How many content writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
Doesn’t matter, the head of marketing will change it anyway.
Jokes aside, the answer is – none. Because content writers don’t like to change anything.
Plus, the light bulbs don’t really change, they’re replaced.
I’ll stop now.
Ok, maybe your first thought was not to add me to your LinkedIn network after reading my cringe jokes, but you would be surprised how well people react to humor in outreach. So, if you ever wondered what the best way to expand your LinkedIn network is, including industry-related jokes in your Connection Request Messages, InMails or LinkedIn Messages is definitely top of the list.
For other ideas on expanding your LinkedIn network, check out Relja’s video (our Head of Marketing, yes, the one I called out at the beginning) ‘cause he definitely knows what he’s talking about!
Anyways, back to using humor in outreach.
A good industry-related joke not only helps your acceptance and response rates, but also creates a positive first impression between the two. I personally tend to use them in my Connection Request Messages, but they can be a great conversation starter in LinkedIn messages as well.
Since I know how hard it is to find industry-related jokes, I decided to do a little research for you and put them all in one place. This way I want to make using humor to expand your network on LinkedIn a little bit less time-consuming and to encourage you to get bold and creative in your outreach.
Expand your network: How to use humor in outreach?
As mentioned before, a good joke finds its place anywhere you want. Use it to connect with other LinkedIn members, to start a conversation, or to make a hook for a potential business proposal in an InMail.
There are multiple ways to use an industry-related joke in your outreach.
Use the joke as the opener when networking on LinkedIn.
Use the joke as the opener, but add a personal note to it.
Make the joke part of your hyper-personalized message to expand your network on LinkedIn.
Here is the list of jokes for:
- Sales representatives;
- Customer Support Specialists;
that you can use right away or combine them in your outreach.
Dos and Don’ts when using humor to expand your network
- Do the research before you choose the joke that you want to use. Consider each person’s unique cultural background and personal story. You want it to be relevant to the person you are talking to.
- Make sure that the joke is not offensive or maybe on the edge of being offensive.
- Have in mind that you are reaching people whose sense of humor you don’t know. A joke that is funny to you might not be to them. So don’t take things too personally in case they don’t take the direction that you wanted. However, people usually react well to humor.
- Do get to the punchline fast. Be short.
- Do laugh at yourself when you get a chance. Telling a joke that you made up from your personal experience always works. It makes you more human and approachable, and people generally love to work with people who don’t have a problem laughing at themselves.
- Don’t force a joke where it doesn’t belong.
- Don’t use jokes that talk bad about someone or call someone out, even if it’s their/your competition. It is not only rude and pathetic but unprofessional and it doesn’t make you look good at all.
- Avoid jokes that have to do with current hot-topics, that are political, or have to do with anyone’s sexual or religious orientation. No one wants to hear that or have those kind of people in their professional (or personal, for that matter) network.
- Don’t overdo it. Know when to stop. If someone answers back with a joke or a funny punchline, make sure that you know when joking about the same topic becomes too much.
Jokes for Salespeople
Expand your network on LinkedIn by incorporating these sales jokes in your LinkedIn Connection Request Messages, Messages, or InMails.
Sales Joke #1
Always trust a glue salesman.
They tend to stick to their word.
Sales Joke #2
How do salespeople traditionally greet each other?
Hi. Nice to meet you. I’m better than you.
Sales Joke #3
What did the horrible buyer say to the salesperson who had a 24h deadline?
Give me another week to think about it.
Sales Joke #4
What salesman has the slickest line?
A hair grease salesman.
Sales Joke #5
How many salespeople does it take to change a light bulb?
None. You don’t need a new light bulb – you need to upgrade your socket to the newest version.
Jokes for Marketers
Expand your network on LinkedIn by incorporating these marketing jokes in your LinkedIn Connection Request Messages, Messages or InMails.
Marketing Joke #1
How did Yoda get his first lead?
He used the SalesForce.
Marketing Joke #2
What is the safest place to hide a body?
The second page of Google.
Marketing Joke #3
Why did the marketing couple break up?
They weren’t on the same landing page.
Lack of engagement
Marketing Joke #4
How many marketers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
None – they’ve automated it.
Marketing Joke #5
Why don’t marketer’s like trampolines?
They’re scared of high bounce rates.
Marketing Joke #6
How do SEO experts celebrate improved search rankings?
Marketing Joke #7
Why do digital marketers love to shop at Whole Foods?
They have a lot of organic content.
Marketing Joke #8
What’s a marketer’s favorite drink?
Marketing Joke #9
What’s a pirate’s favorite type of content?
Marketing Joke #10
What does the SEO professional see when they see twins?
Marketing Joke #11
Why do SEO experts love driving during peak hours?
They appreciate the traffic.
Marketing Joke #12
An SEO copywriter walks into a bar, bars, tavern, pub, pubs, public house, Irish, bartender, drinks, beer, wine, liquor.
Jokes for Managers
Expand your network on LinkedIn by incorporating these management jokes in your LinkedIn Connection Request Messages, Messages, or InMails.
Management Joke #1
What is the hardest part of being a product manager?
Explaining what you do to your parents and friends.
Management Joke #2
How many managers does it take to change a light bulb?
A roomful – they have to hold a meeting to discuss all the ramifications of the change.
Management Joke #3
Don’t stand around doing nothing.
People will think you’re the manager.
Management Joke #4
How many project managers does it take to change a lightbulb?
None, they are all still discussing the best way to do it.
Management Joke #5
A product manager walks into a bar.
It isn’t what he expected so he immediately blames development for no reason.
Jokes for Developers
Expand your network on LinkedIn by incorporating these software engineer jokes in youConnection Request Messages, Messages, or InMails.
Developer Joke #1
Why did the front-end developer buy the flat under his?
He always wanted a sub-domain.
Developer Joke #2
A developer’s wife asks him – Would you go to the store and pick up a loaf of bread? And if they have eggs, get a dozen.
The developer returns home with 12 loaves of bread. They had eggs, he explained.
Developer Joke #3
Why do programmers always mix up Christmas and Halloween?
Because Dec 25 is Oct 31.
Developer Joke #4
If doctors were like software engineers, they would say things like “Have you tried killing yourself and being reborn?”
Developer Joke #5
A developer is a tool that transforms caffeine into code.
Developer Joke #6
Give a man a program, frustrate him for a day.
Teach a man to program, frustrate him for a lifetime.
Developer Joke #7
Software undergoes beta testing shortly before it’s released.
Beta is Latin for ‘still doesn’t work’.
Developer Joke #8
What do you call a software wizard that installs applications?
The Wizard of OS.
Developer Joke #9
What’s the difference between a junior software engineer and a senior software engineer?
A senior software engineer writes wrong code faster.
Jokes for Customer Support Specialists
Expand your network on LinkedIn by incorporating these CSS jokes in your LinkedIn Connection Request Messages, Messages or InMails.
CSS Joke #1
Evil queens are just Disney princesses who worked in Customer Support too long.
CSS Joke #2
Those who say “there is no such thing as a stupid question” obviously never worked in Customer Care.
CSS Joke #3
Anyone who ever said that “the customer is always right” has never worked in Tech Customer Support.
CSS Joke #4
Customer Service is like…
If you understand English, press 1.
If you do not understand English, press 2.
Jokes that you use in your outreach or in real life quickly impact your personal brand image and reputation, for good or bad. Ideally, whoever you talk to shares your sense of humor and can understand a light-hearted critique of the industry.
As mentioned above, here we’ve listed jokes that you can use right away for:
- Sales representatives;
- Customer Support Specialists.
Be bold in your outreach. It will for sure pay off.
And for the end:
How many marketers does it take to generate 10 times more leads in less time?
None, they use Skylead.