Published on February 25, 2014
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Useful LinkedIn Statistics • Over 259 M users on LinkedIn worldwide • Over 2.875 M “C” level executives • Over 9.9 M business owners • Over 5.3 M VP level executives • > 30M students & recent college grads • 70% of people follow links posted by friends & family
Expanding Your Reach • Connect with people you know • Re-connect with old friends, classmates, former co-workers • Make interactions personal
Add a Profile Photo • • • • • Don’t have a profile photo, add one Don’t like the one you have, update it Make sure it’s professional You are leaving digital footprints Rules of thumb for posts…
Complete Your Profile • Your profile shows a percentage of completion – Make sure it’s 100% • This could take a while • 60 minute split over several sessions should do it • Think of this as your billboard on the web • Certifications & accomplishments
Connect with Friends & Family • Who has a greater interest in your success? • Their networks could yield valuable connections or referrals
Connect with College Classmates • They could help you connect with client or prospects • You don’t know who they’ve connected with since your college days
Connect with Affinity Groups MACPA PICPA QuickBooks® Certified ProAdvisors® You’ll get useful posts You can also make useful posts
Connect with Your Co-workers • Synergies • Leveraging personal networks • Multiplication: 200 * 150 = 30,000 – Intra-company N/W >= 30K people – Who do you know… – Prospects for Joel, Kristi, Steve L?
Connect with Your Clients (& Prospects) • • • • Great way of keeping them informed Regular updates keep them engaged Communicate tips, tricks & FAQs Posts for your blog, other content
Follow Your Company Page • • • • • • It expands your page’s reach Commit to regular posts Get your clients to follow our page Get your network to follow you page More followers = > visibility for page Don’t have a Co page?
Follow Your Clients’ Pages • Learn more about them • Research them before you engage • Profile your prospects
Ask for Recommendations • Seek recommendations from clients • Value of advertising is being eroded by recommendations • Formal recommendations versus endorsements
Promoting Your Business
Why LinkedIn can be great to promote your business • All your connections have an opportunity to follow your business. Do they? • If they follow the link to your company, will they find something compelling? • They’ll form an opinion. Will it be positive? • Is there a reason you wouldn’t want to take advantage of this opportunity?
Why LinkedIn can be great to promote your business • Company Pages provide a forum for showcasing your firm’s products & services • This is a great vehicle where prospects can learn about your products and services • More importantly – they can also learn what your CUSTOMERS say about your products & services • LinkedIn jobs appear in search results & on Twitter • LinkedIn is its own search engine for finding jobs and companies
Why LinkedIn can be great to promote your business • It’s free – why not HELP your prospects, leads and potential employees find you? • LinkedIn updates on your company page reach all followers – whether informational or promotional • Updates can also involve calls to action • Services/Products and include calls to action • Services/Products can include client recommendations & video testimonials
Targeting New Business
Target & Wish List Accounts • • • • Learn more about them Follow the page Gain insight on firm management Connect with folks to whom they’re connected
Use LinkedIn for Research • • • • Competitors Prospects Industry segments, niches Who your clients are connected to – Referral opportunities
Use LinkedIn for Research
Use LinkedIn for Research
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