LinkedIn is a vast social media platform that a lot of professionals use to connect with other people.

There are a few things you should consider if you need to message someone who doesn’t know you. 

First, since you have to send a message to a stranger, you need to have a conversation starter.

No one wants to reply to a direct message that doesn’t convey any feelings and good intentions.

Assume that your messages get deleted when it lacks empathy and care towards others. 

As a LinkedIn professional, you should know how to message and connect with someone you don’t remember correctly.

Here are some of the reasons why they ignore your message and how to correct them.

Why People Ignore your Message on LinkedIn and How to Correct Them?

1. Lack of Empathy

Understanding the feelings of someone towards someone or a situation is what empathy is.

Most people that send messages on LinkedIn do not care about what the recipient will feel while reading the message.

They only care about what you can do for them and not what they can do for you. 

Before sending a message, you must first understand what the person will feel upon seeing your message.

Don’t just go directly to your goal in conveying your message but think of what the person would feel.

Avoid making them feel that reading and responding to your message feel like a chore

2. Vague message

Sending messages like, “Let’s help each other’s business out.

Let me know what you think.” feels empty.

It did not contain any clear goal of what you want to do with the person you messaged.

It did not even have a conversation starter, to begin with, and went directly to his message.

What you need to do is first check the LinkedIn profile of the person you want to message.

His profile will contain bits of information that you can use as an icebreaker.

Use this to your advantage to avoid having a generic message.

The recipient will see that you took the time to compose your message when he sees personal information about him. 

After building rapport, create a message that clearly states your goal in messaging that person.

Avoid any misleading words and go directly to your intention in wanting to do business with him.

Saying your goals will make your reader more inclined to reply to your message.

3. Demanding tone

Most of the time, people are applying for entry-positions in a company to use a demanding tone.

If you are applying for a job, avoid a demanding tone that makes them feel like they owe you.

This will only trigger them to not respond to your demanding message.

Try looking at the LinkedIn profile of the person you messaged.

Check if he still works on the company you want to apply for.

In your message, give hints on what position you are looking for and what you can bring to the company.

Do a brief introduction about yourself and your past job so that they have a clue about you.