How to Create Customized LinkedIn Backgrounds


social media how toDo you want to stand out on LinkedIn?

Have you added graphics to your profile?

One of the most noticeable changes on LinkedIn in recent months is the site’s transition to a more visual focus. Do you have a strong and striking visual presence using the background image on your profile page?

In this article I’ll share a fast, easy, effective way to create a one-of-a-kind, customized background for your LinkedIn profile.

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Discover how to create customized LinkedIn backgrounds.

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How to Use the LinkedIn Relationship Tab to Improve Your Networking


social media how toDo you struggle to remember how or why you connected with someone on LinkedIn?

Want to get more out of your connections?

By using the Relationship tab, you can build on the connections you need to convert more prospects, close more deals and grow your business network.

In this article you’ll discover how to use the LinkedIn Relationship tab to manage your connections and grow your business.

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Discover how to use the LinkedIn Relationship Tab to improve your networking.

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9 LinkedIn Marketing Tips From the Pros


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Would you like to improve your LinkedIn marketing?

Are you wondering what LinkedIn marketing tips the pros like to use?

We asked top social media pros to share their hottest LinkedIn marketing tactics.

In this article you’ll discover strategies the pros use to boost their LinkedIn marketing.

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Find out what’s working in LinkedIn marketing today.

#1: Use LinkedIn Sponsored Updates

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One of my hottest LinkedIn tips for marketers would be to make use of LinkedIn sponsored updates.

Sponsored updates provide a better way to put your content in front of key influencers and decision makers on LinkedIn, which will ultimately help you build your credibility as an expert in your niche and increase your exposure to people who are not in your network.

Because of the ability to narrowly limit the audience for the update, you’re able to make the best use of the investment you choose to allocate to sponsored updates.

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Target your sponsored update by location, company name, company category, job title, job category, schools attended and LinkedIn groups.

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4 Ways to Maximize Your Network With Social Media


social media how to Do you want to quickly find and meet contacts related to your industry?

Are you looking for ways to establish a long-term relationship with those connections?

It can be tough to make first contact without coming on too strong.

But if you engage with someone before you pitch and let them get to know you a little bit, you have a better chance of creating a solid relationship.

In this article I’ll show you four ways you can use social media to meet market influencers and expand your network.

Why Social Networking?

Even if you live in the middle of nowhere (like me) you can build a network of influential colleagues. How great is it that we live in a time where you can meet anyone from anywhere without leaving the comfort of your office?

The usual networking methods still apply, of course: attending conferences, joining or starting mastermind groups and meeting friends of friends.

But social media opens a larger sphere of opportunity.

Below I show you how Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn—and a combination thereof—ensure your first interaction with a potential connection is a lasting one.

#1: Leverage Your Facebook Connections

Given that half a billion people use Facebook, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to find networking opportunities there.

To start your search, use Facebook’s graph search to find potential friends by using the People I May Know option. This works best if you already have business contacts on Facebook.

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Search for influencers in your market with Facebook’s Open Graph.

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How to Network With LinkedIn Groups


social media how toAre you looking to improve your online networking?

Have you thought about becoming more active in LinkedIn groups?

The connections you make in a LinkedIn group not only expand your network, they enhance your authority and bring in new leads.

In this article I’ll show you how to get the most out of your LinkedIn marketing tactics by being an active member of discussion groups.

Why LinkedIn Groups?

With 160 million monthly active users, LinkedIn falls below competing social networks such as Twitter (241 million), and well below Facebook (over 1 billion). But neither of these social networks can touch LinkedIn when it comes to professional networking and B2B marketing.

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There are thousands of LinkedIn Groups for you to consider.

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5 Steps to Building Quality LinkedIn Connections


social media how toAre you trying to find quality leads for your business on LinkedIn?

Are you rising above the noise with quality engagement?

Using your LinkedIn profile to connect with market influencers and potential clients is smart–when done right.

In this article, you’ll discover a five-step process for building the solid relationships you need to generate a steady flow of leads from LinkedIn.

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LinkedIn is a great marketing tool if you create relationships based on trust. Image source: iStockPhoto.com.

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How to Maximize Your LinkedIn Endorsements


social media how toAre people endorsing you for the wrong skills on LinkedIn?

Do you want to know how to fix that?

It’s frustrating to be endorsed for skills that aren’t relevant to you or your networking goals. But hope is not lost!

In this article I’ll show you three ways you can guide people into endorsing you for relevant skills.

Why Manage LinkedIn Endorsements?

LinkedIn endorsements are meant to provide credibility and networking opportunities.

Has LinkedIn ever notified you that someone has endorsed you for skills and expertise that have absolutely nothing to do with your actual skills? Or worse, you don’t know the endorser at all, so how can he or she endorse any skills you have?

Sometimes people are endorsing you so you’ll see the notification and they’ll be on your radar. Other times, people are endorsing you because they’re friends or colleagues and they think they’re helping you.

Either way, if people are endorsing you for the wrong skills, then your real skills are being overlooked. Luckily, you can help people endorse you for the skills that really matter to you. Below I’ll show you how.

#1: Set Your Skills and Endorsements

If you want to control which skills are most prominent on your LinkedIn profile, set up the Skills & Endorsements section of your LinkedIn profile. This lets you subtly encourage others to use those skills when they endorse you.

If you don’t have the Skills section on your profile, go to Edit Profile and look to the right. You’ll see a list of sections recommended for you. Click on the Skills option to add it to your profile.

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It’s important to have the Skills section activated on your LinkedIn profile.

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6 Ways to Grow Your LinkedIn Connections


social media how toAre you looking to grow your LinkedIn network?

Do you want to improve your chances of connecting with people via LinkedIn?

In this article, you’ll find six tips for successful networking that will help you avoid common mistakes that can damage your professional reputation on LinkedIn.

What’s Different About LinkedIn?

Unlike social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that accommodate both personal and business uses, LinkedIn is a social network built strictly for business.

From the appearance of your profile to how you manage relationships, the people on LinkedIn expect professional behavior from you at all times.

As you build your network, it’s important to know what’s appropriate and what’s considered bad LinkedIn etiquette.

Here are six tips:

#1: Show People Your Business Side

You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count. If you use an unprofessional image for your profile photo, you may never get a chance to recover your reputation.

Your LinkedIn profile image should show you in your best professional light. Use a head shot with a clean background, a smile and a clear view of your eyes. Think of how you would present yourself at an event thronging with prospects and use an image that does the same, online.

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Always use an appropriate profile image.

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LinkedIn Prospecting: How to Find Your Next Customer on LinkedIn


Do you use LinkedIn for your business?

Are you wondering how to use LinkedIn to find prospects and customers?

To learn about how to build strategic relationships through LinkedIn, I interview Viveka von Rosen for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Viveka von Rosen, author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and founder of Linked Into Business.

Viveka shares how she prospects on LinkedIn for her business.

You’ll learn about the tools available to make prospecting easy and what you need to do to get started.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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