Since you’re not approaching LinkedIn with a sales
approach mindset, you need to make every aspect of this platform work to your
advantage in order to both attract prospective clients and then convince them
that you are the expert they’ve been searching for. One way to achieve this is
by showcasing your expertise in a natural, informative way which leads to
increasing your credibility as an expert.
1. Create a personal LinkedIn
URL. Don’t settle for a
generic profile number that’s impossible to remember; leave those for less
savvy people who aren’t as detail oriented. Create a personalized URL that
represents your brand and is easy to remember. Put it on your business cards
and in your email signatures.
2. Splurge on a professional
photo shoot. Make your
profile page work for you. At a minimum, get a professional headshot taken,
preferably in a few different styles or poses so you can use them on multiple
platforms. If you can afford a full-on photo shoot, choose the best shots and
make good use of them in all your branded graphics, including your social media
headers. Only less experienced and more frugal DIY types will use a blurry
selfie for their LinkedIn headshot.
3. Brand your profile with a
custom banner image. It’s
the little details that count when it comes to optimizing your LinkedIn
profile. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” so hire a
graphic designer to design your branded LinkedIn banner to clearly relay your
message. No more DIY graphics; invest in your business.
4. Publish regular content. You need to be active on LinkedIn for
people to recognize you and you need to publish informative content for people
to remember you. It doesn’t need to be a 1,000-word manifesto; social media
users have extremely short attention spans. Simply publish a Top 10 list or
throw out some helpful daily tips. Record a 1-2 minute video series with these
tips and you’ll get noticed faster, simply because few people use video on
LinkedIn. Forget about the funny cat pictures or silly memes; this is a
professional space so save those posts for less formal Facebook. The key points
here are to post daily and to be informative in your content.
5. Be active in groups. Joining groups has a two-fold benefit: you
will meet prospects and learn about their needs, and your prospects will see
that you’re an active participant in your industry when they see your group
listings on your profile. Being active doesn’t mean blasting your sales message
on a daily basis; no doubt that will get you kicked out and banned from most
groups. Instead, show a real interest in the other members, answer questions,
take a poll to learn about their needs, or simply post information they need.
Let the conversations flow naturally in your groups instead of worrying about
sales or getting this prospect into your sales funnel. The more active you are,
the more people will recognize your name.
Paying attention to small details on your
profile can help build your credibility as will participating in groups and by
publishing content on a regular basis. When people recognize your name as a
regular, they will check out your profile and a possible business relationship
can blossom from there.
LinkedIn is the premier social media platform for professionals in all industries. With over 303 million monthly users, you have quite a large base to develop new connections and build relationships with potential clients.
However, there are several LinkedIn “sins” which can
haunt you and affect your credibility and reputation. Here are just a few
things to avoid doing on LinkedIn:
With over 630 million monthly active users, LinkedIn may seem like your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to sell their product or services to 630 million people?
Let’s remember, however, that LinkedIn in NOT about sales: It’s about building connections and developing relationships with people who may (or may not) be interested in what you have to offer.
Here are some tips for networking naturally on LinkedIn so you don’t develop that pushy “used car salesman” reputation that make people want to run away:
If you’re looking to make important business
connections, LinkedIn is the premier social media platform to use. You’ll find
recruiters using LinkedIn to find job candidates; CEOs looking to grow their influence
and build trust with buyers; and solopreneurs looking for freelancers to build
their dream team. In the world of business relationships, you just never know
who you’ll meet that will possibly send you your most lucrative client, so
growing your network steadily and consistently makes good business sense.