First, I didn't want to point out who sent me the email and I hope you appreciate that.
Secondly, what you just did in promoting your business in your post - that's fine. As far as I'm concerned, you may use your signature to promote your business (although I'd ask that it be brief, like your post that I rejected) - if you're adding substance here in terms of posting a question or replying to a thread. No one expects people to leave their business at the door, but there are limits.
Let me pose some questions: as the percentage of posts that are strictly commercial increase, what could happen to other participation - or even visits? What kind of feedback might people exchange about the network? Why do you think people go to networks?
What alternatives are there for someone who wishes to promote a product or service on Ryze? Did you know, for example, that there is a separate network purely for promotional messages? In fact, "Promote It! - Post your opportunities here!" is the network with the 6th most message traffic, compared to our mid-teens traffic.
That's only one alternative. Can you come up with others? What do you see as the pros and cons of them? I've already marketed my services here by at least 4 different ways - and that doesn't count the press release I'm going to issue if we ever break the top 10 message traffic barrier.
I'd like to hear from others, but I think I'd like to keep advertising to direct contact via PM, or by limited messages either in connection with the topic, or in your signature line. Unless I hear a groundswell of objections otherwise, I think I'm going to leave it at that - although I might be open to a "promotional day" once our membership gets larger (we're 38 now - maybe at 100, when the "cost" of marketing 1-to-1 may inhibit people from building their business, which really is the point, isn't it?
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