Post # 1
My fiance is starting a new business. And for the record I kind of hate facebook.
But, I have used facebook for helping my fiance get his business started. The fact that it connects you with so many people is interesting. So my FI has posted his services maybe 3 times on a community page in facebook. Not a lot. And this lady writes back who has the same business as he is trying to start. He is going to be covering an area she does not cover. Which should not be an issue either way. Anyway, she writes to me. ME not my FI! And states that she is concerned that he does not know what he is doing!
The thing about business. Any business in my opinion is that you use common sense and you learn as you go. In Mexico where we live there are no special licenses needed for what my FI wants to do. I think it upsets me because this woman can maybe alter people wanting to use his services offered before he even really gets started.
Would you write this woman back? And what would you say? Should I respond at all.
I want to keep it professional with this woman but she did rub me the wrong way. I plan on blocking her on my facebook. But, now I feel funny about helping my FI to advertise on facebook. I don’t know. I do hate facebook but it has its purpose.
What do you think?
Anything you have to say at all would be cool with me. Again, I want to handle this carefully because I don’t want to woman bringing my FI down before he gets started. I feel she may feel threatened or something because when my FI has posted on a facebook community page about his business he has gotten positive feedback in the comments. And anyone can read including this woman.
What would you do in this situation if anything at all?
This topic was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by chica95110.
Post # 2
i would ignore her. She needs to realize a little healthy competition is not illegal. She probably feels threatened but if she acts like this people probably wont want to deal with her.
Post # 3
Opinions are like assholes: everybody’s got one. She is probably just threatened by your FI, because no one is doing what she does, and she’s worried she’ll lose business. I vote the best thing to do is not engage her…..I’d ignore her msg. If she genuinely wanted to help, she would have msged him.
Post # 4
chica95110: It sounds like she’s just trying to undermine his confidence and scare him off. Ignore her. As the PP’s said, she’s just threatened.
Post # 5
Thanks you guys. The message she sent me was not cool. And she stated I didn’t know what I was doing either. But, I am not going to be part of the business. I only designed my fi web site and his facebook because he does not understand that part of things.
I did contact her in the beginning. I asked if I could come by her office to see what it looked like. But, she didn’t want to help me out with any information. So, I said okay cool. That was really pretty much all that happened. Then I get that message.
This is a facebook question…
- Would you be hesitant to post on community pages on facebook in the future?
- Would it be better to just hand people business cards in person and not do facebook at all?
- Would it be better to contact individuals and private message them on facebook about the business instead of posting on a community board?
Post # 6
I would either ignore the message or send back a polite “Thank you for letting us know your concerns” and just keep doing exactly what you are doing.
Don’t start private messaging individuals you don’t know, though. I’d be irritated if I got business advertising via PM and would probably block whoever sent it.
Post # 7
chica95110: I think posing in community forums/pages are okay, and I see alot of my local business doing that. I would double check the group rules though, alot of them ask that you do not advertise for yourself… I would either not respond to the message from the other woman, or respond with a short but polite “thank you very much for your concerns”. Did you say you initally contacted her asking questions about her business model/office? If so, that right there is why she sent you the message saying you don’t know what your doing. Generally, it’s a good idea to not go to the competition for ideas/pointers and if I were her I would think you weren’t familiar with the business if your asking a competitor about these things.. Or did I misunderstand that part?
I would not start private messaging or messaging anyone you do not know. I’ve been contacted by random business and while the messages are very polite they rub me the wrong way & I end up blocking the sender. I think today for most businesses facebook is an essential tool, but it really all depends on how poplular and used it is in your area and target customers. Have you thought about paying for the FB ads? I think you can put a cap on them so you can control your costs (used to be you paid per view, not sure if it’s still the same), and you can target specific groups/areas/ages/etc… Also, handing out business cards in person is still a good idea as is print ads in newspapers/journals/magazines- many local small publications do not charge an arm & a leg for print ads…
Post # 8
I think this situation could use a few more details. What is the business? Is it something “unique” or is it something like Mary Kay/Herbalife/Lia Sophia? If it’s the latter, this lady could be concerned about something your husband is doing that would make the entire name look bad. (I personally can’t stand Herbalife because of one specific person who posted on his FB constantly about his business with Herbalife.)
For the most part, I wouldn’t mind a community post once in a while. More than once a month would be really annoying though, and if everyone started doing it, I would opt out. PM messages would put me in an awkward position of feeling like I need to say something. If you did that often enough, I would block you. I like traditional business cards.