4 Cold Market Prospecting Dangers Social Network Marketers Must Know

Are you cold market prospecting and using social media like a dartboard you can throw things at and hope something will stick that will make someone respond or buy your product?

Using social media the right way can skyrocket your business. Otherwise, you will make little progress and end up getting a bad name for yourself.

The fact is, most network marketers use social media in the wrong way. They vomit about their company and product all over social media or reach out with ineffective or pushy tactics that are ‘Fake Social’ and salsey.

Looking back to when I got started on social media, if I’d known about the 4 dangers of cold market recruiting I could have avoided ending up in the NFL — No Friends Left — club.

And I don’t say dangers lightly either.

Before I dive in to discuss cold market prospecting in more detail, click here to sign up for my FREE 10 day Attraction Marketing Boot camp to learn how to attract prospects and finally stop spamming your profile once and for all!

In network marketing, the warm market (people you know) is where you normally start.

But once you’ve exhausted your friends and family, acquaintances or the list of 100, it’s time to go into the cold market of folks you don’t already know.

And the two main traditional methods people use are
a) in-person prospecting and
b) cold calling purchased leads over the phone.

Prospecting is a REAL network marketing skill

Prospecting is essentially connecting with strangers you meet on the street, a restaurant, at a bar, or some sort of public function, and trying to get them interested in your business opportunity.

The conversation has to go through certain stages that resemble what a salesperson does to get somebody interested in a product or service.

This is how cold marketing prospecting and recruiting works. And make no mistake about it, it is the same as “sales” — Anyone that tells you otherwise is downplaying the seriousness and legitimacy of prospecting as a skill set.

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Recently, over the past 10 to 15 years, as the Internet had become a more dominant portion of our lives, cold marketing recruiting strategies have been applied in the digital world.

But for most, things can go VERY wrong online and offline as well, when you approach these activities with a selfish intent.

How a Poor Cold Market Recruiting Mindset Can Sabotage Your Business

My mentor and 8-figure earner, Ferny, shared a story of a recent situation where he discovered that somebody from his organization was engaging in prospecting, specifically targeting members of his team via a private Facebook Group.

In other words, they were approaching members of his organization via private messages with the intention to enroll them into other opportunities.

Now, this was not Ferny’s team members approaching this person and not them responding to an ad that was placed somewhere online. It was private messaging people with the clear intention to recruit them to other deals.

Network marketing Cold Market Prospecting

This REALLY upset Ferny, because this individual was actually sabotaging the businesses of his members, by distracting those nieve enough to follow him and pissing off everyone else.

Yeah, this person was “successful” in the short-term; he or she was recruiting people into other deals, producing volume, and was, therefore, making money.

But, the problem is this…

He was making Ferny flippin’ MAD and also making his community members mad with his behavior in the process.

After all, when you badger people about joining an opportunity, people tend to notice and remember you… and not in a good way.

Remember, this is network marketing, and networks are made of people.

By ‘ticking’ Ferny and his community members off, this person set themselves back months and maybe even years in the long run, by damaging influential relationships, for the sake of short-term returns.

Not good!

And this is what you really want to avoid with cold market prospecting — burning bridges and ruining the relationships you have with people, especially people of influence or those whom will eventually become influential.

Because people don’t tend to forget when you violate their trust.

How Online Prospecting May Carry the Same “Risks” as Offline Prospecting and Then Some…

Okay, so let’s talk about the difference between online vs. offline recruiting and their risks.


Cold market prospecting offline (in the “real world”) means networking with strangers in public places.

You actively seek people out for the purpose of introducing them to your business (i.e. looking for people to talk to at the mall or in the self-improvement section of Barnes and Noble).

That’s how you find prospects.

And in your everyday activities, you constantly think about…

“Where can I find more prospects, people to connect to, so I can introduce them to my business?


Cold market prospecting online is a little different, but not completely.

First, the good thing about doing it online is that you can do it at home. Yay!

Your 1st option is to target people you might have a common connection with, i.e. friends of friends on Facebook.

Yet this still carries many of the same relationship damaging risks as “real life” recruiting and prospecting.

Obviously, the first risk is that there’s always lots of rejection offline and online. And the people you are targeting, (whom you don’t know, but may know people you know), if you bother or upset them, there are reputation issues to deal with.

Another strategy is to target people in Social Media business groups or forums because you know they are entrepreneurial, but this is also where you can get into trouble, as I’ve stated.

Being labeled “annoying” is the best you can hope for, as opposed to being caught intentionally poaching other people’s customers (like the person I mentioned above).

Now, at this point, you might be thinking…

“I really don’t want to be one of those people harassing everyone they meet about business opportunities.”

And you know what?

Nobody does.

And besides, this way of networking and relationship building is arguably outdated now.

Why I Completely Stopped Cold Mark et Prospecting & Recruiting

A couple of years ago, I made the decision that I no longer wanted to do cold market prospecting, which actually ended up being the best thing I ever did and exploded my business & income, as a result.

I’ll share with you what I did instead to solve my recruitment problem, but first I want to share with you the issues I have with continuing to do cold market prospecting in the 21st century, in most cases…

Network marketing Cold Market Prospecting

When most are doing cold market prospecting, they’re always looking for an opportunity to serve yourself, and it’s very difficult to get in a mindset of actually wanting to serve others when the intention is really self-serving.

The best prospectors and builders in the world are able to flip a switch in their head to remember that the person they’re serving & helping is the person they’re trying to recruit — not themselves.

However, that’s a very difficult thing to do for a majority of networkers.

Especially if you’re broke, hard up for cash and need results, fast!

Then you’re almost forced to approach the situation in a selfish way because you’re hoping that person joins your business to help you out of your situation.

The switch usually doesn’t happen until many, many, many years later, when you’ve actually gotten results, because then your belief is well established.

Until then, cold market prospecting means taking from others and being opportunistic, which people notice and your desperation will come through.

You don’t want that.

Which leads us to the second problem I have…

Network marketing Cold Market Prospecting

When cold market prospecting, every personal conversation you have with another individual, online or offline, is now about your business.

Thus, every conversation you have is not authentic.

It’s tainted by an ulterior agenda you always have in the back of your mind.

Now, is there anything wrong with that?

I don’t know, honestly.

It’s just NOT how I wanted to live my life.

I don’t want to have to go to a party, or my cousin’s house, or my uncle’s house, or a friend of friend’s house, and have prospecting and recruiting in the back of my mind all the time.

I did that for over a year when I was in my first network marketing business.

And I was NOT happy that year.

I was unhappy prospecting my bartender, my waitress, prospecting my friend of friends.

I was successful and I knew how to do it.

But it just wasn’t an existence I wanted to live for very long.

Which leads us to problem #3…

Network marketing Cold Market Prospecting

Obviously, in the real world, if you’re targeting friends of friends, the word can “get around” about you.

You’re now “that person” nobody wants at their house party or around them, and you quickly end up in the “no friends left club” feeling alone and isolated.

That’s a bummer.

Believe it or not, in the online world, the repercussions are even worse.

As I mentioned earlier, both the members of the community and myself were quite angry at the person prospecting our fellow community members.

That made me not want to associate with that individual and that’s unfortunate.

You don’t want to “turn off” influencers and leaders in the home business and network marketing niches with your smarmy self-serving behavior on groups and forums.

Unfortunately, this is an easy mistake to make when you’re starting out online, because most communities and their leaders are easily available to you.

One misstep and you’ve now made someone angry who you really want on your side.

Not good, right?

Now, this leads me to my next point, which is…

Network marketing Cold Market Prospecting

I can tell you right now that Facebook is one of the best places online to generate leads for your business.

But it’s also a hotbed of cold market recruiting right now.

And this is creating a lot of complaints.

Like I mentioned before…

People don’t like being added to groups or solicited without permission and Facebook hates that kind of behavior, too.

In fact, Facebook does NOT like people doing cold market prospecting, PERIOD.

See, a lot of network marketers will go on Facebook and start doing cold market recruiting and sending private messages.

Eventually, those private messages inevitably include links to their company URL, because they’re obviously sending that link in the hopes that people will check out their ‘deal.’

So what happens is this…

Facebook notices when these links get PM’d over and over and over again, or when they see the same links posted frequently on pages or in groups, and they keep tabs on how many complaints the link receives.

Since most people will reject cold prospecting attempts, especially online, where such behavior is often viewed as ‘spammy’ or ‘scammy’, you will get such complaints, even if you’ve got a great website or offer.

And when this happens enough times…

Facebook will BAN your domain!

That’s right! Facebook will literally ban your domain if you are using cold prospecting techniques consistently and are essentially spamming people.

Even worse, you put your personal account at risk with Facebook by doing cold prospecting in this ineffective way.

If people complain enough about you, you will eventually have your personal account banned and shut down.

Unfortunately, this is ho w cold market prospecting is being taught right now, by many.

And as you can see, it leads to a lot of problems.

So what’s the solution to all this?

Well, I learned that a network marketing training company called EMP developed a strategy to not only avoid all these issues but actually makes Facebook LOVE you.

First and foremost, though, you need to recognize that prospecting is NOT MARKETING.

Let me say that again…

Prospecting is NOT marketing!

We call our industry network marketing, but in actuality, what most network marketers are being taught is not marketing.

It’s prospecting (i.e. sales), which is very different from marketing, which is a passive, mass-market approach.

This is important because Facebook HATES cold market prospecting.

But Facebook actually really likes marketing.

After all, they love you when you run ad campaigns on FB, using their ad platform.

Network marketing Cold Market Prospecting

Over the past year and a half, a professional training company called EMP have been teaching their members a strategy through which they can generate their own new fresh red-hot leads and generate customers for their business—on auto-pilot—attracting people that are excited about the home business industry and won’t flag you as a “scammer.”

This strategy is called “Attraction Marketing“

And it’s made EMP highly respected and associated with quality content and value in the eyes of Facebook.

Thus, when someone shares an EMP URL (and it could just as easily be your own business URL), it’s viewed upon by Facebook as a trusted resource and your marketing message is seen by Facebook users as valuable content, and having a trusted site or domain a very powerful asset when you’re marketing.

This can only happen for you when you start learning actual Internet marketing and advertising strategies that Facebook actually likes — not just opportunistic cold market recruiting tactics, which most will screw up anyway.

When you acquire these skills, you can put out messages that people will resonate with and actually respond to, on their own accord…without you ever having to prospect or private message anybody!

That’s primarily what I’m trying to get you focused on here and start taking the steps that will lead you to long-term success…

Click here and I’ll gladly give you my Free 10-Day Online Recruiting Course, so you can begin your attraction marketing journey.

I’m happy to share online business building strategies I use today — the exact same strategies that Ferny uses to generate 400-500 red-hot prospects per day, 30-50 new customers per day and 80-100 business builders per month WITHOUT sending a single private message and only calling someone after they’ve expressed an interest in what’s being offered.

Trust me, you don’t want to be known as a self-serving cold prospector by your potential leads or wind up isolating yourself from any potential mentors or influencers.

Because relationships are the key to this industry!

And none of this is intended to say that traditional cold market prospecting (online or offline) doesn’t work. It certainly does and networkers prove it every day, through their grit, grind, perseverance and hard work.

I simply choose to do things differently, in a way that fits my lifestyle and my generation, with true leverage built in from the start.

And if you learn these ‘attraction marketing’ skills, trust me… people will be attracted to you and want to learn from you and will join you as a result.

So I hope this post offered you some perspective and things to think about.

If you would like to learn more about how I am building my business on social media using LinkedIn and Facebook, then head over to my results page and let's chat.

Article adapted from original blog by Ferny Ceballos.

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About the author

Ollie Relfe

Hello, my name is Ollie. I am an home business entrepreneur, coach and blogger living near Brighton, UK. This is my blog, where I post my photos, news about online streams, share resources and marketing tips to help you build your business online. I'm also a healthy heart & nutrition expert – Helping busy people to detox, lose weight & achieve optimal health with a fast easy program. You can read more about me and discover the resources I use to build multiple businesses online. Questions? You Reach out to me on Messenger.

About the author

Ollie Relfe

Hello, my name is Ollie. I am an home business entrepreneur, coach and blogger living near Brighton, UK. This is my blog, where I post my photos, news about online streams, share resources and marketing tips to help you build your business online. I'm also a healthy heart & nutrition expert – Helping busy people to detox, lose weight & achieve optimal health with a fast easy program. You can read more about me and discover the resources I use to build multiple businesses online. Questions? You Reach out to me on Messenger.