5 things people need to do more of on LinkedIn

linkedin image

It is widely acknowledged that LinkedIn is THE social network of choice for business people globally. With new features and functions being added on a regular basis and user numbers growing at a phenomenal rate, it has become a highly attractive platform for business-to-business (B2B) marketers. Here are five things you should do more of to improve your interaction and engagement with clients or prospective clients on LinkedIn.

1.      Ensure your profile clearly articulates your value proposition

Before you start connecting with anyone, ensure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and contains relevant information. Whether you are a recruiter, subject matter specialist, job seeker, business owner or a representative of a company, make sure your profile clearly articulates what you do and how you add value. If you are a supply chain specialist who has been consulting to the top five consumer goods companies for the past twenty years, then make sure this appears in your summary. Ask your current and past clients to provide recommendations and endorsements and include any awards and achievements to add more credibility.   

2.      Give the person a reason to connect with you

I receive many connection requests from people who use the standard LinkedIn “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” message. This doesn’t tell me what I will get out of the “connection”. Your success rate will improve significantly if you put a little more thought into the introductory message. Articulate why you are connecting and how the person will derive value from the connection.

3.      Find reasons to follow up or respond

LinkedIn provides you will numerous opportunities to follow up with connections. Here are some examples:

When a person accepts your connection request, reply to thank them for connecting and invite them to subscribe to one of your communication channels (e.g. weekly email, your blog, your Twitter account, your Facebook page or your LinkedIn group)

When someone who you are not connected to joins your LinkedIn group, send them a note welcoming them to the group, ask them what information they are interested in, send them a connection request and/or invite them to subscribe to your other communication channels

If you are posting content on a regular basis, keep an eye on who is liking, commenting and sharing your updates. If you are connected with the person, you can send them an email to thank them and to send them additional content that may interest them.

4.      Introduce connections to your network  

If a CIO of a mining company connects with you, take the time to identify others within your network to introduce the person to. This can also include subject matter specialists within your company. If you are responsible for marketing or sales, the subject matter specialists within your organisation will appreciate these introductions. It has been proven time and time again that business executives will more readily accept a meeting invitation when the request comes from a person they are connected with on a social network.

5.      Ask for introductions from existing connections

For every new connection you make, you have access to new 2nd level connections. As you develop your LinkedIn network, it becomes easier to access 2nd level connections through existing connections. It is a simple exercise to ask for an introduction and your connections will generally assist, if you ask them nicely and provide a good reason why you would like to be introduced. This also provides a reason for you to connect with existing connections and a reason to follow up to thank the person for facilitating the introduction.

Summary

Here are a few ways you can get more out of your LinkedIn investment. The golden rule for all social networks is providing good content and regular interaction. If you constantly post relevant, topical, interesting, value-adding content, your connections will continue to share, like and comment, providing you with the opportunity to engage and interact, invite them to interact on other platforms, present additional business content, provide introductions to other like-minded individuals and invite them to engage off line.

There are many other ways to engage and interact on LinkedIn. What LinkedIn tools, features and functions do you use?

I invite you to connect and interact with me on Twitter and LinkedIn

5 thoughts on “5 things people need to do more of on LinkedIn

    1. David Graham Post author

      Thank you Debbie. Hope the tips help. I have had a backlash from others saying I am positioning LinkedIn as a sales tool which is not my intention. With proper use, like-minded individuals with similar interests can engage in value-adding interaction

      Reply
  1. Lynne Ewer Carrington

    Hi David thanks for your article. Great advice, surely business is all about relationships, supporting others, recommendations, building networks/contacts. I suppose that’s all ok so long as someone doesn’t t mention sales! Perhaps those people who don’t want to say the S word have won the lottery. Lynne

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s