Which do you prefer?

Coke vs Pepsi – McDonald's vs Burger King

The age-old argument: did you have it with your friends when you were a kid? Which one tastes better Pepsi or Coca Cola? Each of us fosters our own opinion on the matter, but in more recent years the field has been further muddied with other “colas” from the mainstream stores and niche brands. Does Virgin Cola still exist? (I’m not actually quite sure). Here in NJ we used to have Jolt cola.  It advertised it had twice the caffeine of regular Cola.  I don't know if it is still around.

But whichever your preference, I’m sure at one time or another in your life you have debated which is better with your friends. In many instances, you’ll stubbornly stand beside your personal preference and fight that corner for far longer than is necessary. Let’s be honest, whether you had this argument in the playground or in the pub, we all know that it didn’t get resolved. You each kept your own opinions, someone probably raised the issue that if you put a filthy penny into a glass of Coca Cola, it’ll come out pristinely clean and what would that be doing to your insides? It’s always specifically “Coca Cola” in that argument, but the truth is Pepsi is just as effective a cleaning agent. All colas are basically the same.

The same argument takes place around McDonald's and Burger King.  Personally, I think you should avoid them both for health reasons, but that is another issue.

At the end of the day, it’s all about marketing and in many ways your parent’s preference or the lineage of that brand. You’ll often choose one or the other because it was their choice too, or it may be peer pressure from your first school that made you favor one over the other.

The same is true in many other areas, from foodstuffs to politics, to technology. For example, you’ll vote for the same political party that your parents did, and in most cases, you won’t really understand why. If you actually sat down and thought about it, you probably wouldn’t want to vote for any of them, but again your logic says you have to vote for somebody, so you pick what you know.

A similar debate exists around social media platforms.  Facebook and LinkedIn dominate the discussion around which is more effective, but there is plenty of competition in this space.  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Quora, Reddit, Meetup, and a newcomer, Tiktok, they each have their followers and detractors, but any debate over which is the best really depends on your purpose for joining the social network in the first place.  Is it for personal or professional reasons?  If it for personal reasons, everyone has their favorite for one reason or another.

If you joined a social network for business reasons, I think it is worth pointing out the differences because it makes a difference where you spend your time, or where you invest your precious advertising dollars.

Simply put, in terms of business relationships, LinkedIn is hands down the best place to develop your connections, post, form groups, share, etc. of any of the social networks. I do not advertise on social networks, so you may have advertising favorites, but so far as doing the typical social networking things, aside from advertising, I believe LinkedIn is far and away the best social network to be on, and where you can gain the best results for your time investment, based on my experience.

Note:  the following section was posted in my Original LinkedIn group. https://markethive.com/group/linkedin

My suggestion to set up a group on LinkedIn is working moderately well. I think one of the keys to being successful here on Markethive is making small efforts on a consistent basis. That is one reason that I have managed to accumulate over 200,000 Markethive coins, mostly from inviting new associates to Markethive.

I do post and share on the newsfeed on a regular basis, not because of the faucet micropayments, but it is something I enjoy. Bringing associates into Markethive in an of itself is a profitable business. Even if the Markethive coin is only worth 0.10 at the moment, I have managed to accumulate $20,000.00, right? I am planning to hold these coins until the Markethive coin is worth $ 1.00. Now that is something even more substantial, right?

I am bringing one new associate into Markethive on a regular daily basis. This is nothing to brag about, I know, but it is something substantial, if you look at it over the course of a year, as I have calculated above.

After just a few weeks, I now have over 150 members in my group on LinkedIn. Many of these have joined Markethive. Here is the link if you would like to visit.

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12308041/

You can see that there is a clear invitation to join Markethive on my group home page. I am using every method I can think of to invite members to this group.

Remember these LinkedIn guidelines to avoid having problems.

Do not send more than 50 invitations per day.

Do not visit more than 300 profiles per day.

Join up to 100 groups in your niche. Test group invitations by sending an invitation to your group to someone who is not one of your 1st level connections. If it works you can send up to 300 group invitations per day. Currently, I am not able to message anyone that is not one of my 1st level connections, and I am still getting one new associate per day. If you have the ability to group message, go for it.

Also, try to avoid using links in your messaging.  Especially in your invitations, your only link should be to your profile.  When you send a group invitation, use only the link to your group.  Anything else may look spammy and will get you in trouble with LinkedIn if someone complains to LinkedIn about it. Once you are 1st connections, you can freely send links, an invitation to Markethive, for example.  Also in your own group, you can have links to Markethinve, as you saw in my group.

Any questions you may have about this, please ask.

Thank you.

John Lombaerde