.

The reason that this doesn’t show a person in the image by “Hi, Nora” is that I unconnected him before I took the screenshot. In the future, I will take the screenshot first!

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