Have you thought beyond adding a list of jobs and responsibilities?
LinkedIn is the number-one social network for professionals, but that doesn’t mean you have to treat your profile as a traditional, boring resume.
In this article you’ll discover four ways to turn your bland LinkedIn profile into a LinkedIn marketing tool that attracts potential decision makers.
Develop a Plan
Recent studies show that 71% of B2B marketers say relevance to the audience is the most important aspect of any marketing program. That applies to marketing yourself as well. When updating your LinkedIn profile, start by mapping out how you’re going to use every part of your profile to show prospects you are relevant to them.
Are you looking for ways to use LinkedIn to attract more business for your company or brand?
To learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile as a marketer, I interview Ron Nash, the “LinkedIn Whisperer,” for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
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 Ron Nash, author of the books Leveraging LinkedIn and How to Find Your Dream Job, Even in a Recession. Ron is a LinkedIn preferred trainer who specializes in helping individuals and brands with their LinkedIn strategy.
Ron shares the importance of having a well-developed LinkedIn profile.
You’ll discover how to present yourself on LinkedIn, write an engaging professional headline and summary and strategically leverage images and video on your profile page.
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Do you want to grab people’s attention and really show them who you are?
LinkedIn recently released header images, also called hero images, to its premium account holders and is slowly rolling them out to everyone.
In this article you’ll discover how to choose what to share in your header image and how others are using theirs.
Know Your Header Image Basics
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.
#1: Use LinkedIn Sponsored Updates
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.
Do you have a LinkedIn profile, but want to improve it so you can get better exposure?
Over the years, LinkedIn has evolved to include several elements that improve their users’ experience.
If you want to use these elements to create a stronger LinkedIn presence, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article I’ll share expert tips and resources that will help you create a killer LinkedIn profile that gets noticed.
Why Improve Your LinkedIn Profile?
Whether you use your LinkedIn profile to generate leads, be searchable or maintain your expert status, you should have a profile that reflects who you are.
You need a multitude of items to make your professional profile stand out. A professional photo should be a no-brainer. Also, use your full name and fill in as much of your experience as you can.
Do you use LinkedIn marketing tactics to generate more leads?
Over the past year, LinkedIn has added and revamped some important tools that can streamline your marketing, networking and outreach.
In this article you’ll find the latest LinkedIn features and how you can use them to your benefit.
#1: Stay In Touch On The Contacts Page
Think of your Contacts page as your control center. It’s where you keep track of your long list of connections, but it also offers alerts and tags. These features, along with helpful filtering options, keep everything organized and easily accessible.
Alerts are in the boxes at the top of the page. They let you know when your contacts have a significant event happening, like a job change, work anniversary or birthday. Use these alerts to your advantage and send a quick note to acknowledge their success. They’ll appreciate the gesture and it’s a great way to keep in touch (and top of mind).
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.
Are you looking for ways to get noticed and attract more business opportunities on LinkedIn?
In this article, you’ll discover how to use LinkedIn’s Professional Portfolio to make your LinkedIn profile stand out.
What is LinkedIn’s Professional Portfolio?
LinkedIn launched Professional Portfolio to showcase your unique professional story using rich visual content.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a photographer, a real estate agent, an interior designer or a marketer. By adding an interactive, rich media experience to your profile, you can leverage the power of imagery.
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.